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Fifty killed in Kenyan bus crash

Nairobi: Fifty people have been killed in a bus accident in western Kenya early on Wednesday, authorities said. Witnesses and police on Wednesday said the bus swerved off the road while driving down a steep slope, and rolled into a ditch at 4 am local time (0100 GMT) in western Kericho county. According to police, the bus was travelling from Nairobi to the western town of Kakamega and was carrying 52 passengers. Rift Valley regional police boss Francis Munyambu told the Press that survivors from the bus were…

Melania Trump goes on safari in Kenya and visits an orphanage

NAIROBI: US first lady Melania Trump read to children at an orphanage, fed a baby elephant, and went on a short safari on Friday in Kenya, the third country on her nearly week-long Africa tour. Trump, who has also visited Ghana and Malawi, kicked off her day with a stop at an elephant orphanage, where she helped bottle feed an elephant and patted another, clearly having a good time. Afterwards she donned a white hat and took a short safari in Nairobi National Park, passing by zebras, giraffes and other animals.…

Beauty queen sentenced to death for murder

A Kenyan court has sentenced a 24-year-old jail beauty queen to death for murdering her boyfriend by stabbing him 25 times, drawing criticism from rights groups who called the punishment "inhumane". Ruth Kamande, who won a prison beauty pageant while awaiting trial, slashed her partner Farid Mohammed, 24, to death in 2015 and was convicted in May. "I want young people to know that it is not cool to kill your boyfriend or girlfriend even where you feel disappointed or frustrated -- don't do it," said High Court judge Jessie…

Obama visits Kenyan home to launch youth centre

WASHINGTON: Former US president Barack Obama recounted fond memories of his family home in Kenya  on a visit Monday to launch a state-of-the-art youth centre run by his half-sister. Obama is on his first trip to Kenya since he was president in 2015, when he was unable to visit his ancestral home as his jet was too big to land in the western city of Kisumu, he recalled. "It is a joy to be back with so many people who are family to me, and so many people who claim to be family. Everybody's a cousin!" he joked, to hoots…

‘Sea of water’ from Kenya dam burst kills at least 32

SOLAI, Kenya: A dam burst on a flower farm in Kenya’s Rift Valley after weeks of torrential rain, unleashing a “sea of water” that smashed into two villages and killed at least 32 people, officials and survivors said. The walls of the Patel dam, situated on a large commercial farm on top of a hill in Nakuru county, 190 km (120 miles) northwest of Nairobi, gave way late on Wednesday as nearby residents were sitting down to evening meals. The floodwaters swept away powerlines, homes and buildings, including a primary…

36 dead in central Kenya bus crash

NAIROBI: Thirty-six people were killed and 11 injured early Sunday morning in a head-on collision between a bus and a lorry on a road in central Kenya, police said. "The death toll is now 36," said Rift Valley traffic police chief Zero Arome, explaining the initial toll of 30 had risen, "after six passengers succumbed to injuries in hospital." The accident occurred at 3:00 am (0000 GMT)close to a notorious stretch on the Nakuru-Eldoret highway. A bus travelling from Busia, in western Kenya, collided with a truck…

Cows and chickens cause spat between Kenya and Tanzania

NAIROBI: A diplomatic spat over cows and chickens has worsened already frosty ties between Kenya and Tanzania, with Nairobi lodging a formal protest against its neighbour, the foreign minister said on Wednesday. The latest impasse between the two east African nations began last month when Tanzania seized and auctioned off 1,300 cattle which had wandered across the border to graze in a region where herders typically pay little heed to frontiers. Then, last week, Tanzania seized and burnt alive 6,500 chicks that had been…

Ebola-like Marburg virus kills two in Uganda: official

KAMPALA: Two people have died from the Marburg virus in eastern Uganda, in the country's first outbreak of the deadly Ebola-like pathogen in three years, the health ministry said on Thursday. "Blood samples were taken from two people who have since died and were found positive for Marburg", Uganda's health ministry permanent secretary, said Dr. Diana Atwine. She said a team of experts had been sent to Kween district, near the Kenyan border, to contain the virus. "At moment we don't know if there are other people…

Kenya to hold fresh presidential vote on October 17

NAIROBI: Kenya will hold a fresh presidential vote on October 17, the election commission said Monday, after the country's Supreme Court overturned the result of last month's poll won by President Uhuru Kenyatta. "A fresh presidential election will be held on the 17th of October 2017," said a statement signed by Wafula Chebukati, chairperson of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). "This is in conformity with the Supreme Court decision annulling the presidential election held on 8th August 2017."…