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More than 2.2 billion people ‘poor or near-poor’: UN

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By   14 hours ago

Listen More than 2.2 billion people are “poor or near-poor”, with financial crises, natural disasters, soaring food prices and violent conflicts threatening to exacerbate the problem, a United Nations report said Thursday. While poverty is in decline worldwide, growing inequality and “structural vulnerabilities” remain a serious threat, said the report by the United Nations Development […]

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Court carries out death penalty against four Shabab fighters

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By   21 hours ago

Listen Somalia’s military court has on Thursday carried out the death penalty against four Shabab fighters founded guilty of ant-security deeds and murder The four Shabab members were sentenced to death and the sentence against them has been fulfilled, the chairman of Somalia’s military court, announced after the killing. The punishment, which took place at […]

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Clashes in Galgadud region claim lives

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By   22 hours ago

Listen Reports from central Somali region of Galgudud confirm that at least five people have been killed and 15 others injured after two clan militias clashed in Abud-wak district. The casualties are said to be from both the warring sides and the civilians. The fighting is believed to be caused by disputes over blood feud. […]

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Tension in Mombasa as grenade found

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By   23 hours ago

Listen Kenya Navy soldiers were on Wednesday sent to back up a police security operation in the Likoni area of Mombasa, following panic sparked by reports that armed men had been spotted surveying the area. Parents withdrew their children from schools, while business owners closed their premises. (READ: Residents and leaders point fingers at police) […]

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PM sends condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of killed MP

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By   23 hours ago

Listen Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed sends his deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of MP and veteran Somali artist Saado Ali Warsame and Parliament Secretary Abdullahi Hussein Yabarow who were gunned down in Mogadishu by heinous murderers today. The Prime Minister said, “On behalf of the Somali Federal Government, I am […]

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US women charged with supporting Somalia’s Al-Shabab as violence escalates

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By   23 hours ago

Listen Five people, including two women in the United States, were charged Wednesday with funneling money to the Al-Qaeda-linked armed group Al-Shabab in Somalia, prosecutors said. Meanwhile, Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for a shooting in the Somali capital of Mogadishu that killed a parliamentarian, who was popular for her social justice advocacy and formerly her career […]

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Somali President sends his condolences on the killing of Saado Ali Warsame

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By   23 hours ago

Listen President of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, sends his condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of MP Saado Ali Warsame, a Somali Member of Parliament killed in Mogadishu on Wednesday. “Our prayers are with her. I send my deepest condolences to the Honourable Saado Ali Warsame’s family, friends, Members of Parliaments and Somali people. […]

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AU Acting Special representative condemns the murder of an MP

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By   23 hours ago

Listen The Acting Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia, Lydia Wanyoto Mutende has strongly condemned the assassination ofa well-known Member of Parliament and singer Saado Ali Warsame in Mogadishu. The female Somali Lawmaker was killed on Wednesday in Hodan District by unidentified gunmen who shot at her car killing […]

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    Ethiopian Court Charges Bloggers, Journalists With Terrorism

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    By   6 days ago

    Listen Six Ethiopian bloggers and three journalists were charged with planning attacks in the East African country in partnership with a banned U.S.-based opposition group, a judge said. The members of the Zone 9 blogging group and reporters are accused under Ethiopia’s anti-terrorism law of working with Ginbot 7, which is classified as a terrorist […]

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    Kenya Attack Unlikely to Build Al-Shabab’s Swahili Speaking Base

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    By   1 month ago

    Listen Deadly attacks this week in Mpeketoni, Kenya have left many wondering what Somali militant group al-Shabab hoped to accomplish with the killings. Experts say the attacks – for which the group quickly claimed responsibility – are unlikely to broaden the militants’ support base among Swahili-speakers in Kenya or the region. Roland Marchal, senior Research […]

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    Somali PM, Abdiweli, attends IGAD peace process for South Sudan crises in Addis Ababa

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    By   1 month ago

    Listen Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed is in Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa for second day after he reached there on Monday evening to attend the regional initiative to resolve the crisis in the newly born state of South Sudan. The meeting which started on Tuesday will seek possible alternatives to end the months-long conflict […]

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    Somali Cabinet Sub-committees have their first meetings, discussing multiple sides

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    By   2 months ago

    Listen The Prime Minister of the Federal Government of Somalia, Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed on Wednesday chaired the first meetings of the Cabinet Sub-committees. The important issues discussed in the Sub-committee meetings included how to ensure the implementation of the government’s 2014 Work Plan and how to overcome any challenges that arise. The discussion also included […]

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    Facing Al Shabab attacks, some Kenyans call for Somalia withdrawal

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    By   3 months ago

    Listen Amid a high-profile and unprecedented government crackdown here that is widely seen as targeting Somali refugees and Muslims, leading Kenyan opposition parties are calling for the withdrawal of the country’s troops from Somalia where they have been since 2011. The call comes in the wake of twin bombings in the cities of Nairobi and […]

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    Somalia vows to fight radicalization with more jobs

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    By   3 months ago

    Listen The Somali government on Thursday promised to radically reform labor legislations with a view to creating new job opportunities and reducing radicalization among the ranks of the country’s unemployed youth. “We are committed to finding more and better-quality jobs for our people because we believe that decent work is the foundation of the fight […]

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    Somali president points Political Consular arrest as “Unfortunate”

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    By   3 months ago

    Listen Somali president, Hassan Sheikh Mahmud, told government run media at Adan Adde intentional air port in Mogadishu on Monday that recently arrest of Somali political consular in Kenya was “Unfortunate”. “It is unacceptable thing what Kenyan government has done. Kenyan paramilitary forces arrested Siyad Mahmud Shire, Somali Political Consular in Kenya. It’s part of […]

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    Pangani explosion suspect run a football club in slum

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    By   3 months ago

    Listen One of the terror suspects who died in a car explosion outside Pangani Police Station was a former player of a top team at the Kenya Premier League ( KPL). Police also revealed on Sunday that Abdul Hajira, went “missing” from his Nairobi home in 2010. Hajira is a son of a Kenya Defence […]

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      18 bodies found on boat carrying asylum-seekers

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      By   5 days ago

      Listen Italian rescuers found 18 bodies on a boat carrying hundreds of asylum-seekers on Saturday and another died while being evacuated — all apparently killed by toxic fumes from the engine, the ANSA news agency reported. The boat, with 600 people on board, was intercepted south of the island of Lampedusa, Italy’s southernmost point and […]

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      Egyptian ambassador meets with several Somali ministers

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      By   2 months ago

      Listen Egypt’s Ambassador in Mogadishu has held talks with several Somali officials, in the framework of contributing to settling Somalia’s political and security crisis and strengthening bilateral ties. Ambassador Mohamed Awf discussed security cooperation and combating terrorism with Somali Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Farah Sheikh Abdulkadir Mohamed. Awf discussed with other officials, the […]

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      Egypt, Somalia discuss bilateral ties

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      Listen The State Minister for Foreign Affairs Burci Hamza on Wednesday meets the Egyptian ambassador to Somalia Ambassador Mohamoud Mohamed Ouf in his office. The two leaders have discussed the ties of the two courtiers which are part of Aarab league nations. The state minister thanked the Egyptian government of the reconciliation conference for Somalia […]

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      Police nab what they called member of Somalia terror group

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      By   3 months ago

      Listen Members of a Somalian terrorist group known as Al-Shabaab have been entering Malaysia pretending to be private college students and tourists. The Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Unit has been tracking six Al-Shabaab members who entered the country in the past few weeks, according to sources. They said the group planned to set […]

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      Parliament approves the salary of special guards of lawmakers.

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      By   3 months ago

      Listen After Al-shabab militant group threatened to Somali lawmakers to kill one-by-one, on Tuesday, Mps who had their regular meeting at parliamentarian house in Mogadishu approved two guards of every lawmaker which can protect the MPs to be killed easily. The salary is part of government budget as the deputy parliament speaker who was chairing […]

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      AMISOM commemorates world press freedom day

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      By   3 months ago

      Listen As the world marks World Press Freedom Day, the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia, Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif expressed AMISOM’s recognition and admiration of the critical role the Somali media is playing in contributing to national development and the attainment of democratic governance, of which freedom of […]

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      Somali President tours UAE funded projects in Mogadishu

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      By   3 months ago

      Listen Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has on Tuesday toured former Somali National Army Base in Mogadishu which is being reconstructed by the government of the United Arab Emirates. The president was accompanied by the Emirati Ambassador to Somalia, Somali National Army chief, police commissioner as well as other military officials. Mohamud thanked the government […]

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      From Libya to Lampedusa: Life in Italy for Somali Refugees

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      By   3 months ago

      Listen They call them Ciyaalka Badda or children from the sea. This phrase is used when referring to the young Somali refugees who come by boat from North Africa. The expressions of the eight young Somali men leaning against the wall outside Termini station tell a complex story. They are caught in the midst of […]

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        Two Kenyans held hostage after Somali pirates seize merchant ship

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        By   2 weeks ago

        Listen Two Kenyan nationals are among those held hostage after Somali pirates seized a merchant ship on Friday. According to Andrew Mwangura who is the Secretary General of the Seafarers Union of Kenya, MV Jamila was attacked by pirates while being repaired at sea in the middle of Uarseiek and El maan 40 miles from […]

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        Road building, not state building, can solve the Somali pirate problem

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        By   2 weeks ago

        Listen Anja Shortland is a Reader in Political Economy at King’s College, London. Federico Varese is a Professor of Criminology at the University of Oxford. The academic article this post is based on, “The Protector’s Choice. An Application of Protection Theory to Somali Piracy,” is forthcoming in the British Journal of Criminology, and is available […]

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        Shabab kills two men burns car in central Somalia

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        By   3 weeks ago

        Listen Reports from El-bur district of Galgudud region in central Somalia confirmed that Shabab fighters killed Tuesday night two men at the southern suburb of the district and burned a car which was transporting khat to Shabab controlled village called El-shil. An inhabitant who requested anonymity for security reasons told to Shahid media that the […]

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        Chinese naval escort taskforce wraps up escort mission for WFP ship

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        By   2 months ago

        Listen The guided missile destroyer “Changchun” of the 17th escort taskforce of the Navy of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLAN) completed a successful escort mission with the “Nawa 3”, a ship belonging to the World Food Program (WFP), which reached the sea area near Somalia’s Bossaso Port on May 24 2014, carrying humanitarian relief […]

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        UN and international partners call for resolution of Somali political crisis

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        By   2 months ago

        Listen The United Nations, the European Union and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on Tuesday issued a joint appeal for a resolution of the political crisis in Somalia, adding that they stand ready to hold to account anyone who poses an obstacle to progress in the Horn of Africa nation. “Ongoing political instability does […]

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        UN Council seeks tighter Somali control of weapons

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        By   2 months ago

        Listen The UN Security Council on Thursday urged Somalia to do a better job keeping track of its arsenal of weapons, which in the past have fallen into the hands of Islamic militants.”The Security Council remains concerned about the diversion of arms and ammunition, including potentially to Al-Shebab,” it said in a unanimous declaration. The […]

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        Uganda claims is troops seized strategic town in Somalia

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        By   2 months ago

        Listen Ugandan troops have captured a strategic town from Somali militants Al Shaabab in the volatile Horn of Africa country, a top military official said here Wednesday. Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala, Chief of Ugandan Defense Forces, told reporters here that the Ugandan contingent captured Koroyel, about 250 kilometers from the capital, Mogadishu. “The boys are […]

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        AU Special Representative calls for donor support towards Puntland’s priorities and development goals.

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        By   2 months ago

        Listen The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Mahamet Saleh Annadif has called on partners and the donor community to support the Puntland State in its priorities and development goals. Speaking during the Puntland Donor Roundtable Meeting, Ambassador Annadif noted that donor support is pivotal to the […]

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          Number of migrants arrested in France trying to enter UK doubles

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          By   6 days ago

          Listen The number of migrants seeking to enter Britain illegally through France has more than doubled to 10,500 in the first half of 2014 compared to the same period last year, officials said Friday. At the three Channel crossings – Calais, Dunkirk and the Channel Tunnel – 10,500 migrants were arrested in the first half […]

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          Floods force 1,500 families to flee from their homes in Bardere

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          By   3 months ago

          Listen Floods have forced hundreds of residents in Gedo region’s Bardere district to flee their houses on Monday following heavy rains in the district. About 1,500 families have fled from the eastern parts of Bardere to other parts of the district, according to Radio Ergo’s local reporter, who is among those displaced from their homes. […]

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          UN Envoy to Somalia urges increased funding for “serious” humanitarian situation

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          By   3 months ago

          Listen The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, has highlighted the need for urgent funding to relieve the serious humanitarian situation in the country, noting that without additional support, many vulnerable Somalis risked falling deeper into crisis. “There is a very serious, continuing humanitarian crisis in Somalia and there is an […]

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          What would make someone want to return to Somalia?

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          By   3 months ago

          Listen After eight years living in Kenya, Ifrah Osman decided to go home to Somalia, the country she fled in 2006 as the long-running war worsened. In the last few years security has improved in Mogadishu, and some have found hope and opportunity here — but that’s not why Osman went home. She left Kenya […]

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          Somalia rains failing, hunger coming, say groups

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          By   3 months ago

          Listen Weak and erratic rains, military conflict and little funding from the international community could lead to mass hunger in Somalia, aid groups warned on Wednesday. The U.N.’s food and security unit says 51,000 children are severely malnourished and face a high risk of death. The group warned that the food situation is likely to […]

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          Dadaab: The world’s biggest refugee camp

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          Listen A young, panic-stricken woman sits under a tree, telling anyone who will listen about her plight. “They forced me to leave my children behind,” said Ifrah Hassan, a 29-year-old mother of three. A crowd of dozens, mostly men, has gathered around her to listen. This is Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp, located in […]

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          Kenyan move leaves Somali journalists fearful

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          By   3 months ago

          Listen Kenya’s decision to order all Somali refugees back to border camps has left a large number of Somali journalists fearing for their lives. Somalia is one of the world’s most dangerous places to be a reporter, and many of its journalists have fled to neighbouring Kenya in search of a safer life. They say […]

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          From Libya to Lampedusa: Life in Italy for Somali Refugees

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          By   3 months ago

          Listen They call them Ciyaalka Badda or children from the sea. This phrase is used when referring to the young Somali refugees who come by boat from North Africa. The expressions of the eight young Somali men leaning against the wall outside Termini station tell a complex story. They are caught in the midst of […]

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            CECAFA issues Kagame club cup fixtures

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            Listen As latest preparations are under way in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda which will host this year’s Kagame club cup, the regional Africa football governing body on Tuesday released the fixtures of the continent’s oldest competition. A total of 14 clubs have already geared up for the competition which will be played at two […]

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            CAF Mourns for the passing of Somalian Legend

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            By   2 weeks ago

            Listen President of the confederation of African football (CAF) Issa Hayatou has expressed his condolence to the people of Somalia and the East African Football community following the death of Somalia’s first national team captain Mohamed Qalaf Aden Shangole. The Somali Football Federation announced on Tuesday the death of Aden Shangole in Mogadishu. “I received […]

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            Ocean stars’ first captain falls sick

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            By   3 weeks ago

            Listen Somalia’s first ever National football squad captain Mohamed Qalaf Aden Shangole has been admitted to Mogadishu hospital after he fell sick at his home town of Jowhar about 90 kilometres north of the capital Mogadishu. The old star became unconscious and was rushed to the capital for medication on Wednesday where he is currently […]

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            Somali Football: End of the season ceremony held in capital

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            By   1 month ago

            Listen The long journey of the 2013-2014 football season in Somalia has concluded with a colourful ceremony during which Banadir Sports club who won the Nation Link Telecom championship and as well as the winners of division B and C Sahafi FC and Singjet FC were presented their trophies. Held at the Holiday hotel in […]

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            Tadjourah team wins 2014 Djibouti cup

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            Listen The prime minister of Djibouti Mr. Abdoulkader Mohamed kamil and a number of key government officials including ministers and lawmakers have enjoyed the viewing of the country’s cup which came to an end here at the national technical centre on the eve of the weekend. Tadjourah FC and Garde Républicaine have competed in the […]

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            Somali NOC concludes combined sporting development courses in Kismayo

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            By   1 month ago

            Listen After nearly 8 years of absence, people in the once Al Shabab-controlled city of Kismayo, the provincial capital of Lower Jubba region south of the country are now enjoying in sport with the help from the National Olympic committee of Somalia who sent a large delegation to the region to regenerate sport. The delegation […]

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            World Cup fever grips Mogadishites as kick-off draws near

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            By   1 month ago

            Listen Residents in the Somali capital Mogadishu are frantically doing last minute shopping to prepare to view the 2014 football World Cup to kick off in Brazil on Thursday. Hundreds of shoppers flock to the main Bakara market to buy TV sets, satellite dishes and receivers to view the 2014 World Cup for the first […]

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            Breakthrough as Djiboutian coaches gain CAF licence B certificates.

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            By   2 months ago

            Listen It was a breakthrough and a huge step forward in the field of football promotion in Djibouti, when 21 coaches including four women pass in their final CAF licence ‘B’ examination at the end of a two-week long training course under the auspice of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The training course took […]

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              Kenya issues terror alert over travel to UK airports

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              By   2 weeks ago

              Listen Kenya last night warned its citizens not to travel via Heathrow after claiming US officials said Britain and British targets were at threat from “sophisticated” al-Qa’ida bombs that could bring down a plane. Dr Karanja Kibicho, Principal Secretary of Kenya’s Foreign Affairs ministry, said the US alert warned that al-Qa’ida operatives in Yemen and […]

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              Nine attackers killed in assault on Somalia presidential palace

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              By   2 weeks ago

              Listen An attack by Shebab rebels against Somalia’s presidential palace has ended with at least nine of the attackers killed, a security official told AFP. “There were at least nine attackers, all have been killed, and the situation is under control, the attack is over,” security official Abdi Ahmed said. “There were eight blasts towards […]

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              Somali delegation in Ghana on a mission to acquire election management best practice

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              Listen A 5-member delegation, including two women, from Somalia arrived in Accra, Ghana, on Sunday to participate in an 11-day election management course organized by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in partnership with the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC). The Somali Deputy Minister of Information, Abdullahi Olad Roble, led the Federal […]

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              PM accuses Al-shabab of looting hospital equipment.

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              By   2 months ago

              Listen Somali prime minister Abdi Weli Sheikh Ahmed, who recently visited lower Shabelle region in southern Somalia accused Al-Qaeda affiliated guerrilla group of looting uncountable hospital facilities in the region. “During my visit in the region, I reached the general hospital of lower Shabelle region. It was very boring because of Al-shabaab’s looting of most […]

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              Floods force 1,500 families to flee from their homes in Bardere

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              By   3 months ago

              Listen Floods have forced hundreds of residents in Gedo region’s Bardere district to flee their houses on Monday following heavy rains in the district. About 1,500 families have fled from the eastern parts of Bardere to other parts of the district, according to Radio Ergo’s local reporter, who is among those displaced from their homes. […]

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              The Prime Minister concludes his two-day visit to Marka and Qoryoley in Lower Shabelle region (PHOTOS)

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              By   3 months ago

              Listen Somali Prime Minister, Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, concluded his successful two-day working visit to the towns of Marka and Qoryoley in Lower Shabelle region on Thursday (May 8th). Accompanied by cabinet members, members of parliament, and senior politicians from the region, the Prime Minister was warmly welcomed in both towns where he met with the […]

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              ASG Cheng-Hopkins concludes visit to Somalia, announcing $7 million for peacebuilding support

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              By   3 months ago

              Listen The Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, Judy Cheng-Hopkins, on Thursday concluded a five-day visit to Somalia, announcing an additional US$7 million in support of peacebuilding activities in newly recovered areas of south-central Somalia. “We are committed to spending $10 million very fast under the UN Peace building Fund’s (PBF) Immediate Response Facility,” ASG Cheng-Hopkins […]

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              Somalia rains failing, hunger coming, say groups

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              By   3 months ago

              Listen Weak and erratic rains, military conflict and little funding from the international community could lead to mass hunger in Somalia, aid groups warned on Wednesday. The U.N.’s food and security unit says 51,000 children are severely malnourished and face a high risk of death. The group warned that the food situation is likely to […]

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