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FIFA concludes AM refereeing course in Somalia + Pictures

The world football governing body FIFA has on Thursday concluded an international level refereeing course for 28 elite Somali soccer referees in the capital Mogadishu. The five-day long MA course was the first of its kind that Somali Football Federation organized in the lawless country for more than 25 years. FIFA refereeing development expert Ahmed El Shenawi who conducted the ...

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The investor helping Somali businesses

Earlier this year Mohamed Ali was reminded once again of the dangers of living and working in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Islamic militants attacked the presidential compound on 22 February, when his father was praying inside its mosque. Mr Ali’s dad escaped injury, but nine others were killed. “It was a very emotional moment,” says the 33-year-old founder and boss ...

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Al Qaeda leader, Somalia-based terror group present new messages

Familiar terrorist groups, familiar threats, familiar boasts and grievances — all in new messages tied, either directly or indirectly, to al Qaeda. Two videos and one audio link have come to light in recent days that suggest that the world’s most recognizable terrorist group is still active, at least in online postings. The audio is a question-and-answer session purportedly involving ...

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Kenya Sends 91 Somalis to Mogadishu Amid Crackdown

If you have a beard or wear loose-fitting clothing associated with Muslims, you will be targeted, says Omar bin Omar as police carried out a security sweep of Somali neighborhoods amid alleged police abuses. Kenya deported 91 more Somali nationals to the Somalia capital Mogadishu on Thursday, the second wave of forced deportations that the U.N. refugee agency warned could ...

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Baby left to die as police seize mum

A six-month-old baby girl died after being left alone in her cot when her mother was arrested in the Eastleigh crackdown. The girl’s mother was taken to Kasarani stadium and locked in there for three days—in spite of telling police that she had left her baby at home. When she returned she found her little girl lying dead. It was ...

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Somali President “Conflict in Taleh should be solved through dialogue, reconciliation and peaceful means.”

H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia today calls upon all concerned stakeholders to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Taleh district and said, “Conflict in Taleh should be resolved through dialogue, reconciliation and peaceful means. The Federal Government of Somalia is ready to assist all concerned stakeholders in the area to find ...

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Arsenal oo dib ugu soo laabatay markey garaacday West Ham + Sawirro

Biloowgii ciyaarta ayaa la isku qaaday weerar kala duwan oo labada dhinac ah balse waa la is nuuxin waayey haba ugu darnaato Arsenal oo isku day badan ku guuldaraysatay ineey goolal dhaliyaan ilaa shabaqeeda laga soo taabtay daqiiqadii 40-aad gool uu saxiixay Matthew Jarvis oo West Ham u ciyaara. Laakin xanaaq ay ka qaadeen ciyaartooyda Arsenal ayaa sababtay ineey deg deg ...

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Twin Cities’ Somali community demands justice for families in Kenya

After members of the Twin Cities’ Somali-American community said their afternoon prayers Friday, they gathered at the state Capitol to express solidarity and demand justice for relatives in Kenya. Reports from human rights groups, news stories and communications with relatives describe abuses against Somalis in Eastleigh, a suburb of the Kenyan capital of Nairobi that is known for its large ...

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City Council creates “Somali American day”

The Minneapolis City Council voted Friday to mark July 1 as “Somali American day” in the city, which is home to many immigrants from the east African country. The date holds significance among Somalis, who celebrate independence day on July 1 both in Somalia and the United States diaspora. Abdi Warsame, the first Somali-American on the Minneapolis City Council, praised ...

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President Hassan “I congratulate the SNA on its successes during ongoing operations against Al-Shabaab”

H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia today attended a ceremony marking the 54th anniversary of the creation of Somali National Army (SNA). “I congratulate the SNA on its successes in its ongoing operations against Al-Shabaab on the 54th anniversary of its inauguration.” Speaking on the occasion, the President said, “First of all, let me ...

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Kenya: Halt Crackdown on Somalis

Kenyan police and other security agencies should stop arbitrary arrests and detentions, extortion, and other abuses against Somalis during security operations,  Human Rights Watch said today. The government should also halt summary deportations and ensure that any undocumented Somalis are given the opportunity to file asylum claims. On April 4 and 8, 2014, Human Rights Watch visited Pangani police station ...

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UNHCR concerned over Kenya mass arrest of Somalis

The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR has expressed concern over the recent mass arrest of Somali refugees in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. The UN agency said Tuesday that the detained Somali asylum seekers and refugees should be protected against arbitrary detentions. According to the country’s Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku, more than 4,000 people have been arrested in recent days. ...

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