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Kenya attack: 'Our deaths are displayed for consumption'  BBC News

Kenyans are outraged at a picture of victims' bodies which is being published in Western media.

BBC News
Kenya attack: Images from Dusit hotel complex attack  BBC News

Photos of the attack and police operation at the Dusit hotel complex in Nairobi.

BBC News
'I really don’t know how I'll respond': Aussie survives Kenya hotel attack  9news.com.au

Kenya attack: Australian man escapes Nairobi hotel attack which killed 14.

9news.com.au
[VIDEO] Bomb and bullets: Kenya terror attack as it happened  EWN

Eyewitness News | Africa Uncensored's John-Allan Namu was in Nairobi as the terror attack unfolded. Gunmen blasted their way into a hotel and office complex ...

EWN
50 unaccounted for after Dusit terror attack - Kenya Red Cross  The Star, Kenya

Leaders led by Interior CS Fred Matiang'i are directed to the site where the terror attack at Dusit Hotel occurred on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. /EZEKIEL ...

The Star, Kenya
International community, diplomatic missions condemn Dusit attack, vow to stand with Kenya  The Star, Kenya

Relatives and friends of victims of the Dusit attack at Chiromo mortuary on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. / MONICAH MWANGI ...

The Star, Kenya
High praise for Kenyan forces after ending Dusit hotel siege  Daily Nation

National Super Alliance leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka have praised security forces for ending the deadly Dusit office park attack where they ...

Daily Nation
Riverside attack: Kenyans on Twitter mourn death of James ‘Cobra’ [Photos]  The Standard

Kenyan football fanatics this morning have been left stunned by the death of James Oduor 'Cobra' following yesterday's terror attack at Dusit Hotel co.

The Standard
Kenyan Government Faces Backlash After Chinese Contract Leaks  VOA News

The Kenyan government is struggling to respond to revelations that a multi-billion dollar contract with China may imperil its sovereignty, according to The Daily ...

VOA News
News Daily: PM faces confidence vote, and Kenya hotel attack  BBC News

Your morning briefing for Wednesday 16 January 2019.

BBC News
Celebrities, public figures pray for Kenya, Zimbabwe  IOL

Celebrities, politicians and citizens have taken to social media to #PrayForKenya and #PrayForZimbabwe as chaos continues in both African countries.

IOL
Local news station in Kenya reports live as gunshots ring out in upscale complex in Nairobi | Watch News Videos Online  Globalnews.ca

An upscale hotel complex in Kenya's capital came under attack Tuesday, with a blast and heavy gunfire. The complex in Nairobi includes a large hotel known as ...

Globalnews.ca
Kenyan court awards former suspects of Kampala bombings  The East African

Three Kenyans were renditioned to Uganda over the July 2010 attacks.

The East African
'15 dead' after terror attack on Kenyan hotel  Sky News

Fifteen people including a British man have been killed after an apparent terror attack on a hotel complex in Nairobi.

Sky News
Filipinos in Kenya warned amid attack  ABS-CBN News

A member of security forces walks as cars are seen on fire at the scene where explosions and gunshots were heard at the Dusit hotel compound, in Nairobi, ...

ABS-CBN News
Kenya attack: Images from Nairobi's Dusit hotel complex  BBC News

Photos of the attack and police operation at the Dusit hotel complex in Nairobi.

BBC News
Top Africa stories: Kenya hotel attack, Zim fuel protests  News24

Somali terror group al-shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack on an upscale hotel complex in Nairobi, and Zimbabwean military helicopter has fired ...

News24
Nairobi hotel: Kenyans praise 'heroes' of DusitD2 siege  BBC News

Social media users are commending the bravery of people who helped during the siege at the DusitD2 hotel in Nairobi. A number of hashtags have been ...

BBC News
Kenya's new security conundrum after ousting al-Shabab  Aljazeera.com

For many Kenyans pushing al-Shabab back into Somalia has given way to unforeseen threats closer to home.

Aljazeera.com
At least 11 dead in attack at Nairobi hotel complex, as evacuations continue  CNN

An evacuation of a hotel complex in the Kenyan capital Nairobi is still ongoing, hours after suspected Islamist extremists launched an attack killing at least 11 ...

CNN
14 Dead, All Terrorists Killed In Nairobi Hotel Complex Attack  NDTV News

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said Wednesday that all terrorists who had stormed an upmarket hotel complex had been "eliminated" after an almost 20-hour ...

NDTV News
Social media video shows smoke rising from scene of Kenya hotel attack | Watch News Videos Online  Globalnews.ca

Police warned motorists to avoid the Riverside Drive area of Nairobi after reports of explosions and gunfire near a hotel and office complex there on January 15.

Globalnews.ca
[VIDEO] At least 7 dead in Kenya terror attack  EWN

Gunmen blasted their way into a hotel and office complex in the Kenyan capital on Tuesday, killing at least seven people and sending workers diving under ...

EWN
Kenya hotel terror attack: Number of people dead after armed militants blast their way into complex  9news.com.au

An upscale hotel complex in Kenya's capital has come under attack, with a blast and heavy gunfire. Witnesse...

9news.com.au
5 things to know for January 16: Brexit, William Barr, Kenya, El Chapo, shutdown  CNN

(CNN) At a new art installation in the Namibian desert, Toto's "Africa" will play forever. As a fan of 80s music, I'm all for it. Here's what else you need to Get Up to ...

CNN
Mystery Pirate Patch-Wearing Special Operator Jumped In To Help Kenyans During Hotel Attack  The Drive

Images of the individual show them with weapons, gear, and other items associated with American or British special operations forces.

The Drive
Kenya hotel siege over, militants and at least 21 victims dead - World  The Star Online

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan security forces have killed all the Somali militants who stormed an upscale Nairobi hotel compound, taking at least 21 lives and ...

The Star Online
Kenyan police confirm 'attack incident' underway in Nairobi | Watch News Videos Online  Globalnews.ca

Nairobi police commander Philip Ndolo confirmed to Kenya news outlet that an “attack incident” was underway in the area around Riverside Drive, where the ...

Globalnews.ca
How Kenyan firm has turned traffic chaos into gold  The Standard

e-Commerce has changed the shopping landscape, with consumers able to get almost anything brought to their doorstep.

The Standard
Gor Mahia want to take a hike up Mount Kenya  The Standard

Gor Mahia FC's Dennis Oliech playing against Posta Rangers FC during their KPL match at Kasarani Stadium on Wednesday Jan 9, 2019. [Jonah Onyango ...

The Standard
Waterfront tourism Kenya's next focus after rosy earnings  Business Daily

The government is investing millions of shillings in rehabilitating waterfronts to attract more tourists.

Business Daily
Sarova Group of Hotels eyes Kenya in new expansion drive  The Standard

Kenya's largest hospitality home brand, Sarova Resorts and Lodges is keen on expanding its footprint in Kenya and in the continent.

The Standard
Who is killing Kenyan music?  Daily Nation

Never has so much beef between industry players been aired publicly.

Daily Nation
Gor Mahia vows to rotate squad as they take on Mount Kenya United  Goal.com

Gor Mahia vows to rotate squad as they take on Mount Kenya United.

Goal.com
Kenyan passport ranked eighth most powerful in Africa  Daily Nation

Kenya's passport is the eighth most powerful in Africa, according to a new research that shows the country has, however, slipped down three places compared to ...

Daily Nation
New EACC boss Twalib Mbarak fires warning to the corrupt in inaugural event  The Standard

New EACC CEO Twalib Abdallah Mbarak has vowed to make corruption a high-risk venture in the country.

The Standard
SGR pact with China a risk to Kenyan sovereignty, assets  Daily Nation

Kenya's key strategic assets at home and abroad will not be protected by “sovereignty” and risk being seized by the Chinese government should there be a ...

Daily Nation
Women in Kenya stitch Myles Turner custom Pacers jersey  FOX 59 Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Despite missing a few games recently with injuries, two women in Kenya gave Myles Turner a reason to smile with a thoughtful gift.

FOX 59 Indianapolis
Exit polls on elections in Kenya  The Standard

Researchers have been carrying out exit polls in Kenya since 2007, with an aim of explaining voting patterns.

The Standard
Kenyan Electrification Plan Could Achieve Universal Access By 2022  CleanTechnica

Approximately 75% of Kenyans have access to electricity from grid and off-grid sources, according to the World Bank, but the Kenyan government wants to ...

CleanTechnica
Bharti Airtel in talks to acquire Telkom Kenya  Economic Times

Kolkata: Bharti Airtel is in talks to buy Telkom Kenya, which will help the Sunil Mittal-led telco emerge stronger in the east African market and improve overall ...

Economic Times
SteveMbogoChallenge takes section of Kenyans by storm a day after DusitD2 attack  Tuko.co.ke

Tuko.co.ke News ☛ All said and done, Kenyans decided to forget about the attack for a minute, and focused on Steve Mbogo's guns and military 'paraphernalia' ...

Tuko.co.ke
Kenya's earnings from tourism surge 31.2% in 2018  EWN

Along with tea exports and cash sent home by Kenyans living abroad, tourism is one of the top sources of hard currency for the East African nation.

EWN
Ford Kenya to hold grassroots elections next week, says Weta  The Star, Kenya

Ford Kenya will hold its grassroots elections across the country beginning next week.Party leader Moses Wetang'ula yesterday said the elections will start at the ...

The Star, Kenya
Kenya to teach Mandarin Chinese in primary school  Quartz

Mandarin will be taught as a foreign language alongside French, Arabic, and German.

Quartz
Cartels in the legal profession. How lawyers are actors and accessories to corruption  Daily Nation

Before turning attention to the legal profession, there is one issue that is worthy of note regarding the role of the Judiciary in fighting corruption. There were days ...

Daily Nation
Report: Kenya Risks Losing Port of Mombasa to China  The Maritime Executive

Kenya runs the risk of losing control of the Port of Mombasa if it should default on loans from stat...

The Maritime Executive
Tumaini Afrika wants you to have A Taste of Kenya. Here's why (4 photos)  SooToday.com

Tumaini Afrika is hosting A Taste of Kenya, a Kenyan-themed fundraising dinner in hopes of bringing more education, food and school supplies to children in ...

SooToday.com
Kenya at centre of East Africa donkey smuggling racket  The East African

Donkey skin is used in China for making traditional medicine.

The East African
Handshake bears peace dividend for Kenya’s economy  Daily Nation

If there is one thing that significantly transformed Kenya's socio-political and economic landscape in 2018, it can only be the March 9 political truce between ...

Daily Nation
New captain for Kenya Sevens team  Daily Nation

He will be deputised by Homeboyz scrum-half Michael Wanjala in the 13-man squad.

Daily Nation
Property Tax May Untie Kenya’s Central Government Knot  Bloomberg

Kenya's politically successful devolution of power to regional authorities has been made possible by increasing debt at a time when central government revenue ...

Bloomberg
WB lauds Kenya for power connectivity  The Standard

[Photo: Caleb Kingwara, Standard] Kenya's rapid electricity connections in a bid to cover every household by 2020 has won the country plaudits from the World ...

The Standard
Kenya’s passport, Africa’s 8th most powerful  Vanguard

Henley & Partners, a citizenship and planning firm, has ranked Kenya's passport as the eighth most powerful in Africa.

Vanguard
Moses Kuria’s latest message to Mt Kenya politicians  The Standard

Kuria urged leaders from Jubilee Party strongholds to stop politicizing the issue as it will just work to their disadvantage. In recent days leaders from various ...

The Standard
In Kenya, grassroots efforts combat alleged police abuses  Associated Press

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Six men were dead. On that, Kenyan police and a watchdog could agree. Then the narratives diverged, and sharply. Police posted on ...

Associated Press
No, Kenya doesn't export flowers to the EU on WTO terms  Full Fact

Trade between the EU and Kenya is governed by a trade agreement. That's different to trading under WTO terms.

Full Fact
Rwanda tea fetches higher price than Kenya's  Business Daily

Rwandan tea outperformed Kenya's at the Mombasa auction last year on the account of high quality that saw increased demand from buyers.

Business Daily
Kenya Moore's Baby Girl Finally Met This Longtime Real Housewives of Atlanta Pal  Bravo

Kenya Moore's daughter, Brooklyn Doris Daly, is slowly but surely getting to know the whole Real Housewives of Atlanta family. But none of her introductions ...

Bravo
US Military Base at Camp Simba Manda Bay in Lamu [PHOTOS]  Kenyans

The US Military set up a little-known base along Kenya's coast roughly 100 Kilometres from the Somalia border. According to...

Kenyans
Schoolgirls in Kenya to face compulsory tests for pregnancy and FGM  The Guardian

Girls in Narok County will be made to reveal identities of babies' fathers and tell police about female genital mutilation.

The Guardian
Kenyan police confirm terror attack in Nairobi, counter-terror operation is ongoing | Watch News Videos Online  Globalnews.ca

Kenya's Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet confirmed Tuesday that a terrorist attack had occurred in the capital Nairobi, saying counter-terrorist ...

Globalnews.ca
Africa in the news: Election updates, Kenya’s Mombasa Port, and troops withdrawn from Ethiopia- Eritrea border  Brookings Institution

Joshua Miller highlights the top news in Africa this week.

Brookings Institution
Kenya's Fight Against Corruption Includes Demolishing Buildings  NPR

Kenya is going after corruption and cleaning up the banks of the polluted and increasingly blocked Nairobi River. The government is tearing down malls, hotels, ...

NPR
Kenya lifts ban on Marie Stopes abortion services after warning lives are at risk  The Guardian

Clinics reopen in country where backstreet abortions kill seven women a day and hospitalise 320.

The Guardian
How the handshake saved Kenya's economy from ruin  The Standard

Calm has restored confidence in the business environment.

The Standard
KCSE results for 3427 students annulled  The Star, Kenya

Kenya National Examination Council Chairman George Magoha during the education stakeholder conference at Kenya School of Government in Nairobi on ...

The Star, Kenya
Suicide bomber involved in Riverside attack - Boinnet  The Star, Kenya

A suicide bomber was involved in the suspected terror attack at Dusit house along 14 Riverside Drive. Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said the first ...

The Star, Kenya
Why Kenya's State House Changed Location  Kenyans

The Kenya government's base of operation was moved to the current State House in Killimani in 1907 after fears regarding the previous location. The pioneer ...

Kenyans
'It's surreal': Canadian man stuck in Kenya arrives home with newborn twin daughters  CTV News

After a long ordeal, a Toronto man who had been stuck in Kenya with his newborn twin daughters because of immigration issues has arrived in Canada with his ...

CTV News
Biting tampons shortage in Kenya to last one more month  Business Daily

The biting shortage of tampons could last for another one month as suppliers of the female hygiene products grapple with import hitches. Kim Fay East Africa, the ...

Business Daily
Kenyan link in Tshisekedi's DRC presidential election victory  Daily Nation

DR Congo's surprise presidential poll winner's cordial relations with ODM leader raises interest.

Daily Nation
Mudavadi hunts for 2022 running mate from Mt Kenya region  The Standard

ANC deputy party leader Ayub Savula said that looking for a running mate from central Kenya was Mudavadi's secret political weapon.

The Standard
Sebastien Migne: Kenya can win 2019 Afcon title with proper preparations  Goal.com

Sebastien Migne: Kenya can win 2019 Afcon title with proper preparations.

Goal.com
Ruto adds voice to claims of underdevelopment in Mt.Kenya  The Standard

Ruto also urged Jubilee Party members to avoid negative talk that would undermine the party leadership. This comes after President Uhuru Kenyatta stated that ...

The Standard
New team to drive Kenya's vision  The Standard

President Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed Safaricom Chief Executive Officer Bob Collymore to Vision 2030 Board.

The Standard
Former Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo asks Kenyans to stop using the SGR  Tuko.co.ke

Tuko.co.ke News ☛ Midiwo made the remark on Tuesday, January 15, during a live television interview where he claimed despite SGR being a Kenyan project, ...

Tuko.co.ke
In northern Kenya, al-Shabab militants target Christian teachers  Religion News Service

WAJIR, Kenya (RNS) — After the militant group al-Shabab killed three of his colleagues in a recent attack on Christian schoolteachers here, Jared Nyanchong'i ...

Religion News Service
Kenya's Chief Justice hospitalized after car crash  africanews

Kenya's Chief Justice David Maraga was admitted to hospital Saturday, after being involved in a road accident.

africanews
Kenya Dig It? | Featured 2  FOX News Radio

Dana and Chris discuss the President's prime time address, the Democratic response and Dana's trip to Africa.

FOX News Radio
Kenyan-born top model stabbed to death by househelp  The Standard

She was set to get married in February and wedding invitations had already been sent. Mupende was born in Kenya and completed her secondary school ...

The Standard
Clamour to cap prices in Kenya on the increase  nation.co.ke

The Kenyan economy, once described by the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) governor Patrick Njoroge as “fully wedded to free market policies,” is now facing ...

nation.co.ke
OLUOCH: ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ could be a Kenyan story  Daily Nation

R. Kelly is a haunted man. At a time when the legendary R&B singer, song writer and producer should be enjoying his wealth and success, the ghosts of his ...

Daily Nation
Kenya's Sevens stars boycott training over pay dispute  Rugby.com.au

Kenyan Sevens star Collins Injera and a host of his squad mates are set to miss the Hamilton and Sydney legs of the World Series over a pay dispute.

Rugby.com.au
Sort issues or Jubilee will fall apart, Kiraitu tells Mt Kenya leaders  The Star, Kenya

Meru governor Kiraitu Murungi has told Mt Kenya leaders accusing President Uhuru Kenyatta of neglecting the region in terms of developments to recant their ...

The Star, Kenya
Improved life expectancy lifts Kenya's ranking  Business Daily

Kenya has slightly improved its standing in the global human development parade, moving to position 142 up from last year's ranking of number 143.

Business Daily
Kenya, Tanzania in race for UG duty-free sugar  Business Daily

Tanzania has lifted the ban on duty-free Ugandan sugar imports setting the stage for heightened competition with Kenya.

Business Daily
Why Kenya’s economic prospects look promising  The Standard

Despite demolition such as these rental houses in Nyamavila Estate Kayole, the economy remains resilient due to its diversity. [Jonah Onyango, Standard] The ...

The Standard
Exposed: Mystery of Kenya’s ‘ghost circumcisions’  The Standard

[Denish Ochieng/Standard] Tens of thousands of 'ghost circumcisions' may have been reported in Kenya since 2008; costing donors a tidy amount of money.

The Standard
Uhuru's advice to young Kenyans looking for marriage partners  Nairobi News

President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged young people to keep inter-marrying to help Kenya become more cohesive, secure and prosperous. Speaking at Meru ...

Nairobi News
DusitD2 attack: Staunch Kenyan football fan killed hours to his birthday  Tuko.co.ke

Tuko.co.ke News ☛ Even as police continue with the rescue operations following the deadly terror attack at DusitD2 Hotel along 14 Riverside Drive, families are ...

Tuko.co.ke
15 Dead in 'Terror Attack' at Upscale Kenyan Hotel Complex: Reuters  The Daily Beast

Fifteen people were killed when armed men stormed an upscale hotel complex in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, on Tuesday, according to Reuters. An American man ...

The Daily Beast
'Through hell and back': Twins born in Kenya granted Canadian visas, father says  CTV News

A Toronto man who was surprised to learn his children would not automatically become Canadian citizens says his new family has been granted permission to ...

CTV News
Male Campaigner Seeks to End FGM in Kenya's Maasai Community  Voice of America

Female circumcision — a practice that opponents call female genital mutilation — has been a coming-of-age ritual among the Maasai tribe of Kenya for ...

Voice of America
Solar-pumped water slakes rural Kenya's thirst for development  Business Daily

Access to clean water remains a struggle for many of rural Kenya's poorest households,

Business Daily
Two Kenyans held in India over kin’s Sh2m hospital bill  Daily Nation

Hospital in India declines to release travel documents until the Sh2 million bill is paid.

Daily Nation
Make ban on shisha legal, ministry urged  The Star, Kenya

The Kenya Tobacco Control Alliance has called on the Health Ministry to make ban on shisha smoking official through law.The lobby through their chairperson ...

The Star, Kenya
ECP buys majority stake in Kenya's Artcaffe  The Standard

Africa-focused private equity firm Emerging Capital Partners says it has acquired a majority stake in Kenyan restaurant chain Artcaffe Group.

The Standard
Cynthia Bailey Has All the Crucial Updates on Kenya Moore's Husband, Baby, and Home  Bravo

Kenya Moore was "dearly missed" by Cynthia Bailey this season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. The Georgia Peach, who joined RHOA in Season 5, ...

Bravo
Kenya's First Earth Market: Molo  Slow food

Kenya welcomes its first Earth Market, in Molo, a large town in the Nakuru county, renowned for its agriculture.

Slow food
 

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KTN News Live Stream (Nairobi Kenya) - RIVERSIDE ATTACK
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Gunmen storm Nairobi hotel complex in Kenya
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Witness recounts events before and during the Riverside Attack
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Footage shows gunmen looking for victims in Kenya terror attack
LATEST REPORT: Kenya's Elite Squad, RECCE squad go right after Riverside Attackers
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LATEST REPORT: Kenya's Elite Squad, RECCE squad go right after Riverside Attackers
More than a dozen dead in Kenya terror attack
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More than a dozen dead in Kenya terror attack
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CCTV footage from Dusit Hotel shows attackers entering the premise
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American among 14 killed at Kenya hotel
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American businessman among those killed in Kenya terror attack
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Kenya (; locally [ˈkɛɲa] (listen)), officially the Republic of Kenya (Swahili: Jamhuri ya Kenya), is a country in Africa with its capital and largest city in Nairobi.Kenya's territory lies on the equator and overlies the East African Rift, covering a diverse and expansive terrain that extends roughly from Lake Victoria to Lake Turkana (formerly called Lake Rudolf) and further south-east to the Indian Ocean. It is bordered by Tanzania to the south and south-west, Uganda to the west, South Sudan to the north-west, Ethiopia to the north and Somalia to the north-east. Kenya covers 581,309 km2 (224,445 sq mi) has a population of approximately 48 million. Kenya's capital and largest city is Nairobi, while its oldest city and first capital is the coastal city of Mombasa. Kisumu City is the third largest city and a critical inland port at Lake Victoria. Other important urban centres include Nakuru and Eldoret.Kenya's geographical and topographical diversity yields a variety of climates, including a warm and humid coastline, temperate savannah grasslands in the interior, temperate and forested hilly areas in the west, arid and semi-arid areas near the Somali border and Lake Turkana, and an Equatorial climate around Lake Victoria, the world's largest tropical freshwater lake. Kenya subsequently support an abundance of flora and fauna, many of which are protected by wildlife reserves and national parks, such as the East and West Tsavo National Park, Amboseli National Park, Maasai Mara, Lake Nakuru National Park, and Aberdares National Park. The country is the birthplace of the modern safari and hosts several World Heritage Sites such as Lamu.Kenya is part of the African Great Lakes region, which has been inhabited by humans since the Lower Paleolithic period. By the first millennium C.E., the Bantu expansion had reached the area from West-Central Africa. Its territory was at the crossroads of the Niger-Congo, Nilo-Saharan and Afroasiatic cultures, today representing most major ethnolinguistic groups in Africa. Bantu and Nilotic populations together constitute around 97% of Kenya's population. Trade with the Arabs began in the first century C.E., leading to the introduction of Islam and Arab culture to coastal regions, and the development of a distinct Swahili culture. European exploration of the interior began in the 19th century, with the British Empire establishing a protectorate in 1895, followed by the Kenya Colony in 1920. Kenya gained independence in December 1963 but remained a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. In relative terms, it has been relatively stable and democratic in the ensuing decades, albeit intercepted by periods of authoritarianism and political violence, most recently in 2007. Following a referendum in August 2010 and adoption of a new constitution, Kenya is now divided into 47 semiautonomous counties governed by elected governors.Kenya's economy is the largest in eastern and central Africa, with Nairobi serving as a major regional commercial hub. Agriculture is the largest sector; tea and coffee are traditional cash crops, while fresh flowers are a fast-growing export. The service industry is also a major economic driver, particularly tourism. Kenya is a member of the East African Community trade bloc, though some international trade organisations categorise it as part of the Greater Horn of Africa. Africa is Kenya's largest export market, followed by the European Union.