Africa: Kenya
Ethiopia's huge Gibe III dam aims to double the country's electricity output, but critics say it is a threat to Lake Turkana.  By - (AFP/File)

Ethiopia Dam Causes Kenya Water Shortage: Rights Group

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Addis Ababa (AFP) - A huge newly-built Ethiopian dam is cutting off the supply of water to Lake Turkana in northern Kenya, rights group Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. The Gibe III dam, along with a network of sugar plantations, has caused the depth of Lake Turkana to drop by 1.5 meters from ...

Mastercard Commits To Financially Including Over 150,000 Kenyan Merchants With Masterpass QR

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 NAIROBI, Kenya, 14 February 2017, -/African Media Agency(AMA)/- Mastercard commits to empowering over 150,000 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) in Kenya within 2017 by giving them access to Masterpass QR. The mobile driven, Person-to-Merchant payment solution will be introduced through v ...

Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union's (KPMDU) Secretary General, Dr Ouma Oluga (L), Chairman Dr Samuel Oroko (C) and Dr Allan Ochanji (R) are led away in handcuffs in Nairobi on February 13, 2017.  By  (AFP)

Kenya jails doctors' officials as strike drama deepens

Monday, February 13, 2017 Nairobi (AFP) - A Kenyan court on Monday jailed seven union officials for a month over a doctors strike that has crippled public hospitals for 10 weeks. The sentencing prompted the union to say it was calling off talks with the government. With national elections due in August, the strike is f ...
A nationwide strike involving thousands of doctors and nurses began on December 5 and has left public hospitals closed and patients unable to get basic medical care.  By SIMON MAINA (AFP/File)

Kenya court jails doctors' union officials over strike

Monday, February 13, 2017 Nairobi (AFP) - A Kenyan court on Monday jailed seven union officials for a month over a doctors strike that has crippled public hospitals for 10 weeks. Judge Hellen Wasilwa at Kenya's labour court had handed down suspended sentences to the officials a month ago after they ignored an earlier cour ...
Part of the eastern sector of the IFO-2 camp in the sprawling Dadaab refugee camp.  By Tony Karumba (AFP/File)

World's biggest refugee camp in Kenya to stay open

Thursday, February 9, 2017 Nairobi (AFP) - Kenya's High Court on Thursday blocked the government's decision to close the Dadaab refugee camp -- the world's largest -- and force Somali refugees to return home. Judge John Mativo ruled that the plan to shut down the camp was unconstitutional, violated Kenya's international ob ...
Part of the eastern sector of the IFO-2 camp in the sprawling Dadaab refugee camp.  By Tony Karumba (AFP/File)

Kenya court blocks closure of Dadaab refugee camp

Thursday, February 9, 2017 Nairobi (AFP) - Kenya's High Court on Thursday blocked the government's decision to close the Dadaab refugee camp -- the world's largest -- and to send Somali refugees home. Judge John Mativo ruled that the plan to shut down the camp was unconstitutional and amounted to persecution of refugees. ...
Part of the eastern sector of the IFO-2 camp in the sprawling Dadaab refugee camp.  By Tony Karumba (AFP/File)

Kenya high court blocks closure of Dadaab refugee camp

Thursday, February 9, 2017 Nairobi (AFP) - Kenya's High Court on Thursday declared as null and void the government's decision to close the Dadaab refugee camp -- the world's largest -- and to send Somali refugees home. The government decision specifically targetting Somali refugees is an act of group persecution, illega ...
A young herder from the Samburu pastoral community grazes his family cattle on the dwindling pasture of the Loisaba wildlife conservancy, Kenya.  By TONY KARUMBA (AFP)

A struggle for land and survival in Kenya's restive highlands

Friday, February 3, 2017 Laikipia (Kenya) (AFP) - The broad plains of Mugie, a huge estate on a high plateau northwest of Mount Kenya, are crisscrossed with cattle trails and the wildlife is mostly gone. The knee-high grass remains, but not for long, reckons manager Josh Perrett. Tensions between semi-nomadic pastoral ...
International Court of Justice President, Judge Ronny Abraham, speaks in 2015.  By Bastiaan van Musscher (INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE/AFP/File)

Top UN court agrees to hear Somalia-Kenya border row

Thursday, February 2, 2017 The Hague (AFP) - The UN's highest court Thursday agreed to hear a case by Somalia against neighbouring Kenya in a bitter maritime border spat which may determine the fate of potentially lucrative Indian Ocean oil and gas reserves. Nairobi has argued that the International Court of Justice, which ...
Kenyan brothers Baktash (2L) and Ibrahim Akasha (R) were arrested in November 2014, along with Indian national Vijaygiri Goswami and Pakistani citizen Gulam Hussein, following a sting by the US Drug Enforcement Administration.  By - (AFP/File)

Kenya extradites four drug smuggling suspects to the US

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 Nairobi (AFP) - Kenya has handed over to the United States four men suspected of trying to smuggle large quantities of heroin, more than two years after their arrest, police said Tuesday. Kenyan brothers Baktash and Ibrahim Akasha were arrested in November 2014, along with Indian national Vijaygi ...
Soldiers of the Kenyan contingent serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) load a truck as part of a resupply convoy in Dhobley, southern Somalia.  By STUART PRICE (AU-UN IST PHOTO/AFP/File)

Shabaab attacks Kenya army base in Somalia

Friday, January 27, 2017 Mogadishu (AFP) - Islamist Shabaab fighters attacked a Kenyan military base in southern Somalia on Friday in their latest assault on foreign and national army outposts. The attack on the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) base at Kolbiyow, close to the Kenyan border in Somalia's Lower Juba region, began ...
Kenyan medical students protest in solidarity with a doctor's strike in the capital Nairobi on January 19, 2017.  By SIMON MAINA (AFP/File)

Kenyan doctors given another five days to end strike

Thursday, January 26, 2017 Nairobi (AFP) - A Kenyan court on Thursday gave doctors and nurses five days to end a crippling nationwide strike, reneging on an earlier threat to jail union officials. The strike that began on December 5 has left public hospitals shut and patients unable to get basic medical care for more than ...
Kenyan Defence force doctors attend to an injured man at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi in December 2016.  By JOHN MUCHUCHA (AFP/File)

Doctors' despair drives Kenya's longest medical strike

Thursday, January 19, 2017 Nairobi (AFP) - The first patient Cynthia Waliaula lost was a baby who stopped breathing while she carried him in her arms through the hospital, desperately trying to find an oxygen tank. Barely out of medical school, the bright-eyed young doctor quickly learned that many of the techniques she ha ...
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