Kenyan’s prettiest female gangster shot dead by police

One of the arguably prettiest female gangsters in Nairobi, Kenya, has been brutally killed. The mother of one, wife of a fellow gangster, was caught robbing members of the public in Kayole. She was shot in the face after exchanging fire with the police.

The lady known as Cleah Addi Vybz was killed by police officers as revealed by a famous police officer based in Kayole

The officer also known as Hessy wa Kayole updated the Kayole Crime Free Facebook page revealing Cleah was among two who were killed on Tuesday, May 9,, during a shootout in Kayole. She was in the company of three other suspects who were robbing members of the public in broad daylight.

The deceased Cleah was the wife to a fellow gangster known as Mwani and had an adorable baby boy together. She participated in the robberies and always accompanied the husband, who was always in hiding, carrying and ferrying weapons.

The no-nonsense cop announced her demise saying he warned her but she never heeded his advice. He further warned other gangsters including Mwanii of ending up in the same fate soon if they fail to change from their notorious behaviour.

Osama Bin Laden’s son threatens US over father’s death

Osama Bin Laden’s son, Hamza has reportedly threatened the US over his father’s death. Personal letters seized in the raid that killed bin Laden show that his son, Hamza, is set on avenging his father’s death. Hamza recently released a message threatening US in his father’s language.

According to news reports, Osama bin Laden’s son, Hamza is reportedly seeking revenge for his father’s death and is poised to become the new leader of Al Qaeda. Former FBI agent, Ali Soufan, while speaking to CBS News in an interview said: “He tells him that…he remembers ‘every look…every smile you gave me, every word you told me.”

Soufan also said that Hamza considers himself “to be forged in steel.” When he was younger, Hamza was used as a propaganda tool in his father’s videos in which he was seen sometimes holding a gun. The agent added that he had even started to sound like his father. Soufan said: “His recent message that came out, he delivered the speech as if it’s his father, using sentences, terminology that was used by Osama bin Laden.” Hamza is believed to be about 28 years old and has been named as a “specially designated global terrorist” by the U.S., as he has recorded four audio messages in the last two years aimed at the U.S.

“He’s basically saying, ‘American people, we’re coming and you’re going to feel it,” Soufan said. “And we’re going to take revenge for what you did to my father. Iraq, Afghanistan’. The whole thing was about vengeance,” Soufan concluded.

​Key senators say they have no evidence that Trump Tower was wiretappedwww.washingtonpost.com


Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., right, and Committee Vice chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., left, listen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, as Director of National Intelligence-designate Dan Coats testifies at his confirmation hearing before the committee. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
The Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee joined the chorus of lawmakers stating they are not aware of any current evidence supporting President Trump’s claim that his campaign headquarters were wiretapped during the presidential election.
Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) on Thursday released a joint statement with the ranking Democrat, Sen. Mark Warner (Va.), stating that they have not seen data supporting Trump’s claim.
“Based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government either before or after Election Day 2016,” they said.
Burr and Warner are leading the Senate investigation into Russia’s suspected interference in the 2016 elections to aid Trump. They are also examining alleged ties between Trump aides and Russian officials. They were joined last week and again on Wednesday by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) — leading a similar investigation in the House — who also stated that he has not seen evidence to support the president’s complaint that his offices were wiretapped during the campaign.
Nunes, who served on Trump’s transition team, declared flatly Wednesday that there was no evidence that Trump Tower was wiretapped while Trump was a candidate.
“I don’t think there was an actual tap of Trump Tower,” Nunes said. He added that if you are taking Trump’s tweets literally — which he advised people not to do — then “clearly the president was wrong.”
Trump admitted Wednesday night in a Fox News interview that he had no solid proof that then-President Obama ordered surveillance of  phones at Trump Tower in New York during last fall’s campaign.
Trump said he based his accusation, which he leveled March 4 in a series of tweets, on a couple of news reports referencing wiretapping generally.
“I’ve been reading about things,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News Channel. Trump said that after noticing an article in the New York Times and commentary by Fox anchor Bret Baier, Trump said he told himself, “Wait a minute, there’s a lot of wiretapping being talked about.’”
In the interview with Fox host Tucker Carlson, Trump maintained that information would soon be revealed that could prove him right, but he would not explain what that information might be. He said he would be “submitting certain things” to a congressional committee investigating the matter and that he was considering speaking about the topic next week.
“I think you’re going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks,” Trump said.
Tensions have flared in recent days between lawmakers and the Justice Department on the subject of Russia — especially over FBI Director James B. Comey’s approach to providing Capitol Hill with information about the bureau’s probe into Russia’s activities in the 2016 campaign.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) is holding up the confirmation of deputy attorney general nominee Rod J. Rosenstein until Comey testifies before his committee on the scope of the FBI’s Russia probe. And Sens. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Crime and Terrorism subcommittee, sent Justice Department officials a letter last week asking for evidence of any wiretapping warrants or applications. Graham threatened Wednesday to subpoena that information.
Grassley became animated in an interview Wednesday in speaking on the subject.
“It doesn’t matter whether you have a Republican or Democrat president, every time they come up here for their nomination hearing . . . I ask them, ‘Are you going to answer phone calls and our letters, and are you going to give us the documents we want?’ And every time we get a real positive ‘yes’! And then they end up being liars!” Grassley said, screaming into the phone during an interview with The Washington Post.
“It’s not if they’re treating us differently than another committee. It’s if they’re responding at all.”
The tension could break into the open Monday during a House Intelligence Committee public hearing on Russia. The hearing will feature Comey and Adm. Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency. It will provide a rare chance for lawmakers to grill the FBI director and other officials in a public setting on the allegations that Russia intervened in the campaign in an attempt to tilt it toward Trump.
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Schwarzenegger for Senate?

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170309_schwarzenegger_white_house_gty_1160.jpgArnold Schwarzenegger’s entry into the 2018 Senate race “would give Arnold the stage to jam Trump for the next 16 months,’’ according to one veteran GOP strategist who spoke on condition of anonymity. | Getty
SAN FRANCISCO — Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger — the “Terminator” action hero who made “I’ll be back” one of filmdom’s most iconic phrases — may be mulling a political comeback, according to several GOP political insiders in California.
The prospect of Schwarzenegger’s return to elected politics in a 2018 U.S. Senate run — possibly as an independent — is generating increasing buzz in state Republican circles, fueled by the former governor’s seeming ability to get under the skin of President Donald Trump on social media.
The president’s caustic tweets about Schwarzenegger, the recent host of “Celebrity Apprentice,” and their running feud has sparked talk that the intensely competitive Schwarzenegger — a seven-time Mr. Olympia world bodybuilding champ — may be interested in more than merely a verbal posedown with Trump.
His entry into the 2018 Senate race — when Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein would be 85 years old and up for reelection — “would give Arnold the stage to jam Trump for the next 16 months,’’ according to one veteran GOP strategist who spoke on condition of anonymity.
It would also enable Schwarzenegger to draw a contrast with the president on key issues, including climate change, political reform and even immigration.
Schwarzenegger spokesman Daniel Ketchell did not rule out a possible Senate run when asked to respond to the speculation.
“Right now Gov. Schwarzenegger’s focus is on using his platform to bring some sensibility and coherency to Washington by fighting for redistricting reform, like we did in California,’’ Ketchell told POLITICO via email Thursday. “We are keeping all of our options open as far as how we can accomplish that.”
Schwarzenegger, who as governor pursued political reforms including the “top two” primary system and a redistricting commission, has recently launched a major drive to end gerrymandering, a tradition he argues has benefited only partisan politics and gridlock — not the voters.
On Facebook,Schwarzenegger has taken both parties to task on the issue, warning that “Republicans and Democrats are incredibly skilled at screwing over the voters — and keeping them in the dark about their trickery.”
The attacks on both major parties is leading some to suggest Schwarzenegger, a lifelong Republican, may be eyeing a future role as an independent candidate.
Longtime California politics watchers say a Schwarzenegger return to the political stage would be riveting — and is entirely plausible.
As a candidate, “he would become an instant player,’’ not only on political reform but also on his signature issue of “cap and trade and climate change,’’ said political analyst David McCuan of Sonoma State University. “[Schwarzenegger is] someone who could play a huge role if Republicans wanted any hope of having relevance in California.’’
Republicans currently lag Democrats by nearly 20 percentage points in voter registration in the state, having lost ground since Schwarzenegger held office from 2003 to 2011.
McCuan notes that, more than a decade before Trump’s presidential run, it was Schwarzenegger’s shocking 2003 recall victory in California — as a political outsider who issued a call to “Sweep Sacramento Clean’’ — that served as a template for political revolution.
“He was going to “Drain the Swamp” before Trump even had that language,’’ McCuan said.
But Schwarzenegger supported Ohio Gov. John Kasich in the Republican presidential primary and refused to vote for Trump in the general election. Trump returned the favor in January by mocking Schwarzenegger after the new “Apprentice” show debuted in early January, tweeting that it “got swamped” in the ratings.
The two have continued their running feud since then, with Schwarzenegger criticizing Trump for bypassing former California Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado for agriculture secretary and knocking Scott Pruitt, Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency, for leaving open the possibility that the administration could undermine California’s vehicle emission standards.
Schwarzenegger also ripped the president’s initial executive order barring citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, calling aspects of its implementation “crazy.”
Last weekend, it was Trump’s turn to respond. In the same tweetstorm in which he accused former President Barack Obama of tapping his phones, Trump took a shot at Schwarzenegger.
“Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t voluntarily leaving the Apprentice, he was fired by his bad (pathetic) ratings, not by me. Sad end to great show,” the president tweeted.
Bill Whalen, who served as speechwriter and strategist for former Gov. Pete Wilson, described a political climate in which Trump and Schwarzenegger would both disrupt and “feed off each other.”
For the president, he noted, tweeting about Schwarzenegger usually sends the media off on a distracted goose chase that draws attention away from more serious inquiries like Russia connections. For Schwarzenegger, the president’s attention “gives him relevance.”
But Whalen noted that a Schwarzenegger Senate run would have its own hurdles. “First, he’d have to get past Dianne Feinstein,’’ he said, noting that the challenges would be greater for an independent candidate under the top-two primary system that Schwarzenegger himself backed.
Veteran GOP political consultant Luis Alvarado, founder of California-based Luis Alvarado Public Affairs Consulting — and a strong #NeverTrump Republican voice leading up to the election — says the timing might be right for a Schwarzenegger political move.
“In politics after Donald Trump, nothing is crazy any longer. We’re in the third dimension here,’’ he said. “Arnold Schwarzenegger, who actually has more political experience than Trump, would certainly seem to fit a mold to what some of the electorate would find attractive.”
And the so-called Governator’s return to politics would be seen by many Republicans as “almost like a silver bullet” to counter the president, Alvarado said.
“Donald Trump has had the ability to manipulate all the news and cameras to him, and Arnold Schwarzenegger would be like kryptonite, or an anti-matter device, that would somehow restore balance in this universe of madness.”
By CARLA MARINUCCI.

South Korea’s Constitutional Court upholds President Park Geun-hye’s impeachment


Photo Park Geun-hye refused to testify in the impeachment trial. Wikimedia Commons: Korean Culture and Information Service
South Korea’s Constitutional Court has upheld the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye, removing her from office over a graft scandal involving big business that has gripped the country for months.
She becomes South Korea’s first democratically elected leader to be forced from office. 
A presidential election will be held in 60 days, according to the constitution.
More to come.

    ​update: Akufo-Addo sworn in as president

    12:20

    Other heads of state will do same.

    The First lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, Second Lady; Samira Bawumia and other dignitaries shake hands with President Akufo-Addo.

    12:17

    He prays for good health for the president and the very best for Ghana.

    He concluded by reiterating his best wishes to Akufo-Addo. He thanked the people of Ghana for receiving citizens of Cote D’Ivoire during difficult times.

    He appealed to the political leaders as well as the citizenry to support president Akufo-Addo as he takes over as president.

    “Indeed, with democracy there is no peace and without peace there is no sustainable development.”

    He recounted the pleasant relationship they have had, adding that he is pleased with what they have achieved together for the consolidation of peace and security.

    He said the people of ECOWAS will always be indebted to you for the important work he accomplished as chairperson of ECOWAS.

    Preisdent of Cote d’Ivoire delivering his speech

    “Long live Ghana, long live ECOWAS, Long live Africa.”

    On behalf of the authority on heads of states and governments of COWAS we congratulate you, your vice president and the people of Ghana.

    She looks forward to hosting Akufo Addo in may to Liberia in May when the heads of states summit will be held.

    “We applaud your long time working commitment to peace and democracy.”

    Madam Sirleaf says ECOWAS has no doubt that you continue the actions that makes Ghana a peaceful country.

    “We welcome you to ECOWAS and look forward to the contributions you will bring to our discussions

    “Actors may change from time to time, but the spirit of unity and peace of ECOWAS remains alive.”

    “You Ghanaians make us proud,” she said.

    She commended the Electoral Commission and all stakeholders for conducting preaceful, fair and transparent elections.

    Congratulated President Mahama for his show of statesmanship and reminded him that he has a lot more to do even out of power.

    “Thank you for demonstrating to all that indeed there is life after power,” she said.

    11:50

    President of Liberia and head of ECOWAS, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf delivering a goodwill message on behalf of ECOWAS.

    11:47

    Speech ends. Akufo-Addo walks back to sit on the presidential throne.

    Thank you all for making me president and may God bless our homeland Ghana and make our nation great and strong.

    Our nation will work when the marginalised and catered for and treated with respect.

    There will be discipline for all and not just some.

    I see exciting times ahead. The rule of all will be apllicable to all and not jsut some.

    I assure you who that i will advance my conviction with civility. I will call for responsiblity. this is my solemn pledge.

    “I ask you to be responsible citizens not spectators,” Akufo-Addo

    It is time to dream again. We must create wealth ad restore happiness to our nation.

    He reiterates that his governement will reduce taxes.

    Ghana is open for business again, he said

    President Akufo-Addo says he will protect the public purse.

    He said public service is just that, service, and not an avenue for making money.

    11:27

    Akufo-Addo promises not to left the people of Ghana down as he takes over the affairs of the state.

    Akufo-Addo commends ex president Mahama’s show of statesmanship when he conceeded defeat. He wished Mr Mahama and his family well.

    11:22

    “This is the day the Lord ahs made and we will rejoice in it,” President Akufo-Addo.

    11:18

    Akufo-Addo delivering his first speech as president.

    11:14

    The 21 gun salut by the military taking place to welcome the Commander in Chief. This is done by the military as way of showing their allegiance to the new president.

    11:00

    Akufo-Addo takes the oath of allegiance. He is led by Chief Justice Theodora Wood.

    10:57

    Dr Bawumia signing the book of oath. The book serves as evidence that he is vice president. The Chief Justice will also sign the book to give validity to the oath.

    10:52

    Dr Bawumia taking his oath of office. He is led by the Chief Justice.

    10:49

    Speaker invites Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Wood to administer the oath of office for vice-president-elect Dr Mahamadu Bawumia.

    10:41

    Speaker of Parliament Prof. Mike Ocquaye is calling Parliament to order after he suspended the House last night. He will announce the dignitaries present and then the real event will begin.

    10:40

    Akufo-Addo takes his seat right beside the presidential stool. He will seat on the presidential stool after he is sworn in as president.

    10:33

    President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has arrived with his wife, Rebecca Akufo-Addo

    President of Nigeria Mahamudu Buhari is also at the Square.

    10:20

    Vice President, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia and his wife, Samira Bawumia have arrived at the Square.

    10:00

    Newly elected speaker of Parliament Prof. Mike Ocquaye has arrived at the Black Star Square.

    Ex President John Dramani Mahama and his wife, Lordina Mahama as well as ex vice president Kwesi Amissah Arthur and his wife, Matilda Amissah Arthur are all present at the grounds.

    Former presidents Jerry John Rawlings and John Agyekum Kufuor together with their spouses are also seated.

    Hundreds of people are expected at the Black Star Square for the official investiture of Ghana’s President-elect, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo Saturday.

    The event will feature parades and cultural display performed before the crowd that would be made up of some African heads of state and Presidents from some European countries.

    Nana Akufo-Addo will be sworn in by the Chief Justice, Theodora Georgina Wood as required by Ghana’s Constitution.

    President-elects are expected to be sworn in by January 7, a month after the nation’s general elections on December 7.

    So far, 15 heads of state have arrived to grace the occasion, among them are presidents from Benin, Egypt, Ethiopia, Zambia, Liberia, Equitorial Guinea, Togo.

    There will also be representatives from 13 states across the world in the country to witness Akufo-Addo’s investiture.

    President of Cote d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouatara, who is a special guest to the ceremony arrived about 30 minutes ago.

    The Inauguration Day schedule is below:

    ​President Mugabe’s aide, 70, weds fiancée, 23

    Governor of the North Province, Cain Mathema with his fiancee Bathabetsoe Nare
    President Mugabe’s aide and Governor of the Mathebeleland North Province, Cain Mathema married his 23 year-old lover, Bathabetsoe Nare in a colourful wedding at Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

    Mr Mathema reportedly left his first wife and got married to his 20 year-old maid in 2009 and later left her to marry Nare whom he met while she was on industrial attachment at their goverment complex in 2014.

    They got married on Thursday, December 22, 2016 after Nare graduated from the Midlands State University in November, 2016. Mr Cain Mathema seems to be following his boss, President Mugabe’s footsteps whom is married to Grace Marufu with an age difference of 42 years.

    ​Chibok girl recalls ‘miracle’ release by Boko Haram

    When Boko Haram fighters decided to release some of the 200 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped two-and-a-half years ago in northeast Nigeria, Asabe Goni did not think that she would be among the girls allowed to go home.
    During their time in captivity the girls were encouraged to convert to Islam and to marry their kidnappers, with some whipped for not doing so, but Goni said otherwise they were treated well and fed well until supplies recently ran short.

    Hungry and ill, the 22-year-old did not even have the energy to stand up in October when the fighters said that any girls who wanted to be released should line up. She sat and watched as other girls scrambled to get into line.

    “I was surprised when they announced that my name was on the list,” Goni told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “It was a miracle,” she said, while expressing regret that she had to leave behind her cousin who was also abducted.

    “I never knew that I would return [home],” Goni said. “I had given up hope of ever going home.”

    A group of 21 girls was released two months ago after Switzerland and the International Red Cross brokered a deal with Boko Haram. They have been held since in a secret location in the capital Abuja for debriefing by the Nigerian government.

    But the girls have been taken back to the Chibok area in Borno state to spend Christmas with their families, returning home for the first time since being seized from their school in April 2014.

    “I was very happy when they said I should go home,” Goni said in an interview in her family’s home in the northern city of Yola, surrounded by her father, stepmother, five siblings and several neighbours.

    The kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok in April 2014 hit international headlines and prompted global figures, including US First Lady Michelle Obama and a list of celebrities, to support a campaign #BringBackOurGirls.

    None of the girls were seen again until May this year when one of the students, Amina Ali, was found in a forest with a baby and a man claiming to be her husband.

    Her discovery prompted hopes that the girls were alive and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari pledged to ensure the release of the remaining girls in captivity.

    ‘I was in great pain’

    Recalling the abduction, Goni said the girls, which included her younger cousin Margaret with whom she had lived since she was a child, trekked for three days through Sambisa forest, Boko Haram’s vast woodland stronghold, before they arrived at a camp.

    “I was in great pain,” she said. “Many of us didn’t stop crying until about three months after we were kidnapped.”

    While the girls were not forced to convert to Islam, the fighters told them that they would all be sent home if they did so, said Goni. Neither were they forced to marry, she added.

    “But the way they talked to us about it, you would be afraid not to,” she said, recalling how the girls were sometimes flogged with a whip. “That is why some were convinced to marry.”

    Goni said the girls were otherwise treated well by the fighters. They were given material to sew clothes and fed three times a day until recently when food became scarce.

    The girls told state officials they were not abused or raped, and all tested negative for sexually transmitted diseases, according to a confidential report based on a two-week debriefing prepared for Buhari and seen by the Thomson Reuters Foundation in November.

    When Goni was released, she did not have time to say goodbye to Margaret, whom she calls her sister, or the other girls.

    “Some of the other girls left behind started crying,” she said. “But the Boko Haram men consoled them, telling them that their turn to go home would come one day.”

    Nigerian authorities say they are involved in negotiations aimed at securing the release of more of the girls, while the army has captured a key Boko Haram camp in Sambisa forest.

    About 2,000 girls and boys have been abducted by Boko Haram since 2014, with many used as sex slaves, fighters and even suicide bombers, according to Amnesty International.

    Source: Aljazeera.

    ​Immigration fees jump for the first time since 2010

    Experts say the stiffer bureaucratic costs could become a heavier burden for many would-be Americans

    It just got considerably more expensive to be an immigrant seeking U.S. naturalization.

    For the first time since 2010, the Department of Homeland Security hiked a range of administrative fees for citizenship applications — in a few cases more than doubling the costs of key services. Any new petitions filed after Dec. 23 will not be accepted unless they include the higher fees.

    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency charged with handling immigrant applications, said in a statement the proceeds will help cover detecting fraud, processing cases and a range of other administrative costs, in what USCIS called a “weighted average” price hike of 21 percent.

    Experts say the stiffer bureaucratic costs means the path to becoming an American could become a heavier burden for many cash-strapped would-be citizens. However, USCIS justified the price hike by arguing the agency was almost exclusively funded through the fees paid by petitioners, and needed the cash infusion.

    Still, USCIS Director Leon Rodríguez said in a statement that the agency was “mindful of the effect fee increases have on many of the customers we serve,” which is why it waited so long to increase fees.

    Peter Boogaard, a spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security, told CNBC that along with the new fees, “USCIS will also offer a reduced filing fee for certain naturalization applicants with limited means.”

    Still, “these changes are now necessary to ensure USCIS can continue to serve its customers effectively,” he added.

    While the nation continues to focus on illegal immigration as a controversial political issue, every Friday in New York City alone, approximately 500 citizens from around the world officially become Americans after taking an oath at a brief ceremony run by the Department of Homeland Security.

    While the nation continues to focus on illegal immigration as a controversial political issue, every Friday in New York City alone, approximately 500 citizens from around the world officially become Americans after taking an oath at a brief ceremony run by the Department of Homeland Security.

    It just got considerably more expensive to be an immigrant seeking U.S. naturalization.