Wednesday 18 April 2018
(AFP (eng) 03/20/18)
Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, has died in Kenya at the age of 45, after becoming a symbol of efforts to save his subspecies from extinction, a fate that only science can now prevent. When Sudan was born in 1973 in the wild in Shambe, South Sudan, there were about 700 of his kind left in existence. At his death, there are only two females remaining alive and the hope is that in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) techniques will advance enough to preserve the sub-species. Sudan, elderly by rhino standards, had been ailing for some time, and was euthanised on Monday, according to his keepers...
(AFP (eng) 03/20/18)
The last male northern white rhino has died in Kenya at the age of 45, his keepers announced Tuesday, leaving only two females of his subspecies alive. The rhino, named Sudan, "was being treated for age-related complications that led to degenerative changes in muscles and bones combined with extensive skin wounds," according to a statement from the Ol Pejeta Conservancy where he lived under armed guard to prevent poaching. "His condition worsened significantly in the last 24 hours; he was unable to stand up and was suffering a great deal. The veterinary team... made the decision to euthanize him." Theoretically, the death of Sudan assures the extinction...
(AFP (eng) 03/14/18)
Nearly 5,000 people have fled to Kenya from the Ethiopian border town of Moyale after the weekend shooting of nine civilians by troops, the Kenyan Red Cross said Tuesday. Ethiopian state media said soldiers on Saturday shot nine civilians near the town after mistaking them for members of the banned Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) who were trying to sneak into the country. "Approximately 5,000 refugees have arrived in Moyale, the majority being women and children," a Red Cross statement said. "These include pregnant and lactating mothers, chronically ill persons, those abled differently and the elderly." A Moyale resident said Ethiopian soldiers were trying to seek out Oromo activists.
(Reuters (Eng) 03/14/18)
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - About 5,000 Ethiopians have crossed into Kenya seeking refuge since March 10, the Kenyan Red Cross Society said, after several civilians were killed in what the Ethiopian military said was a botched security operation targeting militants. Ethiopian state media reported on Sunday that soldiers had been deployed to an area near the town of Moyale in Oromiya, a region that borders Kenya, in pursuit of Oromo Liberation Front fighters who had crossed into the country from...
(AFP (eng) 03/14/18)
The EU warned African and other countries on Wednesday that their citizens will find it harder to get visas to Europe if they refuse to readmit economic migrants under the bloc's efforts to curb migration. Brussels has been seeking greater cooperation from such countries to take back irregular migrants since Europe was hit in 2015 with its worst migration crisis since World War II. "I cannot understand how a country can refuse to take back its nationals" when they have...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/13/18)
Nairobi (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Less than 2 percent of title deeds issued in Kenya since 2013 went to women, campaigners said on Tuesday, dashing hopes raised by constitutional reform granting them equal property rights. Kenya’s land minister Farida Karoney said it does not yet have data on women’s land ownership, which campaigners say is key to reducing poverty and exposure to domestic violence, as well as providing collateral for loans and security in old age. “The percentage of women...
(AFP (eng) 03/07/18)
KAPSABET, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sitting in her half-stocked chemist on the outskirts of Kapsabet, a sleepy farming town in the Kenyan highlands, Joselyn Jelimo, watched pensively as people walked, cycled and rode motorbikes to and from the nearby market. Jelimo was not troubled by the lack of customers but by the loss of her home, which her husband forced her and their two children to leave when they separated five years ago. He now lives in the house...
(AFP (eng) 03/06/18)
Kenya's health ministry on Tuesday announced a ban on the import and sale of certain South African processed meat products after a listeria outbreak that has killed at least 180 people. Kenya is the first nation in east Africa to ban ready-to-eat meat products from South Africa that include polony -- a local version of baloney sausage -- sliced ham and Frankfurter-style sausages. "In order to ensure the health of the public is protected and as a precautionary measure you...
(Xinhuanet 03/05/18)
After enduring a dry spell that lasted months causing severe drought in several parts of the country, Kenyans are currently grappling with heavy rains that are pounding the East African nation. The rains started barely a week ago signaling the end of dry spell and citizens welcomed them with joy, but thousands are already feeling the pain of the downpour. Heavy traffic jams, blocked roads due to poor drainage, flooding of houses, displacement and high fares are among the consequences...
(AFP (eng) 03/02/18)
Five Kenyan policemen were killed Friday in an attack by suspected jihadists near the Somali border, authorities said. The five died when the suspected Shabaab militants raided neighbouring police camps in Lafey town in Mandera County in northeastern Kenya. "We had an attack this morning and we have lost four officers," said regional commissioner Mohamud Saleh, adding a reservist had also been killed. "A security operation is ongoing in the area," he added. The area's communication mast was also destroyed before the attackers escaped towards the nearby border with Somalia. "We suspect Al-Shabaab involvement," said Saleh. Mandera suffered a spate of Shabaab bombings and attacks last year. The Shabaab is aligned with Al-Qaeda and fighting to overthrow Somalia's...
(AFP (eng) 03/02/18)
A neurosurgeon at Kenya's largest hospital has been suspended after performing brain surgery on the wrong patient, the hospital said in a statement on Friday. The scandal, which prompted an outpouring of horror on social media, is the latest drama to hit the Kenyatta National Hospital in recent weeks, after allegations of staff sexually assaulting patients, and the theft of a baby. The hospital said the surgeon, as well as two nurses and an anaesthetist, had been suspended pending an...
(AFP (eng) 03/01/18)
Kenyan conservationists expressed outrage Thursday after construction of a railway line began inside Nairobi's famed national park, saying this defied a court order halting the project. The extension of a Chinese-built railway that is Kenya's biggest infrastructure project since independence through the vast wildlife reserve on the outskirts of Nairobi has been tied up in legal battles since 2016. However last week, cranes, heavy machinery and scores of workers from the China Road and Bridge Corporation set up inside the...
(AFP (eng) 02/20/18)
Two Kenyan pilots held for over a month after crash-landing their plane in rebel-held South Sudan have been released, a rebel spokesman said Tuesday. The two men were flying South Sudanese aid workers close to Akobo in the east of the country early last month when they were forced to make an emergency landing, resulting in the death of one civilian and the pilots' subsequent detention. They were handed over to Kenyan officials on Monday in exchange for $108,000 (87,000 euros) which rebel spokesman Lam Paul Gabriel said was "compensation" for the loss of life and damage to property, including some houses and "two cattle pens". Gabriel said the money was handed over by "seven Kenyan officials"...
(AFP (eng) 02/19/18)
Five-month-old bloodhound Shakaria gambols through the long savannah grasses of Kenya's Maasai Mara reserve, her playful mood swiftly turning to keen determination as she is ordered to track a human scent. Straining at the leash, she pulls her handler along an invisible scent path laid down for her until she finds a ranger hiding in the grass, pretending to be one of the poachers she is training to sniff out. Shakaria is top of her class of five puppies being...
(AFP (eng) 02/16/18)
A Kenyan court on Friday sentenced the widow of a radical imam to 10 years in prison for her role in a failed attack on a police station in the port city Mombasa. Haniya Said was found guilty of conspiracy for supporting an attack in which three women fire-bombed the city's main police station on September 11, 2016, wielding knives and stabbing an officer. All three attackers were shot dead. "Guilty of the offence of conspiracy," said magistrate Diana Mochache...
(AFP (eng) 02/08/18)
A lucky Kenyan gambler won a record-breaking 230 million shilling ($2.2 million) sports betting jackpot, thanks to an English Premier League goal from fellow countryman Victor Wanyama of Tottenham Hotspur. Gordon Opiyo, a 31-year-old shopkeeper in Nairobi's sprawling, poor Kibera neighbourhood, took home the biggest jackpot in Kenyan history after correctly guessing the outcome of 17 matches in different European leagues. The final prediction that sealed his good fortune was Sunday's 2-2 draw between Spurs and Liverpool, in which midfielder...
(AFP (eng) 02/05/18)
A world-renowned ivory investigator whose detailed reports contributed to the fight against elephant poaching and the illegal wildlife trade, was killed at his home in Kenya, police said Monday. Esmond Martin, 75, died after being stabbed at his house in the Nairobi suburb of Langata on Sunday afternoon. "He was found dead in his house and had stab wounds," said a police officer. "An investigation has been launched." Martin, an American who lived in Kenya for decades, focussed on the...
(AFP (eng) 02/03/18)
Megastar Rihanna vowed she would "never stop fighting" to get millions of children back in school on Friday as French President Emmanuel Macron promised a major boost in foreign aid for education in developing nations. Macron co-hosted a conference in Dakar organised by the Global Partnership for Education with Senegalese President Macky Sall, while Rihanna attended as the organisation's global ambassador. "We have made tremendous progress today but of course our work is never done, we have a long way...
(AFP (eng) 02/02/18)
Rihanna on Thursday used her star power to urge key governments to commit to ensuring education for the world's poorest as she takes part in an international conference in Senegal. The chart-topping singer arrived in the capital Dakar where she on Friday will join the Global Partnership for Education talks co-hosted by Senegalese President Macky Sall and French leader Emmanuel Macron. Rihanna, the fourth most followed person on Twitter with 86 million followers, took to social media to urge Macron,...
(AFP (eng) 01/26/18)
The oldest remains of a modern human outside Africa have been dug up in Israel, offering evidence of what genetic studies have already suggested -- that humans migrated out of Africa some 50,000 years earlier than previously thought. Facial fragments, including a jawbone and several teeth, were found at a site called Misliya Cave in Israel, one of several prehistoric cave sites located on Mount Carmel. The bones date to between 174,000 and 188,000 years old, said the report in...

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