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Kenya detains two Iranians on suspicion of planning attacks

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By   18 hours ago

Listen Kenyan anti-terror police have detained two Iranian men using forged Israeli passports to enter the East African country, on suspicion that they may have been involved in a plan to carry out an attack there, officials said on Friday. Kenyan security agencies have been on alert following several gun and grenade attacks and the […]

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By   18 hours ago

Listen Prime Minister welcomes donor commitments to support the Somali National Army Prime Minister of Somalia, Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, concluded a productive day of discussions and donor commitments at Lancaster House, London, on the rebuilding and support to the Somali National Army (SNA). A wide range of donors from the international community attended the meeting […]

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Somalia to rewrite contracts in response to corruption concerns

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By   2 days ago

Listen Somalia is cancelling or renegotiating a series of high-profile contracts ranging from oil exploration to port operations as the country struggles to stave off donors’ concerns about government corruption. The contracts – nine multi-million-dollars deals – include a contentious agreement with Shulman Rogers, a US law firm, and an oil exploration deal with Soma […]

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AMISOM pledges compensation to family of deceased child in Mogadishu

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By   3 days ago

Listen After protest against AMISOM held in Mogadishu flowing accident which caused the death of young child AMISOM command in Mogadishu on Thursday pledged compensation to family of deceased child. Statement published on AMISOM social page said, “It is with huge regret that AMISOM can confirm the death of a child today in Mogadishu following […]

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Minister of Information Praises UK’s Role on Somalia

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By   3 days ago

Listen Mustafa Duhulow, Minister of Information on Thursday praised UK’s role on Somalia ahead of today’s London Security Event that will be attended by H.E. Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, the Prime Minister of Somalia, H.E. Mohamed Shiekh Hassan, the Minister of Defence, H.E. Mustafa Duhulow and senior officials from the Federal Government of Somalia including the […]

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NUSOJ and Relief International Hold Consultation meeting on Media Development on Somalia

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By   3 days ago

Listen The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) and Relief International, is an International American NGO based in the United State/UK and actively involved in the Somali media industry, held one day consultation meeting on Media development in Somalia in Mogadishu. The consultation meeting, which was held at Siyaad City Hotel on 9 September, was […]

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    If Somalia Is a Success, What Does Failure Look Like?

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    By   7 days ago

    Listen President Obama laid out a strategy for “degrading and destroying” the Islamic State (IS) on Wednesday night. He called for targeted airstrikes, training local security forces, and more intelligence. Interestingly, he said, “This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us while supporting partners on the front lines is one that we have successfully […]

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    Legislator threatens to sue over ban on IDs

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    Ethiopian Court Charges Bloggers, Journalists With Terrorism

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    By   2 months 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   3 months 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   3 months 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   4 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   5 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   5 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-American Says Son Joined Syrian Jihadists

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      By   5 days ago

      Listen A Somali-American man says his son has left the United States to join an Islamist extremist group in Syria. In an exclusive interview with VOA’s Somali Service, the father of Mohamud Mohamed, 19, said his son vanished from the city of Minneapolis on July 18, then called his mother from Syria four days later […]

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      African jihadist group pledges loyalty to ISIS

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      By   6 days ago

      Listen A new African jihadist group has broken off from Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and pledged loyalty to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State / of Iraq and Syria (IS or ISIS). The splinter group is called ‘Soldiers of the Caliphate in Algeria’, and AQIM central region commander Khaled Abu […]

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      18 bodies found on boat carrying asylum-seekers

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      By   2 months 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   4 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   4 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   5 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   5 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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        Youth speak on piracy in Somalia

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        By   4 days ago

        Listen The Somali Anti-Piracy Information Center (SAPIC) in collaboration with the Somali National Youth Council convened for a roundtable discussion where youth deliberated piracy activities and its effects on the Somali people. Discussions were facilitated by a panel of five young graduates who described piracy “as equal to on-shore robbery”. Ayan Mohamed Abdullahi from SIMAD […]

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        Two Kenyans held hostage after Somali pirates seize merchant ship

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        By   2 months 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 months 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 months 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   4 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   4 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   4 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   4 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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          Over 130,000 people displaced in Somalia so far this year as IDPs bear brunt of food insecurity crisis

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          By   4 days ago

          Listen Forced displacement within Somalia and across its borders shows no signs of easing, as forced evictions, drought, conflict and lack of livelihoods have forced over 130,000 people from their homes since the start of the year. The vast majority – some 107,000 – are internally displaced in Somalia; a total of 23,000 newly arrived […]

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          UNHCR Gears Up For Voluntary Repatriation Of Somali Refugees

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          By   4 weeks ago

          Listen The UN refugee agency said Tuesday it plans to start a pilot project to support ongoing spontaneous returns of Somali refugees living in Kenya’s refugee camp, reports China’s Xinhua news agency. UNHCR Country Representative Raouf Mazou emphasized that the planned repatriation will be voluntary and expressed the agency’s commitment to support spontaneous return movements. […]

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          Number of migrants arrested in France trying to enter UK doubles

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          By   2 months 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   4 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   4 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   5 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   5 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

          By   5 months ago

          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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            UN joins Somali FA to encourage peace through football

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            By   2 weeks ago

            Listen Somali Football Federation and the United Nations Office in Somalia (UNSOM) have jointly organized a football for peace event as an observation for the international day of peace. The match was played at stadium Banadir in Mogadishu on Sunday 7th of September 2014 after the UN special representative for Somalia Nicholas Kay requested the […]

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            CAF President offers warm congratulations to the new Somali FA chief

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            By   2 weeks ago

            Listen The President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Mr. Issa Hayatou has sent a letter of excitement and warmest congratulations to Somali Football Federation president Abdiqani Said Arab, saying that the African football will also benefit from Abdiqani’s experience and pledged the continental football body’s support for him. “It is with great joy […]

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            Somali Football Family holds welcome party for SFF President Abdiqani Arab

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            Listen The President of Somali Football Federation Abdiqani Said Arab became overwhelmingly full of hopes when the country’s football family members expounded much support for the president and his committee during a welcome ceremony they organized to salute him and was held at Dayah hotel in Mogadishu on Friday. The welcome ceremony which gathered hundreds […]

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            Somali NOC president welcomes the re-entry of Somali Judo Federation into world body

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            By   4 weeks ago

            Listen The president of Somali National Olympic Committee Abdullahi Ahmed Tarabi has lauded for the recent election of Somali Judo Federation and its re-entry into the world body after years of absence, while receiving the recently elected president of Somali Judo Federation Abdullahi Mohamed Hurshe at the Somali NOC headquarters here in Mogadishu on Monday. […]

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            Mo Farah wins 10,000m at Athletics European Championships 2014

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            By   1 month ago

            Listen Mo Farah had to battle to win back his European 10,000m title as his fellow Briton Andy Vernon snatched a fine silver. Farah, ill or injured for much of the summer, came good in his second track race of the season to match his team-mate Jo Pavey’s distance gold. In a slow race a […]

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            Somali Judo Federation elects New Executive board

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            By   1 month ago

            Listen In its election congress held here in Mogadishu on Friday, 8th of August 2014, the Somali Judo Federation stakeholders elected a new executive board which will govern the country’s Judo for the next four years. The federation which hasn’t achieved more both in and outside the country for the past several years due to […]

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            Can sports radio help unify war-torn Somalia?

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            By   1 month ago

            Listen Like other terrorist organizations, Al-Shabaab does not appreciate the unifying powers of sport. The militant jihadist group banned soccer while occupying Mogadishu, where it spent years fighting government forces. Shortly after its expulsion from the city in the summer of 2011, Gool FM was spawned—giving Somalia its first and only sports radio station. Before […]

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            Somalis find new option on airwaves: sports radio

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            By   1 month ago

            Listen For decades Somalia’s airwaves have been filled by radio stations broadcasting news of the country’s long-running violence or troubled clan politics. But now Somalis can listen to a dedicated sports radio station. Gool FM airs sports only, no politics. The station’s managers believe an increase in sports coverage can promote peace and boost economic […]

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              Students in Al-shahid institute for training and human development sit for last examination after succeeding short course program of secretary and office management

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              By   2 weeks ago

              Listen Al-shahid institute for training and human development examined on Saturday students after they succeeded six month short diploma course, in which they studied secretary and office management skills. During the course, which started March this year and ended this month-September, the students learnt computer skills, typing, principal of management, event and recording management, principle […]

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              Somali finance minister hails PFM progress

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              By   2 months ago

              Listen Public financial management in Somalia has made significant steps forward, according to finance minister Hussein Abdi Halane. His comments follow on from the country’s second Financial Governance Committee progress report, which was made publicly available on July 25. Established earlier this year, the FGC is part of an effort by the central Somali authorities […]

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              Government announces Scholarships to Somali students

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              By   2 months ago

              Listen Mustafa Duhulow, information minister of Somalia addressed the media in Mogadishu on Saturday, providing an update on the progress of the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) over the last week. The Minister provided details on Scholarships to Somali students which many students will get educational chance. Minister of Information began by informing on how […]

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              Kenya issues terror alert over travel to UK airports

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              By   2 months 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 months 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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              By   3 months ago

              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   4 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   4 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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