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Somalia government declares Mogadishu-Baidoa highway safe

By   /  February 28, 2013  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Mogadishu (Alshahid)-Somalia Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon has declared the road linking Mogadishu to Baidoa safe, after the fall of Alshabaab-held Bur-hakaba town on Wednesday. He said the fall of the militant-held town has opened up a strategic route between Mogadishu and Baidoa which has been impassable due to security threats posed by the […]

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American Shabaab fighter urges Muslims to join the ‘fronts’ of jihad

By   /  February 28, 2013  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen A previously unidentified American who fights in the ranks of Shabaab, al Qaeda’s affiliate in Somalia, appeared on a videotape and urged Muslims to join one of the numerous fronts of the global jihad. The American, who is identified as Abu Ahmed al Amriki, is seen on a videotape that was produced by Shabaab’s […]

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At least 40 dead in Kenya bus crash

By   /  February 28, 2013  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Nairobi (Alshahid) – At least 40 people have been killed in a grisly road accident near Mwingi, Eastern Kenya on Wednesday morning. Traffic police chief boss Samuel Kimaru said 16 people died at the scene and another 24 while being treated or on their way to hospital. The bus is said to have crashed […]

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UN set to ease Somalia arms embargo

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Listen The UN Security Council is set to ease a two decade old arms embargo against Somalia to help the new government in its battle against Islamist militants, diplomats said on Wednesday. The United States has been supporting a campaign by the Somali government for the embargo to be ended, while Britain and France have […]

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Local flights resume in Somalia’s major cities

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Listen As the security situation improves in major Somali cities, private airline companies have started offering domestic flights to areas captured from the local fighter group Al-Shabaab. Several airline companies have already begun flights to the towns of Baidoa, Beledweyn and Kismayo. The flights resumed in December 2012 after government forces asserted their control in […]

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Somalia accredits five European ambassadors

By   /  February 28, 2013  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Somalia accredited ambassadors from five European nations on Tuesday, a move hailed by the president as sending a signal that the war-ravaged nation was “becoming a normal country.” Ambassadors of Belgium, France, Germany, Spain and Finland presented their credentials to Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who said he hoped Somalia would “soon see many […]

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Somali telecom industry under global radar

By   /  February 28, 2013  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen                                             Press Release: Ministry of Information The Somali Minister of Information, Posts, Telecommunication and Transport, HE Abdullahi E Hersi (Elmog) attended the Mobile World Congress summit in Barcelona on the 25 to 27th […]

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Somali government to relocate IDPs, welcome returning refugees

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Listen The Somali government plans to relocate thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) currently living in Mogadishu to camps on the outskirts of the city, but there are concerns over inadequate government capacity as well as security and access to services in the proposed relocation areas. There are an estimated 369,000 IDPs or people living […]

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AfDB Re-Engages With the Federal Government of Somalia

By   /  February 26, 2013  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen An African Development Bank Group mission led by Abdirahman Beileh, Acting Director of the Agriculture and Agro-Industry Department, and comprising members of the Fragile States Unit and the East Africa Regional Resource Centre (EARC), visited Mogadishu, Federal Republic of Somalia, from February 14 to 19, 2013. The objective of the mission was to consult […]

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Nine Suspected Pirates transferred to Seychelles by Dutch EU Naval Force Frigate De Ruyter

By   /  February 26, 2013  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen On Monday 25 February Dutch EU Naval Force frigate HNLMS De Ruyter transferred nine suspected pirates to the Seychelles authorities for prosecution.  The transfers happened after HNLMS De Ruyter, who was conducting counter piracy patrols, stopped two skiffs on 19 February 120 nautical miles off the Somali Coast and apprehended nine suspected pirates on […]

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