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Water Filter Project in Africa Gets Technology Boost

Technology plays an increasingly prominent role in African development projects. One example is a Swiss company's water filter project in western Kenya that makes use of a sophisticated network of cell phones and satellites. It's evening at command central in the western Kenyan town of Kakamega. Here, staff of the Swiss company Vestergaard...

East Africa Food Shortages Expected to Affect More People

In East Africa, millions people are in need of emergency food assistance because of the prolonged, severe drought. Now a U.N. agency warns that things could get worse. Steady rain is hard to come by in many parts of East Africa.  The Food and Agriculture Organization, the FAO, says the region has been hit with two consecutive seasons with “...

Clinton: Death of Embassy Bombing Suspect Big Blow to al-Qaida

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the death of a man suspected of organizing the 1998 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania is a significant blow to al-Qaida. Secretary Clinton says Harun Fazul's death is “a significant blow to al-Qaida, its extremist allies, and its operations in East Africa.”  After laying flowers at a...

Clinton Says Death of Embassy Bombing Suspect is Significant Blow for al-Qaida

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the death of a man suspected of playing a key role in the 1998 bombings of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania is a significant blow to al-Qaida. Secretary Clinton says Harun Fazul's death is “a significant blow to Al Qaeda, its extremist allies, and its operations in East Africa.”In a written...

Al-Qaida's Leader in East Africa Killed in Somalia

Somali authorities say the man believed to be al-Qaida's leader in East Africa is dead, killed during a confrontation with police. Fazul Abdullah Mohammed was believed to have played a key role in the deadly bombing attacks in 1998 that caused mass casualties and severely damaged U.S. embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam.  The United States...

Chief Justice Nominee Hopes to Repair Kenya’s Relationships With Courts

In an historic session in Kenya’s parliament, chief justice nominee Dr. Willy Mutungu has promised to change Kenya’s relationship to its notoriously corrupt courts. On Tuesday in Nairobi’s County Hall, Mutunga, did something no Kenyan judge has ever had to do: publically defend his credentials and nomination to a Kenyan bench. On live television,...

Reflections on 30 Years of HIV/AIDS

The HIV/AIDS epidemic is 30 years old. Nearly 30 million people have died from complications of the disease and more than 33 million are currently living with it. There’s a better chance than ever of living a long, productive life despite infection. But there’s still no cure or vaccine. The top U.S. official on HIV/AIDS talked recently about the...

Kenya, Ethiopia Agree on Steps to Reduce Border Tensions

Kenya and Ethiopia have agreed on measures to ease tensions along their border following deadly clashes between ethnic groups battling for scarce resources. The Horn of Africa neighbors will revive a long dormant ministerial commission to take on a host of prickly bilateral issues.Delegations of senior Ethiopian and Kenyan officials sat down...

African Countries Feeding Students With Local Produce

At least five African countries have set up "home grown school feeding" initiatives aimed at improving child nutrition and developing local agricultural markets.For Kenyan education official Nur Guleid, there is no food like home-grown food. "We have gone out to monitor at the school level.  They said they enjoy it [the food] because the food is...

Analyst: After ICC Ruling, Kenya Must Accept Hague Trials

A legal analyst says Kenya has no choice but to continue with the International Criminal Court trials now that judges have rejected the country’s attempt to stop proceedings at The Hague. Late Monday, judges at the International Criminal Court dismissed Kenya’s application challenging the admissibility of two cases against Kenyan citizens at The...

Kenya Denies Undermining International Criminal Court

Kenya’s Justice and Constitutional affairs minister has denied accusations his government has created a “climate of fear” to undermine the International Criminal Court’s [ICC] investigations into post-election violence in 2008. Fighting between opposing sides in the presidential election left more than 1,300 people dead and displaced hundreds of...

ICC Officials In Kenya to Gauge Commitment to Court

Representatives of the International Criminal Court were in Kenya on Monday to seek answers regarding Kenya’s commitment to justice for victims of the 2007-2008 post-election violence.At the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the case against six Kenyans suspected of planning and financing the country’s post-election violence appears to be...

Prominent Kenyans Face UK Extradition Over Money Laundering Charges

Two prominent Kenyans are facing extradition to the United Kingdom where they have been charged with money laundering.  The development is raising hopes for success in Kenya's war on graft. On Tuesday, Kenyan Justice Minister Mutula Kilonzo told reporters in Nairobi that Kenya had no choice but to extradite a former minister and the former...

Northern Sudan Official Outlines Abyei Peace Issues

As northern Sudanese troops continue to occupy Abyei - an area both north and south Sudan claim as their own - a Sudanese official has outlined what he says are major stumbling blocks to peace in the area.The Sudanese ambassador to Kenya, Kamal Ismail Saeed, told reporters in Nairobi that northern government troops would pull out of Abyei once...

Ugandan Opposition Leader Besigye Put Under House Arrest

Opposition leader Kizza Besigye has been placed under house arrest by Ugandan police in their latest efforts to quell the "walk to work" protests. In their sixth week in Uganda, security forces are trying nip the demonstrations in the bud by keeping former presidential candidate and opposition figure Besigye from leaving his house.Early Thursday,...