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What Erdogan’s narrow referendum victory means for Turkey.

What Erdogan’s narrow referendum victory means for Turkey.

On Sunday evening in Ankara, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim stood on the balcony at the headquarters of his Justice and Development Party, or AKP, and hailed an election victory that will put him out of a job. The “Yes” camp in Turkey’s referendum, led by Yildirim’s boss, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, appeared to win a slender victory over the ...

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Awqaf donates Dh1m to Somalia aid campaign.

Awqaf donates Dh1m to Somalia aid campaign.

Awqaf, the Islamic affairs and endowments authority, has donated Dh1 million to Emirates Red Crescent’s ‘For You Somalia’ campaign, as part of the organisation’s relief efforts abroad. The campaign was launched in response to a looming famine that has left an estimated 360,000 children suffering from acute malnutrition. A public fundraising campaign will be launched later this week and the ...

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In women’s basketball, Woodbury coach sees hope for Somalia.

In women’s basketball, Woodbury coach sees hope for Somalia.

“Nobody was judging us because we had a government that was stable and protecting us,” she told the Pioneer Press Osman, now 40 and living in Woodbury, returned to her home country in December to coach in a tournament that signaled the defiant rebirth of Somali women’s basketball decades after its civil war began. Amid death threats from al-Shabab terrorists ...

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Air strikes kill over 100 Al-Shabaab militants in southern Somalia

Air strikes kill over 100 Al-Shabaab militants in southern Somalia

More than 100 Al-Shabaab militants including 20 commanders are believed to have been killed in southern Somalia by U.S. air strikes early Saturday, residents and officials said. The residents and security officers said the warplanes targeted the militants’ hideouts in Wargaduud and El-Adde where several Kenyan soldiers were killed by Al-Shabaab militants in January 2016. Among senior Al-Shabaab commanders killed ...

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Indian seamen travel home after Somalia piracy ordeal.

Indian seamen travel home after Somalia piracy ordeal.

Ten Indian seamen freed Somali pirates have been allowed to travel home. The authorities of Galmudug State in Central Somalia, saw off the Indian sailors on Thursday. The seamen on mv AL Kausar were freed from the pirates near Hobyo town, about 660km northeast of the Somali capital Mogadishu. Were hijacked Hobyo District Commissioner Abdullahi Faad said the 10 were ...

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U.S. to Send Troops to Somalia Amid Blowback

U.S. to Send Troops to Somalia Amid Blowback

The global security picture is growing ever more complicated for the new U.S. president. The United States will send several dozen troops to help train Somali forces in their fight against the al Qaeda-linked militant group al Shabab, Pentagon officials said Friday, the latest move in the tit-for-tat escalation in the troubled East African nation. On March 30, President Donald ...

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Somaliland journalist detained over critical coverage of police.

Somaliland journalist detained over critical coverage of police.

Somaliland authorities should immediately release jailed Hangool News journalist Abdirahman Arab Da’ud and cease intimidation of other members of the media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Somaliland police arrested Abdirahman on April 11, 2017, according to Hargeisa-based journalist Khadar Nouh and Guleid Ahmed Jama, chairperson of the Human Rights Center in Somaliland. “It is believed that he is ...

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UAE’s Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation to launch dam in Somalia

UAE’s Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation to launch dam in Somalia

The UAE’s Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation will launch a dam in Hargeisa City, Somaliland, in the next two days to continue efforts to curb famine in the Horn of Africa country. The project was carried out upon directives from President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. It is supported by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed ...

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Detained Somali immigrant says he never realized he could be deported.

Detained Somali immigrant says he never realized he could be deported.

Abdi Ali says he never realized he wasn’t an American citizen. He came to the United States from Somalia as a child more than two decades ago. He speaks little of any language other than English. He graduated from Deering High School in Portland in 2008. So when U.S. Immigrant and Customs Enforcement officials arrested the 28-year-old Westbrook man last ...

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Somali Pirate Leader Missing After Attempted Hijack.

Somali Pirate Leader Missing After Attempted Hijack.

A notorious Somali pirate leader is missing following an attempt Saturday to hijack a cargo ship, maritime sources and villagers said. Abdikarim Salah “Aw Koombe” and two other pirates were last seen on board a Lebanese-registered cargo ship, OS 35 near Socotra Island, as they attempted to intimidate the crew and steer the vessel to the direction of the Somali ...

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