Aid for Kenya, Europe biggest threat to US security

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Kenya: The European Parliament is calling on the European Union to suspend its financial aid to the Kenyan government.

The EU had planned to give the equivalent of $600 million Cdn to the Kenyan government over the next five years, but Member of European Parliament Glenys Kinnock suggested it should be used to finance aid projects instead.

The United Nations has launched a humanitarian appeal, the equivalent of $34 million Cdn, to help those affected by the violence in Kenya following its recent elections.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has asked the international community to impose sanctions until president Mwai Kibaki agrees to a peaceful resolution.

United States: Homeland Security head Michael Chertoff has labelled Europe as one of the biggest threats to US security.

According to Homeland Security, homegrown terrorism in Europe is on the rise.

Visitors from Europe are currently able to enter the US without going through screening and Chertoff said it is important to increase immigration security checks.

Israel: The son of Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar was killed along with 18 other Palestinians in an Israeli attack on Tuesday.

In response, Islamic militants have bombarded Israel with rocket and mortar fire.

These two days of violence overshadowed Gaza while the first peace talks between Palestine and Israel in seven years resumed.

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