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Worst humanitarian crisis hits as Trump slashes foreign aid

The world’s largest humanitarian crisis in 70 years has been declared in three African countries on the brink of famine, just as President Donald Trump’s proposed foreign aid cuts threaten to pull the United States from its historic role as the world’s top emergency donor.

IOC cuts off funding to Kenya, suspension possible next week

The IOC has cut funding to Kenya and will consider suspending the country next week after local officials refused to make changes to their Olympic body’s constitution. The IOC says it is “extremely disappointed” with the outcome of a National Olympic Committee of Kenya meeting this week where its executives voted against governance changes and a new constitution.

87 escape Kenya psych hospital as medics strike nationwide

Kenyan officials say at least 87 patients with mental illnesses have escaped from the country’s only psychiatric hospital after they were left unattended when medical workers at public hospitals went on strike nationwide.

6-month-old rescued from collapsed building in Kenya

A nearly 6-month-old girl was rescued Tuesday from the rubble of a building that collapsed last week, raising hopes for more survivors in the disaster that has left 23 people dead and 93 others missing.

Kenyans prepare for massive burn of ivory

Kenyan authorities have built towering pyres of more than 100 tons of elephant tusks that will be burned on Saturday, in what wildlife officials believe will be the largest single destruction of ivory in history.

London mayor tells ‘part-Kenyan’ Obama to butt out

London Mayor Boris Johnson, a leader of the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, faced a flurry of criticism Friday for suggesting U.S. President Barack Obama may have an “ancestral dislike of the British Empire” because of his Kenyan roots.

Turtles are key as Kenya balances ecology and development

Kenya is striving to strike a balance between developing its 330 miles of coastline for a billion-dollar tourism industry that employs a half-million people and preserving the environment that attracts those visitors. As the East African nation does so, some experts say that turtles are key, because they are so picky when it comes to laying eggs that if the right environment is maintained for them, then things are going well.

Those Valentine’s Day flowers might just be from Kenya

Kenya’s cool climate and high altitude make it perfect for growing large, long-lasting roses. Such conditions have helped make Kenya become the world’s fourth-biggest supplier after the Netherlands, Ecuador and Colombia.

Lani Kiplagat Rutto wins at Bloomsday

Maybe Kenya’s Lani Kiplagat Rutto should have an emergency tooth extraction before every big race. Rutto shook off the Friday procedure and outraced fellow countryman, defending champion and racing partner Allan Kiprono Sunday for his first Bloomsday win.

Hazen Audel hosts Survive the Tribe

High school science teacher, survival instructor, naturalist and artist Hazen Audel is spotlighting the skills of indigenous people in remote niches of the world for the National Geographic Channel TV series, Survive the Tribe. The Sunday Outdoors story by S-R Outdoors Editor Rich Landers describes how Audel's childhood fascination with snakes and spiders put the Spokane native on the path to hunting with bald eagles in Mongolia, dodging stampeding elephants in Kenya, hunting with blowguns in the jungle of Ecuador and learning to spear seals from a kayak in the icy waters of Nunavik. This photo gallery offers a glimpse of the life Audel calls "a rich cultural stew of outdoor adventure."

Spokane’s Hazen Audel taps skills of indigenous people for Survive the Tribe TV series

Spiders and snakes were more inspiring than school to Hazen Audel as he grew up in Spokane. “My high school teachers would never have bet that I’d become a science teacher myself,” he said. Perhaps nobody could have predicted Audel’s wide-eyed fascination with flora and fauna would be broadcast internationally in a TV survival program with a unique educational twist.

U.S. raid targets planned terrorism in Kenya, officials say

NAIROBI, Kenya – U.S. interrogators headed to an American warship in the Mediterranean to question a suspected Libyan al-Qaida operative linked to the bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa as new details emerged Monday about plots planned by a Kenyan militant who escaped a U.S. raid in Somalia. The two operations, thousands of miles apart in Africa and approved by President Barack Obama, signaled an American readiness to go after militants in nations where authorities are unable to do so, even years later.