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Somalia Hosts African Heads of State Summit for 1st Time in 30 Years

Somalia on Tuesday hosted its first regional summit of African heads of state in 30 years, a source of pride in this Horn of Africa country after decades of chaos and deadly attacks by al-Shabab extremists. On social media, people marveled that their country was trending for something other than explosions. Security measures were high as Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, ...

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Saudi king rejects mixing hajj with politics

By AFP “The kingdom categorically rejects that the hajj serves any political purpose,” Salman, 80, said in a brief address to international VIPs attending the pilgrimage. Saudi King Salman said Tuesday the kingdom rejected any attempt to play politics with the hajj, the annual pilgrimage which has added to tensions between Riyadh and Tehran. For the first time in nearly ...

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Latest Scientific Discoveries – Homeschooling Is on the Rise: Here’s Why

By Kyle Greenwit, Michigan State University   This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Live Science’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. As children head back to school, an increasing number of their homeschooled peers will be starting their academic year as well. Homeschooling in the United States is growing at a strong pace. ...

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Trial of 95-year-old former Auschwitz medic begins in Germany

The trial of a 95-year-old man, charged with 3,681 counts of accessory to murder as a former SS medic in Auschwitz, has opened in Germany after questions surrounding his health caused three previous postponements. The court heard that Hubert Zafke, a retired farmer reportedly suffered from stress, high blood pressure and suicidal thoughts, but Judge Klas Kabisch decided to proceed ...

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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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