December 6, 2013 |
SOCHI, Russia - The chance snow report. Ticket sales. Train times. Terrorist threats. Construction problems. Civil rights. In this Olympic winter, there's plenty to talk about here. But if your host is translator and guide Anna Trotsenko, those topics probably aren't where the conversation is going to begin. "We're not Istanbul," Trotsenko said earlier this year, leading me through the heart of the town of Sochi. "We are not St. Petersburg. We are not Moscow. ... We are just a small resort city that is not very old. ... A very special city.
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December 5, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Nelson Mandela, who emerged from more than a quarter of a century in prison to steer a troubled African nation to its first multiracial democracy, uniting the country by reaching out to fearful whites and becoming a revered symbol of racial reconciliation around the world, died at his home Thursday. He was 95. Long before his release from prison in 1990, at age 71, Mandela was an inspiration to millions of blacks seeking to end the oppression of more than four decades of apartheid, and his continued incarceration spawned international censure of South Africa's white-minority government.
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November 18, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - Three Somali immigrants - an imam, a cabdriver and an employee of a money transmitting business - were sentenced Monday to federal prison for aiding a terrorist group in their homeland. Basaaly Saeed Moalin, 36, the cabdriver, was sentenced to 18 years. Mohamed Mohamed Mohamud, 41, the imam, was sentenced to 13 years. Issa Doreh, 56, the employee of the money transmitting business, was sentenced to 10 years. The three were convicted of a conspiracy to send money from San Diego to Somalia to help al-Shabaab, termed by the U.S. government as a terrorist group linked with Al Qaeda attempting to topple the shaky governments in Somalia, Yemen and elsewhere.
November 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Two Islamist groups in Nigeria have been added to the State Department's list of foreign terrorist organizations for killing thousands of people and threatening Westerners in West Africa, U.S. officials said Wednesday. Boko Haram and a splinter group, Ansaru, were named to the federal roster of terrorist groups after U.S. officials determined that they had received training and some financing from the Al Qaeda affiliate in North Africa. The designations "demonstrate our strong support for Nigeria's fight against terrorism and its efforts to address security challenges in the north," Lisa Monaco, President Obama's counter-terrorism advisor, said in a statement.
November 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A Pakistani immigrant was arrested at the Raleigh-Durham airport in North Carolina while attempting to travel to Syria to join the terror organization Jabhat al-Nusrah and provide the group with logistical support and medical supplies on behalf of Al Qaeda in Iraq, FBI officials said Tuesday. Basit Javed Sheikh, 29, of Cary, N.C., allegedly told an FBI confidential informant that he had wanted to travel to Syria since April to “help the mujahedin … in any way I can.” Sheikh, who is a legal permanent resident of the U.S., allegedly boasted that he was “serious” about wanting to become a martyr.
November 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The undercover FBI informant warned Pakistani immigrant Basit Javed Sheikh that it was not too late to back out. "You don't have to do it," he told Sheikh in a private Facebook message Oct. 17. But Sheikh, 29, a permanent U.S. resident living in central North Carolina, was adamant, according to a federal affidavit, telling the informant: "I'm serious" and "Akhi Wallahi!" - Arabic for "Brother, I swear to God!" Now Sheikh is under arrest on allegations of attempting to reach Syria to provide material support to Al Nusra Front, an Al Qaeda-affiliated group in Iraq that the U.S. deems a terrorist organization.
October 30, 2013 |
BEIJING - More than 48 hours after a car mowed down pedestrians and burst into flames at Beijing's Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government broke its near-silence on the incident and characterized it as a "terrorist attack. " State media on Wednesday identified the car's occupants as members of one family: the driver, Usmen Hasan; his mother, Kuwanhan Reyim; and his wife, Gulkiz Gini. All three were killed, along with two tourists. Chinese authorities also said five people were arrested as accessories in Beijing on Monday night.
October 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Two of the Justice Department's key witnesses in last year's terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, were summoned to Capitol Hill this month and grilled for hours in separate legal depositions. Responding to congressional subpoenas, the State Department security agents were asked how the Libyan terrorists stormed the mission and set parts of it on fire, how they were armed and how they killed four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, sources with knowledge of the matter said.
October 18, 2013 |
The African field hockey championships will finally take place in Kenya next month, which might not seem like a big deal until you know the backstory. The 2013 Africa Cup for Nations is proof that sports and politics can never be completely separate. The men's and women's tournament was originally scheduled to take place in Egypt but had to be moved because of political unrest in that country. Officials set a new date for early this month in Kenya. Then terrorists attacked Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall in a siege that claimed the lives of at least 67 people and injured many more.