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VIDEO Tensions Brewing in Minneapolis 9th Ward Race

Two challengers have accused current 9th Ward Minneapolis City Council member Alondra Cano of using racially-motivated tactics to derail their campaigns.

Mohamed Farah and former 9th Ward City Council member Gary Schiff, who is vying to regain the seat, told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS a challenge of delegate legitimacy by Cano could not be seen "as anything but racially motivated."

Cano submitted a list of people she said were not properly registered at the precinct caucuses and as such should be stricken as delegates and not be allowed to cast their votes at the City Convention this July.

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Mohamed Farah
"Everybody in Minnesota should be outraged by this," Farah said. "And when I see an elected official suppressing voters just because they don't agree with her and just because they are going to vote against her, I mean, that is the new Jim Crow in 2017."

Schiff, who held the 9th Ward seat for 12 years, said it is hard to take Cano's challenge as anything else but racially motivated.

"I will tell you that convention's going to be a whole lot whiter if that's what happens in this instance," Schiff said. "And the fact that they all happen to be Somali-Americans really taints the process in a way that I am not sure we can recover from such a move."

On her Facebook page, Cano posted a statement outlining the challenge and said there were a number of irregularities in the caucus process.

"These include having people who don't live in our ward participating in our caucus and others becoming delegates in precincts where they don't live," the post reads.

Cano did not address assertions that her efforts were "racially motivated."

A DFL committee will make a recommendation at a Tuesday night meeting and forward it to the convention, where a final decision will be made on the delegates and their right to vote from the convention floor.

KSTP attempted to reach Cano Sunday by phone, email and by contacting her campaign, but did not receive a response.

Jay Kolls

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Georgia parents win legal battle to name baby girl Allah

A couple in the US state of Georgia have won their legal battle to give their baby daughter the surname Allah.
The state had refused to issue a birth certificate for ZalyKha Graceful Lorraina Allah on the grounds that neither parent has that last name.
The American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the case, called the decision a victory for free expression.
But the largest Muslim advocacy group in the US said the surname could be considered offensive.
The Georgia Department of Health had initially said the one-year-old daughter of parents Elizabeth Handy and Bilal Walk should have either of their surnames, or a combination of both.
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US states realign in legal battle over Trump's travel ban

Trump's January order was hastily implemented just days after his inauguration, leading to chaos and protests at airports.

New York: President Donald Trump's travel ban on citizens of six Muslim-majority nations faces its second challenge at a US appeals court next month, and this time more Republican states are backing the measure, while one Democratic state attorney general dropped out of the legal fight this week.

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Judge seems reluctant to issue another travel ban injunction

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge on Friday seemed reluctant to issue another nationwide injunction against President Donald Trump's revised travel ban, saying two courts already have halted the bid to stop immigration from six predominantly Muslim counties.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan said at a hearing in the nation's capital that blocking the executive order might be an "academic exercise" given similar rulings from courts in Hawaii and Maryland.

Chutkan heard arguments from Iranian-American and Muslim groups that say Iranians have faced unusual delays and disruptions in visa processing even while the ban is on hold. They want a more sweeping injunction than those imposed by other courts, one that seeks in part to resume the normal visa application process.

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How two Minnesotans turned their online popularity into big money for famine aid

    During a rally for the newly elected president of Somalia at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Liban Adam delivers a speech about the ongoing drought in Somalia. He and others in the diaspora and mobilizing online to help.
    Arthur Nazaryan/PRI

It was just two years ago that Liban Adam found himself in the shrublands in northern Somalia, crouched over a giant bowl of camel’s milk. The camel herder who gave it to him watched from behind, amused, as the 24-year-old timidly tasted the sour drink for the first time.

More than 20,000 other people also observed that moment after Adam posted a 40-second video of his experience on Facebook. It was one of many this social activist would share during his six-week trip to Somalia, entertaining thousands of followers among the Somali diaspora and cementing his status as a social media personality.

Adam and Mohamed have done numerous fundraisers in the past, including for famine, burn victims and rape

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