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March 30, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon and Nicholas Soi, Los Angeles Times
NAIROBI, Kenya - The second-place finisher in Kenya's recent presidential election accepted a unanimous Supreme Court ruling Saturday that his rival, Uhuru Kenyatta, was the rightful winner. The court ruled that the March 4 election was free and fair. Raila Odinga, who was narrowly defeated by Kenyatta, said he still believed that the election was marred by irregularities. But he called on Kenyans to unite around Kenyatta as president for the sake of peace. "The court has now spoken.
Every day, two gigantic buses lurch and bounce over hundreds of miles on a bone-jarring dirt road before making a brief, dusty stop in Witu. To the people of this predominantly African Muslim village, these rugged buses are vital links to the outside world, so they happily throw out the welcome mat. But last week, the outside world tromped on that welcome mat, as FBI agents and Kenyan police armed with automatic weapons roared into the village looking for clues to solve the Aug.
August 6, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Flames roared through Kenya's major international airport in Nairobi early Wednesday, gutting the entire structure, Kenyan officials said. Flights were diverted as the main terminal was engulfed in a wall of fire and thick black smoke poured into the sky. The terminal  appeared to have been destroyed. Kenya's Interior Ministry said on Twitter shortly after 9 a.m. that the fire was under control: UPDATE: Fire is now under control. Thumbs up to the brave first response teams on site.
January 26, 1986 | Associated Press
Ugandan rebels Saturday took control of Kampala after two days of house-to-house fighting, reducing government resistance in the capital to a few pockets of holdout troops, Western and U.N. officials said. "Kampala is in NRA (National Resistance Army) hands," said a report radioed to the British High Commission (embassy) in Nairobi by British diplomats Saturday night. "There are still pockets of resistance," the report said. "Things have quieted down, but there is still shooting."
A federal judge on Monday reversed himself and ruled that jurors can be shown an alleged confession by a defendant charged with participating in the bombing of two U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998 that killed 224 people. The decision by Judge Leonard B. Sand in U.S.
October 19, 1986 | Don G. Campbell, Campbell is an author and Times staff writer
Of course. Having barely made his deadline, shaved hurriedly in the newspaper's restroom, and shown up 40 minutes late for his own wedding in blue jeans--what else would a devil-may-care, madcap reporter do for an encore? Well, if his name is Irwin Maurice Fletcher, what else would he do but scrap his Colorado honeymoon plans right after the marriage ceremony and whisk his new, Job-patient bride off to tropical Nairobi replete in thermal clothing and with well-waxed skis trailing behind?
September 23, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON -- In a highly unusual decision, the International Criminal Court allowed Kenya's deputy president, who is accused of crimes against humanity, to leave his trial at The Hague on Monday to go home and help deal with the terror attack at a Nairobi shopping mall. William Ruto was excused for a week by the ICC after his attorneys filed an urgent motion asking for proceedings against him to be adjourned so that he could return to Kenya to help the government respond to “an ongoing and extremely serious matter of national security.” Presiding Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji granted the request, an apparently unprecedented decision in what is already an unprecedented trial, the first by the court of a sitting government leader.
October 18, 2013 | By David Wharton
The African field hockey championships will finally take place in Kenya next month, which might not seem like a big deal until you know the backstory. The 2013 Africa Cup for Nations is proof that sports and politics can never be completely separate. The men's and women's tournament was originally scheduled to take place in Egypt but had to be moved because of political unrest in that country. Officials set a new date for early this month in Kenya. Then terrorists attacked Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall in a siege that claimed the lives of at least 67 people and injured many more.
November 15, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Kenya and the African Union failed on Friday to persuade the U.N. Security Council to delay the trials in the Hague of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto. The U.N. draft resolution seeking the delay was sponsored by Togo, Morocco and Rwanda, a strong opponent of the International Criminal Court, where the two leaders are facing trials over ethnic violence in their country during 2007 elections. The resolution argued that the Kenyan leaders need time to consolidate security in their country after the recent terrorist attack on a Nairobi shopping mall.
October 15, 2012 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
NAIROBI, Kenya - The euphemisms for bribery in Kenya are as quaint and unthreatening as an honest policeman's smile: "something small," "facilitate," "do the necessary," "tea money. " All those something smalls, however, add up to something large, according to Anthony Ragui, a Kenyan anti-corruption campaigner whose website,, tracks self-reported bribes in Kenya. Since going online in December, the site has reported respondents shelling out more than half a million dollars, mainly to police and other government officials.
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