NYC public schools to close for two Muslim holidays
New York City Public Schools will get two new days off in 2015, as Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city will incorporate the Muslim holidays of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha into its academic calendar. It will be the largest US school district to do so.
Kenya: Businessmen, ex-officials charged for fraud and abuse of office
A Kenyan court charged 12 businessmen and officials for fraud and abuse of office on Wednesday over a multimillion dollar scandal that involved highly inflated contracts allegedly being awarded to phantom companies, charge sheets said.
New Airport Terminal Signals Somalia’s Bold Intentions
The new terminal at the Aden Adde International Airport in Mogadishu, Somalia, stands tall, sticking out as the symbol of a new bold and emerging nation. The terminal is significant in many ways. One, it’s a symbol of the desire of the Somali to pick up the pieces and reconstruct a country that has for decades been ravaged by war.
Somali refugees forced to pile everything they own after government troops destroyed their shelters
This week the Food and Agriculture Organisation warned that many people in Somalia are 'on the edge'. Despite knowing the hardships people there face every day, government soldiers destroyed dozens of temporary shelters and shops at a refugee camp in southern Mogadishu, forcing the inhabitants to pile all their belongings onto trucks and move on.
Fugitive on U.S. most-wanted terror list held by Somalia
A Northern Virginia man who fled the United States more than two years ago and was recently placed on the FBI's “Most Wanted Terrorists” list is in the custody of the Somali government, American officials said.
There is more to Somalia than war, looting and piracy. I grew up in an area that hosts one of the largest Somali communities in the country. I used to enjoy going to “Somali Town” near Sea-Tac airport for an espresso and chat. The coffee was always better than Starbucks and the conversations enlightening.
Al Franken Joins 52 Other Democrats Who Will Skip Netanyahu Speech
Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has joined eleven more Democrats in announcing that they won’t be attending Netanyahu’s speech to Congress. The total of Democrats who are not attending the speech has jumped to 53.