Category Archives: UK & Europe

Family tell of shock over missing Bristol girl believed to be heading for Syria

  Bristol — The family and friends of a 15-year-old schoolgirl from Bristol who is suspected of flying from Britain to join Islamist fighters in Syria have spoken of their shock and confusion. Police revealed on Monday night that the … read more »

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The Men with Many Wives: the British Muslims who practise polygamy

The Telegraph — It is estimated that as many as 20,000 polygamous Muslim marriages exist in the UK. In a Channel 4 documentary this week, director Masood Khan will delve into the community of British Muslim polygamists to find out … read more »

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Bristol police claim biggest ever seizure of drug since khat made illegal

Bristol — POLICE in Bristol have made their biggest seizure of the herbal stimulant khat since it became illegal nearly three months ago. Khat, now a class C drug, was sold and chewed openly in the city at about 30 … read more »

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Finn aims to be first female president of Somali

YLE – A Finn of Somali origin wants to run as a candidate in the Somali presidential election in 2016. Fadumo Dayib is currently studying public administration at Harvard, but she thinks that Somalia is now ready for a female president.Fadumo … read more »

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UK: Police who stamped on a mentally ill Somali man walks free from court

A police sergeant who stamped on a mentally ill prisoner’s foot during a strip search and told him ‘Welcome to Hackney’ has walked free from court. Sgt Charles Pilbeam, 30, forced Somalia-born Abdi Ali-Ahmed to pick up scraps of paper … read more »

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Calls to help Somali family living on bench outside Tooting TK Maxx

Serious concerns have been raised after a Somali family spent four months living on a high street bench. The pair, understood to be mother and son, have centered their lives around the bench outside TK Maxx, in the busy Tooting High Street.They … read more »

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Bristol: Award nomination for Montpelier social housing association

A BRISTOL housing association has been nominated in this year’s National Business Awards. Ashley Community Housing, based in Montpelier, is up for the Social Enterprise of the Year category after successive years of growth. The award, which will be handed … read more »

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Blind Somali Jihadist fighting alongside ISIS militants in Syria

Daily Mail – A blind jihadist pictured fighting alongside ISIS militants in Syria has reportedly urged others to join the Islamist militants, saying having a disability is no excuse. Taymullah al-Somali, a Dutch national who is believed to have travelled … read more »

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VIDEO: British far-right group ‘invades’ UK mosque. ‘Respect our country, we’ll respect your mosques’

British far-right group ‘invades’ UK mosque, demands it remove ‘sexist’ signs The far-right group Britain First posted a video showing several members of its ‘Kent battalion’ entering the Crayford Mosque and confronting an elderly man about signs labeling separate entrances for women … read more »

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Qoraaga Cabdiqaadir Oromo oo ku geeryoodey London

London (Bartamaha) Magaalada London isbitaal ku yaalla waxaa xalay ku geeryoodey allaha u naxariste /qaadir Cismaan oo loo yiqiinnay Oromo oo ka mid ahaa qorayaasha Soomaliyeed ee qoraallada badan ka sameeyay colaadaha iyo dhaqanka Soomaaliyeed. Waxaa la sheegay inuu qoraagu la … read more »

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Somali women are ‘buck-toothed herdswomen’ Wandsworth school places decision maker

A volunteer for Wandsworth’s school admissions panel has been dismissed after publishing an offensive blog describing Somali women as buck-toothed herdswomen from a Saharan oasis. Retired journalist Hugh Thompson, from Putney, will no longer sit on the borough’s Independent Appeal … read more »

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Twin schoolgirls who ran away to Syria named as star pupils

Two British schoolgirls who ran away to Syria have been identified as star pupils who had 28 GCSEs between them.Twins Salma and Zahra Halane sneaked out of their home during the night while their family slept two weeks ago.The 16-year-old … read more »

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Somali Man sentenced to 5+ years for attempting to smuggle €40,000 Cocaine

A Somalian refugee who was attempting to smuggle more than €40,000 of cocaine into England via Dublin has been given a five and a half year sentence. Ibrahim Mohamed (34), who had been granted asylum in the UK in 2001, … read more »

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Teenage twin sisters from Manchester flew to join ISIS in Syria

Twin sisters have fled their home in Manchester to join ISIS fighters in Syria, it is feared. The 16-year-old girls crept out of their bedrooms in the middle of the night, grabbed their passports and flew to Istanbul in Turkey. … read more »

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Hero teacher saves pupil’s life by donating his kidney

A selfless teacher who saved the life of a seriously ill pupil by donating one of his kidneys has been hailed as a hero. Ray Coe said he knew it was ‘the right thing to do’ after being told Alya … read more »

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Fears over community response to khat ban

Home Office survey of people of Somali origin in Birmingham in 2005 found that 34 per cent said they had chewed khat in month before the interview. The Home Secretary has rejected calls to rethink a planned ban on the … read more »

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Bristol schoolgirl meets UN secretary general to end FGM

Fahma Mohamed’s incredible journey from Bristol schoolgirl to the global figurehead of the movement to end female genital mutilation (FGM) took another extraordinary step yesterday when she met United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon. It is the start of the … read more »

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VIDEO: British Somali girl leads Guardian campaign to end female genital mutilation

A 17-year-old student is calling on Michael Gove to help end female genital mutilation in Britain by asking headteachers to train and inform teachers and parents about the horrors of the practice. Fahma Mohamed is urging the education secretary to write to … read more »

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Police appealing for information about missing teenage boys

Police are appealing to trace two boys who have been missing since last night.13 year-old Mohamud Mohamud and 14 year-old Joe McFarland-Hills, have not been seen since yesterday evening. Mohamud is a black male around 4ft 9ins and of slim … read more »

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Somali women protest against adoption decision by Harrow Borough Council

More than 50 women from the Somali community took to the streets outside Harrow Civic Centre to protest against an adoption decision they say goes against their religious beliefs. The women gathered outside Harrow Borough Council’s offices in Station Road … read more »

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