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St. Cloud schools try to address bullying of Somali students

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — St. Cloud Technical High School has been scrambling to address criticism from some Somali students who say they’ve been harassed over their race and religion. The school district has hired 11 new staffers, all but one of whom speaks Somali, to fill the recently created communications support specialist positions in [...]

Police in Somalia’s northern state of Puntland are investigating the brutal slaying of a Minnesota teen last May. Ammar Abdihamid Abdirahman, 17, was killed at a boarding school in the Somali town of Qardho six months after he left Minnesota. Somali media reports and Abdirahman’s family attorney say a group that included the school’s principal [...]

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The Somali capital, Mogadishu, is hosting an international book fair, the first such event in the city in more than two decades. Authors, playwrites, poets, artists and musician have travelled from across the world to attend the three-day event that was also guested by the Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. “We are holding this fair [...]

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MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Islamist al Shabaab militants killed at least seven people including a regional official and local police commander in an attack on a government convoy in southern Somalia on Wednesday, officials and the group said. Al Shabaab attacked the convoy between Garbaharey and Baladhawo towns in the Gedo region, near the Kenyan border. [...]

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Somali police officials have launched an investigation into the brutal death of a Minneapolis-born boarding school student following mounting pressure from U.S. authorities. In an e-mail to the young man’s family, Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s office said that authorities in Puntland, a region of northern Somalia, had begun a probe into the death of 17-year-old Ammar [...]

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP)Tuesday, August 25, 2015 — A federal appeals court upheld the convictions and prison sentences Tuesday for two Minnesota women found guilty of conspiring to funnel money to a terror group in Somalia despite claiming they were collecting funds for the poor.   Amina Farah Ali, 39, and Hawo Mohamed Hassan, 68, were convicted [...]

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The 19-year-old Chelsea striker Feruz Islam has said he wants to play for Somali soccer national team, ocean stars. Feruz who previously turned down invitations to join up with Under-19 squads of Scotlanddeclared a desire to play for Somalia, the nation he fled aged just 10 before becoming a teenage sensation at Celtic FC. Chelsea [...]

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Laughing and chattering teenagers walk past Somali Specialist, a nondescript hair salon in a nondescript neighbourhood in Islamabad. Their raucous cackle earns them a glaring look from an elderly man walking by. This is ‘Somalistan’ or ‘Somali Street’ in the federal capital’s G-10 sector. The street’s unofficial name has an exotic ring to it. In [...]

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Naima Mohamed remembers watching in March as about 100 mostly Somali students, tired of feeling harassed over their race and religion, walked out of St. Cloud Technical High School. “It was just a lot of pent-up frustration,” said Mohamed, 14, who’ll be a sophomore at Tech High when school returns next week. “People kept how [...]

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The United States government should officially recognize the independence of Somaliland, a moderate Muslim democracy in the Horn of Africa.  Such an argument may seem counterintuitive at a time when tensions are rising in the region.  But I submit that it is precisely because of those rising tensions that it is time for the Bush [...]

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