Somali community forms task force to address tensions
Members of the St. Cloud Somali community have assembled a task force of around 15 people to meet with St. Cloud school district officials and seek a "peaceful resolution" after ethnic tensions flared at Technical High School last week. Members of the task force could meet with Superintendent Willie Jett as early as Wednesday.
Red Cross wants more foreign-background blood donors
The Finnish Red Cross’ blood bank service wants to see more donors with foreign backgrounds rolling up their sleeves to give blood. They say that while suitable donors can be found in emergency situations, rare blood types can create complications in cases where patients require repeated or major transfusions.
Turkish model in Somalia focus of Daily Sabah's London panel
Turkey's increasing diplomatic involvement in Africa was discussed by the panel, "Turkish Foreign Policy in Somalia: Humanitarian or Strategic?" on Friday at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London. The Daily Sabah Center for Policy Studies, the think tank extension of the Daily Sabah newspaper, organized the event in collaboration with the SOAS Somalia Society. Turkey's former ambassador to Mogadishu, Dr. Kani Torun, Muslim Charities Forum Chairman Abdurahman Sharif, and Jason Mosley from the Chatham House think tank participated in the conference.
Saudi Arabia plans a $100 billion mega-city to help end its oil dependence
The Saudi government says it will build a brand-new city on its western coast the size of Washington, DC — at a cost of about $100 billion. It's not imaginatively named — it's known as the King Abdullah Economic City, pronouned "cake" (KAEC) for short — but Saudi rulers hope it will become a powerful new economic engine for the kingdom.