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Why Sheffield is throwing its weight behind Somaliland THE GUARDIAN

SHEFIELDA council in the British city of Sheffield has voted in support of independence for the Horn of Africa’s famous non-state state, Somaliland.


Somaliland declared independence from the Somali Republic in 1991 following a long-running war with the Mogadishu-based national government. It has, however, never been recognised by the United Nations or Africa Union, despite an ongoing campaign by its politicians, diplomats and prominent citizens.


Hezbollah TV staff killed in Syria Christian town attack

SHIATVHezbollah’s al-Manar TV channel said three of its staff were killed on Monday after the television crew came under attack in the ancient Syrian Christian town of Maaloula, as Syrian regime troops retook the town on the same day.
The channel identified the men as reporter Hamzah Hajj Hassan, cameraman Mohammad Mantash, and technician Halim Allaw. Additionally, several other crew members were wounded, Beirut-based newspaper The Daily Star reported.
The station’s director general, Ibrahim Farhat, said it was not clear whether the crew was specifically targeted, according to the Associated Press.
“We will not hesitate to offer martyrs for the sake of the profession... they were carrying out their professional duty in covering events,” he said.

London Marathon: Mo Farah Beaten By Kipsang

MO_FARAH1Kenyan Wilson Kipsang has beaten Britain's Mo Farah to win the London Marathon, breaking the course record for the race.


Double Olympic gold medallist Farah finished in eighth place with a time of 2hrs 08mins 20secs, narrowly missing out on the British record he had targeted.


Kipsang crossed the finish line in 2hrs 04mins 27secs, beating the previous best time for the event by 13 seconds.


A businessman is being walked on a leash in Farringdon +VIDEO +PICTURE'S

Today on the streets of London, a man wearing a suit is being walked like a dog by a woman nonchalantly drinking a coffee.The man was spotted on all fours by commuters at 8.30am this morning in the Farringdon area, and may have made it as far as Holborn by this point.

Smartphone pics of the pair flooded Twitter, as people questioned whether it was down to BDSM role-playing or the man having simply grown tired of bipedalism.

It's possible that the man-dog walk was a PR stunt, but so far likely suspects Agent Provocateur and Peta have both confirmed it is nothing to do with them.

Photo and video evidence


Stop targeting the Somalis, says Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has broken his silence on the ongoing mass arrests and incarcerations in Kenya and urged the Jubilee government to halt “the indiscriminate harassment of a particular community.”

Speaking to the Sunday Nation from Buckhead in the US state of Georgia on Friday, Mr Odinga said targeting one community was a violation of human rights and the law of the land.

“I totally empathise with the families affected by the recent terrorist attacks in Likoni and Eastleigh, but the approach the government has taken leaves a lot to be desired. This blanket condemnation of an entire community must stop forthwith,” he said.

Mr Odinga said the government should re-examine its intelligence-gathering mechanisms and act like “a 21st century government.”

maaa_daabulThe Cord leader also took issue with the manner in which the suspects were being handled.


“This reminds one of the Mau Mau days, when the British handled Kenyans in the most brutal and inhumane manner imaginable,” he said.

Mr Odinga was reacting to reports of ongoing mass arrests, mainly of Somalis living in the Eastleigh area, to root out illegal immigrants.

On Thursday, the ODM leader wondered why the government had not yet formed an inquiry into the Westgate Mall attack even after the President promised Kenyans to do so.

“Close to a year after Westgate, the gaps in our security exposed by the attack that killed 70 people and wounded hundreds others have not been closed. The government has inexplicably refused to form an inquiry into how the attackers in Westgate got here,” he said

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