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For Kenya's child brides, school offers a break from tradition

Dadaab - Halima's future at 13 was foretold: a pastoralist's daughter, she was married to a man 12 years her senior. Next would surely come the first of many pregnancies, and a life of domestic hardship.

S.Sudan weekend road ambush leaves 21 dead: police

Nairobi - A road ambush blamed on South Sudanese rebels left 21 people dead over the weekend, police said Monday, as the UN warned of a surge of violence in the world's youngest nation.

Kenya forcing refugees back to Somalia: NGO

Nairobi - Kenya is violating international law by forcing residents of the world's largest refugee camp to return to Somalia, an aid agency said Monday.

Burundi wants to quit ICC to avoid possible charges

Nairobi - Burundi announced plans Friday to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC), a week after the UN began an enquiry into human rights abuses committed since April 2015.

New attempt to protect elephants from poachers fails

A renewed attempt to provide the maximum level of international protection to all African elephants has stalled, with government representatives and campaign groups at a conference in Johannesburg.

Six killed in suspected Shabaab attack in northeast Kenya

Nairobi - Six people were killed in a suspected attack by Shabaab militants on a residential compound in the restive northeastern Kenyan town of Mandera, police and local authorities said Thursday.

UN peacekeepers failed to protect civilians in S.Sudan: rights group

Nairobi - UN peacekeepers cowered in their bases rather than risk doing their job of protecting civilians during an outbreak of fighting in South Sudan in July, a rights group said Wednesday.

Nairobi's famed National Park threatened by railway

Nairobi - Munching, the giraffe looks up towards the skyscrapers looming in the distance. But this picture-postcard image of Nairobi, one where wild animals graze in the shadow of the cityscape, is at risk from a railroad.

Rights groups question Kenyan police account of 'terror attack'

Nairobi - On a Sunday morning in September three young women were killed by officers at the main police station in Kenya's second city -- but that's the only fact beyond doubt in a case that activists say is further evidence of a police force gone rogue.

South Sudan refugees soar past one million mark

Nairobi - The number of refugees from South Sudan has passed the one million mark after a renewed bout of fierce fighting in July sent nearly 200,000 people fleeing the war-scarred nation, the UN said Friday.

Kenya refugee return scheme 'flouts international law'

Nairobi - The repatriation of Somali refugees from Kenya's Dadaab, the world's largest refugee camp, breaks international standards as many returns are motivated by fear, a Human Rights Watch report said Thursday.

Sign language hitch delays Kenya attack hearings

Mombasa - Sign language problems Wednesday delayed hearings against three women refugees suspected of sheltering three female assailants shot dead while staging an unprecedented attack against the main police station in the Kenyan city of Mombasa.

Three women killed staging 'terror' attack on Kenya police station

Nairobi - Three women were killed while staging a knife and firebomb attack on the main police station in the Kenyan city of Mombasa on Sunday in what officers said was "an apparent terror attack.

Who is the US-designated 'terrorist' leading IS in Somalia?

Nairobi - A middle-aged Somali-born cleric with a bright orange beard was this week put on a US terror list, accused of heading the Islamic State group in East Africa.

Kenyan police raid Olympic headquarters over corruption scam

Nairobi - Kenyan police raided the country's Olympic headquarters Saturday probing a corruption scam that saw some of the nation's athletes deprived of team uniforms at the Rio Games.

Japan PM pledges to invest $30 bn in Africa by 2018

Nairobi - Japan will pour $30 billion (27 billion euros) in investment into Africa by 2018, including $10 billion in infrastructure development, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Saturday at a summit in Nairobi.

Kerry says meeting with Russia's Lavrov on Syria is 'likely'

Nairobi - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday said he hoped it was "very possible, even likely" he would hold talks on Syria with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

Kerry urges deployment of South Sudan 'protection force'

Nairobi - US Secretary of State John Kerry called on Monday for the deployment of a 4,000-strong "protection force" to bolster the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.

Ex-S.Sudan VP Machar 'safe' in DR Congo

Nairobi - South Sudan's former rebel leader and ex-vice president Riek Machar has escaped to the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo following violent clashes last month, an official said Thursday.

Chinese tourist kills woman at luxury Kenya safari lodge

Nairobi - A Chinese tourist stabbed a woman to death and seriously wounded her husband after demanding they vacate a table at a luxury Kenyan safari lodge, police said Tuesday.
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