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'Super-human' Kipchoge busts mythical two-hour marathon barrier

Oct 12, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge becomes the first to run a marathon in under two hours

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge celebrates after smashing the mythical two-hour barrier in marathon. Photo by Herbert Neubauer/AFP

Mobile credit expands mass surveillance of ordinary Kenyans

Sep 21, 2019 - 4:52 PM

‘Fintech’ apps bring credit to poor Kenyans. Debt and invasions of privacy are part of the deal.

Scientists a step closer to saving northern white rhino from extinction

Aug 24, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Eggs are harvested from Najin, 30, and daughter Fatu, 19, the last two northern white rhinos left on the planet

Najin (foreground), 30, and daughter Fatu, 19, two female northern white rhinos, the last two northern white rhinos left on the planet, graze in their secured paddock on August 23, 2019 at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Nanyuki, 147 kilometres north of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. - Veterinarians have successfully harvested eggs from the last two surviving northern white rhinos, taking them one step closer to bringing the species back from the brink of extinction, scientists said in Kenya on August 23. Science is the only hope for the northern white rhino after the death last year of the last male, named Sudan, at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya where the groundbreaking procedure was carried out August 22, 2019. (Photo by TONY KARUMBA / AFP)

'Like a miracle': Poo powering Kenya's modern farmers

Aug 11, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Biogas is filling a gap in East Africa, where developing economies are fast growing but power is costly, unreliable or non-existent

Farmer Samuel Mwangi cleans a cow shed at his farm in Ikinu, Kiambu county 28km from the capital, on May 16, 2019.  Simon MAINA / AFP

Cleanup of Nairobi rivers uncovers grisly find of 14 bodies

May 26, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Most of the dead found are babies and children

A volunteer takes a break from cleaning out a section of Nairobi river that is adjascent to a micro-recreation park initiated by slum youth that is situated on a section of the bank reclaimed from the heavily polluted waters of the river in Nairobi's Korogocho shanty town on May 17, 2019 in Nairobi, where at least 69, mostly reforming hoodlums and dilinquents, are now eching out a livelyhood cleaning up the river and it's environs. - Slum youth in Korogocho, worn out of being in constant 'flee-mode' at the sight or sound of police in the ghetto decided in 2017 to create the park as part of their efforts to clean up the putrid environment thynhad grown up in and evidence to their local community of their decision to reform from crime and inspire younger generations from criminal ways. (Photo by TONY KARUMBA / AFP)

Nations agree 'significant' plastic cuts

Mar 15, 2019 - 8:49 PM

(UPDATED) The final ministerial statement – issued on a day of youth protests against climate change – makes only two references to man-made global warming and none to the fossil fuels that drive it

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Leaders appeal for 'urgent action' on environment

Mar 14, 2019 - 8:26 PM

Earth is already experiencing fallout from its fossil fuel addiction, with climate change driving more frequent droughts, floods and superstorms fuelled by warmer, rising seas

U.N. environment talks open under shadow of Ethiopian plane crash

Mar 11, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Maimunah Sharif, head of UN Habitat, says at least 22 UN employees were among those who died when the Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines jet crashed early Sunday, March 10

SILENCE. People have a moment of silence for the victims, including UN workers, of Ethiopia Airline's crash before the 4th UN Environment Assembly at the UN headquaters in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 11, 2019. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/

Disappointment as Kenya court delays decision on anti-gay laws

Feb 22, 2019 - 4:07 PM

The delay is met with dismay by Kenya's LGBT community and their allies, who have been anxiously awaiting a ruling on the petition, which was filed 3 years ago

ANTI-LGBT LAWS. LGBT Bishop Joseph Tolton (R) and other members attend an inter-faith service in Nairobi, Kenya, on February 17, 2019. Photo by Simon Maina/AFP

Kenyan president says Nairobi attack over as 'terrorists' killed

Jan 16, 2019 - 8:50 PM

'I can confirm that... the security operation at Dusit complex is over and all the terrorists eliminated,' says Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenyan special forces take position outside a hotel complex following an explosion in Nairobi's Westlands suburb on January 15, 2019, in Kenya. The Al-Shabaab Islamist group in Somalia claimed responsibility for an ongoing attack in the Kenyan capital, according to the SITE Intelligence Group which monitors jihadist activities. Luis TATO / AFP

15 killed in ongoing Islamist attack on Kenya hotel complex

Jan 16, 2019 - 9:06 AM

(UPDATED) 'We still believe there are two or 3 attackers in specific locations,' the first police officer says. 'The situation is far from over.'

DEADLY ATTACK. A man walks past bullet marks on a glass outside the DusitD2 hotel complex in Nairobi's Westlands suburb on January 15, 2019, in Kenya, after a blast followed by a gun battle rocked the upmarket hotel and office complex. Photo by Simon Maina/AFP

Somalia's Shabaab Islamist group claims attack in Nairobi

Jan 15, 2019 - 11:20 PM

The Al-Qaeda-linked group says it is behind the attack, which has seen a blast and gunfire at the DusitD2 hotel and office compound in a Nairobi suburb

HOAX: Kenyan gov't 'erects Duterte statue'

Dec 14, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The image of the supposed statue used in the claim is actually that of former president Ferdinand Marcos in Ilocos Norte

The secret behind MUJI's design as told by Kenya Hara, art director

Oct 28, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Hara talks about the popular household brand's design philosophy of 'emptiness' and what it means

MUJI’s art director Kenya Hara is coming to Manila

Oct 11, 2018 - 6:31 PM

...and he'll be giving a talk at the De La Salle University

More than 40 dead in Kenya bus accident

Oct 10, 2018 - 2:43 PM

The Kenyan Red Cross says the bus overturned. More details on the cause of the accident were not immediately available.

Desperate search for missing after deadly Lake Victoria disaster

Sep 21, 2018 - 2:02 PM

(UPDATED) The MV Nyerere may have been carrying as many as 200 passengers -- double the ferry's capacity -- when it capsized close to the pier on Ukara Island

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge sets new marathon world record

Sep 16, 2018 - 5:56 PM

The Olympic champion shaves over a minute off the previous world mark set by Dennis Kimetto

WORLD’S BEST. Eliud Kipchoge proves yet agains that he’s among the all-time best athletes. Photo by John Macdougall/AFP

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Aug 31, 2018 - 1:15 PM

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How a plan to save Kenya's rhino left 11 dead in historic blunder

Aug 30, 2018 - 12:45 PM

Eleven of Kenya's precious black rhinos were transferred to a new home in what was supposed to be a routine operation in a country fabled for its conservation. So how did all of them end up dead?

SAVING RHINOS. Kenya's Tourism and Wildlife Minister Najib Balala (L) looks on as Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) personnel subdue a sedated black rhinoceros at the Nairobi National Park on June 26, 2018 as they prepare to translocate it to Tsavo National Park where some 11 of the critically endangered animals were translocated from Nairobi and Nakuru and ended up dead due to harsh conditions. File photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

Tributes pour in for former UN chief, Nobel laureate Kofi Annan

Aug 18, 2018 - 7:48 PM

(4th UPDATE) World leaders and organizations pay tribute to the former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate

UN CHIEF. In this file photo taken on April 28, 2004, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan takes a question during a press conference at the UN Headquarters in New York. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Kenyan beauty queen sentenced to death for murder

Jul 20, 2018 - 5:06 PM

Kenya has an effective ban on carrying out death sentences and no death row prisoner has been executed since 1987. The death sentence remains on the statute books however.

Fighting 'fake news' with the law

Jul 13, 2018 - 4:38 PM

Some countries are using legislation to fight the spread of 'fake news,' as critics warn of dangers to free speech and the media. Here's a look at the situation in a number of countries.

Hugs and apologies between Kenyan political rivals

May 31, 2018 - 7:42 PM

It comes 8 months after Kenyatta's re-election in a drawn-out poll that divided the nation and left at least 92 dead, according to rights groups

HOPEFUL. Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta greets a member of the Kenyan Red Cross after attending a mass memorial service for the the 48 victims that were killed when a dam burst on May 10, in Solai about 40km north from Nakuru on May 16, 2018. Photo by Suleiman Mbatiah/AFP

FACT CHECK: Kenya president didn’t say Duterte is ‘strongest man in the world’

May 16, 2018 - 6:43 PM

Uhuru Kenyatta’s supposed statement on Rodrigo Duterte was first posted by a pro-Duterte site on February 21. The summit, where the Kenyan president spoke, happened on February 23 yet. He didn’t mention the Philippine president.

Search for missing as Kenya burst dam toll reaches 45

May 11, 2018 - 10:24 PM

A portion of the earthen wall of the dam collapsed, sending millions of liters of water coursing down a muddy slope, engulfing nearby settlements and destroying power lines over a stretch of some 10 kilometers

FLOODING. Villagers cross through receding waters in an area of flash flooding at Solai in Subukia, Nakuru County on May 10, 2018, after the banks of a private dam used for irrigation and fish farming burst its banks some 40kms north of the lakeside town of Nakuru in Kenya's Rift Valley. Photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

Hundreds dead as floods wreak havoc in East Africa

May 04, 2018 - 10:45 PM

Kenya Red Cross says 112 people have lost their lives countrywide since early March

LONG RAINY SEASON. Scenes like this truck falling off the road are typical in Nairobi now that unusually heavy showers have heralded the beginning of Kenya's long rainy season. Photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

Last male northern white rhino dies in Kenya – keepers

Mar 20, 2018 - 3:33 PM

Theoretically, the death of the last male northern white rhino, named Sudan, assures the extinction of this subspecies of rhino

SUDAN. In this file photo, a caregiver calms Sudan, the last known male of the northern white rhinoceros subspecies, on December 5, 2016, at the Ol Pejeta conservancy in Laikipia County. File photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

Kenya can't account for $400 million of public money

Mar 07, 2018 - 6:15 PM

The report for the 2015/2016 financial year describes a litany of misspending and poor accounting under President Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenyan opposition leader Odinga sworn in as 'people's president'

Jan 30, 2018 - 8:43 PM

(UPDATED) Raila Odinga swears himself in as an alternative president, despite warnings that doing such was treasonous

RAILA ODINGA. Kenyan opposition party National Super Alliance (NASA) leader, Raila Odinga holds a bible during a rally in Homa Bay on the shores of Lake Victoria, on January 27, 2018.  Photo by Brian Ongoro/AFP

Sea turtles' sad fate: From restaurant menus to plastic 'soup'

Dec 06, 2017 - 1:56 PM

Plastic ocean pollution is a key item on the menu for ministers from over 100 countries gathering in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi for a 3-day UN Environment Assembly

Kenyatta sworn in for second term as protests leave two dead

Nov 28, 2017 - 4:22 PM

(UPDATED) Kenya's schisms after a grueling election period are on full display on the very first day of Uhuru Kenyatta's second 5-year term

RE-ELECTED. This file photo taken on October 30, 2017 shows Kenya's president-elect, Uhuru Kenyatta at the national tallying centre at Bomas of Kenya. Tony Karumba/AFP

Kenya waits for an end to presidential election re-run

Oct 30, 2017 - 1:04 PM

The results remain on hold as officials mull what to do about the 25 constituencies in 4 western counties where voting was blocked

In this photo, residents of Kawangware district of Nairobi erect a burning barricade on October 27, 2017 during post electoral violence. Marco Longari/AFP

The week in photos: October 21-27, 2017

Oct 28, 2017 - 2:50 PM

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

CHAT. Pope Francis (R) speaks during a video conference connection with the International Space Station (ISS), at the Vatican on 26 October, 2017. Photo by Osservatore Romeno/AFP

Kenya crisis deepens as Kenyatta leads in disputed poll

Oct 28, 2017 - 11:34 AM

(UPDATED) The deeply divisive presidential election has left 9 people dead and scores injured

PROTESTS. Opposition supporters set a fire in the street of Nairobi's Kawangware slum, on October 27, 2017 during protests as election officials counted votes the day after Kenya's presidential re-run took place. Photo by Patrick Meinhardt/AFP

Low turnout as violence tarnishes Kenya's repeat election

Oct 27, 2017 - 5:20 PM

Kenya's second presidential election in 3 months sharply divides east Africa's flagship democracy, and could yet face further legal battles

DAY AFTER. People read local newspapers with a variety of headlines in Nairobi on October 27, 2017, the day after voting took place in repeat presidential polls in Kenya. Photo by Simon Maina/AFP

Kenya opposition chief urges voters to 'stay home' on vote day

Oct 25, 2017 - 11:36 PM

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga calls on his followers to 'hold vigils and prayers away from polling stations or just stay at home'

STAY HOME. Supporters of National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate Raila Odinga take part in a demonstration on the boycott of the upcoming elections on October 25, 2017 in Kisumu, Kenya. Photo by Jennifer Huxta/AFP

Pope Francis calls for 'constructive dialogue' in Kenya

Oct 23, 2017 - 12:50 AM

The pontiff says he is closely monitoring developments in Kenya, after the August election victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta was overturned

DISPUTED. Members of Kenya's civil society demonstrate in Nairobi on September 13, 2017 to demand the removal and arrest of members of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) accused of criminal interference with the process of Kenya's presidential election. Tony Karumba/AFP

Kenya election chief casts doubt on 'free, fair' poll

Oct 19, 2017 - 7:36 AM

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chief Wafula Chebukati lays bare internal divisions and accuses both major parties of interference

IN DOUBT? In this file photo, a Kenyan man casts his ballot at a polling station in Gatundu, Kiambu county, during the August 8, 2017 general election. Simon Maina/AFP

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