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Female lawmakers furious as Kenya legalizes polygamy without wife’s consent

Kenya’s parliament has passed a bill allowing men to marry as many women as they want, prompting a furious backlash from female lawmakers who stormed out, reports said Friday. The bill, which amended existing marriage legislation, was passed late on Thursday to formalise customary law about marrying more than one…

Chinese ivory smuggler gets record sentence after trial in Kenya

A court in Kenya on Tuesday slapped a record sentence on a Chinese ivory smuggler, the first person to be convicted under tough new laws designed to stem a surge in poaching. Tang Yong Jian, 40, was ordered to pay 20 million shillings (170,500 euros……

Trial of Kenya Westgate Mall massacre suspects opens

The trial of four men charged in connection with Kenya's Westgate mall massacre opened Wednesday, an attack claimed by Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents. The court heard testimony from a guard who was outside the upmarket mall when the gunmen……

Kenya’s Westgate mall attackers spent four month’s planning in Nairobi

All four gunmen who attacked Kenya’s Westgate mall trained in Somalia before crossing into Kenya four months before the September massacre in which they also died, a Western official said Tuesday. crowded complex, firing from the hip and hurling grenades at shoppers and staff. Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab claimed the attack,…

Somali Islamists vow to step up terror attacks on Kenya

Somalia’s Shebab Islamists threatened Wednesday to step up militant attacks against Kenya, after Nairobi refused to pull its troops out of Somalia. The Al-Qaeda linked Shebab claimed responsibility for last week’s attack on Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall, in which at least 67 people died, with 39 more listed as missing…

Two or three young Americans and one British woman among Kenya mall attackers: Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed

Two or three young American men and a British woman were among the group of attackers who stormed a Nairobi mall killing more than 60 people, Kenya’s top diplomat said. Kenyan Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed, interviewed by US public broadcaster PBS, was asked about reports Americans and Britons were among…

Kenya’s elephants may vanish in 10 years, warns prominent naturalist

A Kenya Wildlife Service officer holds an elephant ivory tusk, as they are displayed outside the Port of Mombasa’s police station, in Mombasa, Kenya, earlier this month, after a container ship containing more than 440 pieces…  …

Kenya arrests controversial Muslim preacher

MOMBASA, Kenya — Kenyan police Sunday arrested a Muslim preacher who had been previously arrested but acquitted of the 2002 bombing of an Israeli-owned hotel near Mombasa which killed 15 people. Aboud Rogo Mohammed, a cleric in Kenya’s port city of Mombasa since 1997, was arrested in a raid in…

Do the math

Check out this short video on the impact of the ban on most abortions in Kenya: In Harm’s Way: Unsafe Abortion in Kenya from Center for Reproductive Rights on Vimeo. Even when you build “exceptions” into abortion bans, they usually don’t do much for people who technically qualify. Lack of…

No Country For Middle Aged Black Guys With Funny Names

The cavalcade of stupid continues unabated: Obama has Kenyan citizenship as well as US citizenship. [...] Reader Bob R. wonders: I wonder how the clingy, bible thumpin’, shotgun pumpin’, outhouse dumpin’, crowd in flyover country would respond to this gem. And, wouldn’t it be “special” to hear the “Wizard of…

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