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Kenyan court upholds laws criminalizing same-sex relations

May. 24, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's High Court on Friday upheld sections of the penal code that criminalize same-sex relations, a disappointment for gay rights activists across Africa where dozens of countries have similar laws. The judges' unanimous ruling in the closely watched case was followed by activists'...

Kenya's High Court upholds colonial-era laws that criminalize same-sex relations

May. 24, 2019 9:54 AM EDT
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's High Court upholds colonial-era laws that criminalize same-sex relations.

Kenya court to rule if gay relations are criminal acts

May. 23, 2019 5:45 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — On the eve of what could be a landmark ruling in Kenya on whether same-sex relations are crimes, gay rights activist and gospel singer Joji Baro says he is has no intention of returning home to the East African country. No matter that fellow activists are optimistic that Kenya's High...

Suicide car bomb kills at least 9 in Somalia's capital

May. 22, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Islamic extremists exploded a suicide car bomb near the presidential palace in Somalia's capital Wednesday, killing at least nine people, including former Foreign Minister Hussein Elabe Fahiye, who was an adviser to the current president. Capt. Mohamed Hussein told The Associated...

Kenya's Olympic track coach banned 10 years for corruption

May. 22, 2019 10:23 AM EDT

The Kenyan track team coach who was sent home from the 2016 Olympics was banned for 10 years Wednesday for seeking a bribe of $12,000 to help athletes beat doping tests. Michael Rotich was banned by the IAAF ethics board following a three-year investigation prompted by an undercover sting by British newspaper The...

Kenyan author, LGBT activist Binyavanga Wainaina dies at 48

May. 22, 2019 8:39 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — One of Africa's best-known authors and gay rights activists, Binyavanga Wainaina, has died at age 48, a colleague and friend said Wednesday. The Kenyan author died Tuesday night in Nairobi after an illness, Tom Maliti, the chairman of the Kwani Trust which Wainaina founded, told The...

Another athlete slams testosterone rules, refuses medication

May. 22, 2019 7:06 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Another Olympic medalist has criticized the IAAF's testosterone regulations and said she will refuse to take hormone-reducing medication. Margaret Wambui of Kenya, who won bronze in the 800 meters behind Caster Semenya at the 2016 Olympics, said she is affected by the new rules but...

Ventimiglia says trip showed him Red Nose charity's impact

May. 21, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "This Is Us" star Milo Ventimiglia learned firsthand what the Red Nose Day's fundraising campaign means to children in need, and he's eager to spread the word. "I saw how the money was being spent, and how it's impacting these kids on a very real level and giving them a better shot at...

Somali refugee and activist graduates from St. Cloud State

May. 20, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Suud Olat's parents never dreamed their children would earn bachelor's degrees, he said. Olat's family left Somalia for the Dadaab refugee complex in Kenya when Olat was about six months old. They spent more than two decades there. On May 10, Olat, 28, received his bachelor of arts...

Kenyan: UK man jailed for 4 years for explosive possession

May. 9, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan court has jailed a British national believed to be part of an extremist cell to four years in prison for possession of bomb-making material. Delivering the sentence in a Mombasa court, chief magistrate Evans Makori said Thursday he considered that Jermaine Grant had been in...