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Iranians Face Terrorism Charges After Filming Israeli Embassy In Kenya

By Humphrey Malalo NAIROBI, Dec 1 – Two Iranians and their Kenyan driver, who worked for the Iranian embassy in Nairobi, were charged on Thursday with collecting information for a terrorist act after filming the Israeli embassy, lawyers said. Sayed Nasrollah Ebrahimi, Abdolhosein Ghola Safafe and driver Moses Keyah Mmboga “were found taking video clips

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“Unfair” Refugee Distribution Stokes Global Crisis

LONDON, Oct 4 – The burden of the global refugee crisis is being unfairly shared, with just 10 countries hosting the majority of refugees, humanitarian groups said, urging wealthy nations to step up their response. Fighting in Syria, Afghanistan, Burundi and South Sudan has pushed the total number of refugees to a record 21.3 million

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Kenyan Parents Fearing Ban on FGM Get Girls Cut At Night

By Emma Batha COPENHAGEN, May 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Kenyan families wanting their daughters to undergo ritual genital cutting are increasingly arranging for it to be done secretly at night to avoid arrest, campaigners said at a major women’s rights conference. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is illegal in Kenya, which is widely seen as

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Kenya Urged to Help Women Raped During Post-Election Violence

By Emma Batha LONDON, Feb 15 – Hundreds of girls and woman raped during Kenya’s 2007-2008 post-election violence are struggling with devastating health problems including HIV, a rights group said on Monday, as it urged the government to provide help and compensation. Human Rights Watch (HRW), which interviewed more than 170 rape victims, said most

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Kenya’s Tourism Minister Sees Industry Recovering in 2018

By Duncan Miriri WATAMU, Kenya Jan 18 – Kenya’s tourism sector will take another two years to recover after the government beefed up security and boosted funding for the sector, a key source of hard currency revenues, new tourism minister Najib Balala told Reuters. Visitor numbers and earnings have plunged in the last four years

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Somali Islamist Rebels Say They Captured Kenyan Troops on Friday

MOGADISHU, Jan 17 – Somalia’s al Shabaab Islamist group said on Sunday it had captured some Kenyan soldiers during an attack last week on a military base in the west of Somalia near the Kenyan border. The group, which did not say how many soldiers were held after Friday’s assault, also said in a statement

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Air France Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Kenya After Bomb Scare

NAIROBI, Dec 20 – An Air France flight from Mauritius diverted and made an emergency landing at Kenya’s port city of Mombasa after a suspicious device was found in a toilet, Kenya’s head of police and the airline said on Sunday. Police Inspector General Joseph Boinnet said on his Twitter account that the Boeing 777

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Kenya Arrests Two Men with Iran Links For Plotting Attacks

NAIROBI, Nov 29 – Kenyan security forces have arrested two Kenyan men with links to Iran on suspicion of planning attacks in the East African nation, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday. The ministry originally identified both men as Iranians, but a spokesman later said it had issued that detail in error and the two

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Kenyan Forces Drive Out Alleged Al Shabaab Group From Forest

By Joseph Akwiri MOMBASA, Kenya, Nov 11 Kenyan security forces have destroyed five camps used by suspected militants linked to the Somali Islamist group Al Shabaab in a sweep of a forest on the north coast, a commander in charge of the operation said. The army and police launched the operation two months ago in

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