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Oct 10, 2013

Ethiopia plans Eurobond once review for rating complete -PM

ADDIS ABABA, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Ethiopia plans a debut
Eurobond once it has secured a credit rating but will not open
its telecoms or banking sectors to foreigners as their revenues
help fund infrastructure, the prime minister said on Thursday.

The comments by Hailemariam Desalegn in an interview with
Reuters will disappoint international investors hoping for a
shift away from the state-led policies of former Prime Minister
Meles Zenawi, who died last August.

Oct 4, 2013

Analysis: Kenya’s intelligence work hurt by corruption, rivalries

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya’s intelligence and security forces will struggle to avert bloody attacks like the one on a shopping mall last month as long as rank-and-file police officers can be easily bribed and rivalry among agencies hinders information sharing.

The assault by a dozen or so Islamist militants on Nairobi’s Westgate mall on September 21 that killed at least 67 people and lasted four days stunned a nation that boasts the most experienced counter-terrorist forces in east Africa.

Sep 26, 2013

Mall raid rallies foreign support for ICC-indictee Kenyatta

NAIROBI (Reuters) – While it hurts Kenya’s tourism and investment, the bloody Nairobi mall assault by Islamist militants will help President Uhuru Kenyatta bolster international support as he confronts charges of crimes against humanity at The Hague.

Accused by prosecutors at the International Criminal Court of fomenting post-election bloodletting in 2007/2008, Kenyatta leads a nation that is now in the spotlight as a victim of crimes punishable under international law.

Sep 26, 2013

Analysis: Mall raid rallies foreign support for ICC-indictee Kenyatta

NAIROBI (Reuters) – While it hurts Kenya’s tourism and investment, the bloody Nairobi mall assault by Islamist militants will help President Uhuru Kenyatta bolster international support as he confronts charges of crimes against humanity at The Hague.

Accused by prosecutors at the International Criminal Court of fomenting post-election bloodletting in 2007/2008, Kenyatta leads a nation that is now in the spotlight as a victim of crimes punishable under international law.

Sep 24, 2013

Kenya says ‘defeated’ mall militants, five dead, 11 held

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya’s president said on Tuesday that his forces had “defeated” Islamists from Somalia’s al Shabaab, had shot five of them dead and detained 11 others suspected of killing 67 people after storming a Nairobi shopping mall.

It remained unclear after Uhuru Kenyatta addressed the nation on television whether the four-day security operation at the upmarket Westgate centre was completely over, or whether any militants were still at large or hostages unaccounted for.

Sep 24, 2013

Kenya says “defeated” mall militants, 5 dead, 11 held

NAIROBI, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Kenya’s president said on
Tuesday that his forces had “defeated” Islamists from Somalia’s
al Shabaab, had shot five of them dead and detained 11 others
suspected of killing 67 people after storming a Nairobi shopping
mall.

It remained unclear after Uhuru Kenyatta addressed the
nation on television whether the four-day security operation at
the upmarket Westgate centre was completely over, or whether any
militants were still at large or hostages unaccounted for.

Sep 23, 2013

Fifty-nine dead at Kenyan mall, Islamists threaten hostages

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Occasional gunfire rang out on Monday from the Nairobi mall where militants from Somalia’s al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab group threatened to kill hostages on the third day of a raid in which at least 59 have already died.

Reuters journalists near the upmarket Westgate complex heard sporadic shots as well as heavy bursts of rifle fire and muffled blasts on at least two occasions in the morning. Kenyan troops moved around outside the building. A Kenyan Red Cross official, Abbas Gullet, said there had been clashes inside the building.

Sep 23, 2013

59 dead at Kenyan mall, Islamists threaten hostages

NAIROBI, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Occasional gunfire rang out on
Monday from the Nairobi mall where militants from Somalia’s al
Qaeda-linked al Shabaab group threatened to kill hostages on the
third day of a raid in which at least 59 have already died.

Reuters journalists near the upmarket Westgate complex heard
sporadic shots as well as heavy bursts of rifle fire and muffled
blasts on at least two occasions in the morning. Kenyan troops
moved around outside the building. A Kenyan Red Cross official,
Abbas Gullet, said there had been clashes inside the building.

Sep 22, 2013

Islamist gunmen hold hostages in Kenya siege, 59 dead

NAIROBI, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Islamist militants were holding
hostages on Sunday at a shopping mall in Nairobi, where at least
59 people were killed in an attack by the Somali al Shabaab
group, which demanded Kenya pull troops back across the border.

Brief volleys of gunfire and a blast interrupted hours of
stalemate. A Reuters correspondent saw security personnel on the
move and, as dusk closed, in two helicopters swooped low over
the Westgate shopping centre, which has several Israeli-owned
outlets and is frequented by prosperous Kenyans and foreigners.

Sep 22, 2013

Gunfire erupts at Kenyan mall, 59 dead in Islamist attack

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Gunfire erupted on Sunday at an upmarket shopping mall in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, where at least 59 people were killed and several more held hostage by gunmen from a Somali Islamist group that has declared allegiance to al Qaeda.

The shooting, lasting about 30 seconds, came after a period of tense quiet in the standoff, a Reuters witness said, speaking from close to the shopping centre that has several Israeli-owned outlets and which is frequented by Westerners and Kenyans.

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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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