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|5143||NAIROBI||Kibaki Wins Presidential Elections||Emily Winterbotham||News||Kenya||30 December 2007 06:05 Sun||GRN is continuing to provide coverage of the Kenyan elections, following the announcement by the election commission that the incumbent Mwai Kibaki has won the country's presidential election, despite opposition claims the vote was rigged. Opposition protesters began riots in the capital Nairobi, minutes after the announcement was made. The count of Thursday's election was badly delayed, sparking violence in which at least 10 people are reported to have been killed. Mr Kibaki, who was sworn in for his second five-year term about an hour after the ECK statement, described the elections as "free and fair" and urged all political parties to "accept the verdict of the people".
Steve Bloomfield and Jonathan Ledgard in Nairobi are across this event.
|5144||BANGKOK||Thai King's Sister Dies||Emily Winterbotham||News||Thailand||02 January 2008 10:48 Wed||Princess Galyani Vadhana, the elder sister of Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej has died of abdominal cancer at the age of 84. Hundreds of Thais assembled at the hospital after the announcement, many of them wearing black. Her funeral will be held at the Grand Palace and a 100-day mourning period has been declared. Princess Galyani's death has temporarily halted negotiations between political parties following last month's general election. The People Power Party, which backs ousted leader Thaksin Shinawatra, emerged well ahead of the Democrat Party, in the 23 December polls, the first since the military coup in September 2006. However, it failed to obtain the 240 seats needed for a majority and is currently in the process of forming a coalition with smaller parties.|
|5146||KHARTOUM||Sudan Condems US Diplomat Shooting||Emily Winterbotham||News||Sudan||02 January 2008 10:50 Wed||Sudan has today condemned an attack which killed a US diplomat and his driver in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum. John Granville, an officer with the US Agency for International Development, died of his wounds after his car was shot at in the early hours of Tuesday. Mr Granville's Sudanese driver died instantly in the attack. Sudan's foreign ministry has ruled out a terrorist attack, though a US official said it was too early to determine a motive for the shooting. This comes a day after a joint African Union and United Nations force assumed peacekeeping duties in Sudan's war-torn Darfur region.
Andrew Heavens in Khartoum is across this event.
|5147||ISLAMABAD||Pakistan Awaits Election Decision||Emily Winterbotham||News||Pakistan||02 January 2008 10:52 Wed||Tensions are rising in Pakistan ahead of a meeting by Pakistan's election commission to decide when elections, originally scheduled for 8 January, will take place. On Tuesday, the commission's spokesman, Kanwar Dilshad, said holding the polls as planned looked "impossible" and that violent protests in the wake of the death of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto had directly affected the organisation of the poll. The main opposition parties want the poll to go ahead as planned and claim any delay is a desperate measure to avoid defeat by President Pervez Musharraf's ruling party.
Declan Walsh and Graham Usher in Islamabad are available for 2-ways.
|5148||NAIROBI||Thousands Flee Ethnic Violence In Kenya||Emily Winterbotham||News||Kenya||02 January 2008 10:53 Wed||Tens of thousands of people have fled their homes in fear of ethnic violence in Kenya. Many Kenyans have been taking refuge from armed mobs and looters as fears mount of further attacks and reprisals. At least 250 people have been killed in the recent violence, including 30 in western Kenya who burned to death while sheltering in a church. The majority of those killed in the church were Kikuyu, the same tribe as re-elected President Mwai Kibaki and there have been other reports of people being targeted on the basis of their ethnicity. African Union chairman John Kufuor is due in Kenya today. The visit comes as US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and UK Foreign Minister David Miliband issued a joint statement pointing to reports of "serious irregularities" in the vote count and calling for an end to the violence.
Steve Bloomfield and Richard Lough in Nairobi are available for 2-ways.
|5149||JERUSALEM||Israel Criticises Palestinian Return To Gaza||Emily Winterbotham||News||Israel||03 January 2008 10:44 Thu||Israel has accused Egypt of undercutting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process by letting around 2,200 Palestinian pilgrims return to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip without Israeli screening. Israel had insisted that the Palestinians, who had been stuck in Egypt after completing the Muslim haj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, return to Gaza through its territory to enable screening for smuggled cash or weapons. Egypt allowed them to return directly through Rafah, a terminal on its border with Gaza. Egypt said it allowed the pilgrims through Rafah for humanitarian reasons. Eric Silver and Tim Butcher in Jerusalem are covering this story.|
|5150||ISLAMABAD||Pakistan Starts To Stabilise||Emily Winterbotham||News||Pakistan||03 January 2008 10:45 Thu||The situation in Pakistan appears more stable today with parties looking ahead to next month's elections. There were no reports of protests against an Election Commission decision on Wednesday to postpone the general election to February 18, despite objections of the two main opposition parties which had wanted it held on January 8 as scheduled. Pakistani shares also rallied 4.65 percent by 3:32 a.m. EST, after falling nearly 10 percent in the wake of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination a week ago. The murder of Bhutto triggered violence that has fuelled doubts about the stability in Pakistan, a crucial ally in US anti-terrorism efforts. Declan Walsh and Graham Usher in Islamabad are following developments in Pakistan.|
|5151||WASHINGTON, D.C.||Rice Meets Libyan FM||Emily Winterbotham||News||United States of America||03 January 2008 10:46 Thu||US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is meeting Libya's Foreign Minister Abdel-Rahman Shalgam today - the first visit by the top Tripoli diplomat since 1972. The meeting, which is a sign of warmer ties between the two countries, comes days after Libya took over the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack says Rice will discuss Washington's 2008 goals on the council and bilateral issues, including human rights and unresolved cases from the 1980s bombings in which Libya was implicated. The visit marks another milestone in the North African country's shedding of its pariah status in the West.
Francine Uenuma in Washington, D.C. is across this event.
|5152||DES MOINES||Iowa Caucuses Imminent||Emily Winterbotham||News||United States of America||03 January 2008 10:47 Thu||Iowans across the state will today choose which candidate they will back at beginning of a selection process that will culminate in the Democratic and Republican national nominating conventions next summer. On Wednesday, US presidential hopefuls held their final full day of campaigning before the caucuses began in earnest. The races are close and rivals have been chasing the last wavering voters in a bid to take Iowa. Polls suggest a three-way Democrat battle between Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards. Surveys suggest the Republican battle is likely to be won by either Mike Huckabee or Mitt Romney. Ed O'Keefe in Des Moines is available for 2-ways.|
|5153||NAIROBI||Tear Gas Used Against Kenyan Protesters||Emily Winterbotham||News||Kenya||03 January 2008 10:48 Thu||Kenyan security forces surrounding a banned rally against the re-election of President Mwai Kibaki have used tear gas and water cannons against protesters. Kenyan opposition leader, Raila Odinga, called for a million people to gather in Nairobi's Uhuru Park. Oginga vowed to press ahead with the rally saying it would send a peaceful message to opposition supporters. South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu has flown in to try to mediate in the crisis. More than 300 people have been killed in the violence and at least 70,000 driven from their homes across Kenya since Sunday.
Richard Lough, Steve Bloomfield and Jonathan Ledgard are reporting from Nairobi.
|5155||DIYARBAKIR||Car Bomb Explodes In SE Turkey||Emily Winterbotham||News||Turkey||03 January 2008 03:43 Thu||DIYARBAKIR - A car bomb has exploded in south-eastern Turkey, in the Kurdish-dominated city of Diyarbakir. According to recent reports, several people were injured in the blast, which targeted a military vehicle. The Turkish police say they suspect the attack was carried out by Kurdish militants.
Kameel Ahmady is reporting from Diyarbarkar.
|5157||DIYARBAKIR||Turkish Police Detain Car Bomb Suspects||Emily Winterbotham||News||Turkey||04 January 2008 10:38 Fri||Turkish police have today detained four people suspected of links with Thursday's car bomb attack which killed five people and injured 68 in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir, Turkish prosecutor Durdu Kavak says. The remote bomb, in the Kurdish majority city, reportedly targeted a military bus as it passed through the city centre. Police said they suspected Kurdish militants were responsible. Turkish troops are fighting the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) rebels both inside Turkey and across the border in northern Iraq.
Kameel Ahmady was at the scene of the attack on Thursday and is available for 2-ways.
|5158||SEOUL||N Korea Pledges Strengthen "War Deterrent"||Emily Winterbotham||News||Korea||04 January 2008 10:40 Fri||Just days after missing an end of year deadline for producing a full declation of its nuclear activities, North Korea has pledged to strengthen its "war deterrent". North Korea has made similar statements in the past, often coinciding with differences over the ongoing nuclear disarmament process. Pyongyang failed to produce a written declaration of all its nuclear activities by the year-end and has yet to explain why. Under a 2007 deal, Pyongyang pledged to go abandon its nuclear programme in exchange for aid.
Anna Fifield in Seoul is covering this story.
|5160||BANGKOK||Burma Celebrates Independence||Emily Winterbotham||News||Myanmar||04 January 2008 10:43 Fri||Burma is marking its 60th anniversary of independence from British colonial rule. A series of low key ceremonies were held early on Friday morning and soldiers raised the Burmese flag in Rangoon and in the new capital, Naypyidaw. Burma's secretive ruler, General Than, was not at either ceremony, but released a statement reiterating the government's determination to continue with its seven-stage roadmap to democracy. He failed to mention the violent crackdown on pro-democracy protests in September or the near collapse of the economy. The British ruled Burma for 63 years, until shortly after World War II.
Amy Kazmin in Bangkok and Zack Baddorf, who will arrrive in Burma next week, are across this event.
|5161||NAIROBI||Kenyan Police Deployed In Nairobi||Emily Winterbotham||News||Kenya||04 January 2008 10:45 Fri||Thousands of police in Kenya have been deployed around Kenya's capital, Nairobi, to prevent an opposition rally on Friday. This follows a rally on Thursday which the police blocked. The opposition are demonstrating against what they say was election rigging in last week's presidential election. The United States' top diplomat on Africa, Jendayi Frazer, is due to arrive in Kenya and will attempt to persuade rival political leaders to talk. The disputed winner, Mwai Kibaki, says he is ready to talk to the opposition, when the situation calms down. Over the past week, more than 300 people have been killed in post-election violence and a further 70,000 displaced.
Richard Lough and Steve Bloomfield in Nairobi are following developments in Kenya.
|5162||DES MOINES||Obama And Huckabee Win Iowa Caucuses||Emily Winterbotham||News||United States of America||04 January 2008 10:46 Fri||In the first nominating contest of the 2008 US presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mike Huckabee have won the Iowa caucuses. In the Democrat race, Mr Obama won by a clear margin with 38% of the vote, defeating John Edwards who edged Hillary Clinton into third place. Mr Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor and Baptist minister, obtained 34% of the vote, defeating Mitt Romney, who has spent tens of millions of dollars more on his campaign. The Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary on 8 January play a key role in building momentum in the state-by-state process of winning the presidential nomination.
Ed O'Keefe in Des Moines is available for 2-ways.
|5164||BEIJING||Communist Officials Ignore 1-Child Policy||Emily Winterbotham||News||China||07 January 2008 10:44 Mon||Hundreds of people in central China have been expelled from the Communist Party for violating the one-child policy, state media reports.
1,678 officials and party members are believed to be among the 90,000 people in Hubei province who ignored the policy in 2007, Xinhua news agency said.
500 have been expelled from the party and 395 stripped of their posts.
China implemented the policy, to curb population growth, in the late 1970s.
Daniel Schearf in Beijing is available for 2-ways.
|5165||SYDNEY||Thousands Stranded By Floods||Emily Winterbotham||News||Australia||07 January 2008 10:46 Mon||Australian officials are warning that thousands of people could remain stranded for several days by some of the worst flooding eastern Australia has seen in 20 years.
Parts of the country's most populous state, New South Wales, have been cut off by the flooding caused by heavy rain falling during thunderstorms late last week and have been declared natural disaster zones.
There are similar problems further north in Queensland. "There are some 3,000 people who remain isolated by flood waters," New South Wales State Emergency Service spokesman Phil Campbell told the French news agency AFP.
The bad weather follows months of drought in Australia.
Roger Maynard and Tim Stackpool in Sydney are across this story.
|5166||NEW HAMPSHIRE||Final Day Of Campaigning In New Hampshire||Emily Winterbotham||News||United States of America||07 January 2008 10:48 Mon||A final full day of campaigning is taking place today in New Hampshire ahead of the state's crucial primary.
The candidates are to attend meetings, rallies and house parties in a last-minute push for party nomination votes.
New polls suggest Barack Obama is moving ahead of Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Party's presidency battle, after earlier ones indicated he had drawn level.
Among Republicans, surveys indicate Senator John McCain is leading in the state.
The latest polls followed televised debates in New Hampshire between both Republican and Democratic candidates on Saturday.
Philip Sherwell and Ed O'Keefe are reporting from New Hampshire.
|5167||TBILISI||Incumbent Looks Set To Win Georgia's Presidency||Emily Winterbotham||News||Georgia||07 January 2008 10:51 Mon||Mikhail Saakashvili appears to be awaiting official results confirming he has been re-elected president of Georgia before claiming victory in Sunday's snap elections.
The election commission says he has won 52.8% of the vote, with most ballots counted - indicating he will not have to contest a second-round run-off. Some overseas results have still not been counted.
Mr Saakashvili's main contender, Levan Gachechiladze, came second with 27% of the vote, officials declared.
Mr Gachechiladze has already told thousands of supporters that the results had been "falsified" and mounted protests in the capital, Tbilisi.
Monitors from the OSCE and Council of Europe say the vote was democratic and the outcome should be respected.
Megan Stack in Tbilisi is covering the elections.
|5168||THE HAGUE||Charles Taylor Back On Trial||Emily Winterbotham||News||Netherlands, The||07 January 2008 10:52 Mon||Former Liberian President Charles Taylor's war crimes trial has resumed in The Hague after a six-month delay.
The trial, which opened in June last year, was postponed after Mr Taylor fired his defence lawyer and boycotted the opening of the trial.
On Monday, the court will hear from witness Ian Smillie, an expert on conflict or "blood diamonds".
Mr Taylor faces 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity. He is held responsible for the actions of Revolutionary United Front rebels during the 1991-2001 civil war in neighbouring Sierra Leone, which included unlawful killings, sexual slavery, use of child soldiers and looting.
Stephanie van den Berg in The Hague is covering the trial.
|5169||JERUSALEM||Israeli And Palestinian Leaders Prepare For Bush||Emily Winterbotham||News||Israel||08 January 2008 10:22 Tue||Israeli and Palestinian leaders are metting in Jerusalem today ahead of US President George W Bush's Middle-East tour. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert vowed at a US summit last year to try to achieve a two-state solution by the end of 2008. The leaders are meeting today to try and ease ongoing conflict over Israeli settlements and security. Bush hopes to kick-start the Middle-East peace process when he arrives on Wednesday for his first visit to the region as president. In other news, two rockets were fired overnight into northern Israel from Lebanon, Israeli police say. It is the first such incident in seven months.
Eric Silver, Tim Butcher and LA Times correspondent Richard Boudreaux in Jerusalem and Rania Abouzeid and Delphine Minoui in Beirut are available for 2-ways.
|5170||BANGKOK||Thaksin Wife Arrested||Emily Winterbotham||News||Thailand||08 January 2008 10:24 Tue||The wife of ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been arrested after returning to Thailand to fight corruption charges against her. Pojaman Shinawatra was released on bail of 5m baht (149,000 USD) after appearing at the Supreme Court and ordered not to leave the country. Shinawatra and her husband face two sets of charges related to alleged violation of stock-trading laws and a land sale. Mr Thaksin, a telecommunications billionaire, and his wife have been living outside Thailand since the military seized power, accusing him of corruption and abuse of power. Shinawatra's return comes as the People Power Party seeks to form a coalition government after falling short of an outright majority in last month's election.
Amy Kazmin in Bangkok is across this event.
|5171||NAIROBI||Chairman AU Arrives In Kenya||Emily Winterbotham||News||Kenya||08 January 2008 10:25 Tue||The chairman of the African Union, John Kufor, is due to arrive in Kenya today to try to help ease divisions in the country following the disputed electoral victory of President Mwai Kibaki. A proposed visit by Mr Kufuor, who is also Ghana's president, was blocked last week, suggesting that his arrival on Tuesday is a sign of some progress. Opposition head Raila Odinga, who claims the 27 December elections were rigged, has said he would only talk with President Kibaki if Mr Kufuor mediated. Meanwhile, Mr Kibaki has reconvened parliament for 15 January. Violent clashes since the 27 December election have left 600 people dead.
Richard Lough and Steve Bloomfield in Nairobi are following developments in Kenya.
|5172||NEW HAMPSHIRE||New Hampshire Votes In Key Primary||Emily Winterbotham||News||United States of America||08 January 2008 10:27 Tue||New Hampshire will vote today in a key primary, with US presidential hopefuls Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain leading in opinion polls. Two tiny hamlets, Dixville Notch and Hart's Location, traditionally the first to vote in New Hampshire, have already voted giving small, early victories to Mr Obama and Mr McCain. Voting in the rest of the state starts from 6am local time (1100GMT) and polls close at 8pm (0100GMT), with results expected shortly after. Democrat Hillary Clinton was emotional as camapigning ended calling the poll "very personal". Candidates are hoping to gain momentum before 20 states hold their elections on 5 February, known as Super Tuesday.
Ed O'Keefe and Philip Sherwell are reporting from New Hampshire.
|5173||BEIRUT||Blast Hits UN Patrol||Emily Winterbotham||News||Lebanon||08 January 2008 03:23 Tue||A blast caused by a roadside bomb has hit a UN peacekeeping patrol south of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, security officials and witnesses say. The bomb is reported to have exploded on a road between the towns of Rmaileh and Sidon. According to Lebanese security officials at least two Irish peacekeepers travelling in the UN vehicle are believed to have been injured in the blast. The UN has yet to confirm the incident.
Rania Abouzeid in Beirut is across this event.
|5174||SYDNEY||Patrol Mission Of Japanese Whale Hunt Starts||Emily Winterbotham||News||Australia||09 January 2008 10:53 Wed||An Australian patrol ship tasked with monitoring Japan's whaling fleet has started a 20-day surveillance mission. The Oceanic Viking, a customs vessel, left Stirling Naval Base the western city of Perth on Tuesday night headed for waters off Antarctica. The ship will collect photographic and video material for a possible legal challenge against the whalers, Australian officials say. Japan began its annual whale hunt in mid-November. It plans to kill about 900 minke whales and 50 fin whales by mid-April 2008. It suspended plans to kill 50 humpback whales, in the face of international criticism. Acting against the whalers was one of the new Labor-led Australian government's election pledges. Tim Stackpool, Roger Maynard in Sydney and Richard Freeman in Tokyo are across this story.|
|5175||ISLAMABAD||Pakistan Prepares For Possible Violence||Emily Winterbotham||News||Pakistan||09 January 2008 10:54 Wed||Pakistan is bracing itself for a further wave of violence as its minority Shi'ite Muslims prepare for their annual mourning period expected to begin on Thursday. The Interior Ministry says 35 districts in the country have been declared "sensitive" and all security agencies put on high alert to avert sectarian violence over the 40-day Shi'ite mourning period. Moharram processions have often come under attack by Sunni sectarian militants in recent years and comes as the country is struggling to recover from December's assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.
Graham Usher and Declan Walsh in Islamabad are monitoring developments in Pakistan.
|5176||TEHRAN||28 Die In Tehran Blizzards||Emily Winterbotham||News||Iran||09 January 2008 10:55 Wed||At least 28 people are reported to have died in severe blizzards in Iran. Eight people have frozen to death and a further 20 reportedly died in car crashes in Iran's heaviest snowfall in recent years, which has also left 40,000 people stranded in their cars, authorities say. The temperature has dropped down to -24 degrees Celsius and for the first time in living memory there has been snow in the country's southern deserts. Tehran has declared two days of national holiday, urging people to stay at home to avoid the bitter cold. Martin Ebbing in Tehran is covering this story.|
|5177||JERUSALEM||Bush Makes Landmark Visit To Israel||Emily Winterbotham||News||Israel||09 January 2008 11:00 Wed||US President George W Bush has arrived in Israel today at the beginning of a land-mark visit to the region aimed at reinvigorating the Middle East peace process. After holding talks with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem, Mr Bush will go to the West Bank to meet Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. Ahead of Bush's arrival, Palestinian and Israeli leaders authorised negotiators to begin tackling "final-status" issues of the borders of a future Palestinian state and the status of Jerusalem. Abbas and Olmert vowed at the Annapolis peace summit last year to try to achieve a two-state solution by the end of 2008. It is Mr Bush's first visit to Israel and the West Bank since taking office. Eric Silver, Tim Butcher and LA Times correspondent Richard Boudreaux in Jerusalem and Mark Klusener in the West Bank are available for 2-ways.|
|5178||MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE||Hillary And McCain "Comeback" In New Hampshire||Emily Winterbotham||News||United States of America||09 January 2008 11:01 Wed||Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has defied pundits and pollsters to beat rival Barack Obama in New Hampshire's primary contest. The result bore similarity to her husband, former President Bill Clinton's campaign, who in New Hampshire's primary in 1992 called himself the "comeback kid" when he achieved a strong, second place finish in the state. In the republican contest John McCain also made a remarkable political comeback, beating former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, with 37% of the vote. Observers say it seems to have been a record-breaking turnout, with some half a million people having cast ballots. Candidates are aiming to build momentum before Super Tuesday, when more than 20 states will hold polls on 5 February. Ed O'Keefe and Philip Sherwell are reporting from New Hampshire.|
|5179||PRAGUE||Leaders Discuss Missile Base In Prague||Emily Winterbotham||News||Czech Republic||10 January 2008 11:03 Thu||Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk is to discuss a controversial US missile defence project with Czech leaders in Prague on Thursday. He will meet both Czech President Vaclav Klaus and Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek. On Wednesday, Mr Tusk said Poland would only agree to provide a base for US interceptor missiles if this increased the security of Poles. The new Polish government has taken a cooler approach toward the US missile system than that of his predecessor, Jaroslaw Kaczynski and now wants US military hardware and a bilateral security agreement before it agrees to host the base. The US wants to install interceptor missiles in Poland and a radar base in the Czech Republic as a protection against what it calls rogue states, such as Iran and North Korea.
Bruce Konviser in Prague and Adam Easton in Warsaw are covering the talks.
|5180||CARACAS||Venezuelan Mission To Secure FARC Hostage Release||Emily Winterbotham||News||Venezuela||10 January 2008 11:07 Thu||A Venezuelan mission to secure the release of two high-profile hostages held by Colombia's FARC rebels has been authorised by the Colombian government. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says the rebels had told him where the hostages were being held. He said Venezuelan helicopters could pick up the hostages as early as Thursday morning. A mission to release former Congresswoman Consuelo Gonzalez and Clara Rojas, an aide to former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, plus the three-year-old son of Ms Rojas, failed less than two weeks ago.
James Ingham in Caracas and Mike Ceaser in Bogota are covering this story.
|5181||NAIROBI||Kufor Extends Mediation Mission||Emily Winterbotham||News||Kenya||10 January 2008 11:09 Thu||Head of the African Union and Ghanaian John Kufuor has extended his mediation mission in Kenya by a day while leaders of both sides still refuse to hold direct talks. On Wednesday, Mr Kufuor held separate talks with President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga. The Ghanaian President arrived in Kenya on Tuesday but has so far not managed to get either side to agree to direct talks. Mr Odinga has also repeatedly said he will not join a government of national unity. Meanwhile, police fired tear gas in clashes with about 100 women in an election protest in Nairobi. About 600 people are believed to have died and some 250,000 are feared displaced by the violence following the 27 December election in Kenya.
Richard Lough, Steve Bloomfield and LA Times correspondent Robyn Dixon in Nairobi are available for 2-ways.
|5182||ISLAMABAD||21 Die In Suicide Attack In Lahore||Emily Winterbotham||News||Pakistan||10 January 2008 11:10 Thu||At least 21 people, mostly police officers, have been killed in a suicide attack in the eastern Pakistan city of Lahore on Thursday. A further 60 were wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the High Court building ahead of an anti-government protest, officials say. The attacker appears to have targeted a group of police gathered outside the Court and was timed to cause maximum damage. City police chief Malik Mohammad Iqbal said that all but one of the victims were policemen. The attack comes as Pakistan is still reeling from the death of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.
Graham Usher, Declan Walsh and LA Times correspondent Laura King in Islamabad are across this event.
|5183||RAMALLAH||Bush "Middle East Treaty Possible"||Emily Winterbotham||News||Palestinian Authority||10 January 2008 11:11 Thu||US President George W Bush, speaking in Ramallah, says that a Middle East peace treaty is possible before the end of his term. US President George W Bush arrived in Ramallah in the West Bank on Thursday for talks with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas expected to focus on Israeli settlements, the activities of Palestinian militants and security in the territory. A massive security operation is in place in the city to safeguard the US president's safety. Mr Bush is making his first trip to Israel and the West Bank since taking office in 2001 and aims to kick-start the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks relaunched in November.
Mark Klusener and LA Times correspondent Richard Boudreaux are in Ramallah covering the talks.
|5184||BRUSSELS||Military Officials Discuss Chad Force||Emily Winterbotham||News||Belgium||11 January 2008 10:55 Fri||Military officials in Brussels are expected to approve a European peacekeeping force in Chad and the Central African Republic on Friday. The meeting will be chaired by Irish commander Lieutenant General Pat Nash who will decide whether the contributions from EU member states will make the mission viable. France has promised to deploy at least 1,350 troops and the Irish Defence Forces are to send a further 450. Austria, Belgium, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain and Sweden are also expected to make contributions. EU ministers will still have to rubber-stamp the 3,700-strong UN mandated force in time for a launch in early February. Patricia Kelly in Brussels and Joseph Benamsse in Bangui, Central African Republic are covering this event.|
|5185||AUCKLAND||Explorer Edmund Hillary Dies||Emily Winterbotham||News||New Zealand||11 January 2008 10:56 Fri||New Zealand's Sir Edmund Hillary, who with Nepal's Tenzing Norgay Sherpa became the first to climb Mount Everest, has died in hospital on Friday. New Zealand flags flew at half mast at Scott Base in Antarctica and in Nepal friends of Sherpa lit butter lamps and offered special Buddhist prayers for the mountaineer. In 2003, Hillary received honorary Nepali citizenship in recognition of his services to the people and the Solukhumbhu region where Mount Everest is located. New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark described the explorer as a heroic figure and said all New Zealanders would deeply mourn his passing. Nick Smith in Auckland is covering this story.|
|5186||RANGOON||Aung San Suu Kyi Meets Burmese Official||Emily Winterbotham||News||Burma||11 January 2008 10:57 Fri||Detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has met with an official from Burma's ruling junta on Friday. Ms Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest for 12 of the past 18 years, is thought to have met the labour minister, Aung Kyi, at a military building in Rangoon. If confirmed, it would be the fourth time the pair have held talks. The country's generals faced international pressure late last year after their violent suppression of peaceful demonstrations. Ms Suu Kyi's party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), said last month that meetings with the junta had so far yielded little. Zack Baddorf in Rangoon is across this event.|
|5187||JERUSALEM||Blair Optmistic About Middle East Peace||Emily Winterbotham||News||Israel||11 January 2008 10:58 Fri||Middle East Quartet envoy and former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair says he believes it is possible for a peace deal to be reached between the Israelis and Palestinians. However, Mr Blair, who spoke after meeting US President George W Bush in Jerusalem, warned that there was much to be done. Mr Bush ended his visit on Friday by visiting the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem, a day after issuing a strong public statement urging Israel to stop occupying some Palestinian territory. President Bush's next stop will be Kuwait on the first leg of a tour of Gulf Arab states aimed at building support for his Middle East peacemaking efforts and policy on Iran.
Tim Butcher, Eric Silver and LA Times correspondent Richard Boudreaux are reporting from Jerusalem. LA Times correspondent James Gerstenzang is accompanying Bush on his tour and will be available for 2-ways, please book in advance.
|5188||NAIROBI||Protests To Resume In Kenya||Emily Winterbotham||News||Kenya||11 January 2008 10:59 Fri||Mass opposition protests are to resume in Kenya following the failure of mediation efforts by Ghana's President John Kufuor. An opposition spokesman for the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), Salim Lone, said further details would be announced later. The African Union leader has left Kenya after proving unable to persuade opposition leader Raila Odinga to meet President Mwai Kibaki. Violent protests over last month's disputed elections have left some 600 people dead across the country. Richard Lough, Steve Bloomfield and LA Times correspondent Edmund Sanders in Nairobi are covering events in Kenya.|
|5189||MAPUTO||Thousands Displaced By Mozambique Floods||Emily Winterbotham||News||Mozambique||14 January 2008 10:15 Mon||Mozambique is bracing itself for further rain as relief efforts to help thousands of people displaced by floods have been stepped up. Mozambique has been on its highest level of alert since last week, after the government said the Zambezi, the Pungue, the Buzi and the Save rivers had risen above critical levels. About 50,000 people have been evacuated from the danger zone, but most have retreated to high ground. An aid ship docked in the port of Beira in Mozambique on Sunday, carrying 3,000 tonnes of food - enough to support 250,000 people for one month. Six people are known to have died in the floods - four drowned and two were killed by crocodiles.
Orfeu Lisboa in Maputo is available for 2-ways.
|5190||LAGOS||Nigerian Government Sues Tobacco Companies||Emily Winterbotham||News||Nigeria||14 January 2008 10:21 Mon||The Nigerian government is seeking more than $40bn in compensation against three major tobacco firms for the costs of treating smoking-related diseases. A Nigerian court will hear the case against British American Tobacco, Phillip Morris and International Tobacco who are accused of deliberately trying to promote smoking among young Nigerians. All three deny the charges. Anti-smoking campaigners and some civil rights groups have welcomed the decision to sue.
Olisa Adibuah in Lagos is covering the trial.
|5191||JAKARTA||Suharto Remains Critical||Emily Winterbotham||News||Indonesia||14 January 2008 10:22 Mon||Indonesia President Suharto remains critically ill today following multiple organ failure on Friday. The 86-year-old former general, who ruled for more than three decades, is still on a ventilator and doctors said his health had worsened on Sunday morning as fluid in his left lung triggered organ failure. On Monday, the long-serving former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad arrived for a visit at the Jakarta hospital treating Suharto.
Michel Maas and John Aglionby in Jakarta are available for 2-ways.
|5192||BANGKOK||8 Thai Soldiers Killed By Muslim Rebels||Emily Winterbotham||News||Thailand||14 January 2008 10:24 Mon||Eight Thai soldiers have been killed by alleged Muslim separatist rebels in southern Thailand, says an army spokesman. The attack on the soldiers, who were escorting schoolteachers to work in Narathiwat province on Monday morning, was one of the deadliest ambushes in the current conflict, where separatist rebels are fighting for an Islamic state. Police say a roadside bomb exploded as the soldiers drove past. Attackers then shot dead survivors as they tried to escape.
More than 2,700 people have died since the violence escalated in early 2004. Teachers have frequently been targets, as militants perceive them as a symbol of domination by the Thai state.
Amy Kazmin in Bangkok is across this event.
|5193||JERUSALEM||Stumbling Blocks On Agenda In Jerusalem||Emily Winterbotham||News||Israel||14 January 2008 10:25 Mon||Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and former Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei are leading key talks in Jerusalem today. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are meeting to discuss core issues including the status of Jerusalem, the borders of a Palestinian state, Jewish settlements in the West Bank, refugees, security and water resources. At the Annapolis conference in November, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert agreed to restart peace talks after seven years.
Eric Silver, Tim Butcher and LA Times correspondent Richard Boudreaux are covering the talks.
|5194||BAGHDAD||Condoleezza Rice To Visit Iraq||Emily Winterbotham||News||Iraq||15 January 2008 11:07 Tue||US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is visiting Iraq in an effort to promote recent reconciliation efforts. Her trip comes shortly after the Iraqi parliament voted to allow former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath party to return to public life. Rice is meeting top officials including Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki. National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe told reporters that Ms Rice intends to “meet with Iraqi officials to build on progress made and to encourage additional political reconciliation and legislative action”. Said Rifai and David Piper in Baghdad are covering Ms Rice’s visit to Iraq.|
|5195||JERUSALEM||7 Palestinians Die In Israeli Raid||Emily Winterbotham||News||Israel||15 January 2008 11:08 Tue||Seven Palestinians, including four militants, have died as Israeli tanks pushed into the eastern suburbs of Gaza City. Israelis frequently mount raids on Gaza allegedly to prevent the firing of rockets from Gaza into towns in southern Israel. Among the dead is one of the sons of Mahmoud Zahhar, senior leader of the radical Islamist Hamas group. Hamas took over Gaza from Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement in June. GRN’s Tim Butcher and LA Times correspondent Richard Boudreaux in Jerusalem are following events in Gaza.|
|5196||RIYADH||Bush Admin Announces Military Sale||Emily Winterbotham||News||Saudi Arabia||15 January 2008 11:10 Tue||As US President George W Bush visits Saudi Arabia for the first time, his administration announced to Congress on Monday that it intends to sell major sensitive laser bomb technology to the kingdom. The sensitive military equipment sale is worth $123m (£63m). Mr Bush, who is currently on a tour of Gulf Arab allies, said he was talking to King Abdullah about the effect of high oil prices on the US economy. Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest oil exporter and the leading member of oil producers' cartel OPEC.
LA Times correspondent James Gerstenzang in Riyadh is following Bush’s Middle East tour. Ed O'Keefe in Washington is following responses in Congress.
|5197||NAIROBI||Fear Of Clashes In Kenya's Parliament||Emily Winterbotham||News||Kenya||15 January 2008 11:11 Tue||The Kenyan Parliament is meeting later today for the first time since the disputed elections in December amid fears of clashes between government and opposition supporters. Opposition leaders threaten that MPs will try to sit on the government benches. Raila Odinga's Orange Democratic Movement has become the largest party in parliament after the elections, though it does not have a total majority. Mr Odinga lost the presidential vote, and blames his defeat on election fraud. About 600 people have died in the riots following the 27 December polls. Richard Lough, Steve Bloomfield, David Lewis and LA Times correspondent Edmund Sanders in Nairobi are covering events in Kenya.|
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