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Oct 28, 2013

Analysis: Kenya shutdown tempers east African oil ambitions

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Tullow Oil’s (TLW.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) suspension of drilling in Kenya after weekend protests shows that popular impatience for a share of the spoils is compounding the problems energy firms face building an oil and gas industry from scratch in east Africa.

Backed by local politicians, demonstrators from Kenya’s poor, northern Turkana community marched on Tullow sites demanding jobs and other benefits, prompting one of Sub-Saharan Africa’s most experienced oil explorers to “temporarily” halt work.

Oct 28, 2013

Kenya shutdown tempers east African oil ambitions

NAIROBI, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Tullow Oil’s suspension
of drilling in Kenya after weekend protests shows that popular
impatience for a share of the spoils is compounding the problems
energy firms face building an oil and gas industry from scratch
in east Africa.

Backed by local politicians, demonstrators from Kenya’s
poor, northern Turkana community marched on Tullow sites
demanding jobs and other benefits, prompting one of Sub-Saharan
Africa’s most experienced oil explorers to “temporarily” halt
work.

Oct 26, 2013
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Traditionalists warn Anglican Communion rift over gay issue may widen

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(Kenyan worshipers arrive at the All Saints Cathedral Church for a evening service at the capital Nairobi, November 3, 2003/Reuters)

Western churches risk widening a rift in the Anglican Communion if they follow North America by blessing same-sex marriages or allowing sexually active gays to be bishops, a leader of a traditionalist group said on Friday.

Oct 25, 2013

Traditionalist Anglicans warn rift over gay issue may widen

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Western churches risk widening a rift in the Anglican Communion if they follow North America by blessing same-sex marriages or allowing sexually active gays to be bishops, a leader of a traditionalist group said on Friday.

The global association of 80 million Anglicans has split deeply since Canada’s Anglican Church began blessing same-sex couples in 2002 and the Episcopal Church, its U.S. branch, ordained Gene Robinson as its first gay bishop in 2003.

Oct 14, 2013

Sole opposition MP says Ethiopia bottling up strife

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Girma Seifu Maru, Ethiopia’s sole opposition politician in a 547-seat parliament, says the authorities risk provoking social unrest if they do not offer more political space to critical voices.

The 47-year-old economist and consultant said his party, Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ), is pushing for greater openness with a petition against an anti-terror law that critics say is used to stifle dissent, and by a campaign of protests.

Oct 12, 2013

Africans say heads of state should not be tried at ICC

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Africa has agreed that sitting heads of state should not be tried by the International Criminal Court where Kenya’s leaders are in the dock, ministers said before African leaders opened a summit on Saturday.

Foreign ministers of the 54-member African Union also called for deferring the cases of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, after a meeting to discuss Africa’s relations with the court based in The Hague.

Oct 11, 2013

Africans to tell ICC: Heads of state should not be tried

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – African nations have agreed that sitting heads of state should not be put on trial by the International Criminal Court, where Kenya’s leaders are in the dock, Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom said at a ministerial meeting.

The ministers also called for deferring the cases of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, the minister said after a meeting to discuss Africa’s relations with the court in The Hague.

Oct 11, 2013

African Union runs critical eye over ICC

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) has become a “political instrument”, Ethiopia’s foreign minister said on Friday, at a meeting in which Africa will review its ties with the Hague-based war crimes tribunal.

Friday’s ministerial meeting of the African Union (AU) and a summit on Saturday have been called to cast a critical eye over the relationship, as ICC prosecutions are under way against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.

Oct 11, 2013

African Union runs critical eye over International Criminal Court

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) has become a “political instrument”, Ethiopia’s foreign minister said on Friday, opening a meeting at which Africa will review its ties with the Hague-based war crimes tribunal.

Friday’s ministerial meeting of the African Union (AU) and a summit on Saturday were called to cast a critical eye over the relationship following ICC cases against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto.

Oct 10, 2013

Ethiopian premier says Hague court has ‘double standards’

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – The International Criminal Court has shown “double standards” by pursuing only Africans so far and should defer trials of Kenya’s leaders or take other steps so they can fulfill their elected offices, Ethiopia’s prime minister said on Thursday.

Hailemariam Desalegn was speaking before an African Union summit in Addis Ababa that will discuss relations with the court which has convicted only one man, an African warlord. The only others charged are also Africans.

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      "Responsible for Reuters coverage from Egypt and Sudan, and overseeing operations of the Cairo-based Reuters Arabic language service. Previously was Bureau Chief, Iran. Have worked throughout the Middle East for most of the past 15 years, including covering the Iraq war and Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Have also covered financial and energy affairs, holding positions that inlude equities reporter in London."
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