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January 3, 2010 | By Robyn Dixon
In a year as a "freelance" slum electrician, Francis Otieno has been shocked five times. Three of the accidents were "not so bad," just enough to throw him across the room. Two nearly killed him. "I just cried out. I didn't know what was going on. I passed out," he says. "For two days, I didn't know where I was." But he was luckier than his best friend, who had the job before him: He was killed when he jumped on a roof to fix a short, unaware that the roof was live because a rat had nibbled at a wire.
August 31, 2010 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
He sits in her front room like a shy vicar from a Jane Austen novel. She's a widow with sad eyes. He's a married man with a kindly look. He cannot stay away from her for long. She likes his soft politeness. He likes the neat room in her shack, with nearly everything veiled in white lace, hiding the battered surfaces beneath. They chat about small nothings. He comes to her house in Nairobi's Kibera slum first thing on waking and last thing before sleeping. But he's not here for love, even if it sometimes feels like it. He's here for the illegal moonshine she brews, changaa.
January 6, 2009 | Edmund Sanders
A year ago, opposition leader Raila Odinga hit the streets to protest a flawed presidential election that sparked the deadliest political standoff in Kenya's post-independence history. Demonstrations led to riots and then ethnic clashes that spread across this East African nation, leaving more than 1,000 people dead and 350,000 homeless. It wasn't the first time Odinga had to fight to be heard.
July 13, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela has recovered sufficiently from a bout of mild pneumonia to address a rally in Nairobi, Kenya, an aide said. Mandela, 71, initially caught a cold as he neared the end of a grueling tour of three continents, and it grew worse in the chill of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 8,000 feet above sea level, where he attended a meeting of the Organization of African Unity this week.
May 1, 1989 | Associated Press
Moses Tanui of Kenya won the men's 10,000 meters Sunday in the Kobe Relay Carnival. Tanui took the lead at the halfway point and won the race in 28 minutes, 25.76 seconds, well off the world record of 27:13.81, held by Fernando Mamede of Portugal. Tomoyuki Taniguchi placed second in 28:32.82 and Japanese compatriot Hiromi Taniguchi was third in 28:34.18.
August 30, 1985 | United Press International
A magistrate today sentenced a U.S. fashion and wildlife photographer to a six-month prison term or a $300 fine for violating Kenya's immigration laws. Peter Beard, 47, of New York, the estranged husband of model Cheryl Tiegs, pleaded guilty to being in the country without a valid visa and elected to pay the fine. The charges said Beard's three-week visa expired March 23, almost five months before his arrest Aug. 19.
August 25, 1990
In response to "Not Exactly the Life of the Multi-Party," editorial (July 15), and other recent media attention regarding Kenya's bilateral relationship with the United States, I would like to comment about our country's commitment to the principles of democracy and the preservation of human and civil rights. Under the leadership of President Daniel Arap Moi, Kenya has been a consistent ally of the U.S. in Africa, and a model of economic and political stability in a very volatile region of the world.
April 22, 2009 | Associated Press
Villagers in central Kenya clashed with a criminal gang using machetes, axes and clubs, killing at least 29 people and leaving the streets stained with blood, police said Tuesday. Residents near the town of Karatina fought Mungiki members overnight because the gang had been extorting money from them, deputy police spokesman Charles Owino said. "The majority of the dead are Mungiki members," Owino said. At least three others were seriously wounded.
May 17, 2003 | From Associated Press
Intercepted communications among Al Qaeda operatives in eastern Africa, along with other unspecified intelligence, indicate terrorists are plotting an attack in Nairobi, possibly on embassies or residences of foreign officials, a U.S. official said on condition of anonymity. The British government warned its citizens Friday to be on guard against "a clear terrorist threat" in six eastern African countries -- Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Somalia, Eritrea and Djibouti.
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