NAIROBI, March 4- Somali militants linked to al Qaeda urged Muslims to boycott Kenya's presidential election on Monday and wage jihad against the Kenyan military which sent troops into neighbouring Somalia in late 2011 to help crush the rebels. "Your regions are the least developed in Kenya and have the least facilities.
AMMAN- Exiled opposition figure Moaz Alkhatib visited Syria on Sunday for the first time since fleeing last year, as rebels said President Bashar al-Assad's forces embarked on counter-offensives in various parts of the country.
*UK Fairtrade sales up 19 pct in 2012 to 1.57 bln stg. LONDON, Feb 28- UK sales of ethically sourced. "The horsemeat scandal is just the latest bit of evidence that the food system is dangerously out of control," Mike Gidney, chief executive of the Fairtrade Foundation, which manages Fairtrade certification in the UK, told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday.
KISUMU, Kenya, Feb 26- Some businesses in Kisumu, Kenya's third-largest city, have reduced stock or closed ahead of Monday's presidential elections for fear of a repeat of the tribal violence that killed more than 1,200 people at the last such vote five years ago.
*Commercial reserves not yet proven in Kenya. TURKANA BASIN, Kenya, Feb 26- Potential investors in exploring Kenya for oil and gas are holding back to see the outcome of next week's presidential election, worried about the potential for instability and for policy changes under a new leadership.
*Trafigura, BP, Reliance already well established. DUBAI/ GENEVA, Feb 21- East Africa's emerging oil products market has sparked intense competition between traders hunting for better profits to bolster tight margins in Europe and the Middle East.
NAIROBI, Feb 20- Violence, a deeply chauvinistic society and a lack of cash are locking women out of elected office in Kenya, east Africa's leading economy but a laggard when it comes to female representation.
*Kenyatta win not seen hurting Kenya's credit rating. If Uhuru Kenyatta wins the March 4 poll, Kenya will become the second country after Sudan to have a sitting president facing trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. The son of Kenya's founder president, Kenyatta is running a close second to Prime Minister Raila Odinga in opinion polls.
LONDON, Feb 13- Africa- focused oil company Tullow Oil Plc released a set of Kenyan well test results on Wednesday which it said could lead to the country's first commercial production.
LONDON, Feb 13- Africa- focused oil company Tullow Oil Plc took a $671 million writedown with its 2012 results against just $121 million a year earlier to account for unsuccessful drilling and the resulting reduction in the value of its assets.
*Kenyans are among Africa's biggest users of Twitter. NAIROBI, Feb 5- Every day, Kagonya Awori and her tech-savvy team trawl through Facebook and Twitter for warning signs that Kenya's elections in March may unleash the same ethnic violence that took the country to the brink of civil war five years ago.
*Fears that social media could drive repeat of 2007 violence. NAIROBI, Feb 5- Every day, Kagonya Awori and her tech-savvy team trawl through Facebook and Twitter for warning signs that Kenya's elections in March may unleash the same ethnic violence that took the country to the brink of civil war five years ago.
JOHANNESBURG/ FREETOWN, Jan 31- While mobile phone usage has exploded across Africa over the last decade, transforming daily life and commerce for millions, it's a revolution that has left behind perhaps two thirds of its people.
NAIROBI, Jan 28- Kenya and Uganda said on Monday they were looking for a strategic private investment partner to build and operate a pipeline to transport refined petroleum products between the two east African countries.
WASHINGTON, Jan 21- A confident President Barack Obama kicked off his second term on Monday with an impassioned call for a more inclusive America that rejects partisan rancor and embraces immigration reform, gay rights and the fight against climate change.
WASHINGTON, Jan 21- President Barack Obama urged Americans on Monday to reject political "absolutism" and partisan rancor, as he kicked off his second term with an impassioned call for collective action and estabished a more assertive tone for the challenges he faces over the next four years.
LONDON, Jan 15- For a decade, the oil industry has worried about rising resource nationalism in producing countries.
MOGADISHU, Jan 11- A Somali pirate kingpin nicknamed "Big Mouth" has renounced a life of hijacking ships that earned him fame and fortune before an international naval crackdown that has curbed attacks on maritime commercial and pleasure craft.
LONDON, Jan 11- Asian firms and Eurobond debutants from Africa will be prominent among emerging borrowers hoping to tap buoyant appetite for high-yield assets in 2013 although issuance and investor returns may fall short of last year.
LONDON, Jan 11- Asian firms and African governments will lead emerging borrowers hoping to tap into buoyant appetite for high-yield assets in 2013 although issuance levels and investor returns may fall short of last year.