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AMISOM Force Commander tours Hiiraan Region

By   /  November 26, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Force Commander Lt. General Andrew Gutti today made his inaugural visit to Beletweyne town in Hiiraan region. Lt. General Andrew Gutti visited the Djiboutian contingent of AMISOM troops headquartered in Beletweyne 332 kms north of the Somali capital Mogadishu for the first time since their recent deployment. […]

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Bid for Edmonton family to avoid son’s deportation to Somalia in final throes

By   /  November 26, 2012  /  Featured, News, World News  /  No Comments

Listen The mother of an Edmonton man facing deportation to Somalia – a country he says he’s never been to – expects his bid for last-minute clemency has already failed. Khadro Mohamed’s son, 23-year-old Saeed Jama, was picked up from an Edmonton jail Sunday by federal immigration officials. Court had been told Mr. Jama, a […]

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33 chiefs sacked in Garissa over claims of laxity amid insecurity

By   /  November 26, 2012  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen A senior State offi cial has sacked 33 chiefs and their assistants in Garissa town and its environs for allegedly failing to help stop terror attacks in the area. In the move likely to draw criticism from residents and legislators, North Eastern Provincial Commissioner Ernest Munyi also suspended issuance of national identity cards (IDs) […]

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Bombings in former Somali Shebab bastion kill five

By   /  November 26, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Witnesses and a local pro-government say at least 5 people were killed in Somalia’s Kismayo city after two roadside bomb attacks Two roadside bomb attacks in the Somali port city and former Islamist bastion of Kismayo on Sunday killed at least five people, witnesses and a local pro-government militia said. One person was killed […]

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124 killed in Bangladesh garment factory fire

By   /  November 25, 2012  /  Featured, News, World News  /  No Comments

Listen Dhaka (Alshahid) – At least 124 people were killed overnight as a massive blaze engulfed a multi-storey garment factory on the outskirts of the Bangladesh capital in one of the worst fire tragedies in the country. The fire broke out at Tazrin Fashion factory in suburban Ashulia Savar, 30 km from Dhaka, last night […]

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Government, media guilty of xenophobic attitude towards Somalis

By   /  November 25, 2012  /  East Africa, Featured, News, Opinion & Analysis  /  No Comments

Listen                           By Billow Kerow The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports that over 412 people have died, and nearly 112,000 displaced in inter-communal fighting in Kenya this year. Many more have died due to terror and other criminal attacks directed […]

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Somalia wants UN arms embargo lifted

By   /  November 25, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Somali Defence minister Abdihakim Haji Mohamoud Fiqi said Friday that the UN arms embargo was hindering progress in the fight against Al-Shabaab. Mr Fiqi underlined that his government had no sufficient power to fight the radical Islamist group. “We have no sufficient power to fight Al-Qaeda. It is a fact known by the International […]

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After 2 years, Indian seamen still captives of Somali pirates

By   /  November 25, 2012  /  Featured, News, Piracy, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen                       The Somali pirates who hijacked Asphalt Venture, an asphalt/bitumen tanker employing Indian crew off the coast of Dar Es Salaam two years ago, continue to hold in captivity seven crew-six officers and one seaman-saying they will not be released until their own men […]

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EU apprehends then releases nine suspected pirates off Somalia

By   /  November 25, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen European Union Naval Force officials released nine suspected pirates Thursday because of insufficient criminal evidence after destroying their skiff off Somalia, said spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Jacqueline Sherriff. Maritime officials from four countries collaborated Wednesday morning to identify and destroy the suspected pirate boat about 420 nautical miles east of Mogadishu, Somalia’s largest city and […]

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Massive deforestation risks turning Somalia into desert

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

Listen Hassan Hussein cuts down 40 trees every month to fuel his charcoal business, fully aware of the impact his action has on the environment. But for the livestock keeper, the forests are the last remaining resource. And he is not alone. Hundreds of thousands of Somalia’s traditional pastoralist herders do the same, putting their […]

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