Soccer, friendship connect Bowling Green to Nairobi
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — When people think about helping others in need, the mind often fixates on the essentials: food, water and shelter.
The Latest: Ethiopian airline defends pilots’ training
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Latest on the Ethiopian plane crash (all times local):
Ethiopian Airlines says its pilots went through all the extra training required by Boeing and...
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday pledged greater partnerships with Kenya in economic development and efforts to improve the environment and to battle regional...
MATTESON, Ill. (AP) — The mother of a U.S. Army captain from suburban Chicago says her son was "doing what he loved to do" before he died in the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight...
REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Two California brothers on a world adventure before one of them became a dad this spring were among those killed in an Ethiopian Airlines jet crash, friends and relatives...
DENVER (AP) — A Canadian construction executive and environmental activist who lived in Denver is among the 157 people who died in an Ethiopian Airlines jet crash.
Minnesota man among plane crash victims in Ethiopia
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Family members say a Minnesota man is among the 157 people who died when a jetliner crashed in Ethiopia.
Relatives say 31-year-old Mucaad Hussein Abdalla was on his...
They worked to bring food to the hungry, medicine to the sick and clean water to people living in areas without it. Among the 157 people who died in the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jetliner...
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Three Austrian physicians. The co-founder of an international aid organization. A career ambassador. The wife and children of a Slovak legislator. A Nigerian-born...
Correction: Ethiopia-Plane Crash story
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — In a story March 11 about the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jet, The Associated Press reported erroneously that China grounded its models of the same plane for nine...
Timeline of the deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The news shattered more than two years of relative calm in Africa's skies. As millions on the continent headed to church on Sunday morning, an Ethiopian Airlines plane...
A list of the 35 nationalities killed in Ethiopia crash
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Citizens from 35 countries were killed when an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa en route to Nairobi on Sunday morning. Here is...
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A strike by airport workers at Kenya's main airport continued Thursday, but the East African country's flagship airline says operations are returning to normal.
Kenya flights disrupted by airport workers strike
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Hundreds of air passengers were stranded Wednesday in Kenya because of a strike at Nairobi's international airport by the Kenya Aviation Workers Union.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A powerful explosion killed at least 11 people in the Somali capital Thursday, police said. An Islamic extremist group claimed that a Mogadishu hotel was the intended target,...
Denmark’s Inger Andersen elected UN environment chief
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly has elected Inger Andersen of Denmark as the new executive director of the United Nations Environment Program, which is based in Nairobi,...
High-level detainee accuses Kenya, South Sudan of kidnapping
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — "I was terrified ... I knew that I was heading for a terrible situation." For the first time, the spokesman for South Sudan's armed opposition leader has spoken out about his alleged kidnapping in neighboring Kenya, deportation to his home country and death sentence.
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Kenya says New Zealander arrested in crackdown on extremism
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's interior minister says a man with two New Zealand passports is among 10 people arrested over suspected links with extremism.
Fred Matiangi said Thursday the suspects were detained in a crackdown earlier this week on alleged extremists at the Dadaab refugee camp, which hosts at least 200,000 Somali refugees.
Explosion near cinema hits weeks after deadly Kenya attack
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — An explosive device went off outside a cinema in a busy part of Kenya's capital Saturday and injured two people, police said.
One of those injured in the explosion in Nairobi was a handcart pusher who received a small piece of luggage from an individual who later fled. The other was a newspaper vendor, said Philip Ndolo, police commander in charge of Nairobi.
A manhunt was underway for the unidentified person reported to have deposited the luggage in a cart, Ndolo said.
Service held for Houston native killed in Nairobi attack
HOUSTON (AP) — Family and friends gathered at a Houston cemetery to remember Jason Spindler, one of the 21 people killed in an extremist attack last week in Nairobi at a luxury hotel and shopping complex.
The Houston Chronicle reports the 40-year-old was remembered as a compassionate person who was close to his family at the burial service Thursday at Beth Yeshurun Cemetery.
Last moments of Kenya attack victims revealed at memorial
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Hiding from gunmen in an office building, a group of people heard gunshots getting louder and the clatter of a weapon being run along the metal banister of a staircase, according to a survivor of an Islamic extremist attack in Kenya last week. Then a gunman opened the door of the room where the workers huddled, said he was with al-Shabab and began shooting.
Kenyan court orders 4 more attack suspects to be held
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Four people suspected of helping Islamic extremists attack a hotel and office complex in the Kenyan capital last week have appeared in court.
A judge in Nairobi on Monday ordered three of the suspects to be held for up to 30 days, and a fourth for up to 10 days, as authorities investigate possible links to the deadly attack in Nairobi.
Another six suspects, including a Canadian national, appeared in court on Friday in connection with the investigation.
Kenyan police say attack on Chinese facilities is repelled
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan police say gunmen opened fire on Chinese construction facilities in an eastern area, days after Islamic extremists claimed responsibility for a deadly attack in Nairobi.
National police chief Joseph Boinnet says security forces fought off the attackers at Shimbirey near Garissa town on Sunday. There are no reports of casualties.
In deadly Nairobi attack, stories of fear, bravery and loss
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Trapped in a Kenyan hotel under attack by extremists, June Chepkemei said she made peace with the fact that she might die.
The Latest: Kenya arrests 6 more suspects in Nairobi attack
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Latest on this week's Kenya hotel attack (all times local):
Kenyan officials say they have arrested six people suspected of involvement in Tuesday's extremist attack in Nairobi, bringing the total number of detainees to 12.
Muthui Mwongera, the police chief in Kitui east of Nairobi, said Saturday that one of four people arrested in the area is a Somali with a British passport.
Ethiopia readies ‘massive offensive’ on al-Shabab in Somalia
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The Ethiopian National Defense Force on Saturday confirmed an ambush by al-Shabab extremists on an Ethiopian peacekeeping convoy in neighboring Somalia and said Ethiopian forces are preparing a "massive offensive" in response.
The statement rejected an al-Shabab claim that several Ethiopian troops were killed.
Private guards in Kenya to carry guns after extremist attack
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya plans to allow many more private security guards around the country to carry firearms following a deadly attack by Islamic extremists in Nairobi.
The Kenyan government agency monitoring private security says the goal is to enhance the guards' ability to protect the public because they are often the first responders before state security forces can get to the scene.
Kenya court orders 6 suspects held over Nairobi hotel attack
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Canadian national and five other people suspected of helping extremist gunmen stage a deadly attack in the Kenyan capital this week appeared in court on Friday as prosecutors investigated them for suspected terror offenses.
A judge ordered five of the suspects held for 30 days while authorities look into the assault on the dusitD2 hotel complex that was carried out by al-Shabab, a group that is linked to al-Qaida and based in neighboring Somalia.
The Latest: 5 suspected in Kenya attack appear in court
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Latest on this week's Nairobi attack (all times local):
Five people accused of involvement in this week's extremist attack on a Nairobi hotel complex have appeared in court, and prosecutors say there has been progress in the investigation.
Director of public prosecutions Noordin Haji says the investigations are complex and transnational and require sufficient time to uncover the entire "criminal syndicate."
Kenyan police say 11 arrested after deadly hotel attack
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan authorities on Thursday arrested nine more people for their alleged involvement in the deadly extremist attack on a luxury hotel complex in Nairobi this week, bringing the total number of suspects detained to 11, police said.
The Latest: Company says employee killed in Kenya attack
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Latest on the extremist attack on a Nairobi hotel complex (all times local):
The East African operation of LG Electronics is mourning the death of an employee in the attack on a hotel complex in Nairobi this week.
The company says in a statement that James Radido, who was nicknamed Odu Cobra, had a "valuable impact" on colleagues over the past four years. It described him as "a truly inspiring and genuine human being."
Death toll in Nairobi attack climbs to 21, plus 5 attackers
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The death toll from an extremist attack on a luxury hotel and shopping complex in Nairobi climbed to 21, plus the five militants killed, police said Wednesday in the aftermath of the brazen overnight siege by al-Shabab gunmen. Two people accused of facilitating the attack were arrested.
The Latest: UN Security Council condemns Kenya attack
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Latest on the extremist attack on a hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya (all times local):
The U.N. Security Council condemns the attack in Nairobi "in the strongest possible terms" and calls for the perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors to be brought to justice.
A statement Wednesday by the U.N.'s most powerful body reiterates that "any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation."
AP Explains: Who are al-Shabab attackers of Kenya hotel?
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The overnight attack on a hotel complex in Nairobi that left 14 dead was quickly claimed by the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, which has targeted Kenya with several devastating assaults in recent years, leaving hundreds dead. Here's a look at the group which has been called the deadliest in Africa:
Kenya’s deadly hotel attack: A timeline of how it occurred
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — It began with cars exploding and several armed young men, wrapped in ammunition belts, sauntering onto the scene. It was declared over nearly 20 hours later with at least 14 people killed, 700 people evacuated and the Islamic extremist attackers "eliminated." Overnight, scores of frightened people hid in washrooms, offices and elsewhere as gunfire popped and security forces hunted the gunmen. Here's a rough timeline of what occurred in the deadly attack on a luxury hotel complex in Kenya's capital.
The Latest: Nairobi attack survivors reunite with families
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Latest on the attack on a hotel in Nairobi, Kenya (all times local):
Dozens of people are reuniting with friends and family after being trapped for more than 12 hours in a hotel complex under attack in Kenya's capital.
Survivor Lucy Wanjiru says she had been trying to flee when she saw a woman on the ground floor get shot. Wanjiru ended up in a washroom with several other scared people.
Her friend Cynthia Kibe stayed in contact with her by phone overnight.
Al-Shabab extremists claim deadly attack on Nairobi hotel
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Extremists stormed a luxury hotel in Kenya's capital on Tuesday, setting off thunderous explosions and gunning down people at cafe tables in an attack claimed by Africa's deadliest Islamic militant group. A police officer said at least 15 people had died.
"It is terrible. What I have seen is terrible," said Charles Njenga, who ran from a scene of blood, broken glass, burning vehicles and pillars of black smoke.
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A look at large-scale extremist attacks in Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Here is a look at large-scale extremist attacks in Kenya over the years:
WESTGATE MALL, SEPT. 2013
Al-Shabab fighters burst into a luxury shopping mall in Nairobi, hurling grenades and starting a days-long siege that left 67 people dead. The assault on a sunny weekend afternoon horrified the world and exposed weaknesses in Kenya's security forces after it took them hours to respond.
1 freed, 3 others to stand trial over Kenya mall attack
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A magistrate's court in Kenya has ruled that three men must stand trial on charges they were involved in a deadly attack on a Nairobi shopping mall in 2013.
The magistrate said Monday he was satisfied with prosecutors' evidence linking the three suspects to the days-long siege of Westgate Mall in which 67 people were killed.
In Kenya, grassroots efforts combat alleged police abuses
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Six men were dead. On that, Kenyan police and a watchdog could agree. Then the narratives diverged, and sharply.
Police posted on Twitter that the six men had robbed a motorbike taxi driver and raped his passenger. Human rights activists quickly put together a different account from witnesses: Two of the dead were robbery suspects. The others apparently were killed by police for witnessing officers kill the two men.
Kenya detains 3 Chinese over possessing wildlife products
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan authorities have detained three Chinese nationals and a local man over alleged illegal possession of wildlife products such as rhino horn.
The suspects appeared in a magistrate's court on Wednesday in the capital, Nairobi. They will remain in detention pending further police investigation.
Police allege the suspects were caught in possession of several game trophies, including a live tortoise and leopard skin, following a raid on their house.
Kenyan police kill 5 after residents resist arrest attempt
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Five people were killed in a village in Western Kenya after residents resisted the arrest of a suspect in a domestic abuse case, a police official said Monday.
A policeman has been arrested in connection with the deaths Sunday evening in Trans-Nzoia County and an independent investigation has been launched, police spokesman Charles Owino said.
Africa’s solid waste is growing, posing a climate threat
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — No one would envy a life of scavenging in Kenya's biggest landfill, but Daniel Kiarie says he would never leave it.
Birds circle overhead and dogs scuffle as the 35-year-old moves through the filth of Nairobi, intent on useful finds. Ground-up garbage, from used hospital needles to battered toys, crunches under his feet. Thirty pungent acres stretch out before him at the center of the city's poorest slums.
Kenya report: Police accused of post-vote sexual violence
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan police are accused of committing the majority of sexual violence reported during last year's opposition protests over election results, the government-funded Kenya National Commission on Human Rights said Wednesday.
Kenya launches internal police probe to help reform force
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's internal security minister Friday launched a police internal affairs unit to investigate allegations of abuses in the force including corruption and accusations that officers kill suspects and perpetrate other human rights abuses.
The new investigation body has been welcomed with optimism by some rights activists, but many remain skeptical on its ability to bring adequate change.