River of Blood Runs in Kenya

Toll up to 69 in latest ethnic violence
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2008 7:45 AM CST

(Newser) – Kenyans were burned alive and hacked to death with machetes as raging ethnic violence in western Kenya claimed another 69 lives in the latest bloodshed since last month's controversial presidential election. Houses were in flames in the tourist getaway of Naivasha today and bodies were stacked up in the morgue in Nakuru, the provincial capital where clashes erupted Thursday and continued through the weekend.

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Former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan kept up meetings today in an attempt to bring factions together in a bid for peace. He was expected to deliver an agenda for further talks sometime today. The latest deaths raise the toll to nearly 800 killed in ethnic violence and clashes with police since President Mwai Kibaki was declared the winner in elections over challenger Raila Odinga.  (Read more Kenya stories.)

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