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Kenya engages Somalia to lift ban on miraa

A miraa trader at Kiengu market in Igembe Central, Meru County, on September 6, 2016. Mr Kiraithe dismissed claims that the ban was triggered by Meru Governor Peter Munya’s visit to Somaliland in July. PHOTO | KENNEDY KIMANTHI | NATION MEDIA GROUP Kenya is engaging the Somali government to make it rescind its ban on miraa flights into Somaliland, Government ...

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Twin Cities Muslims on guard as 9/11, holiday both approach

This year, a major holiday falls the day after Sept. 11. Local leaders are tightening security Aisha Mahmoud drew henna art on a woman’s hand Friday for Eid al-Adha at the Karmel Mall in south Minneapolis The anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks weighs heavily on the minds of Minnesota Muslims as they prepare to celebrate one of the ...

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Unesco, African court to hold talks on journalists’ safety

Journalists and civil rights activists hold protests in Nairobi on September 8, 2016 over harassment and killings of journalists. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NATION MEDIA GROUP A United Nations agency and the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) will hold talks on crimes against journalists. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) and ACHPR will host ...

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Somali goats and sheep join the pilgrimage to Mecca

Thousands of livestock have been arriving in Saudi Arabia in time for the arrival of millions of Muslims from around the world on the annual pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. Many of those animals, that will be slaughtered over the next few weeks, would have started their journey from Somalia’s ports. Livestock is an important mainstay in Somalia’s ...

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Somali refugees eager to go home – Saleh

A Somali family waits to board a bus that will take them back to Somalia from the Dadaab refugee camp on January 21 in a voluntary repatriation programme /REUTERS The repatriation of Somalia refugees and closure of the Dadaab camps in Garissa county by November is on course, Northeastern regional coordinator Mohamud Saleh has said. Registered Somalis at Dadaab was ...

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Miraa ban stokes up Kiraitu, Munya rivalry for top office

A farmer packs miraa at a collection point near his plantation in Maua, Meru, on August 20, 2014 / REUTERS/THOMAS MUKOYA The miraa ban by Somalia has created a new issue and fuelled a vicious political duel between Meru Senator Kiraitu Murungi and Governor Peter Munya. Meru residents and politicians believe miraa farmers’ tribulations have been exploited by the two ...

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Twin blasts target Kenyan police officers along Somali border

At least 12 Kenyan police officers escaped unhurt on Friday following twin explosions in northeast Mandera County along the Somali border. Mandera County Commissioner Fredrick Shisia told journalists that the twin blasts targeted border patrol police officers who have been manning the porous border with Somalia. Shisia said the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) went off at Border Point Three on ...

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Kenya says repatriation of Somali refugees on course

Kenya said the planned repatriation of Somali refugees from Dadaab refugee camp and subsequent closure of the sprawling Dadaab camps by November is on course. Regional government official Mohamud Saleh said that the verification exercise of the refugees in the Dadaab refugee camp is going as planned and will be concluded within the time frame. Saleh dismissed claims that the ...

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Uhuru reaches out to Somali counterpart over miraa ban

President Uhuru Kenyatta has intervened to have the Somali government lift a ban on miraa imports from Kenya. Government spokesman Eric Kiraithe said the Head of State had personally contacted his Somalia counterpart, Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, to reinstate entry of the stimulant to his country. “The President has made his counterpart aware of how the ban is affecting farmers,” said ...

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8 Al-Shabaab fighters killed in central Somalia

Wednesday September 7, 2016 At least eight Al-Shabaab militants were killed at Bud-bud location in central Somalia’s Galgudud region Wednesday after fighting between the militants and Somali National Army (SNA) backed by African Union (AU) forces. “The joint forces killed 8 Al-Shabaab fighters and recovered grenades including an artillery gun which they were using. Our forces are still in the ...

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