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Vintage biplane crashes in Kenya, Irish pilots unhurt

Nairobi - An Irish father and daughter team taking part in a cross-Africa rally escaped unhurt after crashlanding their 1930s biplane on the way to Kenya's capital, where participants staged an airshow Sunday, organisers said.

Kenya suspends Dadaab refugee camp closure for six months

Nairobi - Kenya on Wednesday agreed to suspend the closure of Dabaab refugee camp, the world's largest, for six months after coming under fire over the fate of its 280,000 inhabitants, most of them Somalis.

Man shot dead after stabbing outside US embassy in Kenya

Nairobi - A man was shot and killed by Kenyan police outside the US embassy in the capital Nairobi on Thursday after stabbing an officer with a knife.

Shabaab bomb attack in Kenya 'kills 12'

Nairobi - A bomb blast at a guesthouse in northeast Kenya killed at least 12 people on Tuesday, in an attack claimed by Shabaab militants who last hit the area earlier this month.

Somali pirates free 26 hostages held for nearly five years

Nairobi - Somali pirates have freed 26 Asian hostages held for nearly five years after the hijacking of their fishing vessel, the last commercial ship seized at the height of the country's piracy scourge, negotiators said Saturday.

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.
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