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Kenyan Lawmaker Defends Somalia Incursion

In an interview Tuesday with VOA's Somali Service, Deputy Speaker of Parliament Farah Moallim said the comments of Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed do not reflect the interest of the Somali people.

Kenya sent troops into southern Somalia a little more than a week ago to chase after al-Shabab militants, who Kenya blames for a series of cross-border kidnappings.

On Monday, President Sharif said only African Union troops can operate legally in Somalia, and cautioned against Kenya doing anything to harm the two countries' relations.

Grenade Attack in Kenya Follows Threats From al-Shabab

Kenyan authorities have increased security in the capital, following a grenade attack at a bar in downtown Nairobi that wounded 13 people.

The attack came after Somali militant group al-Shabab warned it would retaliate for an ongoing Kenyan military incursion into Somalia.

The blast tore through Mwaura's bar between midnight and 1 a.m. Monday morning. Hours later, blood stains could still be seen on the sink and a metal table just a few meters from where an unidentified assailant tossed the grenade.

Turkey Says 49 Kurdish Rebels Dead

Turkish military forces near the border with Iraq say they have killed at least 49 Kurdish rebels in an offensive over the past two days.

A military statement issued Saturday said the operation launched Wednesday against the rebel Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) is continuing.

It said air and ground offensives continue in two southern Turkish regions and in a few regions across the border, in northern Iraq.

On Friday, Turkey sought support from neighboring Iran in its fight against the rebels.

ETA Announces End to Armed Activity

The Basque separatist group ETA has declared an end to its 43-year bloody campaign for an indepedent homeland in Europe.

Three ETA members wearing black berets and white hoods that covered their faces made the declaration in a video posted online Thursday. They called on the Spanish and French governments to open talks with the aim of resolving the conflict.

Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero welcomed the announcement, calling it an important step, but did not say if his government will speak with the group.

Mauritania Strikes Al-Qaida Base in Mali

Mauritania says its military has conducted an air strike on a suspected al-Qaida terrorist base in western Mali.

Authorities say Thursday's raid destroyed a camp in the Wagadou Forest operated by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb , al-Qaida's northern Africa affiliate.

Military officials said terrorists at the base were preparing to launch a cross-border attack on Mauritania.

In June, Mali and Mauritania carried out a joint operation on an al-Qaida terrorist camp in the same area.

Africans Shed Few Tears for Gadhafi

The reaction to the death of former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has been mostly subdued across sub-Saharan Africa.

While Gadhafi's strongman governing style may not be missed, his economic contributions to the continent certainly will.

The death of a man who once declared himself the King of Kings of Africa, has been met with more relief than grief across the continent.

Lessons from Gadhafi's fall

Reports: Former Libyan Leader Gadhafi Dead

Provisional government officials in Libya say former leader Moammar Gadhafi has died after being wounded as he tried to flee from the town of Sirte. The reports have not been independently confirmed.

Earlier Thursday, military leaders in the National Transitional Council (NTC) said Gadhafi had been taken into custody. NTC officials said he was badly wounded.

Revolutionary fighters made a final push into Sirte, Thursday, after spending weeks battling well-armed Gadhafi loyalists.

US Officials to Press Pakistan on Confronting Militants

Top U.S. officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and CIA Director David Petraeus, are due to visit Pakistan to press leaders there on confronting militants in the country's northwest tribal region.

The U.S. delegation for the talks Thursday in Islamabad will also include the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey.

Somali Forces Clash with al-Shabab Militants in Mogadishu

Heavy fighting has broken out between Somali government forces and al-Shabab rebels in the capital of Mogadishu, as Kenyan forces continue to advance across southern Somalia in an effort to hunt down members of the Somali insurgent group.

Officials and witnesses said African Union-backed Somali forces launched an assault Thursday in Mogadishu's Daynile district, one of the few remaining pockets of the Somali capital still controlled by the al-Qaida-linked militants. Somali officials say they are now in control of most parts of the district.