Stephen is editor of The Kenyan Spectator, a national weekly publishing from Nairobi. His main areas of interest are foreign relations, security and democracy as well as economy and information technology.

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July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - As Sudanese peace talks near an end, analysts here believe the Khartoum government is banking on a positive outcome to help improve its international image.Sudan's Minister of External Relations, Mustafa Uthman Isma'il, believes that his government will be removed from the U.S. State Department's list of terror-sponsors once it signs a peace agreement with the Sudanese People's Liberation Army (SPLA).
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Pressure is mounting on President George W. Bush to send peacekeeping troops to Liberia, where renewed fighting has prompted fears of another all-out war - something that could affect plans for a political transition.Kabineh Ja'neh, a leader of Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), one of the two rebel groups fighting the government, said Thursday the rebels would like to see "an overwhelming presence of American troops on the ground."
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Homosexual American tourists on a regional tour may run into protests when they arrive in Kenya after their ship was denied permission to dock in neighboring Tanzania a week ago amid anti-homosexuality protests there.Muslim leaders in Kenya have promised to mount "protests of morality" and urged the government not to allow the cruise ship, reportedly carrying 100 homosexual passengers bound for an East African safari, to dock at the ports of Mombassa and Lamu.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The United States and NATO could become engaged militarily in "ungoverned areas" in Africa believed to be used for narcotics trafficking and terror training, a senior U.S. military commander has said.Gen. James Jones, commander of U.S. European Command and NATO's new senior military commander, told reporters in Washington recently that the U.S. and NATO allies would begin focusing greater attention on instability in Africa.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The United States and British diplomatic missions in Kenya have released a set of conditions to be met before the two governments will lift terror-related travel warnings that Kenya says are costing that country's economy dearly.Washington and London have advised nationals to avoid unnecessary travel to East Africa.The warning also prompted British Airways to suspend flights to Kenya for fear the planes may be targeted by terrorists armed with shoulder-launched missiles.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The president of Sao Tome and Principe flew home to the small nation off West Africa Wednesday after international mediators negotiated an end to a week-long crisis triggered by a bloodless military coup.President Fradique de Menezes, who was in Nigeria when the takeover was launched last Wednesday, returned after signing an agreement in another West African nation, Gabon.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The United States government has finally given 12,000 Somali Bantu refugees permission immigrate, after threatening to refuse those refugees who hurriedly performed genital mutilations on their daughters, in advance of the girls' anticipated departure for the United States.The female circumcision, carried out without anesthetic, is an ancient rite of passage that is widespread in Somalia.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com)- A terrorist attack targeting Israel nationals in the East Africa's seaside city of Mombasa, Kenya, killed at least twelve people on Thursday.The attack happened at 8.00 a.m. local time, at the Israel-owned Mombasa Paradise Hotel. At the same time, terrorists fired two missiles at an Israeli charter airliner as it flew out of the Mombasa Airport. The missiles missed their target, and the plane - carrying 264 passengers - later arrived safely in Israel.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Hopes for peace in the Ivory Coast received a boost this week with reports of a new peace plan and undertakings by rebel groups not to attack foreign troops deployed in the conflict-hit West African country.A 10-point proposal prepared by President Laurent Gbagbo, leaked to the press, offers a government of national unity as well as a referendum on three pressing issues - who can stand for president, who can vote and who can own property.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The United States government is playing down persistent reports that it has plans to establish a military naval base on tiny islands in the oil-rich Gulf of Guinea off West Africa.U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Walther Kansteiner, said in Washington Tuesday that the U.S. had no intention of setting up a military base in the Sao Tome and Principe islands, "nor anywhere in central and West Africa."
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A group calling itself the "Arab Army for Palestine" has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attacks against in Kenya's seaside city of Mombasa Thursday morning. The group, reportedly based in Beirut, Lebanon, claimed the attack was timed to coincide with the anniversary of the day -- Nov. 29, 1947 -- that the United Nations partitioned land, creating the state of Israel.Inside Kenya, however, the Arab Army of Palestine is unknown, and some analysts in the region wondered about the veracity of the claim.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The United States and Britain have warned of likely terrorist attacks in East Africa and subsequently warned their citizens to take extra precautions while traveling within the region.The U.S. State Department said last week that it had received unconfirmed information of a possible rocket terror attack in Kenya's capital Nairobi, similar to the unsuccessful attempt to down an Israeli airliner near Mombasa last month.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - As fighting continues in the troubled West African country of Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), the United States has stepped up calls for the government and rebels to negotiate a truce and avoid further bloodshed.The Ivorian army claimed to have recaptured an important cocoa center, Daloa, on Tuesday - the first apparent significant military defeat for the rebels - although the situation remains unclear.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Kenyans reacted with anger and surprise over terrorist attacks on Thursday against Israel interests in the seaside city of Mombasa.The two attacks, one targeting an Israel patronized hotel and another at Israel airline resulted in 15 deaths, police confirmed here.Kenyans, however, said they have no regrets over their cordial relationship with Israel and the United States.Along the streets of Nairobi and Mombasa cities, Kenyans were asking why they had to "suffer for crimes not associated with them."
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Veteran politician Mwai Emilio Kibaki was elected Kenya's third post-independence leader, ending 40 years of rule by dictatorial President Daniel arap Moi's Kenya African National Union (KANU).Kibaki, 71, won more than 64 percent of votes cast in last week's poll, while his KANU rival and Moi's preferred successor, Uhuru Kenyatta, garnered 29 percent.The opposition National Rainbow Coalition (NARC) is also set to win 55 percent of seats for parliament, only 10 percent short of an absolute majority.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - With a looming election that already shows signs of controversy and national disunity, the United States has said it is keenly watching events in this East African country and pledged to offer whatever support was necessary to ensure the campaign and voting process goes smoothly.U.S. Ambassador Johnnie Carson called on the government to ensure its officials don't make inappropriate use of government resources, including public media, during the campaign.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Terrorist attacks against Israel interests in Kenya on Thursday happened only days after a meeting of lawyers in East Africa had warned that the region could become the hub of terrorism activities because of the poor handling of refugees.During the meeting held in Entebbe town of Uganda, it emerged that a group called Al-Itihaad is recruiting and training Somali refugees and other sympathizers on terrorism activities in parts of Kenya, specifically at the Daadab camp located at the North Eastern province near Somalia.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A senior American official is optimistic that the change of power in Kenya will speed up the process of capturing a fugitive prime suspect in the Rwanda genocide and regional terrorist activity, whom the U.S. believes has been sheltered by a senior official in the outgoing Kenyan government.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The latest U.S. intervention in the Sudanese civil war has won praise from southern rebels, but the Islamist government in Khartoum said rather than promote peace efforts, Washington was trying to ensure they would never succeed.President Bush Tuesday signed into law the Sudan Peace Act, which seeks to push ahead a process aimed at ending the 19-year-old conflict, which has claimed some two million lives and displaced millions.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Just days after the Sudan government and southern rebels failed to reach a compromise deal on sharing power, Khartoum is facing criticism for allegedly disrupting humanitarian aid in the south of the war-ravaged country.The International Crisis Group (ICG) claimed the Sudanese government was using disruption of humanitarian aid in the Sudanese People's Liberation Army (SPLA)-controlled areas as a war strategy.