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Nuruddin Farah lost a sister to terrorism. His new novel shows the pain left behind.

When Nuruddin Farah writes fiction about the ravages of terrorism, the details may be imaginary but the scars are real. The celebrated Somali novelist, a frequent contender for the Nobel Prize in literature, lost his sister Basra Farah Hassan in 2014. A nutri
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Nuruddin Farah lost a sister to terrorism. His new novel shows the pain left behind.

When Nuruddin Farah writes fiction about the ravages of terrorism, the details may be imaginary but the scars are real. The celebrated Somali novelist, a frequent contender for the Nobel Prize in literature, lost his sister Basra Farah Hassan in 2014. A nutritionist working for UNICEF, she was murdered, along with at least 20 others, when the Taliban bombed a restaurant in Kabul.

Abul Gheit, Somali min. review boosting Arab support for Somalia

Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Abul Gheit had talks on Tuesday with Somali Finance Minister Abdirahman Duale Beileh on means of drumming up Arab support for Somalia.
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Abul Gheit, Somali min. review boosting Arab support for Somalia

Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Abul Gheit had talks on Tuesday with Somali Finance Minister Abdirahman Duale Beileh on means of drumming up Arab support for Somalia.

U S is committed to providing more than $900 million in Somalia

The United States re-established permanent diplomatic presence in Mogadishu, Somalia on December 2, 2018. USAID also re-established presence.
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U S is committed to providing more than $900 million in Somalia

The United States re-established permanent diplomatic presence in Mogadishu, Somalia on December 2, 2018. USAID also re-established presence.

Somali man arrested in Italy after comments about attacking Vatican: police

ROME (Reuters) - Italian police said on Monday they had arrested a 20-year-old Somali man suspected of having been a member of Islamic State and who had threatened to bomb churches in Italy, including St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.
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Somali man arrested in Italy after comments about attacking Vatican: police

ROME (Reuters) - Italian police said on Monday they had arrested a 20-year-old Somali man suspected of having been a member of Islamic State and who had threatened to bomb churches in Italy, including St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.

Gathering Dark Clouds

Some of you may remember my article after the QALBI DHAGAX debacle: A GLOOMY POLITICAL CLOUD OVER SOMALIA. I concluded my article with hope that “I see Farmaajo redeeming himself, captivating the masses and uniting the country”.
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Gathering Dark Clouds

Some of you may remember my article after the QALBI DHAGAX debacle: A GLOOMY POLITICAL CLOUD OVER SOMALIA. I concluded my article with hope that “I see Farmaajo redeeming himself, captivating the masses and uniting the country”.

A Texas Elementary School Speech Pathologist Refused to Sign a Pro-Israel Oath, Now Mandatory in Many States — so She Lost Her Job

A CHILDREN’S SPEECH PATHOLOGIST who has worked for the last nine years with developmentally disabled, autistic, and speech-impaired elementary school students in Austin, Texas, has been told that she can no longer work with the public school district, afte
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A Texas Elementary School Speech Pathologist Refused to Sign a Pro-Israel Oath, Now Mandatory in Many States — so She Lost Her Job

A CHILDREN’S SPEECH PATHOLOGIST who has worked for the last nine years with developmentally disabled, autistic, and speech-impaired elementary school students in Austin, Texas, has been told that she can no longer work with the public school district, after she refused to sign an oath vowing that she “does not” and “will not” engage in a boycott of Israel

Jubaland's Ahmed Madobe holds secret meeting with Garissa leaders

Jubaland leader Sheikh Ahmed Madobe met with senior politicians and elders in Garissa County on Sunday ahead of the upcoming polls in the semi-autonomous region in Somalia.
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Jubaland's Ahmed Madobe holds secret meeting with Garissa leaders

Jubaland leader Sheikh Ahmed Madobe met with senior politicians and elders in Garissa County on Sunday ahead of the upcoming polls in the semi-autonomous region in Somalia.

Sweden's first MP in a hijab challenges swing to the right

Swedes will this week be treated to a new sight: a Swedish MP giving a speech in a hijab. Leila Ali Elmi, who arrived in the country aged two after her family fled civil war in Somalia,.....
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Sweden's first MP in a hijab challenges swing to the right

Swedes will this week be treated to a new sight: a Swedish MP giving a speech in a hijab. Leila Ali Elmi, who arrived in the country aged two after her family fled civil war in Somalia,.....

U.S. says air strikes killed 62 militants in Somalia

The U.S. military said on Monday it had killed 62 militants in six air strikes on Saturday and Sunday in the vicinity of Gandarsh in Somalia’s south-central Banaadir province.
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U.S. says air strikes killed 62 militants in Somalia

The U.S. military said on Monday it had killed 62 militants in six air strikes on Saturday and Sunday in the vicinity of Gandarsh in Somalia’s south-central Banaadir province.

Taliban say 'another' meeting in Middle East with US

The Taliban say «another» meeting is to be held with the United States, this time in the United Arab Emirates and involving representatives of Saudi Arabia,
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Taliban say 'another' meeting in Middle East with US

The Taliban say «another» meeting is to be held with the United States, this time in the United Arab Emirates and involving representatives of Saudi Arabia,

Turkey says Trump working on extraditing wanted cleric Gulen

DOHA (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has told his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan that Washington is working on extraditing a U.S.-based Muslim cleric accused of orchestrating a failed Turkish coup in 2016, Turkey’s foreign minister said on Sunda
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Turkey says Trump working on extraditing wanted cleric Gulen

DOHA (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has told his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan that Washington is working on extraditing a U.S.-based Muslim cleric accused of orchestrating a failed Turkish coup in 2016, Turkey’s foreign minister said on Sunday.

Somali Minister for Public Works resigns over Robow arrest

MOGADISHU (HOL) - Public Works Minister Abdifatah Mohamed Gesey has today resigned in protest of the arrest of a former Al-Shabaab militant leader, Mukhtar Robow.
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Somali Minister for Public Works resigns over Robow arrest

MOGADISHU (HOL) - Public Works Minister Abdifatah Mohamed Gesey has today resigned in protest of the arrest of a former Al-Shabaab militant leader, Mukhtar Robow.

Journalist detained over Facebook post

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) has today called for the immediate and unconditional release of a journalist arrested in Somaliland after posting a comment on Facebook.
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Journalist detained over Facebook post

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) has today called for the immediate and unconditional release of a journalist arrested in Somaliland after posting a comment on Facebook.

Somalia closes notorious prison amid abuse allegations

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somalia has closed an underground prison where the government has held extremist suspects and journalists amid allegations of abuses against inmates, the security minister said Sunday.
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Somalia closes notorious prison amid abuse allegations

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somalia has closed an underground prison where the government has held extremist suspects and journalists amid allegations of abuses against inmates, the security minister said Sunday.

Regional alliance should be reshaped: Somali FM

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs H E Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, participated in the 18th edition of Doha Forum in the opening plenary session.
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Regional alliance should be reshaped: Somali FM

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs H E Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, participated in the 18th edition of Doha Forum in the opening plenary session.

Dubai ruler's missing daughter feared dead

Reports said the princess was captured in a highly secretive operation last March, 50 km away from the coast of Goa from a US flag carrier and forcibly taken back to the UAE
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Dubai ruler's missing daughter feared dead

Reports said the princess was captured in a highly secretive operation last March, 50 km away from the coast of Goa from a US flag carrier and forcibly taken back to the UAE

Canada’s immigration minister calls out Conservatives for “spreading lies” about UN migration agreement

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen spent Friday night at Ryerson University addressing what he says are a number of myths surrounding Canada’s recent signing of the UN Global Compact on Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration.
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Canada’s immigration minister calls out Conservatives for “spreading lies” about UN migration agreement

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen spent Friday night at Ryerson University addressing what he says are a number of myths surrounding Canada’s recent signing of the UN Global Compact on Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration.

Ethiopia jails soldiers who marched on PM palace to up to 14 years

A military court in Ethiopia on Saturday jailed 66 soldiers for between five and 14 years for marching on Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s palace in October, ruling they had broken military ethics, officials said.
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Ethiopia jails soldiers who marched on PM palace to up to 14 years

A military court in Ethiopia on Saturday jailed 66 soldiers for between five and 14 years for marching on Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s palace in October, ruling they had broken military ethics, officials said.

US says new airstrike in Somalia kills 8 al-Shabab fighters

The U.S. military says it has killed eight members of the al-Shabab extremist group with an airstrike south of Somalia’s capital.
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US says new airstrike in Somalia kills 8 al-Shabab fighters

The U.S. military says it has killed eight members of the al-Shabab extremist group with an airstrike south of Somalia’s capital.

Somalia uproar continues after former al-Shabab No. 2 seized

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somalia saw a third day of protests on Saturday over the arrest of the former No. 2 leader of the al-Shabab extremist group, who has been a leading candidate for a regional presidency. Officials said at least eight people have been kil
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Somalia uproar continues after former al-Shabab No. 2 seized

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somalia saw a third day of protests on Saturday over the arrest of the former No. 2 leader of the al-Shabab extremist group, who has been a leading candidate for a regional presidency. Officials said at least eight people have been killed so far as angry supporters take to the streets and clash with police.

Australia recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital

After reversing decades of Middle East policy, Australia will now wait to move its embassy to Jerusalem. Last year, the US unilaterally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, triggering violent unrest in the region.
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Australia recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital

After reversing decades of Middle East policy, Australia will now wait to move its embassy to Jerusalem. Last year, the US unilaterally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, triggering violent unrest in the region.

Four accused of extorting 'protection money' from Somali shopkeepers denied bail

Four men have been denied bail in a case involving the alleged extortion of protection money from Somali shopkeepers based in Delft, Cape Town.
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Four accused of extorting 'protection money' from Somali shopkeepers denied bail

Four men have been denied bail in a case involving the alleged extortion of protection money from Somali shopkeepers based in Delft, Cape Town.

AMISOM starts the process of handing over military academy to SNA

A cadet training school occupied by African Union troops for the last eleven years will soon be handed over to the Somali National Army (SNA).
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AMISOM starts the process of handing over military academy to SNA

A cadet training school occupied by African Union troops for the last eleven years will soon be handed over to the Somali National Army (SNA).

Somalia and Eritrea leaders agree to enhance two nations' relations

Mogadishu (HOL) - President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo, and his Eritrean counterpart Isaias Afwerki have held a two-day consultation meeting in Mogadishu.
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Somalia and Eritrea leaders agree to enhance two nations' relations

Mogadishu (HOL) - President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo, and his Eritrean counterpart Isaias Afwerki have held a two-day consultation meeting in Mogadishu.

The Curse of Political Impasse

The Speaker of the Somali parliament, Mohamed Mursal may have pulled a surprise on President Farmajo by accepting the opposition to bring a no-confidence motion against him. With the opposition all set to bring its no-confidence motion against President Farma
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The Curse of Political Impasse

The Speaker of the Somali parliament, Mohamed Mursal may have pulled a surprise on President Farmajo by accepting the opposition to bring a no-confidence motion against him. With the opposition all set to bring its no-confidence motion against President Farmajo

Use of lethal force to quell protests in Baidoa unjustifiable

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL - Following news that Somali security forces in Baidoa opened fire this morning on protestors, killing a parliamentarian, Abdishakur Yaqub Ibrahim as known as Abdishakur Bule, and a young boy in ongoing protests that erupted on 13 Decemb
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Use of lethal force to quell protests in Baidoa unjustifiable

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL - Following news that Somali security forces in Baidoa opened fire this morning on protestors, killing a parliamentarian, Abdishakur Yaqub Ibrahim as known as Abdishakur Bule, and a young boy in ongoing protests that erupted on 13 December, Amnesty International's Deputy Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes Sarah Jackson said:

News media under fire: 251 journalists in jail worldwide, most facing 'anti-state' charges

Today, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists released its annual tally of imprisoned reporters around the world,
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News media under fire: 251 journalists in jail worldwide, most facing 'anti-state' charges

Today, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists released its annual tally of imprisoned reporters around the world,

Botched handling of gangster refugee claimant exposes Canada's screening weaknesses

Abdullahi Hashi Farah's candid confession about his gangster past clearly impressed the Immigration and Refugee Board officer who presided over his first detention hearing on Nov. 1, 2017.
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Botched handling of gangster refugee claimant exposes Canada's screening weaknesses

Abdullahi Hashi Farah's candid confession about his gangster past clearly impressed the Immigration and Refugee Board officer who presided over his first detention hearing on Nov. 1, 2017.

Senate Votes to End Aid for Yemen Fight Over Khashoggi Killing and Saudis’ War Aims

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted on Thursday to end American military assistance for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen in the strongest show of bipartisan defiance against President Trump’s defense of the kingdom over the killing of a dissident journalist.
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Senate Votes to End Aid for Yemen Fight Over Khashoggi Killing and Saudis’ War Aims

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted on Thursday to end American military assistance for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen in the strongest show of bipartisan defiance against President Trump’s defense of the kingdom over the killing of a dissident journalist.

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