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President Hassan congratulates Somali women on 8 March celebrations

Mogadishu: On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2015, the President HE Hassan Sheikh Mohamud today recognised the contribution of Somali women and their importance to the future peace and prosperity of Somalia. “I want to recognise and honour Somali women of the past, present and future. Somali women have been strong and courageous during twenty plus years of conflict; ...

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Squeezing Somalia may backfire

The Washington Post Karen Attiah is The Post’s deputy digital opinions editor. If Joe Biden really wants to help his Somali American “friends,” now would be a good time to do it. The vice president recently said that he had “great relationships” with Somali taxicab drivers in Wilmington, Del., and that the city had a large Somali community. But a ...

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Tunisia rescues 86 African migrants on Italy-bound boat

Agence France Presse, Zarzis Wednesday, 4 March 2015 The Tunisian military rescued 86 African migrants at sea off the town of Zarzis aboard a makeshift boat bound for the Italian island of Lampedusa, an official said Wednesday. The group were fleeing the conflict in neighboring Libya, from the port of Zuwarah about 60 kilometers (35 miles) from Tunisia, when their ...

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Somalia Detains US Suspect on FBI Watch List

Officials in the United States say a U.S. citizen who fled the country more than two years ago and who recently was placed on the FBI’s “Most Wanted Terrorists” list is now in custody in Somalia. Officials say Liban Haji Mohamed was arrested recently in Somalia. It is not clear how he was taken into custody or whether he will ...

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

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. After several times of delays, finally Banadir Regional ...

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Mortar shells land by Somalia’s presidential palace

MOGADISHU, SOMALIA At least three mortars landed inside Somalia’s heavily fortified presidential palace compound on Thursday, a Somali police officer said. Some were wounded in the attack that was claimed by Somali Islamic extremist group al-Shabab through the group’s radio station, Andulus. Somalia’s security ministry said that the mortars were mostly aimed at terrorizing the public. There was no immediate information ...

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US bank regulators may destroy Somalia’s economy

U.S. banks stopped money transfers to Somalia because of strict regulations set by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency over concerns of money laundering and funding for terrorist organizations. The decision has left Somalis who depend on cash remittances for survival without critical financial support. Remittances bolster the local economy and serve as a major source of income ...

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Somali Immigrants Want Government Help To Restart Money Transfers To Somalia

Somali immigrants living in Washington hope the federal government will help them restart the flow of money to relatives in Somalia. Those remittances have ground to a halt since a California bank announced last month it would stop handling them. That leaves an uncertain future for many families in Somalia who depend on money from relatives abroad. Mohammed Jama, executive ...

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Dashing through the slush: Race to the Sky changes course to find snow

MISSOULA — The Race to the Sky has gone looking for snow. Warm temperatures and deteriorating snow conditions on the Blackfoot Valley floor have forced Montana’s oldest and most prestigious dogsled race to move its Saturday start from Lincoln to a trailhead near Seeley Lake. “Fortunately, we have enough good snow to pull off a 300- and 100-mile race if ...

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Minister Duhulow Statement Ministry of Information’s Hand-over ceremony

Hon Mustafa Duhulow, former Minister of Information of Somalia spoke on today’s hand-over ceremony and said “I would like to thank H.E. Omar Sharmarke, the Prime Minister of Somalia for attending today’s hand-over ceremony at the Ministry of Information, as this shows the huge commitment from the government towards the Ministry of Information and the progress that we made during ...

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