- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 12, 2008


Parliamentary vote tests coalition

NAIROBI | Kenyans voted Wednesday for five parliamentary seats that will decide who holds the majority, a test of stability in the east African nation still recovering from a deadly postelection crisis.

It was the first voting since President Mwai Kibaki’s disputed December re-election set off ethnic violence that killed at least 1,300 people and displaced 300,000 more.

Armed police in riot gear with dogs patrolled polling stations as a reminder of the concerns over possible trouble.


Union plans strike over power crisis

JOHANNESBURG | A labor federation said Wednesday it would call a national strike in July to protest job losses linked to the country’s power crisis, helping push gold prices higher.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions said the strike would be the culmination of a series of protests from July 2.

Power shortages have dented South Africa’s growth, unnerved investors and heaped pressure on President Thabo Mbeki.


Plane fire probed; 29 dead, 14 missing

KHARTOUM | Investigators examined the scorched hull of a jetliner Wednesday to determine what caused the plane to veer off a runway and burst into flames, officials said.

Sudan Civil Aviation Authority spokesman Abdel Hafez Abdel Rahim Mahmoud said at least 29 people died inside the burning plane and 171 managed to escape. Fourteen people were still unaccounted for after Tuesday night’s fire, he said.


2 soldiers dead in border clashes

DJIBOUTI | Two Djiboutian soldiers were killed and 21 wounded when troops clashed with Eritrean forces along their border overlooking strategic Red Sea shipping lanes, Djibouti said Wednesday.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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