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Front Page: School Hostage Resolution, Church Leaders, Kenya

  • 250 schoolchildren and teachers taken hostage in Pakistan and held for seven hours, have been released this morning. Seven militants armed with rocket launchers used the school and the children as a refuge after an attempt to kidnap a local health official. The incident occurred near the border with Afghanistan where Pakistanis have been fighting with the Taliban and al-Qaeda. Pakistan is set to hold elections February 18th.
  • Leaders of two major churches, died this weekend. Archbishop Christodoulus, head of the Greek Orthodox Church, credited with easing tensions with the Vatican, died of cancer. He was 69. Also, Gordon B. Hinckley, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, passed this weekend. He presided over the Mormon church during a period of great expansion. He was 97.
  • Violence continues to mount in Kenya. Yesterday, 19 people including 11 children, were burned to death when a mob set their house on fire. In the past four days, more that 100 people have been killed, many horribly burned, shot with arrows, or hacked with machetes. This terrible violence occurred after the government and the opposition party met with Kofi Annan to try to mediate an agreement. An editorial in Kenya's newspaper read, "“For the umpteenth time, we again ask President Kibaki and Orange Democratic Movement leader Mr. Raila Odinga to work for peace, truth and justice. Kenya has bled enough.”
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freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
Thanks nyara. :smile:
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
Here is one on the bbc, it's not a full statement though.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
nyara - Do you happen to have a link to Annan's statement handy? I haven't read it yet.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
Koffi annan is the world's most useless mediator to tell you the truth, especially where two prodeful aFrican leaders and two warring tribes are at each other's throats. I rolle dmy eyes when I read his statement.
DCStar DCStar 9 years
So much sadness. I hope Kofi Annan can do something to help this torn country.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
Did nothing come of their meeting with Kofi Annan? Or are they still in talks? Kenya has definitely "bled enough".
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
It's tribe truning against tribe, makes me think about Rwanda cos I'm reading Shake hands with the Devil right now. You should read the eyewitness account of the man who saw the mob set the house on fire on bbc.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
That is so sad about Kenya.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
Kenya is about to turn into another East African statistic.
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