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Violence breaks out as Kenyan leaders fail to agree cabinet

Fresh violence has broken out in parts of Kenya as the country's fragile power-sharing deal appeared to be on the brink of collapse. Raila Odinga's ODM party suspended talks with President Mwai Kibaki yesterday, accusing him of trying to "monopolise power".

Leading article: The people have spoken. Mr Mugabe must listen

The silence from the ruling party in Zimbabwe could mean one of two things. It might mean that a massive rigging operation is taking place at the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to turn around what looks like a resounding electoral defeat for President Robert Mugabe – and make it look like he has just scraped past the 51 per cent of the vote needed to avoid a second round of voting, and give his party a majority in parliament. Or it might be that the ruling elite is engaged in a frantic process of negotiation over who will tell the ageing despot that the time has come when he really does have to step down. We can be hopeful it is the latter since the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has said privately that its leaders have put out feelers to the faction of Zanu-PF which is least sympathetic to its boss to try to arrange a peaceful transfer of power.

Euphoria over election peace deal brings Kenya back to work

Bernard Nyabaga has spent the past two months of his life at the centre of a battleground. The 35-year-old, who has four children, owns a small electrical shop in Kibera, the sprawling Nairobi slum that is home to almost one million people. As Kibera erupted in violence following the disputed re-election of President Mwai Kibaki, Mr Nyabaga's shop became part of the frontline.

Kenya rivals sign power-sharing deal

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga signed a power-sharing agreement today intended to end a post-election crisis that left 1,000 people dead.

Kenya on brink of violence as Annan suspends talks

Kenya was teetering on the brink of a return to violence last night, as the former UN secretary general Kofi Annan suspended negotiations on a political settlement aimed at restoring peace to the country that had been Africa's most stable democracy until disputed elections.

Kenya opposition plans new protest

Kenya's opposition yesterday accused the government of backing away from plans to share power after a deeply flawed presidential election and called for nationwide protests, raising fears of new violence.

Annan cools hopes of Kenya peace deal

Reports of a peace deal between Kenya's rival political factions were described as premature by former UN head Kofi Annan today.

Ramaphosa role in talks rejected

The government and the Party of National Unity objected to the choice of the South African businessman Cyril Ramaphosa as a mediator in talks to end Kenya's post-election crisis, claiming he was too close to the opposition party.

The golfer and the caddy: a tale of two Kenyas

By mid-morning Andrew Chelogoi had read the newspaper from cover to cover, drunk a cup of tea and watched a bit of television. The Eldoret businessman rents office and retail space in the centre of town, but since the end of December several of his tenants have been forced to flee and times are tough. He had no meetings lined up for the afternoon. So he went to play golf.

Kenya: 'They killed our people, so now we will do likewise. We are just revenging'

As 100 die in the tourist idyll of Lake Naivasha, a chilling dispatch on Kenya's slide towards civil war

Dozens are killed as Kenya erupts into violence once more

After 48 hours of bloodshed, former UN chief calls for investigation into 'systematic abuse' of human rights

Rivals in talks to end crisis in Kenya

The two rivals in Kenya's political crisis pledged to work towards peace yesterday after meeting for the first time since the disputed election that sparked the country's unrest.

Kenyan opposition leader threatens to call general strike

Kenya is bracing itself for another week of protests and unrest after the opposition leader, Raila Odinga, vowed to increase the pressure on Mwai Kibaki's embattled government with a general strike and boycott of some of Kenya's largest companies.

Speaker's election victory boosts Kenyan opposition

Some say there are only two tribes that matter in Kenya – the haves and the have-nots. The opening day of parliament yesterday, after the disputed elections that sparked a wave of violence across the country, was a reunion for the haves. Government and opposition MPs greeted each other like old friends, vigorously shaking hands and sharing jokes.

Kenyan minister rejects UN offer

A leading Kenyan government minister rejected the mediation of Kofi Annan yesterday, a day before the former UN secretary-general was expected in Nairobi to try to resolve the East African nation's bloody dispute over presidential elections.

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