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East Africa Doesn't Want 'Clothes of Dead White People' Anymore

And the US isn't happy about it

(Newser) - Seventy percent of donated second-hand clothing ends up in Africa, and a number of African nations are tired of it, the New York Times reports. Last year, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Burundi, and Kenya raised import tariffs on what Kenyans call the "clothes of dead white people" so... More »

Clinton Again Notes US Firm's Role in Tainted Kenya Vote

Cambridge Analytica is owned by Mercer family, Trump supporters

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton is clarifying: She doesn't intend to contest the 2016 election. The issue made headlines this week after Clinton told NPR that she wouldn't rule out challenging the legitimacy of the outcome if investigators prove Russia played a major role. In a followup talk with Mic , Clinton... More »

Kenya Election Results Declared 'Null and Void'

Nairobi is braced for unrest

(Newser) - Kenya's Supreme Court on Friday nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta's election win last month and called for new elections within 60 days, shocking a country that had been braced for further protests by opposition supporters. No Kenya presidential election has ever been nullified. "It's a very historic... More »

Plastic Bag Users Face Jail Time Under New Kenya Law

Tough new ban seeks to reduce plastic pollution

(Newser) - Using a plastic bag in Kenya now comes with a hefty price. According to the Guardian , offenders of a new law banning plastic bags in the eastern African country can face up to four years in jail or fines up to $40,000. Ten years in the making, the “... More »

IT Guy's July Murder Is Now Roiling Kenya

Losing candidate won't accept results, says killing led to a massive election hack

(Newser) - Last month, the IT manager of Kenya's election commission was brutally murdered. Now his death is playing a role in unrest in the wake of Tuesday's presidential vote, chaos that threatens to plunge Kenya into violence with reverberations around the African continent. Here's what's happening:
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Obama Issues Rare Statement Ahead of Kenya Vote

Former president asks leaders to 'reject violence and incitement'

(Newser) - Barack Obama has mostly steered clear of politics—at least publicly—since leaving office. There was an alteration Monday, however, on the eve of an election in Kenya. The former president, whose father was born in the country, urged Kenyans to "work for an election—and aftermath—that is... More »

World's Loneliest Guy Gets Help From Tinder

Company helping to raise money for white rhino breeding

(Newser) - There's just one male northern white rhino left in the world , and he's getting some help from Tinder. A Kenyan wildlife conservancy is teaming up with the dating app for a campaign called "The Most Eligible Bachelor in the World," focusing on the rhino named Sudan,... More »

I Dreamed of Africa Author Shot in Stomach

Kuki Gallmann shot at her Kenyan ranch

(Newser) - The Italian-born author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann was shot at her Kenyan ranch and airlifted for treatment after herders invaded in search of pasture to save their animals from drought, officials said Sunday. Gallmann, known for her bestselling book I Dreamed of Africa, which became a movie by the same... More »

There Are Just 25 'Big Tuskers' Left in the World. One Was Just Killed

Poachers suspected to have poisoned Satao II

(Newser) - One of the last "big tusker" elephants in Africa has been killed by poachers. Satao II, one of the oldest and biggest elephants on the continent, is believed to have been struck by a poisoned arrow; he was found dead Monday, before poachers could take his ivory. The elephant,... More »

eBay Founder Invests $500K to Test Theory on Income

Charity arm will give money to poor in Kenya for 12 years

(Newser) - The concept of basic income is a simple idea: Impoverished people receive a fixed amount of money on a regular basis to pay for necessities such as food, clothing, and housing. While the limited research available suggests that it can provide a host of benefits—lowering drug and alcohol abuse,... More »

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 »

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