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Kenya election official says she’s resigning before new vote

NAIROBI, Kenya — A Kenyan electoral commissioner announced her resignation on Wednesday and said the presidential vote just eight days away cannot credibly proceed as planned. Roselyn Akombe issued a statement from New York, but it was not clear if she had fled there. She said electoral commissioners need to be brave and speak up …

Kenya opposition leader refuses to share power

NAIROBI, Kenya—Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga said Sunday he will not share power, speaking days after the Supreme Court’s decision to annul President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election and order a fresh presidential election in 60 days. Odinga, speaking at a church service in Nairobi Sunday, said his party cannot accept to share power with “thieves.” President …

Kenya court blocks closing of world’s biggest refugee camp

NAIROBI, Kenya—A Kenyan court ruled Thursday that the government must not close the world’s largest refugee camp and send more than 200,000 people back to war-torn Somalia, a decision that eases pressure on Somalis who feared the camp would close by the end of May. Kenya’s internal security minister abused his power by ordering the …

Gunman in Kenyan massacre was gov’t official’s son

GARISSA, Kenya — One of the gunmen who slaughtered 148 people at a college in Kenya was identified Sunday as the law-school-educated son of a Kenyan government official, underscoring the inroads Islamic extremists have made in recruiting young people to carry out attacks against their own country. Abdirahim Mohammed Abdullahi, who was killed by security …

Kenya: Extremists vow more attacks; President responds

GARISSA, Kenya – Somalia’s Islamic extremist group al-Shabab warned Saturday of more attacks in Kenya like the assault on Garissa University College that killed 148 people. “Kenyan cities will run red with blood,” said al-Shabab according to the SITE intelligence monitoring group. The Islamic militants said the attack on Garissa college was in retaliation for …

At least 15 dead as gunmen attack university in Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya — Al-Shabab gunmen attacked a college in northeast Kenya early Thursday, targeting Christians and killing at least 15 people and wounding 60 others, witnesses said. The president said it is now a hostage situation. Even as security forces cornered the gunmen in a dormitory at Garissa University College where they could be holding …

700 teachers refuse to work in Kenya’s north over terror

NAIROBI, Kenya — Hundreds of teachers in northern Kenya bordering Somalia have refused to return to work, fearing attacks by Islamic extremists, a union official and teachers said Tuesday. The estimated 700 teachers demonstrated outside parliament in Nairobi demanding that the government transfer them to schools in safer regions. The protesting teachers were from Wajir, …

Militants kill 36 non-Muslims in northern Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya — The heavily armed men roused the sleeping quarry workers in the dead of night. As in previous such attacks, the gunmen singled out the non-Muslims by asking them to recite the Islamic creed. Then they killed 36 of them — most with a gunshot to the back of the head, according to …

AIDS from towels? Kenyans angered by US preacher Pat Robertson’s comments about travel risks

NAIROBI, Kenya—Kenyans are expressing anger and shock on social media and radio stations over comments made by popular American evangelist Pat Robertson in a recent TV broadcast in which he warned that towels in Kenya could transmit AIDS. Robertson made the remarks last week while answering a question his show “The 700 Club” from a …

48 Kenyans dead; Witness: Gunmen killed Christians

NAIROBI, Kenya — Dozens of extremists attacked a Kenyan coastal town for hours, killing those who weren’t Muslim and those who didn’t know the Somali language, officials and witnesses said Monday. At least 48 people were killed and two hotels were set on fire. The assault in Mpeketoni began Sunday night as residents watched World …

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