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Kenyan army claims al-Shabaab rebels are crippled

The Kenyan army says it has crippled Somalia's al-Shabaab rebels four months after launching an offensive to defeat them.

Kenya bids farewell to ‘green Nobel’ Maathai

Hundreds of mourners gathered for the funeral of Kenyan environmentalist and Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai at a park in central Nairobi.

Circumcisions haunt Kenya’s Maasai females

Some of the Kenya's Maasai young women are running away from of the age-old custom of circumcision, now frayed by health risks and new laws.

Aid groups ready to work with rebels

Al-Qaeda-inspired Shebab rebels in Somalia will accept help from relief groups, lifting the two year ban on foreign aid.

Somalia: It’s famine, says UN

The UN has formally declared parts of Somalia to be in the grip of famine, a move hailed by rebels who now say they will allow aid to be distributed.

AU pushes for ceasefire, political solution in Libya

The AU has called for a political solution to Libya's conflict, weighing in once more on the crisis though its proposals have largely been ignored.

India set to sign catchup cooperation deals with Africa

Manmohan Singh was due to sign deals in fields from trade to life sciences to boost India's footprint on the African continent.

Tanzania candidates stage final rallies

Thousands of chanting supporters gave a thunderous welcome to Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete as he turned out for his final campaign rally.

Kenyan leader unveils power-sharing Cabinet

Kenya's president unveiled a power-sharing government on Sunday, with opposition leader Raila Odinga as Prime Minister, aimed at ending a long-running political crisis sparked by contested elections. ''Let us put politics aside and get to work,'' President Mwai Kibaki said in a televised speech announcing the Cabinet line-up.

Annan says Kenya deal ‘very close’

Former United Nations chief Kofi Annan said on Friday that a deal to end Kenya's post-election turmoil was ''very close'' and voiced hope that the ''last difficult and frightening step'' would be taken next week. Annan has been leading talks between negotiators for President Mwai Kibaki and the opposition to end weeks of violence since a disputed December 27 election.

Annan urges patience over Kenya deal

The chief mediator in Kenya's crisis talks, Kofi Annan, urged Kenyans to be patient on Saturday with a deal to end weeks of violence expected to be finalised in the coming days. ''In negotiations, a deal is not a deal until it is done,'' the former United Nations chief cautioned in a statement.

Annan hopes for Kenya deal next week

Kenya's political leaders on Friday agreed to negotiate a settlement to end weeks of bloodshed, with chief mediator Kofi Annan saying he hoped a deal could be reached early next week. After negotiations failed to yield a breakthrough, Annan met with President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga.

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