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Locusts the latest curse of East Africa weather extremes

Nairobi - Billions of locusts swarming through East Africa are the result of extreme weather swings and could prove catastrophic for a region still reeling from drought and deadly floods, experts said Friday.

Swarms of locusts threaten food security in Kenya: govt

Nairobi - Large swarms of desert locusts are spreading through Kenya, after wreaking havoc in Somalia and Ethiopia, posing a significant threat to food security, the agriculture minister said Friday.

Doctors kidnapped in Kenya 'are well,' Cuba says

Havana - Two Cuban doctors who were kidnapped in Kenya in April and taken to Somalia "are well," a Cuban official said Tuesday, adding that both countries were working to get them released.

East Africa reels from deadly floods in extreme weather

Nairobi - A powerful climate phenomenon in the Indian Ocean stronger than any seen in years is unleashing destructive rains and flooding across East Africa -- and scientists say worse could be coming.

Kenyans say UK stole land for tea, push for UN inquiry

Kibore Cheruiyot Ngasura was just a small boy when his family was violently expelled from their ancestral land in Kenya's lush tea-growing western highlands by British colonisers, and banished never to return.

Kenyans rush to swap banknotes as cash ban looms

Nairobi - Last week a man walked into a Nairobi car yard and paid for a luxury Mercedes with a mountain of 1,000 shilling ($10/9 euros) banknotes, desperate to offload cash that within days would be worthless.

Seven children killed, scores hurt in Kenya school collapse

Nairobi - Seven children died and scores were injured early Monday when a school building collapsed in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, in an accident blamed on shoddy construction.

Seven dead after 'out of nowhere' flood in Kenya

Nairobi - A tourist who lost his wife and four other family members in a flash flood in Kenya told AFP Monday the wall of water surged "out of nowhere" as they hiked to a popular gorge.

Aid groups warn against Kenya's UN bid to sanction Al-Shabaab

Nairobi - Kenya is urging the UN to list Al-Shabaab under the same sanctions as Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, but foreign donors say the move could leave millions in drought-stricken Somalia without aid.

Gentle giraffes threatened with 'silent extinction'

For most of his life as a Samburu warrior, Lesaiton Lengoloni thought nothing of hunting giraffes, the graceful giants so common a feature of the Kenyan plains where he roamed."There was no particular pride in killing a giraffe, not like a lion...

Hidden mysteries lie in wait inside Kenya's fossil treasury

Nairobi - The only hint that something extraordinary lay inside the plain wooden drawer in an unassuming office behind Nairobi National Museum was a handwritten note stuck to the front: "Pull Carefully".

Three accomplices given long sentences for Kenya university attack

Nairobi - A Nairobi court Wednesday sentenced three men to terms ranging from 41 years to life in prison for abetting the massacre of 148 people by Somali jihadists at Garissa University in northeast Kenya in 2015.

Kenya court blocks East Africa's first coal plantĀ 

Nairobi - Kenya's environment court blocked Wednesday the construction of a coal-fired power station on the country's idyllic Indian Ocean coast, in a move hailed as a major victory by campaigners fighting a years-long battle against the scheme.

Kenyans protest bid to build East Africa's first coal plant

Nairobi - Scores of Kenyans on Wednesday protested a project to build a coal power station near the Lamu archipelago, a popular tourist spot that includes a UNESCO World Heritage site and vibrant marine life.

Dismay as Kenyan court refuses to scrap anti-gay laws

Nairobi - Kenya's high court refused to scrap laws criminalising gay sex on Friday, in a blow to the LGBT community that was criticised by rights groups and the UN as a major step backwards for equality in the east African powerhouse.

Tradition meets tech as Kenya's herders adapt to climate change

For generations, Kaltuma Hassan's clan would study the sky over Kenya's arid north for any sign of rain -- some wind here, a wisp of cloud there -- to guide their parched livestock to water.

Kenyan court due to rule on decriminalising homosexuality

Nairobi - Kenya's High Court is on Friday expected to deliver a long-awaited ruling on whether to scrap colonial-era laws which criminalise homosexuality, a verdict that could have repercussions across Africa.

Activists urge Kenya to halt 'horrific' donkey skin sales to China

Nairobi - Animal activists urged Kenya Thursday to ban the slaughter of donkeys for use in Chinese medicine, a practice which has soared in recent years and decimated African populations of the animal.

Researchers discover ancient giant 'lion' in Kenya

Paris - A giant lion with enormous fangs that roamed the Kenyan savannah more than 20 million years ago was one of the largest ever meat-eating mammals, researchers said Thursday.

Own goal: Kenyan thieves nab guns as police watch Champions League

Nairobi - Police in Kenya have been left red-faced after thieves stole guns and ammunition from an unattended checkpost as the officers on duty watched UEFA Champions League matches down the road.

Two Cuban doctors in Kenya kidnapped by suspected jihadists

Nairobi - Suspected Somali Al-Shabaab jihadis kidnapped two Cuban doctors in northeastern Kenya on Friday and killed their police escort officer, officials said.

Teacher from remote Kenya village is world's best, wins $1 mn

Dubai - A maths and physics teacher from a secondary school in a remote village in Kenya's Rift Valley has won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize for 2019, organisers have said.

When snakes strike, lives shatter

Watamu - On June 15, 2015, four-year-old Chepchirchir Kiplagat's life changed forever. Bitten by a snake as she slept, she permanently lost the use of the right side of her body.

Ethiopian Airlines crash: What is the MCAS system on the Boeing 737 Max 8?

Washington - Similarities between the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes, confirmed by black box data, have focused attention on an anti-stalling system used in the new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.

Boeing black boxes flown to France as jets grounded worldwide

Paris - The black box flight recorders from the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft that crashed in Ethiopia were flown to France Thursday for analysis as the ban on the model went worldwide after President Donald Trump added the US to countries that have grounded the air...

New Zealand bans Boeing 737 MAX flights

Wellington - New Zealand's aviation watchdog joined counterparts worldwide on Wednesday in banning Boeing 737 MAX aircraft from its airspace in the wake of a deadly plane crash in Ethiopia.

Ethiopia to send black boxes to Europe as questions mount over crash

Addis Ababa - Ethiopia said Wednesday it would send the black boxes from last weekend's deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash to Europe for analysis as demand grew for urgent answers over the safety of the Boeing 737 MAX 8.

Ethiopian Airlines crash: What is the MCAS system on the Boeing 737 Max 8?

Washington - Similarities between the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes have focused attention on an anti-stalling system used in the new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.

Two days on, loved ones of plane crash victims await closure

Addis Ababa - Shimon Misha flew from Israel to Ethiopia to collect the remains of his colleague, Avi Matzliah, one of 157 people who died when a Boeing 737 crashed just minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa Sunday."There is a mother and sister and brother.

Macron on trip to woo E.Africa amid China's African expansion

Gonder - President Emmanuel Macron visited former French colony Djibouti on Tuesday with promises of a "respectful" partnership in the face of growing African indebtedness to China, which is fast expanding its foothold on the continent.
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September 21  2013 -- Gunman have stormed an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi  Kenya. Government spe...
September 21, 2013 -- Gunman have stormed an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Government special forces have entered the complex and it is believed that at least 22 people are dead in suspected terror attack
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