Yemen al-Qaeda has new head
DUBAI: A fugitive Saudi Arabian man was named as a senior member of al-Qaeda’s Yemen wing, according to a tape by the group shown on al Arabiya television on Friday. The tape confirmed the deaths of three leaders killed in December and January during Yemeni air raid. Othman Ahmed al-Ghamdi, 31, was named as a leading al- Qaeda operative on Friday.
Obama in Gulf, vows to stopping leak
GRAND ISLE: During a visit to Louisiana, President Barack Obama said people in the Gulf of Mexico are “watching their livelihoods wash up on the beach” because of a oil spill. Obama vowed that the federal government will keep helping until the disaster is ended.
Indian-American gets key IT post
WASHINGTON: The Obama Administration has appointed Indian-American Kshemendra Paul to a key IT position, making him head of an agency that facilitates sharing of terrorism-related information within various wings of the government. Paul has been appointed as Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment.
Simon Monjack buried near Brittany
LOS ANGELES: Brittany Murphy’s husband Simon Monjack was laid to rest next to her grave at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills. The filmmaker died last week, five months after the death of his wife. Family and friends gathered to pay respects to the screenwriter, who died from a suspected heart attack, said People magazine online.
95 German soldiers’ graves vandalised
COLMAR: Vandals have smashed crosses and monuments on the graves of 95 German soldiers in a joint French-German military cemetery in eastern France, officials said Friday. The cemetery in Guebwiller holds the remains of 5,843 German and French soldiers who fought against each other in the World Wars and is seen as a symbol of European reconciliation.