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European leaders on Monday resisted Ukraine's demands for peacekeepers to stabilise its war-torn east, as monitors reported a surge in shelling near a strategic government-held city. Top European Union officials at a summit with the former Soviet state did however agree to boost humanitarian support as Kiev fights separatists in the east whom its Western allies accuse Russia of backing. Observers from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) say shelling is rumbling on in the east despite a ceasefire deal signed in the Belarusian capital Minsk in February. Ukraine's pro-Western President Petro Poroshenko called on the EU officials "to deploy an international peacekeeping mission in our country which will contribute to the complete fulfilment of the Minsk accords".
By Joseph Akwiri MOMBASA (Reuters) - Kenyan authorities are questioning a legislative employee about a suspected plot to attack parliament in Nairobi, police and lawmakers said on Monday, amid concern after assaults by Islamist militants. Ali Abdulmajid, a long-serving parliamentary employee, was arrested on Sunday and held in the Kenyan capital after intelligence reports linked him to the plot, Ndegwa Muhoro, Director of the Criminal Investigations Department, said. Hundreds of Kenyans have died in five major attacks in the last two years, including a days-long siege at Nairobi's Westgate mall in late 2013 that left 67 people dead and a pre-dawn attack at Garissa university earlier this month that killed 148 people, most of them college students. A confidential report, which was issued last week by the Kenyan government and seen by Reuters, said al Shabaab had dispatched spies to "launch more high-scale attacks in the country on unspecified dates".