OSAMA BIN LADEN’S GRANDSON IS DEAD
The eldest grandson of Osama bin Laden is dead , this was confirmed in a letter written by the boy’s father and obtained by terror monitors.
The former Al-Qaeda leader’s son Hamza described Osama bin Hamza bin Laden, thought to have been aged 12, as a “hero cub” and “martyr” but gave no cause of death.
One report, citing jihadi sources, suggested the boy had been killed in an air strike on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border but others said he was more likely to have succumbed to an illness.
The letter, translated into English by al-Qaeda propaganda arm the Global Islamic Media Front, was addressed to the bin Laden family. It was posted on Twitter by terrorism cyber-monitor Jihadoscope.
“We condole ourselves and you on the martyrdom of our hero cub… the grandson of our bravery,” wrote Hamza bin Laden.
He said his son, named after the former al-Qaeda leader, “often acted out the image of his martyrdom, lying on the ground, eyes closed and smiling slightly” as he played with other children.
He added the boy had been “sad to a point we did not expect” at the death of his grandfather, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks on New York’s World Trade Centre and the world’s most wanted terrorist until he was killed by US forces in 2011.
Saudi-owned news channel Al-Arabiya, citing sources familiar with the matter, said the boy’s death at some point last year was “most likely due to an illness he caught and not receiving proper medical attention.”
But Arabic news website, Arabi 21, reported claims he had been killed in an air raid on an al-Qaeda base.
Last year, Hamza bin Laden was added to the US counter-terrorism blacklist amid fears he was emerging as the jihadi group’s new figurehead.
In November, he called for jihadis to avenge his father’s death with terror attacks targeting the US.
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Egypt’s Muslim President Attends Christmas Mass, Says “No One Can Divide Egyptians”
Egypt’s President, Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, made a symbolic appearance at an Orthodox Christmas mass in a new cathedral located in the country’s new administrative capital over the weekend.
The appearance of the President which is his third is said to be symbolic because it represents an act of solidarity with the nation’s embattled Coptic Christians.
Tawadros II, the Coptic pontiff, led el-Sisi into the cathedral, as members of the congregation welcomed the president jubilantly.
President al-Sisi, who first attended the religious ceremony on January 7, 2015, in Cairo and subsequently the following year, is the first Egyptian president to grace the occasion.
El-Sisi, a Muslim, delivered a message of love and unity, in recognition of the widespread religious divide that plagued the country.
In his message, President al-Sisi assured the congregation that nothing with divide Egyptians.
“The inauguration of the cathedral is a message for the whole world. A message of peace and love…We present a model of peace and love.
“Evil, havoc, ruins and murder will never defeat good. Nobody can divide us. Destruction, ruin and killing will never be able to defeat goodness, construction, love and peace.
“Pay attention, you are our family. You are part of us. We are one and no one will ever drive a wedge between us”, he said.
The nationwide service was held amid tight security with soldiers and police officers deployed outside churches across the country in anticipation of possible attacks by insurgents.
#GoldenGlobes: Oprah Winfrey Becomes First Black Woman To Win Cecil B. de Mille Award (Video)
#GoldenGlobes: Oprah Winfrey Becomes First Black Woman To Win Cecil B. de Mille Award
United States actress, mogul and philanthropist, Oprah Winfrey has won the 2018 Cecil B DeMille award at the 75th Golden Globes, becoming the first black woman to win the accolade.
Winfrey won in recognition of her “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment,” which the iconic television host and actress certainly has made.
In December 2017, Meher Tatna, the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which votes for the Globes, declared in a statement that Winfrey embodies all the characteristics of the award, adding that for generations she has “celebrated strong female characters on and off screen, and has been a role model for women and young girls for decades.”
“As a global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress, she has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world, making her one of the most respected and admired figures today,” Tatna said in December 2017.
Winfrey accepted the Cecile B. DeMille award with a speech that could best be described as “Presidential”.
“It is not lost on me that, at this moment, there is some little girl watching as I become the first Black woman to be given the same award,” she said. “It is an honour and it is a privilege to share the evening with all of them”, Winfrey said.
“A new day is on the horizon, and when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women and some pretty phenomenal men fighting hard to make sure they become the leaders that take us to the time when nobody ever has to say #MeToo again”, she added.
Previous winners of the Cecil B DeMille award include Audrey Hepburn, Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg. Winfrey is the first black woman to ever receive the accolade.
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