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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)

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

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.

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

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

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 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

Benarkah Indonesia serahkan diri ke negara maju di pertemuan WTO?

Dec 30, 2015 - 10:14 PM

Paket Nairobi dianggap tak menunjukkan kemajuan berarti Jurang antara negara kaya dan negara berkembang makin lebar

Kelompok anti World Trade Organisation (WTO) berunjuk rasa di Nairobi, Kenya, 16 Desember 2015. Stringer/AFP

Helping sari-sari store owners through technology

Aug 17, 2015 - 5:14 PM

A Filipino start up shines at the 2015 Global Entrepreneur Summit

GLOBAL FILIPINO. Sari Software CEO Ibrahim Bernardo pitches his start-up's latest innovation - SariScan.  Ibrahim Bernardo

Obama in Kenya for security, human rights talks

Jul 25, 2015 - 9:51 AM

UPDATED Excitement has been building in Kenya for weeks with the visit seen as a major boost for the east African nation s position as a regional hub

FIRST VISIT. US President Barack Obama waves after landing at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, Kenya, July 24, 2015. Photo by Daniel Irungu/EPA

Kenya massacre mall reopens in capital

Jul 18, 2015 - 6:51 PM

Despite memories of the siege some survivors say they feel safe entering the Westgate mall again

NEW BEGINNING. A general view in the Westgate shopping mall after it reopened on July 18. Photo by Simon Maina/AFP

One killed, 150 hurt in Kenya stampede after power cable blast

Apr 12, 2015 - 11:56 PM

The explosion occurred while students were sleeping on the university s Kikuyu campus about 20 kilometers 12 miles west of the capital of Nairobi

ANOTHER TRAGEDY. Students from University of Nairobi's Kikuyu campus who were discharged from the hospital board the school bus to return to their campus at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, 12 April 2015. According to a local report, at least one student died and 141 others were injured in a stampede in the early morning. Photo by Dai Kurokawa/EPA

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Apr 06, 2015 - 7:34 PM

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Shock, defiance in Kenya after university massacre

Apr 03, 2015 - 10:36 PM

UPDATED Shebab spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage says the killings were in revenge for the presence of Kenyan troops in Somalia

Kenya grieves one year after Westgate mall attack

Sep 21, 2014 - 6:20 PM

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta vows the country would not give in to the Shebab

COMMEMORATION. A visitor looks at photographs taken by Kenyan photographer Kabir Dhanji of a deadly terror attack on Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall, on display during the opening of a Westgate Memorial Exhibition in Nairobi, Kenya, September 18, 2014. Photo by EPA/Dai Kurokawa

US woos Africa as rivals eye economic growth

Aug 03, 2014 - 2:33 PM

African leaders head to Washington for a landmark US summit with President Barack Obama hoping to boost trade development and security ties amid growing competition from China on the continent

KENYA, Nairobi : A shopper looks at football shoes displayed in Gikomba Market, East Africa's biggest second-hand clothing market, on July 10, 2014 in Nairobi. Photo by Simon Maina / AFP

Kenyan troops kill 5 suspects after coastal massacres – officials

Jun 20, 2014 - 12:36 AM

A military source says the five were killed by soldiers but that other suspected attackers escaped

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Ten dead, more than 70 wounded in Nairobi blasts

May 17, 2014 - 9:37 AM

The National Disaster Operation Centre says the first blast in the capital occurred next to a 14 seater public minibus while the second was inside a shop in Gikomba Market close to Nairobi s central business district

12 dead as Kenya train hits bus: police

Oct 30, 2013 - 9:42 PM

The accident takes place as the roads are crowded with commuters during morning rush hour

DEADLY CRASH. The train crashed into the side of the bus as it crossed the railway line during the morning rush hour in Nairobi. Photo from Agence France-Presse

Memorial service held one month after Nairobi mall attack

Oct 22, 2013 - 12:27 AM

Kenya unites to remember those who died at the Westgate Mall shooting

TEARS OF REMEMBRANCE. Friends and family of the Westgate Mall shooting victims console each other at a memorial. AFP PHOTO/SIMON MAINA

Soldiers with shopping bags in Kenya mall video – report

Oct 19, 2013 - 4:48 PM

The report comes two days after members of parliament investigating the attack absolved the army of looting

AFTER THE SIEGE. Smoke rises from the Westgate mall on September 24, 2013 in Nairobi. AFP/Carl de Souza

Nairobi mall assailants numbered no more than six - police

Oct 05, 2013 - 10:16 PM

Earlier reports from Kenyan officials say between 10 and 15 gunmen were involved in the shopping mall attack

MALL ATTACK. People run away from an upmarket mall after masked gunmen stormed it and sprayed gunfire on shoppers and staff on September 21, 2013 in Nairobi. AFP/Simon Maina

Kenya probes into mall massacre amid looting anger

Oct 02, 2013 - 11:47 AM

UPDATED Meanwhile rights groups condemned comments by the lawmakers that they would also rethink Kenya s hosting of some half a million Somali refugees

AFTER THE SIEGE. Smoke rises from the Westgate mall on September 24, 2013 in Nairobi. AFP/Carl de Souza

Pressure mounts on Kenyan government over mall attack

Sep 29, 2013 - 8:52 AM

Kenya s government face tough questions after the leaking of an intelligence report dated September 13 that warned of an elevated risk

AFTER THE SIEGE. Smoke rises from the Westgate mall on September 24, 2013 in Nairobi. AFP/Carl de Souza

Kenya to stay in Somalia despite attack

Sep 28, 2013 - 3:38 PM

Kenya has vowed not to bow to Shebab threats of more attacks if troops are not pulled out of Somalia

Shebab say more attacks after Nairobi mall siege

Sep 27, 2013 - 8:02 PM

Kenya meanwhile entered its third and final day of official mourning with flags at half mast across the country

AFTER THE SIEGE. Smoke rises from the Westgate mall on September 24, 2013 in Nairobi. AFP/Carl de Souza

Interpol issues arrest notice for 'White Widow' wanted by Kenya

Sep 26, 2013 - 11:27 PM

A statement said that 29 year old British national Samantha Lewthwaite was wanted by Kenya on charges of being in possession of explosives and conspiracy to commit a felony dating back to December 2011

Nairobi mall siege witness: 'They killed, then paused for a drink'

Sep 26, 2013 - 10:15 PM

Before long [the gunmen] started to call out: If you re still alive we ll let you go I heard some ladies call out I wish they hadn t I wish they d held on because I heard them get shot in cold blood

IN THE MIDDLE OF TERROR. An image grab taken from AFP TV shows two children and a woman taking cover behind a bar inside a shopping mall following an attack by masked gunmen in Westgate Mall, Nairobi. Photo by AFP/AFPTV/Nichole Sobecki

Kenya forces say mall battle in final stages

Sep 23, 2013 - 8:28 AM

The Kenyan army said it was trying to bring the 36 hour long bloodbath to a speedy conclusion

PREPARING FOR BATTLE. Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) arrive on September 22, 2013 at the Westgate mall in Nairobi. AFP / Simon Maina

Kenya forces battle to end deadly mall siege

Sep 23, 2013 - 12:06 AM

Kenyan troops backed by Israeli agents cornered Somali militants holding hostages inside a Nairobi shopping mall in a terrifying siege that killed 59

SHOOTING. Kenyan troops taking position on September 21, 2013 inside the Westgate mall in Nairobi. Photo from AFP

Troops battle to free remaining hostages in Nairobi mall

Sep 22, 2013 - 4:18 PM

Kenyan security officials said they were attempting to kill or capture the remaining attackers and end to the 22 hour long bloodbath at the Westgate mall

ESCAPE FROM DANGER. People escape from the fire allegedly started by gunmen inside of the Westgate shopping mall after a shootout in Nairobi, Kenya, 21 September 2013. EPA/Kabir Dhanji

Somali rebels kill 39 in Nairobi shopping mall bloodbath

Sep 22, 2013 - 8:06 AM

5th UPDATE A spokesman for Shebab said the attack was a response to Kenya s nearly two year old military presence in war torn Somalia in support of the internationally backed government

MALL ATTACK. People run away from an upmarket mall after masked gunmen stormed it and sprayed gunfire on shoppers and staff on September 21, 2013 in Nairobi. AFP/Simon Maina

Search on for kidnapped Filipino in Kenya

Jun 30, 2012 - 3:04 PM

UPDATED Filipino aid worker Glenn Costes who was kidnapped along with 3 others serves 70 000 in the world s largest refugee camp