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The man's family had started making funeral arrangements when he awoke

Ian Birrell: Why turn away these people that we need so badly?

My daughter needs 24-hour care. Proposed new rules on migrants will drive away her army of carers

Obama's half-brother is tracked down to Nairobi slum

It is a detail of the already exotic life story of Barack Obama that his campaign was not intending to highlight to voters at the Democratic Convention in Denver next week: the circumstances of a little half-brother called George.

African leaders stay silent on Mugabe

Africa's leaders have failed publicly to condemn Robert Mugabe for stealing Zimbabwe's presidential election by proceeding with a run-off vote in which he was sole candidate at the height of an officially orchestrated intimidation campaign.

Kent 350-8 dec Sussex 57-1: Kemp century takes Aga off the boil to put Kent in command

The standard advice to people who can't stand the heat is to get out of the kitchen and that is precisely what Kent's batsmen did when Sussex switched to their Aga here yesterday. In this case the Aga was Ragheb of that name, a Kenyan seamer, with British citizenship, who proved to be pretty nippy once he was introduced to the attack.

Kenya: The pain on the plains

The turmoil that followed Kenya's recent elections led to a sharp drop in tourist numbers. But the Masai Mara's game parks need visitors more than ever, says Simon Calder – even if they do reveal nature red in tooth and claw

Twelve die in Kenya violence after gang boss's wife is killed

Armed members of Kenya's Mungiki gang, angry at the beheading of their political leader's wife, fought paramilitary police on the streets of Nairobi yesterday. Up to 12 people were believed to have been killed.

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".

Hundreds flee from homes in Kenya as power-sharing fails to halt mob violence

Kenya's much heralded power-sharing agreement between President Mwai Kibaki and his bitter rival, Raila Odinga, has failed to end the violence in the country's Rift Valley region. In the week since the deal was signed, armed mobs have gone on the rampage, burning houses and forcing more people to flee.

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.

Bitter rivals shake hands on historic Nairobi deal

It was the sight few Kenyans had dared to believe they would witness. At just after 5pm yesterday afternoon President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga appeared on the steps outside Harambee House in downtown Nairobi and signed a power-sharing agreement which could end months of violence. Crowds of office workers gathered outside clapped and cheered as the two men beamed and shook hands.

Kenya warms to Kofi the peacemaker

Before Kofi Annan had even arrived in Nairobi to try to persuade Kenya's leaders to begin peace talks, one of President Mwai Kibaki's more hardline ministers made the government's view quite clear.

Somalia: The World's forgotten catastrophe

According to the UN, the worst catastrophe in Africa is not taking place in Kenya, or even Darfur. Fifteen years after the disastrous Black Hawk Down incident, Somalia has more refugees than any country in the world

Kenyan gangs seek revenge after MP is killed

Kofi Annan launched formal talks last night between Kenya's President, Mwai Kibaki, and the opposition leader, Raila Odinga, after another day of violence which included the murder of an opposition MP.

David Anderson: How violence infected Kenya's democracy

The nation's struggles are not rooted in any deep-seated ethnic hatred

Kenyan opposition MP shot dead

Gunmen killed a Kenyan opposition politician at his home in the early hours of today and rival ethnic gangs fought in a Nairobi slum as a month-long political crisis threatened to spiral out of control.

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