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Somali refugees killed near Bab al-Mandeb Strait – Aljazeera

Somali refugees killed near Bab al-Mandeb Strait – Aljazeera (Aljazeera) — Attack on boat near Bab al-Mandeb Strait leaves dozens of people, reportedly carrying official UNHCR documents, dead. Dozens of Somali refugees have been killed off the coast of Hodeidah in Yemen after a helicopter attacked the boat they were travelling in, according to the International […]

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Officials: Somali Pirates Hijack Oil Tanker in Indian Ocean

Officials: Somali Pirates Hijack Oil Tanker in Indian Ocean (VOA News) — Somali officials say pirates have hijacked an oil tanker in the Indian Ocean and guided it to the coast of Puntland region. Sources tell VOA’s Somali service that the ship is believed to be a merchant tanker flying the flag of the United […]

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Somalis in Kenya Fight Stereotypes Through Film

Nairobi (VOA News) — You’ve heard of Hollywood, Bollywood and Nollywood, but have you heard of Eastleighwood? Eastleigh is a primarily Somali district of Nairobi known to some as little Mogadishu. A group of young people there has been making films to counter stereotypes and radicalization. Rael Ombuor has the story for VOA from Nairobi. […]

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United States Deports Dozens of Somalis – VOA News

United States Deports Dozens of Somalis WASHINGTON (VOA News)— For the second time this year, the United States has deported a group of Somalis to their home country. A plane carrying 68 Somalis landed Friday at Mogadishu’s Aden Adde International Airport. The deportees were accompanied by agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), who handed […]

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Hassan Ali Khaire: Hunger, disease kill 110 in two days

Hassan Ali Khaire: Hunger, disease kill 110 in two days Prime minister calls on citizens to help as hunger resulting from drought leads to rise in deaths in the Bay region. (Aljazeera) — Somalia’s prime minister has announced the deaths of at least 110 people due to hunger and diarrhoea in the country over the […]

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Extracting Somali oil: is the risk worth the reward?

New research by seismic services company Spectrum Geo has confirmed significant hydrocarbon potential in the seas off the Somali coast, especially oil, which is easier to extract than natural gas. The government is keen to exploit the reserves, but is the threat of piracy and geopolitical instability too high to nurture an offshore industry? By […]

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Al-Shabab has lost Somali territory in recent years but continues to carry out attacks [File: AP]

AMISOM: 57 al-Shabab fighters killed in Juba raid

AMISOM: 57 al-Shabab fighters killed in Juba raid AMISOM announces one of deadliest attacks on armed group’s base in Juba, but al-Shabab says it lost no fighters. At least 57 al-Shabab fighters were killed after African Union (AU) and Somali forces attacked one of the armed group’s camps in the southern region of Juba, according […]

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Somalia declares ‘national disaster’ over drought, more than 6.2 million people in need

Somalia declares ‘national disaster’ over drought, more than 6.2 million people in need

Somalia declares ‘national disaster’ over drought (Aljazeera) –More than 6.2 million people in need of urgent humanitarian aid, including nearly three million who are going hungry. Somalia’s new leader has declared a national disaster for a prolonged drought that has forced about half of the country’s population to seek urgent food assistance and sparked fears […]

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Pupils look through a broken window as they ride in their school bus at Hamar boarding school in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, in this file photo taken on 2 April 2012. Reuters/Ismail Taxta

What are the challenges facing President Farmajo as he is inaugurated today?

Somalia: What are the challenges facing President Farmajo as he is inaugurated today? Farmajo pledged to tackle threat of al-Shabaab violence, famine and corruption. (IBTimes) — Elected on 8 February in a landmark vote in Somalia, President Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” Mohamed will be inaugurated today (22 February) in the capital, Mogadishu. Farmajo will be the […]

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HEAVY security as Uhuru Kenyatta is expected in Somalia

HEAVY security as Uhuru Kenyatta is expected in Somalia

– President Uhuru Kenyatta expected to land in Somalia for the inauguration of Mohamed AbdulIahi Farmajo the new president of Somalia – Farmajo won Somalia’s February election defeating 19 candidates – Somalia’s capital is in lock down as leaders from East Africa attend the inauguration (TUKO) — President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to land in […]

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A boy watches sacks of food drop to the ground during a United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) airdrop close to Rubkuai village in Unity State, northern South Sudan, February 18, 2017. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola/File Photo

Famine threatens millions in the Horn of Africa as Washington prepares expanded war in Somalia

Famine threatens millions in the Horn of Africa as Washington prepares expanded war in Somalia By Thomas Gaist (WSWS) — Even as starvation and malnutrition threaten more than 10 million lives in the Horn of Africa countries of Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, the United States and its allies are preparing a massive expansion of military operations […]

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Somalia praised for holding peaceful polls, but Shabaab denounces

Somalia praised for holding peaceful polls, but Shabaab denounces Kenya (The Star) — President Uhuru Kenyatta has commended Somali for successfully holding a peaceful presidential election, saying it is proof the Horn of Africa country is heading in the right direction. Uhuru said the election gave renewed hope to the Somali people and the international […]

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Why We Must Act Now to Address a New Famine in Somalia

(Newsweek) — The election last week of a new president in Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed—known as Farmajo—came at the same time the country was in the news for being one of the seven affected by U.S. President Donald Trump’s immigration ban. President Mohamed immediately promised a “new beginning” for his country. He undoubtedly faces monumental […]

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Blue skies over Somalia after election of a new president

The election of Mohammed Abdullahi Farmajo as Somalia’s president has inspired optimism for the future of Somalia. By Abukar Arman Abukar Arman is a Somali political analyst, writer and former diplomat. (Aljazeera) — The stage seemed set for a ceremonial rubber-stamping of the status quo. Some of the new parliamentarians, many of who came through […]

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Somaliland Approves Naval, Air Base Deal with UAE

WASHINGTON (VOA News) — The parliament of the break-away republic of Somaliland has overwhelming approved a deal to allow the United Arab Emirates to establish an air and naval base in the port town of Berbera. Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo presented the motion on Sunday to a joint session by both houses of the parliament, […]

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Ethiopian spy is the most hated person in Somalia

Ethiopian spy is the most hated person in Somalia By Dahir Alasow Somalia (Waagacusub) – Somali elected president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed “Farmaajo” was requested by many people and political groups to declare Ethiopian secret service official Hailu Gabre persona non grata for intermingling in the internal affairs of Somalia and masterminding renewed hostilities. “The spy, […]

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Why does Somalia matter?

It was an unusual presidential election, with 22 candidates and no polling stations. MPs voted but not everyone else because of the threat of attack. The election was marred by accusations of bribery and political infighting among the clans of Somalia, all 135 of them. So will the new president be able to lead Somalis […]

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ONLF Congratulates President Elect, H. E. Mohamed, of Somalia

ONLF Press Release: ONLF Congratulates President Elect, H. E. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, of Somalia Dear H. E Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, President elect of Somalia Mr. President Elect: Please accept my warm congratulations on your victory and my best wishes for your success and the Somali as you prepare to take up the responsibilities and challenges of […]

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Somali soldiers prepare to secure the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Tuesday, on the eve of presidential elections.

US dual National Wins Historic Presidential Election in Somalia

Election in Somalia: Major defeat for TPLF as the incumbent candidate it baked with money and guns have lost to the opposition (The Guardian) — Former prime minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed promises ‘new beginning’ for beleaguered country Celebrations have erupted on the streets of Somalia after parliamentarians elected a new president, with crowds chanting songs and […]

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