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Somali elders learn mediation to integrate community

Confidentiality. Quality of process. Impartiality. Conflict of interest. Competence. Those were the words scribbled across the chalkboard in a St. Cloud State University classroom March 21. Beside them: I am a qualified mediator under rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rule of Practice. In three chairs — one in the middle, two facing each other [...]

Blood spattered utensils, bullet-pocked walls and overturned chairs mark the reception area of a prominent hotel in the Somali capital following an attack by Islamic extremists that killed at least 21, including six attackers. Somali special forces stood over three bloodied bodies of the alleged attackers after officials declared they have full control of the [...]

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Cardiff has become the second local authority in the UK to recognise the Republic of Somaliland. The council approved a motion to endorse recognition of Somaliland during a meeting at City Hall, following in the footsteps of Sheffield council. While the motion did get cross-party support and passed with 45 votes in favour, members of [...]

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Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare has been able to send English- and Spanish-language texts to patients and their parents since late last year. Now, in what it thinks is a first in U.S. healthcare, it can also send texts in Somali and Hmong. If families opt in, they are sent a text message as a reminder seven and [...]

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Members of the St. Cloud business community had the opportunity to learn about Somali culture and workforce at Thursday’s East African Presentation and Job Fair. The two-hour joint presentation by Language Bank Operations Manager Abdul Kulane and Stearns-Benton Employment and Training Council Director Kathy Zavala provided employers with basic knowledge about Somali people and tips [...]

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An investigation is underway following a passerby’s discovery of the body of a man east of the ski jump facilities at Canada Olympic Park early Wednesday morning. A family spokesperson has identified the victim of Wednesday morning’s suspicious death as 25-year-old Mohammed Ali Mohamud, a member of Calgary’s Somali commmunity The initial call came in [...]

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Even by Somalia’s standards, the village of Amara is a lawless place. A tumbledown hamlet in the sunbleached scrubland north of Mogadishu, it lies in a “no man’s land” between turf controlled by local warlords and the al-Shabaab Islamist militia. It is the perfect spot to keep hostages, and during the height of the Somali [...]

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MOMBASA (Reuters) – A senior officer with Kenya’s counter-terrorism police unit was shot dead by gunmen on Thursday in the port city of Mombasa, in what police said could be revenge for a crackdown on attempts by the Somali al Shabaab militant group to recruit young men. Kenya is contributing troops to an African Union [...]

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Mogadishu (AFP) – Pirates have seized an Iranian vessel fishing illegally off the coast of Somalia in the first successful hijacking in almost three years, officials said Thursday, raising fears that the scourge of Somali piracy may be returning. “An Iranian vessel, fishing illegally in Somali waters, was hijacked earlier this week,” said Alan Cole [...]

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The chairman of a Somali company called the First Somali Bank (FSB) has revealed plans to launch a biometrics-backed money transfer scheme that would allow remittance cash to still reach the country. Liban Egal told Reuters that he plans to launch a technology in May that will help remittance firms track transfers and identify who [...]

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