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World Bank: Viable Somali State Needed to End Piracy

World Bank: Viable Somali State Needed to End Piracy

Listen The World Bank says the only way to end piracy off Somalia's coast is to create a viable Somali state. In a report Thursday, the World Bank says delivering essential services to the entire country, reducing poverty, and creating opportunity are keys to ending the problem. The report notes Somali pirates have pulled in […]

Some African countries reinstate death penalty – Amnesty International

Some African countries reinstate death penalty – Amnesty International

Listen Amnesty International (AI) has appealed to South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia, The Gambia and Botswana to abolish the death penalty, which they have reinstated. AI said South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia, Gambia and Botswana were the only African countries to carry out executions last year. The Amnesty yearly review, released early Wednesday in London, said the […]

Kenya: More countries to enhance ties after polls

Kenya: More countries to enhance ties after polls

Listen More countries on Thursday expressed their commitment to continue expansion existing bilateral relations with Kenya following a peaceful conclusion of the electoral process in the East African nation. The envoys from Somalia , Uganda , Tanzania , Israel and Brazil delivered congratulatory messages to Kenya ’s president-elect Uhuru Kenyatta where they pledged to further […]

In East Africa, heavy rains test emergency preparedness

In East Africa, heavy rains test emergency preparedness

Listen Unusually heavy rains have caused havoc across much of east Africa, displacing thousands of people and damaging important infrastructure. “Above-normal rains have occurred in several areas, including northern and western Tanzania; Rwanda; Burundi; the Lake Victoria Basin; western, southern and northeastern Kenya; southern and central Somalia; and eastern and south-eastern Ethiopia,” states an update […]

'Somali pirate' given 11 years in Japan jail: report

'Somali pirate' given 11 years in Japan jail: report

Listen A Japanese court on Friday sentenced an African man, one of four who attempted to hijack a Japanese tanker off the coast of Oman, to 11 years in jail, a report said. The 21-year-old man was a juvenile under Japanese law at the time of the incident and among four Africans, believed to be […]

Militant Recruitment Of Somali-American Youth Appears Halted, Says US Congressman

Militant Recruitment Of Somali-American Youth Appears Halted, Says US Congressman

Listen A U.S. congressman from Minnesota says the recruitment of young Somali-Americans by Islamist militants in that state appears to have stopped. Representative Keith Ellison said in an interview with VOA's Somali Service that he is not aware of any recent cases of young people from his area being recruited or traveling to Somalia to […]

A one-sided look at the ICC’s work

A one-sided look at the ICC’s work

Listen President Museveni’s criticism of the International Criminal Court two days ago revived the debate about retributive justice and restorative justice for victims in strife-torn communities. It also opened another window into the hearts of our politicians. The two legal principles are direct opposites. Retributive justice considers crimes as aggravations against the State and supports […]

Somalia strives to shake off "failed state" tag

Somalia strives to shake off "failed state" tag

Listen Western powers are in early talks on writing off Somalia's debt, a big shift for a country that was long branded a failed state and has with help scored successes against al Qaeda-linked rebels and piracy. Just two years ago, Islamist militants and African peacekeepers fought daily street battles in Mogadishu. Now the city […]

Uhuru gets down to work, meets Somali leader

Uhuru gets down to work, meets Somali leader

Listen President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday evening met and held talks with President Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud of Somalia at State House, Nairobi. During the meeting also attended by Deputy President William Ruto, President Kenyatta assured the Somali President that Kenya will continue to work with his country’s leadership to consolidate peace and security. Underscoring the […]

All is not well at Al-Shabaab as senior cleric survives murder bid

All is not well at Al-Shabaab as senior cleric survives murder bid

Listen A senior Somali cleric has escaped an assassination bid amid reports of internal divisions in Al-Shabaab, the Al-Qaeda-allied militant group suspected of carrying out the attempt. Sheikh Bashir Ahmed Salad, the chairman of the Supreme Religious Council (SRC), was targeted in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Monday. An explosive device that had been planted […]

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