Village raid kills 71, including children

Nairobi, Kenya A raid by hundreds of Ethiopian bandits on a remote village in northern Kenya, and reprisals by tribesmen and Kenyan security forces, left at least 71 people dead, including more than two dozen children, police said Wednesday.

Armed with guns and spears, the bandits attacked villagers in Turbi, a remote area of Kenya about 350 miles northeast of the capital, Nairobi, on Tuesday killing 45 civilians and stealing thousands of farm animals, police spokesman Jaspher Ombati said Wednesday.

The Roman Catholic Information Service said at least 52 villagers were killed.

The assailants hacked to death and slashed the throats of at least two dozen children at a boarding school in the village, while most of the adults were shot, said medical workers at Wilson Airport, where 10 critically injured victims were being flown to Nairobi for treatment.

The attackers lingered the entire day in the village, shooting and hacking anyone on sight because security forces were slow to respond, according to the Catholic Information Service. Wounded survivors wept or held their heads in anguish as they were carried out of an air ambulance.

Bush daughters take part in first lady’s goodwill tour

Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania In front of the television cameras, Jenna Bush listens silently to Tanzanian orphans who have been left by AIDS with no families. Across the continent in South Africa, twin sister Barbara quietly cares for children afflicted with the devastating disease.

First lady Laura Bush’s trip to Africa this week has brought her 23-year-old daughters back into the spotlight that they have shunned for most of their father’s presidency. The trip also found them – at least by Wednesday – dealing with it in different ways.

Jenna Bush has emerged as a prominent, if quiet, partner in her mother’s African goodwill tour. Accompanying Laura Bush as she left South Africa for Tanzania and the trip’s final stop in Rwanda, Jenna decided to begin taking part in all her mother’s events.

It was a reversal from the early part of the trip, when both she and Barbara did everything they could to remain unseen and unheard.

Laura Bush said Jenna was comfortable with assuming a more public role – and wanted to demonstrate the commitment of her father’s administration and her country to this impoverished continent.

Rain-soaked island residents prepare as Storm Emily nears

St. George’s, Grenada Grenadian police ordered people off the streets and businesses closed Wednesday as Tropical Storm Emily threatened an island still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Ivan last year.

Prime Minister Keith Mitchell sought to reassure citizens the government would not be caught off-guard – as it was when Ivan killed 39 people and left a wasteland of ruined buildings in September.

Grenadians rushed home under heavy rain, forming traffic jams in the capital of St. George’s. Islanders had flocked to the stores Tuesday, snapping up canned food, water and batteries. The rush contrasted with the attitude before Ivan, when islanders took few precautions.

At 8 p.m. Wednesday, the center of Emily was about 90 miles northeast of Trinidad and 85 miles southeast of Grenada, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. The storm had sustained winds of 60 mph and was heading west at about 18 mph.


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