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Police given OK to hold suspects in Nairobi courthouse plot

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - A court ruled Friday that Kenyan police can continue detaining five people who allegedly planned to attack a Nairobi courthouse so a Muslim cleric facing terror charges could escape. Police accuse the suspects and the cleric of being members of the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab mil

WASHINGTON TIMES - 2018-03-16 23:09:15

12 Dead in Central Somalia as Villagers Resist Al-Shabab Taxes

Clashes in central Somalia between Somali army troops and al-Shabab militants have left at least 12 people dead, witnesses say. The clashes Thursday started after armed al-Shabab members tried to impose taxes on residents of villages around the town of Mahas, in the Hiran region. Resident Dahir Muse

VOICE OF AMERICA - 2018-03-16 18:45:37

Somalia Rainfall Forecast - Issued: 16 March 2018

Download PDF (192.86 KB) Most areas across Somalia remained dry over the last three days, apart from light rains reported in few pockets in Somaliland, and light to moderate rains in parts of Bay region. On 14 March areas surrounding Baidoa town reported some rainfall, while in Buur Hakaba 21mm of r

RELIEFWEB.INT - 2018-03-16 18:33:21

The Fog Of War In America

A U.S. soldier walks in the camp of Ahmed Khan near Kandahar, Afghanistan, on November 25, 2010. This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. America's Phony War: Blitzkrieg Overseas, Sitzkrieg in the Homeland By William

HUFFINGTONPOST - 2018-03-16 18:35:43

School Children Across Africa Face Threats Beyond Kidnappings

On February 19, Boko Haram insurgents abducted 110 girls from their school in Dapchi, a town on the Komadugu Gana River in northeast Nigeria. Days after the kidnapping, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Twitter, "I share the anguish of all the parents and guardians of the girls that remain unaccou

VOICE OF AMERICA - 2018-03-16 18:17:50

Japan Supports IOM Efforts to Prevent Gender-Based Violence in Somalia

Mogadishu - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, with support from the Government of Japan has completed the distribution of 150 solar lanterns to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in Galkayo, a district in the north-central Mudug region of Somalia, and Mogadishu, Somalia's capital city.

RELIEFWEB.INT - 2018-03-16 07:00:00

Terrorist Bomb Incidents in Minnesota and Illinois Linked to Militia Group

On March 13, members of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force swooped into the tiny unincorporated community of Clarence, Illinois, to arrest four people on charges of possession of fully automatic weapons. But the real attention-grabber was the revelation in the related criminal complaint that thre

ADL.ORG - 2018-03-16 07:00:00

Veteran CIA leader to discuss intel issues

KENNEBUNK CIA operations veteran David P. Hunt will discuss Intelligence in Flux, from the Cold War to the Present at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at a meeting of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) Maine Chapter. This is the latest in a series of discussions relating to the importan

SEACOAST ONLINE - 2018-03-15 19:24:40

US at war in 7 countries - including Niger; US Army rebuilds Afghan firebases; F-35s to India?; and just a bit more...

The U.S. military is officially fighting wars in seven countries, according to the White House's latest war report. Known formally as the "Report on the Legal and Policy Frameworks Guiding the United States' Military Force and Related National Security Operations," the unclassified portion flags ops

DEFENSE ONE - 2018-03-15 14:04:47

On Somaliland's recognition, perspective from a citizen of Somaliland

*Written by reddit user, VSPTeor* I noticed that there were no voices from Somaliland present in the discussion, so thought I would have a stab at providing some context as to why Somaliland is seeking independence. Which may help answering why it has not received one yet. So, why does Somaliland se

MEDIUM - 2018-03-15 13:08:12

China's Interest in Africa Raises Concerns of Senate Panel

Chinese sailors watch a People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) pull into Djibouti. Xinhua Photo Africa was the topic for the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, but what China was up to from one end of the continent to the other was its members' recurring concern during Tuesday's hearing. The


Hawa Hassan Is Bringing the Ketchup of Somalia to Your Kitchen

"Even when I was a little girl, I was doing the cooking and the shopping while my mom was selling at the store. As a Somali girl, you grow up in the kitchen," says Hawa Hassan, founder and CEO of Basbaas, the only line of Somali hot sauces and chutneys available in the U.S. "Also, raising myself in


George Clooney Urge New Approach to Peacemaking in Africa

In a new op-ed in Foreign Affairs, The Sentry co-founders George Clooney and John Prendergast highlight the fatal flaw in peacemaking in Africa. They warn that "without taking aggressive measures to go after the spoils that drive conflict in South Sudan and other African countries, it is difficult t


Democrat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: Climate Change Helping 'Create More Terrorism' in Africa

WASHINGTON, DC - Climate change coupled with wide-spread famine is "creating more terrorism" in Africa, home to jihadist organizations like the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) and al-Qaeda, declared Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday partly focused


Bench Memos Law & the Courts This Day in Liberal Judicial Activism—March 14 By Ed Whelan About Ed Whelan Follow Ed Whelan on Twitter March 14, 2018 8:00 AM

2011-Elevated by President Obama to the Ninth Circuit two months earlier, Mary H. Murguia still has damage to carry out as a federal district judge. In acquitting Elton Simpson of a charge of making a false statement involving international terrorism, Murguia does verbal somersaults to rule that the


Djibouti says its container port to remain in state hands

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Djibouti's container port will remain in state hands as the government seeks investment, a senior official said on Wednesday in comments likely to reassure Washington where lawmakers say they fear it could be ceded to China. FILE PHOTO: A general view of the Port of Djibouti is


High level roundtable meeting on Scaling Up Nutrition in Somalia

On 19 February 2018, the office of the Prime Minister of Somalia held a high level roundtable meeting supporting the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement. The meeting was graced by a number of ministers, high level government officials, donors, UN agencies, business community and civil society members. The


Sendai Framework Monitor launch in Arab States

CAIRO, 14 March 2018 - That refrain echoed through Cairo, the capital city of Egypt as a 3-day training event kicked off this week bringing together representatives from 11 Arab States committed to implementing the global plan for reducing disaster losses, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Redu


Seven years on: Remembering the origins of the crisis in Syria

Noelle Fitzpatrick 14 March 2018 March 15th marks the 7th anniversary of the current conflict in Syria. Origins of the conflict This protracted conflict has killed more than 500,000 people and contributed to the largest refugee crisis in recent history. But lost beneath the shocking images of deat


Trump policies mean fewer refugees resettling in Cincinnati

A dramatic drop in the number of refugees allowed into the United States since President Donald Trump took office is changing the number and type of refugees settling in Cincinnati. Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio directly resettled 106 refugees here in the first four months of the federal fisc