Kenya country profile

Situated on the equator on Africa’s east coast, Kenya has been described as “the cradle of humanity”. In the Great Rift Valley palaeontologists have discovered some of the earliest evidence of man’s ancestors. In the present day, Kenya’s ethnic diversity has produced a vibrant culture but is also a source of conflict. The Islamist militant Al-Shabab movement, active in Somalia, […]

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Thousands protest in Algeria, renew call to postpone July vote

Algerians march for 14th consecutive week as authorities set up fences in front of the capital’s Grand Post Office. Thousands of protesters have rallied in the Algerian capital for a fourteenth consecutive week, demanding the removal of officials associated with former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and the postponement of an election scheduled for July. Police on Friday tightened a security cordon around the […]

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Ex-president’s son detained over ‘fraud’

A son of Angola’s ex-President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has been arrested on suspicion of money-laundering, embezzlement of public funds and fraud. Jose Filomeno dos Santos is the most high-profile person to be targeted in new President Joao Lourenco’s campaign against alleged corruption. He had been detained because of the “seriousness” of the allegations against him, Angolan prosecutors said. He […]

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Uganda’s capital bans street children donations

Uganda’s capital Kampala has passed a law to ban giving money or food to children living on the streets. Kampala’s Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, said the law aimed to curb the commercial and sexual exploitation of children. According to government estimates, as many as 15,000 children live on the streets in Kampala, aged from seven up to the age of […]

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Botswana lifts ban on elephant hunting

Botswana has lifted a ban on elephant hunting, citing growing conflict between humans and the animals, which at times destroy crops. Critics of the ban, imposed in 2014, say the restriction was causing problems to small farmers and to those who previously benefited from hunting. Botswana has some 130,000 elephants, the world’s largest population. The decision is likely to trigger […]

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'Hell no': Caster Semenya will not take testosterone medication

South African runner says she will not take testosterone-lowering medication to comply with new athletics rules. Double Olympic champion Caster Semenya has said she will not take medication to reduce her testosterone levels to comply with new rules. The South African won what could be her last competitive 800 metres race at the Diamond League meeting in Doha on Friday. New […]

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Kenyan author and gay rights activist dies

Prize-winning Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina has died after a short illness at the age of 48. He won the Caine Prize for African writing in 2002 and was best known around the world for his satirical essay How to Write About Africa. Wainaina was also named among Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2014 for his gay rights activism. […]

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Kenyan author and gay rights activist dies

Prize-winning Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina has died after a short illness at the age of 48. He won the Caine Prize for African writing in 2002 and was best known around the world for his satirical essay How to Write About Africa. Wainaina was also named among Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2014 for his gay rights activism. […]

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