Kenya`s governing duo of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto have spent their first year in office undermining civil rights and operating with "rampant impunity", two rights groups alleged Wednesday.
Fighting persisted in parts of South Sudan`s oil-producing region as African leaders tried today to advance peace talks between the country`s president and political rivals he accuses of attempting a coup to seize control of the world`s newest country.
Kenyans mark half a century of independence from Britain on Thursday, celebrating progress of the regional economic powerhouse but also struggling to shake off a legacy of corruption, inequality and ethnic violence.
Kenya will not be cowed by acts of terrorism, said President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday, adding that the recent Westgate attack by al Qaeda allied militants will not be able to dampen the spirit of Kenyans.
Assisted by FBI, Scotland Yard and spy agencies of Israel and Germany, Kenya has begun probe into invasion of a Nairobi mall that left at least 72 people dead, even as al Shabaab warned of more attacks.
Al Shabaab, the militant group behind the four-day takeover of the Westgate mall in Nairobi, claimed on Wednesday that the Kenyan government forces used explosives in carrying out "a demolition" of the building, burying 137 hostages.
As Kenya began three days of mourning on Wednesday for at least 67 people killed in the siege of a Nairobi mall, it was unclear how many more hostages may have died with the Somali Islamist attackers buried in the rubble.
As the standoff continues between the Kenyan security forces and the militants, who stormed the Nairobi mall on Saturday, the Israeli forces on Sunday have joined Kenyan efforts to end a deadly siege by the militants.