Egypt Independent: World-Main news en Rescuers search rubble of Nairobi building, at least 12 dead <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Rescue workers raced on Saturday to save more residents from the rubble of a six-storey building in Nairobi after it collapsed overnight following heavy rain. At least 12 people were confirmed dead.<br /><br />President Uhuru Kenyatta visited the site of Friday night&#39;s disaster and ordered the arrest of the owners of the building, which had been condemned by the authorities.<br /><br />One man was pulled out alive on Saturday afternoon to cheers from the crowd. Earlier, Interior Minister Joseph Ole Nkaissery told reporters at the scene that the cries of a woman and child had been heard. Their fate was not clear.<br /><br />&quot;We are still hearing some voices from the collapsed building,&quot; Kenya National Disaster Operation Centre director Colonel Nathan Kigotho said, in Nairobi&#39;s poor Huruma district. &quot;We don&#39;t have the exact number of people buried in the rubble.&quot;<br /><br />He said 12 bodies had been recovered from the building.<br /><br />After mainly working with hands and power tools, rescue workers moved in two excavator vehicles to assist in lifting heavy masonry. Residents in the next building were pulled out carrying their packed belongings.<br /><br />Heavy rains have led to building collapses in the past in poor neighbourhoods of the Kenyan capital, which residents have usually blamed on shoddy or illegal construction.<br /><br />The building in Huruma in eastern Nairobi had 198 rooms, Kigotho said. Some residents escaped before the collapse and at least 133 people had been rescued.<br /><br />The president told officials &quot;to undertake an immediate survey of all the houses in the area to find out those which are at risk of collapsing&quot;, his office said in a statement.<br /><br />Kigotho said the building&#39;s proximity to a nearby swollen river likely damaged the structure. &quot;The water most likely undermined the foundation,&quot; he said.<br /><br />Police said more than 120 people had been taken to hospital.<br /><br />Lower floors of the building crumpled, leaving some of the top storey still standing. Broken bed frames, mattresses and clothes protruded from the wreckage.<br /><br />&quot;It is raining, and these houses were built without Nairobi County authorisation,&quot; Jonathan Mueke, deputy governor of Nairobi County, told privately-owned QTV station.<br /><br />&quot;I am asking residents in the area to leave. In the area where this one collapsed there are 189 houses,&quot; he said.</p> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:49:00 +0000 Reuters 2469229 at sites/default/files/photo/2016/04/30/504802/kenya.jpg Anti-Trump protests staged for second day in California <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Protests were staged in California for the second day in a row on Friday against U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, who is moving closer to winning the Republican nomination after a string of victories this week.<br /><br />The billionaire businessman was forced to halt his motorcade and go through a back entrance to a hotel to give a speech to the California Republican convention and avoid several hundred loud protesters gathered outside.<br /><br />&quot;That was not the easiest entrance I&#39;ve ever made,&quot; Trump told the gathering in Burlingame, south of San Francisco, after weaving around a barrier and clambering across a road to get to the venue. &quot;It felt like I was crossing the border actually.&quot;<br /><br />Demonstrators, some of whom held Mexican national flags, at one point rushed security gates at the hotel and police officers had their batons out.<br /><br />The mogul had already drawn protests in California, with chaotic scenes on Thursday outside a Trump rally in Costa Mesa. Anti-Trump protesters smashed the window of a police car and blocked traffic. Some 20 people were arrested.<br /><br />Protests have become common outside rallies for Trump who has earned ardent critics, as well as support from Republican voters, for his rhetoric against illegal immigration. His campaign abandoned a rally in Chicago last month after clashes between his supporters and protesters.<br /><br />He has accused Mexico of sending drug dealers and rapists across the U.S. border and has promised to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it.<br /><br />Trump, who described himself this week as the party&#39;s presumptive nominee, would take a large stride toward knocking his Republican rivals out of the presidential race if he wins the Indiana primary next week.<br /><br />On Friday, he said he is approaching the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the nomination.<br /><br />Trump, who has run as a political outsider and only recently started making inroads with the Republican establishment, called for the party to band together behind him. But said he could win the White House without them if needed.<br /><br />&quot;There should be and there has to be unity. Now with that being said, would I win, can I win without it? I think so, to be honest,&quot; Trump told the convention. His speech drew applause, though not the fervent reception of his usual campaign rallies.<br /><br /><strong>Indiana fight</strong><br /><br />Trump&#39;s main rival, Senator Ted Cruz, on Friday picked up the backing of Governor Mike Pence of Indiana in a rearguard battle to damage Trump&#39;s chances.<br /><br />&quot;I&#39;m not against anybody, but I will be voting for Ted Cruz in the upcoming Republican primary,&quot; Pence said on an Indiana radio show.<br /><br />Cruz, from Texas, is trailing the former reality TV star in the Midwestern state after losing to him by a wide margin in all five Northeastern states that held nominating contests on Tuesday.<br /><br />A CBS poll earlier this week found Trump with about 40 percent of support in Indiana, compared to 35 percent for Cruz. The poll had a margin of error of 6.6 points. Other polls have also shown Trump ahead.<br /><br />The Republican front-runner was in California ahead of its June 7 primary, when the most convention delegates of the Republican nominating cycle will be at stake.<br /><br />After his speech, Trump made a similarly unconventional exit out of the hotel via the back door.<br /><br />Cheryl McDonald, 71, of Discovery Bay, said she had to pass through protesters to get inside the hotel.<br /><br />&quot;They were yelling. I think the only words they know in the dictionary are profanities,&quot; said McDonald, who said she is a Trump supporter.<br /><br />Ohio Governor John Kasich, a distant third in the race for the party&#39;s nomination, distanced himself from what he said was a divisive campaign that preyed on voters&#39; fears.<br /><br />&quot;I&#39;m worried about a divided, polarized country,&quot; Kasich said. &quot;It doesn&#39;t have to be that way.&quot;</p> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 08:44:00 +0000 Reuters 2469203 at sites/default/files/photo/2016/04/30/504802/trump.jpg US military punishes 16 over 2015 Afghan hospital bombing <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>The U.S. military will announce on Friday that has it taken disciplinary action against 16 service members over a deadly October 3 air strike in Afghanistan that destroyed a hospital run by the international medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres, U.S. officials told Reuters.<br /><br />The disclosure of the nonjudicial punishments will come during the release of the findings of a U.S. military investigation into the incident, which will broadly conclude that the strike was a tragic mistake, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.<br /><br />That finding is consistent with the results of a preliminary investigation released by the U.S. military in November, when commanders stressed that American forces did not intentionally target the hospital.<br /><br />Instead, General John Campbell, who was then head of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, described a series of blunders that allowed the American forces to target the hospital, even though it was on a no-strike list.<br /><br />MSF, known as Doctors Without Borders in English, has in the past publicly cast doubt on the idea that the strike could have been a mistake.<br /><br />Forty-two people were killed in the incident and 37 were wounded as American forces helped Afghans repel Taliban insurgents from the city of Kunduz last year.<br /><br />One general was among those singled out for disciplinary action, the officials said. The nonjudicial punishments include letters of reprimand, which could have a career-ending effect on the service members involved.<br /><br />&quot;These people are not promotable,&quot; said one U.S. official.<br /><br />According to the initial U.S. investigation, U.S. forces had meant to target a different building in the city and were led off-track by a technical error in their aircraft&#39;s mapping system that initially directed them to an empty field.<br /><br />The U.S. forces then looked for a target that was visually similar to the one they had originally sought, the former National Directorate of Security headquarters in Kunduz, which they believed was occupied by insurgents.<br /><br />The Taliban&#39;s brief capture of the Kunduz provincial capital was arguably the biggest victory for the militants in the 15-year war since they were toppled by U.S.-led forces in late 2001.<br /><br />Violence in Afghanistan is at its worst since the departure of most foreign combat troops in 2014.</p> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:41:00 +0000 Reuters 2469186 at sites/default/files/photo/2016/04/29/504802/afghan_2.jpg South Sudan names unity cabinet in step towards peace <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>South Sudan&#39;s President Salva Kiir named a new cabinet including former rebels and members of the opposition on Thursday, a step forward in a drawn-out peace process aimed at ending more than two years of conflict.<br /><br />The decree read out on state television and radio said a third of the ministers in the new 30-member &quot;national unity&quot; cabinet were members of the SPLM-IO party led by Kiir&#39;s long-term rival Riek Machar.<br /><br />Fighting broke out between both men&#39;s supporters in the capital in December 2013 after Kiir sacked Machar as first vice president. That triggering ethnically charged clashes across the oil-producer that the U.N. says have killed thousands and forced more than 2.3 million to flee.<br /><br />Under pressure from the United States, the United Nations and other powers, both sides signed a peace deal in August, but it broke down repeatedly.<br /><br />Machar only returned to Juba on Tuesday, and was swiftly given back his old job.<br /><br />&quot;I, President Salva Kiir do hereby issue this ... decree for the appointment of ministers of the transitional government of national unity ... effect from April 28,&quot; the statement said.<br /><br />In a sign of lingering violence, the U.N. Mission in South Sudan said one of its compounds in the northern town of Bentiu was attacked with a rocket propelled grenade and gunfire on Monday, damaging a container. It did not name the attacker.</p> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:16:00 +0000 Reuters 2469176 at sites/default/files/photo/2016/04/29/504802/sudan.jpg