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, 8:18 PM EDT
Berlin, Germany (CNSNews.com) - German authorities are increasing security around the country, expecting protests against a Group of Eight summit to be held here next month. Among other things, the G8 leaders will consider a proposal to help African nations set up a peacekeeping force.The gathering of leaders of the world's most highly industrialized nations will be held at the Baltic Sea resort of Heiligendamm on June 6-8.
July 7, 2008, 8:18 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Sixteen thousand children in Kenya and Tanzania and Mozambique will be involved in the largest-ever medical trial of its kind in Africa later this year, as developers of a vaccine for malaria carry out a final test following earlier successes.Almost a million malaria deaths are recorded every year in sub-Saharan Africa, mostly among children. World Malaria Day is being marked around the globe on Friday.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - An intelligence partnership between the United States and Africa is the best solution to defeating terrorism across the continent and minimizing security threats against the U.S., according to counter-terrorism experts meeting in Algeria.The military and civilian experts have been in a closed-door meeting in the capital Algiers since Monday to discuss ways of combating terrorism in a region believed to be hospitable to Islamist terrorists because of its vast spaces, porous borders, and a sympathetic population.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A meeting in New York Wednesday will look at how the U.S. and other interested countries plan to respond to the situation in Somalia, but the peacekeeping force option favored by the U.S. is likely to run into opposition from the Islamists now in control of Mogadishu.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The exit of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton removes from that key position a diplomat who lobbied for a robust U.N. peacekeeping force in Sudan's Darfur, a fact that troubles some African observers.Grace Kasyenje of the Uganda-based Great Lakes Institute for Foreign Studies said Bolton's departure would deny the people of Darfur a key voice that sought to bring peace in the region.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Following a raid by masked men on Kenyan newspaper offices, the government here is being accused of trying to scare off opponents of President Mwai Kibaki, to make sure he wins a second term despite high levels of public unhappiness with his administration.Kenyans have held demonstrations protesting the vandalism at the offices of The Standard newspaper and its sister television station, KTN. Armed, masked policemen early this month burned thousands of newspapers and damaged computer equipment.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - As Islamist forces expand their hold in Somalia and confirm that a man linked to terrorism will be their new leader, neighboring Ethiopia is deploying additional armed forces on its side of their shared border, worried about threats to regional security.The Islamic Court Union (ICU) on Thursday ratified an earlier decision to name Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys as its supreme leader, and on the same day declared its intention to rule all of Somalia, not just the Mogadishu area.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The U.N. Human Rights Council agreed Thursday to hold a special session on the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region, but not before human rights activists in Africa and Europe voiced anger at the body's failure earlier this week to use stronger language to condemn atrocities taking place there.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Humanitarian agencies operating in Sudan's eastern region of Darfur say a lack of security is hindering their activities, but Sudan's Islamist president says a more robust United Nations peacekeeping force will not be allowed in the troubled region for now.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A United States military taskforce set up three years ago to deter terrorism in the turbulent Horn of Africa region and described as a "quiet success story" has rolled out plans to strengthen and expand its presence.The Djibouti-based Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa has extended its lease agreement with the government of the small northeastern African country for another five years -- renewable for a further five years -- and plans to expand its present base, Camp Lemonier, more than five-fold.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The fall of Somalia's Islamists drew mixed reactions in Kenya, a country that is home to a large Somali community and which hosted a peace process that led to the formation of an interim administration.The administration, known as the transitional federal government (TFG), has been unable to locate in Mogadishu before now, but the withdrawal of Islamists from the capital under fire from Ethiopian forces means it may now finally be able to do so.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Democratic gains in Africa may be at risk because of "third term" syndrome -- efforts by some leaders to amend constitutions to extend their tenures in office.Because some leaders are reluctant to relinquish power after their constitutionally mandated two terms in office, African analysts, rights campaigners and others are concerned that Africa may revert to a past dominated by "president-for-life" autocrats.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - President Bush's anti-AIDS initiative has been cited by campaigners in Africa as a key reason for the decline in new HIV/AIDS infections across the continent.Activists attributed the gains both to an abstinence campaign and the increased use of condoms, while the provision of antiretroviral drugs has also helped AIDS patients live productive lives.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The United States has committed $17 million towards an envisaged peacekeeping force in Somalia, a State Department official said here Friday.The announcement comes as the international community grapples with how to help Somalia maintain stability following the expulsion last month of Islamist forces which had controlled Mogadishu and other parts of the country for the past six months.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The arrest of alleged war criminal Charles Taylor has drawn mixed reactions in his homeland -- relief that justice may be served, now that Taylor has been turned over to an international tribunal; and concern that loyalists could run amok to avenge his capture.Taylor this week was delivered to the Special Court in Sierra Leone -- the country neighboring his native Liberia -- after Nigerian authorities, under strong diplomatic pressure, foiled Taylor's attempt to flee.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - A decision by a violent African rebel group to enter peace talks has provoked a debate over whether the perpetrators of severe rights abuses should escape punishment in the interests of ending a two decade-long conflict.Six senior members of the Ugandan group Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) have been indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC). The LRA is notorious for abducting children and punishing civilians by amputating limbs.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - The United States has become the first country to establish a permanent diplomatic mission with the African Union, at a time when the U.S. is also planning to set up a new military command responsible for the continent.Cindy L. Courville, a former special assistant to the president and a senior director for African affairs at the National Security Council, will head the mission to be based at the A.U. headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Sudan has backed down over a decision to bar United Nations humanitarian coordinator Jan Egeland from visiting the Darfur region, but aid groups say the government's actions call into further question its commitment to resolve the crisis.Egeland's flight into Sudan was denied authorization to land over the weekend. He was scheduled to make a five-day trip to assess the humanitarian situation, pledge further assistance to relief agencies and draw further international attention to the three-year-old ethnic conflict.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Eastern Africa could be entering a period of new instability, sparked by a conflict in Somalia that has already drawn in Ethiopia and Eritrea, regional analysts warned.Ethiopia is threatening to send troops across the border into Somalia to defend the country's transitional government from resurgent Islamist forces, The U.N. and others claim some Ethiopian troops have already entered Somalia, although Addis Ababa denies this.
July 7, 2008, 8:17 PM EDT
Nairobi, Kenya (CNSNews.com) - Amid reports that the U.S. military has killed a key terrorist in Somalia linked to the 1998 bombing of American embassies in East Africa, some Kenyans welcomed the news, while Islamic leaders threatened violent retaliation and human rights activists called the action "unacceptable."Somali authorities have been quoted as saying that Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, wanted for allegedly planning the deadly bombings in the Kenyan and Tanzanian capitals, was killed in an air strike in southern Somalia on Sunday.