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St. Cloud woman wants to be Somalia’s first female president

Anab Dahir of somalia

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A St. Cloud woman is laying the groundwork to run for the presidency of Somalia. Anab Dahir, a medical clinic interpreter who has lived in St. Cloud since 2008, believes the time she has spent in the U.S., gaining experience and education, will aid in her goal of repairing her native country. She's already spreading the word among friends, family and colleagues in anticipation of the elections next year. "I think the country needs me ... and other people like me," Dahir said. A few other women, including Fadumo Dayib of Finland, also are hoping to become the first female president of Somali, the St. Cloud Times (http://on.sctimes.com/1TzT47G ) reported. "My goal is, I want to be the woman who is challenging the man," Dahir said, adding that men haven't succeeded in rebuilding the country over the past 25 years. "Now, it's the turn of women," she said.Dahir is confident that she has the qualities necessary for the job.

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Ethiopian Troops Enter Somalia for Attack on al-Shabab

Witnesses said at least 3,000 Ethiopian troops have entered Somalia, reportedly for an attack on al-Shabab militants. Residents of the southwestern Gedo region said troops with tanks and armored vehicles began crossing the border Monday and have been seen in the town of Luq. Earlier, authorities in the region told VOA that forces are being mobilized for an offensive in areas still controlled by al-Shabab, including the group's last major stronghold, the town of Bardere. The Islamist militants have lost most of the territory they once controlled in Somalia but still carry out large-scale attacks. On Tuesday, an al-Shabab raid on homes in northeastern Kenya killed 14 people.

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The EU wants to pay off a brutal dictatorship to help it solve its African refugee problem

On April 19th, an overcrowded fishing boat due for Europe capsized in the Mediterranean Sea. It was the most notorious incident of its kind in a year that has seen a spike in migrant shipwrecks . Up to 900 people died, many of whom had been locked below deck. Of those 900, the largest group, estimated at 350, were from Eritrea, a country of about 6 million people on the Horn of Africa. Despite its small size and relative isolation, Eritrea has accounted for the second-largest number of migrants to Europe last year and so far this year—trailing only Syria, which is currently in its fifth year of civil war. Approximately 35,000 Eritreans arrived in Europe in 2014, according to Frontex (pdf), a 206% increase from the previous year; 48,000 thousand applied for asylum, per the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, a 119% increase. In an attempt to stem the flow, the EU is boosting its aid to Eritrea. It says the money is meant to help tackle poverty and create jobs. But the real cause of Eritrea’s exodus has very little to do with lack of economic opportunities. Its people have for years been fleeing a repressive military dictatorship that forcibly conscripts young men for indefinite periods and treats prisoners like animals. Their stories are key to understanding the roots of the refugee crisis—and why the EU’s aid package looks like an attempt to paper over it.

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