President Obama Issues Statement on Death of Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz

President Obama Lauds Saudi King Abdullah's Search for Peace in Middle East

President Obama Lauds Saudi King Abdullah’s Search for Peace in Middle East

President Obama issues a statement on the death of Saudi Arabian King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz:

“King Abdullah’s life spanned from before the birth of modern Saudi Arabia through its emergence as a critical force within the global economy and a leader among Arab and Islamic nations.  He took bold steps in advancing the Arab Peace Initiative, an endeavor that will outlive him as an enduring contribution to the search for peace in the region.  At home, King Abdullah’s vision was dedicated to the education of his people and to greater engagement with the world.

As our countries worked together to confront many challenges, I always valued King Abdullah’s perspective and appreciated our genuine and warm friendship.  As a leader, he was always candid and had the courage of his convictions.  One of those convictions was his steadfast and passionate belief in the importance of the U.S.-Saudi relationship as a force for stability and security in the Middle East and beyond.  The closeness and strength of the partnership between our two countries is part of King Abdullah’s legacy.”

Kenyan Government Apologizes for Tear-Gassing Student Protesters at Lang’ata School

Kenyan Government Apologizes for Tear-Gassing Students Protesting Playground Sale

Kenyan Government Apologizes for Tear-Gassing Students Protesting Playground Sale (Photo Credit: Twitter via CapitalFM_Kenya)

Kenyan authorities apologized after police used tear gas on students protesting the sale of the playground at Lang’ata school in Nairobi to a developer.

Internal Security Minister Joseph Nkaissery apologized after meeting with students at the school on Tuesday. He confirmed that the playground belonged to the school.

BBC News reports the students had returned to school after a “two-week teachers’ strike to find the playground fenced off.”

Teachers and activists joined the students in trying to “push down the barriers” before the police intervened, using tear gas to disperse the protesters.

Eritrean Refugee Khaled Idris Bahray Found Dead Outside Dresden Home

Eritrean Refugee Khaled Idris Bahray Found Dead Outside Dresden Home

Eritrean Refugee Khaled Idris Bahray Found Dead Outside Dresden Home (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Police have launched an investigation after an Eritrean man, Khaled Idris Bahray, was found dead outside his Dresden home in east Germany on Tuesday.

The Guardian reports Bahray, 20, was last seen when he left his apartment on Monday evening to go shopping but never returned home. A resident, who lived in the Leubnitz-Neuostra district, found his body Tuesday morning.

Police initially said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death, saying on Tuesday: “Up to now there are no indications of foul play.”

But after a flurry of activity on social network sites and inquiries by a local journalist from the newspaper MOPO24 as well as from members of the 35,000-strong Eritrean community in Germany as to how it could be ruled out so quickly that the man had been the victim of assault, police said a murder investigation had been launched.

“From the external marks on the corpse it is not possible to deduce what happened. Due to the fact there is reasonable suspicion to indicate an unnatural death, the murder commission is now investigating,” said a police spokesman, Dieter Kroll. Source: Guardian

There is chatter on social media sites that seems to believe Khaled Idris Bahray may have been a victim of an attack by a sympathizer of the anti-Muslim Pegida movement. The police have yet to disclose a motive in his death.

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic Makes History as Croatia’s First Woman President

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic Makes History as Croatia's First Woman President

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic Makes History as Croatia’s First Woman President (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Conservative populist Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic makes history as the first woman president of Croatia. The electoral commission declared her a winner of presidential runoff against President Ivo Josipovic.

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic beat Josipovic more than 50% of the vote to the incumbent’s 49%.

German Tabloid Hamburger Morgenpost that Ran Charlie Hebdo Cartoon, Firebombed

German Tabloid Hamburger Morgenpost that Ran Charlie Hebdo Cartoon, Firebombed

German Tabloid Hamburger Morgenpost that Ran Charlie Hebdo Cartoon, Firebombed (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

German tabloid Hamburger Morgenpost that ran a Charlie Hebdo cartoon was firebombed. No-one was at the tabloid, located in the port city of Hamburg, at the time of the bombing.

Hamburg police said it was “too soon” to tell whether there was a connection between the Charlie Hebdo tribute and the firebombing, which would be the first attack against the cartoons since Wednesday’s massacre of 12 people at the French weekly.

“Rocks and then a burning object were thrown through the window,” a police spokesman told AFP.

“Two rooms on lower floors were damaged but the fire was put out quickly.”

The Hamburger Morgenpost, known locally as the MOPO, had splashed the Charlie Hebdo cartoons on its front page after the massacre at the Paris publication with the headline “This much freedom must be possible!”

Police said the attack had occurred at about 0120 GMT and that two men, aged 35 and 39, seen acting suspiciously near the scene were detained and are being questioned. Source: Yahoo News

Family of Slain Paris Grocery Store Gunman Amedy Coulibaly “Condemn These Acts”

Family of Slain Paris Grocery Store Gunman Amedy Coulibaly "Condemn These Acts"

Family of Slain Paris Grocery Store Gunman Amedy Coulibaly “Condemn These Acts”

The family of slain Paris kosher grocery store gunman Amedy Coulibaly issued a statement offering their “sincere condolences” to the victims’ families, the AFP reports.

The statement reads, “We condemn these acts. We absolutely do not share these extreme ideas. We hope there will not be any confusion between these odious acts and the Muslim religion.”

Amedy Coulibaly was killed by police on Friday after he killed four hostages at a Jewish grocery store. He also fatally shot a rookie policewoman, Clarissa Jean-Philippe, in Montrouge on Thursday. French authorities are seeking his “wife,” Hayat Boumeddiene, who they believe is in Syria.

The murdered hostages have been identified as Yohan Cohen, 22, Yoav Hattab, 21, Philippe Braham and Francois-Michel Saada.

2 Teens Arrested for Murder of Retired Nurse Hyacinth Hayden in Trelawny

2 Teens Arrested for Murder of Retired Nurse Hyacinth Hayden in Trelawny

2 Teens Arrested for Murder of Retired Nurse Hyacinth Hayden in Trelawny (Map Credit: Google)

Two teens, both aged 16, were arrested for the murder of 79-year-old retired nurse Hyacinth Hayden, who was found fatally stabbed in her Green Park, Trelawny, home on New Year’s Eve.

The boys, who were arrested on Saturday, are expected to be charged on Monday for the Hayden’s murder.

It is a sad commentary that Mrs. Hayden did so much good in the community to have her life taken by two young thugs. That’s assuming they are indeed the murderers and aren’t taking the rap for the real killer or killers.

Retired Nurse Hyacinth Hayden Killed in Her Trelawny, Jamaica Home

Retired Nurse Hyacinth Hayden Killed in Her Trelawny, Jamaica Home

Retired Nurse Hyacinth Hayden Killed in Her Trelawny, Jamaica Home

SHOCK:  Hyacinth Hayden, a retired nurse, was stabbed to death in her Green Park, Trelawny, Jamaica, home on New Year’s Eve. Police are trying to locate her suspected killer.

According to a distraught Ashley Hayden, husband of the slain retired nurse, shortly after 3:00 pm he left the family home to purchase a phone card and other items for his wife at a community shop.

He said that on his return, about 15 minutes later, he discovered the blood-drenched body of his wife slumped on the kitchen step. She was found with multiple stab wounds to the upper body, he said.

“… Her mouth [was] open and [there was] blood all over her chest. They (attackers) must have been around watching me. Is only someone who know that the dog was chained and could only reach a certain distance that could have done it,” said Hayden. “When me come back the dog a raise hell!”

There was speculation that the killer or killers, who might have been known to the retired nurse, lurked near her house until her husband left the premises to commit the crime.

Hayden said that when he went inside the ransacked house, blood was spattered all over the floor, which suggested that the killers may have been searching for money and other valuables.

“There was blood, from living room come right down. Every drawer pull out, everything turn upside down,” the widower said. Source: Jamaica Observer

This is a travesty. Hyacinth Hayden was doing a lot of good in her community and was taken away from her family as a result of a senseless act of violence. Absolutely reprehensible.

Small Plane With 2 Passengers Goes Missing in Guyana

Small Plane With 2 Passengers Goes Missing in Guyana

Small Plane With 2 Passengers Goes Missing in Guyana

Hours after AirAsia flight QZ8501 lost contact with the Jakarta air traffic control, a small plane with two passengers goes missing in Guyana.

NDTV reports the plane was flying over remote jungles in Guyana, when it went missing on Sunday.

The civil aviation department said the plane is a twin-engine, 10-seat Britten-Norman Islander. It was delivering fuel and other cargo for mining camps in southwestern Guyana, NDTV reports.

 

Top Al-Shabaab Militant Zakariye Ahmed Ismail Hersi Surrenders to Somali Police

Top Al-Shabaab Militant Zakariye Ahmed Ismail Hersi Surrenders to Somali Police

Top Al-Shabaab Militant Zakariye Ahmed Ismail Hersi Surrenders to Somali Police (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Top al-Shabaab militant Zakariye Ahmed Ismail Hersi surrendered to Somali police. BBC News said Hersi, a leading figure in the group’s intelligence wing, surrendered to police in the Gedo region.

In June 2012, the US state department offered $3m (£1.9m, 2.5m euros) for information leading to his capture.

It comes three months after al-Shabab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane was killed in a US air strike.

A Somali intelligence officer, quoted by the Associated Press news agency, suggested Mr Hersi may have surrendered because of a dispute with al-Shabab members loyal to the former leader.

BBC Africa editor Mary Harper says Somali intelligence had received a tip off that he was hiding in a town close to the border with Kenya. He fell out with Godane last year and has been on the run ever since but he is still a powerful figure, she adds. Ahmad Umar was named the new leader of al-Shabab, days after Godane’s killing last September. Source: BBC News