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Elderly survivors of brutal colonial torture express satisfaction with Hague’s statement of regret – and sorrow at its cause

William Hague stated that the Government 'sincerely regret' the torture of thousands of Kenyan detainees

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: A small step, a small audience – but still a piece of history

It lasted less than half an hour. The word “apology” was never used. There were hardly a couple of dozen MPs present. But sometimes that’s how history is made. William Hague’s statement that the Government “sincerely regret” the torture of thousands of Kenyan detainees was not only the first official recognition of the lifelong “pain and grievance” inflicted on those that survived it. The Foreign Secretary did not say – and perhaps did not need to – that today’s £19.9m out-of-court settlement was a necessary, if woefully belated, step in the process of facing up to the dark corners of the country’s late imperial past.

Mau Mau suspects at one of the prison camps in 1953

Hague to express 'sincere regret' over Mau Mau uprising and announce compensation of £14m

More than 5,000 now elderly people are each expected to be given £2,600 – about five times the average annual income in Kenya

The Mau Mau War Veterans Association in the central town of Nyeri

Kenyan Mau Mau veterans to get £14m torture settlement from Britain

Move is first official acknowledgement by Britain of the brutal behaviour during 1952-60 uprising

Hannah England’s Olympic dream was ruined by an Achilles injury

Hannah England: 'I'm finally over my Olympic heartache'

Our new columnist is back on track in the 1500m and ready for the World Championships

Kenyan MPs ignore President’s plea and vote to raise their salaries

Members of parliament, who are already among the world’s best-paid, have voted to increase their salaries to more than 130 times the minimum wage in defiance of government plans to cut their pay as part of spending reforms.

Drummer Lee Rigby

Three men held over attack on Lee Rigby released on bail

The trio - all in their twenties - have been bailed to return to a south London police station, according to the Metropolitan Police

Phillips Idowu targets Rome return

Phillips Idowu is expected to make his comeback from injury in Rome on 6 June after withdrawing from Saturday night's Diamond League meeting in New York.

Michael Adebolajo, centre, was one of seven men arrested by Kenyan police on an island close to the Somali border

Terror in Woolwich: MI5 ‘tried to recruit suspect in Kenyan jail’

Woolwich suspect may have struck a deal with MI5 to secure release by the African country

Frankie Fredericks has urged Kenya to get tough on doping

Kenya told to crack down on doping

The Kenyan government has been urged by the World Anti-doping Agency's athlete committee to set up an independent inquiry into the doping allegations that have surrounded the country's runners in recent months.

Kenyan demonstrators released piglets at the gates of parliament and poured blood on the pavement to protest against wage demands by newly elected members of parliament

Graffitied pigs and buckets of blood on the streets of Nairobi as protests over MPs' pay continue

Anger as lawmakers demand monthly rate of pay that is 131 times Kenya's minimum wage

Medical students inside the Mathari hospital

Dozens of patients flee from Kenyan psychiatric hospital in Nairobi in mass breakout

Police in Kenya were on Monday night hunting for more than 30 patients after a mass breakout from a psychiatric hospital in the capital, Nairobi.

When democracy has blood on its hands

The International Criminal Court was designed for those monsters accused of the world's worst crimes, but democracy has some unexpected consequences

The News Matrix: Tuesday 7 May 2013

MI5 asks for secret hearing over ex-mole

Uhuru Kenyatta is charged with crimes against humanity

Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta's UK visit causes inevitable controversy

Sky News' decision to label a story on the visit as 'Criminal president' angers Kenyans

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