Political tensions rise ahead of Kenyan election

By Jason Straziuso 27 February 2013 NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Political tensions are rising in Kenya, ahead of the election Monday, the first presidential vote since 2007 when the country devolved into months of tribal violence that killed more than 1,000 people. Dozens of shacks have been burned to the ground in recent weeks in […]

Kenya: Kibera Residents Fear Repetition of Election Violence

By Roopa Gogineni 27 February 2013 (Allafrica)Many residents of Kibera, Nairobi’s biggest slum, may not be participating in Kenya’s presidential and parliamentary election next week. They’re leaving town for fear of a repetition of the violence that hit the country in 2007. Kibera, one of Nairobi’s largest slums, experienced some of the worst violence during […]

Djibouti police clash with opposition protesters for second day

(Reuters) – Djibouti security forces fought running battles with opposition supporters for a second day on Tuesday in an attempt to disperse protests against the ruling coalition’s parliamentary election victory, witnesses said. Djibouti hosts the United States’ only military base in Africa and is an important ally in the U.S.-led fight against militant Islam. The […]

Six foreign sailors kidnapped off Nigeria freed: police

YENAGOA, Nigeria | Tue Feb 26, 2013 10:50am EST (Reuters) – Six foreign sailors kidnapped by pirates earlier this month off the coast of Nigeria’s oil-producing region have been released unharmed, police said on Tuesday. One Russian, three Ukrainian and two Indian sailors were taken when gunmen stormed the Armada Tuah 40 miles off the coast of […]

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