November 6, 2008 |
Armed men ambushed a convoy in Somalia, taking four European aid workers and two Kenyans hostage, officials said. French aid group Action Against Hunger said the attack took place in the town of Dusa Marreb, about 250 miles north of the capital, Mogadishu, when the six were going to an airport to board a chartered plane bound for Nairobi, Kenya. The Bulgarian Foreign Ministry said two Kenyan pilots, two French citizens, one Belgian and one Bulgarian were kidnapped. It said there had been no contact with the kidnappers so far. Action Against Hunger said the two Kenyans were drivers, not pilots.
August 26, 1985
Uganda's ruling Military Council has dismissed Prime Minister Paulo Muwanga, Radio Uganda said on the eve of crucial peace talks with rebel leaders. Muwanga, vice president and defense minister under ousted President Milton Obote, was replaced by former Finance Minister Abraham Waligo. Muwanga's dismissal, ordered by Gen. Tito Okello, head of the Military Council, met one of the key conditions of the National Resistance Army before it would agree to talks.
May 24, 1987 |
The Kenyan government has returned a sick python to its home district in western Kenya after complaints in Parliament that crops might fail if the reptile, regarded as sacred, was not brought back. The director of the National Museums of Kenya, Richard Leakey, said that the huge female python was burned in a bush fire last February and had been treated at a snake park in Nairobi, Kenya's capital.
May 29, 2001 |
Sudan's president and the country's main rebel leader will attend a peace summit in Nairobi, Kenya, aimed at ending their 18-year civil war, a rebel official said. The Saturday summit, organized by the regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development, will mark the first time the two have attended the same peace talks since 1997, said Justin Arop, a Sudan People's Liberation Army official. SPLA leader John Garang will attend with the president, Lt. Gen. Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir, Arop said.
December 19, 1986 |
A crocodile snagged a fisherman off a river bank and pulled him to his death in the Tana River, 210 miles east of Nairobi, the Kenya News Agency said Thursday. The news agency said the 19-year-old Kenyan fisherman was searching for a net along the crocodile-infested Tana near Hola when he was attacked.
September 13, 2002
As I have recently moved from Los Angeles to East Africa, I read "Coming Home to Africa" (Sept. 10) with great interest. My experiences as an African American woman living in Nairobi, Kenya, with a white American boyfriend are in stark contrast to those described in the article. Aside from the inconveniences of living in a Third World country, I have encountered more discrimination here than I ever did in the U.S. Merely because I am with a white man, Kenyans often assume I am a prostitute.
May 25, 1986 |
Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre was flown to Saudi Arabia on Saturday for medical treatment after a car accident, the state-run news agency of the emirate of Qatar reported. State-run Somali radio said in a report monitored in Nairobi, Kenya, that Barre was hurt Friday in a car accident 30 miles outside the Somali capital, Mogadishu. "His condition is satisfactory," the station said.
January 13, 2001 |
The pool of potential jurors was three-fourths complete Friday when the second week of jury selection ended in the trial of four men accused of conspiring to blow up U.S. embassies in Africa. Twelve jurors and six alternates will be chosen from a panel of 80 potential jurors. As of Friday, 61 had been selected. The Aug. 7, 1998, bombings at U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, killed 224 people, including 12 Americans. Thousands more were injured.
August 5, 1993
The Orange County Vanguards upset the A.F.C. Leopards, 1-0, in a soccer match in Nairobi, Kenya, on a second-half goal by Ed Brown. The Vanguard defense, led by Mark Vogel and goalkeeper Diego Reyes, shut out a team that included seven members of the Kenyan national team. * The Newport Dukes' Trevor Kronemann has been named the male co-most valuable player of the World TeamTennis along with Jimmy Connors, who plays for Phoenix. Kronemann, formerly of UC Irvine, helped the Dukes to a 13-1 record.
October 29, 1989 |
A major Ethiopian rebel group said it has agreed to open preliminary talks with the government. The Tigre People's Liberation Front, which launched a new offensive in late August, said the talks will begin in Rome next Saturday and be observed by representatives of the Italian government. The Tigrean rebels pushed the government out of Tigre province in February. Last week, the insurgents claimed to have captured the town of Mekane Selam, 100 miles north of the capital of Addis Ababa.