President Obama to Make First Official Visit to Kenya

President Obama to Make First Official Visit to Kenya

President Obama to Make First Official Visit to Kenya (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

President Obama will make his first official trip to Kenya in July. The White House said he will attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which will be attended by business leaders, governments and international organizations.

Obama visited Kenya as a senator but never as the president.

President Obama’s father was born in Kenya and had returned there shortly after his birth. He died more than 30 years ago.

Shaya Prince, 8, Among 4 Killed in Richmond Hill Shooting in St. James

shaya prince , 8, Among 4 Killed in Richmond Hill Shooting in St. James

Shaya Prince, 8, Among 4 Killed in Richmond Hill Shooting in St. James

Shaya Prince

JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL:  Eight-year-old Shaya Prince among four people shot to death in Richmond Hill, Jamaica on Thursday.

Loy Loraine Watson (Latti), 28; Junior Peter Scott, 26, and Kimali Walker, 22, were killed in the shooting. Police have named Kevin Hodge, also known as Tafari, as a person of interest in the shootings.

St. James police have launched a manhunt for Watson’s ex-boyfriend. It is believed he allegedly trailed Shaya Prince home from her school in Montego Bay to her family’s home in Richmond Hill. The estranged couple reportedly had a verbal altercation on the same day.

The shooting occurred between 2:00 and 2:30 a.m. yesterday.

Gothenburg Shooting: 8 People Injured After Shooters ‘Armed with Rifles’ Storm Pub

gothenburg shooting 8 People Wounded After '2 Armed Men' Storm Gothenburg Pub

Gothenburg Shooting: 8 People Wounded After ‘Armed Men’ Storm Swedish Pub

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#GOTHENBURGSHOOTING:  At least eight people were wounded in a shooting at a shopping mall in Gothenburg, Sweden.  Police say the shooting occurred inside a restaurant and may be gang-related.

The shooting occurred at the Var Krog Och Bar shortly before 10:30 p.m. Eyewitnesses say two people armed with Kalashnikov rifles stormed the pub and opened fire.

Report: President Obama to Visit Jamaica in Early April

Report: President Obama to Visit Jamaica in Early April

Report: President Obama to Visit Jamaica in Early April

President Obama is set to visit Jamaica in April, the Jamaica Observer reports. The newspaper reports, “Obama is scheduled to attend a meeting in Kingston on April 9, after which he will leave for Panama to attend the Summit of the Americas that will be held over April 10 – 11.”

Ivory Coast’s Former First Lady Simone Gbagbo Gets 20-Year Prison Sentence

Ivory Coast's Former First Lady Simone Gbagbo Gets 20-Year Prison Sentence

Ivory Coast’s Former First Lady Simone Gbagbo Gets 20-Year Prison Sentence (Photo Credit: YouTube Video Screengrab)

Simone Gbagbo, Ivory Coast’s former first lady, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for her role in the violence that erupted following the 2010 elections. She was charged with undermining state security.

Her husband, former President Laurent Gbagbo, is awaiting trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

More than 3,000 people died in the post-election violence that erupted after Gbagbo refused to accept defeat from Alassane Ouattara.

The couple was arrested in 2011 when they were found in a bunker in Abidjan.

 

Report: St. Lucia Police Allegedly Kept “Death List” and Planted Guns

Report: St. Lucia Police Allegedly Kept "Death List" and Planted Guns

Report: St. Lucia Police Allegedly Kept “Death List” and Planted Guns

Report:  St. Lucia’s prime minister Kenny Anthony investigators have issued a report accusing the police force of maintaining a “death list” of people it characterized as criminals and even planted guns at police shooting scenes.

PM Anthony said a “team of Jamaican investigators” looked at the fatal police-involved shooting of 12 people in 2009 and 2011. The investigators found that the shootings were “staged by the police to legitimize their actions.” Guns were also planted at the scene by the officers.

Dr. Anthony explained: “The report confirms that the black list or death list referenced by the media, human rights organisations, victims, families and citizens alike did exist. More alarmingly, the investigators report that all the shootings reviewed were fake encounters staged by the police to legistimise their actions.

“Further, that the weapons supposedly found on the scene of the alleged ‘extra-judicial killings’ were from sources other than the victims. The investigators say the weapons were ‘planted on the scene of the shootings’.

The investigators also advised that ‘a number of shootings were done by police officers and are listed on the murder statistic as being done by unknown assailants’. “Revealingly, the report suggests that ‘the crime problem in St. Lucia is facilitated by corrupt politicians, government officials, business persons and the police officers.’ Source:  St. Lucia News Online

The police shootings occurred during the “Operation Restore Confidence” security initiative.

 

Who Built Mystery Tunnel Found Near Pan Am Games Venue in Toronto?

Who Built Mystery Tunnel Found Near Pan Am Games Venue?

Who Built Mystery Tunnel Found Near Pan Am Games Venue? (Photo Credit: CBC Video Screengrab)

Who built the tunnel found near the site of the Pan Am Games in Toronto? Was it the government, drug traffickers or terrorists?

The tunnel was dug in the woods near Toronto’s Rexall Centre and York University’s Keele campus. It was large enough for a person to stand in, at around 2½ metres in height, and was about seven metres long. The tunnel had lights inside, powered by a generator, and the walls and ceiling were reinforced.

Sources told CBC News that the tunnel was filled in by authorities.

A Toronto and Region Conservation Authority employee reportedly found the tunnel while walking near the TRCA headquarters at 5 Shoreham Dr. in mid-January. The employee, who was carrying out day-to-day activities, noticed a piece of corrugated steel in the woods, and when it was lifted, the tunnel could be seen about three metres down.

The TRCA told CBC News on Monday that it is aware of a police investigation.

Authorities have essentially ruled out the possibility that the tunnel was going to be used as a drug lab or marijuana grow-op, according to sources. It likely took weeks if not longer to dig, and the earth excavated from the tunnel appears to have been removed from the site to help avoid detection. Source: CBC

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Jacob Zuma Plan: Foreigners Will Be Banned from Owning Land in South Africa

Jacob Zuma Plan:  Foreigners Will Be Banned from Owning Land in South Africa

Jacob Zuma Plan: Foreigners Will Be Banned from Owning Land in South Africa

South African President Jacob Zuma shocked many when he unveiled his plan to ban foreigners from owning land in South Africa.

Two decades after the end of apartheid, land is still concentrated in the hands of a largely white minority, and remains a sensitive issue.

The government is under growing pressure to put more land in the hands of the country’s black majority.

“Land has become one of the most critical factors in achieving redress for the wrongs of the past,” said Mr Zuma, elaborating on the plans on Saturday.

“In this regard, the regulation of land holdings bill will be submitted to parliament this year.”

In the future, foreigners will only be allowed to lease land, not to own it, he said, adding that local farmers would not be able to own more than 12,000 hectares.

That is presumably aimed at white farmers who still own much of the best farmland a generation after the end of racial apartheid, says the BBC’s Andrew Harding in Johannesburg. Source: BBC News

Haitian Police Fire Rubber Bullets at Gas Price Demonstrators

Haitian Police Fire Rubber Bullets at Gas Price Demonstrators

Haitian Police Fire Rubber Bullets at Gas Price Demonstrators (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Haitian police fire rubber bullets at gas price protesters in Port-au-Prince on Thursday. Six student protesters were wounded.

It was the second protest this week in Port-au-Prince to demand lower oil prices, in an impoverished country also struggling with political uncertainty.

Haiti recently announced a 30 US cent price reduction for a gallon of gas (3.8 liters), which sells for just over $4 in the country, but protesters said that was insufficient in light of falling oil prices on the international market.

Members of political organizations and students rallied at several university campuses.

In downtown Port-au-Prince, protesters threw stones at police who approached the law faculty located just meters from the presidential palace. Source: France 24

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.”