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Mandera traders funding Al-Shabaab, officer warns

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Mandera traders funding Al-Shabaab, officer warns

Al Shabaab is receiving funding from businessmen in Mandera County, County Commissioner Fredrick Shisia (pictured) has now warned. Mr Shisia said the government had received intelligence that the businesses were paying taxes and protection fees to the terror gang domesticated in troubled Somalia. He accused some members of the community of frustrating the fight against […]

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Somali refugees in Sheboygan honor father’s artistic legacy

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Somali refugees in Sheboygan honor father’s artistic legacy

A family of Somali refugees settling in Sheboygan look to honor their father’s legacy through art. The family of seven is one of thousands that have fled Somalia after years of drought and conflict have resulted in what has been called the “worst humanitarian crisis in the world today” by the UN Refugee Agency, The […]

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Nairobi: Celebrating Efforts to Spark Change

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Nairobi: Celebrating Efforts to Spark Change

The fifth annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival will be held in Nairobi on November 14-19, 2016, with a program of five award-winning documentary films. The films highlight the many social and legal obstacles that activists and ordinary citizens have to overcome, often at great personal cost, to obtain justice. The films will be shown at three venues; […]

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AMISOM apologises for shooting dead a civilian in Somalia

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AMISOM apologises for shooting dead a civilian in Somalia

MOGADISHU – The African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM) on Thursdayapologised for shooting dead a civilian and injuring two others at a military camp in Mogadishu. The mission said in a statement that the incident took place on Wednesday when a convoy of civilian contractors stopped at the camp for a routine security check. […]

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Media Freedom Under Attack in Somalia

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Media Freedom Under Attack in Somalia

Tuesday was yet another bittersweet day for journalists in Somalia. The National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) released Abdi Adan Guled, the editor of  Xog-Ogaal, one of the country’s oldest newspapers. Abdi had been detained for three days without access to legal counsel or a hearing in court. The very same day, however, I learned […]

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Which country really has the cleverest students?

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Which country really has the cleverest students?

Higher education has a strong sense of hierarchy.And high-profile international league tables are a very public form of this pecking order. While these might measure a whole range of factors – from reputation and staff ratios to research output – what they do not compare is the ability of students who have been taught in […]

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Somalia releases 3 Al-Jazeera journalists

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Somalia releases 3 Al-Jazeera journalists

The Al-Jazeera network says that Somalia’s government has released three of its journalists, two days after they were arrested along with their driver by security forces. Al-Jazeera said in a statement that Hamza Mohamed, a Somali-British journalist for Al-Jazeera’s English service, and members of his crew were arrested upon their return from areas held by […]

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Somalia Faces Election Challenges

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Somalia Faces Election Challenges

America’s presidential elections may be getting much of the world’s attention right now, but in the Horn of Africa, another country’s electoral season is also underway. Somalia hopes to elect a president, as well as members of two houses of parliament, by the end of November. Somali parliament member Abdiweli Qanyare says overall, the election […]

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Al Jazeera says journalist and team detained in Somalia

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Al Jazeera says journalist and team detained in Somalia

Somali security agents have detained a British journalist working for television network Al Jazeera together with his cameraman and their driver and fixer, the Qatari channel said on Wednesday. The detentions come less than a week after the offices of a Somali newspaper were raided and its editor held for three days. Security forces and […]

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