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Five Somali pirates jailed for French kidnapping

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Listen Paris (Alshahid)-A French court has jailed five Somali men for between four and eight years for taking a French couple hostage on their yacht in the Gulf of Aden. Seven Somalis took over the French yacht in 2008 and demanded a $4 million ransom. French Navy commandos stormed the boat and rescued the hostages, […]

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Kenya to invite Bashir for IGAD meeting

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Listen Bujumbura (Alshahid)-Kenya is planning to hold an Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) meeting in which Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir is expected to participate, Foreign Affairs minister Moses Wetangula says. Kenya judge Nicholas Ombija on Monday issued a warrant of arrest against Sudan President Omar al Bashir which has sparked a diplomatic row between Khartoum […]

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China pledges military aid to Uganda

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Listen Kampala (Alshahid)-China pledged more than $2.3 million in military assistance to Uganda during a high-profile visit to Kampala by China’s defence minister, a spokesman for the Ugandan army said Wednesday. In a meeting with Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Liang Guanglie, Uganda’s President Yuweri Museveni said China has made important contributions to the independence and […]

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US must stop jailing for minors for life, says Amnesty

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Listen More than 2,500 adults are in US jails for crimes committed as a child – under current rules they will never be freed. In its new report, Amnesty says the practice is incompatible with the basic principles of juvenile justice. The US and Somalia are the only two countries not to have ratified a […]

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Somalia agrees to resettle its IDPs

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Listen Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government has agreed to the resettlement of up to 4,000 internally displaced persons in liberated areas in the south. The Somalis will be moved on a voluntary basis to areas now controlled by the Government and the Kenya Defence Forces. Supporting the exercise is the United Arab Emirates Red Crescent Society […]

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