Somali Families Rally At State Capitol Over Terror ArrestsDozens of local Somali families gathered at the State Capitol Saturday afternoon, calling for the release of six terror suspects. They're calling for the government to stop what they see as attacks against them, and say the young men were set up.
Twin Cities Student Accepted To All 8 Ivy League SchoolsA Twin Cities high school student has a big -- and remarkable -- decision to make. Munira Khalif, a senior at Mounds Park Academy in St. Paul, was accepted into all eight Ivy League schools. She's one of only two students in the nation to accomplish that this year.
Sheriff Shows Think Tank How The Twin Cities Combats Violent ExtremismThe second part of that international summit held at the White House last week will take place here in Minneapolis on May 12 and 13.
Talking Points: Klobuchar On Al-Shabaab Threat VideoThe latest terror video from al-Shabaab comes days after the White House convened a terror summit that focused on combating recruiting here in the Twin Cities and the rest of the country.
Somali-American Who Helped Mogadishu Gov't KilledGunmen shot and killed a Somali-American from Minnesota who had left a well-paying job in the U.S. to help the fledgling city government in Mogadishu, an official and relative said Wednesday. Abdullahi Ali Anshur, 60, was an engineer helping the Mogadishu government with urban planning and drainage systems. He was killed after armed militants from the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab stopped his vehicle and sprayed it with bullets on Monday, police Capt. Mohamed Hussein said.
Homeland Secretary Visits Mpls. To Discuss Somali Terror RecruitmentExtremist groups like Al-Shabaab and ISIS have recruited more than two dozen fighters from Minnesota. Now the federal government is stepping in to try and help stop those recruitment efforts. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson was at Minneapolis' Brian Coyle Community Center Friday
Metro Area's African Community Quelling Ebola FearsFor the sizable African population in the Twin Cities, Ebola fears are never far out of mind. Abdi Bihi, with the Brian Coyle Center, said they have formed a partnership with the Liberian community and are working with them to bring awareness to how the Ebola virus is spread.
Minneapolis City Council Approves New Sister City In SomaliaThe Minneapolis City Council voted Thursday afternoon to approve a new sister city relationship with Bosaso, Somalia. Minneapolis is the first city in America to forge such a relationship with a city in Somalia.
Minneapolis Community Fights Recruiters For JihadThe nation's largest community of Somalis is on a mission to stamp out recruiting for Syrian extremist groups in Minneapolis after a handful of people left to join militants. Community leaders and law-enforcement agencies fear the extremists are looking for more recruits. The anti-jihad work is not unlike efforts to keep young people out of gangs in any number of other U.S. cities.
Anti-Terror Pilot Brings Hope To Minnesota Somalis Some members of Minnesota's large Somali community are excited that the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area will participate in a federal pilot program to stop terror recruiting.
U.S. Extremism Fight Could Take Cue From MinnesotaWhen young men from Minneapolis began traveling to Somalia seven years ago to join a terror group in the midst of a civil war, investigators trying to stop the recruiting went straight to the city's large Somali community to build trust and gain understanding.
Good Question: What Draws Someone To Terrorism?In 2008, Abdurizak Bihi’s 17-year-old nephew left his home in Minneapolis for terrorist group Al-Shabaab in Somalia. In 2009, the teenager was killed.
Slain Somali Lawmaker Had Strong MN TiesMinneapolis' Somali-American community is asking the state department for a full investigation into the assassination of a well-known lawmaker from Minnesota. Saado Ali Warsame was gunned down on a main street in Mogadishu Wednesday. Her driver was also killed.
Good Question: Where Can't US Airlines Fly? The Federal Aviation Administration suspended U.S. flights to Israel for 24 hours after a rocket fell near the Tel Aviv airport. Fighting between Israelis and Hamas militants has led to safety concerns for anyone traveling to Israel. Israel isn't the only war-torn country right now.
Somali Festivals To Mark Homeland's IndependenceThe cities of Minneapolis and St. Cloud will be the sites of Somali independence day celebrations over the weekend. Local Somalis have planned the festivals to celebrate their homeland's independence, and to pay homage to the United States -- the country that has given refugees the opportunity to start a new life.