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For girls born into some Kenyan tribes, traditions such as childhood marriage, genital mutilation and even sanctioned rape are a fact of life.

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Top ICC prosecutor in Kenya to probe post-poll violenceupdated: Sat May 08 2010 08:21:00

The top prosecutor of the International Criminal Court arrived in Kenya on Saturday to investigate post-election violence that left more than 1,000 people dead more than two years ago.

Kenya rounds up zebras for starving lionsupdated: Thu Feb 11 2010 09:00:00

Kenyan wildlife officials are ferrying thousands of zebras and wildebeest to a park in the country's south to feed starving lions and hyenas, and prevent a conflict with humans.

Kenyan aristocrat freed from prisonupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 11:30:00

One of Kenya's most famous white aristocrats was released from prison Friday, a federal official said, after serving time in a killing that sparked racial tensions in the east African nation.

Drought, death grips Kenyan heartlandupdated: Thu Sep 03 2009 00:39:00

For as long as anyone cares to remember, the pastoralists of Kenya's Rift Valley have fled with their herds to the fertile slopes of Mount Kenya when times are tough.

Kenya petrol tanker explosion kills 100updated: Sun Feb 01 2009 07:20:00

More than 100 people were killed and several dozen wounded when an overturned petrol tanker exploded in Kenya early Sunday, authorities said.

Plane crashes carrying Kenya ministerupdated: Tue Jun 10 2008 14:07:00

A plane crashed Tuesday in western Kenya, killing all four people on board, including a Cabinet minister and an assistant minister, President Mwai Kibaki said.

Thousands remain displaced months after Kenyan violenceupdated: Tue Jun 10 2008 14:06:00

The thought of going home terrifies Sarafina Nyambura.

Worker turns into beggarupdated: Thu Apr 24 2008 12:51:00

CNN's David McKenzie goes to Mombassa, Kenya, to show how rising food prices affect the global landscape.

Displaced Kenya farmers add to food woesupdated: Thu Apr 24 2008 12:51:00

Kennedy Ombuki is a farmer. In normal times, he grows corn, maize, potatoes and peas on the green slopes near Molo. "They were export peas," he says proudly. Peace and Poison Arrows in Kenyaupdated: Fri Feb 29 2008 12:45:00

The warring factions may have agreed to form a coalition but the tribes of Kenya have learned to fight -- and to make weapons to protect themselves

Children bearing brunt of Kenya violenceupdated: Thu Feb 28 2008 12:32:00

Save the Children's Carolyn Watt sends this dispatch from Kenya and describes how children are the real victims of the post-election violence. Many have been witness to or victims of attacks and abuse, and 100,000 children are now living in makeshift camps. A Political Compromise in Kenya? updated: Fri Feb 08 2008 15:55:00

Leaders on both sides of a contested election move toward a new deal, but the impact of weeks of bloodshed may be more difficult to resolve

Kenya talks to resumeupdated: Fri Feb 01 2008 00:50:00

Talks to mediate an end to Kenya's political crisis were to resume Friday morning after being suspended in the wake of a second opposition lawmaker's killing a day earlier, according to a U.N. spokesman. Can Kenya Avert a Bloodbath?updated: Wed Jan 30 2008 15:00:00

The violence started in response to a flawed election, but it reveals a rift that may be beyond politicians' control

'Ethnic cleansing' in Kenya - envoyupdated: Wed Jan 30 2008 08:36:00

An American diplomat has described the violence in Kenya's Rift Valley as "clear ethnic cleansing" aimed at chasing out members of the Kikuyu tribe who are loyal to President Mwai Kibaki.

Violence spreading in Kenya, Red Cross official saysupdated: Mon Jan 28 2008 18:17:00

The violence plaguing western Kenya's Rift Valley spread to the country's Western Province Monday, according to an official with the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Kenya in turmoilupdated: Mon Jan 28 2008 18:17:00

Hundreds of people from rival tribes confronted each other in Naivasha, Kenya, until police fired shots into the air.

Ethnic hatred fuels more Kenya violenceupdated: Mon Jan 28 2008 02:09:00

Ethnic fighting once again engulfed Kenya's western Rift Valley on Sunday as witnesses and Red Cross officials reported brutal attacks by members of President Mwai Kibaki's Kikuyu tribe on other ethnic groups.

Renewed ethnic clashes hit Kenyaupdated: Sun Jan 20 2008 12:03:00

Diplomatic efforts to solve the violent fallout from Kenya's disputed elections continued over the weekend with a visit from the European Union's development commissioner Louis Michel, who met with President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga. Kenyan Refugees, With Hatred in Towupdated: Sat Jan 19 2008 10:00:00

Uganda's government separates those fleeing from its neighbor by tribe in order to keep down simmering tensions

Kenyan protests provoke violenceupdated: Thu Jan 17 2008 03:28:00

Running battles erupted across Kenya on Wednesday after the country's opposition leader called for three days of nationwide protests against the outcome of last month's presidential elections.

Calls for calm in Kenyaupdated: Thu Jan 17 2008 03:28:00

A lot of talk, but little action from international institutions in stopping Kenyan violence. CNN's Robin Oakley reports.

Journalists in the crossfireupdated: Thu Jan 17 2008 03:28:00

CNN's Zain Verjee reports she was among a group of journalists fired on by Kenyan police.

Machete-attack survivor: I thought I was deadupdated: Mon Jan 07 2008 15:10:00

Lying in a hospital bed in this rural hub of Kenya's Rift Valley, a man describes surviving two machete wounds to his head and multiple slashes to his hands. He says he was attacked by people who now live by the rules of tribalism.

Despair reigns in Kenyaupdated: Mon Jan 07 2008 15:10:00

CNN's Paula Newton reports on the horror and despair of those at a refugee camp in rural Kenya.

Kibaki hints at power-sharing dealupdated: Sat Jan 05 2008 13:47:00

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki appeared to offer a way out of a stalemate with the opposition over disputed elections, announcing Saturday he was ready to form a government of national unity, a government spokesman said. Where Kenya Is on Fireupdated: Fri Jan 04 2008 13:00:00

TIME's correspondent goes to the Kenyan countryside, where tribal hatreds have surfaced and neighbors are now enemies Kenya on the Verge of a Showdownupdated: Wed Jan 02 2008 12:00:00

The opposition is protesting to demand that the President admit electoral defeat, sparking fears of more violence

The insider's guide to Africa's Great Lakesupdated: Thu Dec 14 2006 11:01:00

As a U.N.-backed conference on Africa's volatile Great Lakes region concludes on Friday, we offer a guide to the troubled area and its chances for lasting stability.

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