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Kenya Police seize cache of ammunition en route Nairobi

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Listen Garissa (Alshahid)-Kenyan Police on Thursday seized more than 2,000 bullets and an AK47 assault rifle in a passenger’s bus heading Nairobi from the clash-strife Mandera town bordering the war-torn Somalia. Detectives handling the case said on Thursday they were questioning a suspect who is said to have packaged the luggage from Mandera. The cache […]

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Pirates release Greek-run oil tanke: source

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Listen ATHENS (Reuters) – Pirates released a Greek-operated oil tanker seized off Togo on Tuesday after stealing 3,000 tonnes of fuel from it, an official for the ship’s operator said on Thursday. The seizure of MT Energy Centurion, which is operated by Golden Energy Management, underscored the growing risks to shipping in the Gulf of […]

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Somalia Food Crisis Seen Easing After `Exceptional’ Crop

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Listen Somalia’s food crisis is easing after an “exceptional” harvest in the past season, while humanitarian assistance is still needed to stave off hunger in the region, the Famine Early Warning Systems network reported. About 2.12 million people will experience “acute food security crisis” from August to December, 16 percent less than at the beginning […]

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Ugandan chopper survivor narrates ordeal

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Listen THREE of the four Ugandan combat helicopters enroute to Somalia crashed in Mt Kenya on August 12. Seven of the 28 Air Force officers who had been deployed to provide aerial combat against the al Shabaab in Mogadishu died. But 21 officers lived to tell the tale. A Saturday Vision reporter caught up with […]

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Security Council Press Statement on Somalia

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

Listen Washington (Alshahid)-The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Gérard Araud ( France): The Security Council was briefed on 28 August by Dr. Augustine Mahiga, the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Somalia. The members of the Security Council paid tribute to the work of Dr. Mahiga and the […]

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HRW has eye on Kenyan violence

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

Listen Human Rights Watch called on Kenyan authorities to investigate Monday’s killing of militant cleric Aboud Rogo Mohammed and subsequent riots. Mohammed was described by the U.N. Security Council as an ideological leader of a Kenyan group seen as a regional ally of al-Shabaab, an al-Qaida affiliate in control of parts of Somalia. Demonstrations in […]

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Police officers hurt in Mombasa grenade attack

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Listen Mombasa (Alshahid)-Four Kenyan police officers were on Wednesday night seriously injured in yet another grenade attack in the port city of Mombasa. The four were in a group of seven officers who were patrolling the city when they were attacked at Lebanon on Kenyatta Avenue. Ambrose Munyasia, the region’s top criminal investigation officer, said […]

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Abandoned at sea – the forgotten hostages of the Somali pirates

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Listen The plight of a ship’s crew held hostage for more than two and half years has become a “scar on the conscience of the shipping industry”, reports Colin Freeman She set sail from Aden in the spring of 2010, the start of a long journey that should have seen her deliver a cargo of […]

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Journalists Discuss Role in Peace Operations

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Listen African journalists are meeting in Kigali to share ideas on the future of a common strategy towards improving communications and the media’s role in supporting the operations of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Transitional Federal Government (TFG). The two-day conference which started Wednesday also attracted civil society groups, AMISOM officials […]

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Somali woman ‘forced to pour milk on herself’

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Listen The new information was aired during a meeting held Tuesday between local public officials and representatives from several Muslim organizations. “On one occasion, a Somali woman was forced to pour milk over herself in order to symbolize that she should be white,” said Rashid Musa of the Muslimska mänskliga rättighetskommittén (‘Muslim human rights committee’) […]

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