07 Feb 2020

Trump administration to open free-trade talks with Kenya

On Thursday, the Trump administration announced that it plans to open free trade talks with Kenya in the coming months. If successful, the deal would be the first trade agreement between the US and a sub-Saharan nation. The announcement followed a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Kenyan President

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06 Jan 2020

Three Americans killed in Kenya terror attack

East Africa based Jihadist fundamentalist group Al-Shabaab, a former Al Qaeda affiliate, on Sunday carried out a terror attack in Kenya in which three US citizens were killed, while two others were wounded. The casualties included a US service member and two civilian contractors working for the US Department of

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17 Jan 2019

Shabab Claim Responsibility for Deadly Assault on Nairobi Hotel-Office Complex

At least 5 Al-Shabaab militants, seemingly demonstrated the deadly resilience of the group, launched an attack against a hotel complex in Nairobi. The 20-hour siege saw 21 people killed (16 Kenyan, 1 British, 1 American, 3 still unknown), aside from the five attackers killed on site. Two accomplices that allegedly

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09 Jan 2019

More African schools are teaching Mandarin Chinese with Chinese funding, some making it mandatory

Highlighting the ongoing importance and influence of China in Africa, several African countries have rolled out Mandarin Chinese language programs. Kenya, the most recent, is rolling out a primary school curriculum in 2020, developed jointly with China. South Africa began teaching Mandarin in 2014 and Uganda is planning to make

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16 Aug 2018

Al-Shabaab’s Mata Hari Intelligence Network

A researcher has worked to document a surprising element within Al-Shabaab’s operational structure: the use of sex workers and street children in the group’s intelligence apparatus. “If you want information here,” said one interviewee, “you use the prostitutes and street kids – they see everything, go everywhere, and nobody notices

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11 Jul 2018

China is Kenya’s largest creditor with 72% of total bilateral debt

Kenya’s total debt to China has grown 15 percentage points since 2016, increasing from 57% to 72% of its bilateral debt, an amount 8 times greater than the next biggest lending partner (France). In the past 5 years, debt levels to China have multiplied by a factor of 10. Critics

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