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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Over 30 dead as tanker crashes, explodes in Kenya

NAIROBI: More than 30 people died when a tanker carrying flammable materials crashed into other vehicles and burst into flames outside the town of Naivasha in Kenya late on Saturday, officials said. "At 5:00 am the death toll was 33 but…