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2 Kenyans charged at ICC form political alliance

NAIROBI — Two prominent Kenyans facing crimes against humanity charges at the International Criminal Court have formed a political alliance to run for the presidential and vice presidential seats in the country’s March election.

Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and former Minister William Ruto announced the alliance Sunday at a political rally in the western city of Nakuru.

Mr. Kenyatta, the son of Kenya’s founding father, would run for president, and Mr. Ruto for vice president.

Mr. Kenyatta faces charges of committing murder, forcible deportation, persecution and rape against supporters of the prime minister after the 2007 election.

More than 1,000 people died in postelection violence that broke out from disputes over who had won the presidential post.

Mr. Ruto has been charged with the murder, forcible deportation and persecution of supporters of the president’s party.


U.N.: Rwanda, Uganda helped Congo rebels

UNITED NATIONS | Rwanda and Uganda helped rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo stage a major offensive in the east of the country last month, U.N. experts said in a report obtained by Agence France-Presse.

Hundreds of Rwandan troops bolstered M23 rebels as they took the key city of Goma, while Uganda provided “logistics” support, said a report by the U.N. sanctions experts sent to the U.N. Security Council.

The new investigation piles more pressure on the Rwandan government over its role in the Congo conflict as it prepares to take up a seat on the Security Council on Jan. 1, diplomats said.

The 15-member council and U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon repeatedly have condemned external support for the rebels without naming any country.

The experts said their inquiry “strongly upholds” previous accusations that the neighboring countries provided major backing to the rebels, who routed government forces before withdrawing from Goma at the weekend under a cease-fire accord.

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