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Fuming Kenyatta hits out at judiciary over poll cancellation

Sep 02, 2017 - 10:28 PM

While repeating his assertion that he respected the Supreme Court decision a bellicose Kenyatta sets the stage for a bitter and tense re run of the presidential election which must take place before October 31

UHURU KENYATTA. Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses a crowd on September 1, 2017 in a Nairobi susburb, following an announcement by the country's Supreme Court that Kenya's August 8 election, in which Uhuru was declared winner, had been cancelled. Photo by Tony Karumba/ AFP

Kenya media hail 'bombshell' court ruling to annul vote

Sep 02, 2017 - 4:48 PM

Chief Justice David Maraga declares President Uhuru Kenyatta s victory invalid null and void

Shock as Kenya court cancels election result, demands re-run

Sep 01, 2017 - 6:33 PM

Veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga 72 for whom the court decision represented a rare victory in his political career hails the ruling as historic

RAILA ODINGA. Kenya's opposition leader and National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga (C) arrives to the Kenyan Supreme Court that will address a judgment over an opposition petition challenging the result of the August 8 presidential election in Nairobi on September 1, 2017. Photo by Simon Maina/AFP

Kenya's Odinga calls strike as he mulls options

Aug 14, 2017 - 10:25 AM

Kenya s opposition leader Raila Odinga urges his supporters to stay home from work Monday August 14 to mourn those killed in protests over what he claims was a rigged election while he mulls his next move

A portrait of embattled Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga is carried by a crowd waiting for his arrival in Nairobi, on August 13, 2017 in Mathare, a neighborhood of the capital. Marco Longari/AFP

Pressure mounts on Kenya opposition to quell deadly protests

Aug 13, 2017 - 3:34 PM

Kenya s defeated opposition faces mounting calls at home and abroad to calm their supporters

UNREST. A man runs away from Kenyan security forces patrolling in the Kawangware slum of Nairobi on August 12, 2017, following overnight protests against the election victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta by opposition supporters. Simon Maina/AFP

2 shot dead in protests against disputed Kenya vote

Aug 12, 2017 - 9:29 AM

UPDATED All eyes are now on the reaction of Raila Odinga who has now lost 3 elections he claims were stolen from him

SECOND TERM. Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (L), flanked by his wife Margaret Gakuo Kenyatta, speaks following the Electoral Commission's official announcement of the election results on August 11, 2017 at the Bomas of Kenya in Langata, Nairobi. Photo by John Muchucha/AFP

The week in photos: August 5-11, 2017

Aug 12, 2017 - 7:17 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

SAVING THE ELEPHANTS. An Indian volunteer for animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal poses for a photograph wearing a costume depicting an elephant during a protest in New Delhi on August 9, 2017. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Jittery Kenya awaits final election results after disputed poll

Aug 10, 2017 - 2:05 PM

The east African nation keenly aware of post poll violence a decade ago that left 1 100 dead in on a knife edge after a day of isolated protests in opposition strongholds

POST-POLL VIOLENCE. Protesters set up a burning barricade using tyres in Kibera slum in Nairobi on August 9, 2017, during protests against Kenya's national election results. Tony Karumba/AFP

Kenya police in running battles in opposition stronghold – AFP

Aug 09, 2017 - 6:11 PM

The protesters chant No Raila no peace their rallying cry after both 2007 and 2013 elections which the veteran opposition leader claims were stolen from him

Kenya opposition claims vote has been hacked

Aug 09, 2017 - 5:24 PM

Opposition leader Raila Odinga rejects the results claiming at a morning press conference that they were the result of a intrusion by hackers into the IEBC s electronic voting system set up to guard against vote fraud

COUNTING THE VOTE. Voting officals count ballots on August 8, 2017 at the Victoria primary school polling station in Kisumu. Photo by Fredrik Lerneryd/ AFP

Kenyatta leads Kenya election results as opposition cries foul

Aug 09, 2017 - 8:01 AM

UPDATED The allegation by Uhuru Kenyatta s main challenger Raila Odinga set the stage for a protracted and possibly violent dispute over the results of Tuesday s August 8 election

CRUCIAL COUNT. Electoral Commission officials count ballots at a polling station in Nairobi on August 8, 2017. Tony Karumba/AFP

Kenyans flock to vote in high-stakes elections

Aug 08, 2017 - 1:43 PM

UPDATED From first time voters to those bent with age from urbanites to ethnic Samburu warriors thousands descend upon polling stations long before dawn to cast their ballots

Kenyans wait in line to cast their ballot in the general elections at a polling station in Kisumu on August 8, 2017. Fredrik Lerneryd/AFP

Calls for peace on eve of tense Kenya election

Aug 08, 2017 - 7:40 AM

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta gives a televised election eve speech aimed at easing tensions after a final campaign week marred by rigging accusations leveled by his bitter rival Raila Odinga

PREPARED. Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials make a sweep of electoral material August 7, 2017 at a holding centre in Kagio before their distribution to the polling stations a day before Kenya goes to the general election. Simon Maina/AFP

Kenya on a knife edge ahead of high-stakes elections

Aug 06, 2017 - 10:03 AM

The August 8 election is seen as a crucial test of Kenya s progress since a disputed poll a decade ago led to two months of politically motivated ethnic clashes

POSTERS EVERYWHERE. A man looks at his phone as he sits at a bus stop decorated with election campaign posters of Kenya's National Super Alliance (NASA) opposition leader and presidential candidate Raila Odinga in Nairobi on August 2, 2017. Simon Maina/AFP

Top Kenya election official 'tortured and murdered'

Jul 31, 2017 - 11:11 PM

The body of Chris Msando a top information technology manager at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission IEBC is identified at the city morgue according to IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati

Unknown gunmen attack home of Kenya deputy president

Jul 29, 2017 - 11:00 PM

Deputy President William Ruto is not home during the attack which left one officer from an elite police unit seriously injured

WILLIAM RUTO. In this file photo, Kenya's deputy president William Samoei Ruto gives a press conference at his state-office in Nairobi's suburb of Karen in April 2016. Tony Karumba/AFP

Kenya's social media election: Attack ads and data mining

Jul 17, 2017 - 1:29 PM

There are fears data will be swept up and used to create psychological profiles of voters so that specific messages can be tailored to specific voters

VIRAL. Men watch a campaign ad that was unleashed on the internet this week in Kenya just weeks before national elections, on July 13, 2017, in Nairobi. Simon Maina/AFP

Africa gets generic version of most effective HIV drug

Jun 28, 2017 - 11:15 PM

A box of 30 pills of Dolutegravir DTG which lasts a month typically costs between 25 and 50 The generic version only costs 4

DOLUTEGRAVIR. Image from https://aidsinfo.nih.gov/drugs/509/dolutegravir/0/patient

Eyeing growth boost, Kenya opens Chinese-built railway

May 31, 2017 - 7:13 PM

The railway is part of a master plan by east African leaders to connect their nations by rail

GRAND LAUNCH. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta flags off a cargo train, as it leaves the container terminal for its inaugural journey to Nairobi, at the port of the coastal town of Mombasa on May 30, 2017. Tony Karumba/AFP

First large-scale malaria vaccine trials for Africa

Apr 24, 2017 - 7:06 PM

The vaccine also known as Mosquirix is developed by GlaxoSmithKline GSK in partnership with the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative The large scale three country pilot will test it on children aged 5 to 17 months

MALARIA VACCINE TRIALS. A child suffering from malaria lies on a bed at the hospital of Nyarugusu, in north west of Tanzania, on June 11, 2015.  File photo by Stephanie Aglietti/AFP

10 killed in latest Kenya drought clash

Mar 20, 2017 - 3:31 PM

Drought hit Kenya has seen rural communities fighting over pasture to graze their animals

KENYAN GRASSLAND. A photo made on January 24, 2017 shows a family of elephant frolicking close to a dam at the Loisaba wildlife conservancy in northern Laikpia, Kenya. Tony Karumba/AFP

Kenya opposition forms super alliance to unseat Kenyatta

Jan 12, 2017 - 8:35 AM

The country s 5 main opposition parties say they intend to field a single candidate in the presidential vote under the National Super Alliance

UNITED FRONT. Opposition leaders (from-L) Musalia Mudavadi- Amani National Congress, Kalonzo Musyoka- Wiper movement, Raila Odinga- Orange Democratic Party (ODM), Moses Wetangula- FORD-Kenya and Nick Salat- Kenya African National Union (KANU) raise their clasped hands on the podium on January 11, 2017 in the capital Nairobi. Tony Karumba/AFP

Over 30 dead as Kenya petrol tanker crashes, explodes

Dec 11, 2016 - 11:03 AM

More than 30 people die when a petrol tanker crashes into other vehicles and burst into flames outside the town of Naivasha officials say

Vehicles damaged in an oil tanker explosion are seen in Karai, Naivasha, on December 11, 2016. Simon Maina/AFP

Kenya suspends Dadaab refugee camp closure for 6 months

Nov 17, 2016 - 7:59 AM

The decision to push the deadline back to May 2017 comes just two weeks before the camp is scheduled to close amid mounting concern that Somali refugees are being forced to leave

An overview of the part of the eastern sector of the IFO-2 camp in the sprawling Dadaab refugee camp, north of the Kenyan capital Nairobi seen on April 28, 2015. Tony Karumba/AFP

12 killed in northeast Kenya bomb attack – police

Oct 25, 2016 - 2:02 PM

UPDATED This is the second attack in Mandera in under a month – the previous one on October 6 was claimed by the Al Qaeda linked Shabaab group

FOTO: Keseruan Jakarta Marathon 2016 diguyur hujan

Oct 24, 2016 - 9:45 AM

Apakah kamu termasuk salah satu Jakarta Marathon finisher ?

Sebanyak 16.000 pelari dari berbagai negara mengikuti Mandiri Jakarta Marathon 2016. Foto oleh Akbar Nugroho Gumay/Antara

Pemenang Jakarta Marathon kecewa hadiah uang tahun ini lebih kecil

Oct 24, 2016 - 9:27 AM

Juara kategori marathon penuh 42K tahun lalu mendapatkan hadiah Rp250 juta sedangkan tahun ini Rp42 juta

Pelari putra asal Kenya, Kennedy Lilan Kiproo, memasuki garis finish kategori Full Marathon dalam lomba lari Mandiri Jakarta Marathon 2016 di Silang Monas, Jakarta, pada 23 Oktober 2016. Foto oleh Akbar Nugroho Gumay/Antara

Kenya forcing refugees back to Somalia – NGO

Oct 10, 2016 - 2:58 PM

Kenya is violating international law by forcing residents of the world s largest refugee camp to return to Somalia an aid agency says

An overview of the part of the eastern sector of the IFO-2 camp in the sprawling Dadaab refugee camp, north of the Kenyan capital Nairobi seen on April 28, 2015. Tony Karumba/AFP

10 countries host half world's refugees – Amnesty

Oct 04, 2016 - 3:02 PM

Countries immediately neighboring crisis zones – led by Jordan Turkey and Pakistan – bear the brunt of the global refugee problem

ESCAPE. In this file photo, Syrian refugees carry their belongings as they wait to enter Jordanian side of the Hadalat border crossing, a military zone east of the capital Amman, after arriving from Syria on May 4, 2016. Khalil Mazraawi/AFP

Japan takes aid show to Africa, in China's shadow

Aug 27, 2016 - 12:24 PM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will use the opportunity to meet with dozens of leaders from across Africa among them Kenya s President Uhuru Kenyatta and South Africa s Jacob Zuma

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a session with Kenya's Ministry of Health and world Bank group at the TICAD conference in August 26, 2016, in Nairobi. Simon Maina/AFP

Kenya's Sumgong wins Rio Olympics women's marathon

Aug 14, 2016 - 11:18 PM

Jemima Sumgong times 2 hours 24 minutes and 4 seconds for Kenya s first ever women s marathon gold over the 42km course

Jemima Jelagat Sumgong of Kenya wins the women's Marathon race of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Athletics, Track and Field events at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 14 August 2016. EPA/BERND THISSEN

Kenyan coach dismissed from Rio after trying to take drug test for runner

Aug 13, 2016 - 12:40 AM

Athletics gets underway in Rio as doping continues to be an issue at the Olympics

SUSPICIOUS. A few eyebrows were raised when a Kenyan coach attempted to submit a urine sample on behalf of Ferguson Rotich after he competed in the men's 800m heats. Photo by Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

[Dash of SAS] Including minors in HIV response

Aug 01, 2016 - 1:25 PM

A recent DOH study on adolescent HIV estimates that there are 9 559 adolescents who have HIV but only 10 have been diagnosed Currently only 381 are enrolled on anti retroviral therapy

PH among countries with increasing HIV infections

Jul 22, 2016 - 6:01 PM

A study shows increase in new HIV infection rate from 2005 to 2015 in 74 countries

India's Modi heads to Africa with an eye on China

Jul 06, 2016 - 12:08 PM

India has been working to improve ties with African nations as it vies for a greater share of the continent s natural resources

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Mexico City on June 8, 2016. Yuri Cortez/AFP/File

Kenya faces legal action over refugee camp closure

Jun 07, 2016 - 8:34 AM

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights KNCHR says the closure will endanger refugees if they are forcibly returned without proper assessment of the security concerns

CLOSING? This file photo taken on April 28, 2015 shows an overview of the eastern sector of the IFO-2 camp in the sprawling Dadaab refugee camp, some 470 kilometers north-east of the Kenyan capital Nairobi. Tony Karumba/AFP

Kenya to close world's largest refugee camp 'by November'

Jun 01, 2016 - 8:38 AM

The sprawling Dadaab camp on the Kenya Somalia border hosts some 350 000 refugees the vast majority of whom fled Somalia s more than two decade long conflict

CLOSING? This file photo taken on April 28, 2015 shows an overview of the eastern sector of the IFO-2 camp in the sprawling Dadaab refugee camp, some 470 kilometers north-east of the Kenyan capital Nairobi. Tony Karumba/AFP

The Paris Agreement and PH's fossil fuel industry

May 24, 2016 - 11:13 AM

The most effective way to reduce the impact of the fossil fuel industry in the Philippines is to convince investors to shift their investments from fossil fuels to renewable energy

Kenya earmarks $10M to close world's largest refugee camp

May 12, 2016 - 12:55 AM

The Kenyan government decides to shut down the Dadaab refugee camp over security concerns

epa05292676 (FILE) A file photograph dated 01 August 2011 shows newly arrived refugees who had fled the famine-hit Somalia waiting in line at a reception at Ifo camp, one of three camps that make up sprawling Dadaab refugee camp in Dadaab, northeastern Kenya. Kenyan government announced on 06 May 2016 that it will close the country's two refugee camps, Dadaab and Kakuma, citing economic burden and security threats. The closure of the camps would displace some 600,000 refugees. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

Kenya building collapse toll stands at 49 as rescue efforts end

May 08, 2016 - 6:10 AM

Overall 140 people were rescued from the ruins

A woman is carried on a stretcher by medical personnel after she was rescued alive on May 5, 2016 after being trapped in the rubble of a residential house that collapsed during torrential rain in Kenyan capital, Nairobi's low-income suburb of Huruma. Tony Karumba/AFP

Baby girl rescued 4 days after Kenya building collapse

May 03, 2016 - 5:10 PM

UPDATED The baby s father calls the recovery of his 7 month old daughter a miracle

epa05285768 Local residents walk next to a collapsed building in the Huruma estate of Mathare slum, Nairobi, Kenya, 01 May 2016. The search and rescue operation continued on 01 May, after a six-storey residential building collpased on 29 April amid heavy rain. The death toll has risen to 16 according to the National Disaster Management Unit. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta visited the scene on 30 April and ordered the arrest of the owner of the building. A total of 69 people are still unaccounted for while 135 people have been rescued from the rubbles, according to the local media. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

Death toll in Kenya building collapse reaches 16

May 01, 2016 - 9:55 PM

Two neighboring buildings are also declared unsafe and evacuated

epa05285590 Local residents look at a collapsed building across the river as rescue operation continues in the Huruma estate of the Mathare slum, Nairobi, Kenya, 01 May 2016. The search and rescue operation continued on 01 May, after a six-storey residential building collpased on 29 April amid heavy rain. The death toll has risen to 16 according to the National Disaster Management Unit. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta visited the scene on 30 April and ordered the arrest of the owner of the building. A total of 69 people are still unaccounted for while 135 people have been rescued from the rubbles, according to the local media. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

Kenya lights world's biggest ivory bonfire

Apr 30, 2016 - 10:38 PM

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta sets fire to the world s biggest ivory bonfire after demanding a total ban on trade in tusks and horns to end murderous trafficking and prevent the extinction of elephants in the wild

ON FIRE. This picture show stacks of Ivory burning at the Nairobi National Park on April 30, 2016. Photo by Carl de Souza / AFP

14 killed in Nairobi floods and building collapse

Apr 30, 2016 - 1:41 PM

UPDATED One survivor was pulled from the huge pile of rubble shortly after dawn KenyaRed Cross said some 10 hours after the building

Emergency personnel look for survivors trapped under the rubble of a building that collapsed in Nairobi late on April 29, 2016. Photo from AFP

Kenya avoids Olympics ban with anti-doping bill

Apr 21, 2016 - 10:14 AM

Kenya had been threatened with a ban from the Rio Games if the country did not apply new anti doping legislation to tackle a spate of damaging positive drug tests

SKIRTING BAN. Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and the Arts, Hassan Wario, delivers his speech during an award gala ceremony at the Fifth Athletics Kenya Golden Gala in Nairobi, Kenya, 10 December 2015. Photo by Daniel Irungu/EPA

Kenya marks Garissa university massacre anniversary

Apr 02, 2016 - 5:28 PM

The country marks the first anniversary of the Garissa university massacre with a run in honor of the victims as well as prayers and candlelight vigils organized by ordinary citizens

epa04988267 YEARENDER 2015 APRIL A young girl inspects photographs of mourners taken and sold by a photographer as souvenirs outside a Catholic church where a service for twenty one-year-old Angela Nyokabi Githakwa who was killed in an attack on Garissa University College on 02 April 2015 was held in a village near Gatundu, some 50km north of Nairobi, Kenya, 10 April 2015. Githakwa was killed in an attack by Islamist militant group al-Shabab from Somalia just one month before she turned 22. Hundreds of people gathered in a small village to mourn the young girl's death. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

Kenya lions 'back in park' after city visit – rangers

Feb 20, 2016 - 4:53 PM

The lionesses and cub return to Nairobi National Park of their own accord says the Kenya Wildlife Service

In this file photo, a young lion looks towards the Nairobi skyline at the Nairobi National Park on August 10, 2015. Tony Karumba/AFP

Panic as lions on the loose in Kenyan capital

Feb 19, 2016 - 6:02 PM

At least two lionesses are reported to have left Nairobi s national park and meandered into highly populated areas of the Kenyan capital

LIONS ON THE LOOSE. A Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) warden carries a tranquilizer gun, during a search of two lions on February 19, 2016 who left Nairobi's national park and went into "highly populated" areas, in Nairobi. At least two lionesses are reported to have late February 18, 2016 left the park, spread over 117 square kilometres (45 square miles) where buffalo and rhino roam just seven kilometers from the bustling high-rise city centre. Photo by Simon Maina/AFP

Science sleuths lift veil on prehistoric mass murder

Jan 21, 2016 - 11:29 AM

The finding adds to the debate about why humans make war

MASSACRE VICTIM. Detail of the skull, part of a skeleton of a man, found lying prone in the sediments at Nataruk, near Kenya's Lake Turkana. Image by Marta Mirazon Lahr, enhanced by Fabio Lahr

Kenya's Garissa university reopens 9 months after massacre

Jan 04, 2016 - 11:20 PM

University principal Ahmed Osman Warfa says most of the staff had reported for duty ahead of the new term and that around 60 students were expected to return on January 11

SAFE AND SOUND. One of the university students (C) who were rescued, is overwhelmed by grief as she speaks on phone inside a bus provided by the government as they wait to be transported home, from the Garissa military camp, in Garissa town, located near the border with Somalia, some 370km northeast of the capital Nairobi, Kenya, 04 April 2015. Daniel Irungu/EPA