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  • Shot DR Congo park director evacuated to Nairobi

  • An orphaned mountain gorilla tends his hand to Emmanuel De Merode at the Virunga National Park headquarters in Rumangabo in eastern DR Congo on August 5, 2012The Belgian director of a famed national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo who was shot this week by unknown attackers was evacuated to Nairobi on Friday, a local official said. Emmanuel de Merode, head of the Virunga National Park in the DR Congo's war-scarred North Kivu province, was shot in the abdomen and chest on Tuesday as he travelled alone by jeep from the regional capital Goma to a nearby conservation centre. His condition was thought to be stable as he was flown out of Goma on Friday for the Kenyan capital. "I believe he has been evacuated just to recuperate as his condition had stabilised in Goma," the governor of North Kivu province, Julien Paluku, told AFP.



  • South Sudan deploys army to guard U.N. base after attack kills dozens

  • By Carl Odera NAIROBI (Reuters) - South Sudan sent troops to secure a United Nations base after armed civilians fired on displaced tribespeople sheltering there, in an attack that killed at least 48, the president's spokesman said on Friday. Locals pretending to be peaceful protesters delivering a petition forced their way into the camp on Thursday and opened fire before being beaten back by UN security personnel (UNMISS). They have been ordered to protect UNMISS so there will be no attack from anybody," Ateny Wek Ateny, President Salva Kiir's spokesman, told Reuters by phone. Thousands of people have been killed and more than one million displaced since fighting erupted in South Sudan in the middle of December, triggered by a power struggle between Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar.
  • ICC calls Kenya Ruto trial witnesses

  • The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague summons reluctant witnesses to testify at the trial of Kenya's Vice-President William Ruto.
  • ICC subpoenas eight Kenyan witnesses in Ruto trial

  • Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto arrives on September 23, 2013 at the International Criminal Court in The HagueThe International Criminal Court on Thursday summoned several reluctant witnesses in the trial of Kenya's Vice President William Ruto, the first time it has tried to force witnesses to testify. "Today the trial chamber granted by majority, the prosecutor's request to subpoena eight Kenyan witnesses to appear... in the case of William Ruto and Joshua arap Sang," the Hague-based court said in a statement. The ICC's founding Rome Statute does not explicitly say that the court can subpoena witnesses, and experts are divided on whether it has the right. Ruto, 47, became the highest-ranking serving official to go on trial before the ICC in September last year on charges of masterminding some of the post-election violence in Kenya in 2007-08.



  • UN 'disturbed' by Kenyan crackdown on Somalis

  • Women hide their faces as they wait in line to be vetted at a temporary centre on April 9, 2014 in NairobiThe UN refugee agency said Thursday it was "disturbed by reports of harassment and other abuses" in a Kenyan counter-terrorism operation targeting Somalis that has seen thousands arrested and scores expelled. Conditions in a sports stadium being used as a giant holding pen and in police stations are "overcrowded and sanitary conditions are inadequate," the UNHCR said in a statement, adding that 82 Somalis had been deported back to their war-torn country. Kenyan authorities launched the mass round-ups earlier this month, saying they needed to weed out sympathisers of Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels following a string of militant attacks. The operation has focused on Nairobi's main Somali district Eastleigh, and residents have accused police of indiscriminately arresting people of Somali origin.



  • Venezuelan journalist freed after one-week kidnap

  • A high-profile Venezuelan journalist was freed on Monday after a week-long kidnapping that thrust attention once again on the South American nation's endemic violent crime. Nairobi Pinto, 32-year-old head of correspondents for private TV station Globovision, was found "safe and sound" in the town of Cua, about 60 km (38 miles) south of Caracas, authorities said. No further details were given of Pinto's kidnapping, which had been front-page news for a week and drawn attention to what most Venezuelans say is their nation's No. 1 problem: crime. President Nicolas Maduro's government said that figure fell to 39 last year, but a local non-government watchdog says the real level was double that.
  • VIDEO: London Marathon highlights

  • Highlights of today's London Marathon where Mo Farah finished eighth as Kenyan world record holder Wilson Kipsang won his second title in London.
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