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NAIROBI, Kenya | Kenya court orders 6 suspects held over Nairobi hotel attack

NAIROBI, Kenya —Jan 18, 2019— A Canadian national and five other people suspected of helping extremist gunmen stage a deadly attack in the Kenyan capital this week appeared in court on Friday as prosecutors investigated them for suspected terror offenses. A judge ordered five of the suspects held for 30 days while authorities look into … Continue reading NAIROBI, Kenya | Kenya court orders 6 suspects held over Nairobi hotel attack

NAIROBI, Kenya | Son of Kenyan military officer identified as attack suspect

NAIROBI, Kenya —Jan 18, 2019—Kenyan investigators have identified a Kenyan military officer as the father of one of the extremists involved in the attack on a hotel and shopping complex in Nairobi this week. There were conflicting reports on Friday about whether the extremist was among the five attackers who died in the assault, or … Continue reading NAIROBI, Kenya | Son of Kenyan military officer identified as attack suspect

NAIROBI, Kenya | Son of Kenyan military officer named as 1 of Nairobi gunmen

NAIROBI, Kenya—Jan 18, 2019—Kenyan investigators say one of the extremists who attacked a hotel and shopping complex in Nairobi this week was a son of a Kenyan military officer. A senior police official says the military officer was summoned for questioning about when he last saw his son and any other details. The police official … Continue reading NAIROBI, Kenya | Son of Kenyan military officer named as 1 of Nairobi gunmen

NAIROBI, Kenya | Kenya still hunts for explosives after deadly hotel attack

NAIROBI, Kenya—Jan 17, 2019—Kenyan bomb disposal experts on Thursday searched for explosives left over from the extremist attack on a Nairobi luxury hotel complex in which 21 people, plus five attackers, were killed. The Kenyan government said its quick reaction to Tuesday’s assault on the DusitD2 complex reflected improvements in its ability to respond to … Continue reading NAIROBI, Kenya | Kenya still hunts for explosives after deadly hotel attack

JOHANNESBURG | In South Africa, ousted president speaks his mind on Twitter

JOHANNESBURG — He’s back. Tarnished by scandal, former South African president Jacob Zuma resigned in February after his own ruling party turned against him. Then old corruption charges against him were reinstated, seemingly sealing his downfall. But now Zuma has ramped up his profile, popping up on Twitter in a robust pushback against his many … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | In South Africa, ousted president speaks his mind on Twitter

JOHANNESBURG | South African police issue arrest warrant for Grace Mugabe

JOHANNESBURG — South African authorities issued an arrest warrant for Grace Mugabe, the wife of Zimbabwe’s former leader who was accused of assaulting a woman in Johannesburg last year, South African police said Wednesday. The warrant follows a long legal process during which a South African court this year ruled that the government acted illegally … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | South African police issue arrest warrant for Grace Mugabe

JOHANNESBURG | Angolan president talks to some of nation’s toughest critics

JOHANNESBURG  — Angolan President Joao Lourenco has met longtime critics of the government, generating some goodwill from activists who struggled to have their voices heard during the long rule of former leader Jose Eduardo dos Santos. Lourenco, a former defense minister who became president last year, on Tuesday hosted members of Angolan civil society organizations … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | Angolan president talks to some of nation’s toughest critics

JOHANNESBURG | Oprah offers rousing tribute to Mandela in S. Africa visit

JOHANNESBURG — Oprah Winfrey on Thursday delivered a rousing tribute to Nelson Mandela, a century after he was born, and urged the youth of South Africa and beyond to overcome failure and trauma on the road to accomplishing their goals. “Your day will come. I applaud your resilience,” Winfrey told a cheering crowd in Soweto. … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | Oprah offers rousing tribute to Mandela in S. Africa visit