Dec 25, 2015

Subdued Christmas in store for terror-wary Paris

It was a subdued Christmas Eve in Paris on Thursday, with tourist numbers down, security bolstered at shops and churches, and locals still on edge after last month’s jihadi attacks. Heavily armed soldiers patrolled outside the iconic Galeries Lafayette and Printemps department stores in ...

Give vultures a little love, conservationists say

Dec 5, 2015

Give vultures a little love, conservationists say

These are tough times for African vultures. Already perceived as ugly and seen as a symbol of death and decay in many cultures, their numbers are dropping because of poaching, poisonings and collisions with electricity pylons and wind turbines. Four of Africa’s 11 vulture ...

Nov 28, 2015

Kenyan athletes hit with doping bans

Track and field Two-time cross-country world champion Emily Chebet was among seven Kenyan athletes banned for doping Friday, another indication that the country has a serious problem of cheating among its famed distance runners. Chebet, the cross-country world champion in 2010 and 2013, was ...

Nov 18, 2015

IAAF investigating Kenyan doping cover-up allegations

The IAAF has been investigating alleged doping cover-ups in Kenya since last March, track and field’s world governing body said Tuesday. Confirmation of the investigation into Kenya by the IAAF’s ethics commission came four days after Russia was suspended from international track competition for ...

Nov 14, 2015

Kenya establishes anti-doping agency

Kenya, under scrutiny amid allegations of widespread doping in world athletics, on Saturday announced the immediate establishment of an anti-doping agency. Coming just a day after the IAAF, world athletics’ governing body, banned Russia over “state-sponsored” doping, the Kenyan government released details of the ...

Oct 17, 2015

On first trip to Africa, Pope to meet Muslims, evangelicals

Pope Francis will tour a Kenyan slum, meet with Muslims and evangelical Christians and visit a refugee camp in the conflict-torn Central African Republic during his first trip to Africa next month, the Vatican said Saturday. Francis will also pay tribute to Uganda’s martyrs ...