Latest East Africa News

Kenya's finance minister denies fraud charges in dam project

Jul. 23, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's finance minister on Tuesday denied fraud-related charges over multi-million-dollar contracts for the construction of two dams in the country's west. This is the first time a finance minister in East Africa's economic hub, which is plagued by widespread corruption, has been...

Kenya's finance minister arrested, to be charged with fraud

Jul. 22, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's finance minister has been arrested on charges of fraud and corruption over contracts for the construction of two dams in western Kenya, a top police official said Monday. Finance Minister Henry Rotich gave statements to police at the criminal investigation headquarters and is...

Car bomb blasts Somalia's capital near airport; 10 killed

Jul. 22, 2019 6:59 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A car bomb by Islamic extremists in Somalia's capital on Monday has killed at least 10 people, say police. At least 15 others were injured when the car packed with explosives and parked near a busy security checkpoint by the city's airport was detonated by remote control, said...

War-weakened South Sudan tries to prepare for Ebola

Jul. 20, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — With the deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo now an international emergency , neighboring South Sudan and its war-weakened health system is a major concern, especially after one case was confirmed near its border. Health experts say there is an urgent need to increase prevention...

Kenya's president launches Africa's largest wind farm

Jul. 19, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's president has launched what officials call Africa's largest wind farm, a project that is reducing electricity costs in a bid to attract investors to East Africa's commercial hub. President Uhuru Kenyatta has said Kenya is the only African nation to reach the goal of making...

Congo soldiers, police to enforce Ebola emergency measures

Jul. 18, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

GOMA, Congo (AP) — Congolese soldiers and police will enforce hand-washing and fever checks now that the deadly Ebola outbreak has been declared an international health emergency , authorities said Thursday. Soldiers and police will "force" people who resist taking the key steps to help contain the disease...

Ebola outbreak in Congo declared a global health emergency

Jul. 17, 2019 7:58 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday after a case was confirmed in a city of 2 million people . A WHO expert committee declined on three previous occasions to advise the United Nations health agency to...

Men who lost family members in Max crash seek safety changes

Jul. 17, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

Two men who lost family members in the crash of a Boeing 737 Max airliner in Ethiopia called on Congress to change Federal Aviation Administration procedures that let company employees perform safety inspections on planes as they are being built. Paul Njoroge, who lost three children, his wife and mother-in-law...

The Latest: Man who lost daughter questions FAA inspections

Jul. 17, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a U.S. House subcommittee hearing on aircraft safety and the Boeing 737 Max (all times local): 11:15 a.m. A man whose daughter was killed when an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max crashed in March called on legislators to end the Federal Aviation Administration's use of...

Correction: Uganda Nonprofit-Lawsuit story

Jul. 16, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

BEDFORD, Va. (AP) — In a story July 15 about a lawsuit filed against a nonprofit, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a Ugandan court accused the defendant. The court has not issued a ruling. A corrected version of the story is below: Ugandan court to hear lawsuit saying Virginia woman ran...