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Two blasts heard in Djibouti, cause unknown - witness

breakingnews(Reuters) - Two loud blasts struck a busy cafe in downtown Djibouti frequented by Westerners on Saturday and at least 10 people were wounded, a Reuters witness said.

Police had cordoned off the scene. It was not immediately clear what caused the blasts. The witness said he saw at least 10 people sitting near the area of the cafe, with bloody wounds.


Borama Henley Friendship Committee

boramahenleyTHE association is arranging an exhibition called Borama Comes to Henley at the Old Fire Station Gallery from June 5 to 10. 
This is a follow-up to last year’s visit by Somaliland’s second lady and to show the people of Henley how Borama lives and to display some artefacts. 
We seek to stimulate interest and to attract new members for the association. 
Meanwhile, there has been a gratifying breakthrough in getting aid to 40 veterans (75 per cent with 1939/45 war service) who live in and around Borama. They all require eye surgery for cataracts. 
Henley has had a friendship link with Borama since 1982. Communication has been somewhat sporadic at times but recently the new Mayor of Borama appointed Hassan Ahmed Ainan, a councillor, to be responsible for the welfare of the veterans, all of whom had served with the Somaliland Scouts Regiment. 

Robert Fulford: The villainization of Ayaan Hirsi Ali

AYAAN_HIRSIIn the early stages of the controversy over Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s cancelled honorary degree from Brandeis University, she looked like the victim. A survivor of Muslim oppression in her native Somalia, she’s an angry, influential critic of Islam. When Brandeis announced plans to honour her, students and Muslim organizations objected so passionately that the university cancelled her invitation.
Much of the commentary treated this decision as unfair, a case of a frightened university surrendering to political correctness. As Ruth Wisse, a distinguished Harvard professor, wrote in The Wall Street Journal, “In Nigeria, Islamists think nothing of seizing hundreds of schoolgirls for the crime of aspiring to an education. Here in the United States, the educated class thinks nothing of denying an honorary degree to a fearless Muslim woman who at peril of her life, and in the name of liberal democracy, has insisted on exposing such outrages to the light.”
But lately, much of the discussion has turned against Hirsi Ali. She now stands accused of a crime against multiculturalism: She has failed to be moderate. She has overstated her case, possibly even made a mistake or two. She once called Islam “a destructive, nihilistic cult of death.” She believes democracy and Islam are at war. No doubt about it, she’s not afraid to be harsh.

‘Miracle baby’ survives 11-storey fall from Minneapolis high-rise

eeib2A young boy dubbed “the miracle baby” remains in critical condition but is expected to survive after falling 11 stories from a Minneapolis high-rise.

Fifteen-month-old Musa Dayib suffered a broken spine and ribs as well as a concussion and a punctured lung. Musa’s relatives believe he slipped through the balcony’s railing Sunday evening.

Hennepin County Medical Center spokeswoman Christine Hill says the boy was in critical but stable condition Wednesday.

Dr. Tina Slusher of the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit tells the Star Tribune that Musa landed on a small patch of mulch. Slusher says “it’s a real gift from God” that the boy survived.

“If you and I fell that far, we would be dead,” she said. “He’s a baby and … he happened to land on a very small patch of mulchy area…. They tend to be more flexible and pliable than you and I would be.


UK troops working with US military at Djibouti base for Yemen drone operations THEGUARDIAN

drones1British liaison staff are embedded with US forces in the Horn of Africa, the Ministry of Defence has revealed, as concern grows about redeployment of the UK squadron of 10 armed Reaper drones.
Although three British officers are based at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti – the US base from which unmanned strikes are launched against al-Qaida groups in Yemen – the MoD denies they are involved in co-ordinating such attacks.
Both the human rights organisation Reprieve and the Labour former defence minister Tom Watson have expressed anxiety over British involvement in covert drone operations beyond Afghanistan.
The MoD is thought to be reluctant to bring home its squadron of Reapers, controlled remotely by satellite from RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire, once operations in Afghanistan end later this year. Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), as the RAF prefers to describe them, cannot fly freely in UK airspace due to Civil Aviation Authority restrictions.
The presence of British officers in Djibouti will heighten expectations that the ground is being prepared for redeployment of UK drones elsewhere overseas.

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