NAIROBI/MOMBASA, Kenya, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Police were
tracking four suspected militants in Kenya’s coastal tourist
region on Thursday, broadening the investigation into a weekend
attack on a Nairobi shopping mall that killed at least 72
In Nairobi, experts from U.S., British, Israeli and other
agencies have joined Kenyan officers investigating the Westgate
mall where militants from the al Qaeda-aligned Somali group al
Shabaab launched a well-planned assault on Saturday.
NAIROBI (Reuters) – Bomb disposal experts and investigators searched through the wreckage of a Kenyan shopping mall on Wednesday after a four-day attack by Islamist militants that killed at least 72 people.
President Uhuru Kenyatta declared three days of mourning after troops defeated the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab group that targeted the upscale shopping center popular with prosperous Kenyans and foreigners.
NAIROBI, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Thick smoke poured from the
besieged Nairobi mall where Kenyan officials said their forces
were closing in on Islamists holding hostages on Monday, the
third day since Somalia’s al Shabaab launched a raid that has
killed at least 62 people.
It remained unclear how many gunmen and hostages were still
cornered in the Westgate shopping centre, after a series of loud
explosions and gunfire were followed by black smoke billowing
from one part of the complex.
NAIROBI, Sept 23 (Reuters) – A loud explosion sent thick
smoke billowing 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
The blast was followed by other smaller detonations and
volleys of gunfire but there was no indication of the fate of
people whom the authorities say are being held by 10 to 15
Islamist gunmen who took the complex by storm on Saturday.
ACCRA/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – When Wal-Mart Stores (WMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the world’s top retailer, bought control of major South African discount chain Massmart Holdings (MSMJ.J: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) in 2011, American shopping mall developer Irwin Barkan had an epiphany.
An industry veteran of 30 years, Barkan’s U.S. home market was “graying”, while the youthful, underdeveloped African continent offered a sweet spot, with a rapidly expanding middle class and no competition from online retailers.
ACCRA/JOHANNESBURG, Aug 29 (Reuters) – When Wal-Mart Stores
, the world’s top retailer, bought control of major South
African discount chain Massmart Holdings in 2011,
American shopping mall developer Irwin Barkan had an epiphany.
An industry veteran of 30 years, Barkan’s U.S. home market
was “greying”, while the youthful, underdeveloped African
continent offered a sweet spot, with a rapidly expanding middle
class and no competition from online retailers.
ACCRA, Aug 19 (Reuters) – Ghana must learn to process
commodities locally rather than depending on exports of raw
gold, cocoa and oil products to fuel its fast-growing economy,
President John Mahama said on Monday.
The country is one of sub-Saharan Africa’s brightest
prospects because of its political stability and economic
growth, which is forecast to hold steady at 8 percent for 2013.
ACCRA (Reuters) – Ghana’s Supreme Court said on Wednesday it will rule by August 29 on an opposition challenge to the result of December’s presidential election that was won by incumbent John Mahama.
The outcome could have big implications for the West African state where investor excitement over its strong economy – GDP is expected to grow by 8 percent in 2013 for the second consecutive year – is tempered by concern over macroeconomic instability.
ACCRA, July 23 (Reuters) – Ghana’s currency hit a new
all-time low against the dollar on Tuesday in a fresh sign of
structural imbalances in an economy seen as one of Africa’s
brightest growth prospects.
The cedi edged down to 2.0650/8000 at 1300 GMT as growing
demand from local firms and traders for dollars to pay for
imports outstripped supply.
ACCRA (Reuters) – Ghana’s Supreme Court must decide in the coming months whether or not to overturn December elections that handed the presidency to John Mahama, in a rare case of African judicial vigour that has transfixed the country.
Proceedings in a packed courtroom, where opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo is challenging the outcome of the 2012 poll, are broadcast live on the radio and blare from cars and buses as the population of 25 million tunes in for the latest developments.