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Fars said the entire project is to be completed in the second half of 2013.


Police fire on crowd trying to stop ethnic rioting

NAIROBI | Kenyan police fired bullets and tear gas in downtown Nairobi on Monday in an effort to stop rioters from fighting with ethnic Somalis, one day after a roadside bomb exploded, ripping through a bus and killing nine people.

The fighting exposes increasing tensions between the sizable ethnic Somali-Kenyan community and Kenyan groups with no ties to Somalia.

Tensions have been rising over the past year as terrorists have carried out a series of grenade and bomb attacks in Kenya, including several on Christian churches.

Strained relations with Kenyan-Somalis go back decades when post-colonial boundaries were drawn. But the most recent flare-up began in October 2011, when Kenya sent troops into Somalia to fight the terrorist group al-Shabab.

After that deployment, al-Shabab threatened large-scale attacks in Kenya.

Sunday’s bombing ripped through a bus in Eastleigh, where Nairobi’s Somali community lives. Sheik Mohammed Shakul, a spokesman for Muslim leaders, said such attacks are “barbaric and un-Islamic” and do not represent Muslims.


Protesters, police clash on battle anniversary

CAIRO | Demonstrators in Egypt’s capital clashed Monday with police during a protest to mark a year since a five-day street battle with security forces in which dozens of protesters were killed, witnesses said.

The clashes erupted when protesters tried to destroy a concrete barrier security forces had put up to end last year’s fighting with activists who wanted the military rulers at the time to transfer power to a civilian government.

The official MENA news agency reported three police conscripts and three protesters injured in Monday’s ongoing clashes.

At least 45 protesters died in five days of fighting that began Nov. 19, 2011, to put pressure on the military, which took power after a popular uprising had overthrown President Hosni Mubarak in February.

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