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SOMALIS ‘THEY ARE A RACE TO BE ADMIRED’

Gerald Hanley is an old Colonial hand who lived with Somalis. This is from his book Warriors: Life and Death Among the Somalis “A Somali always felt himself to be twice as good as any white man, or any other kinds of the man at all and still does, even when he is wrong. Islam does wonders for the self-respect of non-white people and Christianity is right to worry about the spread of Islam in Africa, and must honestly face the question of why it has happened .”

BET Awards will recognize Somali social activist Ilwad Elman

Somali social activist Ilwad Elman will be honored at the upcoming BET Awards this weekend.  The music icon and humanitarian is a yearly BET award which honors people in different categories, Ilwad will receive International Global Good Star for her social activism. Ilwad Elman is the daughter of late Somali Social activist and philanthropist Elman Ali Ahmed.

Reviving the Art of Creative Writing and Culture in Somalia – See more

Somalia’s IFIYE center celebrates two important occasions this month. On the four year anniversary of its establishment and the first anniversary the center set up its own Base and Library in Mogadishu.

China to give 10,000 scholarships to African govt staff

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia

China on Wednesday announced it would offer 10,000 scholarships for African government employees over the next ten years.

Saudi king deposes crown prince, names son as successor

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s king has appointed his son Mohammed bin Salman as his crown prince, deposing his nephew Mohammed bin Nayef.

In a royal decree early Wednesday, King Salman bin Abdulaziz placed deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, 31, as the first in line to the throne. 

Residents evacuated from Grenfell Tower are set to move into a £2 billion luxury complex in the heart of Kensington, the Standard can reveal.

Plans are pressing ahead for some of the families made homeless from the devastating fire to be housed in one of London’s most desirable addresses.

The Standard can reveal that new flats in a Kensington High Street development — where penthouses go for up to £13 million — will be used to provide accommodation for families following the huge blaze that destroyed the tower block last week.

This Hijab-Wearing Model Just Landed a Glossy Magazine Cover

Model Halima Aden is not your average 19-year-old runway regular. The Kenyan-born Somali-American teen is also Allure‘s July cover girl, marking a major moment in the history of that publication and the depictions of women of Muslim backgrounds in mainstream U.S. media. That’s because in her cover image and throughout the spread, Aden wears a hijab — a traditional Muslim head covering — and her modeling career is only picking up steam.

The Somalis dying to get married

Many young Somalis risk everything trying to seek a better life in the Middle East or Europe – often because this is the only way they can afford to get married.

Mohamud Ali and video journalist Christian Parkinson report from Hargeisa, capital of Somalia’s self-declared republic of Somaliland, on what it means for those left behind.

Cooking Somali Beef Stew With BasBaas Founder Hawa Hassan

I’m in the middle of what is basically a bodega, eating a plump fresh date I’ve just been given by the store’s proprietor, when I realize that I’m having one of the best shopping experiences of my life. How is it possible that this high point is happening in a bodega—New York City’s version of the corner store? Probably because I’m standing next to Hawa Hassan, whose smile and laughter is practically contagious, and I’m on the hunt for halal beef, something I’ve never shopped for, that’s how.

Finsbury Park mosque attack suspect identified as 47-year-old Darren Osborne

The man suspected of carrying out the Finsbury Park Mosque attack has been named locally as 47-year-old Darren Osborne.

The father-of-four from Cardiff was arrested for attempted murder at the scene and taken to a south London police station where he remains in custody.

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