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Rust-belt China looks abroad as economy slows, tariffs bite

Aug. 21, 2019 2:49 AM EDT

YINGKOU, China (AP) — From Thailand to Kenya, trains run on tracks from steel mills in China's northeast, a rust-belt region that is trying to capitalize on a multibillion-dollar national initiative to build ports, railways and other projects abroad. Announced in 2012, the Belt and Road Initiative is...

Rights group says Eritrea high schools center of repression

Aug. 9, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Eritrea's secondary schools are at the center of the government's efforts to control the population, a human rights organization charged on Friday. In a new report, "They Are Making us Into Slaves, Not Educating Us: How indefinite conscription restricts young people's rights, access...

Kenyan lawmaker and her baby ousted from parliament session

Aug. 8, 2019 3:27 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Some Kenyan lawmakers are protesting a decision by the temporary speaker of parliament's lower house to eject their colleague who was holding her young child during a session of the legislature. Zuleikha Hassan was ejected from the floor of the National Assembly on Wednesday with her...

Series aims to tell wildlife stories from different view

Aug. 2, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lupita Nyong'o remembers clearly the first time she touched a giraffe. She was 5, and it was part of her childhood education growing up in Kenya to appreciate the wildlife around her. "They weren't exotic, they were there," she recalled. Over the years, the Oscar-winning actress has been...

Kenya hotel complex that al-Shabab stormed this year reopens

Jul. 31, 2019 11:01 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Officials on Wednesday reopened the Kenyan luxury hotel complex that al-Shabab attacked in January in the deadliest extremist assault inside the country in several years. Twenty-one people were killed in the hours-long attack on the dusitD2 complex in Nairobi. Several Al-Shabab gunmen...

Kenya governor of president's home area held for corruption

Jul. 28, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The governor of President Uhuru Kenyatta's home region has been detained by authorities, a lawyer said Sunday. It is the latest of a series of arrests of top government officials in a push by Kenyatta to crackdown on runaway graft. Governor Ferdinand Waititu surrendered himself Sunday...

Kenya's leader replaces finance minister after graft charges

Jul. 24, 2019 8:59 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's president has replaced the finance minister after he was charged with fraud over multi-million-dollar contracts for the construction of two dams in the country's west. It is the first time a finance minister in East Africa's economic hub, which is plagued by widespread...

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...

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...