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New minerals discovered in Somalia may reveal clues to asteroid formation

A team of researchers has discovered at least two new minerals that have never before been seen on Earth in a 15 tonne meteorite found in Somalia — the ninth largest meteorite ever found.
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New minerals discovered in Somalia may reveal clues to asteroid formation

A team of researchers has discovered at least two new minerals that have never before been seen on Earth in a 15 tonne meteorite found in Somalia — the ninth largest meteorite ever found.

St. Cloud schools to offer state’s first Somali language immersion program

Kindergartners in the St. Cloud school district will soon be able to learn both English and Somali through a dual language immersion program.
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St. Cloud schools to offer state’s first Somali language immersion program

Kindergartners in the St. Cloud school district will soon be able to learn both English and Somali through a dual language immersion program.

Jubbaland President says regional troops will open new front against Al Shabaab

Mogadishu (HOL) - The President of Jubbaland regional State, Ahmed Madobe, said that his region had mobilized forces to participate in the federal government's «total war» against Al Shabaab.
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Jubbaland President says regional troops will open new front against Al Shabaab

Mogadishu (HOL) - The President of Jubbaland regional State, Ahmed Madobe, said that his region had mobilized forces to participate in the federal government's «total war» against Al Shabaab.

Family of five massacred in Warsheikh district

Mogadishu (HOL) -A clan conflict is believed to be the motive of a family massacre on Monday in Middle Shabelle's Warsheikh district, according to neighbours.
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Family of five massacred in Warsheikh district

Mogadishu (HOL) -A clan conflict is believed to be the motive of a family massacre on Monday in Middle Shabelle's Warsheikh district, according to neighbours.

Security forces end siege at hotel near Villa Somalia

Mogadishu (HOL) - Security forces in Somalia's capital have ended a siege by al Shabab militants at Villa Rays hotel, which killed eight civilians and one government soldier. At least 60 others were rescued from the hotel during the attack.
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Security forces end siege at hotel near Villa Somalia

Mogadishu (HOL) - Security forces in Somalia's capital have ended a siege by al Shabab militants at Villa Rays hotel, which killed eight civilians and one government soldier. At least 60 others were rescued from the hotel during the attack.

How the Canada Border Services Agency tolerates and even encourages refugee mistreatment

Refugee advocates have long known about systemic problems with immigration enforcement in Canada, resulting in wrongful detentions and deportations, as well as people being tortured upon return to their countries of origin.
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How the Canada Border Services Agency tolerates and even encourages refugee mistreatment

Refugee advocates have long known about systemic problems with immigration enforcement in Canada, resulting in wrongful detentions and deportations, as well as people being tortured upon return to their countries of origin.

UPDATE: Gov't forces still battling Al-Shabaab inside Villa Rose Hotel

Mogadishu (HOL) -Somali special forces are battling Al-Shabaab militants inside the Villa Rose hotel in Mogadishu, nearly 12 hours after the militants launched an attack on the popular hotel.
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UPDATE: Gov't forces still battling Al-Shabaab inside Villa Rose Hotel

Mogadishu (HOL) -Somali special forces are battling Al-Shabaab militants inside the Villa Rose hotel in Mogadishu, nearly 12 hours after the militants launched an attack on the popular hotel.

Joint-parliament budget session cancelled as security forces battle to dislodge Al Shabaab from hotel

Mogadishu (HOL) - The Speakers of Somalia's Upper and Lower House have agreed to postpone Monday's joint-parliamentary session at Villa Hargeisa due to the ongoing Al-Shabaab raid at the nearby Villa Rose hotel.
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Joint-parliament budget session cancelled as security forces battle to dislodge Al Shabaab from hotel

Mogadishu (HOL) - The Speakers of Somalia's Upper and Lower House have agreed to postpone Monday's joint-parliamentary session at Villa Hargeisa due to the ongoing Al-Shabaab raid at the nearby Villa Rose hotel.

Former Pakistani and Iranian captives rescued by Galmudug security forces

Hobyo (HOL) - Galmudug regional state officials said they rescued 20 Pakistani and Iranian nationals on Saturday night who were reportedly held captive by al-Shabaab for several years.
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Former Pakistani and Iranian captives rescued by Galmudug security forces

Hobyo (HOL) - Galmudug regional state officials said they rescued 20 Pakistani and Iranian nationals on Saturday night who were reportedly held captive by al-Shabaab for several years.

Somali teen kidnapped in Cape Town, family receives ransom demand

Capetown (HOL) - A 17-year-old Somali girl was kidnapped from her father's tuck shop in Western Cape this week, the latest in a string of kidnappings targeting business people and foreign nationals.
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Somali teen kidnapped in Cape Town, family receives ransom demand

Capetown (HOL) - A 17-year-old Somali girl was kidnapped from her father's tuck shop in Western Cape this week, the latest in a string of kidnappings targeting business people and foreign nationals.

Sheikh Abdullah meets Somalian foreign minister in Abu Dhabi

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation also held talks with Abdulla Shahid, Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Maldives, in the capital on Saturday
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Sheikh Abdullah meets Somalian foreign minister in Abu Dhabi

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation also held talks with Abdulla Shahid, Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Maldives, in the capital on Saturday

The Somali diaspora and its journey to political victories in the west

WASHINGTON — From refugees to elected office, 14 Somali Americans have won legislative seats across the U.S. this year. Some also have been elected to city councils, school boards and the boards of parks and recreation in their respective cities. The U.S. m
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The Somali diaspora and its journey to political victories in the west

WASHINGTON — From refugees to elected office, 14 Somali Americans have won legislative seats across the U.S. this year. Some also have been elected to city councils, school boards and the boards of parks and recreation in their respective cities. The U.S. midterm elections have proved to be historic for Somalis, with more women elected to public offices than ever before.

Sudan court quashes decision to stone woman to death

An appeal court in southern White Nile state in Sudan has invalidated a court decision that a young woman convicted of adultery be stoned to death, her lawyer said.
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Sudan court quashes decision to stone woman to death

An appeal court in southern White Nile state in Sudan has invalidated a court decision that a young woman convicted of adultery be stoned to death, her lawyer said.

Sean Fraser: 'Unacceptable' that immigrant surgeons are working as taxi drivers

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser said changes to Canada’s immigration program next year will rebalance the world’s “most powerful economic migration system” in a way that will help hospitals, builders and other employers address chronic labour shortag
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Sean Fraser: 'Unacceptable' that immigrant surgeons are working as taxi drivers

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser said changes to Canada’s immigration program next year will rebalance the world’s “most powerful economic migration system” in a way that will help hospitals, builders and other employers address chronic labour shortages, as opposed to focusing mainly on “highly skilled workers.”

Journalist: McCarthy's threats against Omar ‘illustrate the institutional racism in the US system’

Presumptive US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy's threats against African American Congresswoman Ilhan Omar “illustrate the institutional racism inherent in the US political system,” according to African American writer and journalist Abayomi Azikiwe.
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Journalist: McCarthy's threats against Omar ‘illustrate the institutional racism in the US system’

Presumptive US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy's threats against African American Congresswoman Ilhan Omar “illustrate the institutional racism inherent in the US political system,” according to African American writer and journalist Abayomi Azikiwe.

Elon Musk offers general amnesty to suspended Twitter accounts

Elon Musk has announced a general amnesty for suspended Twitter accounts in a move that brought a warning that “superspreaders of hate” will return to the social media platform.
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Elon Musk offers general amnesty to suspended Twitter accounts

Elon Musk has announced a general amnesty for suspended Twitter accounts in a move that brought a warning that “superspreaders of hate” will return to the social media platform.

Ethiopia, Somalia agree to enhance multilateral partnership

Mogadishu (HOL) - Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Demeke Mekonnen met his Somali counterpart Saleh Ahmed Jama on the sidelines of the ongoing AU Extra-Ordinary Summit in Naimey, Niger, on Thursday.
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Ethiopia, Somalia agree to enhance multilateral partnership

Mogadishu (HOL) - Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Demeke Mekonnen met his Somali counterpart Saleh Ahmed Jama on the sidelines of the ongoing AU Extra-Ordinary Summit in Naimey, Niger, on Thursday.

Anwar Ibrahim's hard-to-believe journey from prisoner to new Malaysian prime minister

Malaysia's Anwar Ibrahim was finally sworn in as prime minister on Thursday, capping a three-decade political journey that has seen him cast as esteemed protege, protest leader, prisoner twice convicted of sodomy and opposition leader.
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Anwar Ibrahim's hard-to-believe journey from prisoner to new Malaysian prime minister

Malaysia's Anwar Ibrahim was finally sworn in as prime minister on Thursday, capping a three-decade political journey that has seen him cast as esteemed protege, protest leader, prisoner twice convicted of sodomy and opposition leader.

A Response to Professor Abdi Ismail Samatar

Professor Abdi Ismail Samatar's opinion piece 'Somalia's strategy for the war against al-Shabaab will condemn the country to perpetual hell' in the Daily Maverick offers much food–indeed, a veritable feast for thought. As much as I applaud the learned profe
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A Response to Professor Abdi Ismail Samatar

Professor Abdi Ismail Samatar's opinion piece 'Somalia's strategy for the war against al-Shabaab will condemn the country to perpetual hell' in the Daily Maverick offers much food–indeed, a veritable feast for thought. As much as I applaud the learned professor's remarkable contribution as laid out in the lines of his opinion piece, I find some of his claims hard to swallow for reasons I will explain below. Courtesy and fairness would suggest that I give equal time to those aspects of his expiations that I admire and those I find unpersuasive. In the interest of brevity, however, I shall focus more on the latter.

Friends of Twinnell House fire survivor demand 'justice' over her living situation

Around 30 friends and supporters of a woman who has been living in a hotel room for two months banged on the locked doors of City Hall today to demand her situation is sorted out. Selma Muuse and her young autistic son Ahmed have been trying to find alternati
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Friends of Twinnell House fire survivor demand 'justice' over her living situation

Around 30 friends and supporters of a woman who has been living in a hotel room for two months banged on the locked doors of City Hall today to demand her situation is sorted out. Selma Muuse and her young autistic son Ahmed have been trying to find alternative accommodation after escaping a fatal fire at their council tower block, which left them too traumatised to return.

US frustrates England again at a World Cup in 0-0 draw

AL KHOR, Qatar (AP) — Loud jeers rang around the stadium. England’s fans were not happy. The United States had frustrated them yet again at a World Cup.
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US frustrates England again at a World Cup in 0-0 draw

AL KHOR, Qatar (AP) — Loud jeers rang around the stadium. England’s fans were not happy. The United States had frustrated them yet again at a World Cup.

Government forces repel al-Shabaab attack in Galgadud

Mogadishu (HOL) - The Somali government said its security forces foiled an al-Shabab attack in a recently liberated village in Galgadud's central region on Friday morning, killing several al-Shabab terrorists.
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Government forces repel al-Shabaab attack in Galgadud

Mogadishu (HOL) - The Somali government said its security forces foiled an al-Shabab attack in a recently liberated village in Galgadud's central region on Friday morning, killing several al-Shabab terrorists.

Senior Al Shabaab figure confirmed dead in Jilib

Mogadishu (HOL) – A senior al-Shabab member wounded in a security operation by the Somali army last month on the border between the Lower and Middle Shabelle regions died from his severe wounds in Middle Jubba's Jilib town, the government said in a statemen
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Senior Al Shabaab figure confirmed dead in Jilib

Mogadishu (HOL) – A senior al-Shabab member wounded in a security operation by the Somali army last month on the border between the Lower and Middle Shabelle regions died from his severe wounds in Middle Jubba's Jilib town, the government said in a statement.

Khat Trade: Kenya’s political antics on Somalia continues

Throughout my campaign for a khat ban across Somalia, I have learnt that this has always been a complex struggle involving societal change, bilateral trade policy, political leadership and economic poverty. Not surprisingly, I have also learnt that our politi
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Khat Trade: Kenya’s political antics on Somalia continues

Throughout my campaign for a khat ban across Somalia, I have learnt that this has always been a complex struggle involving societal change, bilateral trade policy, political leadership and economic poverty. Not surprisingly, I have also learnt that our politics needs to be more mature to keep up with Kenya's political antics on Somalia. For several years, I have repeated that we cannot trust Kenya's government on trade and political agreements between Somalia and Kenya.

Journalist under strict bail terms in Somalia after arrest in crackdown

Authorities in Somalia have imposed strict bail conditions on a respected journalist and media rights campaigner that will prevent him from seeking medical attention for a suspected kidney condition aggravated by poor conditions during his detention
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Journalist under strict bail terms in Somalia after arrest in crackdown

Authorities in Somalia have imposed strict bail conditions on a respected journalist and media rights campaigner that will prevent him from seeking medical attention for a suspected kidney condition aggravated by poor conditions during his detention

Malawi ex-leader's stepson held over mass graves of suspected migrants

The stepson of Malawi's ex-President Peter Mutharika has been arrested after 30 bodies were found in graves in a forest in October, police have said.
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Malawi ex-leader's stepson held over mass graves of suspected migrants

The stepson of Malawi's ex-President Peter Mutharika has been arrested after 30 bodies were found in graves in a forest in October, police have said.

Start Building Somali’s economic muscles to avert recurring food insecurity

Most vulnerable are receiving end of manmade difficult -on the report of FSNAU September 2022 It is unfortunate nearly 6.7 million people are facing acute food crises while 1.8 million children are likely to be acutely malnourished it is time now to hold So
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Start Building Somali’s economic muscles to avert recurring food insecurity

Most vulnerable are receiving end of manmade difficult -on the report of FSNAU September 2022 It is unfortunate nearly 6.7 million people are facing acute food crises while 1.8 million children are likely to be acutely malnourished it is time now to hold Somali Government accountable for start building Somali’s economic muscles as well to hold aid agency accountable for redefining their programs for better resilience. As the new government battles these two equally demanding challenges of security and drought, it ought not to lose sight of the need to rebuild the economy through robust sustainable interventions.

Somali army kills 20 al Shabab militants in Hiiraan region

Mogadishu (HOL) - At least 20 al-Shabab militants were killed during fighting between government forces backed by local clan militia forces in El-Dhere Burale village, located on the border between Hiiraan and Middle Shabelle region, on Thursday.
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Somali army kills 20 al Shabab militants in Hiiraan region

Mogadishu (HOL) - At least 20 al-Shabab militants were killed during fighting between government forces backed by local clan militia forces in El-Dhere Burale village, located on the border between Hiiraan and Middle Shabelle region, on Thursday.

Uganda probes foiled attack on police station in capital

Police in Uganda have launched an investigation after a guard foiled an attack on Nakulabye police station in the capital Kampala by a man with an AK47 rifle, according to reports by the privately-owned Daily Monitor website.
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Uganda probes foiled attack on police station in capital

Police in Uganda have launched an investigation after a guard foiled an attack on Nakulabye police station in the capital Kampala by a man with an AK47 rifle, according to reports by the privately-owned Daily Monitor website.

Haitian diplomat who openly defied his government to support the Somali cause at the UN

The name of Emile Saint-Lot, the Haitian Diplomat at the United Nations, came to the fore in 1949, when he broke ranks with the Latin American delegates at the United Nations and voted against the ill-conceived Bevin-Sforza Plan
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Haitian diplomat who openly defied his government to support the Somali cause at the UN

The name of Emile Saint-Lot, the Haitian Diplomat at the United Nations, came to the fore in 1949, when he broke ranks with the Latin American delegates at the United Nations and voted against the ill-conceived Bevin-Sforza Plan

Auditor General blasts government institutions for financial mismanagement

Mogadishu (HOL) - Somalia's Auditor General Mohamed M. Ali released a scathing report on Tuesday highlighting glaring errors in the management of government expenditures, contracts, incoming and outgoing funds, and budget subsidies.
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Auditor General blasts government institutions for financial mismanagement

Mogadishu (HOL) - Somalia's Auditor General Mohamed M. Ali released a scathing report on Tuesday highlighting glaring errors in the management of government expenditures, contracts, incoming and outgoing funds, and budget subsidies.