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Edmund Blair

Kenyan president signs election amendments law despite opposition rigging fears

09 Jan 2017

NAIROBI Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta approved a law on Monday requiring back up plans for an August election if electronic voting systems fail, despite fierce opposition from rivals who say any manual arrangements will open the ballot to rigging.

African rats to turn sensitive noses against poaching

18 Nov 2016

NAIROBI Africa's giant rats have been trained to sniff out landmines and detect tuberculosis in humans, and soon they could turn their superior noses to protecting other animals by finding illegal wildlife trophies being smuggled out of African ports.

Africa Oil, partners to begin drilling new Kenya wells in Dec

15 Nov 2016

NAIROBI, Nov 15 Africa Oil and its partners in Kenya will drill up to eight exploration and appraisal wells starting from December to boost proven resources and improve financing prospects for field development and an export pipeline, an executive said.

Court bars planned Kenya Airways strike

14 Oct 2016

NAIROBI A Kenyan court issued an order on Friday preventing pilots at loss-making national carrier Kenya Airways from going ahead with a strike next week, a lawyer for the airline said.

Special Report - We were forced to work for Western-run mine, say migrants who fled Eritrea

26 Sep 2016

TORONTO/ASMARA Bemnet Negash never got to say a proper goodbye to his family. In February 2006, government officials arrived at his school in the highlands of Eritrea and put him and his classmates on a bus to a military training camp. He was 20 years old, and still at school because a childhood illness had interrupted his education.

Turkey detains more journalists in coup round-up - report

30 Aug 2016

ISTANBUL Turkish authorities detained an editor at the prominent Hurriyet newspaper in the latest round-up of journalists and others accused of links to last month's failed coup, Hurriyet's English-language publication said on Tuesday.

Three Kenyan police reported held over disappearances, rights group says two dead

01 Jul 2016

NAIROBI Three Kenyan police officers have been detained over the disappearance of a lawyer and his client who had alleged mistreatment by the police, newspapers and broadcasters reported on Friday.

Rare U.N. Eritrea aid shipment shows Asmara slowly opening up

27 Jun 2016

NAIROBI A consignment of aid shipped by the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) through Eritrea's main port this month was the first in a decade and the latest sign of Asmara trying to rebuild ties with the outside world, diplomats said.

Kenyan political unrest raises fears of new flare-up in 2017 vote

09 Jun 2016

KISUMU, Kenya Kenyan politics is already taking a deadly toll more than a year before elections likely to pit rival dynasties against each other, raising fears of a new crisis less than a decade after ethnic violence killed 1,200 people.

At least one killed in Kenya in protest over vote body

06 Jun 2016

NAIROBI At least one person was shot dead at a protest against Kenya's election body in the western city of Kisumu on Monday and others wounded, hospital officials said, as demonstrators also gathered in the capital.

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