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Kenya: Suspect Confessed to Killing 42 Women

Watchdog is investigating potential involvement of police, already accused in deaths

(Newser) - Days after police found the dismembered bodies of nine women at an abandoned quarry in a Nairobi shantytown, police say a suspect confessed—not just in those deaths but to killing 42 women between 2022 and Thursday. Collins Jumaisi Khalusha, 33, admitted that he "lured, killed and disposed" of...

Alleged Doomsday Cult Leader Behind 440 Deaths Goes On Trial

Paul Mackenzie and 94 alleged accomplices are accused in the case

(Newser) - The trial of alleged doomsday cult leader Paul Mackenzie started Monday in Kenya. Mackenzie is accused of masterminding the Shakahola forest massacre, one of the worst recent tragedies related to a cult , with more than 440 followers dead ( nearly 200 of them children ) after being told to starve...

Police Open Fire on Protesters in Kenya

Medical workers say at least 5 were killed as protesters stormed country's parliament

(Newser) - Thousands of protesters stormed Kenya's parliament Tuesday to protest tax proposals, burning part of the building, sending lawmakers fleeing, and drawing fire from police in unrest that the president vowed to quash. Several people were killed. It was the most direct assault on the government in decades, the AP...

White House Fetes Kenya With State Dinner

Lavish event was biggest of Biden's presidency

(Newser) - Thursday's White House state dinner honoring Kenyan President William Ruto offered around 500 guests stunning DC views, a knockout menu, and a dose of celebrity star power. The gathering was the first White House state dinner for an African nation since 2008, and it was the sixth and largest...

At Least 45 Dead in Kenya Flash Flood
Dozens Dead in
Kenya Flash Flood

Dozens Dead in Kenya Flash Flood

Wall of water cut off major road

(Newser) - Flash floods and a landslide swept through houses and cut off a major road in Kenya, killing at least 45 people and leaving dozens missing on Monday, the Interior Ministry said. Police official Stephen Kirui initially told the AP that the Old Kijabe Dam, located in the Mai Mahiu area...

Scientists Find 'Super Cool' Way to Spy on Insects
'Super Cool' Mapping
Tracks Down Tiny Invaders

'Super Cool' Mapping Tracks Down Tiny Invaders

Airborne laser mapping could speed tracking of invasive insects, study finds

(Newser) - Scientists in search of insects can spend 1,000 hours checking roughly 10,000 trees across 40 acres. Or, with a more convenient approach, they can do the same in about an hour. More and more, researchers are turning to remote sensing technology to ease the burden of searching landscapes...

He Allegedly Left Girlfriend's Body in Car, Is Arrested Again

Kevin Adam Kinyanjui Kangethe had fled police custody in Kenya last week

(Newser) - A man wanted in Massachusetts to face murder charges has been rearrested, a week after he dramatically escaped from police custody, Kenyan police said Wednesday. Kevin Adam Kinyanjui Kangethe escaped while awaiting extradition on a Massachusetts warrant alleging he killed his girlfriend and left her body in a car at...

Illegal Gas Site in Nairobi Unleashes Deadly Inferno

At least 3 dead, more than 270 injured following explosions in Nairobi

(Newser) - A truck loaded with liquid petroleum gas cylinders exploded and set off a late-night inferno that burned homes and warehouses in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, killing at least three people and injuring more than 270, officials said Friday, with the death toll expected to rise. At least 24 people were...

Cult Leader Is Blamed for Hundreds of Deaths in Court

Paul Mackenzie must undergo a mental assessment

(Newser) - Doomsday cult leader Paul Mackenzie and 30 of his followers were presented in a Kenyan court in the coastal town of Malindi on Wednesday to face charges of murdering 191 children . Mackenzie and the other suspects were not yet formally charged and so did not enter pleas because High Court...

Lion Footprints Lead to Motorcyclist's Body

Attack occurred near national reserve in Kenya

(Newser) - Police in Kenya on Monday recovered the body of a man believed to have been attacked by a lion while he was riding a motorcycle near a national reserve in the south of the country. Police were notified by community members of an abandoned motorcycle along a road near the...

Manhunt Begins in Kenya After Woman Is Found Dead in US

Suspect in slaying took flight from Boston, Massachusetts investigators say

(Newser) - The body of a missing Massachusetts woman was found Wednesday in a parking garage at Boston's Logan International Airport, and state police said the suspect in her killing has taken a flight to Kenya. The search for the man has begun there, ABC News reports. Margaret Mbitu, 31, was...

It's a Site Known for Crashes. This One Just Killed Dozens

At least 51 die after truck hits market traders, other vehicles in Londiani, Kenya

(Newser) - A truck rammed into several other vehicles and market traders in western Kenya, killing dozens, police said. The Friday evening accident occurred at a location known for vehicle crashes near the Rift Valley town of Londiani, which is about 125 miles northwest of the capital, Nairobi. Officers at the scene...

Kenyan Facebook Content Moderators: Job Is 'Torture'

Lawsuit against the social media giant could have global effects

(Newser) - On the verge of tears, Nathan Nkunzimana recalled watching a video of a child being molested and another of a woman being killed. His job as a content moderator for a Facebook contractor required him to look at horrors. Some overwhelmed colleagues would scream or cry, he said. Now, the...

Cult Members Keep Trying to Die, Even After Rescue

65 charged with attempted suicide in Kenya; meanwhile, starvation death toll rises to 300-plus

(Newser) - The death toll from a Kenyan doomsday cult whose members fatally starved themselves has surpassed 300, making it "one of the worst cult-related tragedies in recent history," per Reuters . The adjusted number came after authorities exhumed 19 more bodies from mass graves in the nation's southeastern Shakahola...

Kenya Cult Death Toll Rises to 73
Death Toll at Kenyan
Cult's Ranch Rises to 90

Death Toll at Kenyan Cult's Ranch Rises to 90

17 more bodies exhumed after pastor allegedly told followers to starve themselves

(Newser) - The startling numbers continue to grow in Kenya: The death toll at a ranch owned by a pastor who is accused of leading a religious cult and ordering his followers to starve themselves reached 90 on Tuesday. The new figure came after police exhumed 17 more bodies, per the AP...

25 Deaths and Counting Linked to Alleged Kenyan Cult

Pastor is in custody, accused of encouraging followers to starve themselves

(Newser) - Twenty-one bodies have been found so far on land owned by a pastor in coastal Kenya who was arrested for telling his followers to fast to death, per the AP . Malindi sub-county police chief John Kemboi said more shallow graves have yet to be dug up on the land belonging...

For Kenya's Elite Female Runners, a Brutal Price to Pay

'New Yorker' explores the gender-based violence they face at home

(Newser) - Agnes Tirop was found murdered in October 2021. Six months later, Damaris Mutua was strangled to death. Both women were in their 20s and killed in the same town of Iten, Kenya. But they had something more telling in common: Both were elite runners on the world stage. At the...

In Kenya, Election Comes to Crazy Finish

William Ruto defeats Raila Odinga, but 4 of 7 election commissioners denounce the count

(Newser) - After last-minute chaos that could foreshadow a court challenge, Kenya’s electoral commission chairman on Monday declared Deputy President William Ruto the winner of the close presidential election over five-time contender Raila Odinga. Ruto received 50.49% of the votes with more than 7.1 million, the chairman said, while...

Hospital Reminds Desperate Kenyans It Won't Buy Kidneys

Nation is deep into a cost of living crisis worsened by Russian blockade in Ukraine

(Newser) - With the price of food and other necessities soaring, a hospital has found it necessary to remind desperate Kenyans that they shouldn't try to raise money by selling an organ. "How much for my kidney?" is now the question most often posted to Kenyatta National Hospital, a Facebook...

'Stray Lion' in Bushes Was Just a Shopping Bag
'Stray Lion' Alert Leads to
Much More Innocuous Find
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'Stray Lion' Alert Leads to Much More Innocuous Find

It was a shopping bag with a lion's face on it in the bushes outside a Kenyan home

(Newser) - A farmhand in Kenya may be feeling a little foolish today, but also pretty lucky: His anxiety-ridden "stray lion" sighting turned out not to be a lion after all. The BBC reports on the incident that took place in Kinyana, a village not far from Mount Kenya National Park,...

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