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Dec 4, 2014

Safaricom launches Kenya’s first 4G Internet services

NAIROBI, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Safaricom launched
Kenya’s first fourth-generation (4G) Internet services on
Thursday, seeking to capitalise on burgeoning mobile Internet
use in the country.

The government of the east African nation of 40 million
people wants the use of 4G high-speed broadband network to help
raise the Internet’s contribution to economic growth to 10
percent in 2017 from about 3 percent this year.

Nov 23, 2014

Kenya says kills militants after bus ambush that killed 28

NAIROBI, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Kenyan security forces have
pursued and killed more than 100 militants and destroyed their
camp in Somalia after the ambush of a Nairobi-bound bus that
killed 28 people, Deputy President William Ruto said on Sunday.

Somalia’s Islamist al Shabaab militants have claimed
responsibility for the attack on Saturday, when gunmen ordered
passengers on the bus to recite Koran verses and shot dead
non-Muslims – 19 men and nine women – who could not.

Nov 23, 2014

Kenya says kills over 100 attackers behind bus ambush that killed 28

NAIROBI, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Kenyan security forces have
pursued and killed more than 100 militants and destroyed their
camp in Somalia after the ambush of a Nairobi-bound bus that
killed 28 people, Deputy President William Ruto said on Sunday.

Somalia’s Islamist al Shabaab militants have claimed
responsibility for the attack on Saturday, when gunmen ordered
passengers on the bus to recite Koran verses and shot dead
non-Muslims – 19 men and nine women – who could not.

Nov 23, 2014

Somali Islamists execute 28 non-Muslims on Kenyan bus

NAIROBI (Reuters) – The Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab said it had staged an attack in Kenya on Saturday in which gunmen ordered non-Muslims off a bus and shot 28 dead, while sparing Muslim passengers.

Three of the group led out to be killed saved their lives by reciting verses of the Koran for the militants, a local security official said.

Nov 22, 2014

Somalia’s al Shabaab says kills 28 in northeast Kenya bus attack

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Somalia’s al Shabaab insurgents said they staged a bus attack in northeast Kenya on Saturday that killed 28 people, all non-Muslims led out to be shot while passengers identified as Muslims were spared.

Three in the group trooped out to be killed saved their lives by reciting Koran verses for the Islamist militants, a local security official said.

Oct 17, 2014

Madagascar plans licensing round in 2015 once new petroleum law passed

NAIROBI, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Madagascar plans to issue
licenses for three on-shore and up to 50 off-shore exploration
blocks next year once parliament approves a new petroleum law, a
senior energy ministry official said on Friday.

Madagascar, famed for its wildlife and eyed by foreign
companies for its minerals and its hydrocarbon prospects, has
struggled to court oil and mining giants since a coup in 2009,
which also prompted international donors to cut off ties.

Oct 16, 2014

East Africa neighbours close to picking consultant for oil export pipeline

NAIROBI, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda are in
the final stages of deciding on a consultant to oversee building
a pipeline to pump the region’s new oil bonanza to the coast for
export, a senior Kenyan energy ministry officials said on
Thursday.

In June, the three countries invited bids for a consultant
to oversee a feasibility study and initial design for the
construction of a 1,300-km (808-mile) oil pipeline to transport
crude to the Kenyan coast.

Oct 10, 2014

Kenya yet to decide oil refinery’s fate

OLKARIA, Kenya, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Kenya is yet to decide
whether to turn east Africa’s only oil refinery into an oil
storage facility or pay for its upgrade after buying the
remaining 50 percent stake from India’s Essar Energy,
the energy minister said on Friday.

Fuel distributors have long complained about the poor
quality products from the 50-year-old refinery in the port city
of Mombasa and prefer importing cheaper and better imports.

Sep 30, 2014

Kenya’s economy increases by a quarter to join Africa’s top 10

NAIROBI, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Kenya’s gross domestic product
was estimated to be 25 percent bigger after the authorities
changed the base calculation year to 2009 from 2001, sending the
east African nation into the continent’s top 10 economies.

Economic output was calculated to be 4.76 trillion shillings
($53.4 billion) in 2013 after the rebasing, up from 3.8 trillion
shillings ($42.6 billion), the minister for devolution and
planning, Anne Waiguru, told a news conference on Tuesday.

Sep 21, 2014

Kenya to stay course in quest to stabilise Somalia – President

NAIROBI, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Kenyan troops will keep
fighting Islamist militants in Somalia until peace and stability
is restored to the region, President Uhuru Kenyatta said, one
year after gunmen stormed a shopping mall in his country’s
capital.

Militants belonging to Somalia’s al Qaeda-allied al Shabaab
attacked Nairobi’s upmarket Westgate shopping mall on Sept. 21,
2013, killing at least 67 people in an attack that evolved into
a four-day siege.