February 16, 2008 in Nation/World

Officials say they’ll work for reforms

The Spokesman-Review

Government and opposition negotiators agreed Friday to work toward a raft of electoral and constitutional reforms but remained bitterly divided over how Kenya’s presidential rivals might settle their differences and share power in a coalition government.

Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who is leading mediation talks, said a power-sharing agreement was the best hope of breaking Kenya’s political stalemate and halting post-election violence that has resulted in 1,000 deaths.

After spending two days in a secluded southern Kenya safari lodge with bickering negotiators, Annan described the talks as “intense and fruitful,” and said he remained optimistic that a compromise might be reached next week.

Mexico City

Homemade bomb explodes, killing 1

A homemade bomb exploded about 50 yards from Mexico City police headquarters Friday, killing one man and injuring a young woman, police said.

The explosion broke windows and damaged cars in the immediate vicinity, part of a popular tourist area.

A man was killed in the explosion and two other people were injured, Police Chief Joel Ortega said. Police are investigating whether the man killed was responsible for the bomb or if he simply picked up the package inside a plastic bag from the sidewalk, he added.

Ortega said the motive for the bombing remained unclear.

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