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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.
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 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.
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.
June 7, 2010 | Victor Peskin and Eric Stover
Two recent events marked a potential turning point in Kenya's troubled political history. The first was the unveiling of a proposed new constitution, which would limit the power of the president and provide for an independent judiciary. The second was a visit to Nairobi by Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor, who announced he would seek indictments and convictions of up to six masterminds of Kenya's postelection violence that left more than 1,100 people dead and displaced hundreds of thousands in 2008.
November 5, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A 20-year-old gunman was dead Tuesday morning after firing at least six rounds inside a New Jersey mall in the latest gun rampage through a high-traffic, hence low-security, venue. No one was shot or injured.  Richard Shoop, 20, fired from a modified rifle into the crowd at the Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, N.J., about 15 miles from downtown Manhattan and just over the George Washington Bridge in an area known for attracting shoppers from around the region. It was unclear if Shoop was aiming at anyone.
September 23, 2013 | By Nicholas Soi and Robyn Dixon
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Kenyan officials said early Tuesday that the violent standoff at an upscale shopping mall was drawing to a close and that all hostages were believed to have been freed. "Our forces are combing the mall floor by floor looking for anyone left behind," the Interior Ministry said in a tweet about 1 a.m. "We believe all hostages have been released. " No other details were given. Gunfire and explosions were heard on and off throughout the day Monday, after security forces launched a dawn assault to flush out the militants who stormed the Westgate mall Saturday.
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