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Two Dead, 41 Injured as Blast Rocks Kenya

Two Dead, 41 Injured as Blast Rocks Kenya Two people were killed and 41 injured in an explosion next to a Kampala-bound bus in downtown Nairobi on Monday night. The blast occurred at 7.40pm as passengers were boarding a Kampala Coach bus in the River Road area. Thirty three were being treated at Kenyatta National Hospital, four at MP Shah and four others at the Nairobi Hospital. One man...

Police Searching for Answers After Nairobi Explosion

Kenyan police are investigating possible links to terrorist groups after a bus station blast killed one and injured more than 40 people in Nairobi. A small bomb exploded about 8 p.m. local time Monday just outside of a bus station in Nairobi's River Road area as passengers were boarding a bus bound for Kampala, Uganda. The blast shattered the...

Humanitarian Organizations in Sudan Prepare for Referendum Aftermath

With the referendum on southern independence just 19 days away, humanitarian organizations in Sudan are preparing for the possible results by moving three months of emergency supplies into areas where they think conflict could occur. The World Food Program's warehouse in Southern Sudan's capital, Juba, is a busy place. A truck loaded with 28...

Homophobia Sweeping Africa Like a Disease, says Rights Group

The group Aids-Free World says there’s a wave of “homophobia sweeping across Africa.”  It’s calling on the African Union to take urgent measures to stop “a growing and insidious contagion.” Co-director Paula Donovan says silence on the part of the AU about the issue is similar to silence during the early days of the AIDS epidemic. “The problem is...

Kenya's Politicians Look to Withdraw from ICC as Suspects Named

The Kenyan parliament is considering a motion that would remove the country from the Rome Statute and end its obligations to the International Criminal Court. There is a wave of discontent rising within the Kenyan legislature against Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo and the International Criminal Court. A day after the announcement that six-...

Kenya Reacts as ICC Names Suspects in Election Chaos

On Wednesday, the International Criminal Court named six high-profile suspects it believes spearheaded the country's political chaos in 2007 and 2008.  There is renewed hope for justice nearly three years later, but many, including some suspects, are surprised by the names included on the list.  ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo released a list of...

6 Prominent Kenyans Accused of Crimes Against Humanity

Three Kenyan ministers are among six high-profile figures accused of crimes against humanity by the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. At a press conference in The Hague, ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said he was requesting charges to be brought against six prominent Kenyans who allegedly incited or facilitated ethnic...

Kenya Post-Election Violence Indictments Hailed as Important Step

A member of Kenya’s National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) has described as an important step to end “gross impunity” the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) decision to name six key suspects in Kenya's 2008 post-election violence Wednesday. Hassan Omar, among other commission members, are credited with playing a pivotal role by compiling...

WikiLeaks Prompts Kenyan Leaders' Push for Recall of US Envoy

One week after WikiLeaks exposed several classified assessments of Kenya's leaders, United States Ambassador Michael Ranneberger is being accused by prominent politicians of meddling in Kenya's affairs, with many calling for the envoy's removal.Since the release of classified cables by WikiLeaks on December 8 and 9, Michael Ranneberger has been...

Chicago Businessman Provides Affordable Bikes in Africa

After the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami killed more than 200,000 people, Chicago businessman Frederick K. Day wanted to help survivors rebuild their lives.  As the founder of Sram Corporation, maker of high end components for racing bicycles, Day felt his greatest contribution would be what he knew best-he put his knowledge of bicycles to use...

New Pneumonia Vaccine to be Rolled Out in 40 Developing Countries

Nicaragua is the first of 40 developing countries to receive a new vaccine against pneumonia.  Sub-Saharan African countries are expected to soon follow. Pneumonia is one of the two top killers of young children around the world,  the other being diarrheal disease. The vaccine is being rolled out by the GAVI alliance, a public-private partnership...

Kenya Detains Over 300 East African Refugees

Over 300 mainly Somali and Ethiopian refugees were reportedly detained earlier this week in Nairobi’s largely immigrant suburb of Eastleigh, and the arrests are continuing. According to two non-governmental organizations – the International Rescue Committee and Kituo Cha Sheria(Center for Legal Empowerment) - the Kenyan police are raiding homes of...

WikiLeaks Revelations Could Have Serious Consequences for Africa, says Analyst

The WikiLeaks website is continuing to publish thousands of United States government secrets on the internet. The classified documents reveal secret correspondence between the US State Department in Washington, DC and its 270 embassies across the globe. The revelations are embarrassing and angering Washington and governments and political leaders...

Leaked Cables Detail Kenya's Role in Arming South Sudan

The latest batch of secret diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks is shedding new light on Kenya's role in the controversial sale of arms to the government of South Sudan. The tidal wave of controversy surrounding the release of classified US cables has finally hit Kenyan shores. On Thursday, WikiLeaks released several secret communiqués from the...

AIDS: The Lazarus Effect

Researchers call it the Lazarus effect – the dramatic beneficial changes that antiretroviral drugs – ARVs - can bring to HIV/AIDS patients and their families.  The drugs are changing lives. In the biblical story, Jesus is said to have raised Lazarus from the dead.  Now, in rural western Kenya, HIV/AIDS patients and their families, in a sense, are...