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Helsinki University to offer degree in S...

Helsinki University to offer degree in Somali language

Starting in autumn 2017 the University of Helsinki will offer Somali philology as a full study programme, complete with a pathway to a master’s degree. Two new study paths are in store, one for native Somali speakers and another for non-native speakers. A Somali language degree programme will... read more »

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African Union extends Amisom duty in Som...

African Union extends Amisom duty in Somalia

The African Union (AU) has extended its Amisom mission in Somalia to May 30, 2017. A communiqué posted on Amisom Dail Media Monitoring and seen by The Standard on Sunday, states that the decision made public on Wednesday, means the 22,000 strong peacekeeping force set up to combat Islamist... read more »

Somali grad ‘leaving with much mor...

Somali grad ‘leaving with much more’ than a degree

FARMINGTON — It’s been a long time coming for Abdirahman Ahmed Hussein, who graduated Saturday from the University of Maine at Farmington. Originally from Somalia, he and his family left his birthplace to live in Kenya. From there, Hussein said, “We took the opportunity to come to the U.S.”... read more »

Somalia and Somaliland restart dialogue

Somalia and Somaliland restart dialogue

HARGEYSA – Somalia has made a $1 million donation to the drought-hit breakaway northwestern region of Somaliland, ahead of controversial talks between the two sides later this month to clarify their future relations. Mogadishu, far from one of the world’s flushest governments, has been... read more »

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U.S. Calls Airstrikes on al-Shabaab in Somalia

A U.S. military airstrike recently targeted the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab terrorist group in southern Somalia, killing five jihadists and wounding two others, reveals the Pentagon. Ugandan... read more »

University students join a demonstration condemning the gunmen attack at the Garissa University campus, in the Kenyan coastal port city of Mombasa, April 8, 2015.

Human Rights in Somalia

In its recently-released report on human rights practices, the U.S. Department of State found that serious human rights abuses continued in Somalia during 2015. Major human rights abuses... read more »

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A government witness testified Thursday morning about the civil conflict in Syria and propaganda videos that prosecutors say drew three young Minneapolis men to communicate with an Islamist... read more »


Somalia hands over weapons stolen by Al Shabaab to Kenya

The Somali National Army (SNA) on Wednesday held a security meeting with the Kenyan security team and handed over weapons that were discovered Tuesday in Bulla Hawa, Somalia, after... read more »


Somali, AU forces recapture strategic village in Southern Somalia

Somali National Army (SNA) and African Union peacekeeping mission (AMISOM) have retaken Runir-good village in Middle Shabelle region in southern Somalia barely a day after Al-Shabaab wrestled it... read more »