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Kenyan women lead bold revival of libraries’ faded glory

Despite the dilapidated state of Nairobi's McMillan library, a handful of Kenyans still seek out its 1930s neoclassical grandeur, complete with granite columns on its imposing facade. They are drawn more by the tranquil refuge offered from Nairobi's urban hubbub than for the meagre and chaotic array of books on its shelves. Soon though, if publisher Angela Wachuka and author Wanjiru Koinange have their way, the faded glory of the past will give way to modern amenities and a renovated space. The pair are working to…

Poachers shoot dead three rhinos inside Kenyan sanctuary

NAIROBI, Kenya: Poachers have shot dead three critically endangered black rhinos in a specially-protected sanctuary in northern Kenya, the wildlife service said Thursday. Two adults and a calf were killed inside the 83 square kilometre (32 square mile) fenced rhino sanctuary in Meru National Park and had their horns removed. “It is with a heavy heart that we announce the poaching of three rhinos last night… at the Rhino Sanctuary in Meru N Park, where we lost two black rhinos & a calf,” Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS)…

Gunmen attack Kenyan school, killing six children: officials

NAIROBI: Seven people, six of them children, were killed in northern Kenya on Saturday when unknown assailants attacked a school, officials said. Cattle rustling and clashes over grazing and farming land are relatively common between communities in the East African country’s north, and often escalate into revenge attacks. The region also borders war-torn South Sudan, and arms smuggling is common, with Kenyan police having little control over weaponry crossing the border. Read More: Las Vegas gunman stockpiled weapons…

Suspected grenade attack on Kenyan bus kills four: police

NAIROBI: A suspected grenade attack on a minibus in Kenya's capital on Saturday killed at least four people near a Somali-dominated area of the city, police said, an incident that mirrors explosions last year that were blamed on Somali militants. Last year a series of such attacks in and around the Eastleigh area of Nairobi were blamed on Somalia's al Shabaab Islamist group. The group staged an assault on a Nairobi shopping mall in September this year that killed 67 people. Al Shabaab said its gunmen carried out the mall…