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Kenya wildlife reserves threatened as tourists stay away

Jul 13, 2020 - 1:25 PM

The Kenyan tourism ministry says the sector has lost $750 million in 2020 – roughly half of the total revenue in 2019

Cultural performers from the Maasai tribe wear cloth masks as they gather outside their manyatta (village) in Talek in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, where their work of performing for visiting tourists has dwindled, in Talek in Maasai Mara, in the Narok county in Kenya, on June 24, 2020. - At the heart of the majestic plains of the Maasai Mara, the coronavirus pandemic has led to economic disaster for locals who earn a living from tourists coming to see Kenya's abundant wildlife. Even before the virus arrived in Kenya mid-March, tourism revenues plummeted, with cancellations coming in from crucial markets such as China, Europe and the United States. (Photo by Tony Karumba / AFP)

Kenya declares school year 'lost,' classes back in 2021

Jul 07, 2020 - 7:49 PM

'Faced with this uncertain environment, the stakeholders have resolved to reopen all basic education learning institutions in January 2021,' says Education Minister George Magoha

CLOSED. In this file photo, a staff clears a puddle of rain at Saint Hannah's School closed due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19, in Nairobi, on April 29, 2020. File photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Kenya, Uganda latest to receive IMF help against pandemic

May 07, 2020 - 7:00 AM

Both Kenya and Uganda face severe economic shocks amid efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, says the International Monetary Fund

DISTANCING. Vendors practice physical distancing at the Nakasero market in Kampala, Uganda, on April 7, 2020. Photo by Badru Katumba/AFP

Loon internet balloons take flight in Kenya

Apr 23, 2020 - 3:34 PM

Alphabet subsidiary Loon marks its first commercial service, about 7 years since it became an official project at the company

LOON. A Loon internet ballon in flight. Photo from Loon blog/Medium

In Kenya, thousands left in limbo without ID cards

Apr 18, 2020 - 7:00 PM

A government program for citizens and refugees highlights the pitfalls of humanitarian biometrics

Photos by Klein Ongaki and Rich Allela

'It's not rosy': Kenya's flowers rot amid virus slowdown

Mar 27, 2020 - 9:55 AM

Flowers, along with tea and tourism, are a backbone of Kenya's economy. But the flower industry is wilting due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Workers of the flower farm put reserved roses for a client's urgent order into a cart to dump them at the Bliss Flora farm in Nakuru, on March 23, 2020, all after completely stopping their export of 10000 stems per day to Europe, Australia, Russia, China and Japan. - At the "Bliss Flora" farm in Njoro the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis is taking its toll: none of the 100,000 to 120,000 roses produced daily for export can be sold. Between the collapse of the European market - where 70 per cent of the cut flowers produced in Kenya go - and the ever-increasing restrictions in the airline sector, the entire industry has been brought to its knees. (Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP)

German army loses 6 million masks in Kenya

Mar 24, 2020 - 5:57 PM

A German army shipment of 6 million face masks needed to protect against the novel coronavirus vanishes in Kenya. It isn't immediately clear why the shipment was transiting through there, a spokeswoman says.

Ethiopia, Kenya confirm 1st virus cases in East Africa

Mar 13, 2020 - 7:18 PM

(UPDATED) Other countries in the region have been rolling out their own measures

FIRST CASE. Kenyan health workers wear protective suits during a demonstration for preparations for any potential cases of the new coronavirus dubbed COVID-19, at the Mbgathi District hospital in Nairobi on March 6, 2020. File photo by Simon Maina/AFP

Rare white giraffes killed by poachers in Kenya

Mar 11, 2020 - 4:21 PM

Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy, custodians of the white giraffe, says the deaths was a 'sad day' and a major loss for researchers and tourism providers working in the remote corner of Kenya

A handout image made available by the Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy shows the rare white giraffe taken on May 31, 2017, in Garissa county in North Eastern Kenya. Kenya's only female white giraffe and her calf have been killed by poachers, conservationists said on March 10, 2020, in a major blow for the rare animals found nowhere else in the world. The bodies of the two giraffes were found "in a skeletal state after being killed by armed poachers" in Garissa in eastern Kenya, the Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy said in a statement. Their deaths leave just one remaining white giraffe alive -- a lone male, borne by the same slaughtered female, the conservancy said.  Handout / Caters News Agency / AFP

Kenya mourns Moi with state funeral

Feb 11, 2020 - 11:01 PM

Mourners begin gathering at a national athletics stadium before dawn to pay their respects

STATE FUNERAL. Military officers carrying the coffin of the late former Kenya President, Daniel Arap Moi, draped in the Kenya national flag, during a state funeral service in Nairobi on February 11, 2020. Photo by Simon Maina/AFP

Kenyans queue to see body of Moi, country's longest-serving ruler

Feb 09, 2020 - 7:08 PM

Daniel arap Moi leaves a mixed legacy as corruption became endemic and tribal divisions were stoked and turned bloody under his rule

Kenya to hold state funeral for Moi

Feb 06, 2020 - 5:58 PM

Daniel arap Moi's body will lie in state for public viewing from Saturday, February 8, until Monday, February 10

STATE FUNERAL. A person reads a newspaper article the death of former Kenya's president Daniel Arap Moi, in Nairobi on February 4, 2020. Photo by Simon Maina/AFP

Former Kenyan president Daniel Arap Moi dead at 95

Feb 04, 2020 - 1:45 PM

Daniel Arap Moi, a former president of Kenya, dies early Tuesday morning at his family home

DANIEL ARAP MOI. In this file photo taken on February 03, 2000, Kenya's Daniel Arap Moi addresses the press in State House in Nairobi. File photo by Simon Maina/AFP

Al-Shabaab jihadists attack U.S.-Kenya military base

Jan 05, 2020 - 3:35 PM

The Somali jihadists have staged several large-scale attacks inside Kenya, in retaliation for Nairobi sending troops into Somalia as well as to target foreign interests

Jihadists kill 8 in Kenya bus attack

Dec 07, 2019 - 4:22 PM

(UPDATED) 7 police officers are among the victims

Kenya landslides kill a dozen people

Nov 23, 2019 - 7:36 PM

Authorities say rescue efforts have been delayed because roads have been cut and bridges closed after streams turned into raging torrents

'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