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Dozens turn out for community meeting on radicalization of Somali youth

  Minneapolis – Dozens of Somali community members concerned about the recruitment of local youth into extremist groups called for more resources to help combat the radicalization of their children. More than 60 people at the Brian Coyle Community Center inMinneapolis … read more »

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Somalis ‘feeling safer’ in Mogadishu, survey says

Mogadishu — Residents of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, are feeling safer and more optimistic than they were a year ago, according to a new survey. The Heritage Institute of Policy Studies, which analysed data collected from more than 1,600 residents, … read more »

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Somali PM answers questions over Mogadishu Seaport contract

Mogadishu – Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed answered questions to Somali parliament’s permanent committee in Mogadishu over the recent government decision to hand over Mogadishu Seaport to Al-Bayrak, a Turkish company which recently landed a long-term contract to manage the … read more »

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VIDEO: Fishing Without Nets (2014 Somali Film) – Official Trailer

Shot in East Africa with Somali actors and directed by 2014 Sundance award-winning director, Cutter Hodierne, FISHING WITHOUT NETS tells the mesmerizing and sobering story of the bandits from the Somali point of view. First-time feature filmmaker Hodierne combines the … read more »

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Three political races show St. Cloud’s changing face

ST. CLOUD, MINN. – Almost every evening, Abdul Kulane walks the streets of modest houses near downtown, hopeful that when he rings doorbells he’ll get a warm reception from whoever answers. “Hello,” he says cheerfully through his Somali accent. “My … read more »

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The pirates gather on a ragged beach and sail toward shipping lanes, scanning for freighters, the prey of their craft. Rifles drawn, scarves blowing, they troll East African waters, where the deeds of desperate men collide with the precarious rhythms … read more »

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Somalia puts $2MN bounty for new Al-Shabaab leader

MOGADISHU – The Somali government on Saturday announced a $2 million bounty on the head of new Al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Omar Abu Ubeyd.“The government offers $1 million for information leading to the arrest of the new Al-Shabaab leader and $1 … read more »

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Wargelin Show Sept 25-Oct 1st Safarkaygii Cardiff, UK, Lontana da Mogadishu & Yaa Soomaali ah?

Barnaamijka Wargelin Show todobaadkan wuxuu ku saabsan yahay socdaal uu soo saaraha barnaamijka Abdisalaam Aato ku tagay magaalada Cardiff ee gobolka Wales ee dalka UK, hakaasi oo uu ka qeybgalayey kulan ay Qaramada Midoobay soo qabanqaabisay loogana hadlayey “Storytelling Somalia”. Bookings & Business … read more »

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By Nicholas Kay — Sitting in Mogadishu, it’s easy to think the world needs to learn from Somalia. As human suffering escalates in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Gaza, Libya, South Sudan and the Central African Republic, Somalia looks increasingly stable and … read more »

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Farah Mohamed Shirdon, Canadian jihadist thought killed in Iraq, appears in Vice video

Ottawa – A Calgary man who was rumoured to be dead after travelling to fight with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria appears to be alive and has conducted a video interview with media outlet Vice. Farah Mohamed Shirdon, of Calgary, first came to attention in … 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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Hamilton family fears son killed fighting for Islamic State in Syria

A Hamilton family fears that their son, who had begun shunning the local Muslim community as too moderate, has died in battle alongside Islamic State extremists in Syria. Mohamud Mohamed Mohamud’s family “have not heard it officially, but they’re accepting … read more »

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US hotels deny Museveni accommodation over gay rights

  Kampala — A group of gay activist in Dallas, Texas last Wednesday forced two hotels to deny President Museveni accommodation, saying he is a human rights violator. The President had been booked in, according to, an online gay … read more »

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Qatar will not host 2022 World Cup: FIFA executive

Reuters – The 2022 World Cup will not be held in Qatar because of the scorching temperatures in the Middle East country, FIFA Executive Committee member Theo Zwanziger said on Monday.“I personally think that in the end the 2022 World Cup … read more »

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German-US Reporter Held in Somalia Freed

AP – German weekly Der Spiegel says a German-American journalist who was kidnapped in Somalia two years ago has been freed. Der Spiegel reported on its website Tuesday that Michael Scott Moore was taken by plane to the Somali capital, Mogadishu. … read more »

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Mass murder on the Mediterranean high seas

Al Jazeera (Hania, Greece) — When Doa al-Zamel and her fiance embarked on a voyage across the Mediterranean in an Egyptian fishing trawler, they felt their dream was coming true. “We were going to be married in Italy, and then … 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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VIDEO: Who is recruiting Minnesotans for ISIS?

KMSP-TV Minneapolis — A big part of the fight against the terror group known as ISIS and ISIL is taking place on American soil in places where young people are leaving the country to go join their cause, even fight … read more »

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Despite the death of its leader, the Shabab is as dangerous as ever

The Economist — ON SEPTEMBER 1st American aircraft, both manned and unmanned, unleashed a volley of missiles and bombs on a convoy of vehicles close to the coastal city of Barawe in southern Somalia .The strike killed Ahmed Abdi Godane, … read more »

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Oil & Gas: An Equidistant Line Could Settle Somalia-Kenya Maritime Dispute

August 28, Somalia officially took a long festering maritime border dispute with neighboring Kenya to the International Court of Justice in the Hague. At issue is the sovereignty of parts of the Indian Ocean to the East of Kenya and … read more »

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