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Somali, AU forces seize area from Alshabab

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Listen Mogadishu (Alshahid)-African Union forces supporting the Somali government say they have seized an area near the capital from the militant group Alshabab. The spokesman for the Burundian contingent of AU troops said his unit had been unable to capture the airstrip in Daynile district, Alshabab’s last major stronghold at the edge of Mogadishu. The […]

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AMISOM launches two key projects in Mogadishu

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Listen Mogadishu (AMISOM Press Release)- The African Union Mission  in Somalia  (AMISOM) has  launched two key projects  to  rehabilitate  water  wells  and  construct  a primary  school  in Mogadishu as part of  its humanitarian and  civil affairs  initiative  to  the people of  Somalia  in areas  liberated from Al-Shabaab terrorists. Working in  partnership  with  the  office  of  the  Mayor  of  Mogadishu, AMISOM today  launched a project  to  rehabilitate  four water wells  in  Hamarwyne, Hamarjabjab, Wadajir  and  Darkenely districts  of  […]

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Drought affecting thousands in Somaliland

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Listen Hargeisa (IRIN)-Officials in the self-declared republic of Somaliland, northwestern Somalia, are appealing for food aid and potable water for thousands of families who have lost their livelihoods in the current drought. “You can see from far children running to the road waving empty bottles asking you for water and bread or biscuits,” Hussein Muhumed […]

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UAE reports progress by Contact Group on Piracy

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Listen New York (Gulf Today)- The past few months have been marked by continual progress on all fronts of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia and its Working Groups. This progress has been marked around the four key priorities designated by the UAE for its chairmanship, Assistant Foreign Minister for Security […]

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Somalia: hospital hit by shelling

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Listen A hospital run by MSF has been hit by shelling, amidst renewed fighting in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. The emergency room and the surgical ward of Daynile hospital were hit, causing significant damage. MSF condemns the shelling of the hospital, where it has worked since 2006. Fighting in Mogadishu The fighting started on the […]

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Pirates transferred from Seychelles to Somaliland prison

By   /  March 30, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Mogadishu (Alshahid)-The Seychelles government has transferred 17 convicted Somali pirates to prisons in Somaliland because of overcrowding in its prisons, official said Thursday. This is the first time pirates have been moved to Somaliland to complete their prison time. The first batch of nine pirates were transferred by the United Nations from a prison […]

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ICC names three judges to hear cases against four prominent Kenyans

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Listen Nairobi (Alshahid)-The International Criminal Court (ICC) president has constituted Trial Chamber V which will try four accused persons whose cases were confirmed for planning or funding Kenya’s post-election violence in 2008. The court assigned Judges Christine Van den Wyngaert (Belgium), Kuniko Ozaki (Japan) and Chile Eboe-Osuji (Nigeria) the Kenyan cases. No details were provided […]

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Kenya: Somalia Unsafe for Refugees to Return

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Listen Nairobi (Human Rights Watch)–Kenyan authorities should not return refugees to Somalia because of ongoing fighting and abuses against civilians in areas controlled by Kenyan forces and allied militias, Human Rights Watch said today. Instead of claiming that “newly liberated areas” are safe for refugee return, Kenyan authorities should reopen the screening center at Liboi […]

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Somalia’s mighty shilling

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Listen USE of a paper currency is normally taken to be an expression of faith in the government that issues it. Once the solvency of the issuer is in doubt, anyone holding its notes will quickly try to trade them in for dollars, jewellery or, failing that, some commodity with enduring value (when the rouble […]

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Drafting Somalia’s Constitution Opens Debate on Religion, Law

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Listen Nairobi (VOA)-In a country torn apart by civil war, piracy and terrorism, many hope a new constitution will bring some amount of stability to Somalia. Since the fall of the last government in 1991, a succession of interim governments have failed to establish rule of law. Millions of people have been displaced or exiled […]

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