FROM Sudarsan Raghavan
EgyptAir Flight 804 Debris Found in Mediterranean Debris from Egypt Air flight 804 has been found in the Mediterranean Sea today. This new follows earlier conflicting reports that wreckage had been found, and concentrates the air and sea search to a grid about 180 miles north of the city of Alexandria. Egyptians meanwhile are mourning another national tragedy and yet another blow to their tourism industry. Joining us from Cairo is Sudarsan Raghavan, the Washington Post 's Bureau Chief there.
America's Longest War Is Going to Continue With NATO troops pulling out of Afghanistan, attacks by the Taliban are increasing, and American soldiers will stay until the end of next year. The White House was divided, but President Obama approved an expanded mission, which will also include jets, bombers and drones. Newly elected President Ashraf Ghani wants the American presence, but he’s been unable to form a government. Yesterday he fired the entire cabinet. The Taliban is taking advantage of political instability. Today, police officers and others were killed in several incidents across the country.
Mandela's Life Honored in Soweto Stadium Nelson Mandela, who died last week at age 95, was memorialized by a massive crowd today in Soweto, South Africa. President Obama, one of many heads of state who took part in today's four-hour service, received a long ovation from tens of thousands crowded into an open stadium in pouring rain. Sudarsan Raghavan was there for the Washington Post .
Civilian Shoppers and the Bloodbath in Kenya Soldiers in Kenya say they've taken control of Nairobi's Westgate shopping center after three days of killings and hostage-taking. At least 62 are said to be dead and almost 200 injured, including 5 Americans. The attackers are from al-Shabab, an Islamist militant group from Somalia. We hear from Nairobi and look at the targeting of civilians elsewhere in Africa and other parts of the world.
Should Prisoners at Guantanamo Bay Be Sent Home to Yemen? Late today, President Obama said he still plans to close Guantánamo Bay , where half the 198 remaining prisoners are from Yemen. But, since Yemen is now tied to the failed airline-bombing attempt on Christmas Day, he won’t send more any Yeminis home. So, where will they go?
Should Prisoners at Guantanamo Bay Be Sent Home to Yemen? At least one Yemeni detainee sent home from Guantánamo Bay by the Bush Administration reportedly joined al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The Obama Administration has deemed Guantánamo such an important terrorist recruiting tool that it calls shutting it " a national security imperative ." But what to do with 198 prisoners still there, about half of whom are from Yemen, where the Christmas Day bombing attempt reportedly began? If they're sent home, will they start plotting against the US? What about "re-education?" Does it work in Saudi Arabia? Could it work in Yemen? We hear about the history of repatriating detainees and what a growing controversy could mean for closing Guantánamo Bay.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?