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Kenyan Violence Continues Despite Agreement


Violence is continuing in western Kenya, despite an agreement between the government and main opposition to attempt to end the unrest.

Police say at least 14 people have died in clashes in the Rift Valley region since Friday. They say that some victims have been killed by machetes and poisoned arrows.

Officials also report that a mob burned a church to the ground overnight in the western town of Eldoret. No casualties were reported in that incident.

The continued fighting has taken place after former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced an agreement between President Mwai Kibaki's government and the opposition on a framework for talks to end the crisis.

Annan said the sides would discuss stopping the violence, delivering humanitarian aid, and ending the political impasse. He offered few details of the agreement, but said they believe they can achieve those goals within 15 days.

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga accuses President Kibaki of rigging last month's presidential election. Protests that exploded after the election have since degenerated into tribal violence.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on Kenyans to stop the violence.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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