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Istanbul gathering to define major contributors to solving Somali woes

By   /  May 31, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen                   Dr. AUGUSTINE MAHIGA The transitional period is on track to end on Aug 20, 2012. We are on the cusp of a possible sea change, and Somalia has its best chance for peace in decades. It is my hope that this gathering will define elements […]

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Nusoj Demands a Stop to Use of Repressive Media Law, Says It Undermines Private Broadcast Media

By   /  May 31, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Press release 30 May 2012 On May 22, 2012, the Ministry of Information, Posts and Telecommunications issued public statement in claimed that some FM radio owners in the capital, Mogadishu, were “engaging in libeling campaign against government officials as well as creating hysteria over the peace process with an intention to spoil the Roadmap […]

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Four policemen wounded on border with Somalia

By   /  May 31, 2012  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen                   Four Kenyan policemen were wounded Tuesday in an ambush by suspected Somali gunmen in the restive frontier region bordering war-ravaged Somalia, authorities said Wednesday. The incident occurred in Dadaab district when a police unit was on its way back to base after escorting a bus […]

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Somali Islamist bastion to fall ‘by August’: Kenyan army

By   /  May 31, 2012  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen African Union troops will seize the last key bastion of Somalia’s Al-Qaeda linked Shebab insurgents within three months, Kenya’s army chief boasted Wednesday, as pressure mounted on the Islamists. Hardline Shebab fighters are now left with the port town of Kismayo as the last major town they control, and have in recent months switched […]

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Istanbul conference on Somalia opens

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Listen World leaders and Somali politicians have started talks in Istanbul on how to end decades of anarchy in Somalia. The two-day talks are hosted by the Turkish government, which has tried to raise Turkey’s profile in Somalia since last year’s drought there. Traditional elders, business leaders and civil society groups from Somalia are also […]

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Nairobi blast ’caused by bomb’

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

Listen Nairobi (Alshahid)-Kenya police said an improvised explosive device caused a blast that ripped through a building full of small shops in downtown Nairobi, with one official saying it may have been a fertilizer bomb. There had been confusion over the cause of Monday’s blast- officers first blamed it on an electrical fault, but the […]

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Khartoum, Juba restart talks since conflict

By   /  May 30, 2012  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen Addis Ababa (Alshahid)-Chief negotiators for Sudan and South Sudan have held their first talks here since deadly border fighting last month took them to the brink of war. Idriss Mohammed Abdel Qadir from Khartoum and Pagan Amum from Juba began the talks mediated by former South African President Thabo Mbeki, and also attended by […]

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UNHCR Ready to Assist Newly Displaced in Mogadishu

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

Listen This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 29 May 2012, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.   In Somalia, UNHCR and our partners stand ready to assist displaced people from Afgooye as they […]

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Somali communities raise their voices for Istanbul conference

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

Listen Following on from the London Conference on Somalia in February this year, actors from the political and civil society arenas are meeting once again in Istanbul to focus on “Preparing for Somalia’s Future”. Somali based NGOs have come together to deliver recommendations for the conference on the future of the country taking place in […]

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Pirates make phone threats to hostages’ families as ransom unpaid

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

Listen Their telephones ring day and night, with Somali pirates on the other end threatening to beat their loved ones, force them to stand in the sun and go without food. Incessant and increasing numbers of phone calls have alarmed the wives, children, cousins and other relatives of the 22 hostages on board the MV […]

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