Polls open for Kenya’s national elections
Kenyans are casting ballots in their country's presidential election, bringing to a close yet another turbulent campaign season in the economically vital East African nation.
Voters began lining up hours before dawn Tuesday to cast their ballots in hotly contested nationwide polls. One voter, 31-year-old Mildred Malubi, said she waited in line for three and a half hours to vote in Kangemi slum, in Nairobi.
This year's election is the second consecutive election between the incumbent, 55-year-old Uhuru Kenyatta, and his longtime rival, 72-year-old Raila Odinga, who is making his fourth run for the presidency. Kenyatta has the support of Kenya's majority Kikuyu ethnic tribe, while Odinga is favored by ethnic Luo people.
The campaign has been marred by accusations of vote rigging made by Odinga against the president, and the murder of a top-ranking election official. The heightened tensions have raised concerns of a repeat of the disputed 2007 vote, when more than 1,100 were killed and 600,000 more displaced in a wave of ethnic violence.
Former U.S. President Barack Obama, whose father was born in Kenya, issued a statement Monday calling on all Kenyans to "reject violence and incitement."
"I urge all Kenyans to work for an election — and aftermath — that is peaceful and credible, reinforcing confidence in your new Constitution and the future of your country," Obama wrote.
Thousands of election observers have been deployed throughout Kenya, including former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
The polls close at 5 pm local time. Results are expected by Friday.
9/11 Victim's Remains Identified Some 16 Years Later
The remains of a man killed in the terrorist attack on New York's World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, have been identified nearly 16 years after the deadly attacks.
The city medical examiners’ office announced the finding Monday but is withholding the man’s name at the request of his family.
It is the first new identification made since March 2015.
Remains of 1,641 victims have been identified so far. That means 40 percent of those who died that day have yet to have any remains identified.
New, more sensitive DNA technology was deployed earlier this year and helped make the latest identification after earlier testing produced no results, the medical examiner's office said.
Nearly 22,000 human samples recovered from Ground Zero have been tested and retested since 2001 in an effort to return the remains to the families.
The 9/11 airliner attacks killed a total of nearly 3,000 people in New York, at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.