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Yesterday the bungalow, where David and Judith Tebbutt were staying, was cordoned off with yellow crime-scene tape as armed police patrolled the three-mile arc of white sand outside their door

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British couple, David and Judith Tebbutt attacked by pirates in Kenya.   British Special Forces will join the hunt for Judith Tebbutt, who is abducted in Kenya, amid fears she has been taken by a group linked to Al Qaeda. An air, sea and land search yesterday failed to turn up any trace of Judith Tebbutt, 56, who was kidnapped by pirates after watching them execute her husband David with a single...

Uhuru Kenyatta has been sworn in as Kenya's president after winning elections against Raila Odinga back in March

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Uhuru Kenyatta has been sworn in as Kenya’s president after winning elections against Raila Odinga back in March. Dignitaries and tens of thousands of people witnessed the inauguration at a stadium in the capital, Nairobi. Raila Odinga did not attend the ceremony after his attempt to overturn Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in court failed. Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, face c...

The British couple was attacked at the Kenyan resort Kiwayu Safari Village close to the border with Somalia

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British couple, David and Judith Tebbutt attacked by pirates in Kenya. UPDATES.   A British man was murdered and his wife is presumed kidnapped during an attack at the beach resort where they were on holiday in Kenya. The British couple, who have not been named, were staying at the Kenyan resort Kiwayu Safari Village close to the border with Somalia when gunmen burst into their beach hut late in...

The final voting precincts on the west coast won't even begin to be tallied until early Wednesday morning, but the election could be decided much earlier than that

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...cided much earlier than that. Polls begin to close at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time, and results will flood in not long thereafter. Whichever candidate reaches 270 electoral college votes wins the White House. Crucially, Barack Obama won each of the swing states listed below in 2008. 7:00 p.m.: Virginia is the first battleground state to close its polls. Barack Obama has a slight lead in most recent poll...

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are approaching the final day of their election battle in a frantic fight for swing state votes

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...y addressing crowds across the country, with Mitt Romney speaking in Pennsylvania, a state his aides insist he can now win on Tuesday. Barack Obama held rallies in New Hampshire and Florida and carried on to Ohio and Colorado in the evening. Analysts say the election will come down to a handful of swing states. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are running almost neck-and-neck in national polls, but po...

Over 100 people died after a fuel pipeline exploded in a slum area in Nairobi, Kenya

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Over 100 people died after a fuel pipeline exploded in a slum area in Nairobi, Kenya, on Monday, according to police. “We are putting the number of dead at over 100, we are waiting for body bags to put the victims into,” said Thomas Atuti, area police commander. Over 100 people died after a fuel pipeline exploded in a slum area in Nairobi, Kenya   The explosion took place in Nai...

Rasmussen poll released on Monday

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Mitt Romney’s chances of winning presidential election were boosted today by two polls which gave him a slender lead over Barack Obama. Polls by Gallup and Rasmussen both gave Mitt Romney 49% of the national vote, ahead of Barack Obama on 48%, flying in the face of other polls which had appeared to show the President in the driving seat over the weekend. The slim advantage could allow Mitt...

Tens of millions of Americans head to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether to re-elect President Barack Obama or hand the job to Republican Mitt Romney

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Tens of millions of Americans head to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether to re-elect President Barack Obama or hand the job to Republican Mitt Romney. The voting ends a hard-fought race that began nearly two years ago and has cost more than $2 billion. Polls will begin closing in eastern states at 19:00 EST – a winner could be known by midnight. Polls show the race is neck and neck, alt...

More than 14 million Australian people are expected to vote in Saturday's election

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...by NGOs and rights groups. The election comes after Kevin Rudd toppled his predecessor Julia Gillard in a leadership ballot in June, amid dismal polling figures. Julia Gillard had herself ousted Kevin Rudd as prime minister in 2010. The Labor party experienced a brief poll bounce after Kevin Rudd’s reinstatement, and several polls subsequently showed that Australian voters preferred Kevin Ru...

The ballot count in Kenya's presidential elections has been rigged, says the running mate of Prime Minister Raila Odinga

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The ballot count in Kenya’s presidential elections has been rigged, says the running mate of Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who is trailing behind his rival, Uhuru Kenyatta. “We have evidence the results we have received have been doctored,” said Raila Odinga’s running mate Kalonzo Musyoka. He said the vote count should be stopped but added that his comments were not a call...

Kenyan security officials are to be questioned by MPs about alleged intelligence failings over the Nairobi's Westgate shopping centre attack

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...ve since been arrested, the authorities say. Al-Shabab, a Somali Islamist group, said the attack was in retaliation for Kenya’s military involvement in Somalia. Kenyan security officials are to be questioned by MPs about alleged intelligence failings over the Nairobi’s Westgate shopping centre attack According to a BBC report, the militants hired a shop in Nairobi mall in the weeks le...

The wreckage of two Ugandan helicopters that went missing on Sunday has been found in a remote area of Kenya

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The wreckage of two Ugandan helicopters that went missing on Sunday has been found in a remote area of Kenya, a Kenyan army spokesman has said. The fate of those on board – believed to be 14 people – is unknown, Colonel Cyrus Oguna said. Both aircraft were part of a contingent being sent to reinforce the African Union (AU) force in Somalia. A third helicopter on the same mission made...

Kenyan Deputy PM Uhuru Kenyatta appears to have won the presidential election by the tightest of margins as the provisional results indicate

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Kenyan Deputy PM Uhuru Kenyatta appears to have won the presidential election by the tightest of margins as the provisional results indicate. After all the votes were counted Uhuru Kenyatta had polled 50.03% of the vote, 4,109 votes over the threshold required for outright victory. However, the official result is not expected before 11:00 on Saturday. Rival candidate Raila Odinga is set to file a...

The clashes in Tana River district, Coast Province, took place late on Tuesday between the Orma and Pokomo groups

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At least 48 people have been killed in ethnic clashes in Coast Province, south-eastern Kenya, police say. The clashes in Tana River district, Coast Province, took place late on Tuesday between the Orma and Pokomo groups, the region’s police chief said. Most of the dead were women and children, many of whom were hacked to death with machetes, he said. The clash is the worst single incident s...

Kenya is voting in an election that observers describe as the most important in the country's history

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Kenya is voting in an election that observers describe as the most important in the country’s history. It is the first time a vote has taken place under Kenyan new constitution, designed to prevent a repeat of violence that followed the 2007 polls. More than 1,000 people died in widespread ethnic violence when supporters of rival candidates clashed. Despite appeals for calm, at least four p...

Early exit polls from Italy's general election show a lead for the centre-left bloc led by Pier Luigi Bersani

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...Mario Monti’s technocratic government. The first results based on partial vote counts are due in the next few hours. If the exit polls are confirmed, they would echo the opinion polls prior to the election which made Pier Luigi Bersani’s centre-left Democratic Party (PD) a consistent frontrunner at nearly 35%. Pier Luigi Bersani, a former Communist, has pledged to continue with the to...

Judith Tebbutt, the British woman kidnapped in Kenya, has been freed in Somalia six months after she was seized and her husband David killed

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Judith Tebbutt, the British woman kidnapped in Kenya, has been freed in Somalia six months after she was seized and her husband David killed. Judith Tebbutt, 56, from Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, was flown to Nairobi after her family paid the pirates a ransom for her release. The woman said she was “very relieved” and looking forward to seeing her “fantastic” s...

One child has been killed and three seriously hurt in a grenade attack on a church's Sunday school in Nairobi

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One child has been killed and three seriously hurt in a grenade attack on a church’s Sunday school in the Kenya capital, Nairobi. The attacker targeted St Polycarp’s church on Juja Road. A police spokesman blamed sympathizers of Somalia’s al-Shabab Islamist militant group, angry over Kenya’s role in the UN-backed intervention force. A mob later rounded on Somalis living ne...

President Francois Hollande’s Socialist Party has won enough seats in French parliament to form an absolute majority, according to exit polls

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President Francois Hollande’s Socialist Party has won enough seats in French parliament to form an absolute majority, according to exit polls obtained by the AFP news agency. The exit polls suggested Socialist Party and its allies would take more than 312 out of 577 seats in the National Assembly. If confirmed, it means the Socialists will not have to rely on support from either the Greens or the...

Kenyan parliament has approved a motion to leave the ICC following an emergency debate

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Kenyan parliament has approved a motion to leave the International Criminal Court (ICC) following an emergency debate. A bill to this effect is expected to be introduced in the next 30 days, after opposition MPs boycotted the vote. The ICC has charged President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto with crimes against humanity, which they both deny. William Ruto’s trial is due to...

Kenya has declared three days of national mourning following the end of the four-day siege on Nairobi's Westgate shopping centre

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Kenya has declared three days of national mourning following the end of the four-day siege by Islamist militants on Nairobi’s Westgate shopping centre. President Uhuru Kenyatta said 67 people died, including six security personnel. Five militants were killed and 11 suspects arrested, he said. Islamist group al-Shabab, which claimed responsibility for the attack, said 137 hostages had died....

More than 20,000 people have crossed into Kenya to escape Moyale fighting in Ethiopia

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Ethnic clashes in Moyale area, southern Ethiopia, are reported to have left at least 18 people dead and 12 others injured. More than 20,000 people have crossed into Kenya to escape the fighting, the Kenyan Red Cross says. People were continuing to cross the border although Ethiopian government forces had intervened to stop the fighting. The clashes, in the Moyale area, are thought to have been sp...

Ali Babitu Kololo, a Kenyan handyman, was arrested over the abduction of Judith Tebbutt

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Judith Tebbutt, the kidnapped British tourist in Kenya is refusing food and defying her captors who are continually moving her to different locations, sources in Somalia claimed Sunday. Locals reported explosions, believed to be bombs dropped by Kenyan or U.S. helicopters, in the Kismayo area of Somalia where Judith Tebbutt, 56, was brought ashore “kicking and screaming” last Monday after she was...

One of the Kiwayu Safari Village's exclusive bungalows, where David Tebbutt was killed and Judith Tebbutt kidnapped

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Kenya kidnapping UPDATES. Judith Tebbutt is searched by UK Special Forces.   A British tourist was murdered and his wife was kidnapped by pirates during their stay at an exclusive Kenyan beach resort. The British couple, David and Judith Tebbutt, was attacked on Saturday late in the night by a gang carrying guns within hours of arriving in a beach cottage close to the border with lawless Somalia....

Interpol has issued a wanted persons notice for Briton Samantha Lewthwaite, known as the “White Widow”, at Kenya's request

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Interpol has issued a wanted persons notice for Briton Samantha Lewthwaite, known as the “White Widow”, at Kenya’s request. Samantha Lewthwaite, 29, is the widow of Germaine Lindsay, one of the four suicide bombers who attacked London on July 7th, 2005. She has been linked with Somali militant Islamist group al-Shabab. Interpol did not link the warrant to Nairobi’s Westgate mall attack that...