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Yemeni Refugees Fleeing Conflict Arrive In Somalia – UNHCR

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Listen The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has said that the first group of Yemenis fleeing conflict have arrived in Somalia. The 32 Yemeni citizens from Tiaz arrived the port city of Berbera after more than 12 hours at sea. Meanwhile, the Federal Government of Somalia and UNHCR are working together to evacuate […]

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East African bloc strongly condemns attack by al-Shabaab at hotel in Somalia’s capital

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Listen The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has strongly condemned the attack by al-Shabaab on Friday at Hotel Maka Al Mukarama in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, according to a statement from the East African bloc on Sunday. Mahboub Maalim, Executive Secretary of IGAD, said, “IGAD condemns, in the strongest terms possible, Al-Shabaab’s cowardly act of terror […]

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Germany extends military deployment in Somalia

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Listen On Thursday, the German parliament voted by a large majority to extend its military operations in Somalia. Of the 578 votes cast, 454 delegates voted for the continuation of German involvement in the mission. There were 115 “no” votes and nine abstentions. The decision provides for a continuation of earlier commitments to the European […]

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Militants threaten more hotel attacks in Somalia

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By   2 days ago

Listen -One day after fighters from the Al-Qaeda-linked group in Somalia staged a deadly siege at a popular hotel in the Somali capital in which more than 25 people were killed, the group threatened more similar attacks in the country, warning hotel owners of renting their hotels out to government officials. The latest attack at […]

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A week of loss for Somalia’s strong clubs

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Listen As the second leg of Somalia’s Nation Link Telecom Championship started, it has been a week of loss and shameful experience for the country’s powerful soccer clubs. The clubs: Elman FC, Jeenyo United, Banadir Sports Club and Heegan FC, have all suffered from what their managers described as ‘unexpected’ humiliations by clubs they used […]

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UN Security Council condemns hotel attack in Somalia

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Listen UNITED NATIONS — The UN Security Council on Saturday strongly condemned the terrorist attack on a hotel in Somali capital of Mogadishu that resulted in the heavy deaths of civilians. In a press statement issued here, the Council members underlined that “neither this, nor any other senseless act of terrorism in Somalia, would dent […]

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Somali youth group hosts hoops tourney

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By   3 days ago

Listen A colorful array of blue, green, yellow and orange danced across the court. In the gym of Apollo High School on Saturday, six teams donned shirts of bold color to participate in a basketball tournament hosted by the St. Cloud Somali Youth Organization. Prior to the game, individual team members mingled with a free-shoot […]

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Djibouti gains FIFA praise for refereeing development

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Listen The world Football’s governing body FIFA has praised Djibouti Football Federation for doing a better job to develop its refereeing sector. The announcement was made by FIFA refereeing development officer, Mr. Sidi Magassa, during his address at the launch of FIFA refereeing course for Djiboutian elite football referees. “FIFA appreciates the fantastic work that […]

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    Kenyan MP Edick Anyanga shot in Karen attack

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    Listen NAIROBI – Nyatike Member of Parliament Edick Anyanga was on Saturday night shot and wounded in an attack in Karen, Nairobi. His vehicle was ambushed at the gate of his house as he was about to enter the compound. The legislator was rushed to Karen Hospital for treatment before being transferred to Aga Khan […]

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    Somali Islamists kill four in cross-border attack on Kenyan town

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    By   2 weeks ago

    Listen Somali Islamist militants killed at least four people during a raid on a Kenyan town near the border with Somalia, police said on Wednesday. Hooded gunmen attacked a shop in the northeastern town of Wajir, about 100 km (60 miles) from the Somali border, firing guns and setting off explosions, witnesses said late on […]

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    Somalia President Meets Ethiopian PM

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    Listen Federal Government of Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud met with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in Addis Ababa on Wednesday, to discuss the ongoing stabilization efforts. The two leaders exchanged views on the role of Ethiopia in the AU peacekeeping mission in Somalia and bilateral relations between the neighboring countries. Ethiopian troops were officially […]

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    Djibouti girls humiliate Qatar 4-0 in Arab youth tourney opener

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    Listen Djibouti’s U 17 women’s national football squad have knocked down their Qatari rivals in the Arab women’s tourney opener at Al Arabi Stadium in Doha on Sunday. In the early minutes of the first half, Fatouma Elmi Rayaleh who captains the team scored the opener goal for Djibouti, while Mazer Fouad Abdallah scored the […]

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    Kenya Lawmakers Demand Inquiry over Slain Colleague

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    By   2 months ago

    Listen The majority leader in Kenya’s parliament has demanded security agencies launch a thorough investigation into the shooting death of a lawmaker in the central business district in the capital, Nairobi, on Saturday. Majority leader Aden Duale condemned the killing of his colleague, describing it as heinous and barbaric. “We condemn it in the strongest […]

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    IGAD says terror attacks won’t deter efforts to stabilize Somalia

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    By   2 months ago

    Listen East Africa’s bloc on Friday condemned a suicide car bomb attack at a Mogadishu hotel on Thursday, saying such attacks will not prevent efforts aimed at stabilizing Somalia. In a statement received in Nairobi, the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) also slammed Al-Shabaab for their cowardly act of terror at the SYL Hotel where […]

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    International Criminal Court Concerned by Killing in Kenya

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    By   3 months ago

    Listen The International Criminal Court has said it is concerned over the killing of a man that lawyers said was a witness in the trial of Kenya’s deputy president for crimes against humanity. Meshack Yebei wasn’t a prosecution witness in Deputy President William Ruto’s trial, but the court offered him safe residency, the court said […]

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    Body of Muslim preacher discovered in northeast Kenya

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    By   3 months ago

    Listen The dead body of a Muslim cleric has been found in Kenya’s northeastern town of Embu days after he was arrested and taken by Kenyan authorities to an unknown location. The body, identified as that of Mohamed Ali Kheir, was discovered at a water pond in Embu, located approximately 120 kilometers (75 mi) northeast […]

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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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      By   6 days ago

      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   2 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   3 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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      Two Sydney women flee to Syria to become IS jihahi terror brides

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      By   4 months ago

      Listen The girls, Hodan, 18 and Hafsa, 20, who are believed to have links with the Somali community, flew out of Sydney in the past fortnight to go overseas and are believed to have lied to their families about why they were travelling. The Sunday Telegraph has chosen not to publish their last names. While […]

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        Somalia hotel attack: Diplomat, others killed

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        By   4 days 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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        Kenya says to beef up security on Somali border to block militants

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        By   1 week ago

        Listen Kenya plans to build a new road, more border crossings and barriers on its 700 km (420 mile) border with Somalia in an attempt to thwart attacks from the Islamist militant group al Shabaab, the interior ministry said on Monday. Kenya is under heavy pressure to improve security after numerous militant attacks that have […]

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        Somali pirates shifting location towards India: Manohar Parrikar

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        Listen Beaten back in their usual area of operations, Somali pirates are “shifting their location” towards India, but the country is watchful to deal with such threats, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today said. “Today’s threats are not traditional. Somali pirates, after being neutralised by various countries’ navies, are shifting their locations towards India. Because their […]

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        Somali pirates shifting location towards India: Manohar Parrikar

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        Listen Beaten back in their usual area of operations, Somali pirates are “shifting their location” towards India, but the country is watchful to deal with such threats, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today said. “Today’s threats are not traditional. Somali pirates, after being neutralised by various countries’ navies, are shifting their locations towards India. Because their […]

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        UN officials welcome release by Somali pirates of longest-held hostages

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        Listen Senior United Nations officials have welcomed the release this week of four Thai nationals after nearly five years in captivity, bringing an end to the longest held hostage ordeal in the east African nation thanks to a mission carried by the UN anti-crime agency. The mission to recover the hostages was conducted by the […]

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        Spanish court sentences 6 Somali pirates to 16 years in jail

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        Listen The Spanish National Court has convicted six Somali nationals accused of piracy and sentenced them each to 16 years in prison for attacking a Spanish fishing boat off the coast of Somalia in 2012. The accused faced charges of attacking the Spanish tuna boat, the “Izurdia” when it was fishing around 300 miles off […]

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        NUSOJ Condemns Arbitrary Arrest of two Broadcast Journalists

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        Listen The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) condemns the arbitrary arrest against two broadcast journalist in Mogadishu on Sunday afternoon January 4, 2015 by the Somali security forces, the latest in a string of violence against the journalists in Somalia. The two; Mohamed Salaad Osman, the head of programs of Goobjoog radio and Ibrahim […]

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          Refugees in Kenya may become citizens under new law

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          By   5 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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          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   11 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   11 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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            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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            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

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            By   3 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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            Somali FA endorses the election of local football committee in Southern Jubba Region

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            By   3 months ago

            Listen The Somali Football Federation has fully accepted and welcomed the election of Mr. Abdullahi Duale Mohamed as the chairman of the local football committee of the Southern Lower Jubba region. Mr. Mohamed got 4 votes out of the 5 votes casted in the election to replace former regional football committee chairman Mr. Burhan Mohmoud […]

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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

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              By   3 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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              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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              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   8 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   8 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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