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Can Somalia Ever Win Against al-Shabab?

Can Somalia Ever Win Against al-Shabab?

Friday October 20, 2017 From the ashes of the country’s deadliest terrorist attack, lasting peace seems a long way off. The scene of an exploded truck bomb in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Oct. 14. (Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images) In the battle of wills for Somalia’s future, the terrorist group al-Shabab struck a cruel and […]

Somalia praises Turkey for immediate help, criticizes Western powers for indifference

Thursday October 19, 2017 Turkey’s swift response to Somalia’s deadliest truck bombing drew praise from survivors and officials who called Ankara their “only genuine” international partner. It is an implicit challenge to Western backers who have not, in the view of many Somalis; jumped to help. “Whenever there is a problem, Turkey helps us. Where […]

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Intel official says Turkish military base was ‘target’ of Somalia truck bomb

Wednesday October 18, 2017 By Harun Maruf Somali security forces and others gather and search for bodies near destroyed buildings at the scene of Saturday’s blast, in Mogadishu, Somalia, Oct. 15, 2017. The newly Turkish-built military base in Mogadishu was the original target of Saturday’s deadly truck bomb, a senior Somali intelligence official told VOA […]

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Tuesday October 17, 2017 By Jason Burke Officials investigating attack that killed more than 300 people believe the bomber may have been motivated by desire for revenge for a raid in August The wreckage of a vehicle lies among the rubble at the site of Saturday’s attack in Mogadishu, Somalia. Photograph: Zuma Wire/Rex/Shutterstock The man […]

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Death toll from Mogadishu blast hits 85

Sunday October 15, 2017 The death toll from Saturday afternoon’s bombing at a hotel in Somali capital of Mogadishu has risen to over 85, sources in medical facilities confirmed to Xinhua on Sunday. Abdulkadir Abdirahman Adem, director of the Amin Ambulance Service, told Xinhua by telephone that medical officers had so far counted 85 dead […]

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By Derek Hawkins Thursday, October 12, 2017 A white restaurant manager accused of enslaving and abusing a mentally disabled black man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in South Carolina on a charge of forced labor. Federal prosecutors say Bobby Paul Edwards used “force, threats of force, physical restraint, and coercion” to compel […]

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October 11, 2017    African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the United Nations have handed over a new police headquarters and a vehicle to Jubbaland state to help boost security in the region. Speaking at the ceremony, held Monday, Jubbaland Police Commissioner Ahmednasir Guled Hassan commended the support provided by AMISOM and the United […]

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October 10, 2017 According to a leaked letter released by Galmudug Presidency, and obtained by Shabelle Media Network, President, Ahmed Dualle Gelle “Haaf” wrote to Thomas B. Coleman, Managing Director, Levant Suez Consulting Corp based in Houston, Texas USA. Read the letter below: On behalf of Somali Federal regional States of Galmudug, Southwest State and […]

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Tuesday October 10, 2017 ST. CLOUD – Suhan Mohamed has found a welcoming community in a surprising place. Only two months ago, she and Apollo High School classmate Nimo Gohe didn’t have a clue about how to swim. Now, the two Somali teens are making history, becoming the first Muslim girls to join the school’s […]

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Double-transplant survivor ID’d as victim of fallen tree

Thursday October 5, 2017 A two-time transplant recipient, Hiba Yusuf was a passionate advocate for organ donation. (Hiba Yusef/Facebook) An Ottawa graduate student who survived two kidney transplants has been identified as the woman fatally injured by a falling tree during a brief but violent thunderstorm on the afternoon of Sept. 27. Hiba Yusuf, 37, […]

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Saturday September 30, 2017 OJ Simpson is looking forward to eating steak and getting a new iPhone, after his release from prison next week, his lawyer said. Malcolm LaVergne said he expected his client to be released from a Nevada jail “a few days” after Sunday, the first eligible date for him to be paroled. […]

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UN Human Rights Council wraps current session, adopts texts on Myanmar, Yemen, Burundi

Saturday September 30, 2017 The United Nations Human Rights Council concluded its 36th session in Geneva today, having adopted 33 resolutions, 20 by consensus, addressing multiple themes as well as human rights situations in Yemen, Burundi, Myanmar, Syria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, Sudan, Somalia and Cambodia. Among the highlights […]

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Wednesday September 27, 2017 The floor of Uganda’s parliament witnessed chaotic scenes on Tuesday as legislators debated a motion around presidential age limits. A leading media outlet, NTV Uganda described the incidence as ‘nasty scenes’ as Members of Parliament (MPs) are seen engaged in fist fights with the hurling of chairs between two factions. On […]

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Wednesday September 27, 2017 The Ethiopian government has revised the death toll rising from the ethnic clashes that hit the eastern part of the country. Information Minister, Negeri Lencho, on Monday said hundreds of people were killed on both sides of the feud adding that the exact figure was yet to be ascertained. “We can […]

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Wednesday September 27, 2017 A protester cries for mercy after being cornered by police during NASA demonstrations to eject IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba at Anniversary Towers, Nairobi,yesterday. /JACK OWUOR The government has recalled 20 security guards attached to NASA leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi and yesterday Raila said their lives may be […]

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Tuesday September 26, 2017 Troops at China’s first overseas military base have completed live-fire drills for the first time. Chinese soldiers stationed in Djibouti, a tiny African nation that’s considered the gateway to the Suez Canal shipping route, carried out the exercises Friday, according to the South China Morning Post. According to the paper, the […]

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Sunday September 24, 2017 Security matters. President Museveni (3rd right) addresses a meeting of Amisom contributing countries in New York, US on Thursday. PPU PHOTO President Museveni has told countries contributing troops to the peace keeping mission in Somalia that they are not United Nations (UN) employees but allies offering pan-Africanism services. The President made […]

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September 22, 2017    OM, the UN Migration Agency, with the support of the Government of Japan, donated office equipment to Somalia’s newly formed Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management on 20 September. The donation forms part of IOM’s support to the Federal and State level Drought Committees, which will include training and […]

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Thursday September 21, 2017 Rohingya refugees gather in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, after escaping Myanmar’s military offensive [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera]Rohingya refugees gather in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, after escaping Myanmar’s military offensive [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera] US President Donald Trump wants the United Nations Security Council to take “strong and swift action” to end violence against Myanmar’s Rohingya […]

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Thursday September 21, 2017 Paolo Duterte, son of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, takes an oath as he attends a senate hearing in Manila on September 7, 2017 on allegations linking him to large-scale illegal drugs smuggling. President Duterte has said he will have his son killed if drug trafficking allegations against him are true. PHOTO […]

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Russia ready to help Somalia in war on terror

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Moscow plans to help Somalia in its efforts against extremism and terrorism, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday at a meeting with Somalia’s Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. “We are glad at this […]

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Thursday September 14, 2017 A wide view of the Security Council Chamber as Michael Keating (left on screen), Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), briefs the Council via video link. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Highlighting complex immediate and long-term challenges in Somalia, the head of the United […]

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Eight people shot to death in Texas home, police say

Monday September 11, 2017 Eight people were found shot to death during a football watching party on Sunday night at a home in Plano, Texas, police revealed. The unidentified gunman opened fire inside the party at a single-family home off Spring Creek Parkway around 8 p.m., DallasNews.com reported. A total of seven were killed in […]

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Al Shabaab storms Somali border town, kills at least 10 military

Monday September 11, 2017 Heavy fighting erupted on Monday in the Somali border town of Balad Hawo near Kenya after Al Shabaab detonated a suicide car bomb and then stormed the military base there, the spokesman of the al Qaeda-linked group told Reuters. Al Shabaab, which wants to impose its strict interpretation of Islam in […]

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Suicide bomber kills 6 in central Somalia

Sunday September 10, 2017 Attack claimed by the armed group al-Shabab targets governor’s office in the town of Beledweyne. At least six people died after an al-Shabab suicide bomber blew himself up in a restaurant just outside a senior official’s office in the central Somali city of Beledweyne. The deadly blast took place outside the […]

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Minneapolis legislator Ilhan Omar makes the cover of Time

Friday September 8, 2017 By Mary Lynn Smith Omar, the first Somali-American Muslim to become a legislator, is one of 46 influential women to break barriers.  Minnesota legislator Ilhan Omar is on the cover of Time magazine and listed alongside 45 other women who have broken barriers to change the world. In the Sept. 18 […]

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Tuesday September 5, 2017 Indonesian foreign minister meets Myanmar de facto leader to discuss alleged atrocities against Rohingya Muslims Indonesia’s visiting foreign minister on Monday proposed to Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi a formula to bring an end to ongoing violence in the restive Rakhine state. Rento Marsudi’s proposal came in the […]

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Obama’s struggling ancestral Kenya village misses him — and cashing in on his presidency

Sunday September 3, 2017 A vendor selling flags, caps and T-shirts, and wearing a shirt showing President Barack Obama with words in Luo reading “Father has reached home”, sells his wares at an event attended by Sarah Obama, the step-grandmother of the former president, in her hometown of Kogelo, Kenya, on July 18, 2015. Barack […]

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Friday September 1, 2017 The Supreme Court has nullified the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta.A six-judge bench, by majority decision, on Friday found that the electoral commission failed to conduct the polls according to the Constitution and Elections Act. “Elections is not an event but an process. After considering the totality of the entire evidence, […]

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