Kenyan opposition leader cancels protests amid fears of new bloodletting

Kenya's opposition leader on Monday canceled planned nationwide protest rallies, amid fears they could ignite new bloodletting. Raila Odinga said he wanted to give mediation a chance, noting Ghana's President John Kufuor, the current chairman of the African Union, was expected soon on a mediation mission. Odinga made the announcement at a news conference after meeting with US envoy Jendayi Frazer and after the government said the proposed demonstrations were illegal and could provoke violence.