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    1. Somalia to Ban Female Genital Mutilation

      Voice of AmericaAug 27 07:29 AM

      Hope at last for girls in Somalia as the government signals its intentions to ban female genital mutilation, a brutal practice girls in Somalia have been forced to undergo for years. If the new law is enacted, those found practicing the act would face criminal charges. The practice, which has life-threatening side effects, is very popular in many African and Middle East countries. According to ...

    2. [IFEX] Danish-Somali director Nasib Farah spoke to IFEX about his latest documentary, Warriors from the North, and what it was like getting up close and personal with young Al-Shabaab fighters and defectors.

    3. Fred Lambert GARBAHEREY, Somalia, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Somalia's military says it killed 12 al-Shabab militants during a battle for the town of Garbaherey, in the country's south.

    4. 18 killed in 2 bomb attacks in Somalia

      Associated Press via Yahoo! NewsAug 22 11:19 AM

      MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — At least 18 people have been killed in two separate bomb explosions in Somalia Saturday, say Somali police officials.

    5. Dozens have been killed in Somalia after Shebab gunmen ambushed an army convoy, officials and local elders said Thursday, the latest battles with the Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents. Shebab fighters launched attacks on the army convoy near the village of Tulo-Barwao in the southwestern Gedo district of Somalia on Wednesday, a region bordering Ethiopia and Kenya, sparking intense gun battles ...

    6. UN body urges Somalia to probe British oil contract

      AFP via Yahoo! NewsAug 04 04:23 PM

      A UN sanctions committee wants Somalia to open a corruption investigation after uncovering evidence that British oil firm Soma may have paid off several Somali civil servants under a 2013 contract. The evidence came in a 28-page report by the UN's Somalia and Eritrea monitoring group and listed 14 employees of Somalia's petroleum and mineral resources ministry who allegedly received payments ...

    7. An oil company chaired by a former leader of Britain's ruling Conservative party is being investigated for alleged corruption in Somalia, claims the company slammed as "defamatory". Soma Oil and Gas, a private company chaired by Lord Michael Howard, on Monday denied paying more than half a million dollars to government officials to protect an oil exploration deal signed in 2013. Britain's ...

    8. Somalia may soon ban female genital mutilation. Are laws enough?

      Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! NewsAug 04 02:12 PM

      Somalia may soon take a crucial step toward ending female genital mutilation and cutting. The country’s Minister of Women and Human Rights has announced plans to introduce a bill banning the practice nationwide, Somali news outlet Horseed Media reported Tuesday. “[The] time has come for us to eradicate this bad practice and protect the rights of girls and women in our country,” said Sahra ...

    9. Libya risks becoming 'another Somalia' Rome warns

      AFP via Yahoo! NewsAug 17 04:49 AM

      Italy warned Monday that Libya risked turning into "another Somalia" as it signed a joint statement with the US and several European allies condemning "barbaric" acts carried out by the Islamic State group there. Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said if peace talks did not succeed in ending the country's civil war within a few weeks, "we will find ourselves with another Somalia two steps from ...

    10. Extremists Bomb Military Camp in Somalia, Killing 10

      The Wall Street JournalAug 22 07:45 AM

      Islamic extremist suicide bombers killed at least 10 soldiers in an explosion at a military camp in Somalia, security officials said.

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