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Dangerous work as taxmen return to Somalia

Aljazeera — Taxmen have returned to work for the first time in decades in the Somali capital Mogadishu.The Federal Government has decided to collect taxes from market traders as it tries to re-establish its authority in city.But dozens of collectors … read more »

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Norway: Mohammed most common name in Oslo

BBC — Mohammed is now the most common name for men in Norway’s capital city Oslo, it appears. “It is very exciting,” Jorgen Ouren of Statistics Norway tells The Local news website. A recent count of the city’s population showed … read more »

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VIDEO: Somali Army and AMISOM capture Buulo Mareer

The Somali National Army together with the African Union Mission in Somalia have launched a joint military offensive, dislodging the al Shabaab from the town of BuuloMareer. The town is located approximately 150 km South of the Capital Mogadishu in … read more »

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Wargelin Show: Abaarta Soomaaliya ka jirta & Kuwii Hore Aug. 27 – Sept 01

Abaaraha Soomaaliya ka dhacay tan iyo intii aad caqlisatay waa imisa magacyadoodase makala taqaan?. Weligaa ma maqashay Abaartii Maadh Gambiya?. Barnaamijka Wargelin todobaadkan ayaa kuu sharaxaya Abaarta ka jirta gobolada Soomaaliya qaarkood iyo kuwii ka horeeyey. Follow us on … read more »

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Minnesota: Feds sue city of St. Anthony over rejection of Islamic center

The federal government on Wednesday sued the small north-metro city of St. Anthony, contending that its City Council violated federal law in 2012 by rejecting a proposed Islamic center. The lawsuit sprang from a controversy that echoes those that have … read more »

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Dangerous drug or harmless herb? Europe cuts Ethiopia’s khat

  AWADAY (AFP) – For a town seen as a key trading centre for khat, a plant that is banned in many countries, Ethiopia’s Awaday can seem pretty drowsy and laid-back. As the sun sets on the small eastern town, farmers … read more »

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Can war, by Obama’s rules, beat IS?

He kept faith with his military creed in ongoing air raids against Sunni Islamic State targets in Iraq — in a war he had previously declared over. WASHINGTON: An apparently looming American clash with Islamic State in Syria presents a … read more »

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NOC welcomes re-entry of Somali Judo Federation into world body

Mogadishu (BARTAMAHA) The president of Somali National Olympic Committee Abdullahi Ahmed Tarabi has lauded for the recent election of Somali Judo Federation and its re-entry into the world body after years of absence, while receiving the recently elected president of … read more »

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Al-Shabab threatens to kill more politicians

Al Jazeera — The armed group al-Shabab has vowed to continue to assassinate politicians, as part of its strategy to fight the Somali government. At least five lawmakers have already been killed this year. But politicians in Mogadishu say they … read more »

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VIDEO: Can Somalia disarm its militias?

Al Jazeera — After years of civil war and weak government, the country is awash with weapons. Sami Zeidan speaks to Jamal Osman – a journalist with the UK’s Channel 4; Abdi Aynte – the director of the Heritage Institute … read more »

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Video: NICHOLAS KAY and His 2016 Vision

The special representative of Secretary General of the United Nations Mr. Nicholas Kay talking about the current situation of Somalia.  

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SOMALIA: Gov’t supports repatriation efforts for over one million Somalis

Mogadishu (BARTAMAHA) Somalia’s Federal Government on Saturday said it will support the repatriation program for over one million Somalis living as refugees in the neighboring countries where they fled to after the state collapse in 1991. After wrapping a conference … read more »

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Somali Pirate Leader Arrested in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A Somali police official says security forces arrested a senior pirate commander in Mogadishu. Capt. Mohamed Hussein said Monday that Mohamed Garfanji, considered to be the second-ranking leader of Somalia’s pirate industry, was arrested in Mogadishu … read more »

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Weapons siezed from Bakaro Market, 30 arrested in a daytime operation in Mogadishu

Mogadishu (BARTAMAHA) At least 30 suspected of Al Shabab members were nabbed after security forces conducted a daytime operation in the biggest marketplace in Mogadishu Bakaro Market on Tuesday. The operation which was conducted with an intelligence information by the … read more »

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AMISOM and Somali Government to launch final assault on Al Shabaab

Mogadishu August 17th, 2014 (BARTAMAHA) —  The Somali National Army and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) will within the next few days launch the final assault to smoke-out Al Shabaab insurgents from the areas they control in some parts of … read more »

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Somalia pulls out of refugee talks again

Somalia for the second time has pulled out of a long-awaited deal to repatriate more than half a million Somali refugees, and Kenya is now considering dealing with the administration of the Jubaland region. The tripartite commission was to be … read more »

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My SMS relationship with al-Shabab

Al-Shabab, the militant Islamist group operating in Somalia and Kenya, likes to communicate with journalists by SMS. But receiving their text messages and talking to them on the phone can be an unnerving, and at times surreal, experience. BBC — … read more »

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The Challenges of ‘Higher-Education Emergencies’

WASHINGTON — One narrative that has driven widespread interest in free online courses known as MOOCs is that they can help educate the world. But critics say that the courses mostly draw students who already hold traditional degrees. When Coursera, … read more »

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Terrorism expert says isolation driving Calgarians to join ISIL

Calgary jihadist Farah Mohamed Shirdon, in his 20s, was reportedly killed abroad after joining the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which now calls itself Islamic State. Shirdon’s death follows those of fellow Calgarians Salman Ashrafi, … read more »

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VIDEO: Somali Security Forces and AMISOM recover arms from powerful Warlord

Mogadishu (BARTAMAHA) — In an early morning cordon and search operation in Mogadishu’s Wadajir district, Somali Government forces with the support of African Union troops recovered automatic machine guns, RPG launchers, grenades, vehicle number plates and an assortment of ammunition. 20 militiamen were … read more »

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