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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.

Sep 21, 2013

Islamists claim gun attack on Nairobi mall, at least 39 dead

NAIROBI, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Gunmen stormed a shopping mall
in the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Saturday, killing at least 39
people including close relatives of Kenya’s president and
children, in an attack claimed by the Somali Islamist group al
Shabaab.

Shooting continued hours after the initial assault as troops
surrounded the Westgate mall and police and soldiers combed the
building, hunting the attackers shop by shop. A police officer
inside the building said the gunmen were barricaded inside a
Nakumatt supermarket, one of Kenya’s biggest chains.

Sep 21, 2013

Gunmen storm Nairobi Mall, 15 killed: Red Cross

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Gunmen stormed a shopping mall in the Kenyan capital on Saturday killing at least 15 people, according to the Kenyan Red Cross, and sending scores fleeing into shops, a cinema and onto the streets seeking safety.

The Somali militant group al Shabaab had threatened to strike the Westgate mall, popular with the city’s expatriate community; but there was no immediate claim of responsibility from any group. Al Shabaab said it had no comment on the attack.

Sep 21, 2013

At least five killed in Nairobi shopping mall gun attack

NAIROBI, Sept 21 (Reuters) – At least five people were
killed when gunmen burst into a shopping mall in the Kenyan
capital, Nairobi, on Saturday and opened fire, witnesses said.

Police helicopters circled overhead as armed police shouted
“get out, get out”, and scores of shoppers fled the building.
Smoke poured out of one entrance and witnesses said they heard
grenade blasts.

Sep 19, 2013

Somalia replaces central bank chief criticised in U.N. report

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Abdusalam Omer has been replaced as Somalia’s central bank governor after seven months in the job, he said on Thursday, once again strongly denying graft allegations made by United Nations monitors.

The allegations in a U.N. report linking him to irregularities regarding millions of dollars withdrawn from the bank have also been formally rejected by the Somali government.

Sep 16, 2013

Insight: Kenya cases stir African backlash against ICC

JOHANNESBURG/NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya is canvassing support for a possible walk-out by African states from the International Criminal Court, whose prosecution of elected Kenyan leaders has revived accusations on the continent that the court unfairly targets Africans.

The start last week of the trial for crimes against humanity of Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto, with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s trial due in November, has stirred a growing backlash against the Hague-based court from some African governments, which see it as a biased tool of Western powers.

Aug 29, 2013

Somali govt undermining federal plan – regional leader

NAIROBI (Reuters) – The president of Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region said the central government was undermining plans to create a federal system and that he would develop potential oil resources in his area even without a revenue-sharing deal with Mogadishu.

Abdirahman Mohamud Farole’s remarks in a Reuters interview show the deep national divisions and the huge task facing the Mogadishu government as it seeks to unite the nation with devolved powers after two decades of war and clan rivalry.

Aug 14, 2013

Coffin cover – Africa’s booming funerals business

JOHANNESBURG/NAIROBI, Aug 14 (Reuters) – From fish-shaped
coffins to slaughtered bulls, funerals in Africa are lavish
affairs, providing a lucrative opportunity for insurance
companies looking for business in some of the world’s fastest
growing economies.

Many of the insurance industry’s big money-spinners in
developed markets, like motor insurance and cover for household
goods, are irrelevant to the majority of Africans who cannot
afford a range of expensive personal possessions.

Jul 30, 2013

Rwanda dismisses U.S. charges it backs Congo rebels

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Rwanda dismissed on Tuesday U.S. charges that it was supporting M23 rebels in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo and said leveling accusations would not help pacify the region.

Western donors halted some aid to Rwanda last year after U.N. experts said Kigali was backing rebels in eastern Congo, a region racked by fighting since the 1990s that has in part been fuelled by a struggle to control rich mineral deposits there.

Jul 26, 2013

Egypt’s generals back in favor after first flawed transition

CAIRO (Reuters) – When Egypt’s army was last in charge, little more than a year ago, 27-year-old artist Mohamed Haroun painted a picture of the senior general surrounded by money looted from the state.

Now the army is back in control, he plans to sketch the new military chief plucking a drowning country from the sea.

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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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