White House Notebook: Kenya says it's no terror hotbed

White House Notebook: Kenya says it's no terror hotbed

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyans eager to have their country in the spotlight during President Barack Obama's visit have been irked by a news report describing the East African nation as a "hotbed of terror."

Kenyans quickly mobilized a Twitter campaign using the hashtag #SomeoneTellCNN to correct what many here have called an exaggeration by the television network.

President Uhuru Kenyatta even joined in, telling attendees at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit that they will find Kenya to be "a hotbed of vibrant culture, spectacular natural beauty, & a wonderful people with infinite possibility." The crowd laughed & applauded at his remarks.

p>Kenya has struggled to contain the threat from al-Shabab militants based in neighboring Somalia. Al-Shabab, a group linked to al-Qaeda, has conducted major attacks in Kenya, including the 2013 attack on Nairobi's Westgate mall & an April attack in Garissa town that killed nearly 150 people.

CNN after added an editors' note to its story on its website that read: "The headline & lead of this article has been recast to indicate the terror threat is a regional one." A CNN spokeswoman said the network had no further comment aside from the editors' note.

Kenyan troops are deployed in Somalia to counter al-Shabab, & the United States has carried out drone strikes against suspected militants there.

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Obama's first full day in Africa came with a solemn reminder of deep losses the U.S. has suffered on the continent.

In between meetings in Nairobi, Obama placed a red-and-white wreath at the site of the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy here, bowing his head for a moment before studying the names of the victims etched into a brick wall. He was joined at the site by his national security adviser, Susan Rice, who was the top U.S. diplomat to Africa at the time of the bombing.

Extremists simultaneously attacked the U.S. embassies in Nairobi & Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on Aug. 7, 1998. The Kenya attack killed more than 200 Kenyans & 12 Americans at the embassy.

Thousands were injured, including Julie Ogoye, a Kenyan government worker, who was sitting at her desk when the explosion occurred. She suffered grievous injuries in the attack & has long questioned whether the United States will provide financial compensation to her & other victims.

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"I just want to know what his view is on the issue," Ogoye said of Obama on Saturday.

Ogoye, who has three children, was able to resume her work for the government body that oversees teachers. She said she was grateful for American funding shortly after the bombing that enabled her to obtain medical treatment in Germany.

"I feel at least the initial support has helped a number of us obtain on our feet," she said.

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Obama says a major initiative he launched to assist Africa double its access to electricity is empowering folks in ways not seen before.

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Obama commented Saturday while touring five "Power Africa" exhibits on display at the business summit. The initiative's progress has been slow, though, & its future is uncertain because Congress hasn't renewed its major source of funding, the U.S. Export-Import Bank.

Some of the exhibits Obama toured used solar panels to assist generate electricity.

Obama said entrepreneurship combined with the electricity initiative will assist Africa "leapfrog" over dirty energy — meaning fossil fuels like coal & oil that must be burned — to cleaner sources of energy, like the sun. He said ultimately millions of people will have reliable electrical power, which can boost productivity.

"It's promising," Obama said.

One presenter told Obama that his invention repurposed biofuel, as he showed off a set-up included a device resembling a pot with a hose snaking out from the top.

"Either that or you're making moonshine," Obama told him.

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AP White House Correspondent Julie Pace contributed to this report.

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Source: “Associated Press”

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