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Kenya opposition to resume mass action

Kenya's opposition said on Friday it planned to restart protests across the East African nation against President Mwai Kibaki's disputed re-election after the failure of African Union mediation. Kibaki's government has made clear it will not tolerate opposition marches. Previous protests have led to bloody clashes between opposition supporters and security forces.

AU chief fails to broker Kenya deal

African Union chairperson John Kufuor quit Kenya on Thursday without a deal to end a political crisis that has killed hundreds of people, leaving the president and opposition leader accusing each other of wrecking talks. Controversy over President Mwai Kibaki's re-election in a December 27 vote triggered bloodletting that displaced 250 000 people.

Kenyans pray for peace, await aid

Kenyans across the political divide prayed for peace on Sunday while aid workers sought to bring relief to nearly 200 000 refugees from post-election violence. ''Our leaders have failed us. They have brought this catastrophe upon us. So now we are turning to the Almighty to save Kenya,'' said Jane Riungu, leading her five children to a hilltop church.

Tutu sees hope for Kenya deal

President Mwai Kibaki is open to the idea of a coalition government to end Kenya's post-election crisis but only if the opposition meets his terms, South African Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu said on Friday. ''There is a great deal of hope,'' said Tutu, trying to mediate to end turmoil that has killed more than 300 people and threatened one of Africa's strongest economies.

Kibaki wins Kenya vote, protests erupt

Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki won a second five-year term on Sunday in a disputed election victory that triggered deadly riots by tens of thousands of opposition supporters. As smoke billowed from protests in Nairobi slums, Kibaki was sworn in on the lawn of State House just an hour after the result was announced.

Stormy end to Kenyan election campaigns

Kenyan police fired teargas to disperse stone-throwing supporters of the country's main presidential contenders on Monday after the candidates made a final push to win votes in a race deemed too close to call. Scuffles briefly flared shortly after President Mwai Kibaki and his opposition challenger, Raila Odinga, addressed huge rallies in the capital.

Kenya deaths fuel fears of bloody election campaign

Land clashes in Kenya's fertile Rift Valley highlands have killed 16 people, uprooted hundreds and fuelled fears of a bloody campaign ahead of a December 27 election, police said on Wednesday. About 14-million Kenyans are eligible to vote in presidential and parliamentary elections in East Africa's biggest economy but many are braced for violent skirmishes.

Kenya opposition splits ahead of vote

Kenya's main opposition coalition has split into two factions ahead of a presidential election in December, boosting President Mwai Kibaki's chances of re-election, politicians said on Wednesday. After months of feuding between opposition presidential aspirants Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka, the pair have parted ways.

Africans woo US Anglicans in gay row

As an Anglican row over gay clergy deepens, growing numbers of conservative American priests are abandoning the liberal United States church and pledging allegiance to traditionalist African bishops instead. Africans, who take a tough line on homosexuality, are keen to recruit the dissident priests as bishops under their own authority.

Annan to lead green revolution for Africa

Africa needs a ''green revolution'' to double agricultural output and end chronic food insecurity in the world's poorest continent, former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan said on Monday. The former top diplomat is the chairperson of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, set up last year with a -million grant.

Bloody toll in Kenyan gang war

Kenyan police on Tuesday said they had shot dead at least 25 suspected members of the Mungiki criminal gang since last week, after at least 13 people were killed in a surge of violence blamed on the group. Thursday's conviction of a former Mungiki leader on weapons charges ended a brief lull in the slaughter.

Tutu: Focus on Africa’s woes, not gay clergy

Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Friday urged the African Anglican church to concentrate on the continent's grim problems rather than on the row over gay clergy, and said persecuting gay people is akin to racism. The debate over the role of homosexuals in the church threatens to split the world's 77-million Anglicans.

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