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New Bomb Scare Diverts Air France Flight En Route to Paris

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

An Air France flight en route to Paris from Mauritania was forced to make an unscheduled stop in Kenya early Sunday morning after a suspicious device was found aboard the aircraft.

All passengers were safely evacuated from the Boeing 777, as bomb sappers rushed aboard to examine the unidentified device, which was found in a lavatory.

Air France Flight 463 was carrying 459 passengers and 14 crew members, according to Kenya police spokesperson Charles Owino.

“The pilots requested an emergency landing when a device suspected to be an explosive was discovered in the lavatory,” Owino told reporters.

The flight departed Mauritius at 9 pm for Charles DeGaulle Airport in Paris.

The aircraft landed at Moi International Airport in Mombasa, Kenya, according to Reuters and other news agencies.

Obama’s ‘Roots’ Journey: I’m the First Kenyan-American to be President of US

Monday, July 27th, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama proudly reveled in his father’s roots on Sunday in a speech he delivered to nearly 5,000 cheering Kenyans at a Nairobi gymnasium.

“I’m the first Kenyan-American to be president of the United States. That goes without saying,” Obama declared.

The president was Introduced to the crowd by half-sister Auma Obama, who said he “continues to be very attached to us.” The Kenyan sister told her fellow Africans she could still remember picking up her young brother at Nairobi airport in a Volkswagon Beetle during his first trip to Kenya years ago. Now he returns in a presidential limo, she noted, which is known as “The Beast.”

But, she said, “He gets us. He’s one of us.” Obama’s half-brother Malik Obama, also in the audience, said simply that he was grateful that his brother “finally came to Kenya” as the powerful U.S. president.

“This is an important step in uniting everybody and showing the whole world a true sense of brotherhood,” said Malik Obama.

The president, meanwhile, stayed focused on inspiring young Kenyans to push forward – as he did – and up towards a better future.

“No country can achieve its full potential unless it draws on the talents of all its people,” Obama said.

‘When it comes to the people of Kenya, especially the youth, I believe there is no limit to what you can achieve. You can build your future right here, right now,” he said.

Obama then brought out his laundry list of what the African nation still needs to change. He began with the issue of discrimination against women, using as an example the recent debate in the United States over whether or not the Confederate flag should still be allowed to fly in the American southern states.

“Just because something is part of your past doesn’t make it right,” Obama said. “The Confederate flag … was a symbol for “those states who fought to preserve slavery and racial superiority… More and more Americans of all races are realizing now that that flag should come down.

“Just because something’s a tradition doesn’t make it right. is part of your past doesn’t make it right,” he said. “It doesn’t mean that it defines your future…. Treating women as a second-class citizen is a bad tradition. It’s holding you back,” he warned, in an oblique reference to the high incidence of domestic violence, sexual assault and female mutilation.

He then aimed at government corruption, calling it “an anchor that weighs you down.”

Obama told the story of his grandfather, who worked as a cook for the British military. “He was referred to as a “boy” even though he was a grown man,” he said, but added, “What these stories also tell us is about the arc of progress. We have to know our history so that we learn from it.”

The American president urged Kenya to continue its ongoing fight against the Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab terror organization based in Somalia.

“We will stand shoulder to shoulder with you in this fight against terrorism – for as long as it takes,” Obama said.

Ultimately, however, he reminded those gathered, “In the end, we are all a part of one tribe, the human tribe.”

Kenya Foils Attack Packed Cathedral as Country Mourns 148 Deaths

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

Kenya security forces foiled another attack Sunday and saved the lives of approximately 100 people inside a targeted cathedral in Mombasa while the country begins three days of mourning for 148 victims on Thursday’s terrorist attack as Garissa University College.

Kenya officials, under harsh criticism for their slow reaction to the attack, have arrested five suspects.

Kenya is predominantly Christian, and Muslim leaders joined priests on Sunday to speak out against violence.

Churches were heavily guarded for Easter Sunday prayers, and the extra deployment of forces may have led to the prevention of the planned attack on the cathedral.

“We are very concerned about the security of our churches and worshippers, especially this Easter period, and also because it is clear that these attackers are targeting Christians,” said Willybard Lagho, priest and chairman of the Coast Interfaith Council of Clerics.

Police have been deployed at malls and public buildings in Nairobi and along the eastern coast, while authorities have tried to close holes in the border with Somalia with the aid of helicopters.

Students at Garissa College told the country’s The Daily Nation that there had been warnings of a terrorist attack.

“There were rumors that there was going to be an attack on students. Some students said the messages were written in Arabic and that the writer cautioned Muslim students,” one student said, but some people thought it was an April Fool’s Day prank.

 

 

 

New York Jury Convicts Saudi Man in 1998 Al Qaeda Attack on US Embassy

Friday, February 27th, 2015

A New York City jury convicted Al Qaeda’s ‘minister of communications’ – Khaled al-Fawwaz – on charges of conspiring to kill Americans and destroy U.S. property. The verdict was handed down in a federal district courtroom on Thursday, Feb. 26.

The Saudi Arabian national was the deputy to the late terror chief Osama Bin Laden for nearly a decade, spreading his message to the West.

But he pleaded not guilty and claimed he was not a member of Al Qaeda, saying he does not condone violence. The prosecution accused Fawwaz of creating a media office in London to disseminate Bin Laden’s messages and faciliate communications between Al Qaeda members.

Fawwaz was convicted Thursday in a U.S. federal court on charges of participating in a conspiracy that led to the 1998 bombing of two U.S. embassies in East Africa.

“The defendant worked for years directly and personally with Osama Bin Laden,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Lewis said during his opening argument, the Wall Street Journal reported last month. The messages he helped disseminate included declarations of war that called for Muslims to kill Americans anywhere in the world.

The evidence presented to the juror included printed copies of an Al Qaeda declaration of war – taken from a search of Fawwaz’s home in London – signed by Bin Laden, and floppy disks of drafts of the same message.

Lewin said the 52-year-old Saudi terrorist also helped lay the groundwork for attacks in Kenya and Tanzania that left 224 people dead and more wounded.

Arguing for the defense, Bobbi Sterheim argued that Fawwaz kept the incriminating evidence in his home in order to stay informed of “both sides of the aisle.”

Bin Laden’s son-in-law, Suleiman Abu Ghaith, and Egyptian-born British cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri were both also convicted on similar terrorism charges in the past year as well. Both were sentenced to life in prison, with juries having deliberated for less than two days before reaching a verdict in each trial.

Wednesday’s verdict was seen as a victory for Washington’s efforts to prosecute suspected terrorists in civilian courts.

Israeli and Kenyan Parliaments Sign Cooperation Agreement

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Israel and Kenya signed an agreement today, pledging to strengthen ties and increase cooperation between the two countries. Representatives from Kenya’s National Assembly met with their counterparts in the Knesset to sign the agreement in Israel.

The agreement stated that Israel and Kenya’s “shared belief in the values of freedom, democracy and tolerance, as well as the diplomatic, cultural and economic ties uniting their two countries, create fertile ground for the formal launching of initiatives promoting co-operation between the two Parliaments, and a strengthening of ties between the two peoples and two countries.”

“I thank the Speaker of the Knesset for his hospitality and I believe that we will succeed in creating true cooperation between the two parliaments. I very much hope for this. Already today, in the Knesset, we will discuss cooperation as this very successful visit to Israel continues,” said Speaker of the Kenyan Parliament, Justin Muturi, at the signing ceremony.

Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein said, ”I welcome the guests in their visit to the Knesset and I very much hope for a continuation in the cooperation as expressed in the agreement that we signed, both with the help of the Members of Knesset who were involved and with the help of the Director General of the Knesset and his professional staff. On a different matter, it is important to mention the complex efforts of Kenya in dealing with terror threats and the threats of extremist organizations. I have great admiration for Kenya on this matter.”

The Knesset press release explained that the agreement will: promote meetings between the committees of the two parliaments, promote ”green” issues and issues related to computerization, security and information; additionally, to define joint initiatives and to encourage ongoing cooperation between officials with the goal of promoting mutual knowledge regarding parliamentary administration and, in particular, legislation and documentation.

Iranians with Stolen Israeli Passports Plead Guilty

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

The two Iranians arrested in Kenya last week, pleaded guilty on the charge of possession of forged documents.

The two were traveling on stolen Israeli passports, and had changed the photos to their own.

They pair claimed they were seeking asylum and asked to not be returned to Iran, where they said they might be killed.

Iranians Try to Infiltrate Israel with Stolen Israeli Passports

Friday, September 19th, 2014

An Iranian man and woman in their 20s tried to sneak into Israel earlier this week with stolen Israeli passports, according to a YNet report.

The two were discovered in Kenya as they tried to board a Brussels Airline’s flight to Belgium, and from there transfer to a flight to Israel.

The two had changed the photos in the passport, replacing them with their own.

Their motivations for trying to get into Israel are unknown.

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