A boycott of businesses owned by allies of Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki was called by opposition leaders, along with a new round of street protests against his disputed reelection. The latter are scheduled to begin Thursday. Kibaki's government blasted the boycott as "illegal and an insult to Kenyans." It also summoned Britain's ambassador for a dressing-down because his government has yet to recognize Kibaki's election victory.
New turmoil erupted in Lebanon Monday as two vehicles owned by relatives of political figures were heavily damaged in a grenade explosion. There were no injuries, however. One vehicle belonged to the wife of a judge, the other to the family of a pro-Syrian general jailed in connection with the 2005 assassination of ex-Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The incidents came one day after parliament announced its 12th postponement of the election for a new national president. The vote, which was to have taken place Monday, was rescheduled for Feb. 11.