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Somalia parliament approves new PM

By   /  October 31, 2010  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Mogadishu (Alshahid)-Somalia legislators on Sunday overwhelmingly approved the newly appointed Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi (Farmajo). Legislators today voted by show of hand to endorse the newly appointed premier, a Somali-American new to Somalia’s political arena. “In today’s session 391 MPs attended, 297 voted for the new Prime Minister, 92 rejected and 2 were undecided, […]

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KACC probes two PSs over mining deal

By   /  October 31, 2010  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen Nairobi (Alshahid)- Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission chief Patrick Lumumba on Saturday night confirmed the agency had opened an investigation into the conduct of two permanent secretaries said to have been involved in the award of a mining licence to a company which applied for the permit using forged papers. KACC is investigating the circumstances under […]

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Thirty-one IFEX members and 25 other groups call on the President of Puntland to respect freedom of expression

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Listen Nairobi (Alshahid)- Abdirahman Mohamed Farole President, Puntland State of Somalia Puntland Presidency, Garowe, Nugaal Region, Somalia Dear President Abdirahman Mohamed Farole, Puntland authorities handed down a six-year jail to Abdifatah Jama Mire Director of  Horseed Media, We, the undersigned journalists and freedom of expression organisations, express to you and your administration our deepest concern […]

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Somali Pirates Seize Liberian Tanker

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Listen Nairobi (Alshahid)-The European Union anti-piracy task force says pirates have seized a Liberian-owned tanker off the coast of Somalia. The task force (EU NAVFOR Somalia) says the MV Polar tanker was attacked Saturday about 1,100 kilometers off the coast of Socotra Island in the Arabian Sea. The EU reports the owner of the vessel […]

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Tanzanians go to the polls

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Listen Dar e Salaam (Alshahid)- Tanzanians vote in general elections on Sunday widely expected to be won by incumbent President Jakaya Kikwete who is seeking a second term in office. President Jakaya Kikwete, who has been credited with boosting the nation’s economy, is seen by many as a favourite to secure his second and final […]

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British papers turn spotlight on Kenya; some bid PM Raila for President

By   /  October 30, 2010  /  East Africa, Featured, News, World News  /  No Comments

Listen London (Alshahid) – British main stream papers have turned their focus on Britain’s close ally and former colony Kenya with some discussing 2012 elections with a bid on Kenya’s Prime Minister Raila Odinga to succeed economist President Mwai Kibaki. The political and constitutional reforms instigated by Kenya since the disputed 2007 elections have received […]

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Yemen launches probe into US-bound parcels over terrorism

By   /  October 30, 2010  /  Arab World, Featured, News, World News  /  No Comments

Listen Sanaa (Alshahid) – Yemen on Saturday launched a probe into two packages containing explosives addressed to US synagogues in air-freight from the Arabian Peninsula country, a government spokesman said. Saba news agency also quoted the unnamed official as saying Yemen would pursue its efforts to “fight against terrorism,” amid renewed pressure from the West […]

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Press statement: UNHCR on Somalis fleeing into Kenya

By   /  October 30, 2010  /  East Africa, Featured, News, Refugees, Somalia, World News  /  1 Comment

Listen Geneva (Alshahid) -This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. UNHCR is alarmed by a fast deteriorating humanitarian situation at the northern part of the Kenya-Somali border. This week we have seen hundreds of Somalis continuing to flee clashes between Al-Shabaab and […]

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Clash looming between Kenya Cabinet and Parliament over graft war

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Listen Nairobi (Alshahid)- It has now emerged after a Cabinet meeting on Thursday chaired by President Mwai Kibaki that ministers are no longer at ease with what they termed witch hunt orchestrated that by the Members of Parliament in the guise of fighting corruption. The matter came up for discussion during the Cabinet meeting on […]

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UNHCR appeals to Kenya to save 7,100 Somalis stuck in country

By   /  October 30, 2010  /  East Africa, Featured, News, Refugees, Somalia, World News  /  No Comments

Listen Geneva (Alshahid) — The U.N. refugee agency says 7,100 Somali refugees are stuck just inside the Kenyan border near Somalia dangerously close to the violence they are fleeing. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees is urging Kenyan authorities to allow the Somalis access to a safe site already identified. Spokesman Adrian Edwards told reporters […]

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