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Minnesota urban planner killed in Somalia wanted ‘to give back’ to his country of origin

The Brooklyn Park civil engineer thought hard about the risks before he returned to Somalia last year to help repair the waterworks infrastructure of his war-torn country. On Monday the risks became real when he was murdered. Even with the dangers, a growing number of Minnesota professionals born in Somalia are going home, for long […]

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Somalia: UN envoy calls for political stability ahead of Copenhagen conference

Special Representative Nicholas Kay. UN Photo/Ilyas A. Abukar Kasmaal .com– The top United Nations official in Somalia, Nicholas Kay, has met with country leaders in Mogadishu to discuss the ongoing political crisis days  ahead of the first high-level meeting held in Copenhagen to review the embattled nation’s progress to political reconciliation. According to his office, Mr. […]

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Majority of Somali Cabinet Urges Prime Minister to Resign

A majority of Somalia’s 22-member federal cabinet has written to Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed giving him an ultimatum to resign or President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud will appoint a replacement. Mohamud has instructed his cabinet to ignore a cabinet reshuffle made by Ahmed after the president said he was never consulted. A parliamentary debate for a […]

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251 youth arrested in massive police raid at radical Mombasa mosques

Police officers in their vehicle during a security operation at Masjid Musa mosque in Majengo, Mombasa, on Scores of youths were arrested in a major security operation by police launched Sunday night targeting Masjid Musa and Sakina mosques in Majengo as well as the Kisauni area in Mombasa County. More than 600 General Service Unit, […]

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Somalia’s charcoal inspections uncover weapons

More details have emerged about the contents of a container inspected at Mogadishu port as part of efforts to counter the illegal charcoal trade. When it was inspected on 28 October, the container was found to contain explosives, military uniforms, knives and magnetic devices used in improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the Somali government’s minister of […]

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A number of Somali lawmakers have demanded an apology from U.N. Special Envoy Nicholas Kay

Kasmaal/ Mogadishu :A number of Somali lawmakers have demanded an apology from U.N. Special Envoy Nicholas Kay for allegations that some MPs had been bribed in order to influence their vote in a no-confidence vote on Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed. “It is an insult to the Somali Parliament,” MP Dalha Omar told Anadolu Agency on Monday. […]

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Somalia to UN: Hands Off Our Politics

The president of Somalia is telling the United Nations to keep out of the country’s internal politics. Monday’s statement from President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud came after the U.N. envoy to Somalia, Nicholas Kay, expressed concern that lawmakers are being bribed to vote against the prime minister in a possible no-confidence motion. Determining its own future […]

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In Somalia, Ban lauds country’s progress towards stability, urges ‘continuity’

On a visit to Somalia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrives at Mogadishu’s Aden Kasmaal/Mogadishu – Somalia has made “remarkable progress” as it continues down the road towards economic and political stability, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he arrived in the capital city of Mogadishu – the third stop in a tour of the Horn […]

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Somali police commissioner dies in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, Kasmaal– The Somali police commissioner Gen. Mohamed Sheikh Hassan Ismail died in the country’s capital Mogadishu after he was rushed to a hospital by his aides, officials confirmed Thursday. The President of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamud sent condolences to the people of Somalia and ordered emergency investigation. Speaking to the government’s Radio Mogadishu from […]

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Death penalty for apostasy not justifiable in Islam: Somali scholar

Death penalty for apostasy not justifiable in Islam: Somali scholar Interview by Bosire Boniface in Garissa Somali author Abdisaid Abdi Ismail has come under intense scrutiny after publishing a Somali language book titled “The Rule of Apostasy in Islam: Is it True?” in which he argues that there is no religious justification for killing people […]

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