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Al-Shabaab-linked sugar smugglers still in business after attack

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Listen Sugar-smugglers whose activities have been linked to Al-Shabaab are still in business, three weeks after one of the terror group’s deadliest attacks in Kenya that killed 148 people. Investigations by the Saturday Nation reveal that none of the sugar barons were named in the list of 86 companies and individuals whose accounts were frozen […]

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Yemeni refugees fleeing Saudi air strikes find peace but little else in Somaliland

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Listen It is driving people crazy,’ says one of hundreds arriving across the Gulf of Aden in Berbera. ‘The air raids are destroying more houses than the fighting’ It was just after midnight when the livestock ship carrying nearly 200 people fleeing Yemen’s civil war docked at the port in the Somaliland city of Berbera. […]

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Mothers Flee Yemen Without Their Children

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Listen Amina Abdullahi Jama was among the first groups of Somali refugees to flee the conflict in Yemen in a small boat from the port of Mukalla. In the confusion and haste to get out, she was unable to gather her family together before escaping. Now in Bosasso, she looks out to sea wondering where […]

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Al Shabaab Militants Kill Kidnapped Mandera Chief

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Listen Al Shabaab militants killed a Kenyan chief after they failed to get Sh4 million ransom. The militants had kidnapped the chief identified as Muktar Otieno from Arabia, Mandera County at about 7am on Thursday. According to police, the body of the chief was found in Badhere area, tied on a tree and with four […]

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Missing AU soldier found alive

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Listen An African Union soldier who has been missing since last week has been found alive and armed in forests in southern Somalia, officials told on Friday. The soldier who vanished during an ambush by the Al-Qaeda linked fighters last week has spent days in shrubs until troops found in a search operation on Thursday, […]

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Somalia passes law to curb foreign workers

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Listen Somalia’s cabinet has taken an unusual step aimed at curbing the flow of foreign workers arriving in the war-torn country, passing a draft law prioritizing locals more willingly than foreigners. In a cabinet meeting on Thursday, Somalia’s cabinet minister passed a draft law ordering all employers to avoid hiring foreigners for job that can […]

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Somalia seeks to drive militants from southern valley bases – PM

Newly elected Somalia PM Ali Sharmarke addresses delegates in the capital Mogadishu

By   2 days ago

Listen Somali and African forces aim to drive al Shabaab Islamist militants out of one of the last major tracts of territory in southern Somalia that the group still holds and which it uses to launch attacks, the Somali prime minister said on Thursday. advertisements Omar Sharmarke also told Reuters he was pressing Kenya to […]

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Families Deny Somali-American Men Linked to Islamic State

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Listen The families of six Somali-American men arrested for allegedly planning to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State militant group deny the accusations. The men have been charged with conspiracy and attempting to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization. The mother of two of the men, Mohamed Farah and Adnan Farah, […]

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    4th Tana Forum kicks off in Ethiopia

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    Listen The 4th Tana Forum on Security in Africa kicked off Saturday in the western Ethiopian city of Bahar Dar. advertisements Participating in the forum are the leaders of Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Mali, Somalia’s Puntland State, Botswana and South Sudan. Addressing the opening session of the forum, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn called for eradicating […]

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    Kenyan Police display Garissa University attackers for identification

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    By   3 weeks ago

    Listen Kenyan police displayed to the public four bodies of suspected Al Shabaab attackers who carried out Garissa University attack. Hundreds of Garissa residents came out to view the bodies at Garissa Primary School playground but mission was cut short after the huge crowds turned up at the playing field almost causing a stampede. Garissa […]

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    Third batch of refugees from Yemen arrive in Bosaso

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    By   3 weeks ago

    Listen Two overloaded boats carrying around one hundred people fleeing the fighting in Yemen have arrived in Puntland’s port town of Bosaasoon Sunday, officials said. This is the third batch of refugees mostly children and susceptible people who are crossed the sea to survive from the ongoing Yemeni hostilities despite they have been war victims […]

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    Kenyan politicians urge repatriation of Somalia refugees

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    By   3 weeks ago

    Listen NAIROBI — Political leaders from the volatile Kenyan northeastern region on Saturday requested the government to repatriate Somalia refugees in the wake of terrorist attack at a university in the north. Led by the majority leader in the national assembly Adan Duale, the leaders regretted that refugee camps have become bleeding ground for terrorist […]

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    Officials: 5 arrested in Kenya university massacre

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    By   3 weeks ago

    Listen Five people were arrested Friday for allegedly taking part in an attack on a Kenyan university that killed at least 147, officials said. Masked gunmen, belonging to the Somali terror group al-Shabaab, stormed Garissa University on Thursday, and engaged police and military forces in a day-long siege. By the end, dozens had been killed […]

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    President Mohamud sends condolences, condemns terrorist attack in Kenya

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    By   3 weeks ago

    Listen The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, HE Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, has sent condolences to the President of Republic of Kenya, HE Uhuru Kenyatta, and the people of Kenya, following the terrorist attack at Garissa University in North Eastern Kenya, which claimed the lives of innocent students and other people. ‘’On behalf of […]

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    Masked Islamists seize Kenya student hostages, kill 15

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    By   3 weeks ago

    Listen Masked gunmen from Somalia’s Shebab Islamist group stormed a Kenyan university Thursday as students were sleeping, hurling grenades and shooting dead at least 15 people before taking Christians hostage. Scores of others were wounded in the assault, still ongoing some 12 hours after the first grenades were used to blast open the gates of […]

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    WHAT DOES THE QUEST – MIDA PROJECT CONTRIBUTE TO THE COUNTRY AND ITS PEOPLE?

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    By   3 weeks ago

    Listen Does the project serve its intended course? From 2009 up to date IOM and UNDP have been running a project entitled QUEST – MIDA which is funded by foreign countries. This project is intended to bring back the Somali Diaspora intellectuals with sound knowledge, expertise and experience to Somalia. The project’s sole aim is […]

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      35 Somalis Arrested Before Illegally Travelling To Italy

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      Listen Border guards foiled an attempt of 40 foreigners to illegally travel to Italy through the Mediterranean Sunday, Youm7 reported. Those arrested include 35 Somalis, four Sudanese, and a Yemeni woman; they were allegedly planning to take a fishing boat from the Mediterranean city of Kafr al-Sheikh. Investigations indicated a man called Abu Nesma, who […]

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      Somalia President in Egypt for Arab League summit

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      Listen -Amidst airstrikes by Saudi-led coalition against Houthi rebels in Yemen, Federal Government of Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has arrived in Egyptian resort, Sharm el-Sheikh for Arab league summit. President Mohamud’s delegation including Foreign Affairs Minister Abdisalan Omar Hadliye was received at Sharm el-Sheikh airport by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Arab league […]

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      Why A Retired British Army Colonel Has Become The Last Hope For Somalia’s Forgotten Hostages

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      Listen Even by Somalia’s standards, the village of Amara is a lawless place. A tumbledown hamlet in the sunbleached scrubland north of Mogadishu, it lies in a “no man’s land” between turf controlled by local warlords and the al-Shabaab Islamist militia. It is the perfect spot to keep hostages, and during the height of the […]

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      Nine British medics enter ISIS stronghold to work in hospitals

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      Listen Nine young British medical students have travelled illegally to Syria and are believed to be working in hospitals in Islamic State-controlled areas, the Observer can reveal. Their families were mounting a desperate effort on Saturday at the Turkish-Syrian border to persuade them to come home. The group of four women and five men crossed […]

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      Turkey extends naval presence off Somali coast

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      By   3 months ago

      Listen Turkish Parliament has approved a government-sponsored motion to extend the presence of Turkish navy in the Gulf of Aden, the Arabian Sea and the coastal waters off Somalia for one year. The motion, first approved in 2009, extends for another year the Turkish Naval Forces’ mandate to participate in NATO’s international anti-piracy mission Operation […]

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      Iran’s first VP felicitates new Somalia PM

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      By   3 months ago

      Listen Iran’s First VP congratulated Somalia’s new Prime Minister on his appointment to the position. Iranian First Vice-President Es’haq Jahangiri, in a message on Monday, felicitated Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke on his appointment as the new prime minister of Somalia. In his message, Jahangiri expressed hope that bilateral ties between the two countries would further […]

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      Yemen arrests three foreigners over possible al Qaeda links

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      By   4 months ago

      Listen Yemeni police have arrested three foreigners in the capital Sanaa after one of them was found to have al Qaeda material in his possession, the Interior Ministry said. The foreigners, a Bulgarian, Belgian and Somali, were aged between 22 and 48, the ministry said on its website late on Friday. “The third person was […]

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        Leaders Call For Urgent Withdrawal Of Kenyan Troops From Somalia

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        By   3 weeks ago

        Listen Opposition leaders have renewed their calls for the withdrawal of Kenyan troops from Somalia as a measure of deflecting terrorist attacks. They said Al-Shabaab had made it clear that the presence of Kenyan troops in Somalia was the reason the country was often targeted by jihadist groups. Speaking at Moi University’s Odera Akango campus […]

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        Somali President Says Al-Shabab Must be Confronted

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        By   3 weeks ago

        Listen Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud says the Somalia-based al-Shabab militant group is a regional enemy that needs to be confronted. He was speaking exclusively to VOA Somali, three days after al-Shabab gunmen stormed and massacred 148 people at Garissa University in northeastern Kenya. The president expressed horror and sadness at the Garissa attack. He […]

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        Kenyan Police display Garissa University attackers for identification

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        By   3 weeks ago

        Listen Kenyan police displayed to the public four bodies of suspected Al Shabaab attackers who carried out Garissa University attack. Hundreds of Garissa residents came out to view the bodies at Garissa Primary School playground but mission was cut short after the huge crowds turned up at the playing field almost causing a stampede. Garissa […]

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        Kenyan politicians urge repatriation of Somalia refugees

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        By   3 weeks ago

        Listen NAIROBI — Political leaders from the volatile Kenyan northeastern region on Saturday requested the government to repatriate Somalia refugees in the wake of terrorist attack at a university in the north. Led by the majority leader in the national assembly Adan Duale, the leaders regretted that refugee camps have become bleeding ground for terrorist […]

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        Officials: 5 arrested in Kenya university massacre

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        By   3 weeks ago

        Listen Five people were arrested Friday for allegedly taking part in an attack on a Kenyan university that killed at least 147, officials said. Masked gunmen, belonging to the Somali terror group al-Shabaab, stormed Garissa University on Thursday, and engaged police and military forces in a day-long siege. By the end, dozens had been killed […]

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        White House officials defend Somalia strategy as counterterrorism model

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        Listen President Obama has cited the battle against al-Shabab militants in Somalia as a model of success for his relatively low-investment, light-footprint approach to counterterrorism. By some measures, it has paid dividends. U.S. drones have killed several of the Islamist group’s leaders, including two top planners in just the past month, a senior administration official […]

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        Somalia hotel attack: Diplomat, others killed

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        By   4 weeks ago

        Listen Mogadishu, Somalia (CNN) – Gunmen detonated bombs and sprayed people with bullets as they raided a hotel in Somalia’s capital late Friday afternoon, killing a Somali diplomat and at least five other people in an attack claimed by Islamic militant group Al-Shabaab, officials said. Yusuf Mohamed Ismail Bari-Bari, Somalia’s permanent representative to the United […]

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          Refugees in Kenya may become citizens under new law

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          By   6 months ago

          Listen REFUGEES in Kenya can apply and be granted citizenship, if a proposed law is passed and adopted. The law being drafted by the Department of Refugee Affairs will replace the Refugee Act of 2006, which the government said has failed to address refugee issues adequately. The bill is expected to be tabled in Parliament […]

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          Urgent food aid for 36 000 displaced people

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          Listen he International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), assisted by the Somali Red Crescent Society, just completed a distribution of food to over 36,000 displaced people in the town of Beletweyne, in the central part of the country. In addition, 4,000 children under five years of age and 860 pregnant women were provided with […]

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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   7 months 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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          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   9 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   12 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   12 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   12 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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            FIFA expands administration knowledge across Djibouti

            FIFA insstructor Jacque Malie  addresses at the launch of FIFA MA administration course for Djibouti on Saturday 11 April 2015. PHOTO CECAFA MEDIA

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            Listen For the second time in two years, Djiboutian football administrators are benefiting from FIFA MA administration course to help the country acquire adequate experience in football administration. A total of 31 football administrators from division 3 clubs and the country’s five regions including three women are taking part in the 6-day course which will […]

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            Djibouti to face Morocco in CAN beach soccer qualifier clash

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            Listen For the first time in its football history, Djibouti is now eying on the upcoming African beach soccer championship to be staged in Seychelles. The country’s first ever national beach soccer team is scheduled to play against Morocco in their last leg of the 2015 African Beach soccer championship qualifiers. The match will take […]

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            Mo Farah is not European so his half-marathon best is a ‘record for Somalia’, says former title holder

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            Listen Mo Farah has found himself embroiled in another row over his nationality after the Spaniard whose European half-marathon record he broke on Sunday called the feat a “record for Somalia”. Farah became the first British runner to break the hour-mark when recording a time of 59mins 32secs to win the Lisbon half-marathon on Sunday, […]

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            Somali regional leader enjoys football match.

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            Listen After becoming the first leader to allow his regional State to access a free and fair local football election in December last year, the regional Jubba State leader Sheik Ahmed Mohamed Islam (Madoobe) has showed his interest for football. He was one of several regional state leaders who have been in the capital for […]

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            Somalia set for two new development projects

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            Listen FIFA is set to kick-off two new development projects in Somalia in the aftermath of the first-ever mission of a FIFA official to Mogadishu since 1986. The Somalia Football Federation (SFF) is now set to plan for the implementation of its second Goal project, a technical centre at Mogadishu’s College University Stadium, as well […]

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            Ronaldo, Kessler, Löw and Kellermann triumph at FIFA Ballon d’Or 2014

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            Listen Cristiano Ronaldo has won the FIFA Ballon d’Or for the best player in the world for the third time following previous wins in 2008 and 2013, while Germany midfielder Nadine Kessler has claimed her first-ever FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award. Germany coach Joachim Löw and compatriot Ralf Kellermann, coach of VfL […]

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            SFF unveils development courses to be staged in Kismayo

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            By   4 months ago

            Listen AFTER WITNESSING a democratic local football election without interference from regional autonomy, the Somali Football Federation has crowned the Lower Jubba region the host site for the first development courses in 2015. Somali Football Federation Chief Media officer Shafi’i Mohyaddin Abokar (ISLOW) said in a press statement on Thursday that three empowerment football-related courses […]

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            SFF presents soccer equipment to Lower Jubba region’s football committee

            SFF Senior Vice president Ali Abdi Mohamed RIGHT presents the equipment to Ahmed Farah Tima Jilic Secretary of Lower Jubba region's football committee

            By   4 months ago

            Listen SOMALI FOOTBALL Federation has handed over football equipment to the recently elected local football committee of the southern Lower Jubba region. FF senior vice president Ali Abdi Mohamed presented the equipment to the region’s football committee secretary General Ahmed Farah Tima Jilic during his visit to SFF headquarters in Mogadishu on Tuesday. “On the […]

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              Turkish Airlines doubles profits, targets more expansion

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              Listen Turkey’s flag carrier Turkish Airlines, which has grown exponentially in the last decade, said Wednesday its net profit more than doubled last year and was targeting 15 percent growth in passenger capacity in 2015. Turkish Airlines said in a statement that its full year net profits in US dollar terms for 2014 were $845 […]

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              Over 50 students graduate from Hiran univarsity

              Students celebrate after a graduation ceremony at the Somali university in the capital Mogadishu

              By   4 months ago

              Listen 52 students of Hiran University have fulfilled their education dream after graduating with various faculties. The graduation ceremony of health, computer science and law students was attended by Hiran administration officials and AMISOM officials in the area. The chairman of Hiran University Professor Ibrahim Dakane Ali who spoke at the event has applauded the […]

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              New wealth rises in Mogadishu as millions suffer

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              By   6 months ago

              Listen The first ATM and the construction of modern buildings and trendy restaurants are exciting signs of growth for those living in Somalia’s capital. That is, if you have money. Even as war-torn Mogadishu makes strides forward, thousands of residents are facing the prospect of severe hunger. It’s a tale of two very different Mogadishus. […]

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              World fears mount that Ebola battle being lost

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              By   6 months ago

              Listen The World Bank warned the fight to stop Ebola was being lost, as the UN pleaded for more money to combat the escalating epidemic and global travel fears mounted. As the death toll from the world’s worst-ever outbreak of the virus shot past 4,500, a glimmer of hope came from Senegal, which was declared […]

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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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              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   9 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   9 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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