U.S. President Barack Obama leaves his car as he arrives to visit the State House in Kenya's capital Nairobi, July 25, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
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President Barack Obama nudged African nations Saturday to treat gays and lesbians equally under the law, a position that remains unpopular through much of the continent.Obama tackled the sensitive issue on his first full day in Kenya, the country of his father's birth. Obama's visit to Kenya -- the first by a sitting U.S. president -- has been long sought by this East African nation where he is widely considered a local son.Obama said he was encouraged by statements Kenyatta has made about the need to root out corruption in the country, saying that's one issue that could slow down Kenya's economic growth and development.Much of Obama's discussions with Kenyatta centered on counterterrorism cooperation.
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