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Kenyan Court allows prosecution of Somali Pirates

By   /  October 19, 2012  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen                 Nairobi (Alshahid)-Kenya’s Court of Appeal ruled Thursday that the country’s courts have jurisdiction to try Somali pirates captured in international waters. Appellate Judges David Maraga, Otieno Onyango, Alnasir Vishram, Hannah Okwengu and Martha Okwenga ruled that Kenyan Courts indeed had authority and the jurisdiction to try […]

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Minnesota man found guilty of recruiting for Alshabab group

By   /  October 19, 2012  /  Featured, News, World News  /  No Comments

Listen Minnesota (Alshahid)-Jurors have delivered a guilty verdict in the trial of a Minnesota man accused of helping send men to Somalia to join the al-Qaida-linked group Alshabab. Mahamud Said Omar is charged with five terrorism-related counts in the government’s investigation into what it says was the recruitment of more than 20 Minneapolis-area Somali men […]

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Pakistan offers Somalia support to face post-transition challenges

By   /  October 19, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen With the nine-year-old transitional period in Somalia having ended peacefully, Pakistan pledged all possible support to the African nation which now was on the cusp of a new chapter in its history. “The Presidential and Parliamentary elections and the Prime Minister’s nomination herald a new political dispensation, which reflects the aspirations of the Somali […]

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Somalia journalists protest “libelous Guardian article”

By   /  October 19, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  1 Comment

Listen Dozens of Somali journalists on Thursday held protests against an article in the British paper the Guardian in which the writer alleged Somali reporters to be corrupt and that many of them are killed for their involvement in graft. The Guardian piece authored by London-based journalist Jamal Osman was entitled “Somali Journalists are dying […]

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Somali football stadium: African Union urged to leave

By   /  October 19, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen                   The Somali Football Federation (SFF) has asked African Union troops to vacate the national stadium so it can be used again for sports events. An SFF official told the BBC the request was made on an official visit to inspect the stadium on Tuesday. The […]

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Kenyan lawmaker to appear in court over secessionist group remarks

By   /  October 18, 2012  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen Nairobi (Alshahid)-Nominated Member of Parliament Sheikh Mohammed Dor is to be charged in court today after spending hours in the hands of Criminal Investigations Department (CID) detectives in Nairobi and Mombasa. The ODM nominated MP was recently quoted in the local media saying that he was ready and willing to fund Mombasa Republican Council […]

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FAO seeks to revive agriculture to end food crisis in Somalia

By   /  October 18, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Somalia newly elected President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud have vowed to work together to prioritize reviving Somalia’s agricultural glory waned by 20 years of war as the new leadership. FAO said in a statement issued in Nairobi on Wednesday, that Mohamud, who became Somalia’s first democratically elected […]

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Feds: Suspect sent ‘cannon fodder’ to Somalia

By   /  October 18, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen A terrorism suspect accused of sending men from Minnesota to their native Somalia to join an al-Qaida-linked group, al-Shabab, used them as “cannon fodder,” a prosecutor said Wednesday. Assistant U.S. Attorney John Docherty told jurors during closing arguments of a nearly three-week trial that they should convict Mahamud Said Omar, who faces five terrorism-related […]

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Western money, African blood: How US and Europe paid for Africans to rout Somali militants

By   /  October 18, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen The first Ugandan soldiers to fly into Somalia 5 1/2 years ago came under attack as soon as they arrived: Militants fired mortars at the new mission’s welcome ceremony. Today, backed by a sweeping multinational effort that includes $338 million in U.S. equipment, wages and training, the force of Ugandans, Burundians, Kenyans and Somalis […]

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UN Envoy Welcomes Parliament’s Endorsement of New Prime Minister

By   /  October 18, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen The United Nations top political official for Somalia today welcomed the endorsement by the East African country’s Parliament of the new Prime Minister, Abdi Farah Shirdon, stressing that it signals an encouraging start of cooperation between two important arms of the Government. “The approval of Prime Minister Shirdon by the Somali legislature is further […]

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