NAIROBI, Kenya

Kenya’s flagship airline and officials say a passenger reported a bomb threat that led to flights being grounded at the country’s main airport for hours.

Kenya Airways said in a statement Wednesday the threat was reported on a flight departing from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi for Johannesburg.

No bomb was found. Airline spokesman Dennis Kashero says the passenger who reported the threat has been taken into police custody.

The airline says the temporary shutdown that lasted nearly three hours has been lifted. It did not say how many flights were affected.

Last month flights were grounded for hours at the Nairobi airport after workers with the Kenya Airports Authority went on strike. A court suspended the strike.

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Kenyan officials say Cuban doctors deployed along the border with Somalia are being evacuated following the kidnapping last week of two Cuban doctors.

Suspected Islamic extremists kidnapped two Cuban doctors in Mandera County on Friday as they were heading to work, killing one of their police bodyguards.

Lamu County officer in charge of health Anne Gathoni said Monday that the remaining Cuban doctors had been evacuated from Lamu because they had been traumatized by the kidnapping of their colleagues.

The two, an orthopedic surgeon and a physician, had been deployed to Lamu by the government in July, 2018. Somalia’s al-Shabab extremist rebels are suspected of carrying out the kidnapping. The extremist group has vowed retribution against Kenya for sending troops to Somalia to fight the militants.

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Hundreds of Kenyans have marched in the streets of the capital to call for the ban of international wildlife markets that specialize in endangered species.

The march comes ahead of a global meeting on international trade in endangered species next month in Sri Lanka.

Kenya’s cabinet secretary for tourism, Najib Balala, says the march is meant to campaign for the proposals that the country hopes to present at the CITES conference.

Wildlife tourism is a major contributor to Kenya’s economy.

The CEO of WildlifeDirect, Paula Kahumbu, asserts that the use of endangered species to make medications in some parts of Asia is contributing to their extinction.

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A Somali police officer says a car bomb exploded near the gate of a police academy in the capital, Mogadishu, injuring six people on Thursday evening.

Capt. Mohamed Hussein said that the blast was apparently targeting the Gen. Kahiye Police Academy.

There were no immediate details about the type of blast which comes a day after Somali police warned against a potential attack by a suicide car bomber in Mogadishu.

Responsibility for the blast was not immediately claimed, but Somalia’s Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, frequently carry out such attacks in the capital.

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The Latest on explosion in Somalia’s capital (all times local):

2:55 p.m.

Police say at least 10 people have been killed and seven others wounded in a car bomb blast outside a restaurant in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.

Capt. Mohamed Hussein tells The Associated Press that most of the casualties were among people who were dining at the crowded restaurant.

The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group often targets high-profile areas in Mogadishu with suicide bombings.

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2 p.m.

A Somali police officer says an explosives-laden vehicle has detonated outside a restaurant in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.

Capt. Mohamed Hussein says the blast occurred as the restaurant in Waberi district was crowded with diners.

There is no immediate word of casualties.

The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group often targets high-profile areas in Mogadishu with suicide bombings.

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A Somali police officer says an explosives-laden vehicle has detonated outside a restaurant in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.

Capt. Mohamed Hussein says the blast occurred as the restaurant in Waberi district was crowded with diners.

There is no immediate word of casualties.

The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group often targets high-profile areas in Mogadishu with suicide bombings.

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A Kenyan who won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize has returned home to pomp and pageantry. The Franciscan friar has a message for Africa: Invest in youth.

Science teacher Peter Tabichi on Wednesday called his win a testimony that Africa has great people.

"It’s a victory for Kenya, for Africa and the whole world. It shows that our young people, given the chance, if we invest in the young people, they are going to do great things," he said.

He routinely gives away most of his salary.

The United Nations Development Program says Africa has the youngest population in the world. Yet many youth express frustration with what they call a lack of opportunities to improve their lives.

The Global Teacher Prize is awarded by the London-based Varkey Foundation.

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A police officer in Somalia says a bomb exploded in the capital, Mogadishu, killing one person and wounding another.

Col. Ahmed Abdi said the blast from a bomb planted in a private luxury car exploded Tuesday in Mogadishu’s Hodan district, killing the driver and injuring a nearby pedestrian.

There was no immediate claim for the bombing, the latest in a string of attacks often claimed by the Somalia’s Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, who are linked to al-Qaida and are fighting to topple the western-backed government protected by African Union forces.

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The Latest on the Ethiopian plane crash (all times local):

7:15 p.m.

Ethiopian Airlines says its pilots went through all the extra training required by Boeing and the U.S. aviation regulator to fly the 737 Max 8 jet that crashed this month, killing all 157 passengers.

CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said Thursday that the airline’s pilots completed the training meant to help them shift from an older model to the newer 737 Max 8.

He said the pilots were also made aware of an emergency directive issued by the U.S. regulator, the FAA, following the crash of a Boeing 737 Max 8 owned by Indonesia’s Lion Air last year.

As investigators look into the crashes, attention has turned to a new software in the jets that can push their nose down in some circumstances.

The New York Times reported that the pilots of the Ethiopian plane never trained in a simulator for the plane.

Gebremariam said that the 737 Max simulator is not designed to simulate problems in the new jet software. He declined, however, to say whether the pilots had trained on the simulator.

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6:50 p.m.

The families of Kenyan victims of the Ethiopian plane crash are asking their government for legal assistance in pursuing compensation.

In an emotional gathering Thursday in the capital of Nairobi, the victims’ relatives asked for lawyers to help them pursue their case. One of them, Erick Mwangi, spoke of what could be an "expensive and tedious" legal battle.

Kenya’s foreign ministry is advising them to "come together as a group" as the attorney general takes up the matter. He said the government will assist in obtaining death certificates for the victims.

Ethiopian Airlines on Thursday urged patience as an investigation into the March 10 crash of its Boeing Max 8 plane continues. Thirty-two Kenyans were among the 157 victims of the plane crash.

The Boeing Max planes have since been grounded.

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Leaders and experts say Africa must find its own solutions to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that energy resources, like coal, that fueled industrialization in the developed world are no longer viable because they create pollution.

Macron, officially opened the One Planet Summit on the sidelines of the United Nations Environmental Assembly, said green energy is the way forward and the world should follow the example of Kenya, which gets 75 percent of its power from renewable resources.

Macron said Africa is key for this fight because the first impacts of climate change are visible on the continent.

Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, director of African Women in Agricultural Research and Development, said Africa must stop importing scientists and develop its own through education.

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