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This week on Africa weekly we head to Senegal where Dakar’s oldest diving club is tackling plastic pollution by organising ocean clean-up days. Then we head to a slum in Nairobi, where dry toilets are not only improving sanitary conditions, but their contents are being recycled and used organic fertiliser.

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From hotbed of crime to joggers’ paradise: Nairobi forest thrives | AFP

In the space of 10 years, the Karura forest has gone from a dangerous no man’s land to one of Nairobi’s safest and most popular destinations, a verdant refuge in a city that has long carried the unfortunate moniker “Nairobbery”.

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In Nairobi, recycling poo is cleaning up the slums | AFP

In Kenya, like many emerging economies with fast-growing cities, public spending on sanitation lags far behind need. More than 8 million people live in slums, and 70% of them do not have access to toilets. Various companies are working on creating sustainable and cost-effective solutions to this problem.

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This week on Africa Weekly we head to Nigeria, where 100 elephants living in the Omo Forest are under threat from deforestation. Then we head to Nairobi’s National museum where the bone structure of a previously unknown prehistoric carnivore has been rediscovered in the bowels of the museum – a long-forgotten discovery in this treasure trove of a museum.

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Kenya’s Finance Minister appears in court on graft charges | AFP

Kenya’s Finance Minister Henry Rotich and 15 other top officials appear in a court in Nairobi over corruption charges linked to the construction of two dams. Rotich pleads not guilty to the charges. IMAGES

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Uhuru Kenyatta flags off cars at start of Safari Rally in Nairobi | AFP

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta flags off competitors at the start of the Safari Rally in Nairobi. The rally is making a bid to be part of the World Rally Championship. IMAGES

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Garissa accomplice gets life, two others 41 years, for Kenya massacre | AFP

A Nairobi court Wednesday sentenced three men to terms ranging from 41 years to life for abetting the massacre of 148 people by Somali jihadists at Garissa University in northeast Kenya in 2015. IMAGES

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‘We must fight for our animals’: Kenyans demand to end trade in endangered animal products

Thousands of Kenyans took to Nairobi’s streets to demand greater measures be taken to protect wildlife and to curtail the trade in ivory and other animal products.

According to Cabinet Secretary for Tourism, Najib Balala, the march was organised to campaign for the proposals that Kenya aims to put forward during the upcoming Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meeting in Sri Lanka in May.

Speaking during the march, Balala said that top priorities at the meeting will be to seek to end trade in ivory and to regulate trade in giraffe products.

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Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft crash site (Streamed Live)

Live from the site where a Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft crashed on Sunday, shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa en route to Nairobi, Kenya.

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Minute of silence for Ethiopia crash at UN talks in Nairobi

The assembly of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) opens in Nairobi with a minute of silence, after the plane crash that killed 157 people, including 22 United Nations staff, many heading for the annual event. IMAGES

RAW: Wreckage at the crash site of the Ethiopian Airlines plane that had 157 people on board

Aviation authorities remain at the site of an Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed south-east of the country’s capital on Sunday, killing all 157 people onboard. Air crash investigators & Red Cross workers spent Monday retrieving remains and personal items belonging to the 149 passengers and eight crew members, of 35 different nationalities, who were on flight ET302.

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Boeing 737 crashes in Ethiopia with 157 people on board

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Families of Nairobi terror victims bury their loved ones

Families of two Kenyans killed in a Nairobi hotel attack that killed 21 people bury their loved ones. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has confirmed that all five gunmen behind the attack are now dead. The attack has been claimed by the Al-Qaeda-linked Somali group Al-Shabaab, which has targeted Kenya since it sent its army into Somalia in October 2011 to fight the jihadist group.

Kenya terror attack: death toll rises to 21

The Kenyan Chief of Police reveals that the death toll from the Nairobi hotel complex terrorist attack has risen to 21. The attack has been claimed by the Al-Qaeda-linked Somali group Al-Shabaab, which has targeted Kenya since it sent its army into Somalia in October 2011 to fight the jihadist group.

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(15 Jan 2019) Associated Press video from inside a Nairobi hotel during an extremist attack shows Kenyan security officers anxiously searching the building and scared workers emerging from hiding places while gunfire is heard. (Jan. 15)

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In Nairobi al-Shabab claims role in deadly attack

(15 Jan 2019) Extremists attacked a luxury hotel in Kenya’s capital Tuesday, sending people fleeing in panic as explosions and heavy gunfire reverberated through the complex and black smoke rose over the scene. A witness reported seeing at least two bodies. (Jan. 15)

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