NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya’s Westgate shopping mall reopened on Saturday nearly two years after gunmen from the Somali militant group al Shabaab massacred at least 67 people inside and held out for four days as security forces laid siege to the complex.
Once a totem of Kenya’s growing prosperity, the Westgate building has since become symbolic of growing insecurity in the east African nation and President Uhuru Kenyatta’s inability to prevent frequent Islamist attacks on Kenyan soil.
KAGUNGA, Tanzania (Reuters) – They are coming in their thousands, a steady stream of men, women and children bearing what few possessions they can carry as they flee their native Burundi and the pro-government militias they fear are bent on death and destruction.
At Kagunga, a tiny fishing village on the shores of Lake Tanganyika just two km (1.5 miles) inside Tanzania, an estimated 50,000 refugees are sleeping rough, waiting for a 100-year-old ferry, the MV Liemba, to carry them south to safety.
NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyan police fired tear gas into a crowd of Nairobi schoolchildren on Monday as the youngsters and adults protested against what they call an illegal confiscation of a playground.
A police spokesman said authorities were investigating the incident and planned to initiate disciplinary proceedings against the officers involved.
MPEKETONI Kenya (Reuters) – Somali-linked Islamist militants killed at least eight people in a second night of attacks on Kenya’s coast, a day after an assault on nearby Mpeketoni town left almost 50 dead, officials and the fighters said on Tuesday.
Armed men set fire to houses as they raided the village of Poromoko close to Mpeketoni at about 1 a.m. (2200 GMT) on Tuesday, Deputy County Commissioner Benson Maisori told Reuters.
JUBA (Reuters) – South Sudan’s government said on Sunday rebels had seized the capital of a key oil-producing region and fears grew of all-out ethnic civil war in the world’s newest country.
The U.N. announced it was trying to rush more peacekeeping forces to landlocked, impoverished South Sudan as foreign powers urged both sides to stop fighting, fearing for the stability of an already fragile region of Africa.
JUBA, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Fighting spread in South Sudan and
the U.N. said it was trying to move more peacekeeping forces
there in the hope of averting full-blown ethnic civil war in the
world’s newest state.
The government said it had sent more soldiers to retake the
flashpoint town of Bor from rebels and had kept control of the
oilfields crucial to the economy of the impoverished country.
JUBA (Reuters) – South Sudan said it had sent more soldiers to retake the flashpoint town of Bor from rebels and kept control of oilfields as fighting spread to a neighboring state in a conflict that has raised fears of a collapse into ethnic civil war.
Foreign Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin said the army in Bor had spotted former Vice President Riek Machar – the man the government accuses of starting the fighting in Africa’s newest country – on the battlefield, but he had escaped by boat.
NAIROBI (Reuters) – A grenade tore through a minibus in Nairobi’s Somali-dominated Eastleigh neighborhood on Sunday, killing at least five people in an attack highlighting the security risks Kenya faces because of its intervention in Somalia to fight Islamist militants.
Kenya has suffered a string of deadly attacks in its capital Nairobi, the southern port city of Mombasa as well as the eastern garrison town of Garissa over the past year.
KOGELO, Kenya (Reuters) – Kenyans in Barack Obama’s ancestral homeland stayed up all night and danced with joy on Wednesday as America’s first black president won a second term in the White House, raising the prospects of a fresh start for his ties with Africa.
Many Africans feel Obama has not responded to their huge enthusiasm when he won the presidency four years ago with an increased U.S. commitment to the world’s poorest continent during his first term.
NAIROBI (Reuters) – Two freelance journalists held hostage in Somalia for 15 months arrived safely in neighboring Kenya on Thursday.
Amanda Lindhout, a Canadian reporter, and Nigel Brennan, an Australian photojournalist, were freed in Mogadishu on Wednesday after being kidnapped by gunmen in August 2008 as they visited a camp for displaced families near the capital.