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The husband of Kenyan distance running star Agnes Tirop appeared in court on Monday as a suspect in her killing, and was remanded in custody for almost three weeks.
Ibrahim, commonly known as Emmanuel, Rotich, was arrested last week in the coastal town of Mombasa after a dramatic late-night chase.
"The suspect will remain in police custody for 20 days to enable police to complete the investigations into the murder," Iten chief magistrate Charles Kutwa said.
"He will also be taken for mental assessment."
Tirop, 25, was found stabbed to death in their home in Iten, western Kenya, last Wednesday, a killing that shocked the nation and the world of athletics.
The double world championships bronze medallist was considered a rising star in Kenyan athletics. She came fourth in the 5,000 metres at the Tokyo Olympics this year and broke the world women-only record in the 10km last month.
Rotich, said by police to be aged about 41, had been expected to appear in court on Friday, but the hearing was postponed as officials decided where the case against him should be held.
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Canada is still reeling after the public revelation that there were remains of hundreds of children buried at Catholic boarding schools set up a century ago to forcibly assimilate the country's indigenous peoples.
Nearly six months later, the indigenous community of Kamloops, which has become symbolic of the scandal, is still struggling to heal as it continues the search for other remains and tries to identify the victims.
For the first time since May, when the remains of more than 200 children were uncovered at the British Columbia school, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit the Tk'emlups te Secwepemc community on Monday.
"Old wounds have been opened" in the past few months, the community's Chief Rosanne Casimir told AFP.
The revelation of the graves was a gut-wrenching confirmation for the indigenous communities, who have testified for years about the thousands of children who disappeared while staying at the boarding schools.
In recent months, more than 1,000 anonymous graves have been found near former Catholic Indian residential schools, shedding light on a dark chapter in Canadian history and its policy of forced assimilation of First Nations people.Kamloops Indian Residential School survivor Evelyn Camille, 82, told AFP there were "a lot of abuses and hunger" at the school Cole Burston AFP
"There were a lot of abuses and hunger" at the Kamloops school, the largest in the country, Evelyn Camille, a school survivor, told AFP. The 82-year-old community elder choked back tears as she spoke.
In total, some 150,000 Indian, Metis and Inuit children were enrolled from the late 1800s to the 1990s in 139 of the residential schools across Canada, spending months or years isolated from their families, language and culture. Thousands never returned home.
A truth and reconciliation commission concluded in 2015 the failed government policy amounted to "cultural genocide."
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But Casimir says there are still many unanswered questions. "Why hasn't the government done anything before?" she said. "Why is it now just coming to the light? And why are people listening today?"Chief Rosanne Casimir, of Tk'emlups te Secwepemc poses at the site of a makeshift memorial at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in Kamloops, Canada Cole Burston AFP
The Catholic Church has apologized to Canada's indigenous peoples for the abuses at residential schools, but indigenous leaders are still awaiting a mea culpa from the pope himself.
"If he would actually listen to our survivors and develop a response, a meaningful one, it may make a difference," said Casimir.
The indigenous community is also urging the Church and the Canadian government to share all information that could identify the children, such as school attendance records.
Camille said identifying the remains would bring peace to many families. "We believe at that time, when the children's lives were taken, that their journey was not finished from here to there, that their spirit was still lingering with the remains," she explained.
"They've waited there for a long time, and now they've been discovered, they have to find first who they are, who they were."
The ground-penetrating radar used to confirm the location of the graves doesn't provide details on age or time of burial. And it is likely that more graves will be found.
The archaeological work that led to preliminary results covered an area of approximately 8,000 square meters (86,000 square feet). There are 65 hectares at the Kamloops school, which closed in 1978, that still need to be analyzed.
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Activists unfurled a Tibetan flag and a banner that said "no genocide" at the flame-lighting ceremony for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics in Greece on Monday.
The demonstrators produced the flag and the banner following the ceremony in Olympia attended by International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach.
Security guards forced the demonstrators, who were standing in the ruins of the site of the Ancient Olympics, to take down the flag and the banner and detained the activists.
The incident, which came a day after Tibet activists staged a demonstration at the Acropolis in Athens calling for a boycott of next year's Games, shows the potential protests that the first Olympics in China since 2008 face.
Tibet has alternated over the centuries between independence and control by China, which says it "peacefully liberated" the rugged plateau in 1951 and brought infrastructure and education to the previously underdeveloped region.
But many exiled Tibetans accuse the Chinese central government of religious repression and eroding their culture.The Olympic flame was lit in a ceremony in the ruins of the Temple of Hera in Olympia ARIS MESSINIS AFP
Following tradition, the Olympic flame was lit from the rays of the sun in the ruins of the ancient Temple of Hera, the cradle of the Ancient Games.
"In these difficult times we are still living through, the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 will be an important moment to bring the world together in a spirit of peace, friendship and solidarity," Bach said in a speech before the demonstrators produced the flag.
Due to coronavirus restrictions, the ceremony was held in front of an audience limited to the members of the International Olympic Committee, the Greek and Chinese Olympic committees, Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou and vaccinated members of the media.
In a break with tradition, there will be no torch relay on Greek soil.
Instead, the flame is due to be carried to the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, a second-century arena used in both the 1896 and 2004 Games, and on Tuesday it will be handed over to the delegation from Beijing 2022 to be flown to China.
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