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Probe begins into police conduct during Kenya's anti-government protests

Jun. 21, 2024 06:49 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An investigation began Friday in Kenya into police conduct during protests against a government plan to impose new taxes, according to the country's police watchdog. The chairperson of Kenya's Independent Policing Oversight Authority, Anne Makori, lauded...

South Sudan's vice president expresses concerns over ongoing peace talks

Jun. 21, 2024 03:40 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan ’s vice president said Thursday that peace talks in neighboring Kenya have failed to acknowledge the country's peace agreement established in 2018, alleging a new draft agreement is aimed at replacing the original peace deal. Riek Machar in a...

Thousands in Kenya demonstrate against proposed new taxes

Jun. 21, 2024 00:06 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Thousands of mostly young people demonstrated Thursday in Kenya’s capital and across the country against new tax proposals by the administration of President William Ruto in its annual budget legislation. The protests brought Nairobi’s central business...

It's hard to find treatment for snakebites in Kenya. Thousands of people are dying every year

Jun. 20, 2024 04:01 AM EDT

MWINGI, Kenya (AP) — Esther Kangali felt a sharp pain while on her mother’s farm in eastern Kenya. She looked down and saw a large snake coiling around her left leg. She screamed, and her mother came running. Kangali was rushed to a nearby health center, but it lacked antivenom...

More than 200 arrested in Kenya protests over proposed tax hikes in finance bill

Jun. 18, 2024 21:33 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — More than 200 protesters have been arrested in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, in ongoing protests against proposed tax hikes in a finance bill that is due to be tabled in parliament. Civil society groups said that demonstrations and a planned sit-down outside...

Haiti police meet Kenyan commanders ahead of deployment of UN-backed mission to fight gangs

Jun. 18, 2024 10:25 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A team of Haitian police commanders on Tuesday met Kenya’s inspector general of police ahead of a planned deployment to the violence-hit Caribbean country expected to take place by the end of June. Kenya is set to lead a U.N.-backed multinational...

Kenyan teenage sensation Wanyonyi becomes third-fastest man in 800m as he qualifies for Olympics

Jun. 15, 2024 12:40 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan teenager Emmanuel Wanyonyi ran the fastest 800 meters since 2012 and his time of 1:41.70 on Saturday makes him the third-fastest man ever in the event. The 2023 world silver medalist's dominant performance at the Kenyan athletics Olympic trials...

Haiti’s transitional council appoints new Cabinet tasked with leading a country under siege by gangs

Jun. 13, 2024 00:31 AM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti’s transitional council appointed a new Cabinet on Tuesday, marking the final step in rebuilding the government that will lead a country under siege by gangs. Government spokeswoman Kettia Marcellus confirmed the existence of the new Cabinet and...

Cooking and coughing: Respiratory diseases plague Kenya as more people burn wood to save money

Jun. 12, 2024 00:20 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Piles of firewood surrounded Jane Muthoni in her kitchen made of iron sheets. The roof, walls and wooden pillars were covered in soot. As she blew on the flame for tea, the 65-year-old was engulfed in smoke. “I’ve used firewood all my life," she said....

African elephants call each other by unique names, new study shows

Jun. 10, 2024 12:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — African elephants call each other and respond to individual names — something that few wild animals do, according to new research published Monday. The names are one part of elephants' low rumbles that they can hear over long distances across the savanna....