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London Conference on Somalia: Final Communique

By   /  February 24, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Introduction 1. The London Conference on Somalia took place at Lancaster House on 23rd February 2012, attended by fifty-five delegations from Somalia and the international community. 2. We met at a key moment in Somalia’s history. Somalia is emerging from the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. African and Somali troops have pushed Al […]

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Somalis asked to help free kidnapped South African Sailors

By   /  February 23, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Johannesburg (Alshahid)-A South African based relief group has appealed to Somalis living in the country to help secure the release of a Durban couple taken hostage by Somali pirates more than a year ago. The couple Bruno Pelizzari and Debbie Calitz were sold by their pirate captors to members of militant group Alshabab and […]

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World seeks ‘second chance’ for Somalia

By   /  February 23, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen London (Alshahid)-Somalia’s fragile leadership, its neighbours and international allies meet in London today in the hopes of stabilising the country’s government and containing the threat from Islamic militants. About 50 nations and international organisations will attend the one-day summit on Thursday, including Somalia‘s Western-backed transitional government, officials from the northern breakaway republic of Somaliland, […]

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US considering sanctions on Somalia ‘spoilers’

By   /  February 23, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen London (AFP)-The US is mulling the possibility of imposing sanctions on “spoilers” blocking political progress in Somalia, a US official said Wednesday on the eve of a London conference to address the country’s troubles. “We would contemplate imposing both travel restrictions and visa bans on individuals who serve as spoilers in the political process,” […]

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Kenya under AMISOM as Somalia troops boosted

By   /  February 23, 2012  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen Kenyan troops already in Somalia will now operate under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) command after the UN Security Council increased the AU force there by nearly 6,000 troops to 17,731 and gave it explicit mandate to go on the offensive against Islamist militants. The 15-nation Council unanimously agreed on a resolution […]

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Turkish aid to Somalia totals $365 mln over past year

By   /  February 23, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Turkey has sent $365 million (TL 640 million) in cash and in-kind aid to Somalia over the past year, a statement by the Prime Ministry Public Diplomacy Coordinator’s Office said on Wednesday. The Public Diplomacy Coordinator’s Office released a statement on Turkish assistance to Somalia ahead of the International Conference on Somalia, which will […]

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Ethiopia, Somali troops seize Baidoa from Alshabab

By   /  February 22, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Addis Ababa (Alshahid)-Ethiopian and Somali troops captured the central Somali town of Baidoa from Alshabab, the militant group allied to Al-Qaeda, Ethiopian Foreign Ministry spokesman Dina Mufti said. “Baidoa has fallen into the hands of Transitional Federal Government and Ethiopian forces,” he said in a phone interview from Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, today. […]

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Kenya’s Environment Minister dies at the age of 80

By   /  February 22, 2012  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  1 Comment

Listen Nairobi (Alshahid) – Kenyan leaders have mourned Environment minister John Michuki who died of a heart attack aged 80 Tuesday night. Michuki who flew back to the country from United Kingdom last Thursday was taken ill on Sunday and admitted at the Aga Khan Hospital. President Mwai Kibaki has sent a message of condolence […]

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David Cameron: Somalia should be enjoying its own Arab spring

By   /  February 22, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen London (Alshahid)-Somalia should be enjoying an Arab Spring of its own but its Alshabab insurgents are fomenting jihad both in and out of the country, British Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday. Interviewed for the BBC’s Somali service, Mr Cameron stressed the importance of restoring order in Somalia. “The security threat is real, it […]

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Uganda opposition leader injured in a protest

By   /  February 22, 2012  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen Kampala (Alshahid)-Uganda’s main opposition leader, Kizza Besigye, was injured Tuesday evening, when police fired tear gas and live bullets at a demonstration in Kampala, the opposition party officials said. Party officials said fragments from an exploded device caused slight burns on Besigye’s left leg at the rally held in downtown Kampala, an opposition stronghold. […]

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