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Issue 467 -- 8th-14th January 2011

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News Headlines

Upper House Member Asks President Geele To Support Somaliland

Somaliland Will Transfer Military Supplies From Impounded Plane To The UN

Local and Regional Affairs

Many Sudanese Leave North For South Ahead Of Sunday’s Vote

Uranium Being Smuggled Via EA To Iran - Wikileaks
Somalia's Al-Shabaab Bans Mixed-Sex Handshakes
 UN Refugee Agency Warns On Greek Anti-Migrant Fence
Ethiopian Tax Authorities Gets First Shipment Security Scanners

Editorial

A Positive Example From Somaliland’s Colonial Past

Features & Commentary

International News

Opinion

Debunking Common Fallacies about Who Abandoned Somali Unity
SSC Terror Boss Stranded In Dubai

Somalia's Al-Shabaab Bans Mixed-Sex Handshakes

Mogadishu, Somalia, January 8, 2011 – Men and women have been banned from shaking hands in a district of Somalia controlled by the Islamist group al-Shabaab.

Under the ban imposed in the southern town of Jowhar, men and women who are not related are also barred from walking together or chatting in public.

It is the first time such social restrictions have been introduced.

The al-Shabaab administration said those who disobeyed the new rules would be punished according to Sharia law.

The BBC's Mohamed Moalimuu in Mogadishu says the penalty would probably be a public flogging.

The militant group has already banned music in areas that it controls, which include most of central and southern Somalia.

Somalia has not had a stable government since 1991.

The UN-backed government only controls parts of Mogadishu and a few other areas.

Source: BBC



 



 



 

 


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