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PHOTOS: Elizabeth Warren Rallies in Seattle

Washington state’s primary is Tuesday, March 10; voters should have received their ballots by Thursday, Feb. 27

Support for Black Reparations Grows in Congress

The Commission to Study and Develop Reparations Proposals for African-Americans Act now has 125 cosponsors

Shifting Demographics Drive GOP Nosedive on US West Coast

Political districts have flipped in population centers, from San Diego in the south to Seattle in the north

'A World of Hurt': 39 States to Investigate JUUL's Marketing

Oregon is one of five states leading a bipartisan coalition looking into JUUL’s targeting of youth vaping

NEWS BRIEFS

Washington’s March 10 Presidential Primary Ballots Mailed to Voters

Voters required to make party declaration for this election only ...

State and Federal Agencies Aid Sunken Tugboat in Columbia River

Divers plugged fuel vents this afternoon and the vessel is not actively leaking ...

Multnomah County Promotes Voter Education Project

Multnomah County is partnering with National Association of Secretary of States (NASS) to promote #TRUSTEDINFO2020 ...

New Travel Ban Takes Effect, National Groups Respond

The expansion of the Muslim ban targets more Black immigrants ...

Harris, Booker Applaud House For Announcing Vote on Anti-Lynching Legislation

After passing the House, the bill will head to the president’s desk to be signed into law ...

Report to assess removal of 4 Snake River dams for salmon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A long-awaited federal report due Friday is expected to address the feasibility of removing four hydroelectric dams on a major Pacific Northwest river in a last-ditch effort to save more than a dozen species of threatened or endangered salmon. The four dams on the lower...

Suburban Seattle high school closed over new virus concerns

BOTHELL, Wash. (AP) — A suburban Seattle high school was closed Thursday after a staffer's family member was placed in quarantine for showing symptoms of possibly contracting the new virus that started in China - an action health officials say is unnecessary.Bothell High school, bout 20...

Former AD, All-American center Dick Tamburo dies at 90

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Dick Tamburo, an athletic director at three major schools and an All-American center at Michigan State, has died. He was 90.Michigan State announced that Tamburo died Monday.A native of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, Tamburo served as the athletic director at Texas...

OPINION

Black America is Facing a Housing Crisis

As the cost of housing soars the homeless population jumps 12 percent, the number of people renting grows and homeownership falls ...

Trump Expands Muslim Ban to Target Africans

Under the new ban on countries, four out of five people who will be excluded are Africans ...

Martin Luther King Day is an Opportunity for Service

Find out where you can volunteer and make a difference to the community ...

Looking to 2020 — Put Your Vote to WORK!

Ronald Reagan, who turned his back on organized labor and started America’s middle-class into a tailspin, has recently been voted by this administration’s NLRB into the Labor Hall of Fame ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Website aims to highlight hidden figures in black history

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — A few years back, Matthew Delmont felt his teaching about African American history had gotten a little stale so he starting casting around for a fresh way to bring it to life.The Dartmouth College professor initially turned to Twitter for a year to share stories about...

South African sentenced for racist comment that went viral

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa has imposed a ,300 fine or 2-year prison term on a man convicted for racist comments in a video that went viral last year.Adam Catzavelos was charged after using a derogatory word used to describe black South Africans during the country’s racist...

Trump meets with black supporters, vows equal opportunity

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday cited low unemployment rates for African Americans and passage of a criminal justice bill providing earlier release for thousands of federal drug offenders as examples of how he’s helping the black community.Trump met with African...

ENTERTAINMENT

A rebel yell: Billy Idol stars in New York anti-idling ads

NEW YORK (AP) — Rocker Billy Idol is the face of an anti-idling campaign launched Thursday in New York City.“Billy never idles, so why should you?” the '80s MTV star growls in a public service announcement intended to shame New Yorkers into shutting the engine off. The...

NBC renews 'Law & Order: SVU,' 'Chicago' dramas for 3 years

LOS ANGELES (AP) — NBC is giving three-year renewals to its drama series from veteran producer Dick Wolf, including the perennial “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”The pickups for the “Law & Order” series and Wolf’s three Chicago-set dramas are...

Dan + Shay, Old Dominion, Maren Morris nab top ACM noms

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grammy-winning duo Dan + Shay lead the 2020 Academy of Country Music Awards with six nominations for Dan Smyers and five for Shay Mooney and helped pop star Justin Bieber earn his first-ever ACM noms. In the nominations announced Thursday, the powerhouse duo share...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

US schools start planning for possible spread of coronavirus

Schools across the United States are canceling trips abroad, preparing online lessons and even rethinking...

Parents of 'terrified' Africans stranded in China want help

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — She wakes every day long before dawn to chat with her three stranded daughters on...

Afghans view US-Taliban deal with well-earned skepticism

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Many Afghans view Saturday's expected signing of a U.S.-Taliban peace deal with a...

Coronavirus fear touches off a global run on face masks

Fear of the spreading coronavirus has led to a global run on sales of face masks despite medical experts' advice...

Geneva auto show canceled as Switzerland bans large events

GENEVA (AP) — The Geneva auto show is being canceled after the Swiss government announced an immediate ban...

Italy tries a return to some normalcy after virus closures

ROME (AP) — Authorities in Italy have decided to re-open schools and museums in some of the areas less...

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Kenyan Prime Mininster Raila Odinga
 

(CNN) -- Kenya's prime minister has put a deadline on capturing a key military objective in Somalia, drawing a line in the sand in his country's war with Islamic militants.

"Our aim is to get to Kismayo by August," Raila Odinga said in a meeting with foreign correspondents in Nairobi on Tuesday. "Without controlling Kismayo, it is difficult to completely neutralize Al-Shabaab."

Since invading Somalia in October of last year, Kenyan forces have been cautious in taking territory from the al Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab.

In late May, Kenyan ground forces took the town of Afmadow, considered the final step before Kismayo.

Since Al-Shabaab forces retreated from central Mogadishu under a heavy barrage from African Union forces last August, military analysts and diplomats consider Kismayo one of the few remaining urban strongholds, and revenue generators, for Al-Shabaab.

Odinga outlined a joint effort from "land, sea and air" for the operation, which he hoped would include European Union naval assistance.

"So far, they have been reluctant," he said.

Kenyan military commanders have repeatedly said they wish to delay moving into Kismayo, as they want to consolidate territory carefully as they move forward. However, a key factor has also been money.

With Kenya "rehatting" as part of the African Union Mission in Somalia, or AMISOM, the nation will access funds from the U.N. to conduct its operations.

It's a move welcomed by the U.S. government, one of the chief funders, through the U.N., of AMISOM's operations.

"We are very pleased with the rehatting of the Kenyan troops in Somalia," Johnnie Carson, U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs, said after a trip to Mogadishu on Sunday. "We will continue to provide assistance to AMISOM as long as Al-Shabaab remains a threat to people in the region."

He said the U.S. was not privy to Kenya's operational plans to move on Kismayo. While officials from both countries say the U.S. frequently shares intelligence with Kenya, as part of its allied relationship, they maintain that there is no direct military support.

"If the U.S. could bring military assistance, far much the better," Odinga said.

 

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