International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
Today we mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and start 16 days of activism to end gender violence. Living and working in Somalia, I see firsthand how desperately important this issue is.
Two Minnesotans charged with conspiracy to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota Andrew M. Luger today announced a criminal complaint charging ABDI NUR, 20, and ABDULLAHI YUSUF, 18, with conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, namely, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). NUR is additionally charged with providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization. YUSUF is expected to make an initial appearance at 2:00 p.m. today before Magistrate Judge Janie S. Mayeron in United States District Court in Minneapolis, Minn.
Somali parliament again fails to hold 'no confidence' vote
The Somali parliament's Monday (November 24th) session again devolved into chaos as lawmakers prepared for the third time to debate a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, Somalia's Goobjoog News reported.
'Al-Shabab Doesn't Want a Truce With Infidel Powers'
The violent campaign between Kenya's government and Somali militants is escalaintg. On Sunday, a day after members of the al-Shabab group executed 28 passengers on a Kenyan bus, Kenya's Vice President William Ruto announced that the country's military had crossed into Somalia and attacked al-Shabab camps where the bus attack was planned. The combined air and ground attack killed over 115 militants and, according to Ruto, "identified, followed and struck the perpetrators of these heinous crimes." A spokesman for al-Shabab denied Ruto's claim, and the attack could not be independently verified.
No-confidence motion sparks parliamentary row in Somalia
A session of the Somali parliament ended abruptly on Monday following the distribution of a proposed motion to withdraw confidence from the government, which caused a row between rival MPs, according to parliamentary sources.
Kenyan shilling nears 3-year low after attacks, shares fall
Kenya's shilling weakened to close near three-year lows on Monday after Islamist militants ambushed a bus and killed 28 people near the Somali border at the weekend, threatening the country's ailing tourism industry.
HUDUR, Somalia—Women slip into this southern town in the middle of the night with sacks of rice for sale—a lifeline for residents and a move that demonstrates the continued threat from surrounding Islamist militants.
Mandera, Kenya: Heavy rains pounding Mandera County saved the bus in which 28 people who were killed yesterday morning by Al Shabab militants from being driven to Somalia. Unknown number of attackers commandeered the bus as it was about to enter Arabia town, which is between Mandera town and Elwak.
UN slams deadly terrorist attack on bus in northern Kenya
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday condemned a terrorist attack on a commuter bus in northern Kenya that left at least 28 people dead, hoping that "those responsible for today's attack will be brought to justice swiftly."