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Kenya's president names country's first female chief justice

May. 19, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed Court of Appeal Judge Martha Koome as the East African country's first woman chief justice and head of the judiciary. The announcement was made Wednesday in a special Gazette Notice — an official...

Seven Kenyan soldiers killed in jihadi ambush in Lamu county

May. 19, 2021 13:22 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan police official says that seven soldiers have been killed and one is missing in Lamu county after a bomb and ambush by Islamic extremist al-Shabab rebels from neighboring Somalia. The attack happened just days before President Uhuru...

Somalia says it has resumed diplomatic ties with Kenya

May. 06, 2021 11:21 AM EDT

Mogadishu, Somalia (AP) — Somalia says it has resumed diplomatic ties with neighboring Kenya after severing relations late last year. A government statement on Thursday thanked Qatar for its mediation efforts. Kenya's presidency tweeted only that President Uhuru...

Tanzania's new president on two-day state visit to Kenya

May. 04, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan is on a two-day state visit to Kenya aimed at improving trade relations between the two East African neighbors which had deteriorated as a result of her predecessor's denial of COVID-19. Hassan has agreed to...

Kenya eases curfew, other virus measures after cases decline

May. 01, 2021 08:02 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta loosened infection-control measures Saturday after the number of new COVID-19 cases confirmed in the country dropped from an early spring surge. Kenyatta announced in his May Day speech that a nightly curfew was...

Kenya camps with 400,000 refugees to be closed next year

Apr. 29, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya wants two refugee camps which hosts hundreds of thousands of refugees from war-torn countries closed by June 30 next year, the government said Thursday. The announcement followed a meeting between Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and U.N. High...

HIV drugs run short in Kenya as people say lives at risk

Apr. 24, 2021 03:42 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyans living with HIV say their lives are in danger due to a shortage of anti-retroviral drugs donated by the United States amid a dispute between the U.S. aid agency and the Kenyan government. The delayed release of the drugs shipped to Kenya...

Go forth and spend: Call for action closes US climate summit

Apr. 23, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — World leaders shared tales of climate-friendly breakthroughs — and feverish quests for more — to close President Joe Biden's virtual global climate summit on Friday, from Kenyans abandoning kerosene lanterns for solar to Israeli start-ups straining for more efficient...

The Latest: Australia mourns Prince Philip

Apr. 10, 2021 00:17 AM EDT

Reaction from around the world on the death of Prince Philip at age 99: SYDNEY — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison offered his country’s “deepest sympathies and condolences” to Queen Elizabeth II on the passing of Prince Philip. ...

Obama family matriarch has died in a Kenyan hospital at 99

Mar. 29, 2021 11:05 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Sarah Obama, the matriarch of former U.S. President Barack Obama's Kenyan family has died, relatives and officials confirmed Monday. She was at least 99 years old. Mama Sarah, as the step-grandmother of the former U.S. president was fondly called,...