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Baby Rescued 4 Days After Kenya Building Collapse

Bright spot after disaster that's killed nearly two dozen so far

(Newser) - At least 23 people are reported dead after an unapproved building collapsed Friday in Nairobi, Kenya, per the Star , but the Kenya Red Cross offered a bit of hope early Tuesday. "Good news! A child aged about one and half years rescued alive at 0400 hours," the organization... More »

Agitated by Car Horns, Stray Lion Attacks

Victim in stable condition with broken bone, cuts

(Newser) - A warning: When a lion is on the loose, it's best to keep your distance and skip the selfies. A 63-year-old man is recovering in a hospital after a lion strayed from a national park in Kenya on Friday. The black-maned lion was spotted prowling beside a four-lane highway... More »

US Responds to Kenya Mall Attack, Raids Leader's House

Navy SEALs raid stronghold of al-Shabab leader in Somalia

(Newser) - A team of Navy SEALs raided the house of a senior al-Shabab leader in Somalia today—a response to the group's deadly attack on a Nairobi shopping mall last month , according to US officials. Initial reports claimed the leader had been captured, but an official now says that he... More »

Nairobi Mall Victims Brutally Tortured: Reports

Doctors, investigators offer gruesome accounts

(Newser) - The al-Shabab militants who attacked a mall in Nairobi last weekend didn't just kill their victims, they tortured them and mutilated their bodies, according to accounts in Kenya's media rounded up by USA Today . It makes for rough reading. The stories quote doctors and investigators who describe gouged... More »

NC Couple: We Escaped Kenya Mall

Asheville travelers guided out by gun-wielding Australian

(Newser) - In Kenya for a safari, an Asheville, NC, couple took a daytrip to a Nairobi mall—and ended up fleeing for their lives. Francis and Susan Strazzella, both 62, heard shots ring out as they browsed a store on the mall's fourth floor, the Asheville Citizen-Times reports. "We... More »

Kenya Mall Attack Rehearsed, 'Meticulously Planned'

Plus: Gunshots still ringing out

(Newser) - Some of the terrorists who attacked Kenya's Westgate Mall are said to have used G3 assault rifles, cumbersome guns carried by Kenyan security officers, and "you don't bring something like a crew-served weapon through the door," an American official tells the New York Times . "Those... More »

Kenya President: It's Over, Mall Collapsed

5 terrorists, 6 soldiers, and 61 civilians killed

(Newser) - The siege of the Westgate Mall is over, Kenya's president announced today, after a dramatic final sweep that ended with three floors of the building collapsing. In a televised address, Uhuru Kenyatta said that 11 suspected terrorists had been arrested, and five others killed, NBC News reports. He put... More »

4-Year-Old Confronted Mall Attacker—Who Freed Him

Attacker asked for forgiveness, uncle tells the 'Sun'

(Newser) - If true, it's pretty remarkable: After his mother was shot in the leg, a 4-year-old British boy trapped in the Kenya mall attack reportedly gave a militant some straight talk. "You're a bad man. Let us leave," Elliott Prior said, according to an interview with his... More »

Kenyan Blogger Makes Name Covering Mall Attack

Robert Alai using Twitter, Facebook, network of sources

(Newser) - At one point during the Nairobi mall standoff , Kenya's information ministry informed the public that a fire at the mall had been extinguished. Just one problem with that, pointed out Kenyan blogger Robert Alai in a tweet : The fire was still blazing away on live TV. "Interior Ministry... More »

Kenya: Americans, Woman Among Mall Attackers

Military still trying to clear building

(Newser) - Is the siege of Nairobi's Westgate Mall finally near an end? Kenyan authorities say they believe all the hostages have been released, but journalists from the AP and Reuters heard yet more gunfire and explosions as the Kenyan military moved through the building. Officials say the military is going... More »

2 Militants Dead as Kenya Forces Storm Mall

'We are in charge of the situation, our people are safe,' says interior minister

(Newser) - Kenyan security forces are claiming control of a Nairobi shopping mall in the midst of a new assault aimed at ending the three-day-old siege, reports the BBC , with large explosions and gunfire heard in the area as smoke billows from the Westgate Mall. "We are in charge of the... More »

Kenya: 'Most' Hostages Freed in Mall Siege

But some militants still holed up inside

(Newser) - At daybreak today, terrorists still appeared to be in control of part of a shopping mall in Nairobi despite a major Kenyan military offensive overnight. The military says the assault freed most of the remaining hostages after a two-day standoff that left at least 68 people dead, but Reuters journalists... More »

Kenya Launches 'Major' Assault on Mall, Death Toll Hits 68

Security forces plan to end standoff tonight

(Newser) - The death toll in the deadly attack on Nairobi's Westgate mall has risen to 68, according to the Red Cross, after the bodies of nine hostages were recovered today. Red Cross volunteers believe there are more bodies still inside the mall, but they're not reachable at the moment,... More »

Senior Kenyan Minister Killed in Helicopter Crash

Saitoti was considered a contender in next year's presidential race

(Newser) - A senior Kenyan government minister, expected to be a leading presidential candidate in next year's election, was killed in a helicopter crash today, reports Reuters . Minister for internal security George Saitoti, along with his deputy, several bodyguards, and the pilot, were killed when the police helicopter carrying them crashed... More »

Kenyan Bar Hit With Grenade Attack

Officials fear Somali militants to blame

(Newser) - At least 12 people were injured early today when someone hurled a grenade into a small bar in Nairobi. Speculation is rampant that the attack might be the work of Somali militants retaliating against Kenya’s incursion into the country last week, but so far officials are not publicly blaming... More »

Pipeline Explodes in Kenya Slum, Leaving Sea of Bodies

Explosion may have been caused by cigarette butt

(Newser) - More than 100 people are dead after a pipeline explosion in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, which is believed to have been ignited by a cigarette butt thrown into an open sewer that fuel was leaking into, the BBC reports. Dozens of other victims have been taken to hospitals, and... More »

Starving Somalia to Get Famine Designation

UN agencies poised to add 'humanitarian catastrophe' label

(Newser) - Drought and food shortages have gotten so bad in southern Somalia that the UN is almost certain to upgrade the situation from a “humanitarian emergency” to a “famine/humanitarian catastrophe,” sources tell the Telegraph . “It’s 99% certain that tomorrow we will have to declare a full... More »

Kenya's Quiet Casualty: Flowers

Violence threatens nation's 3rd-largest industry

(Newser) - The violence in Kenya has come at the worst possible time for an industry quietly flourishing in the warmth of the nation's long, sunny days—flowers. Kenya supplies 25% of Europe's cut flowers, making it the third-largest industry behind tourism and tea, the Economist reports. Roses are the main crop,... More »

Kenya Braces for More Violence

Opposition gearing up for street protests

(Newser) - Tensions are rising in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi as angry opposition supporters prepare for three days of protests over the re-election of President Mwai Kibaki in an allegedly rigged ballot. Opposition protests have been banned by the Kibaki regime, triggering concerns that rallies could spark major clashes. Some 600... More »

African Union Can't Resolve Kenya Crisis

Delegation led by Kofi Annan will take next crack

(Newser) - An attempt to broker an end to the Kenyan crisis failed today when an African Union mission couldn't get opposing sides to agree on how to end the violence, Reuters reports. AU head John Kufuor pressed opposition leader Raila Odinga and President Mwai Kibaki to settle; after talks disintegrated into... More »

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