updated 2:38 PM MDT, May 27, 2017

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Trump escalates U.S. war in Somalia

United States President Donald Trump has pledged to intensify the war against the people of Somalia, which has gone on for decades.

His executive order granted the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) greater latitude in carrying out military operations inside the country against the al-Shabaab guerrilla movement. The operations no longer have to be approved at high levels in Washington nor do the officers have to show that U.S. lives are at stake and no civilian casualties will occur.

There is really no evidence that these parameters guided U.S. attacks in Somalia in the past. Though AFRICOM has often denied that its strikes and commando raids deliberately endanger civilians, this happens more often than not.

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U.S. Signals Possible Airstrikes in Somalia by Asking Aid Groups for Their Locations

U.S. Signals Possible Airstrikes in Somalia by Asking Aid Groups for Their Locations

By Samuel Oakford
U.S. officials this week requested the geographic coordinates of aid groups working in Somalia, according to a document obtained by The Intercept — a move that could indicate an escalation of military action against the Shabab. The notice to NGOs comes a month after President Trump declared portions of the country an “area of active hostilities,” giving the military wider scope to launch strikes that could potentially kill more civilians.

“Due to the need for increased operational security in Somalia, and based on best practices in other complex emergencies, humanitarian and development organizations may want to provide information about their fixed locations in Somalia for deconfliction,” states the letter, written by USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and intended for “all international and local humanitarian and development organizations with operations in Somalia.” Aid groups have an extensive presence in Somalia, where the government declared a state of disaster in February due to crippling drought and food shortages.

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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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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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"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.
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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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