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The City Council approved Bosaso, Somalia, as Minneapolis’ 12th sister city.

People applaud after the Minneapolis City Council votes to become a sister city with Bosaso, Somalia, on Oct. 17, 2014. It’s the first sister city arrangement between the U.S. and Somalia. By Zachary Bielinski By Kevin Karner October 20, 2014 Minneapolis became sisters with a Somali counterpart on Friday — becoming the first city in […]

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Somalia leader says his advisers not helping Islamist militants

(Reuters) – Somalia’s president said on Friday that nobody close to him had been involved in the unauthorised diversion of government weapons to Islamist militants and denied that a man U.N investigators linked to the arms trade had advised him. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was responding to a report from the United Nations‘ Somalia-Eritrea Monitoring […]

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Somalia’s Falis Abdi Mohamud in Netherlands asylum bid

A popular Somali band has been forced to seek asylum in the Netherlands after Kenya revoked its refugee status, its lead singer has told the BBC. Falis Abdi Mohamud said Kenyan officials seized her refugee card and that of four other band members when they flew out of Nairobi last month. The band – famous […]

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Somalia presidential adviser linked to militants – U.N. monitors

(Reuters) – U.N. investigators have accused an advisor to Somalia’s president of involvement in the unauthorised diversion of Somali government weapons to Islamist militants with ties to al Qaeda, according to a confidential new report seen by Reuters. The accusation by the Somalia-Eritrea Monitoring Group, an eight-member panel of independent experts that oversees compliance with […]

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Somalia: Al-Shabaab Steals Livestock From Middle Jubba Residents Suffering From Drought

Mogadishu — Al-Shabaab is ordering residents of Middle Jubba region to round up their livestock that survived the drought and turn them over to the militant group, Interim Jubba Administration (IJA) officials and residents told Sabahi. Al-Shabaab, which still controls most of Middle Jubba region, has started collecting camels, cattle and goats in the towns […]

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Shabaab weakening, says Somalia envoy

   The al Shabaab is now desperate and losing more ground after the recent liberation of key towns by Somali troops backed by African Union peacekeepers, Ambassador Mohamed Ali Nur has said. Speaking in Mombasa on Saturday during a talk show on Radio Salaam, Nur said Amisom troops have defeated the group and taken over […]

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Somalis ‘feeling safer’ in Mogadishu, survey says

Many Somalis have returned home in recent years as security has improved Continue reading the main story 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, […]

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Muslim community asks feds to fund programs after apparent death of Hamilton man in Syria

Metroland News ServiceMohamud Mohamed Mohamud of Hamilton has been identified online as an ISIS fighter who has been killed in Syria. The local Muslim community is calling on the federal government to help fund more programs to engage youth in the wake of the apparent death of a 20-year-old Hamilton man fighting with ISIS. Mohamud […]

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Weeks after photos surfaced of two Somali-Americans allegedly killed fighting with Islamist militants in Syria, the father of one man is still waiting for official confirmation that his son is dead. Speaking publicly for the first time, Dayib Ahmed Abdi told VOA Somali in an exclusive interview that he does not have conclusive evidence his […]

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US eyes Somalia strategy as model for Islamic State destruction

Nairobi (AFP) – US President Barack Obama has ordered a “relentless” war against the Islamic State, and has cited the ongoing intervention in Somalia as a model for intervention in Syria and Iraq. So drawing on the experience of US operations against Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels, what can the Islamic State expect to face in […]

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