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AU head goes to Kenya following election violence that killed 275

The head of the African Union was traveling to Kenya Wednesday for crisis talks to end an explosion of post-election violence that has killed more than 275 people, including dozens burned alive as they sought refuge in a church. The killing of up to 50 ethnic Kikuyus Tuesday as they sheltered in a church in the Rift Valley city of Eldoret recalled scenes from the genocide in Rwanda in 1994, when more than a half-million people were killed. The question facing Kenya is whether the politicians will lose control of the mobs, triggering a civil war in what has been one of Africa's most stable democracies. President Mwai Kibaki, who was swiftly inaugurated for a second term Sunday after a vote critics said was rigged, called for a meeting with his political opponents - a significant softening of tone for a man who rarely speaks to the media and who vowed to crack down on rioters.