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Dec 24, 2013

Analysis: How South Sudan leaders squandered nation-building effort

JUBA/NAIROBI (Reuters) – At a well-attended investor conference in South Sudan’s capital in early December, President Salva Kiir declared that the world’s newest country was “at last safe” and open for business.

It was a bold assertion from a nation that only gained independence from Sudan in 2011 after decades mired in conflict. It suggested the moment had come to cap a huge international effort to build a state. But it proved spectacularly ill-timed.

Dec 13, 2013

Rwandan court extends jail term of opposition politician

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Rwanda’s supreme court extended the jail term of an opposition politician on Friday to 15 years from eight after she sought to overturn her initial conviction for trying to undermine the state and minimizing the 1994 genocide.

Rights groups have described the conduct of Victoire Ingabire’s trial as flawed. Human Rights Watch said some of the charges were politically motivated and the trial raised questions about the independence of the judiciary.

Dec 6, 2013

In Africa, many want a new Mandela to heal wealth divide

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Mourning the loss of a man who bridged South Africa’s racial divide, many Africans hope their leaders today will be inspired by Nelson Mandela to heal another rift widening dangerously across the continent: the wealth gap.

“We need the next Mandela to fight for the poor,” said Thomas Kozzih, 30, a community worker in Nairobi’s Kibera slum – an expanse of metal shacks butting up against smart new flats that testify to Africa’s new growth that has left many behind.

Nov 19, 2013

Investigators piece together plot to attack Kenya mall

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Four gunmen who attacked a Nairobi shopping mall in September came to Kenya about four months earlier and some had exercised at a gym in an area of the Kenyan capital popular with Somalis, Western officials with knowledge of the investigation said.

Kenyan police, with help from several Western nations, are piecing together events leading up to the assault on Westgate mall, which killed at least 67 people and which highlighted the reach of Somalia’s al Qaeda-aligned Islamist group Al Shabaab.

Nov 13, 2013

Kenyan president to return disputed media bill to parliament

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta plans to send back to parliament a media bill critics say would stunt democracy in an African nation with unusually broad press freedoms.

Critics said Kenyatta may have acted out of concern to avoid a confrontation with Kenya’s popular and vibrant media and any backlash from the country’s aid donors abroad.

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.

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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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