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President Uhuru Kenyatta meets Ban Ki-Moon to discuss Amisom

By   /  January 31, 2016  /  Africa, Featured, Horn of Africa  /  No Comments

Listen President Uhuru Kenyatta today held a meeting with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to discuss Somalia and the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom). The meeting was held on the sidelines of the 26th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Later, President Kenyatta held a bilateral meeting with the President of Namibia, […]

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Doing it themselves: the rebuilding of Somalia’s higher education sector

By   /  January 31, 2016  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen The ineffectiveness of the Mogadishu government is not stopping university leaders from trying to drive up standards With no permanent government and militant groups controlling large expanses of territory, Somalia was the ultimate “failed state” for more than two decades. Higher education all but collapsed: classes at the Somali National University were indefinitely suspended […]

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Somalia earns U.N’s accolades on bicameral parliament poll deal

By   /  January 31, 2016  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Somalia has turned a page in UN’s good books. The organisation’s Special Representative for Somalia Michael Keating told the Security Council on Thursday (January 28) that the country’s government had agreed on a model for the electoral process to establish a new, bicameral federal parliament in 2016. The model envisages a lower house of […]

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Father begs to be allowed to take his sons back to Somalia because it’s less dangerous than London after they both get stabbed

By   /  January 31, 2016  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Ministers have been begged to allow two brothers to return to Somalia after they were stabbed in separate attacks in London. Former Labour leadership hopeful Chuka Umunna said his constituent ‘massively regrets’ moving his sons to London and believes it would be less dangerous for them to live in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu. One of […]

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Burundi frees two foreign journalists: French ambassador

By   /  January 30, 2016  /  Featured, Horn of Africa, News  /  No Comments

Listen Two foreign journalists working in volatile Burundi were released without charge Friday, 24 hours after police arrested them in a raid, the French ambassador said. French journalist Jean-Philippe Remy, Africa bureau chief for French daily Le Monde, and British photojournalist Phil Moore, were arrested on Thursday afternoon during a raid in which 15 others […]

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AU Summit to endorse mass ICC walkout by Africa

By   /  January 30, 2016  /  Featured, Horn of Africa, News  /  No Comments

Listen The African Union (AU) summit is on Saturday expected to adopt a report that recommends, among others, collective withdrawal of African States from the Rome Statute that establishes the International Criminal Court ( ICC). The AU Executive Council that comprises foreign affairs ministers from the continent has already adopted a report that highlights Africa’s […]

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Somali-born man handed 9 years in U.S. prison for al Shabaab suppor

By   /  January 30, 2016  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen A Somalia-born man who U.S. prosecutors said abandoned Britain where he had been a citizen to return to the country of his birth and joined the Islamist militant group al Shabaab, was sentenced to nine years in prison on Friday. Mahdi Hashi, 26, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John Gleeson in Brooklyn, New […]

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Mogadishu Restaurant Attack Sparks Protests

By   /  January 29, 2016  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Hundreds of people have staged a protest in the Somali capital after a deadly attack on a beachfront restaurant last week. At least 28 people were killed and many others were wounded after Al Shabab fighters stormed Liido Seafood restaurant last week in an attack which lasted more than 10 hours before security forces […]

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UN praises ‘inclusive’ Somali election plan

By   /  January 29, 2016  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen United Nations (United States) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has praised Somalia’s government for agreeing Thursday to hold elections this year to a new two-chamber parliament in which women will hold nearly a third of seats. The new federal parliament will hold elections “based on inclusivity and representation,” Ban said in a statement welcoming […]

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Somali president’s Kenya trip sparks outrage

By   /  January 29, 2016  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Somali politicians and citizens have taken to social media Wednesday in outrage following their president’s trip to Kenya to attend the memorial service of Kenyan soldiers killed in militants attack last week. Mr. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud’s visit to Kenya to join in a service honouring Kenyan soldiers killed in an Al-Shabab attack on El-Ade […]

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