Voices Elephants at sunrise

A new Kenyan law aims to quell poaching by increasing the notoriously light penalties for the growing illegal trade

Kenyans put messaging to work to head off poll violence

For Juliana Rotich, like so many Kenyans, the last election at the end of 2007 evokes painful memories.

Britons hurt in Kenya bus crash

Vehicle veered off the road and capsized

Malik Obama (right), half-brother of US President Barack Obama (left), is running for governor in a Kenyan county

Yes We Kenya: Barack Obama's half-brother Malik runs for local governor's office

54-year-old is running as an independent and says he can't escape his famous name

UK business fears over Kenya vote

The coming elections in Kenya are causing major consternation in London amid fear that the outcome may unravel key British strategy in east Africa.

Pistorius celebrates with a gold medal at the Paralympics

Detectives 'not certain' boxes found in bedroom of Oscar Pistorius contain testosterone

South African police claimed to have found two boxes of testosterone and a number of needles in his bedroom

Chris Froome beats Alberto Contador to the line in on the Tour of Oman

Cycling: Chris Froome beats Alberto Contador in thrilling sprint finish to put his first stage-race win in reach

British rider retains overall lead ahead of tomorrow's final stage

Chris Froome with the Tour of Oman leader's red jersey

Cycling: Chris Froome delighted after taking overall lead in the Tour of Oman

British rider on course to win first major stage race

Meet the candidates: (from left) Mohamed Dida, Prof Ole Kiyapi, Uhuru Kenyatta, Peter Kenneth, Musalia Mudavadi, Martha Karua, Raila Odinga and Paul Muite

Kenya gripped as democracy takes to stage in presidential election debate

Country's two key candidates put on spot about violence that engulfed elections four years ago

Kenya election: First ever presidential debate hooks voters

In Britain, people cram into pubs and bars to watch important national events.

Sam Edgerley scored the match-winning try

Rugby round-up: Sam Edgerley finds that bit extra

England produced a stunning comeback to beat a remarkable Kenyan side 24-19 in sudden-death extra-time in Wellington to secure their first tournament victory of this season's HSBC Sevens World Series.

Twitter suspends account of Islamic militants al-Shabaab

After losing Somalia's cities to African Union forces and scores of fighters to defections, Islamic militants al-Shabaab lost their online platform today as Twitter suspended their account.

Market Report: Kenyan gossip lifts Tullow and Afren

Hot gossip flown in from northern Kenya warmed up chilly London and sent shares in oil explorers Tullow Oil and Afren to the top of the charts today.

Tom Peck gets his fix of khat

Keep on chewing: Tom Peck chews the khat with British-Somalis, as the Government’s official drugs advisory body rejects calls to ban the herbal stimulant

ACMD says there is not enough evidence to say khat is linked to ill-health, social problems or terror groups

<p>The barge along the Caledonian Canal, Fingal of Caledonia, now has a sister vessel: Ros Crana. A week in August, sailing between Inverness and Fort William, with meals and activities, costs £795 if you book by 30 Jan (www.fingal-cruising.co.uk).</p>
Mo Farah is playing catch-up after taking an extended post-Olympics break: 'I am not in terrible shape but I am behind my training partner'

I'm playing catch-Rupp in training, admits Mo Farah

Mo Farah admits he is playing catch-up after taking an extended post-Olympics break. "I am not in terrible shape but I am behind my training partner – a month and bit behind him," the 5,000 metres and 10,000m gold medal winner confessed.

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