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Flamboyant governor of Kenya's capital charged with graft

Dec. 9, 2019 6:31 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The flamboyant governor of Kenya's capital city, Nairobi, has been charged with 19 counts of graft-related charges as the country struggles to tackle runaway corruption. Mike Gideon Mbuvi, widely known as Mike Sonko, Monday denied the charges including embezzlement and money...

Kenya building collapse toll hits 10 but 2 survivors found

Dec. 8, 2019 12:38 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan rescuers digging through the rubble of a six-story building found two survivors alive Sunday, two days after it collapsed in Nairobi, as the death toll rose to 10. When the survivors of Friday's building collapse were found Sunday morning, a crowd of onlookers burst into cheers...

6-story building collapses in Nairobi; at least 4 killed

Dec. 6, 2019 11:52 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A six-story residential building collapsed Friday in Kenya's capital, officials said, with at least four people killed and others trapped in the debris. The scene was all too familiar in a city where an audit once found more than half of buildings unsafe for habitation. Associated...

Italian priest, and 2 Kenyan men who say he’s their father

Dec. 6, 2019 10:18 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Steven Lacchin grew up a fatherless boy, but he knew some very basic facts about the man who was his father. He knew Lacchin, the name on his Kenyan birth certificate, was his dad’s name. He knew that Mario Lacchin abandoned him and his mother. When he was older, he learned...

Governor of Nairobi arrested while fleeing graft charges

Dec. 6, 2019 8:47 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's anti-corruption commission says the governor of Nairobi has been arrested while trying to flee prosecution for alleged money laundering and other crimes. The commission said Friday on Twitter that Mike Mbuvi was detained in the southern town of Voi. It shared a video showing...

UN links Kenyan military to attacks on Somalia’s top telecom

Nov. 15, 2019 9:04 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A new United Nations report says it has corroborated evidence of five attacks allegedly carried out by Kenya’s military on communication masts belonging to neighboring Somalia’s largest telecom provider. One attack killed two civilians in 2018. The report by the U.N....

Nyong'o honors her mother for fueling her passion for art

Oct. 22, 2019 1:25 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As Lupita Nyong'o accepted an award from the Harlem School of Arts — and entered the stage to Beyoncé's anthemic hit "Brown Skin Girl" — the actress mainly had two people to thank for fueling her passion for the arts as a child: her parents. "I was thinking about (the...

'No human is limited': Kipchoge runs sub-2 hour marathon

Oct. 12, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — Roger Bannister, 1954. Eliud Kipchoge, 2019? Like the sub-four minute mile, running a marathon in less than two hours had seemed impossible — until Saturday. But this time there's an asterisk: Olympic champion Kipchoge performed his feat under conditions so tightly controlled to...

Kenya: Police chief says roadside bomb kills 11 officers

Oct. 12, 2019 3:59 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's police chief says a roadside bomb has killed 11 officers on the country's southern border with Somalia. Inspector General Hillary Mutyambai said Saturday the officers' patrol car was blown up on Damajale Hare Hare road near the town of Liboi. No one has claimed responsibility...

Commercial plane crashes in Kenyan capital but all said safe

Oct. 11, 2019 7:22 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A small commercial plane has crashed while taking off from an airport in Kenya's capital but operator Silverstone Air says all passengers and crew have safely disembarked. It is not immediately clear how many people were on board when the crash occurred Friday morning at Nairobi's...