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Hillary Clinton to visit South Sudan on Africa tour

By   /  July 31, 2012  /  Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen Washington (Alshahid)-US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit troubled South Sudan on an 11-day Africa trip starting this week aimed at spurring economic growth, peace and security, the State Department announced on Monday. In the trip from July 31 to August 10, the top US envoy will reiterate US commitments to strengthening democracy, […]

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Ebola confirmed in Uganda capital

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

Listen Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has urged people to avoid physical contact, after the deadly Ebola virus claimed one life in the capital, Kampala. Fourteen people have now died since the outbreak began in western Uganda three weeks ago, he said in a broadcast. There have been no confirmed cases of the infection spreading in […]

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Ethiopians still looking for answers on Meles

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

Listen                 By Tom Rhodes/CPJ East Africa Consultant Since I published a blog last week on the lack of information about the health and whereabouts of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, readers have deluged it with comments (over 175 as of today), reflecting the pent-up interest in the […]

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U.S. drive against al Shabaab pressures Somali-American money transfers

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

Listen A Chicago man pleaded guilty on Monday to planning to join an al Qaeda-linked group in Somalia, the latest U.S. prosecution in a crackdown that has made it harder for Somali-Americans to send money to the war-torn country. Shaker Masri, 28, was arrested in August 2010 as he prepared to leave the United States […]

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Crafting A New Government In Somalia

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

Listen                     In a key step toward restoring political stability to war-torn Somalia, a special congress has convened there to begin the process of approving a new national constitution. Over the next week, an 825-member National Constituent Assembly that was chosen by the nation’s traditional elders […]

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Irish foreign minister visits Mogadishu, pledges €3 million in aid

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

Listen Mogadishu (Alshahid) – Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore has on Sunday visited Mogadishu, the Somali capital. Mr Gilmore’s visit to Mogadishu was the first by an Irish minister in more than two decades. During the six-hour visit, Mr Gilmore toured a school and nutrition centre run by Irish aid agency Concern, witnessed […]

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Al-Shabaab kill Safaricom driver

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

Listen One driver was shot dead in an attack by suspected Al-Shabaab militants on a car belonging to a mobile phone dealer in Mandera. The attackers later escaped with the Safaricom Landcruiser after overpowering four police officers who were escorting the vehicle on Sunday night. Police said the driver succumbed to injuries minutes after the attack in […]

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Commander Blames Arab Sheikhdoms for Growing Sea Piracy in Gulf of Aden

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

Listen A senior Iranian military commander accused some Arab Sheikhs from the UAE, Yemen and Saudi Arabia of sponsoring Somali pirates. Speaking to FNA, Commander of the IRGC Special Naval Force Unit General Mohammad Nazzeri said that aliens from across the globe are siphoning out Somalia’s wealth and are exploiting the sea reserves of that […]

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Somalia: Organic peace is needed

By   /  July 30, 2012  /  Featured, News, Opinion & Analysis, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen By Ali Mohamed This month, the Somali clan elders are convening in Mogadishu for a United Nations-sponsored peace and reconciliation effort to craft a “road map.” Their daunting task: selecting delegates that will try to ratify a new constitution, elect parliament, and form a new government, at the end of the “transition” in mid-August. […]

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UMI trains Somali’s civil servants

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

Listen At least 20 Somali civil servants have undergone training at the Uganda Management Institute on how to run public institutions. The African Development Bank funded the training which took two weeks. Those trained included Somalia’s director generals who gained skills in public finance management and accountability. They received certificates of attendance and participation. According […]

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