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Over 13,000 Somali refugees voluntarily return to Somalia


The Government has announced that 13,604 Somali refugees have voluntarily returned to Somalia while 439 others have been resettled in other countries since May. According to a joint communiqué issued by Kenya together with the Federal Republic of Somalia and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), a newly formed Somalia Technical Committee will oversee the effective reintegration of the ...

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Ugandan President Yoweri Musevi’s home attacked by a giant snake


Police were called at President’s palatial residence to capture a giant python snake which had sneaked in the compound to attack the cattle. The snake is said to have sneaked into the farm through an unknown path to attack the cattle which were feeding at the fields. The python became fierce and so the police had to shoot it dead ...

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Bomb attack kills 25 in northwest Pakistan mosque: Official


At least 25 people have been killed and 30 more wounded in a bomb attack in a Pakistani mosque near the Afghanistan border, a regional official says. The blast occurred during Friday prayers in a tribal area bordering Afghanistan, Naveed Akbar, the deputy administrator of Mohmand agency, said. “The suicide bomber was in crowded mosque,” he added, saying, it was a ...

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British ambassador to Saudi Arabia completes hajj after converting to Islam


The British ambassador to Saudi Arabia has converted to Islam and this week completed the hajj with his Syrian wife. A picture of Simon Collis in the traditional white robes worn by pilgrims during the hajj was posted on Twitter by Fawziah Albakr, of King Saud University. She wrote in Arabic: “The first British ambassador to the Kingdom leads the ...

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Kenya: Involuntary Refugee Returns to Somalia Camp Closure Threat Triggers Thousands Returning to Danger


(Nairobi, September 15, 2016) – Kenya’s repatriation program for Somali refugees, fueled by fear and misinformation, does not meet international standards for voluntary refugee return, Human Rights Watch said today. Many refugees living in Kenya’s sprawling Dadaab camp, home to at least 263,000 Somalis, say they have agreed to return home because they fear Kenya will force them out if they ...

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Three women killed in attack on police station in Kenya’s


Three robed women tricked their way into a Mombasa police station where they stabbed one officer and set fire to the building with a petrol bomb before being shot dead, an officer and a witness said on Sunday. The city of Mombasa, with a large Muslim population on the coast of Kenya, has been targeted by Islamist militants in recent ...

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Sudan’s Bashir may cancel Mogadishu’s IGAD summit trip over arrest fears


  Sudanese president Omar Al-Bashir may cancel his planned trip to the Somali capital where the upcoming summit for the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is expected to take place this week over fears of arrest, sources said Friday. The summit which will feature key African leaders including Rwandan president Paul Kegame, Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta and Djibouti’s president Ismail ...

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Bangladesh factory engulfed by fire, 20 dead


At least 20 people have been killed and 50 injured after a fire engulfed a packaging factory north of the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka. The Dhaka Tribune newspaper reported on Saturday that the fire erupted due to a boiler explosion at the Tampako Packaging Factory in the industrial town of Tongi, 20km north of the capital. Citing hospital officials, the paper ...

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Somalia miraa ban angers growers, traders and users

An unemployed Somali man chews narcotic leaves known as khat, which is used as a mild stimulant, in his neighbourhood in southern Mogadishu May 7, 2012. REUTERS/Feisal Omar (SOMALIA - Tags: DRUGS SOCIETY BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT) - RTR31QJC

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50 million children uprooted worldwide: UNICEF


The United Nations Children’s Fund says some 50 million children have been “uprooted” across the globe, calling on world nations to show “compassion” for such minors. In a report titled “Uprooted: The Growing Crisis for Refugee and Migrant Children,” UNICEF said almost 50 million children have migrated across borders or been forcibly displaced within their own countries. The report said the ...

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