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Court bars relocation of Somali children

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Listen The court has barred the government from relocating somali children separated from their parents during terror swoops. The temporary order was issued by High Court judge Isaac Lenaola following an application by Refugees’ Consortium of Kenya on behalf of the Somali children. Lenaola’s order means the government cannot remove the children from Nairobi or […]

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Regional standby force to have 5,000 troops

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Listen TEN regional countries have committed to raise a military fighting force of 5,000 troops under the Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF) following a meeting in the Rwandan capital Kigali. However, the specifics of the force expected to become operational by December this year, are still being finalised by defence ministers from the member countries, […]

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

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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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170 bodies of African migrants found from Libya shipwreck

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Listen Libyan rescuers have recovered the bodies of around 170 people after a boat carrying illegal migrants from sub-Saharan Africa sank at sea last week, a coast guard official said Monday. “We freed about 100 bodies trapped in the hold of the 16-metre (50-foot) wooden boat which foundered not far from the coast,” Abdellatif Mohammed […]

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NUSOJ and Finnish VIKES Conduct three Day workshop for Somali Journalists in Mogadishu

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Listen The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) and the Finnish Foundation for Media and Development (VIKES) conducted a two-phase, three day workshop for 80 journalists invited from the whole media stations in Mogadishu at Siyaad City Hotel on 23 – 25 August, 2014. The workshop, which is part of series of workshops planned to […]

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Prime Minister of Somalia condemns violence In South Sudan

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Listen Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed attended an extraordinary meeting in Ethiopia, The East African regional organization, ( IGAD). This high level meeting consisted of East African heads of state that congregated to discuss the crisis in South Sudan, The need for all parties to adhere to agreements and cease violence was emphasized and […]

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Somali forces and AMISOM liberate Tiyeeglow town in Bakool region from al-shabaab terrorists

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Listen Somalia forces supported by African Union peacekeepers have liberated the strategic town of Tiyeeglow in Bakool region from Al-Shabaab terrorists in the latest attack dubbed Operation Indian Ocean which is aimed at liberating more towns from the militants to ease suffering of the population and increase Somalia government control in the country. Tiyeeglow is […]

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    Ethiopian Court Charges Bloggers, Journalists With Terrorism

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    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   2 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   3 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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    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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    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   4 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   4 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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      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   3 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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      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   4 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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      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   4 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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        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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        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   3 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   3 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   3 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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        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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        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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          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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          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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          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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          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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          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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          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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            Somali NOC president welcomes the re-entry of Somali Judo Federation into world body

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            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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            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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            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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            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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            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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            Somali Shebab journalist ‘killer’ arrested, govt says

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            Listen A Somali journalist accused of killing colleagues and working for the Al-Qaeda linked Shebab has been arrested in Kenya and will be extradited to Mogadishu, Somalia’s information minister said on Saturday. A series of journalists have been killed in recent years in Somalia, one of the most dangerous countries in the world to work […]

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            Nairobi and Dar Es Salaam: Candidates for 2015 Intercity tourney hosting

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            Listen Two historic cities Nairobi (Kenya) and Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania) are the sole candidates for the hosting of the 2015 Intercity Basketball tournament, Engineer Bana Abdalla Ali chairman of marketing and media commission of the Intercity committee revealed here in a press statement on Wednesday. Chairman of Intercity committee media and marketing commission Engineer […]

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            Nearly 30 new Somali soccer referees end training course

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            Listen Somali football federation (SFF) has awarded certificates to a total of 27 newly-trained referees who have successfully completed a 6 month-long training course, as part of the new CAF programming referees initiative. The course ran from January to June 2014, but the new referees had under gone their examinations this week and were provided […]

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              Somali finance minister hails PFM progress

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

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              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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