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Barkhad Abdi Wins British Academy Award

Barkhad Abdi, the Somali immigrant who was a Twin Cities limo driver before playing a pirate in “Captain Phillips,” won an award at the British Academy Awards over the weekend. Abdi was named best supporting actor, edging Michael Fassbender in “12 Years a Slave” and Bradley Cooper in “American Hustle.”

02/17/2014

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Defense: Deportation ‘Potential Death Sentence’

A young woman who lied to a grand jury about raising money for men who left Minnesota to join a terrorist group in Somalia was actually involved in the conspiracy herself — and warned the men to be careful in case the FBI was listening, prosecutors said during her sentencing hearing Tuesday.

01/21/2014

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Twin Cities Museum Showcases Somali Art, Culture

A new Twin Cities museum is showcasing Somali art and culture. The Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum opened Saturday and features paintings of nomadic life and photos of Mogadishu along with traditional rugs, ancient writing tablets and lots of items made from animal skins.

10/20/2013

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Minn. Somali: Resources Needed To Stop Recruiting

A member of a Somali-American youth group in Minnesota says the federal government should fund programs to prevent youth from being recruited into terrorist groups. Mohamed Farah is president of Ka Joog, a Somali youth group in Minnesota.

10/03/2013

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Doubts Remain Among MN’s Somali Community

It’s been two days since reports surfaced that al-Shabaab released the names of the Nairobi mall attackers on Twitter. Two of the names listed were from Minnesota, but questions still remain.

09/24/2013

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Minn. Somali Leaders Condemn Kenya Mall Attack

The Twin Cities Somali community is wondering whether two of its own are involved in the Kenyan mall attack that killed 62 people. There have been reports that two of the attackers are from the Twin Cities.

09/23/2013

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Woman Guilty Of Perjury In Case Of Somali Fighters

A 23-year-old woman admitted Thursday that she lied to a grand jury investigating the long-running case of young men who left Minnesota to join a terrorist group in Somalia. Saynab Hussein pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Minnesota to one count of perjury.

08/29/2013

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Woman Guilty Of Perjury In Case Of Somali Fighters

A 23-year-old woman is admitting she lied to a grand jury investigating the case of young men who left Minnesota to fight in Somalia. Saynab Hussein pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of perjury.

08/29/2013

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FBI: Al-Shabaab Released Video To Recruit Minn. Men For Jihad

It’s well documented that foreign terror groups have been working to bring in new recruits. In fact, more than two-dozen young Somali-Americans from the Twin Cities have already been lured to training camps overseas, mostly in Somalia.

08/08/2013

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Terror Financing Fears Stop Transfers To Somalia

When a bank transfers money to Somalia, can it be sure it’s not sending money to terrorists? That question is forcing one of Britain’s largest banks to cut ties with the largest cash transfer bank in Somalia, a company that brings in the majority of the country’s $1.2 billion in yearly remittances.

06/25/2013

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2 Minnesota Women Sentenced In Somali Terror Case

A Minnesota woman was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison for sending money to an al-Qaida-linked group in her native Somalia, despite her insistence that she was only trying to help the poor in the war-torn East African country.

05/16/2013

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2 Minn. Men Each Get 3 Years In Somali Terror Case

Four more men convicted in the government’s investigation into terror recruiting for al-Shabab in Somalia are scheduled to be sentenced in federal court. The defendants who face sentencing Tuesday include two men who left Minnesota to join the terrorist group.

05/14/2013

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Sentencings Approach In Somali Terror Case

Nine people convicted in a government investigation of terror recruitment and financing for an al-Qaida-linked group in Somalia are to be sentenced this week in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.

05/10/2013

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Minn. Rep. Ellison Back In U.S. After Africa Trip

Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison is back in the United States after spending time in Somalia, a rare destination for a member of Congress.

02/23/2013

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US Jury Convicts 4 Somali Men Of Terrorist Support

A federal jury in San Diego on Friday convicted four Somali immigrants — including an imam from a local mosque — of conspiring to funnel money to a terrorist group in their native country.

02/22/2013

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Minnesota Congressman Arrives In Mogadishu

A U.S. congressman visited Somalia’s capital on Tuesday, the first visit in years by a member of Congress to what until recently was considered one of the world’s most dangerous cities.

02/19/2013

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FBI Looking At Somali Man’s Intimidation Complaint

The FBI says it is looking into allegations that two agents intimidated a Somali man.

01/30/2013

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H.S. Class Teaches Somali Children Their Parents’ Language

Minnesota has the largest Somali population in the nation, with an estimated population of 32,000 people. Some young Somalis find they even have a language gap with their own parents who can’t speak English.

01/23/2013

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Judge: Man In Terror Case A ‘Danger’; Ordered Held

A Minnesota man who pleaded guilty last year to helping young Somalis leave Minnesota and return to their homeland to fight with the terror group al-Shabab must stay in custody until his sentencing.

10/24/2012

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Run To Unite Raises Cash For Somalia, Awareness For Minn.

Minnesota is home to the largest Somali community in North America. Starting in the 90s, the Twin Cities became a safe haven for tens of thousands wanting to escape war and famine. On Saturday, hundreds took part in the Run to Unite event to raise awareness about the famine in Somalia.

10/20/2012

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Minn. Trial Opens Window On Somalia Terror Group

One recruiter was a smooth talker who would introduce young Somali men to others planning to leave Minnesota to wage jihad back home. Another had an uncle in Somalia who would help the men once they arrived. A third would quote the Quran to deepen the recruits’ resolve.

10/19/2012

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Man Convicted Of Aiding Somalia Terror Group

A Minneapolis man has been convicted of helping send young men to Somalia to join the al-Qaida-linked terrorist group al-Shabab.

10/18/2012

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Jury Resumes Deliberating Somalia Terrorism Case

Jurors have resumed deliberating in the trial of a Minnesota man accused of helping send men to Somalia to join the al-Qaida-linked group al-Shabab.

10/18/2012

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Feds: Suspect Sent ‘Cannon Fodder’ To Somalia

A Minnesota terrorism suspect accused of sending men from Minnesota to their native Somalia to join an al-Qaida-linked group, al-Shabab, used them as “cannon fodder,” a prosecutor said Wednesday.

10/17/2012

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Defense Questions Handling Of Minn. Terror Suspect

A Minnesota man accused of helping send fighters to a terror group in Somalia told authorities that other men were preparing to travel to the East African country but that the FBI “chased us out.”

10/16/2012

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