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Kenyan slum children offer gifts to welcome pope

Nairobi - They came through the narrow and muddy streets in the rain long before dawn, intent on seeing Pope Francis as he came to their church in the Kenyan slum of Kangemi.

Failure of Paris climate summit would be 'catastrophic': pope

Nairobi - Pope Francis on Thursday warned of a "catastrophic" outcome if vested interests blocked an agreement to tackle climate change at the UN talks opening in Paris next week."In a few days, an important meeting on climate change will be held in Paris...

Huge crowds as pope celebrates first mass in Africa

Nairobi - Pope Francis held his first open-air mass in Africa on Thursday with huge crowds hailing heavy rains as "God's blessing" as they sung and danced in the Kenyan capital.

Vast crowds expected for pope's first mass in Africa

Nairobi - Kenyan Catholic leaders are expecting over a million people to attend an open-air mass led by Pope Francis in the capital Nairobi Thursday, the first full day of his Africa tour.

Pope Francis starts landmark Africa trip in Kenya

Nairobi - Pope Francis landed in Kenya's capital Nairobi Wednesday on the first leg of a landmark three-nation trip to Africa, greeted with cheering crowds and traditional dancers.

Security concerns as Pope Francis makes first Africa tour

Nairobi - Security forces are readying for Pope Francis' three-nation Africa tour this week amid fears of jihadist attacks and violence, with authorities insisting the pontiff's trip can pass off peacefully.

Somalia's Al-Qaeda branch warns members against joining IS

Nairobi - Somalia's Shebab fighters have warned they will "cut the throat" of members who shift allegiance from Al-Qaeda to Islamic State, amid reports some factions have already been punished for doing so.

Kenyan faithful ready for pope visit

Nairobi - The Roman Catholic church in the Kenyan slum of Kangemi is always popular, but this week, the last Sunday mass before Pope Francis comes to visit, the building is packed.

Giant Kenya traffic jam stretches to third day

Nairobi - Kenyan police said Friday they have begun clearing a three-day traffic jam stretching for tens of kilometres on the main highway between the capital and the country's only port of Mombasa.

Freeing Africans from tyranny one phone at a time Special

In Africa, where roads are often impassible and conflict has put whole swaths of territory off-limits, the Internet is playing a pivotal role in bringing people together.

EU to evacuate families from violence-hit Burundi

Nairobi - The European Union decided to evacuate families of its staff from Burundi and former colonial power Belgium Friday advised its nationals to leave after the UN warned the country was on the brink of "mass violence".

Kenya donors threaten travel bans on 'corrupt' officials

Nairobi - Kenya's biggest donors on Thursday issued a fierce rebuke to rampant corruption in the east African nation, warning it weakened economic growth and security and threatening to impose travel bans.

East Africa hunger to worsen as El Nino strikes: UN

Nairobi - Conflicts, floods and failed rains caused by El Nino have sparked a dramatic rise in the number of people going hungry in east Africa, especially in drought-hit Ethiopia, the United Nations said Thursday.

Kenya readies 10,000 police to boost security for pope

Nairobi - Kenya said on Sunday it may deploy as many as 10,000 police officers to boost security during a visit by Pope Francis later this month, as the country readies for crowds of one million people.

Nine killed in Burundi attack as police launch crackdown

Nairobi - Gunmen executed nine people in 's capital hours before police launched house-to-house searches for weapons on Sunday, amid international fears of fresh bloodletting in the central African nation.

Burundians flee capital over fears of government crackdown

Nairobi - Families were fleeing their homes in Burundi's capital on Sunday, over fears the government will unleash a fresh wave of bloodletting as part of a crackdown to stamp out resistance to the president.

Burundi dismisses global alarm over threats to crush opponents

Nairobi - Burundi said Saturday it wanted only to crush "terrorism" as it dismissed international fears of fresh bloodletting if the government carries out threats to stamp out resistance to the president.

Bindi Irwin must prove father's death via contract with DWTS

A judge in the L.A. Superior Court has ruled Bindi Irwin will not be paid for appearing on the show Dancing with the Stars until proof is provided of her father's death. Steve Irwin was best known as the Crocodile Hunter on Animal Planet.

UN warns over 30,000 starving to death in S. Sudan 'catastrophe'

Nairobi - Over 30,000 people in South Sudan's war-zone regions face death by starvation, the United Nations said Thursday, warning that tens of thousands more are on the brink of famine.

This bird does something extraordinary, and it will surprise you

The greater honeyguide has a name that's slightly misleading, but that's only because it doesn't eat honey. Instead, it prefers the larvae and eggs in a bee hive, and strangely, it is one of the few animals in the world that can live on wax.
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