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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Police leaders in southern Maine are talking with members of the city’s large Somali population about future openings in law enforcement. Chief Michael Bussiere of the Lewiston Police Department visited schools in the area and discovered many Somali boys listed law enforcement as their dream job, the Sun-Journal (http://bit.ly/1Ajgvga) reported. Speaking [...]

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Kenyan forces fought suspected al-Shabab members in a village close to the northeastern town where a massacre of college students took place last month, according to the interior ministry. The ministry said in a statement Friday that the security forces on Thursday evening “thwarted an attempted attack” after the residents of [...]

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Abdullah Mohammed Hassan climbed down from his perch, and strolled purposefully into the sea to rescue yet another bather who appeared to be struggling against big waves and a rocky, barbed-wire-infested shoreline at Lido beach, on the northern edge of the Somali capital, Mogadishu. “We save people here every day,” said the 46-year-old policeman – [...]

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Samantha Lewthwaite, a British convert to Islam and commander with Somali militant group al-Shabaab known as the “White Widow,” is in charge of a 200-strong army of female spies, UK newspaper The Daily Mail reported on Wednesday. Lewthwaite, who is the widow of one of the London 7/7 bombers, is working al-Shabaab’s spy unit, known [...]

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Two of seven Minnesota men accused of plotting to go to Syria to join the Islamic State group face additional charges of financial aid fraud, according to a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday. The indictment alleges Hamza Naj Ahmed, 21, and Hanad Mustafe Musse, 19, used federal financial aid to purchase plane tickets. Authorities say they [...]

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While it is too soon to celebrate definitive success in Somalia, and while the situation remains challenging, progress is being made and the international community would be missing a strategic opportunity if it failed to realize how much is being achieved, the top United Nations in the country told the Security Council today. “When I [...]

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Somalia is a country still fighting a bloody civil war. But as the government slowly begins to reassert its authority some former al-Shabab militants are leaving the group. One of the most senior figures to defect from the al-Qaeda linked militant group has urged his former colleagues to stop targeting civilians and to begin negotiations [...]

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Hargeisa-Somaliland president Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo remarked on his governments concerned regarding the beefing up of the so called Somalia army by the international community. Somaliland president spoke of the matter on his annual speech at the celebration commemorating the 24th anniversary of the re-affirmation of the state of Somaliland in 1991. Mr. Silanyo in his [...]

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MOGADISHU: The Somali police force has banned its officers from drugging themselves with a popular local stimulant while on duty, police chief Mohamed Hassan Haamud announced Monday. Haamud said officers may no longer chew khat – also known as miraa – a herb popular in the Horn of Africa, Kenya and the Arabian Peninsula that [...]

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The militants said on Sunday they were in possession of the drone which they claimed belonged to the US after it came down near El Bashir village, Xinhua news agency reported. There was no comment from the Somali government or the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) which has been battling the militant group alongside [...]

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