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12 dead in Burundi protests

Nairobi - At least a dozen civilians have been killed in weekend clashes between police and anti-government protesters in the Burundi capital Bujumbura, sources told AFP Sunday.

Kenyans mark Westgate siege anniversary

Nairobi - Kenyans held prayers and lit candles in Nairobi on Monday to mark the second anniversary commemorations of the Westgate shopping mall attack by militants from Somalia's Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab.

Prayers held as Kenya marks Westgate siege anniversary

Nairobi - Dozens of mourners gathered in Nairobi on Sunday at the start of second anniversary commemorations of the Westgate shopping mall attack by militants from Somalia's Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab.

Tech for tuskers: Protecting Africa's elephants with Google

Mariakani - As elephant poaching in Africa by organised crime gangs using high-tech equipment rises, those working to stop their extinction in the wild have turned to technology too.

Illegal fishing off Somalia 'risks return of piracy'

Nairobi - Rampant illegal fishing by foreign trawlers off Somalia's once pirate-infested coastline is threatening economic gains in the Horn of Africa nation and could push communities back to maritime crime, a report warned Tuesday.

Kenyan albino attack as Tanzania elections approach

Nairobi - Attackers in Kenya tried to hack off body parts from a man with albinism to sell for witchcraft, reports said Monday, rising fears of cross-border attacks from neighbouring Tanzania.

British-backed Kenya Mau Mau memorial opens in rare colonial apology

Nairobi - A British-funded memorial to the thousands killed, tortured and jailed in the Mau Mau rebellion was unveiled in Kenya on Saturday, in a rare example of former rulers commemorating a colonial uprising.

Burundi army chief escapes assassination bid as seven killed

Nairobi - The head of Burundi's armed forces on Friday survived an assassination attempt in the capital Bujumbura, police said, adding that at least seven people were killed in the attack.

Online fossil hunters use drone photos to find ancient bones

Thanks to an online citizen science initiative, members of the public are now invited to help hunt for fossils in the Kenyan desert. Volunteers will have the chance to pore over one million images in an area known for fossils of early human ancestors.

'At least 50 dead' in Shebab attack on AU base: Western sources

Nairobi - At least 50 African Union soldiers are believed to have been killed and another 50 are missing after Shebab militants overran a military camp in southern Somalia on Tuesday, according to Western military officials.

Somalia food aid crisis 'critical': UN

Nairobi - War-torn Somalia remains in a "critical" state four years after a devastating famine, the UN warned on Monday, noting a sharp rise in those needing food aid."The levels of food insecurity and malnutrition are critical.

In Burundi, simmering violence may herald new civil war

Nairobi - It started as street protests three months ago, with furious citizens demonstrating against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza's now successful bid for a third term in power.

South Sudan rebels split, reject peace efforts

Nairobi - A top South Sudan rebel general said Tuesday that he and other powerful commanders had split from their chief Riek Machar, rejecting ongoing peace talks and risking a worsening of the country's civil war.

Over 300 killed in Kenya ethnic clashes in 2015: UN

Nairobi - At least 310 Kenyans have been killed and over 215,000 forced from their homes this year in ethnic violence in northern Kenya, the UN said Wednesday.

Two dead in Lake Victoria boat collision: Kenya police

Homa Bay - Two children drowned Wednesday when a passenger boat capsized on east Africa's Lake Victoria, Kenyan police said.The boat, which was travelling in Kenya's part of the vast inland lake, struck a fishing boat in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

AFP correspondent in Burundi detained, badly beaten

Nairobi - Burundian journalist and AFP correspondent Esdras Ndikumana said he was arrested by government security forces and badly beaten on Sunday at the scene of the assassination of a top general.

Corruption in Kenya 'worse than ever' says veteran campaigner

Nairobi - Corruption in Kenya is sliding out of control, veteran anti-corruption activist and whistle-blower John Githongo has warned in an interview following a scathing audit of government finances.

Kenya auditor uncovers massive government misspending

Nairobi - Only one percent of Kenyan government spending can be properly accounted for, according to a report by the country's auditor-general released just days after US President Barack Obama warned corruption was holding the country back.

Obama ends Kenya visit with tough message on rights, corruption

Nairobi - US President Barack Obama on Sunday ended a landmark visit to Kenya, urging the east African nation and birthplace of his father to renounce corruption, tribalism and inequality.

Obama challenges Kenya on gay rights, corruption

Nairobi - U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday called for gay rights in Africa during his landmark visit to Kenya, comparing homophobia to racial discrimination he had encountered in the United States.
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