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In Somalia, aid slow to return to key port city

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Listen Al Shabaab lost control of this port city late last month, its Al Qaeda-aligned fighters either fleeing into the countryside or melting into a wary population of civilians. A coalition of Somali and Kenyan soldiers are, for now, maintaining an armed peace. But repairing the damage done by four years of brutal Al Shabaab […]

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Ohio’s Somali voters have swing-state power

By   /  October 31, 2012  /  Featured, News, World News  /  No Comments

Listen A week before election day in the United States, all eyes are on swing states and on Ohio in particular. The state is split between Democrats and Republicans but also has many undecided voters. The state capital, Columbus, is home to the country’s second-largest Somali community, mostly refugees. Sarah, a young woman wearing a […]

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Radio dramatist’s murder raises Somalia media death toll to 18

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

Listen A renowed poet, musician and radio dramatist who used comedy as a weapon against Islamist militants has become the 18th media worker killed this year in Somalia – the second highest death toll in the world after Syria. Warsame Shire Awale, who was in his 60s, wrote and acted in comedy plays critical of […]

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Turkish oil firm Genel to explore in Somalia from 2013

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Listen Turkish oil and gas company Genel Energy Plc plans to conduct seismic work in northwestern Somalia early next year and drill its first well in the second quarter of 2014 and another well in 2015, company officials said. The London-listed explorer said in August it had the rights to two blocks, Block 13 and […]

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Two killed in protests over Kenyan politician death

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

Listen Nairobi (Alshahid)-Officials and witnesses say a riot broke out Monday in Kisumu town, western Kenya, after a man running for parliamentary seat was shot and killed. At least one other person died in ensuing violence. The politician, who is the Kisumu Town West Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) chairman, Shem Onyango Kwega, was shot and […]

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Bustling livestock trade boosts Somalia’s economy

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

Listen Trading sheep, goats and camels is such big business in Somaliland that villagers describe livestock as the “barrels of oil” that drive the economy of the breakaway republic in the Horn of Africa. Thanks to recent security gains in central and southern Somalia, livestock revenues are increasingly seen as a financial boon that could […]

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Kenya Muslim group raps police for killing two terror suspects

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

Listen Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI) in Kenya has condemned the killing of two terror suspects by the country’s police, saying that such cruel killings are unacceptable. “It is very clear at this point in time that you know the police through the Ministry of Internal Security have decided to engage in a crackdown, which […]

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The Ogaden cause and its implications for regional security

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

Listen Any hopes for an imminent end to conflict in Ethiopia’s Somali region were dashed earlier this month when talks between the government and the separatist Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) broke down. Hosted by Kenya’s government in Nairobi, the negotiations started in September, with Ethiopia’s delegation led by Defence Minister Siraj Fegessa and the […]

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Somalia’s General Farah killed in al-Shabab ambush

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

Listen A top Somali military commander has been killed in an ambush – the first general to be killed by the Islamists. Mohamed Ibrahim Farah, nicknamed “Gordon”, was killed near Merca, a strategic town captured from the al-Shabab militants in August. The Somali government army and African Union troops have been battling the al-Qaeda-aligned group […]

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Kenya Teachers’ union demands Govt pay retired tutors’ dues

By   /  October 29, 2012  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen Nairobi (Alshahid)-The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) wants the government to pay pension to more than 52,000 former teachers who retired between 1997 and 2007. KNUT has now given the government a 28-day ultimatum to pay Sh33 billion in augmented pensions to the retired teachers or face a possible mass action. The union’s […]

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