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AMISOM Welcomes the Formation of an Interim Southwest Administration in Somalia

The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia – Ambassador Maman S. Sidikou – welcomes the formation of the Interim Southwest Administration in Somalia, and subsequent election of Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan as its interim leader. The Interim Southwest Administration brings together three regions namely Bay, Bakool and Lower Shabelle under the country’s Federal ...

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Big Oil, corruption & Islamist weapon sales blight UK-Somalia relations – UN

Britain’s relationship with Somalia has come under scrutiny after a report detailing corruption in the east African nation was published by the UN. The Security Council report claims Somalia has traded arms with Islamist militants. The publication of the document coincides with further questions about the British-Somali relationship after it was reported that a UK firm had obtained licenses from ...

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Somalia: UN envoy calls for political stability ahead of Copenhagen conference

The top United Nations official in Somalia, Nicholas Kay, has met with country leaders in Mogadishu to discuss the ongoing political crisis days ahead of the first high-level meeting held in Copenhagen to review the embattled nation’s progress to political reconciliation. According to his office, Mr. Kay held meetings with Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed ...

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Somalia’s al Shabaab says fires at presidential compound

(Reuters) – Somalia’s al Shabaab militants said they fired mortar bombs at the presidential palace in Mogadishu on Sunday, but government and police spokesmen said none had landed inside the compound. The Islamist militants attacked the president’s compound on July 8 but were repulsed by security forces. The president was not there at the time. It was not clear if ...

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Deadly car bomb hits Somali capital Mogadishu

A car bomb has exploded in the Somali capital Mogadishu, killing one person and injuring one other. Al-Shabab told Al Jazeera they had claimed responsibilty for the attack, which they said targeted Mukhtar Dheere, an immigration official at Mogadishu’s international airport who they said had died. “We believe that the bomb was attached to the car,” police officer Ahmed Siyad ...

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Finland seeks death penalty waiver for Somali man

Finnish authorities are working to overturn the sentence of a Somali man sentenced to death in Somalia, on the grounds that he is also a permanent resident of Finland. Foreign Ministry Consular Assistance Unit Chief Teemu Turunen says authorities only heard of the case last Friday, and have since contacted the Somali authorities to try and roll back the ruling. ...

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Chaos halts debate on sacking Somali PM

Mogadishu – A debate on whether to sack Somalia’s Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed descended into chaos on Tuesday as his supporters blew whistles and shouted out slogans, forcing the parliamentary speaker to halt the session. The no-confidence motion, which Washington had warned could deepen political turmoil, was backed by lawmakers loyal to President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud after the two ...

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Students offer introduction to often-overlooked Somali culture

As music and laughter swirled around students on Friday night, knowledge about one country in the Horn of Africa passed between them. Student members of the Somali Association of Michigan hosted their annual Somali Cultural Night at the Eppley Center, and attendees from a variety of backgrounds were immersed in the food, music, clothing and history of Somalia. The students ...

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Why classify us with Somalia and Pakistan on visa policy system, China asks India

NEW DELHI: Chinese ambassador Le Yucheng has expressed disappointment over New Delhi’s visa policy and security clearance system, which he said was impeding flow of investments from China to India. However, the envoy who took up his assignment just ahead of Xi’s visit added that he had begun deliberations for removing the hurdles so that Chinese investments to India would ...

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Women reporting abuse in Somalia without persecution

Investigating sexual abuse and exploitation – especially when those accused are soldiers – is a complex and time-consuming process that requires sensitive expert handling. But even a skillful and professionally-run investigation will fail if the women and girls most affected fear coming forward to share their experiences. And in Mogadishu, women reporting sexual crimes face threats, intimidation, victimisation, and stigma. ...

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Somalia to UN: Hands Off Our Politics

The president of Somalia is telling the United Nations to keep out of the country’s internal politics. Monday’s statement from President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud came after the U.N. envoy to Somalia, Nicholas Kay, expressed concern that lawmakers are being bribed to vote against the prime minister in a possible no-confidence motion. Determining its own future Mohamud said he appreciates the ...

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UN ENVOY : No confidence motion from Somali Parliament

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, has expressed deep concern over the political tensions between President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, which puts at risk the country’s efforts to achieve critical political targets set out in Vision 2016. “The United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia remains committed to fulfilling its ...

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Somali policeman, 2 students shot dead in Mogadishu

A Somali policeman was killed and four civilians were injured Sunday in a drive-by shooting in the capital Mogadishu, eyewitnesses said. According to the witnesses, militants in a car opened fire on a police vehicle in Wadajir district, western Mogadishu, leaving a policeman dead and four civilians wounded. The attackers fled the scene following the attack, they added. No group ...

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