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Location  Africa
Capital  Nairobi
Area  580,367 sq km
Population  41,070,934
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  • Kenyan footballer Michael Olunga made history on 13 January 2018 as he became the first Kenyan to score a hat-trick in Spain's La Liga playing for Girona as they beat Las Palmas 6-0.

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  • Kenya on 24 January 2017 was named as the world’s least toxic nation by renewable energy firm Eco Experts, topping a list that takes account of air pollution, renewable energy production and energy consumption.[1]

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  • FOI Portal, by mySociety and Article 19 East Africa in Kenya, was named as one of recipients of the Code For Africa project grant on 2 February 2017 as part of its innovateAFRICA initiative.[2]
  • Kenya secured insurance loans of around $700m from the International Monetary Fund on 2 February 2015. The money will be used as an insurance policy to protect against any threats to the country's economy.[3]

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  • Kenyan athlete Peres Jepchirchir set a world record in the women's half marathon on 10 February 2017. She clocked a time of one hour, five minutes and six seconds in the Ras al-Khaimah half marathon in the United Arab Emirates.[4]

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  • Kenya hold its first presidential debate - between all eight candidates - on 11 February 2013. For the first time in history, Kenyans had the opportunity to see their favorite presidential candidates take the podium apart from the campaign to discuss real issues affecting people's lives.[5]

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  • Kenya ranked seventh in the world on how effectively children can access the justice system to defend their rights, according to a research report released on 15 February 2016 by Children Rights International Network (CRIN). Kenya was the only country outside of Europe to make it to the top ten.[6]

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  • An ancient relative of the hippopotamus likely swam from Asia to Africa some 35 million years ago, long before the arrival of the lion, rhino, zebra and giraffe, according to a study published on 24 February 2015 by an international team of researchers, including scientists from Kenya. Analysis of the previously unknown, long- extinct animal also confirms that cetaceans -- the group to which whales, dolphins and porpoises belong -- are in fact the hippo's closest living cousins.[7]

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  • The East African Community (EAC), a regional intergovernmental organization for cooperation between the member countries, on 27 February 2016 officially launched the first One Stop Border Post (OSBP) between Holily, Kenya and Taveta, Tanzania aimed at reducing trade costs in East Africa.[8]

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  • Kenya defeated strong-favorite West Indies in a Cricket World Cup match on 29 February 1996 by 73 runs. It is not only a glorious day for Kenyan cricket but also considered as one of the biggest upset wins of cricket world cup history.[9]


March

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  • Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o won the Independent Spirit Award on 1 March 2014 for her performance in British-American historical epic drama film 12 Years a Slave.[10]

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  • Lupita Nyong'o of Kenya won the Best Actress in a Supporting Role award at the 86th Oscars on 2 March 2014 for her performance in 12 Years a Slave. It was Kenya's first-ever Oscars win.[11]

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  • African elephants are able to identify humans that pose a threat to them by distinguishing between the language and voices of different ethnic groups, according to a study published by Kenyan and English researchers on 10 March 2014 in the journal PLoS ONE.[12]

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  • Kenyan maths and physics teacher Peter Tabichi, who gives away most of his salary to support poorer pupils, from a secondary school in a remote village in Kenya's Rift Valley won the $1 million 2019 Global Teacher Prize.

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  • Kenya was named as the ninth most attractive investment destination in Africa, according to the Africa Investment Index 2018 published by Quantum Global Research Lab.[13]

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  • Peggoty Mutai from Kenya received a Unesco-L’Oreal International Fellowship for Young Women in Life Sciences on 29 March 2012 for her research to exploit the untapped potential of local plants to find new treatments for parasitic worms responsible for the ill-health of millions of people in the developing world.[14]

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  • Kenya's Hellen Obiri made athletics history on 30 March 2019 when she won the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark, to become the first woman to lift world titles indoors, outdoors and at cross country.[15]

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  • Kenyan long distance runner Cyprian Kotut and Visiline Jepkesho won the men’s and women’s title respectively at the 40th edition of the Paris marathon on 3 April 2016.

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  • Kenyan runners Nancy Kiprop and Vincent Kipchumba won the women’s and men’s race respectively at the 2019 Vienna Marathon in Austria.

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  • Kenyan runner Wycliffe Kinyamal won gold in Men's 800m at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.[16]

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  • Wilson Kipsang of Kenya won the London Marathon for the second time on 13 April 2014. Kipsang completed the race in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 29 seconds — 11 seconds inside the previous fastest run in London by Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai in 2011.

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  • Lawrence Cherono of Kenya won the men's race at the 123rd Boston Marathon in the USA in 2 hours 07 minutes 57 seconds on 15 April 2019.

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  • Ikal Angelei from Kenya won the 2012 Goldman Environmental Prize, considered as the Nobel Prize for grassroots environmentalism, on 16 April 2012. Ikal was awarded for her fights against the construction of the massive Gibe 3 Dam that would block access to water for indigenous communities around Lake Turkana.[17]

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  • Kenya became the first African team to win a World Sevens Series rugby tournament outside Africa by beating Fiji 30-7 at the 2016 Singapore Sevens tournament.[18]
  • Emmanuel Mutai and Mary Keitany brought double delight for Kenya as they have won men's and women's race respectively at the 2011 London Marathon on 17 April 2011.[19]

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  • Ibrahim Hussein from Kenya won the Boston Marathon, an annual marathon hosted by the U.S. city of Boston and apparently world's oldest annual marathon, on April 18, 1988. He was the first Kenyan and African to win this prestigious event.[20]

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  • The UN Economic and Social Council on 19 April 2017 elected Kenya as a member of its Commission on the Status of Women for a four-year terms.[21]
  • Phyllis Omido of Kenya won the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize for her community initiatives in Mombasa to shut down a smelter that was exposing people to dangerous chemicals.[22]

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  • Kenyan crime thriller Nairobi Half Life on 20 April 2013 won the Best Achievement In Sound award at the 9th Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) held in the Yenagoa capital of Bayelsa State, Nigeria.[23]

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  • Kenyan long-distance runner Priscah Jeptoo won the women's title at the 33rd London Marathon on 21 April 2013 in 2 hours, 20 minutes and 15 seconds.[24]

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  • Kenya proved yet again to be a giant of the marathon world. At the 2012 London Marathon, Kenya's Wilson Kipsang won the men's elite race with a time of 2:04:44 and Mary Keitany, also from Kenya, defended her title with a time of 2:18:37.[25]

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  • Kenyan Daniel Wanjiru and Mary Keitany won the men’s and women’s races respectively at the London Marathon 2017. Mary broke the women-only world record to become the second quickest marathon runner of all time in 2:17:01.

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  • Kenyan long-distance runner Eliud Kipchoge and Jemima Sumgong won the 2016 men's and women's London Marathon respectively. Eliud ran the second fastest marathon time in history as he retained his London title in 2:03:05 – only eight seconds outside the world record.[26]

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  • Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge won the 2015 London Marathon men’s race with a time of 2 hours, 4 minutes 41 seconds.[27]

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  • Kenya set fire to 105 tons of elephant ivory and more than 1 ton of rhino horn, believed to be the largest stockpile ever destroyed, on 30 April 2016 in a gesture of goodwill in stopping the ivory trade.


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  • Kenya on 2 May 2014 launched a single electronic system for processing imports and exports to speed up regional trade with its African neighbors.[28]

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  • Kenya and Djibouti on 9 May 2018 signed four agreements aimed at boosting trade and deepening bilateral links, including an agreement on visa exemption for holders of diplomatic passports.

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  • Kenya and Ghana on 10 May 2018 made history as the first countries out of the 44 African countries to ratify the Continental Free Trade Area agreement which was signed in the Rwandan capital Kigali in March 2018.[29]

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  • Kenya on 11 May 2017 approved a law which will allow low-income earners to secure loans from banks using livestock, crops and household appliances such as television assets and fridges as collateral. The Movable Property Security Rights Act 2017 is aimed at boosting the economy by making it easier for women, young people and small-scale farmers to get loans.

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  • Alex Mwaura Muriu of Kenya won the Second Prize at the 2015 Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA). Murui, a Kenyan entrepreneur, developed a system to meet the perennial challenge faced by African farmers in accessing capital to finance planting and harvesting by providing an alternative from the burden of financial loans through his Farm Capital Africa project.[30]

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  • A team of international scientists, including researchers from Kenya, has unearthed the earliest stone tools ever found – dated at 3.3 million years old - in north- west Kenya. Their findings were reported in the journal Nature on 20 may 2015.[31]

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  • Samson Parashina, a Maasai warrior from Kenya, was named as one of the winners of the 2012 United Nations Champions of the Earth award for showing amazing commitment to developing sustainable green economy models for Kenya’s Kuku Group Ranch, land communally owned by the Maasai community.[32]

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  • Kenya and 25 other nations from Africa on 10 June 2015 signed a historic free trade pact, Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA), that will ease the movement of goods across member countries in next five years. Once fully implemented, the 26-nation TFTA will be the continent's largest free-trade zone.

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  • The Kenyan Lakes System within The Great Rift Valley was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2011. It contains evaporating lakes - often just reduced to saline pans and is particularly known for being home to a large number of wading birds and flamingos.[33]

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  • Douglas Mwangi, who works to reduce illiteracy and poverty in his community in Kenya through education and skills-training, received a Queen’s Young Leaders award at a ceremony held at the Buckingham Palace, in London on 26 June 2018.[34]
  • High-level government representatives from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania on 26 Jun 2014, at the first United Nations Environment Assemble (UNEA), announced their intention to work together, along with INTERPOL and UN agencies, to curb the illegal timber trade that is stripping East Africa of one of its most valuable natural resources.[35]

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  • Fort Jesus in Mombasa, Kenya was listed in the UNESCO world heritage list on June 27, 2011. The Fort, built by the Portuguese in 1593-1596 to the designs of Giovanni Battista Cairati to protect the port of Mombasa, is one of the most outstanding and well preserved examples of 16th Portuguese military fortification and a landmark in the history of this type of construction. It also contains Omani Arab and British influences. [36]

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  • Thimlich Ohinga archeological site in Kenya, situated north-west of the town of Migori, was inscribed on the UNESCO's World Heritage List on 29 June 2018.[37]

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  • Kenya has become a lower-middle income country with the Gross National Income per capita (GNI), joining those with annual incomes of $1,046 to $4,125, as announced by the World Bank on 1 July 2015.[38]

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  • Kenya and Nigeria signed three agreements on 16 July 2013 to help boost ties between the two countries. The three agreements signed are on the establishment of a Joint Commission for Cooperation, a Protocol on consultations between Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Kenya and Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and an MOU on mutual cooperation between the Foreign Service Institute of Kenya and the Foreign Service Academy of Nigeria.[39]

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  • The World Bank on 23 July 2013 approved a zero-interest credit of $250 million to help Kenya fight extreme poverty, to be disbursed over the next four years. This is the first time the World Bank is using such grant, known as Program-for-Results, in Africa which will shield the poorest and most vulnerable households from effects of crises such as drought, malnutrition, and unemployment.[40]

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  • Maji Mazuri Centre International from Nairobi was announced as one of the recipients of the 2012 United Nations World Environment Day Challenge prize for their initiative Green Heroes, in which youth focus on organizing and improving waste management in the Kenyan capital’s informal Mathare settlement.[41]

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  • The World Bank Group on 5 August 2014 committed $5 billion in new technical and financial support for energy projects in six African countries-- Kenya, Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Tanzania.[42]

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  • Kenya's Geoffrey Kirui won the 2017 world men’s marathon title – becoming Kenya’s fifth champion in the event - at the World Athletics Championships.[43]

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  • Anthropologists led by Dr Meave Leakey of the Turkana Basin Institute in Nairobi discovered three human fossils that are between 1.78 and 1.95 million years old from Northern Kenya show that a new species of human lived two million years ago. The research was published in the journal Nature on 8 August 2012.[44]

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  • Kenya's Edna Kiplagat retained her women's marathon world title at the World Athletics Championship in Moscow on 10 August 2013. Edna timed 2hr 25min 44sec and became the first woman to retain the marathon world title.[45]

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  • Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya won the men's marathon in 2:08:44 and captured Kenya's sixth gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.[46]

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  • Edna Kiplagat of Kenya won the women's marathon at the World Athletics Championships 2011, in dramatic fashion, after recovering from a tumble in the marathon.[47]

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  • A ban on plastic carrier bags came into force in Kenya on 28 August 2017, which means that anyone found selling, manufacturing or carrying them could face hefty fines or prison sentences of up to four years.

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  • Kenyan runner Conseslus Kipruto won the 3000m men's steeplechase race at the 2018 IAAF Diamond League in Zurich, Switzerland.[48]

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  • Kenya's long-distance runner Asbel Kiprop won the world 1,500 metres title for the third time on 31 August 2015.[49]


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  • Kenya ranked as the third most generous nation in the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) 2017 World Giving Index. The index measures the average percentage of people in each country who donate money, volunteer or help a stranger.[50]

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  • The government of Kenya on 8 September 2016 announced a significant commitment to restore 5.1 million hectares of degraded and deforested landscapes by 2030.[51]

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  • Professor Mary Abukutsa of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology was awarded by the African Union for her research on production of indigenous vegetables in poor countries, and her work as a determined promoter of agricultural biodiversity at the 11th anniversary ceremony of the Union on 9 September 2010.[52]

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  • Two aquifers have been identified in the Turkana region of Kenya by using satellite exploration technology, as revealed on 11 September 2013. It opens doors to a more prosperous future for the people of Turkana and the nation that suffers from frequent droughts.[53]

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  • Tom Lalampaa from Kenya was awarded the inaugural Tusk Award for Conservation for his outstanding work brokering peace through conservation amongst feuding tribal groups in northern Kenya. Lalampaa has been key to creating a conservation area of 3 million acres under the Northern Rangelands Trust, benefiting over 150,000 people. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the award ceremony at The Royal Society in London.

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  • Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge on 16 September 2018 smashed the marathon world record, winning the Berlin race in 2 hours, 1 minute, 39 seconds, slicing a staggering 78 seconds off the previous best recorded by Dennis Kimetto.[54]

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  • Kenyan film Kati Kati won the International Federation of Film Critics prize at the Toronto International Film Festival 2016.[55]

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  • Rita Kimani of Kenya, the co-founder of FarmDrive - a social enterprise that connects unbanked and underserved smallholder farmers to credit, was recognized as one of the 2016 UN Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals.[56]

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  • Kenyan long-distance runners Eliud Kipchoge and Gladys Cherono won the 2017 Berlin men's and women's marathons respectively.[57]

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  • Kenyan journalist Waihiga Mwaura won the 2018 BBC World News Komla Dumor award for his performance in Kenya's most-watched evening news bulletin on Citizen TV.

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  • Kenyan Dennis Kimetto smashed the marathon world record by 26 seconds in Berlin on 28 September 2014, winning the race in a time of two hours, two minutes and 57 seconds.[58]

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  • Kenyan Wilson Kipsang broke the men's marathon world record by 15 seconds as he claimed the Berlin title on 29 September 2013. The 31-year-old clocked a time of two hours three minutes 23 seconds to better the previous mark set by compatriot Patrick Makau two years ago.[59]

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  • Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya won the 39th Berlin Marathon men's race in two hours four minutes and 15 seconds on 30 September 2012.[60]


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  • Diani Beach in Kenya was recognised as the Leading Beach Destination in Africa at the 2018 World Travel Awards.[61]

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  • Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan environmental and political activist, was awarded the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace. Maathai had been promoting ecologically viable social, economic and cultural development in Kenya and in Africa.[62]

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  • Kenyan long distance runner Dominic Ondoro defended his Melbourne marathon crown on 12 October 2014 winning the race in two hours, 11 minutes and 30 seconds.[63]
  • Bridge International Academies, is the global leader in providing high quality, low-cost pre-primary and primary education to children of parents living under $2 per day in emerging markets, operates more than 80 academies in Kenya with over 25,000 active students in its programs was announced one of the winners at the 2012 Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship presented by African Leadership Network.[64]

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  • Kenyan Radio Presenter Adelle Onyango, seeking to empower young women through mentorship and apprenticeship programmes, was included in the BBC global list of 100 inspirational and innovative women for 2017.

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  • Kenyan Jonathan Chesoo won the 35th Annual Melbourne Marathon with a time of 2:12.35 on 14 October 2012.[65]
  • Lorna Rutto from Kenya was announced as one of the winners of the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards 2011 for her creative business idea of making fence posts from plastic waste, an environmentally friendly alternative to timber.[66]

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  • Kenya was elected as a council member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on 27 October 2014 for four years from the African region. ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies.[67]

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  • Kenya was named as the most positive country from Africa at the World’s Most Positive Countries 2016.
  • Stanley Biwott and Mary Keitany of Kenya won the 2015 New York Marathon men’s and women’s title respectively.

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  • Mary Keitany of Kenya won her third-consecutive New York City Marathon title on 6 November 2016.[68]
  • Kenyan long distance runner Geoffrey Mutai won the 2011 New York City Marathon mens event on November 6, 2011. Over 45,000 runners competed at the 26.2-mile marathon.[69]

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  • Kenya ranked 11th in the 2015 Charities Aid Foundation's World Giving Index which measures each country's charitable behavior.[70]

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  • Kenya and Kuwait on 12 November 2013 signed two agreements concerning the avoidance of double taxation and the encouragement and reciprocal protection of investments. The agreements are aimed at removing obstacles hindering capital flow and trade exchange between Kuwait and Kenya.[71]
  • Kenya was elected on the United Nations Human Rights Council on 12 November 2012 for a three-year term. The council was created by the UN General Assembly in 2006 as the main human rights body of the UN.[72]

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  • Kenya ranked 16th at the Freedom on the Net 2016 index compiled by Freedom House. This index is compiled based on the extent of freedom the citizens of 65 countries experienced on the Internet.[73]

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  • Photographer Manoj Shah of Kenya won the Grand Prize at the 2017 National Wildlife Federation Photo Contest for his image of African elephants.[74]

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  • BRCK, the maker of rugged wireless and mobile wifi devices, from Kenya won the prestigious Global SME Award at the 2016 International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World Awards.[75]
  • The National Social Security Fund of Kenya was presented with the Good Practice Award for Africa by the International Social Security Association (ISSA) on 18 November 2008. Initiatives to improve the administration of social security in Kenya earned them the award.[76]

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  • Kenya formally launched construction of a Chinese-funded $13.8 billion flagship railway project on 28 November 2013 which is eventually hoped to extend across East Africa to reach South Sudan, DR Congo and Burundi. The first section will link the Kenyan port of Mombasa to the capital, Nairobi, reducing the journey time from 15 hours to about four.[77]

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  • African and Asian states, including Kenya, reached a deal in Botswana on 3 December 2013 to crack down on the illegal ivory trade. The agreement was reached at the African Elephant Summit convened by the government of Botswana and IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).[78]

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  • Independence Day of Kenya. Kenya gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1963.

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  • The discovery, by an international research team from Kenya and the USA, of an ancient bone at a burial site in Kenya was reported on 16 December 2013. The discovery of this bone is the earliest evidence of a modern human-like hand, indicating that this anatomical feature existed more than half a million years earlier than previously known.[79]

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