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Kenyan Vice-President William Ruto’s trial adjourned in The Hague

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Kenya shopping mall attack: Uganda steps up security after Nairobi attack

Uganda, which like Kenya has sent troops to fight Islamist militants in Somalia, said on Monday it had stepped up security after the raid in Nairobi.

Kenya shopping mall attack: More security, less tourism, loss of freedoms - our way of life will have to change

Hospitals are reporting that their blood banks are full, with queues of people ready to donate still growing outside

Many of the al-Shabaab fighters are teenagers tempted by money

Kenya shopping mall attack: Hostage-taking breaks the pattern of youthful Islamist attacks

For those familiar with the methods of the Somali Islamists, Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen [or Mujahedin Youth Movement], the attack on Nairobi’s Westgate mall initially appeared to be a textbook operation. A team of gunmen had blasted its way into a high-value target using assault rifles and grenades and proceeded to inflict as many casualties as possible.

A police officer tries to secure an area inside the Westgate Shopping Centre

Nairobi shopping mall attack: If foreigners steer clear of Kenya, the terrorists claim another victory

British travellers might go elsewhere for superb beaches and safari locations

Zanzibar acid attack: Catholic priest in hospital

Incident comes after assailants threw acid over two British teenage girls on the island in August

Mo Farah and Haile Gebrselassie meet in the Great North Run

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There have been crossroads in Mo Farah’s life defined by Haile Gebrselassie.

Is this ‘160-year-old’ Ethiopian man the world’s oldest ever person?

Local media reports suggest retired farmer Dhaqabo Ebba's recollections of historical events place his date of birth in the 1850s

American born al-Amriki addresses a press conference in Mogadishu in 2011.

American jihadist rapper and British Islamist militant killed in Somalia

Two western-born Islamists killed in Somali al-Qa'ida squabble

Retired British colonel killed in robbery while on trip to Kenya

A retired British Army colonel has been shot and killed during a robbery on holiday in Kenya, his family have said.

The scene of yesterday’s bombing

Al-Shabaab bombers kill 15 in Mogadishu diner

The Islamist militant group al-Shabaab detonated two bombs at a packed restaurant in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, yesterday, killing at least 15 people and wounding 23 more.

The airline said they immediately informed police and sent an investigation team to Kenya.

Pilot abused position at British Airways to 'molest hundreds of girls at African orphanages'

Simon Wood was due to appear in court again this Friday but was found dead on August 18th after being struck by a train

Zimbabwe put home series against Sri Lanka on hold

Zimbabwe have called off a home series against Sri Lanka scheduled to start in October, citing unspecified "challenging issues".

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