By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — At college commencement ceremonies across the country, it is not unusual to hear stories about students who have overcome tremendous obstacles in order to receive their degrees. Some have fled war-torn countries, worked several jobs to pay for school or attended college in an area where they didn’t really know anyone at all.
A British man wanted in South Africa in connection with the murder of his Swedish wife, who was killed while the couple were on their honeymoon, has suffered a relapse in mental health problems, a court heard on Wednesday.
OTTAWA - A longtime Canadian diplomat will become the country's first ambassador to Somalia in more than two decades.
The announcement of David Angell's appointment marks a restart of diplomatic relations between Canada and the east Africa country.
Lizzy Davies in Rome
The Guardian, Monday 13 May 2013 16.50 BST.
Prosecutors are demanding that Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's former Italian prime minister and key backer of the fragile new government, serve six years in prison and be banned from public office for life for allegedly paying for sex with an underage prostitute and abusing his office to cover it up.
By RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD
Published: May 13, 2013
MEXICO CITY — The police here arrested two men on murder and robbery charges on Monday in the beating death last week of Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of Malcolm X, though many questions about the case remained unresolved.
A car bomb explosion near a hospital in the Libyan city of Benghazi has killed several people, officials say.
The death toll is unclear. Local officials initially said nine people had been killed. A hospital spokesman later said three bodies had been found.
The Associated Press has described the US government's secret seizure of its journalists' telephone records as a "massive and unprecedented intrusion".
Chief executive Gary Pruitt said AP was told on Friday the justice department had gathered records of outgoing calls from more than 20 phone lines.
A Philadelphia doctor has been convicted of the first-degree murders of three babies delivered and killed with scissors in late-term abortions.
Dr Kermit Gosnell, 72, was acquitted on another charge of killing a fourth baby, who let out a whimper before he cut its neck, prosecutors said.
He was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter of an adult patient who died of an overdose.
By PETER BAKER
Published: May 12, 2013
WASHINGTON — The State Department board that reviewed last year’s attack on a diplomatic outpost in Libya never questioned Hillary Rodham Clinton, the secretary of state at the time, because it had already decided responsibility lay below her level, the board’s chairman said Sunday.
Thomas R. Pickering, a former ambassador who led the review, said his group discussed its findings with Mrs.
Six teenage boys aged 15 to 17 are facing trial for raping a 15-year-old girl in a north-western suburb of Stockholm in March.
The prosecution will argue that one of the boys handed out condoms to the other five as they agreed to take turns raping the girl in the Stockholm suburb Tensta, Sveriges Radio (SR) reported.
Charges have been filed against five of the boys for aggravated rape, while the sixth boy faces a charge of attempted aggravated rape.
A Stockholm bus driver has been sentenced to community service after having been caught robbing a sleeping passenger on a night bus.
The 19-year-old girl had fallen asleep on the bus to Tyresö in southern Stockholm following a night out and discovered after alighting that she had been robbed.
"You just wouldn't expect a bus driver to do this," the girl said to the Dagens Nyheter daily.
The entire incident was caught on transport operator SL's surveillance film.
The Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) has enlisted the help of police negotiators in a bid to try to break hunger strikes by asylum-seekers in Boden, Gävle and Holmsund in northern Sweden.
"The police have unique skills for talking to people in extremely vulnerable situations," said Mikael Ribbenvik at the board.
Refugees in Boden and Holmsund have been on hunger strike since mid-April, while asylum-seekers in Gävle began their protest a little over a week ago.
Half of Sweden's female MPs have stated that they had been subjected to threats in the course of their political activities over the past year.
"There were some really awful emails," one of the MPs, Marietta de Pourbaix-Lundin, told the Svenska Dagbladet daily which carried out the survey.
"Some of them were really threatening, that my family and I should die. They used words that I would never use," she said.
Published: 13 May 13 09:06 CET | Print version
Thirteen Afghan refugees who have been on a hunger strike outside Migration Board (Migrationsverket) offices in Boden in northern Sweden have broken off their action after three weeks of refusing to eat.
"Two quit yesterday, one in the morning, and the rest during the evening. We've had talks during the entire afternoon together with police," the agency's Mikael Ribbenvik told the TT news agency on Sunday.
Mon May 13, 2013 10:24am EDT
(Reuters) - New Orleans police searched on Monday for the gunmen who wounded 19 people, including two children, at a Mother's Day parade, a police spokesman said.
Ten men, seven women, and a girl and a boy both age 10, were hit when gunmen opened fire at the parade on Sunday. Police said they were looking for three suspects, adding that a motive for the shooting was unknown.
By Kevin Murphy
KANSAS CITY, Kansas | Sun May 12, 2013 11:20am EDT
(Reuters) - A body believed to be that of an 18-month-old girl killed in a quadruple homicide in eastern Kansas has been recovered, authorities said on Sunday.
A deputy in Osage County, Kansas, found the body on Saturday, said Sheriff Jeff Richards of neighboring Franklin County, where three adults were discovered dead on a farm on May 6 and 7.
BlackBerry’s last stronghold in the smartphone market may be under siege.
A review of Apple and Samsung’s software for use on the Defense Department’s secure classified and unclassified networks is expected to be completed within two weeks and could further curtail BlackBerry’s once dominant position among the security-conscious government employees.
Nearly taken for granted by the West, education is a noble struggle in Somalia, requiring generous contributions from citizens and foreign donors to help ensure a future of stability and prosperity for Somali children.
A new vision
Today, Turkey has a great deal of say in the international arena. More importantly, there is a critical group of countries that lends a careful ear to Turkey's stance on a myriad of regional and international issues. At this point, the world expects great things from Turkey, and we are fully aware of our responsibility to carry out a careful foreign policy.
By: Fadi Elhusseini.
Revolts did not knock on the door, they just sneaked in the Arab region, toppling some regimes while shaking the thrones of others. Analyses began to heap in an attempt to examine this state of affairs;
The National, Editorial.
Somalia has long been synonymous with suffering. A combination of civil war and famine has, over the last few decades, displaced more than a million people and robbed generations of a healthy future. Women have paid a disproportionate price - sexually assaulted in horrific numbers. But there have been many other victims as well.
After an absence of more than 30 years, Abdirizak Omar Mohamed has returned to Somalia, the country of his birth. Last year he gave up his job as a civil servant in the housing sector in Canada to take up a position as one of only 10 ministers in Mogadishu’s new, slimline cabinet.
By BILL VLASIC
Published: May 12, 2013
DETROIT — Dozens of companies from China are putting down roots in Detroit, part of the country’s steady push into the American auto industry.
Chinese-owned companies are investing in American businesses and new vehicle technology, selling everything from seat belts to shock absorbers in retail stores, and hiring experienced engineers and designers in an effort to soak up the talent and expertise of domestic automakers and their suppliers.
By David Jones
NEWARK, New Jersey | Sun May 12, 2013 5:57pm EDT
(Reuters) - Three children trapped all weekend in a New Jersey bedroom with a gunmen and the dead body of their mother were freed early Sunday when police burst through the door and stopped the gunman with a single shot, authorities said.
The suspect died of his wound shortly after the siege ended.
Borussia Dortmund general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke has revealed they will not be having lunch with Bayern chiefs when the two teams meet this weekend as relations between the sides have deteriorated.
NAIROBI (AFP) – Former Islamist warlord Ahmed Madobe has been elected “president” of Somalia’s volatile southern Jubaland region following weeks of tense negotiations between rival factions, officials said Wednesday.
Mogadishu – The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, today welcomed the deployment of the European Union Training Mission (EUTM) to Somalia, calling it a “paradigm shift in relations" between the EU and Somalia.
Somalia is the second most dangerous place in the world to give birth, after the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to Save the Children’s latest annual “State of the World’s Mothers” report. Worse still, as the report’s Birth Day Risk Index reveals, Somalia is the worst place in the world to be born. Out of every 1000 live births, eighteen babies die on their first day of life.
More than 40 members from media stakeholders including the Puntland civil society organizations Puntland regions and ministry of information in concluded a two-day media law reform consultation meeting in Garowe, on Sunday 12, 2013.
by: Eun Kyung Kim
Monday, May 13, 2013
While working as a humanitarian worker in war-ravaged Somalia, Jessica Buchanan knew she lived with danger. Even so, she never thought she was at risk for abduction.
Police say fingerprints link suspect to ship for which 'several million dollar ransom' was paid.
German police have arrested an asylum seeker alleged to have acted as an accountant for Somali pirates who seized an oil tanker in 2010.
NAIROBI (IRIN) - At Gashandiga barracks in Mogadishu, Somalia, Pvt Mohamed Sheikh Issak pulled back his military fatigues to show his scarred right shoulder. “I was shot by Al-Shabab when they still controlled half of Mogadishu,” he told IRIN. “I was at home, but they knew I was a soldier.”
The New Vision-Uganda
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Uganda is set to start flights to Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, signaling yet another vote of confidence in the economic turnaround of the war-torn county.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Somalia will receive €44 million from the European Union to further support its justice system and police force, Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs announced on 7th May, during the Somalia conference in London.
The Global Dispatch
Sunday, May 12, 2013
The wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) that was detected in a young girl from the Banadir region of Somalia has prompted an investigation into the situation, according to a World Health Organization alert today.
By Vision Reporter
The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif has asked members of the Somali community living in the United Kingdom to contribute to the reconstruction of their country.
BY ABDI GULED
MOGADISHU, Somalia -- An upsurge of gang rapes has hit the breakaway region of Somaliland - a normally peaceful enclave considered by many to be a sanctuary from Somalia's decades of violence.
Date: May 10, 2013
Mogadishu Somalia- This urgent appeal intends to bring your attention to the plight of the over 360,000 families in the IDP camps of Mogadishu. These camps have become a place where famine entrepreneurs, clan militias coupled with the non-existence of Rule of Law and gross human rights violations occur on daily basis. We, as the traditional elders of the Digil and Mirifle Clan, would like appeal to you to help these families repatriate back to their communities.
Double Olympic champion Mo Farah will target a fifth straight victory in the London 10,000 road race later this month, organisers have announced.
Farah has been ever-present since the event's launch in 2008 and has set two British records during his four wins.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
As the last of Somalia’s delegations left the country for London to attend the International conference in the British capital, residents of the capital Mogadishu expressed hope about the outcome of the talks that will kick off on Monday.
Friday, May 10, 2013
This week in London, leaders from fifty nations were on hand for a conference aimed at boosting political stability in Somalia. The summit concluded that the country has made significant progress but that there are still big challenges ahead.
The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has used its twitter account to dismiss as “simply untrue” media reports quoting figures suggesting that the mission had lost up to 3000 troops since 2007.
UNITED NATIONS, May 9 (Reuters) - As many as 3,000 African Union peacekeepers have been killed in Somalia in recent years in an attempt to end an Islamist insurgency and bring stability to the Horn of Africa nation, a senior U.N. official said on Thursday.