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Shebab militants killed at least 14 workers in northern Kenya on Tuesday, officials said, the latest in a wave of attacks in the east African nation by the Somali-led Islamists. The attack occurred just outside the town of Mandera in Kenya's far northeastern region, which borders Ethiopia and war-torn Somalia, and comes a little more than two weeks before US President Barack Obama is due to make his first presidential visit to Kenya, where his father was born. A regional commissioner, Mohamud Saleh, said the attackers were believed to be Shebab members based in Kenya's northeast, which has seen a string of attacks in recent months.
Japanese prosecutors are dropping their case against an American Toyota executive who resigned following her arrest in Tokyo for drug law violations, reports said Tuesday. Julie Hamp, 55, who was recently appointed to head global public relations at the world's biggest carmaker, was taken into custody last month for importing a controlled substance without permission. The arrest of Toyota's most senior female executive at a hotel in Tokyo came after a package containing oxycodone was intercepted at the airport.