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BAMAKO, Mali A police officer says that the Malian army has
arrested the leader of a village in the country's north on drug
trafficking charges.Chief Warrant officer Alassane Toure said Thursday that
the mayor of Tarkint, a village about 160 kilometers (99 miles) north
of Gao, was arrested on Wednesday. He identified the man as
Baba Ould Cheick and said his name was on a list of
six people who were issued arrest warrants in February for drug trafficking.
Toure says the arrest took place far from the village.Toure said that
a plane stopped near Tarkint in November 2009 carrying at least five
tons of cocaine from Venezuela. He says this is why Cheick was
arrested.Cheick is now in custody in Mali's capital, Bamako. Married musicians Beyonce, left, and rapper Jay-Z, during an April 4, 2013
trip to Cuba, and President Obama.APYou generally don't want to get into
a rap rivalry with Jay-Z.But the White House on Thursday challenged the
mega-artist after he released a track suggesting he got "White House clearance"
for his controversial trip to Cuba with wife Beyonce.Jay Carney, President
Obama's press secretary, categorically denied the claim -- reiterating that
the Treasury Department handles clearance."I guess nothing rhymes with Treasury,"
Carney joked, before clarifying: "The White House, from the president on
down, had nothing to do with anybody's ... travel to Cuba. That
is something that Treasury handles."Jay-Z released the track Thursday shortly
after returning from Cuba, a trip that drew criticism from Cuban-American
lawmakers in Congress who questioned how the couple got permission to travel
to the communist-run island.The rapper boasted at length about the visit,
suggesting Obama was involved."I done turned Havana into Atlanta," he rapped.
"Boy from the hood, but got White House clearance."He continued: "Politicians
never did s--- for me except lie to me, distort history, wanna
give me jail time and a fine. Fine, let me commit a
real crime. ... Obama said, 'Chill you gonna get me impeached.' You
don't need this s--- anyway, chill with me on the beach.'"The track
resulted in a bizarre scene at Thursday's White House briefing, as a
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