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Two Kenyan police die from grenade attack injuries  NAIROBI: Two Kenyan policeman died overnight of injuries from a grenade attack during riots in the port city of Mombasa, taking the toll of officers killed by the blast to three, officials said Wednesday. "We have lost two more officers, they succumbed to injuries in the night," said regional police chief Aggrey Adoli, adding that the situation in Mombasa, which has seen two days of deadly protest, was so far calm. Over a dozen other officers were wounded in the grenade attack, which came as officers tried to contain protests by hundreds of angry youths rioting in support of Aboud Rogo Mohammed. "We do not have any problems this morning... Even public transport is back to normal business, and shops have been opened," Adoli said. "We have made adequate deployment for street patrols to maintain peace," he added. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...

Colombia makes arrests in assassination attempt  BOGOTA: Colombian police said Tuesday they had arrested five people for the attempted assassination of a former interior minister. Suspected rebels detonated a bomb attached to the armored vehicle of former interior minister Fernando Londono on May 15, as he was being driven through Bogota. Londono survived the attack but his driver and bodyguard were killed. President Juan Manuel Santos had earlier announced that seven people had been arrested, but authorities later said that only five were ...
Neville Alexander, Mandela prison companion, dies  JOHANNESBURG: South African academic and distinguished linguist Neville Alexander, who spent time in jail with Nelson Mandela, died of cancer aged 75 on Monday, the University of Cape Town said. Born in the southern town of Cradock in 1936, the mixed race activist would go on to campaign against apartheid in the 1950s and spend a decade on Robben Island. Alexander obtained his doctorate in German at the University of Tuebingen in then West Germany in 1961. Three ...
Threats keep non-striking S.Africa platinum workers away  MARIKANA: The return of striking miners to work at a South African platinum plant depends on the outcome of crucial "peace talks", after 44 died in an illegal walkout, a strike leader said. The strikers, who claim to belong to no union, were invited to the talks Wednesday after a Church-brokered meeting with management of the London-listed Lonmin mine. "The Wednesday meeting will determine whether the strike continues or we go back to work," said Zolisa Bodlani, ...
Workers trickle back to South African mine MARIKANA: Police on Monday patrolled the area around South Africa's Lonmin platinum mine as workers trickled back to work more than two weeks into a wildcat strike that has claimed 44 lives. Police officers frequently stopped to question people walking in groups and armed private security guards controlled access to the mine where the morning underground shift started at 5:00 am (0300 GMT). "I came to see if it is safe to return to work. Police have ...
Small turn out in Egypt anti-Morsi rallies  CAIRO: Several hundred protesters rallied on Friday in Cairo against President Mohamed Morsi, a much smaller turn out than hoped for by activists bent on challenging the country's first president. In Cairo's Tahrir Square, where hundreds of thousands rallied to overthrow president Hosni Mubarak early last year, several dozen of Morsi's opponents briefly clashed with his supporters before withdrawing, witnesses said. "Morsi has men backing him," his victorious partisans chanted. Four people were injured in the clash, ...
Miner Lonmin says appoints interim boss LONDON: British miner Lonmin, which is grappling with fallout from a violent mine strike in South Africa that left 44 people dead, on Friday named that its chief financial officer as acting chief executive. Lonmin, the world's third-largest platinum producer, said Simon Scott would temporarily replace Ian Farmer, who has been struck down with a serious illness. "Ian Farmer, the chief executive officer of Lonmin Plc, has commenced a course of treatment and it will be some ...


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