Kenya en East African drought uproots thousands <p> East Africa refugees seeking food and water also risk encounters with Somalia&#39;s Islamist militants who might use the disguise of refugees to enter Kenya.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa drought Kenya refugees Somalia Conflict Zones Aid Kenya Health Thu, 22 Mar 2012 14:11:41 +0000 News Desk 5670700 at Somalia: model Iman calls famine "heartbreaking" <p> Aid groups say areas of Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia are experiencing the worst drought in 60 years, affecting more than 12 million people, Reuters reports. In Somalia, 3.7 million are at risk of starvation.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Ethiopia Kenya Somalia United Nations Aid Tue, 26 Jul 2011 11:31:00 +0000 News Desk 5671444 at Somali refugees flee famine and war (PHOTOS) <p> NAIROBI &mdash; Somali refugees fleeing famine and war, seek food and shelter at Kenya&#39;s overcrowded Dadaab refugee camp. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa drought Kenya refugees Somalia Kenya Tue, 02 Aug 2011 20:09:00 +0000 News Desk 5672090 at Kenya sacks cabinet minister, explores for oil <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is Kenyan government turning over a new leaf? Or is it just more of the same? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Andrew Meldrum </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> At first glance the sacking of Kenyan <a href="" target="_blank">cabinet minister William Ruto</a> looks like the government may be cleaning up its act, as Ruto is accused by the International Criminal Court of leading political/ethnic violence.</p> <p> Is Ruto&#39;s firing an indication that the Kenyan government is trying to root out those responsible for the violence?</p> <p> A closer look indicates that the government may be throwing Ruto out, not for the sake of justice and human rights, but instead because of internal political feuding.</p> <p> Ruto was sacked this week from his post as the Minister of Higher Education. He&nbsp;is accused by the International Criminal Court of leading the 2007/08 post-election violence. He is one of six top officials accused by the ICC of involvement in the clashes in which an estimated 1,300 people were killed.</p> <p> Ruto had already been suspended from his cabinet post after being accused of corruption, although he was acquitted in April.</p> <p> More significantly, Ruto has fallen out with Prime Minister Raila Odinga, with whom he had been allied in the 2007 poll.&nbsp;Ruto is deputy leader of Odinga&#39;s Orange Democratic Movement but he has declared his intention to stand in the 2012 presidential elections. Ruto has well organized supporters who show their support for him in street demonstrations.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost: <a href="" target="_blank">ICC deals Kenya a double blow</a></strong></p> <p> Odinga is also expected to contest the poll so the two would be running against each other. So maybe Ruto was sacked so that he won&#39;t be in office at election time next year.</p> <p> Odinga says he was cheated of victory by President Mwai Kibaki and his supporters in 2007. The election results sparked the nationwide clashes.&nbsp;The violence ended after Kibaki and Odinga agreed to share power.</p> <p> Some of the worst clashes were seen in the Rift Valley, where Ruto has his constituency.&nbsp;He denies any involvement in the violence.</p> <p> The coalition Kibaki/Odinga government is widely criticized, both at home and internationally, for being ineffective and corrupt. Few hope that the sacking of Ruto will change that.</p> <p> And Kenya may soon have more wealth for politicians to fight over.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kenya Africa Emerges Fri, 26 Aug 2011 16:02:00 +0000 Andrew Meldrum 5674011 at Kenya's jingoistic press <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How Kenya's media is covering the country's first-ever war in Somalia. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan McConnell </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> &nbsp;An interesting and about-time-too analysis here&nbsp;on how <a href="" target="_blank">Kenya&#39;s media</a>&nbsp;is&nbsp;reporting its country&#39;s first-ever war in Somalia.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kenya Somalia Kenya Africa Emerges Fri, 02 Dec 2011 15:09:00 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5683136 at Kenya News: UK citizen charged in bomb plot <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Four accused, three Kenyans and a Brit, all deny links to al-Shabaab. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> News Desk </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Today, four people were charged with handling bomb-making materials in Kenya with the intent to explode a bomb. They all denied it, and denied links to Somalia&#39;s Al-Shabaab, which has carried out numerous attacks in Kenya.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost: <a href="">Kenya official says, US, France join fight against Al Shabaab</a></strong></p> <p> The main accused was Briton Jermaine Grant, who already has a rap sheet: <a href="">he has already been sentenced to jail time</a> for being in Kenya illegally and giving false information, BBC reported.&nbsp;</p> <p> That may not have been his only conviction. <a href="">According to Capital FM</a>,&nbsp;the Sunday Times paraphrased&nbsp;his half-brother: &quot;Grant had been convicted of rape when he was 14 and sent to Feltham young offenders&rsquo; institution for seven years.&quot;</p> <p> But his mother said that prison is what turned him into a radical.</p> <blockquote><p> Before that he had no links to Islam; none of our family are Muslims.</p></blockquote> <p> <a href="">ABC noted</a>, &quot;He was reportedly radicalized in the same U.K. prison as convicted &#39;shoe bomber&#39; Richard Reid.&quot;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kenya Kenya Africa Emerges Fri, 13 Jan 2012 02:36:00 +0000 News Desk 5687128 at Uhuru Kenyatta, William Ruto among 4 suspects to stand trial for Kenya post-election violence <br /> The four men charged allegedly helped organize attacks on groups they perceived as supporting other candidates than theirs in the 2007 presidential election, leading to weeks of violence and more than 1,000 deaths.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa justice Kenya World Leaders Elections Politics Mon, 23 Jan 2012 15:19:00 +0000 News Desk 5688452 at Kenyan police hunt 7/7 bomber widow <p> Kenyan police are hunting a terrorism suspect who may be the widow of one of the suicide bombers that struck London on 7 July 2005, killing 52.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Kenya United Kingdom Europe Kenya United Kingdom Wed, 29 Feb 2012 16:54:05 +0000 Luke Browne 5694047 at UK national Jermaine Grant on trial in Kenya over 'bomb plot' <p> Prosecutors accuse Grant of working with the fugitive widow of a British suicide bomber who struck on the London Underground transport system in July 2005.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Kenya Somalia United Kingdom Thu, 10 May 2012 16:06:12 +0000 Luke Browne 5703789 at Kenya: One killed in grenade attack on Mombasa nightclub <p> A pool of blood marked the entrance to the Bella Vista club, while spent cartridges and grenade shells were strewn near its gate.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Kenya Kenya Wed, 16 May 2012 12:12:36 +0000 Luke Browne 5704418 at Olympics on the line: Kenyan runner charged over stabbing Kenya’s Olympic team has been thrown into turmoil with the arrest of one of its top athletes. World 3,000 meter steeplechase champion, Kenyan Ezekiel Kemboi, has been charged with allegedly stabbing a woman on Wednesday night, according to the BBC. <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 2012 London Olympics Africa Kenya Kenya Chatter Africa Emerges Thu, 28 Jun 2012 22:41:00 +0000 News Desk 5709928 at After massacre of police, army moves into northern Kenya <p>NAIROBI &mdash; Hundreds of people in Kenya&rsquo;s remote north are fleeing their homes as the army hunts down cattle rustlers who ambushed and killed as many as 42 police officers.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Kenya World Leaders Conflict Zones Military Kenya Fri, 16 Nov 2012 22:30:31 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5726303 at On Location Video: Kenya's most unlikely candidate <p><span style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px; background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250);">NAIROBI &mdash; Elijah Kanyi, 27, has little resources and no political experience. But come Monday he may become the youngest MP elected in Kenya since independence, half a century ago. Even more revolutionary is where he lives: in one of Nairobi&rsquo;s poorest slums.</span></p> Kenya On Location Elections Want to Know Kenya Sat, 02 Mar 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Camilla Turner and Tristan McConnell 5771080 at Spanish aid workers kidnapped by Somali militants set free Two Spanish aid workers for Doctors Without Borders were freed by Somali kidnappers on Thursday.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kenya Want to Know Kenya Thu, 18 Jul 2013 20:28:00 +0000 Alexander Besant 5887312 at How will the Nairobi airport fire affect Kenya's economy? (VIDEO) <p>NAIROBI &mdash; A devastating fire at Nairobi&rsquo;s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Wednesday left thousands of travelers stranded across the globe and is threatening to unseat the East African city as the region&rsquo;s premier transport hub.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Kenya Travel/Tourism Want to Know Kenya Wed, 07 Aug 2013 17:45:00 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5904820 at