Washington, D.C.

Obama will travel to Kenya this summer

President Obama is preparing to make his first visit to Kenya as U.S. president for a global entrepreneurship summit in July, the White House said Monday. While Obama has traveled throughout Africa as president, visiting Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania and South Africa, he steered clear from Kenya for nearly a decade, in part because of unrest and political considerations, including a case by the International Criminal Court against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, which was dropped last December.

Florida

8 die, 10 injured in church van crash

At least eight people died and 10 others were injured when a church van from Fort Pierce ran through a stop sign, crossed all lanes of U.S. 27 and landed in a canal in southwest Florida, the Florida Highway Patrol said. There were 18 people in the van. The van crashed after the driver apparently missed a stop sign at an unlit T-intersection. The church members were returning from Palm Sunday services at the Independent Haitian Assembly of God.

Bangladesh

Islamists hack blogger to death

Three assailants cornered blogger Washiqur Rahman, 27, outside his Dhaka home and hacked him to death with meat cleavers. The brutal assault brought comparisons to an incident last month in which machete-wielding assailants killed the prominent Bangladeshi American blogger Avijit Roy and wounded his wife. Police arrested two men in Rahman's killing; a third suspected accomplice escaped. Bangladeshi media identified the arrested as two 22-year-old students at madrassas, or seminaries. A police statement said the suspects admitted to killing Rahman "for his writings against Islam."

Israel

Ex-Premier Olmert convicted of fraud

Ehud Olmert, the former Israeli prime minister who was forced from office under a cloud of corruption, was convicted of fraud and breach of trust in a retrial of a case involving a U.S. businessman, whose sensational testimony in a Jerusalem court in 2008 was instrumental in Olmert's downfall. This was Olmert's third conviction on corruption charges since 2012, and he is already facing jail time.

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