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Former Somali president blasts Hassan Sheikh Mohamud

Former Somali president Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed blasted the incumbent President in a campaign speech in Mogadishu on Wednesday, accusing Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of graft and corruption. Mr. Sheikh Ahmed arrived in Mogadishu and immediately hit the campaign trail ahead of the upcoming Somali presidential elections directly targeting President Mohamud, who he sees is his […]

Time to defeat terrorism is now

Abdisaln Omar  Hadliye Sunday January 15, 2017 Kenya Defence Forces soldiers under the Africa Union Mission in Kismayo, Somalia on November 20, 2015. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP A large part of 2016 was dominated by terrorist violence across the world aimed at weakening governments, crippling enabling institutions and frightening ordinary law-abiding […]

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Saturday January 14, 2017 Commuters at Likoni Ferry channel in Mombasa county which is among those that the US warned its citizens against visiting over terror threats. /FILE The US on Friday warned its citizens within Kenya to avoid traveling to the Somalia border following claims of threats by terrorist group al-Shabaab. Ads By Google […]

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International community expresses concern over developments in Galmudug

Friday, January 13, 2017 President Abdulkarim H. Guled in a 2014 FILE PHOTO The United Nations, African Union, European Union, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, Ethiopia, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States are concerned about the unfolding dispute within the Galmudug regional assembly and between members of the assembly and President Abdikarim Guled. […]

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Thursday January 12, 2017 US Africa Command announced that it launched an airstrike against Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, while US advisors accompanied Somali and African Union forces in a counterterrorism exercise on Jan. 7. AFRICOM described the offensive under the guise of a “self-defense strike,” as it did on nine other occasions in […]

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U.S. Spies Warn Trump and GOP: Russia Could Get You Next Unconfirmed allegations of blackmail and bribes, as well as intelligence-community testimony, warn the new administration could be compromised by the Kremlin. TIM MAK ASAWIN SUEBSAENG MICHAEL WEISS 01.10.17 11:30 PM ET The Russians may have helped Republicans this time around, but the GOP—and Donald […]

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Wednesday January 11, 2017 On Tuesday, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) used a confirmation hearing for Attorney General-designate Sen. Jeff Sessions (D-AL) to deliver a message straight to the president-elect: Minnesota’s Somali-American community is not a “disaster.” Donald Trump described Somali immigration to Minnesota as a “disaster” during his one general election campaign appearance in the […]

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Ahlu Sunna Waljama’a (ASWJ) fighters. FILE PHOTO Dhuusamareeb (HOL) – Ahlu Sunna Waljama’a (ASWJ), a moderate Sufi Islamic paramilitary group, has announced their intent to form their own exclusive parliament within their organization on Monday. The announcement was made by ASWJ officials in Dhuusamareeb, Central Somalia. It would be the first time the group ever […]

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Somali-Canadian Economist named to Carleton University’s ’75 for 75′

Monday, January 9, 2017 Somali-Canadian Economist Abdulqafar Abdullahi has been named to Carleton University’s list of the most 75 distinguished alumni from the Faculty of Public Affairs. PHOTO: Courtesy Carleton/FPA Carleton University, a leading university in Ottawa, Canada, recently named Somali-born economist to its list of distinguished alumni.Abdulqafar Abdullahi, a senior macro-fiscal economist with the […]

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Sunday, January 8, 2017 By Mary Harper Syrian dentists are helping to bring smiles to people in Somaliland During every visit to the self-declared republic of Somaliland, I notice something new. This time, there are even more multi-storey shopping malls, hotels and luxury villas in the capital, Hargeisa. Just two decades ago it was known […]

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Saturday January 7, 2017 Nabhaii Farah, 12, wearing an Asiya sport hijab at the Brian Coyle community center in Minneapolis. Asiya’s founder, Fatimah Hussein, said that as a child she was preoccupied with thoughts of “this doesn’t look right, this is falling.” Fatimah Hussein was born in Somalia and immigrated to Minneapolis when she was […]

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Somalia: Healthy herds help communities survive

   Friday January 6, 2017 Goats and sheep in Las Anod, Sool region in the northern part of Somalia. The animals are being given a shot of anti-parasitic medicine. CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / Abdikarim Mohamed In a crowded pen made of thorny shrub brushes and twigs, a herder pulls away a sheep and holds […]

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Somali immigrants arrested in Garissa

   Thursday, January 05, 2017 By STEPHEN ASTARIKO An aerial view of Garissa town. Photo/File Some eight Somali immigrants yesterday were charged in a Garissa court with illegal stay. The accused were believed to have come from Mogadishu and Hargeisa. They are Hassan Khalif, Jama Kayas, Abdi Siyat, Mubarak Abdi, Osman Ahmed, Abdihakim Noor, Mohamed […]

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UPDATE: Car bomb leaves four private security guards wounded in Mogadishu

   An explosion near the UNDP compound in Mogadishu this morning has left at least four people wounded, according to police and witnesses. “We can confirm that four guards working for the United Nations were injured,” said Major Nur Osman, a police officer at the scene. Early reports indicate that a bomb was planted onto […]

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Twin Cities Somali students sweep national Qur’an competition

Tuesday January 3, 2017 Twin Cities Somali youth took top honors at a national Qur’an competiton this year, with 15 students receiving prizes and a Minneapolis student placing first. When it comes to memorizing Islam’s holy book, Ahmed Mohamed, 15, of Minneapolis, proved himself to be one of the best in the nation. He joined […]

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Three killed in car bomb attack on peacekeepers’ Somali HQ

      Monday, January 2, 2017 At least three people were killed when a suicide attacker set off a car bomb at a checkpoint outside the main base of an African Union peacekeeping force in the Somali capital on Monday, police said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Islamist al Shabaab militants, who […]

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Somali Presidential Guard Shot Dead Inside Compound, Suspect Sought

A search was being conducted for a suspect in Somalia after a presidential guard turned his gun on a colleague Saturday, killing the senior official and wounding a second person inside the presidential compound, witnesses and authorities said. Shador Haji, the Presidential Palace communications director, confirmed the killing late Saturday.   The dead official was […]

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    Saturday, December 31, 2016 Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza at a news conference in his office in Bujumbura on May 17, 2015 | Carl de Souza, AFP BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundi’s president on Friday threatened to pull out almost 5,500 troops contributing to the African Union mission in Somalia over nearly a year […]

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Grizzly Steppe’: how the US says Russia hacked the election

Friday, December 30, 2016 This combination of file photos shows US President Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin speaking in Moscow. The US has accused Moscow of its meddling in the presidential election. AFP PHOTOS WASHINGTON Russian intelligence agencies over the last two years blanketed Democratic Party targets with malicious emails and have likely continued such […]

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US and UK issue athreat to electoral abusers in Somaalia

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 U.S. Ambassador to Somalia Stephen Schwartz delivers remarks at a swearing-in ceremony in his honor at the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C., on June 27, 2016. [State Department Photo/ Public Domain] Mogadishu (HOL) – The US government announced today that it will go after Somali-Americans who are threatening the […]

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Somalia swears in 283 members of parliament amid international scrutiny

Somalia swears in 283 members of parliament from UNSOM on Vimeo. Mogadishu (HOL) – Somalia’s tenth Parliament moved one step close to forming a new government Tuesday with an inauguration ceremony that saw 283 members of parliament (MPs) be sworn in at the General Kahiye Police Academy. At the tightly secured compound in Mogadishu, 43 MPs of […]

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Scholarship student dreams of owning a BMW M5

Friday December 23, 2016 Five years ago, Mohammed Thabir arrived in Ireland with his parents and four sisters, via Sudan, having fled war-torn Somalia. He did not have a word of English. Last night, however, he was applauded at an awards ceremony in Limerick where he was one of eight students named winners of the […]

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Burundi president to file a claim against AMISOM unpaid wages

Thursday, December 22, 2016 File: The Burundi Head of State, Pierre Nkurunziza. For several months the EU and Burundian government have been at loggerheads over the payment terms of the troops deployed in Somalia. Photo: Flickr BUJUMBURA\  – The Burundi head of state, Pierre Nkurunziza, has announced that his government is to open judicial proceedings […]

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Egypt, Saudi ties worsening

AhlulBayt News Agency Wednesday, December 21, 2016 Saudi King Salman ordered the country’s officials to stop implementation of all agreements between Riyadh and Cairo until further notice. Al-Bawaba al-Fajr news website quoted an Egyptian diplomatic source as saying that most agreements signed between Egypt and Saudi Arabia have been suspended at the order of the […]

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Copenhagen (HOL) – Three Somali men were wounded in a shooting at a mosque after a gunman clad in all black burst into a prayer hall and gunned down unsuspecting worshippers before fleeing, according to police and witnesses. Ambulance and police descended on the busy Zurich street and transported the victims to hospital while launching […]

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Sunday December 18, 2016 Twelve people were killed, including nine civilians and three Al-Shabaab militants, in their clashes in south Somalia on Saturday, officials said. Ahmed Mohamud Ahmed, spokesman for Jubaland State security agency, said their forces backed locals near Kismayo town who were fighting Al-Shabaab. “Al-Shabaab militants killed nine livestock owners. They also stole […]

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Young Somali-Australians get chance to grow

Saturday December 17, 2016 Mentee Abdurrahman Ahmed with his mentor Rita Chandra (SBS The Iftiin Somali graduate program has paired nine Muslim Somali university graduates with early-and mid-career professionals from the Young Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce (AICC) network. The mentoring program is a six-month program that includes regular one-on-one meetings and workshops. ‘Iftiin’ is […]

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NATO ends anti-piracy operation; Seychelles to continue to monitor sea threats

  Friday, December 16, 2016 A decade after the Somali pirate threat began to paralyze the maritime trade off East Africa, harming Seychelles’ tourism numbers in the process, NATO on Thursday will formally end its counter-piracy operation known as Operation Ocean Shield. Seychelles should see the end of the international military alliance’s counter-piracy operation as […]

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Results in Races for 11 Seats Annulled

Harun Maruf Thursday December 15, 2016 The panel that rules on election disputes in Somalia has thrown out the results in races for 11 seats in recent parliamentary elections because of numerous irregularities, including gunfire at a polling place. The decision by the Independent Electoral Disputes Resolution Mechanism is likely to further complicate Somalia’s attempt […]

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The President of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud paid a courtesy call to the embassy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Mogadishu amid rising tensions between the president and the government of the UAE. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has publicly denied that the meeting was meant to repair a fractured relationship and maintains that ties are […]

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