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Kenya Nabs Suspected Attack Ringleaders

Government insists al-Shabab wasn't to blame

(Newser) - Kenyan authorities say they've arrested several people in connection with the massacres that have hit coastal regions in recent days, including the suspected ringleaders and the owner and driver of one of the vehicles used in an attack, the BBC reports. Police also arrested someone suspected of operating social... 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 »

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 »

Kenyatta Sworn In as Kenyan President

Becomes Africa's 2nd president facing ICC charges

(Newser) - Uhuru Kenyatta has been sworn in as Kenya's fourth president. The country's chief justice administered the oath of office to Kenyatta in a sports stadium packed with tens of thousands of Kenyans and about a dozen African leaders today. Kenyatta, 51, the son of Kenya's first president,... More »

ICC Drops War Crimes Case Against Top Kenya Politician

Francis Muthaura off the hook, but case against president-elect to continue

(Newser) - International Criminal Court prosecutors are dropping their crimes against humanity case against Kenyan Cabinet secretary Francis Muthaura, it announced today, after a key witness admitted lying in his incriminating testimony. Muthaura was accused, along with now-president-elect Uhuru Kenyatta , of murder, rape, and more for allegedly helping to orchestrate the violence... More »

War Crimes Suspect Wins Kenya Election

Uhuru Kenyatta is victor, but he faces international trial in July

(Newser) - Uhuru Kenyatta has been declared the winner of Kenya's presidential election, and he appears to have avoided a runoff by the slimmest of margins, reports Reuters . He needed to get 50% of the vote, and the nation's election commission says he got 50.03%. That translates to 4,... More »

Half-Brother of Obama Loses in Kenya Elections

Malik Obama was running for governor

(Newser) - The world will have to settle for only one political Obama, at least for the time being. The president's half-brother, Malik Obama, has lost his bid for a governorship in Kenya, reports Politicker . Results aren't final, but Obama apparently lost by a wide margin as an independent candidate,... More »

Attacks Kill 12 as Kenya Votes

Machete-wielding mob kills 5 cops in one ambush

(Newser) - Kenya chooses a president today in a vote overshadowed by fears of a repeat of the ethnic violence that killed more than 1,200 people in the weeks after 2007's election. The vote got off to a violent start when a mob of 200 secessionists armed with machetes ambushed... More »

Kenyan Leaders Ordered to Hague

Presidential hopefuls to be tried for 2007 crimes against humanity

(Newser) - The International Criminal Court has ruled that four Kenyans, including two possible presidential candidates, must stand trial for crimes against humanity. Finance minister Uhuru Kenyatta, ex-minister William Ruto, and two others will face the Hague court over violence following the 2007 election that left at least 1,220 dead, Reuters... More »

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