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    Somalia Bans Christmas and New Year’s Celebrations

    There’s an actual war on Christmas. Even with virtually no native Christians in Somalia, the government declared Santa a threat to the Islamic faith, as well as inspiration for terrorists. The move echoes bans on celebrations in Brunei and Tajikistan, and Somalian security forces have orders to break up public festivities. One major worry is inciting al Shabaab, which killed four in an attack on a Christmas party at Mogadishu’s African Union peacekeeping base last year. However, troops and others at that compound are still allowed to quietly make merry.

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