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Friday February 24, 2017 State Rep. Ilhan Omar takes the oath of office in 2017. Jim Mone / AP MINNEAPOLIS — On the night Donald Trump was elected president, Ilhan Omar became the United States’ first Somali-American state lawmaker.It was a bittersweet win for the Minneapolis-based community activist — a Muslim American, a Somali, and […]

The rising level of violence in Somalia has triggered widespread calls to reevaluate the African Union role in the country. As senior western diplomat acknowledged, “there is not enough AMISOM troops to win the war again al-Shabaab. There is growing evidence, however that the solution to al-Shabaab is not in Mogadishu but in Hargeisa in […]

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Tuesday February 21, 2017 Regina Aluel holds her grandson Agop Manut, 11-months-old, who suffers acute malnutrition and respiratory distress at the clinic run by Doctors Without Borders in Aweil, northern Bahr al-Ghazal, South Sudan in 2016 (AFP Photo/ALBERT GONZALEZ FARRAN) Almost 1.4 million children suffering from severe malnutrition could die this year from famine in […]

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Monday February 20, 2017 by Felix Njini The International Monetary Fund says creditors may forgive part of Somalia’s outstanding $5.3 billion debt if the strife-torn Horn of Africa state takes concrete steps toward reforming its economy and improving governance. Somalia, gripped by a three-decade civil war, would have to first clear arrears owed to the […]

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Monday February 20, 2017 The International Monetary Fund is backing Somalia’s plans to replace tattered currency notes that were printed before the Horn of Africa nation plunged into civil war almost three decades ago. The new Somali shilling notes may come into circulation this year, alongside the dollar that’s been the main means of payment, […]

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Sunday February 19, 2017 A KDF soldier attached to Amisom guards the Kismayu International Airport control tower. A US congressman is seeking to halt Kenya’s pending $418 million weapons purchase from an American contractor. PHOTO | FILE A US congressman is seeking to halt Kenya’s pending $418 million weapons purchase from an American contractor. Nairobi […]

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Harun Maruf Saturday February 18, 2017 FILE – Deeqo Jibril (right) applauds United States Vice President Joe Biden after Biden’s opening remarks at a roundtable on countering violent extremism at the White House in Washington, Feb. 17, 2015. A Somali-American refugee activist and community leader who is running for Boston City Council says she has […]

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He arrived in Canada as a teenage refugee from Somalia. With ‘preternatural calm,’ Ahmed Hussen is now Canada’s immigration minister. Shannon Proudfoot Friday February 17, 2017 It was the second week of the Trump administration, and the second consecutive Sunday the Prime Minister’s staff spent grinding it out in the office. President Donald Trump’s travel […]

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Friday February 17, 2017 Burundi and the African Union (AU) reached an agreement on Thursday on the modalities of payment of Burundian troops deployed in Somalia as part of the African Union force (Amisom), the first vice – President of Burundi Gaston Sindimwo has announced. “We are satisfied, we have discussed well with Mr. Chergui […]

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  Thursday February 16, 2017 Hundreds of thousands of people in Somalia may die or be near death in May if immediate action isn’t taken to address the threat of famine, Britain’s envoy for the Horn of Africa warned Wednesday. Nicholas Kay said at a briefing for a group of journalists that Britain is “deeply […]

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Wednesday February 15, 2017 Somalia’s breakaway northern territory of Somaliland is asking the United States for an exemption to President Donald Trump’s executive order on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations. Ads By Google Somalia is one of the affected countries, but Somaliland considers itself an independent state after breaking away in 1991. It continues […]

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ONE SOMALIA United Kingdom The UAE government in January submitted a formal application seeking permission from the “Somaliland Administration” to open a military base in the port town of Berbera. Somaliland is part of the Federal Republic of Somalia and do not have the authority both constitutionally and logically to agree the establishment of a military […]

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Harun Maruf Sunday February 12, 2017 FILE – Somalia’s Central Bank Governor Bashir Issa Ali speaks during a Reuters interview in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, Jan. 28, 2016. WASHINGTON — Somalia intends to resume printing banknotes this year for the first time since the government collapsed in 1991. The governor of Somalia’s central bank, Bashir Issa Ali, […]

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President Farmajo hosts delegation of Arab Ambassadors  

  Saturday February 11, 2017 President Farmajo met with Arab Ambassadors and discussed his five-point appeal Mogadishu (HOL) – Newly elected President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo met with a delegation of Arab ambassadors in the capital on Saturday morning. The ambassadors delivered congratulatory messages on behalf of their governments to the President. While speaking with diplomats, […]

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UN chief congratulates Farmajo on election as new Somali president

Friday February 10, 2017 UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday congratulated Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo upon his election as the federal president of Somalia, voicing his hope that the president-elect “will move expeditiously to form an inclusive cabinet.” Ads By Google The secretary-general, in a statement issued here by his spokesman, commended the African Union Mission […]

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US State Department Thursday February 9, 2017 Acting Spokesperson, Mark C. Toner The United States congratulates the people of Somalia on the successful conclusion of their national electoral process. We congratulate Mr. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on his selection as the next President of the Federal Government of Somalia and look forward to working closely with […]

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Corruption Likely to Mar Somali Presidential Vote

Mohamed Olad Hassan Tuesday February 7, 2017 Motorists drive along a street with the campaign billboards of Somalia’s Presidential candidates in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, Feb. 6, 2017. WASHINGTON — Election observers in Somalia say corruption is running rampant ahead of Wednesday’s presidential election, with candidates giving gifts and large sums of cash to lawmakers to secure […]

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  Monday February 6, 2017 Cameroon’s defender Ambroise Oyongo (left) vies for the ball against Egypt’s forward Mohamed Salah during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final football match between Egypt and Cameroon at the Stade de l’Amitie Sino-Gabonaise in Libreville on February 5, 2017. Cameroon has won the Cup. PHOTO | AFP Vincent Aboubakar […]

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Sunday February 5, 2017 By GEOFFREY YORK With their escape route to the United States endangered by the orders of President Donald Trump, the people of Somalia now face a new threat: a looming famine that could bring starvation to millions. Just six years after a famine that killed a quarter of a million Somalis, […]

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Eyes on the commanders as soldiers continue to die in Somalia

Sunday February 5, 2017 Chief of Defence Forces Samson Mwathethe visits KDF troops at their camp in Somalia on December 24, 2016. At Kulbiyow Camp, the most senior officer was reportedly severely wounded while two others were killed. PHOTO | WACHIRA MWANGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP Top commanders of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) are […]

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Saturday February 4, 2017 Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan (Nuuh) won the contested seat today at the Police Academy in Mogadishu The Minister for Sports and Youth, Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan (Nuux) has emerged the winner in a hotly disputed re-election for the Member of Parliament seat representing Hirshabelle, despite being previously disqualified by the Federal Indirect Electoral […]

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Friday February 3, 2017 Mobile calling app Viber is the latest tech company to offer help to those affected by President Trump’s immigration and travel ban. This morning, the company announced it would indefinitely waive the fees for calls to landlines or mobile numbers between the U.S. and the seven countries impacted by the travel […]

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Friday February 3, 2017 Two Somali Muslim women said they were verbally harassed because of their religion and nationality Saturday by two employees and a customer at a Smashburger restaurant in Edina. Kadra Abdi, 31, and Sadia Warfa, 33, shared the incident through posts on Twitter and Facebook. Smashburger on Monday said that the confrontation […]

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Thursday February 2, 2017 FILE – A woman and a boy walk past a flock of dead goats in a dry land close to Dhahar in Puntland, northeastern Somalia, Dec. 5, 2016. ROME — Drought-ridden Somalia is at risk of a repeat of the famine that killed nearly 260,000 people in 2011 if aid is not […]

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To Get Story, Somali Journalists Risk Bullets and Bombs

Mohamed Olad Tuesday January 31, 2017 Feisal Omar, a photographer for the Reuters news agency, has been injured while covering a dangerous situation in Somali. e   On Wednesday, January 25, events in Mogadishu showed again why the Somali capital might be the most dangerous city in the world for journalists. Reporters had rushed to […]

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ByColin Taylor Canadian police have just identified the lone gunman who attacked a Quebec mosque during prayers last night, killing five praying Muslims and injuring eight. Alexandre Bissonet, a Quebec native, has been taken into police custody. Not surprisingly, Bissonet’s Facebook page  (since taken down) shows that he “likes” Donald Trump and far-right, Islamophobic French […]

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  A Somali woman and her two children were detained at Dulles Airport in Chantilly Virginia for 20 hours without food. In an interview with ABC News, Najib Abi, a cousin of the family, explained that the family had flown from Kenya and arrived at Dulles at 8 a.m. yesterday. The children, although born in […]

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Friday, January 27, 2017 Al Shabaab militants have launched a major attack against a Kenyan Defense Force (KDF) military installation in Kulbiyow town in Lower Jubba near the Kenyan border on Friday and are now in control of the base, according to witnesses and local reports. The militants detonated two suicide car bombs that have […]

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Thursday, January 26, 2017 Former speaker of Somalia’s parliament Mohamed Osman Jawari casts his vote for a new speaker of parliament in Mogadishu on January 11, 2017. Somalia will hold its presidential election on February 8. PHOTO | MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB | AFP MOGADISHU Somalia will hold its presidential election on February 8, its electoral commission […]

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