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Google launches Motorbike Mode navigation in Kenya, first for Africa

Google launches Motorbike Mode navigation in Kenya, first for AfricaGoogle, said on Monday it would offer Motorbike Mode on Google Maps in Kenya, offering the voice navigation service for bike riders in Africa for the first time. Google, part of the U.S. firm Alphabet Inc, already provides the service in Asian nations, such as India. “For over a million Kenyans, boda bodas are a convenient and affordable way to move and transport goods from one place to another,” Google said in a statement.



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US, Kenya agree on Nairobi-Mombasa superhighway

US, Kenya agree on Nairobi-Mombasa superhighwayThe United States and Kenya agreed Monday to build a superhighway from Nairobi to Mombasa, the White House said. After President Donald Trump welcomed his counterpart President Uhuru Kenyatta in the Oval Office, the pair voiced support for closer economic cooperation “aimed at making their nations stronger and their citizens more prosperous,” the White House said in a statement. The project, known as the Nairobi-Mombasa Expressway project would link Kenya’s capital with second city Mombasa, a major Indian Ocean port.



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Local Fisherman And Tourist Killed In Kenya Hippo Attacks

Local Fisherman And Tourist Killed In Kenya Hippo AttacksA local fisherman and a Chinese tourist were killed in a single day by hippo



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World Cup in Kenya prison

World Cup in Kenya prisonAs part of their rehabilitation, inmates at Kamiti Maximum Security Prison in rural Kenya are playing their own version of the World Cup, with teams named after the countries competing at the real thing.



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Kenya says plane on domestic flight missing, search halted until dawn

Kenya says plane on domestic flight missing, search halted until dawnA search for a small passenger plane that disappeared in Kenya on Tuesday was called off for the evening but will resume at dawn, Kenyan aviation authorities said late on Tuesday. The plane had taken off from Kitale, a town in Kenya’s west, en route to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in the capital, Nairobi, the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) said.



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At least 38 dead as hundreds of homes are swept away after dam bursts in Kenya

At least 38 dead as hundreds of homes are swept away after dam bursts in KenyaAt least 38 people died when their homes were swept away after a dam burst in southern Kenya following heavy rains, officials have said. Weeks of torrential rain had already affected 220,000 people in in the country before the Patel Dam in Solai near the Rift Valley city of Nakuru was breached on Wednesday night.  Regional police chief Gideon Kibunjah confirmed the death toll has risen overnight to 38 and the disaster left 40 people needing hospital treatment.  Hundreds of homes in the neighborhood – estimated to be around 450 – were destroyed, including those on the expansive Nyakinyua Farm, which borders the dam's water reservoir. Mr Kibunjah said: "The search and rescue exercise is ongoing and more bodies have been retrieved. The death toll is now 27. "It is a disaster because most people were asleep when the tragedy occurred and their houses were swept away." Police officers speaking from the scene say the private Patel dam, used for irrigation and fish farming, may have lacked a proper outlet. Police chief Joseph Kioko said many were feared missing and officials said the dam water and mud flooded out of the reservoir and submerged homes, extending to a radius of more than a mile (almost 2km). Volunteers search for survivors of the disaster Credit: AFP The Kenyan Red Cross estimates that up to 500 families were affected by the disaster, which took place some 150 kilometres (90 miles) northwest of Nairobi. Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui said: "The water has caused huge destruction of both life and property. The extent of the damage has yet to be ascertained. "We have set up a centre near the scene for families to report missing members to enable us to reunite them." Several villages were affected around Nakuru, Kenya's fourth-largest city, as well as two schools. Weeks of torrential rains in Kenya have led to flooding and mudslides, and the latest deaths take to 159 the death toll countrywide. Government statistics released Wednesday showed that more than 220,000 people have been displaced by flooding as heavy rains hit the country after three consecutive failed rainy seasons had left it in drought. Since March, at least 21,000 acres (8,500 hectares) of farmland have been submerged in water with an estimated 20,000 animals killed, the Red Cross said last week. The floods have also destroyed road networks in some parts of the East African country and in some cases the military has stepped in to airlift residents from submerged houses.



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'Huge destruction' and deaths in Kenya dam burst

'Huge destruction' and deaths in Kenya dam burstScores are dead or injured after weeks of rain caused a dam to burst in Kenya, in what local officials say has led to "mass destruction." Matthew Larotonda reports.



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Kenya expels opposition firebrand, again

Kenya expels opposition firebrand, againAn outspoken member of the opposition alliance was Wednesday expelled from Kenya for the second time in two months, his lawyer told AFP. Miguna Miguna, a firebrand member of the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition, was forced onto an international flight to Canada last month. The High Court on February 26 ordered immigration authorities to allow him to return to the country and he arrived back on Monday.



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U.S.'s Tillerson 'not feeling well', cancels activities in Kenya

U.S.'s Tillerson 'not feeling well', cancels activities in KenyaU.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson cancelled scheduled events on Saturday on the second day of a visit to Kenya because he had been feeling unwell, a State Department spokesman said, adding that he would resume his programme on Sunday. “The secretary is not feeling well after a long couple days working on major issues back home such as North Korea and has cancelled his events for the day,” spokesman Steve Goldstein told reporters travelling with Tillerson. “Some events will go ahead without him, while they are looking at the possibility of rescheduling others,” said Goldstein, under-secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs at the State Department.



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Kenya President and opposition leader meet to unify country

Kenya President and opposition leader meet to unify countryNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's president and opposition leader said they met for talks Friday, months after the presidential elections sparked turmoil as the opposition charged there was electoral fraud.



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