Kenya destroys 15 tons of ivory taken from poachers

Mar 4, 2015

Kenya destroys 15 tons of ivory taken from poachers

Kenya’s president set fire to 15 tons of elephant tusks during World Wildlife Day Tuesday to discourage poaching and trade in ivory. Twenty-five years since ivory trade was banned, new demand from emerging markets threatens Africa’s elephants and rhinos, President Uhuru Kenyatta said at ...

Newly discovered wasp named after Boston Bruins goalie Rask

Feb 25, 2015

Newly discovered wasp named after Boston Bruins goalie Rask

There’s a new buzz surrounding Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask. A Boston-area researcher who was part of a team that discovered a new species of wasp in Kenya has named the insect Thaumatodryinus tuukkaraski in Rask’s honor. Robert Copeland, an entomologist at the International ...

Somalia extremists call for attacks on Western shopping malls

Feb 23, 2015

Somalia extremists call for attacks on Western shopping malls

A video purported to be by Somalia’s al-Qaida-linked rebel group al-Shabab urged Muslims to attack shopping malls in the U.S., Canada, Britain and other Western countries. U.S. authorities said there was “no credible” evidence suggesting a U.S. mall attack was in the works. The ...

Dec 31, 2014

Somalia says U.S. airstrike killed al-Shabab leader

A U.S. airstrike killed the intelligence chief of Somali terror group al-Shabab, Somalia’s intelligence service said Tuesday. Abdishakur is the name of the slain leader, who is also known as Tahlil, a statement from the spy agency said, adding that the operation also killed ...

Kenya's Maasai compete in athletics

Dec 15, 2014

Kenya's Maasai compete in athletics

At the foot of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, Kenya’s famed Maasai warriors competed for honor and prestige, not by hunting lions but by running, jumping and throwing. The Maasai Olympics were created to encourage athletic competitions to replace the traditional lion-hunting as the way that ...

Dec 10, 2014

Kenya probes Al Jazeera over 'death squad' report

Kenya on Tuesday ordered Al Jazeera to be placed under investigation and face possible charges over a report the Qatar-based TV news network aired alleging Kenyan police operate death squads that target radical Islamists. The Kenyan government said the Al Jazeera documentary, aired on ...

Kenyan cops are killing suspects with near-impunity

Dec 7, 2014

Kenyan cops are killing suspects with near-impunity

Kenyan police officers are killing unarmed terrorist suspects, shakedown victims and even children — spreading fear, breeding corruption and complicating efforts to deal with terrorism, an Associated Press investigation has found. Although death squads have long been known to operate in Kenya, a dozen ...

Dec 5, 2014

Kenya arrests 77 Chinese in alleged hacking case

Police in Kenya are consulting technical experts to determine if 77 Chinese nationals arrested with advanced communications equipment in several houses in an upscale Nairobi neighborhood were committing espionage, an official said Thursday. The Chinese were arrested since the weekend with equipment that Kenya’s ...