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Man Allegedly Cuts Off Wife's Hands Over Infertility

Though a fertility clinic found man was the one with the reproductive issue

(Newser) - Domestic violence is a troubling issue in Kenya, and Jackline Mwende has recently become the very public face of it. The 27-year-old from Machakos, a village not far from Nairobi, says her husband came at her in a rage on July 23 with a machete and not only slashed her... More »

Safari Guide Kills Tourist for Picking Wrong Seat: Cops

Victim apparently stabbed over dinner in front of kids

(Newser) - A Chinese safari guide is accused of stabbing two Chinese tourists—one fatally—on Monday at Keekorok Lodge, overlooking Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve, when the couple refused to move from his usual table in the dining room, reports the Daily Nation . "He told them that he could... More »

Judge: Kenya Can Use Anal Probes to Determine Homosexuality

Being gay is punishable by prison time in the African country

(Newser) - A Kenyan court on Thursday upheld the use of anal examinations to determine a suspect's sexual orientation, dismissing the argument that the procedure amounts to torture and degrading treatment, the AP reports. "I find no violation of human dignity, right to privacy, and right to freedom of the... More »

Monkey See, Monkey Fall, Monkey Cause National Blackout

Primate that fell on transformer is lucky to be alive

(Newser) - A "rogue" operative caused a nearly four-hour power outage across Kenya on Tuesday, the BBC reports. That agent of blackout chaos: a monkey that fell onto a transformer of the country's leading electric power-generating company, per the AP . In a statement on its Facebook page , accompanied by a... More »

The World's Biggest Refugee Camp Is Being Shut Down

Kenya says 330K people will have to leave

(Newser) - The world's biggest refugee camp has more people than some countries—and Kenya has decided it is time for them to go back where they came from, war or no war. The country's government announced Wednesday that it plans to shut down the Dadaab camp, which holds around... More »

Baby Rescued 4 Days After Kenya Building Collapse

Bright spot after disaster that's killed nearly two dozen so far

(Newser) - At least 23 people are reported dead after an unapproved building collapsed Friday in Nairobi, Kenya, per the Star , but the Kenya Red Cross offered a bit of hope early Tuesday. "Good news! A child aged about one and half years rescued alive at 0400 hours," the organization... More »

Kenya Rangers Cause Lion's 'Heinous' Death

Mohawk the lion howled in pain after being shot by team that didn't have tranquilizers

(Newser) - An escaped lion, a taunting crowd, and an ill-prepared first-response team came together in Kenya to cause what some are saying was the unnecessary, senseless death of the lion, the country's Star reports. Mohawk, a 13-year-old lion who was one of Nairobi National Park's most well-known creatures due... More »

Agitated by Car Horns, Stray Lion Attacks

Victim in stable condition with broken bone, cuts

(Newser) - A warning: When a lion is on the loose, it's best to keep your distance and skip the selfies. A 63-year-old man is recovering in a hospital after a lion strayed from a national park in Kenya on Friday. The black-maned lion was spotted prowling beside a four-lane highway... More »

Your Valentine's Day Roses Probably Came From Kenya

Flowers are a big business, key export for the nation

(Newser) - This Valentine's Day, there's a good chance your flowers came from Kenya. "I know the flowers are for giving on Valentine's Day," Phanice Cherop, a worker at a flower farm in Kenya, tells the AP . "We do not really do this here in Kenya.... More »

This May Be First Evidence of Hunter-Gatherer War

27 people killed in 10,000-year-old massacre in what is now Kenya

(Newser) - Scientists working on the shores of Lake Turkana in Kenya have uncovered a grisly scene : the bodies of 27 people, killed around 8,000BC. Experts say the spot, called Nataruk, may be the first to reveal evidence of a massacre—or perhaps even war—between two nomadic hunter-gatherer groups, one... More »

Muslims Save Christians in Kenya Bus Attack

They hid, disguised fellow passengers from al-Shabab

(Newser) - Al-Shabab militants attacked a bus in Kenya on Monday but were thwarted by Muslims who protected Christians on board. Officials say the militants stopped a bus carrying more than 100 people from Nairobi to Mandera, near the border with Somalia and Ethiopia. Buses travel with police escorts because the route... More »

Fake Bomb Forced Air France Jet to Land

Jet makes emergency landing in Kenya after suspicious item found in bathroom

(Newser) - The suspicious device discovered in the bathroom of an Air France flight was a hoax, the CEO of Air France said Sunday. The Boeing 777 was heading to Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris from Mauritius when its pilots requested an emergency landing early Sunday at Kenya's coastal city... More »

2 Lions Found Dead in Poisoning of Famous Pride

'The situation has escalated beyond all reason'

(Newser) - Two members of a world-famous lion pride are dead after consuming a poisoned cow carcass in Kenya this week, National Geographic reports. The lions of the Marsh pride , which lives in the Masai Mara reserve, are the stars of the BBC's long-running and very popular Big Cat Diary. A... More »

Pope on Emissions: 'Catastrophic' If Special Interests Butt In

Francis spoke at African UN headquarters in Nairobi on fossil fuels

(Newser) - Pope Francis warned Thursday it would be "catastrophic" if special interests get in the way of a global agreement to curb the fossil fuel emissions blamed for global warming at a climate change meeting next week in Paris. In a speech at African UN headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, Francis... More »

Marathoner Who Placed 2nd Arrested for Odd Finish

He's accused of jumping out of crowd, running less than a mile in Nairobi event

(Newser) - A man was arrested and will face fraud charges for cheating his way into second place at Kenya's Nairobi International Marathon. Police and race officials said the man, identified as 28-year-old Julius Njogu, hid among a group of spectators before joining Sunday's race near the finish. Njogu claimed... More »

Sex-Crime Survivors Have Their Own Village

Umoja is a matriarchal refuge for women

(Newser) - Visit the Keynan village of Umoja and you'll see women in colorful clothing sing, dance, and sell beautiful beads. Look again, and there are only women—because only women are allowed to live there, the Guardian reports. Located in northern Kenya, the matriarchal village is currently home to 47... More »

Obama to Dad's Homeland: You Have No Limit

President closes out visit to Kenya with appeal to youth

(Newser) - President Barack Obama told Kenyans today that their country is at a crossroads and urged them to "choose the path to progress" by continuing to root out corruption, eliminate income inequality, and be more inclusive of women and girls. Closing out a historic visit to the land of his... More »

Obama Chides Kenya President on Gay Rights

But doesn't have much luck

(Newser) - President Obama pushed African nations today to treat gays and lesbians equally under the law, a position that remains unpopular through much of the continent. Obama's Kenyan counterpart responded by calling the matter a "non-issue" for his country. Obama tackled the sensitive matter on his first full day... More »

Man Sees Girl's Woeful Shoes, Invents Incredible Pair

Expanding kicks could help 300M kids who don't have footwear

(Newser) - Think it's difficult keeping your growing child in fitting shoes? Imagine trying to do it on $1.25 a day. Some 400 million children live in such circumstances, and about 75% of them don't have shoes, Mashable reports. That struck Kenton Lee, 30, when he was working at... More »

Kenyan Airstrikes Hit al-Shabab for College Attack

Jets target militant positions in Somalia

(Newser) - Kenya launched airstrikes against Islamic militants in Somalia following last week's extremist attack on a Kenyan college that killed 148 people, a military spokesman said today. Warplanes attacked positions of al-Shabab yesterday afternoon and this morning in the Gedo region of Somalia, said Col. David Obonyo of the Kenyan... More »

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