chrit.jpglogo19.jpgAssassins Attack Somali Police Chief
Seven other family members were wounded in the Monday night attack, which police said was a failed assassination attempt against Gen. Ibrahim Hashi Gabow, the regional police chief based in Baidoa. “They threw hand grenades into the house,” said Aden Bid, the commander of Baidoa’s police station. “The two children died at the hospital, but the bodyguard died on the spot.” The children were aged 5 and 8. (Continue Reading…)

Report: New Orleans Pop. Nears 300,000
Despite slow progress in rebuilding some neighborhoods, New Orleans’ population is nearing 300,000, or about 65 percent of its pre-Hurricane Katrina size, according to a new report. The report, compiled by urban planning consultancy GCR & Associates and based on utility hookups, estimates the population at 295,450 and predicts it will surpass the 300,000 mark soon. That will put it on par with cities like Tampa, Fla., and Pittsburgh and provide a “significant indication of New Orleans’ sustained viability as a major city and as an anchor for a large metropolitan area,” the report says. (Continue Reading…)

Jazz great Oscar Peterson dies at 82
Oscar Peterson, whose early talent, speedy fingers and musical genius made him one of the world’s best known jazz pianists, has died. He was 82. Peterson died at his home in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga on Sunday, said Oliver Jones, a family friend and jazz musician. He said Peterson’s wife and daughter were with him during his final moments. The cause of death was kidney failure, said Mississauga’s mayor, Hazel McCallion. (Continue Reading…)

Jay-Z stepping down as Def Jam president
Universal Music Group said on Monday that rap artist and hip-hop mogul Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter is stepping down as president of its Def Jam Records unit, effective by the end of the year. (Continue Reading…)

Debate about holiday and its meaning continues to rage
Come each December, high atop the choir loft of St. Luke Community United Methodist Church in Dallas sit the traditional three purple and one pink Advent candles for several Sundays. But as the month comes to a close, another candelabra appears when the Kwanzaa kinara — with its seven black, red and green candles representing principles of black heritage — is placed on the altar below. (Continue Reading…)

Smith rebuts coverage of Hitler comment
Will Smith is angry over celebrity gossip Web site articles that he said misinterpreted a recent remark he made in a Scottish newspaper about Adolf Hitler. In a story published Saturday in the Daily Record, Smith was quoted saying: “Even Hitler didn’t wake up going, ‘let me do the most evil thing I can do today.’ I think he woke up in the morning and using a twisted, backwards logic, he set out to do what he thought was ‘good.'” (Continue Reading…)

Zimbabwe woe as banks stay shut
Instead, long lines of Zimbabweans desperate for local currency queued at the few machines dispensing cash. On top of rampant inflation, mass unemployment and shortages of fuel and basic goods the country is now suffering shortages of bank notes. The shortage remains despite the introduction of higher-denomination notes last week. (Continue Reading…)

Haiti plea over child abductions
In a Christmas address, he called on gangs to give young people “a chance”, or face police action. It is thought the children have been taken by criminals or their own relatives who have used the ransom money to buy Christmas presents. Last month, a boy of seven was killed and mutilated because his parents were too poor to pay a small ransom demand. (Continue Reading…)

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