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Fourth Somali sent to prison in terrorist funding case :LA

usmaxkamadSAN DIEGO - A cabdriver from Anaheim on Friday became the 4th Somali national to be sentenced to prison for providing money and other support to a terrorist group in their native country.
Ahmed Nasir Taalil Mohamud, 38, was sentenced to six years in prison for his part in helping the al-Shabaab militia, which has been linked to assassinations, suicide bombings and the use of roadside bombs.
Mohamud and the three others were convicted at trial of conspiring to support a group deemed by the U.S. government to be a terrorist organization. Mohamud gathered money from donors in Orange County, according to prosecutors.
Three co-defendants were sentenced in federal court here in November.
San Diego cabdriver Basaaly Saeed Moalin, 37, was sentenced to 18 years; Issa Doreh, 57, an employee of a now-defunct San Diego money transmitting business, was sentenced to 10 years; and Mohamed Mohamed Mohamud, 41, an imam at a San Diego mosque, to 13 years.

BREAKING NEWS:Kenyan troops to leave the Somali town of Kismayo

kiiniya_armyNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Most Kenyan troops will soon leave the port city of Kismayo which they took control of more than a year ago after ousting al-Qaida-linked militants, a Kenyan military spokesman said Friday
The Kenyan army command will leave Kismayo "soon," said Col. Willy Wesonga. Sierra Leonean troops will replace Kenyan forces that will move to the Gedo region, he said. Only small Kenyan units will remain in Kismayo, Wesonga said.
The announcement comes as Kenyan forces are accused of misconduct including of backing one Somali militia against others in Kismayo, an issue that led the Mogadishu-based Somali government to demand a more neutral force in Kismayo.
Kenya is one of several African countries that have troops in Somalia, as part of the African Union Mission in Somalia or AMISOM, which is backing the country's weak government against an onslaught by the Islamic extremists of al-Shababs.

British Prime Minister David Cameron holds working lunch with French President Francois Hollande in one of his local country pubs (VIDEO)


British Prime Minister David Cameron holds working lunch with French President Francois Hollande in one of his local country pubs


South Sudan: MSF workers 'flee into bush'


The medical charity MSF says 240 of its staff have been forced to flee into the bush in South Sudan because of continuing insecurity.

MSF said the workers were among thousands of people trying to escape fighting in Unity State between government forces and rebels.

Violence broke out in the world's newest state on 15 December, starting as fighting between rival army factions
It has now killed thousands of people and displaced around 700,000.

A fragile ceasefire was agreed last week ahead of a second round of peace talks due to start on 7 February.

Rebel leader Riek Machar denies plotting a coup, but says he wants President Salva Kiir to resign.
The former vice-president told Reuters on Friday that government attempts to charge him with treason were an effort to derail the ceasefire

Rebel leader Riek Machar spoke to Reuters from his hideout in Jonglei State

MSF head of mission Raphael Gorgeu said local staff had continued running the hospital in the town of Leer for as long as they could, "despite incredibly challenging circumstances".

"However in the past three days, the situation became too unstable and the only way to provide medical care was to take patients out of the hospital and to flee with the population into the bush."

The agency said the hospital, where it has worked for 25 years, was now empty of patients and staff


Snowden nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

spnoOSLO: A former Norwegian minister nominated fugitive US intelligence leaker, Edward Snowden, for the Nobel Peace Prize on Wednesday in a letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

"He has contributed to revealing the extreme level of surveillance by nations against other nations and of citizens," former Socialist Left Party minister Baard Vegar Solhjell told AFP, explaining his move.

"Snowden contributed to people knowing about what has happened and spurring public debate" on trust in government, which he said was "a fundamental requirement for peace".

In a letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee obtained by AFP, Solhjell and his party colleague Snorre Valen said that they do not necessarily condone or support all of Snowden's disclosures but praised him for revealing the "nature and technological prowess of modern surveillance".

"The level of sophistication and depth of surveillance that citizens all over the world are subject to have stunned us, and stirred debate," they wrote in the nomination letter.

They added that Snowden's actions have "led to the reintroduction of trust and transparency as a leading principle in global security policies".

US National Security Agency documents leaked by Snowden in 2013 revealed widespread surveillance of individuals and institutions in the United States and around the world.

According to the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks, Snowden, who is currently living in Russia, applied for asylum in several countries, including Norway, last summer.

Solhjell, who was environment minister until Norway's left-wing government lost power last year, told AFP that he was aware of Snowden's reported request for asylum and that it should be handled according to normal procedures.

"This matter has not affected our decision to nominate Snowden for the peace prize," Solhjell said.

The deadline for submitting nominations for the 2014 peace prize is February 1.

Among those eligible to forward nominations are politicians and barristers around the world, as well as university professors from certain disciplines.

In July 2013, a Swedish sociology professor, Stefan Svallfors, nominated Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize after the deadline had passed but the nomination is still valid for 2014.


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