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Somali Court Sentences Journalists to Pay Fine Money to win their Freedom Back

Mogadishu, March 1, 2015-The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) welcomes today’s court verdict against the journalists to pay fines in return for their freedom, but voiced the chilling effect such heavy fines could have to the press freedom and freedom of expression in the country and urged the regional court to review the decision. [...]

Fleeing civil war in his native Somalia, Liban Ali arrived in San Diego in 2001. He found peace, employment, a better life — and a disturbing mystery. “Soon after our daughter was born, we found that something was wrong with her,” said Ali, 43, a cabdriver who lives in San Diego’s El Cerrito neighborhood. “It [...]

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(NBC) — Officials say publicly there is no “credible threat” of an attack on America’s shopping malls, despite an on-line “call to action” by terror group al Shabab — but behind the scenes authorities are taking the threat seriously, because previous calls to action have been heeded by violent “lone wolves.” Last October a soldier [...]

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NAIROBI, Kenya –  Kenya’s police force says 174 people were killed in 2014 in attacks by Islamic extremists, the highest number in the three years that Kenya has experienced violence blamed on neighboring Somalia’s al-Shabab militants. In statistics released Wednesday the Kenyan police said 312 people were killed in the country in militant attacks since [...]

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NAIROBI— President Barack Obama nominated career diplomat  Katherine Dhanani Tuesday to serve as the first U.S. ambassador to Somalia since 1991. The Senate must approve Dhanani for the post.  If confirmed, she would lead the U.S. Mission to Somalia, which is located in neighboring Kenya. Dhanani has served in diplomatic assignments across Africa, including Zimbabwe, [...]

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Chilling communiques between Osama bin Laden and his deputies about plans for attacking the White House, Statue of Liberty and “America’s heartland” were revealed for the first time Wednesday in the Brooklyn federal court trial of an accused al Qaeda terror plotter. Spewing hate for America and plans to unleash terror operations in England, Russia and [...]

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EDMONTON — Edmonton’s large Somali community is “disgusted” and “insulted” to be mentioned in a recent video allegedly released by Somali-based extremist group Al-Shabab. “This group is known to have caused a lot of destruction and death back in Somalia,” said Jibril Ibrahim, the president of the Somali Canadian Cultural Society of Edmonton. “They are despised [...]

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In Newmarket, Anwar Hared was just another minor league hockey player: average, albeit enthusiastic. In Khabarovsk, a sprawling city in Russia’s frigid Far East, the 18-year-old solidified his position as the star of Somalia’s national bandy team. “I’ve never had a better trip in my life,” Hared says from his parents’ Newmarket home. “Once you [...]

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – The Somali population in Minnesota is reacting to the threats being made by their country’s extremist groups. Here in Rochester, one community leader is calling al-Shabaab’s threat a “bluff.” While al-Shabaab’s threat may have shoppers and security experts on high alert, immigrants from the troubled country say those demands hold no [...]

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Mustafa Mattan was killed the day before the Chapel Hill executions. However, unlike Deah Barakat, Yusor and Razan Abu-Salha, few Muslims are familiar with the name Mustafa Mattan. Mustafa is black and Somali Canadian. The 28-year-old Ottawa native travelled to Fort McMurray, a far off but economically booming city in northeast Alberta, Canada. Like many [...]

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