Melania Trump dances to African beat, feeds baby elephants

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US first lady Melania Trump feeds a baby elephant a bottle of milk at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya, October 5, 2018. (Reuters)
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First lady Melania Trump and Margaret Kenyatta, the wife of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, stand with singing children as they arrive at Nairobi National Theater, in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. (AP)
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US first lady Melania Trump takes a safari in Nairobi, Kenya, October 5, 2018. (Reuters)
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US First Lady Melania Trump holds a child at The Nest Children’s Home in Nairobi, Kenya, October 5, 2018. (Reuters)
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First lady Melania Trump, left, with Margaret Kenyatta, Kenya’s first lady, right, pets a baby elephant at the David Sheldrick Elephant & Rhino Orphanage at Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. (AP)
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First lady Melania Trump walks with children as she visits the Nest Orphanage in Limuru, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. (AP)
Updated 05 October 2018
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Melania Trump dances to African beat, feeds baby elephants

NAIROBI: Melania Trump sashayed to the beat of African music as she was welcomed to an orphanage in Kenya on Friday.
Children living at The Nest in Nairobi greeted her with singing and dancing, and it didn’t take long before the typically reserved US first lady gave in to the moment. She walked up a pathway holding hands with two children, then began to sashay to the beat as she approached the building.
She was briefed on the children living at the house for babies. Some of them were abandoned or their parents are incarcerated. She was surrounded by babies either sitting in walkers or lying on their backs beneath play mobiles.
Staff praised her for visiting.
“Thank you for what you do and taking care of them,” Mrs. Trump said, while holding a baby girl originally handed to her wrapped in a blanket bearing the logo of Be Best, the child welfare initiative she launched this year and is promoting during this week’s Africa visit.
She returned the girl and kneeled down to lift a boy from a mat and turned to face the news media with him in her arms.
“Do you see the cameras?” she said to the boy before cradling another baby.
The singing and dancing continued outside, where she read a story to the same group of children who had walked up the pathway with her. A boy read a story to her in turn. After the readings, she was encircled by the singing children and danced some more.


Mrs. Trump is on her first visit to Africa and her first extended solo international trip as first lady.
She opened the Kenya portion of her visit earlier Friday, seeking to highlight conservation efforts by feeding baby elephants at Nairobi National Park and going on a safari there.
The first lady laughed after one elephant in the group of 18 made a sudden move and she momentarily lost her footing. She fed formula to two of the elephants that are being raised at the park and reached out to others, patting one’s back and stroking the ear of another.
Dressed in riding pants, boots and a white pith helmet, she climbed into an open-air vehicle for the safari, taking photos on her iPhone and peering through binoculars for a closer look at zebras, giraffes, impalas, rhinos and hippos bobbing in water.
She also stopped at a site where 105 tons of ivory was burned as part of an effort to discourage the trade.
Earlier this year, President Donald Trump quietly decided to once again allow Americans to import body parts of African elephants shot for sport. The US Fish and Wildlife Service said lifting an existing ban on elephants imported from Zimbabwe and Zambia and encouraging wealthy big-game hunters to kill the threatened species would help raise money for conservation programs.
Trump had decried lifting the ban as a “horror show,” but he did not intervene after the agency announced that the importation of elephant trophies will be approved on a “case-by-case basis.”
Trump’s adult sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, are trophy hunters. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who oversees the agency that lifted the ban, also is an avid hunter.
Mrs. Trump met over tea with Kenyan first lady Margaret Kenyatta later on Friday and then took in a children’s dance performance at the National Theater in Nairobi.
Egypt is the next and final stop on her tour of the continent, focusing on child welfare, education, tourism and conservation.
Mrs. Trump opened the trip on Tuesday in Ghana and then went to Malawi.
Her visit has included promoting the work of the US Agency for International Development, whose funding her husband has twice proposed slashing by nearly a third. Lawmakers essentially ignored those requests.


Former US VP Biden announces 2020 run for White House

Updated 25 April 2019
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Former US VP Biden announces 2020 run for White House

  • Biden joins an already crowded list of presidential candidates running from the Democratic party
  • He served eight years as Barack Obama’s vice president

WASHINGTON: Former US Vice President Joe Biden announced Thursday he is entering the 2020 White House race, joining an already crowded list of candidates running on the Democratic Party platform.
In a tweet accompanied by a three-and-a-half minute video, Biden said he couldn’t stand idly by while US President Donald Trump “fundamentally altered the character of this nation.”
“The core values of this nation... our standing in the world... our very democracy... everything that has made America — America — is at stake,” he wrote in the post.
“That’s why today I’m announcing my candidacy for President of the United States.”
Even before his official announcement, Biden, who served eight years as Barack Obama’s vice president, led most surveys of Democratic voters.
The RealClearPolitics poll aggregate puts him as favorite with 29.3 percent support, followed by independent Senator Bernie Sanders at 23 percent.