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Five WHO aid workers nabbed in Somalia

Terrorism | Those responding to Africa’s humanitarian crises face persistent security risk
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/05/17, 11:28 am

Somali-based extremist group al-Shabaab has abducted five World Health Organization (WHO) employees working in the country, security officials said. The report comes as aid workers responding to the humanitarian crisis in some parts of the continent battle security risks.

Col. Deeq Abdi Khaliif, commander of the Somali army in the town of Luuq, told Voice of America (VOA) the extremists broke into the aid workers’ home early Sunday morning and took them. The men lived in Maganey village, close to Luuq.

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As troops retreat from Somalia, terrorists move in

Terrorism | Ethiopia’s withdrawal from the country bolsters al-Shabaab
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/04/17, 11:47 am

Ethiopian forces are withdrawing from Somali towns, and the terror group al-Shabaab is moving in to fill the vacuum. Al-Shabaab fighters on Monday recaptured a key military base town in central Somalia after Ethiopian troops and some Somali soldiers with the African Union mission pulled out.

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Globe Trot: Norine Brunson meets Secretary Tillerson in Turkey

International | Will the State Department push for her husband’s release?
by Mindy Belz
Posted 3/31/17, 04:38 pm

TURKEY: No less than seven Turkish newspapers covered yesterday’s meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Norine Brunson (yes, it did happen!), wife of imprisoned American pastor Andrew Brunson.

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