Somalia



Saudi Arabia prepares for first legal Valentine’s Day

Love (or lust?) is in the air in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as the country prepares for Valentine’s Day tomorrow following decades of the practice of marking the day being forbidden.

Five-year-old girl raped in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU (HOL) - In yet another case of sexual violation in Mogadishu, a five-year-old was Saturday raped in by a neighbour barely a week after two other cases were reported in the city.
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Five-year-old girl raped in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU (HOL) - In yet another case of sexual violation in Mogadishu, a five-year-old was Saturday raped in by a neighbour barely a week after two other cases were reported in the city.

New PM Mohamed Roble urges parliament to okay his appointment

MOGADISHU (HOL) - Newly appointed prime minister Mohamed Hussein Roble has called on parliament to approve him for the post in his first public address since he was tapped for the job last week.
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New PM Mohamed Roble urges parliament to okay his appointment

MOGADISHU (HOL) - Newly appointed prime minister Mohamed Hussein Roble has called on parliament to approve him for the post in his first public address since he was tapped for the job last week.

Somalia’s first female mechanic is changing stereotypes one vehicle at a time

Society has put some constraints on individuals with regard to what men or women can do and that has prevented a lot of people from attaining their set goals in life for fear of being judged or ridiculed. Others also defied societal norms and restrictions to
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Somalia’s first female mechanic is changing stereotypes one vehicle at a time

Society has put some constraints on individuals with regard to what men or women can do and that has prevented a lot of people from attaining their set goals in life for fear of being judged or ridiculed. Others also defied societal norms and restrictions to be the ‘firsts’ in their fields like Nasra Haji Hussein,

Trump Describes Journalist Hit By Rubber Bullet As ‘A Beautiful Sight’

At a rally in Minnesota, President Trump described an MSNBC anchor hit by a rubber bullet while covering protests after the death of George Floyd in May as “a beautiful sight,”
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Trump Describes Journalist Hit By Rubber Bullet As ‘A Beautiful Sight’

At a rally in Minnesota, President Trump described an MSNBC anchor hit by a rubber bullet while covering protests after the death of George Floyd in May as “a beautiful sight,”

Somalia’s Education System Struggles to Attract Girls

NAIROBI - Fifteen-year-old Nasra Aidarus is happy to be back in class after a four-month school closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic that hit Somalia
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Somalia’s Education System Struggles to Attract Girls

NAIROBI - Fifteen-year-old Nasra Aidarus is happy to be back in class after a four-month school closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic that hit Somalia

Somalia’s political parties ‘welcome’ elections deal

MOGADISHU (HOL) - Political parties in Somalia have welcomed the electoral deal reached between the Federal Government and Federal Member States.
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Somalia’s political parties ‘welcome’ elections deal

MOGADISHU (HOL) - Political parties in Somalia have welcomed the electoral deal reached between the Federal Government and Federal Member States.

US Deports Somali Previously Convicted of Giving Aid to Al-Shabab, Justice Department Says

The US government has deported a Somali citizen who was previously convicted of providing aid to the al-Shabab terrorist group, the Department of Justice announced in a press release on Friday.
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US Deports Somali Previously Convicted of Giving Aid to Al-Shabab, Justice Department Says

The US government has deported a Somali citizen who was previously convicted of providing aid to the al-Shabab terrorist group, the Department of Justice announced in a press release on Friday.

Turkish lira hits new record low as cenbank meeting looms

The Turkish lira plunged to a new record low against the US dollar to finish the trading week, adding to its year-to-date plunge to 28%. The lira joined the broader emerging market currency selloff as the Federal Reserve’s downbeat assessment
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Turkish lira hits new record low as cenbank meeting looms

The Turkish lira plunged to a new record low against the US dollar to finish the trading week, adding to its year-to-date plunge to 28%. The lira joined the broader emerging market currency selloff as the Federal Reserve’s downbeat assessment

Somalia heads for indirect elections for the sixth time

The federal government of Somalia and its member states have, after lengthy discussions and consultations, agreed to an indirect electoral formula to conduct the upcoming National Elections. A joint communique released after the agreement explained that unde
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Somalia heads for indirect elections for the sixth time

The federal government of Somalia and its member states have, after lengthy discussions and consultations, agreed to an indirect electoral formula to conduct the upcoming National Elections. A joint communique released after the agreement explained that under the new arrangement, the National Independent Election Commission (NIEC) tasked to oversee the country’s electoral process, has been made dormant. A new electoral commission with membership from the federal government and the member states is set to manage the next election.

UN agency to open response center in Somalia for vulnerable migrants

The UN migration agency said on Friday a new Migration Response Centre (MRC) to cater for the needs of vulnerable migrants returning to Somalia is due to open its doors in Mogadishu.
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UN agency to open response center in Somalia for vulnerable migrants

The UN migration agency said on Friday a new Migration Response Centre (MRC) to cater for the needs of vulnerable migrants returning to Somalia is due to open its doors in Mogadishu.

Democrat Joe Biden arrives in Duluth to battle President Donald Trump for Minnesota's middle-class voters

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden landed Friday in Minnesota for the first of dueling campaign events with President Donald Trump over who should be trusted during the next four years to spur the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
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Democrat Joe Biden arrives in Duluth to battle President Donald Trump for Minnesota's middle-class voters

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden landed Friday in Minnesota for the first of dueling campaign events with President Donald Trump over who should be trusted during the next four years to spur the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Somalia: Al-Shabab attacks intensify as election looms

In the past week alone, the Horn of Africa country has been the scene of over a dozen deadly terror attacks. The Islamist militant group is seen to be bent on thwarting the forthcoming elections.
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Somalia: Al-Shabab attacks intensify as election looms

In the past week alone, the Horn of Africa country has been the scene of over a dozen deadly terror attacks. The Islamist militant group is seen to be bent on thwarting the forthcoming elections.

Suspected Arms Dealers Moved Millions in Somali Money Transfers

NAIROBI - Somali money transfer companies moved more than $3.7 million in cash between suspected weapons traffickers in recent years, including to a Yemeni under U.S. sanctions for alleged militant links, according to a report seen by Reuters.
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Suspected Arms Dealers Moved Millions in Somali Money Transfers

NAIROBI - Somali money transfer companies moved more than $3.7 million in cash between suspected weapons traffickers in recent years, including to a Yemeni under U.S. sanctions for alleged militant links, according to a report seen by Reuters.

Feature: China-trained medic boosts war against COVID-19 in Somalia

As the COVID-19 pandemic landed in Somalia in mid-March, there was rampant anxiety about how the country with one of the most fragile health systems could handle a pandemic that was wreaking havoc in wealthy nations.
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Feature: China-trained medic boosts war against COVID-19 in Somalia

As the COVID-19 pandemic landed in Somalia in mid-March, there was rampant anxiety about how the country with one of the most fragile health systems could handle a pandemic that was wreaking havoc in wealthy nations.

Moorhead workers reach deal after alleging religious discrimination, unfair labor practices

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Eleven employees of a Moorhead, Minn., food preparation business were given the chance Tuesday, Sept. 15, to return to work after they told Forum News Service they were fired last week when they tried to approach management about poor work
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Moorhead workers reach deal after alleging religious discrimination, unfair labor practices

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Eleven employees of a Moorhead, Minn., food preparation business were given the chance Tuesday, Sept. 15, to return to work after they told Forum News Service they were fired last week when they tried to approach management about poor working conditions.

Music Matters: Rediscovering the forgotten sounds of Somalia

MUSCAT: In the aftermath of the Ogaden War, Somalia’s Bakaka Band found themselves “somewhat meaningless,” in the words of singer Shimaali Ahmed Shimaali. Founded to sing patriotic songs by the government’s Ministry of Interior in 1978 — the height
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Music Matters: Rediscovering the forgotten sounds of Somalia

MUSCAT: In the aftermath of the Ogaden War, Somalia’s Bakaka Band found themselves “somewhat meaningless,” in the words of singer Shimaali Ahmed Shimaali. Founded to sing patriotic songs by the government’s Ministry of Interior in 1978 — the height of the Somali-Ethiopian border conflict — peacetime presented a crisis of identity.

5 Rising African Startups in 2020

TechInAfrica – The startup ecosystem in Africa looks as promising as ever with the 50 percent growth of tech hubs across the continent. Let’s look at the 5 Rising African Startups ready to shake the ground this year.
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5 Rising African Startups in 2020

TechInAfrica – The startup ecosystem in Africa looks as promising as ever with the 50 percent growth of tech hubs across the continent. Let’s look at the 5 Rising African Startups ready to shake the ground this year.

Farmaajo, FMS leaders strike electoral deal in week-long talks

MOGADISHU (HOL) - The weeklong electoral talks between President Mohamed Farmaajo and Federal Member State leaders yielded fruit Thursday evening following an agreement to hold parliamentary elections from November this year based on a co-management deal.
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Farmaajo, FMS leaders strike electoral deal in week-long talks

MOGADISHU (HOL) - The weeklong electoral talks between President Mohamed Farmaajo and Federal Member State leaders yielded fruit Thursday evening following an agreement to hold parliamentary elections from November this year based on a co-management deal.

President Farmaajo selects Mohamed Hussein Roble as next PM

Mogadishu (HOL) - President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo has appointed a former technical consultant as Somalia's new prime minister just hours after Somali leaders have reached a deal on a revised election model.
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President Farmaajo selects Mohamed Hussein Roble as next PM

Mogadishu (HOL) - President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo has appointed a former technical consultant as Somalia's new prime minister just hours after Somali leaders have reached a deal on a revised election model.

Five Quran teachers dead in Middle Shabelle fighting

MOGADISHU (HOL) - Five religious teachers were killed and three others injured in suspected clan clashes in Adale district of Middle Shabelle region Thursday.
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Five Quran teachers dead in Middle Shabelle fighting

MOGADISHU (HOL) - Five religious teachers were killed and three others injured in suspected clan clashes in Adale district of Middle Shabelle region Thursday.

Turkey to launch Türksat 5A satellite into space on Nov. 30

Turkey will launch the Türksat 5A satellite into space on Nov. 30, Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu said Wednesday.
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Turkey to launch Türksat 5A satellite into space on Nov. 30

Turkey will launch the Türksat 5A satellite into space on Nov. 30, Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu said Wednesday.

Somali military unearth, destroy landmines in Lower Shabelle region

MOGADISHU (HOL) - Somali Forces Thursday unburied and detonated several landmines planted by the militant group Al-Shabaab in the Lower Shabelle region.
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Somali military unearth, destroy landmines in Lower Shabelle region

MOGADISHU (HOL) - Somali Forces Thursday unburied and detonated several landmines planted by the militant group Al-Shabaab in the Lower Shabelle region.

Civil society group decries delays in electoral deal, urge Farmaajo, FMS leaders to break stalemate

MOGADISHU (HOL) - A civil society coalition in Somalia has expressed concern over failure by the country’s leaders to reach a timely agreement on the model of upcoming elections noting that was fast running out.
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Civil society group decries delays in electoral deal, urge Farmaajo, FMS leaders to break stalemate

MOGADISHU (HOL) - A civil society coalition in Somalia has expressed concern over failure by the country’s leaders to reach a timely agreement on the model of upcoming elections noting that was fast running out.

Military demand for land puts northern Kenya's farmers on edge

KARARE, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Lechodede Lbang’a has managed to keep farming for more than 40 years, even through northern Kenya’s worsening drought, but now he worries that his main source of income faces a threat more immediate than climat
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Military demand for land puts northern Kenya's farmers on edge

KARARE, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Lechodede Lbang’a has managed to keep farming for more than 40 years, even through northern Kenya’s worsening drought, but now he worries that his main source of income faces a threat more immediate than climate change: the military.

Minnesota governor asks Trump and Biden to comply with state COVID-19 guidelines

Minneapolis (HOL) - Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has asked both presidential candidates to comply with Minnesota's COVID-19 safety guidelines ahead of planned campaign stops in the state this week.
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Minnesota governor asks Trump and Biden to comply with state COVID-19 guidelines

Minneapolis (HOL) - Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has asked both presidential candidates to comply with Minnesota's COVID-19 safety guidelines ahead of planned campaign stops in the state this week.

The rape and murder that shook Mogadishu

There are many violent incidents in Mogadishu that often go unnoticed. But when Hamdi Mohamed Farah was tossed over a six-storey building in the city's Waberi zone, anger boiled over in Somalia's capital.
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The rape and murder that shook Mogadishu

There are many violent incidents in Mogadishu that often go unnoticed. But when Hamdi Mohamed Farah was tossed over a six-storey building in the city's Waberi zone, anger boiled over in Somalia's capital.

Somali army kills 7 militants in southern Somalia

At least seven al-Shabab fighters were killed in fierce fighting with Somali National Army (SNA) in the southern town of Awdhigle in Lower Shabelle, a military commander said on Wednesday.
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Somali army kills 7 militants in southern Somalia

At least seven al-Shabab fighters were killed in fierce fighting with Somali National Army (SNA) in the southern town of Awdhigle in Lower Shabelle, a military commander said on Wednesday.

Latest on COVID-19 in MN: New cases, hospitalizations stay moderate

Minnesota’s daily COVID-19 numbers continue to show a familiar recent pattern: relatively moderate case growth and hospitalizations and mostly single-digit deaths. Officials, though, continue to caution that the level of community spread of the virus means
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Latest on COVID-19 in MN: New cases, hospitalizations stay moderate

Minnesota’s daily COVID-19 numbers continue to show a familiar recent pattern: relatively moderate case growth and hospitalizations and mostly single-digit deaths. Officials, though, continue to caution that the level of community spread of the virus means more problems ahead.

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