Accused kidnapper testifies he lied to police, did not receive ransom money

OTTAWA — A man accused of holding Amanda Lindhout hostage in Somalia is telling a judge he didn’t receive ransom money — even though he twice told undercover RCMP officers he got $10,000 US.

Testifying today in Ontario Superior Court, Ali Omar Ader says that in 2013, he lied about being paid to a Mountie posing as his business agent because it was what the man wanted to hear.

Out of Tragedy, An Opportunity for Somalia

Saturday’s twin-truck suicide bombings in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, have so far killed at least 320 people and injured hundreds. The assault took place at a buzzing intersection on a busy afternoon during peak traffic, causing maximum damage to people and property. In the aftermath, men and women searching for victims in the rubble looked small amid the mounds of steel that formed unnatural valleys. In the coming days, more are certain to die in the city’s few under-resourced and over-crowded hospitals.

Mogadishu death toll rises to 231

THE death toll from a powerful bomb blast in Somalia’s capital has risen to 231 with more than 275 injured, making it the deadliest single attack yet in the Horn of Africa nation, police and hospital sources said yesterday.

Wounded Somalians to be treated in Turkey: Erdogan aide

ANKARA 

The injured from Saturday’s truck bombing in Somalia will be brought to Turkey for medical treatment, the Turkish presidential spokesman said Sunday.

How a Somali-born girl became a referee of men’s football in England – the remarkable story of Jawahir Roble

Many people might believe their battle for respect in life is hard enough already without also trying to become a referee.

It is a thought not lost on Jawahir Roble. “Who would ever think a black, Somali-born immigrant girl with eight siblings could ref a men’s game in England with a hijab on?” she asks with a gentle shake of the head while reflecting on a remarkable personal journey.

‘Turkey is playing key role in the lives of Somalis’

JOHANNESBURG A Somali parliamentarian Tuesday commended the Turkish government for its contributions to developing infrastructure as well as providing humanitarian aid to the Horn of Africa country.

‘‘The Turkish government is playing a significant role in the lives of Somalis and its government,’’ Lufti Sheriff Mohamed, currently attending the Pan-African Parliament in South Africa, told Anadolu Agency in an interview.

Somali mother-of-five faces jail for setting fire to her council house

A Somali mother-of-five who set fire to her home after she was served with an eviction notice is facing jail.

Farhia Ahmed Ali, 37, ignited ‘tissues and cardboard’ to start the blaze in her south London home while her four children were present.

Ali was trying secure a new home with Wandsworth Council after she was handed an eviction notice by her landlord, Kingston Crown Court heard.

She denied starting the fire, but jurors convicted of arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered after deliberating for nearly five hours.

The mum appeared shocked on hearing the verdict while members of her family in the public gallery held their heads in their hands.

Ali, who recently gave birth to a fifth child, will be sentenced on 20 November after psychiatric reports are prepared but Judge Peter Lodder warned: ‘It’s common for someone convicted of arson to go to prison.

‘A suspended sentence is a bit unlikely.’

Meyrick Williams, prosecuting, said the fire was lit on the top of a kitchen cabinet, which was covered in bits of tissue, cardboard and paper.

Daily Mail

 

Italian court sentences to life Somalian human trafficking lord

An Italian court has sentenced to life imprisonment a sadistic people smuggler who raped, tortured and murdered migrants trying to reach Europe from North Africa.

Osman Matammud, 22, from Somalia, was found guilty of multiple counts of murder, abduction for ransom and sexual violence against young women and girls.

Iran protests to Somalia over deadly boat shooting

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi condemned Somalia for opening fire on an Iranian fishing boat and killing the captain of the vessel and injuring another sailor.

“Iran has conveyed its protest to Somalia in this regard through relevant channels,” Qassemi told ISNA on Wednesday.

Somalia Loses 108-42 their first game at the ongoing FIBA Africa Zone 5 Club

Horseed from Somalia 108-42 lost their first game at the ongoing FIBA Africa Zone 5 Club Championship in Uganda which is running from October 1-7.

The Somali Team played against Ugandan champions UCU Lady Canons who dominated the entire game.

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