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Somali Government welcomes the UNSC’ decision to delist Atom from the 1844 Sanctions list

Mogadishu, 20 December 2014 – The Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) welcomes the United Nations Security Council’s (UN SC) decision to de-list the former Al-Shabaab leader who has renounced violence and embraced the peace process, Sheikh Mohamed Said “Atom”, from the 1844 Sanctions list. H.E. Mustafa Duhulow, the Minister of Information held press conference today [...]

Mogadishu -The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) condemns the arrest of Television journalist in the town of Beletwein in HIiraan region by the Governor of Hiiraan region. The latest episode of violations against the press in Somalia. The journalist, Osman Adan Areys, the correspondent of Somali Channel Television in Hiiraan region and a recipient [...]

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Mogadishu, 20 December 2014 – The Minister of Information, Mustafa Duhulow, today addressed the media, providing an update on the progress of the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) over the last week. The Minister discussed various issues: The appointment of the new Prime Minister, President’s visit to Kismayo, Somali Media Development, Humanitarian assistance, Security Operations, [...]

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At least six people died of starvation over the past week in Somalia’s central Buloburde town as a result of an ongoing siege by Al-Shabaab militant group, the local chief said on Friday. “It is still difficult to transfer basic commodities into the town as Al-Shabaab militants continue to torch merchandize-loaded trucks and steal others,” Local [...]

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Qamar Ahmed looks into the eyes of her client, a mother of five whose years in Baghdad haunt her sleep. She holds the woman’s shoulder and speaks softly in Arabic as the two wait for an appointment at the Spurwink Psychiatric Clinic in downtown Portland, Maine. Ahmed, 31, is a professional interpreter, an occupation the [...]

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A court in Finland has sentenced four people to suspended jail terms for funding the Somalia-based terrorist group, al-Shabab. On Friday, the Helsinki District Court handed three men and one woman suspended jail sentences for providing the al-Qaeda-linked group with USD 3,900 between 2008 and 2011. While three of the convicts were sentenced to five-month [...]

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When Abdihakim “Hakim” Abdi arrived in the United States a little more than two years ago, he found himself in an unenviable position. He knew few people, having spent the previous 20 years as a Somali living in Ethiopia. And with limited English — and no car — he never left his apartment, save for [...]

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A 24-year-old Somali refugee who holds a New Zealand passport will stand trial next year for breaking Australia’s tough anti-terror laws. This morning a Melbourne judge decided there was enough evidence against Amin Mohamed to send him to trial on four charges of preparing to enter a foreign state to “engage in armed hostilities”. Mohamed [...]

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Several years ago we had a few Persian restaurants and, in the more recent past, the occasional Somali restaurant. With the temporary closing (several months now) of Kabob Palace, and the permanent closing of Sa’aadal Kheyr, we lost our only sources of Persian and Somali food. Recently, though, I found a new source for each [...]

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WASHINGTON — He may be president now, but Barack Obama says he’s a black man who has been mistaken for the valet. There’s no black male my age, who’s a professional, who hasn’t come out of a restaurant and is waiting for their car and somebody didn’t hand them their car keys,” Obama told People [...]

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