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Kenyan police: Murder of LGBTQ activist not hate crime

Jan. 31, 2023 10:07 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A suspect on Tuesday faced a murder charge in the killing of a prominent LGBTQ activist in Kenya, with authorities dismissing activists' suggestions that it was a hate crime. Authorities say Jacktone Odhiambo is the only person who will be charged with the...

Is there hope for a dying river in Kenya's growing capital?

Jan. 30, 2023 11:15 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Vultures scavenge for dead animals along a river turned sewer conduit in Kenya's capital Nairobi. Its waters turn from clear to black as it traverses informal settlements and industrial hubs. The river and its tributaries cross Kibera, known as Africa’s...

Learning to lie: AI tools adept at creating disinformation

Jan. 24, 2023 10:15 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Artificial intelligence is writing fiction, making images inspired by Van Gogh and fighting wildfires. Now it's competing in another endeavor once limited to humans — creating propaganda and disinformation. When researchers asked the online AI chatbot ChatGPT to...

3 killed in Kenya gold mine blast; illegal mining blamed

Jan. 24, 2023 05:26 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A gold mining company said that three workers have been killed after a blast in western Kenya and blamed illegal mining activities. Karebe gold mining company said in a statement late Monday that a wall built to prevent flooding and illegal incursion was...

Elevate Prize expands to 12 winners in 2023 for strong field

Jan. 23, 2023 13:00 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The winners of this year’s Elevate Prize include social entrepreneurs who help Detroit children prepare for school, build technology labs in rural Kenya, and improve road safety in India. The Elevate Prize Foundation announced 12 winners Monday, instead of the...

US ambassador heading to Africa as part of Biden's big push

Jan. 22, 2023 05:40 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, is the second Cabinet member heading to Africa as part of President Joe Biden’s big push to engage with the world’s second-largest continent. The U.S. Mission to the U.N. said Sunday she...

Kenya tourist boat capsizes; 3 dead, 1 missing

Jan. 21, 2023 14:49 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A boat carrying tourists capsized in southeastern Kenya on Saturday, killing three people and leaving one person missing, police said. Around two dozen people were rescued. The cause of the capsizing wasn't immediately known. The boat was carrying 29 people,...

Berlin museums ready to return skulls from African ex-colony

Jan. 18, 2023 08:44 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The Berlin museum authority said Wednesday that it was ready to return hundreds of human skulls from the former German colony of East Africa after having researched their origin for several years. During their research at the city's Museum of Prehistory and Early...

Al-Shabab extremists deny contact with Somalia's government

Jan. 09, 2023 09:14 AM EST

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The Somalia-based al-Shabab extremist group has denied having contact with the Somali government after the country’s deputy defense minister claimed that the extremists had for the first time asked to negotiate. An unnamed al-Shabab official with the...

Bus crash near Uganda-Kenya border kills at least 20

Jan. 08, 2023 12:47 PM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A bus crash near the border of Uganda and Kenya killed at least 20 people and injured 49 others, police said Sunday. The bus was coming from the Ugandan town of Mbale and it crashed on Saturday night after crossing into Kenya on the way to the capital,...