Kenyan President Uhuru Meets Macron

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his guest, French President Emmanuel Macron, on Wednesday pledged to boost business relations between the two countries even though the wider objective of their meeting was on regional security. Mr Macron, on the first State visit by a French President to Nairobi, told a joint press conference that he will seek to increase his country’s presence in Kenya. The two spoke amid security concerns, first caused by terror merchants and second the possibility of instability in the region, especially the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Mr…

Shamima Begum: IS Teenager’s Baby Son Dies

The baby son of Shamima Begum – who fled London to join the Islamic State group – has died, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces has said.The group, which runs the camp where the teenager has been living, confirmed the death on Friday. The baby died of pneumonia, according to a medical certificate. He was less than three weeks old. A UK government spokesman said the death of any child was “tragic and deeply distressing for the family”. The spokesman said the government had consistently advised against travelling to…

2 American Wives of ISIS Militants Want to Return Home

AL HAWL CAMP, Syria — She was a 20-year-old college student in Alabama who had become convinced of the righteousness of the Islamic State. So she duped her parents into thinking she was going on a college trip, and instead bought a plane ticket to Turkey with her tuition money. After being smuggled into the caliphate, the student, Hoda Muthana, posted a photograph on Twitter showing her gloved hands holding her American passport. “Bonfire soon,” she promised. That was more than four years ago. Now, after being married to three…

Trump’s Attempt to Circumvent Congress Leaves Senate Republicans With Hard Choice

WASHINGTON — Senator Shelley Moore Capito, Republican of West Virginia, spent the last two weeks hammering out a deal on federal spending and border security with colleagues from both parties, reassured by a sense that Congress was finally asserting itself as a civil, stabilizing force. The feeling did not last. On Friday, President Trump mounted one of the most serious executive branch challenges to congressional authority in decades, circumventing Congress with an emergency declaration. It would allow him to unilaterally divert billions of dollars to a border wall and presented his Republican allies…

Justin Fairfax Faces Eroding Support from Democrats After New Accuser Speaks

A second woman came forward Friday with claims that she had been sexually assaulted by Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax of Virginia, intensifying the weeklong political crisis in the state and leading top fellow Democrats to call for Mr. Fairfax to resign. The woman, Meredith Watson, accused Mr. Fairfax of raping her in 2000 while they were students at Duke University, saying in a statement that his actions were “premeditated and aggressive” and demanding that he step down immediately. Ms. Watson spoke out two days after Vanessa C. Tyson, a…

Pope Acknowledges Priests and Bishops Have Sexually Abused Nuns

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — Pope Francis said on Tuesday that the Roman Catholic Church has faced a persistent problem of sexual abuse of nuns by priests and even bishops, the first time he has publicly acknowledged the issue. Catholic nuns have accused clerics of sexual abuse in recent years in India, Africa, Latin America and in Italy, and a Vatican magazine last week mentioned nuns having abortions or giving birth to the children of priests. But Francis has never raised the issue until he was asked to comment during…

Trump Asks for Unity, But Presses Hard Line on Immigration

WASHINGTON — President Trump delivered a message of bipartisan unity on Tuesday night in his first address to Congress in the new era of divided government, but signaled that he will continue to wage war for the hard-line immigration policies that have polarized the capital and the nation. In a nationally televised speech that toggled between conciliation and confrontation, Mr. Trump presented himself as a leader who can work across party lines even as he pressed lawmakers to build a wall along the nation’s southwestern border that leaders of the…

US Embassy in Nairobi Warns Citizens of Possible Attack In Kenya

Travel warning by US embassy says there is ‘credible information’ indicating Westerners may be targeted in an attack. Article orignally published by Aljazeera. Link: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/02/embassy-nairobi-warns-citizens-attack-kenya-190205054250815.html The United States warned its citizens in Kenya on Monday that “credible information indicates Westerners may be targeted by extremists”. The warning comes just weeks after a deadly al-Shabab attack on an upmarket hotel in the capital, Nairobi, in which at least 21 people, including a US citizen, were shot dead. Sixteen Kenyans and a British citizen were also killed in the siege that lasted more than 19 hours. The US embassy in Nairobi…

Virginia Governor, Ralph Northam, Defies Calls to Resign Over Racist Photo

RICHMOND, Va. — Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia, defying pleas from his own party to resign, said on Saturday that he would remain in office, and flatly denied that he had worn Ku Klux Klan robes or appeared in blackface in an image from his medical school yearbook that has upended his governorship and embarrassed his fellow Democrats. “It was definitely not me,” Mr. Northam said at an afternoon news conference. “I can tell by looking at it.” But within hours, three of the state’s most senior Democrats said they…

Woman Starts Fire After Breakup, Calls Ex For Help

SEOUL:  A 20-year-old who set her house on fire last year was apprehended on Thursday. According to Gwangju Bukbu Police on Thursday, the suspect, surnamed Baek, set fire to her home on Nov. 22 after breaking up with her boyfriend. The suspect is believed to have started the fire by turning on the gas stove with a plastic object on it. As the fire spread, Baek escaped into the bathroom and called her boyfriend. The suspect, then 19, was rescued by firefighters, while some 10 other tenants had to evacuate…