updated 2:38 PM MDT, May 27, 2017

Mother unlawfully killed child doused in acid, jury finds

Iman Omar Yousef outside court

Iman Omar Yousef outside court. Photograph: David Jones/PA


Iman Omar Yousef stabbed her three-year-old daughter repeatedly before dousing body in acid, court heard.

A woman unlawfully killed her three-year-old daughter before dousing her body in acid, a jury found today.

The body of Alia Ahmed Jama was discovered by police at the home she shared with her mother, Iman Omar Yousef, in Erdington, Birmingham, on 13 February.

Birmingham crown court heard that the child had been stabbed repeatedly and acid had corroded her skin, bones and internal organs.

Yousef, 25, an asylum seeker from Somalia who suffers from schizophrenia, was initially charged with Alia's murder, but Mr Justice Flaux ruled that she was unfit to plead to the charge and jurors were instructed to consider whether she committed the act of unlawfully killing her daughter.

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Lieutenant-Colonel David Rose

Lieutenant-Colonel David Rose, who has died aged 98, was awarded a DSO during active service in British Somaliland and a Bar while commanding a battalion of the Black Watch in the Korean War.

In 1940 British Somaliland was defended by a small force mainly composed of colonial troops, with the 2nd Battalion the Black Watch (2 BW) held in reserve.

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Somalia’s Al Shabaab Captures 20 People For Shaving Beard

Abdi Hajji Hussein - AHN News Correspondent

Jowhar, Somalia (AHN) - Islamic militants in the town of Jowhar in southern Somalia on Wednesday took more than 20 men into custody, accusing them of shaving their beards, residents said.

Hundreds of fighters from the insurgent group Al Shabaab were seen patrolling in the neighborhoods of the town looking for what they called violators of Islam. Locals told the media that the militants had been beating men who had shaved their beards.
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UN envoy in Mogadishu to defuse row over PM

The United Nations' top envoy for Somalia held talks with the president and parliament speaker Wednesday in a bid to defuse a row over the country's proposed new premier, lawmakers said.

Augustine Mahiga held meetings at Mogadishu airport with President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and Speaker Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden over a rift that has delayed the confirmation by parliament of the new premier's appointment.

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Danes seize weapons, blow up suspected pirate ship off Somalia


COPENHAGEN — The Danish navy says it seized weapons and fuel from a suspected pirate ship off Somalia's coast, and then destroyed the vessel.

Navy spokesman Kenneth Nielsen says six people were removed from the ship and released after questioning.

He said Wednesday the vessel was a mother ship to which the pirates attach smaller speedboats they use in attacks on ships off eastern Somalia.

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