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Somaliland is on a rocky political path

The postponement of a vote set for mid-December to 2022 and increasing crackdowns on free speech pose a risk to Somaliland, an internationally endorsed autonomous region of Somalia that straddles the borders of Ethiopia and Djibouti. Some analysts see Somaliland as East Africa’s strongest democracy, located at a strategic intersection and key to the development of the Horn of Africa . The most recent postponement of the parliamentary vote ...

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Opinion: Could Somalia become the next Texas?

The story of Somalia is being rewritten, and Texas’s oil boom of the early 20th century is a good marker for the future of the African country. Texas oil drove the economy forward, bringing better education with investment in infrastructure and transport links. This shows Somalis what our nation may be, in time and with careful management. Significant early progress ...

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Russian airstrikes kill 11 civilians in Idlib, Syria

In an area of northwestern Syria supposed to be free of acts of aggression, on Monday at least 11 civilians were killed and 20 injured in Russian airstrikes, a local civil defense agency said. Russian warplanes carried out airstrikes on the districts of Maarat Al-Numan, Saraqib, and number of villages in the northwestern province of Idlib, according to the White ...

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UIC Student’s Alleged Killer Was ‘Angry’ She Ignored His Catcalls: Prosecutors

A man who sexually assaulted and strangled a University of Illinois at Chicago student to death over the weekend became “angry” at the young woman when she “ignored” his catcalls, prosecutors said in court Tuesday. Donald Thurman, 26, was charged on Monday with first-degree murder and criminal sexual assault for the grisly Saturday night slaying of 19-year-old Ruth George. George, a sophomore ...

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Federal Government of Somalia welcomes structural reforms at IGAD

The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, H.E President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo has welcomed the restructuring of the regional body, IGAD which was agreed by the leaders following the conclusion of the 13th Ordinary Assembly of Heads of State and Government in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Federal government of Somalia, in recognition of the body’s strategic role and with ...

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Boris Johnson refuses to apologise for racist ‘burka’ comments

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson refused to offer an outright apology for Islamophobic comments he made in 2018, which led to a spike in anti-Muslim hate crimes. On Friday morning, as he fielded questions from listeners on LBC radio station in London, he said: “When I write this stuff, I never set out to cause pain or hurt. I really ...

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Mogadishu Mayor, AMISOM pledge to work together to deliver peace

The Head of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), Ambassador Francisco Madeira, has pledged to work closely with the new Mayor of Mogadishu and Governor of Banadir Region, Omar Mohamud Mohamed, to ensure the mayor’s vision of a more secure and peaceful Mogadishu is realized. Mayor Mohamud Mohamed assumed office in August. “I found an extremely committed and engaged ...

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Merkel to meet Turkish, French, UK leaders next week

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will attend a four-nation meeting with the leaders of Turkey, France and the U.K. next week to discuss latest developments on Syria, her spokeswoman said on Friday. Speaking at a news conference in Berlin, the government’s deputy spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said the quadrilateral meeting on Syria will take place in London on Dec. 3, ahead of ...

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Pakistan to bring up Quran desecration issue at EU

Pakistan on Sunday decided to take up the recent incident of desecration of the Muslims’ Holy Book, the Quran, in Norway at the European Union and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The decision was made in a meeting of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) core committee, a forum of the party’s top leadership, chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan ...

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Australian Muslims up against Islamophobia

An Australian Muslim advocacy group expressed concern over a recent report that shows anti-Muslim behavior is increasing among people in the country. “We have repeatedly expressed concern to government about the rising levels of Islamophobia, anti-Muslim rhetoric and the contributors of these issues. This is a problem for all of Australia,” the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils said in a ...

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