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AMISOM Ready to Secure Somalia’s Electoral Process

AMISOM Ready to Secure Somalia’s Electoral Process

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is gearing up to provide security to ensure a peaceful vote during the upcoming electoral process in Somalia, its head Ambassador Francisco Madeira has announced. AMISOM has already begun working with the Somali Government and its security forces to establish a technical security committee to oversee security arrangements for the August ballot, the[Read More…]

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MOGADISHU, SOMALIA - JANUARY 25:  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) is welcomed with an official ceremony by Somalian President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud (R) at the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia on January 25, 2015. (Photo by Kayhan Ozer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Erdogan vows to support Africa against terror

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged on Friday that Turkey was ready to support African countries in their fight against terrorism. In an interview broadcast on CNBC Africa’s website, Erdogan said: “I know that there are serious problems in many places in Africa. We will continue to give every support to countries which are suffering from terrorism.” Erdogan’s remarks came during[Read More…]

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Somali man arrested in Finland on suspicion of financing Al-Shabaab

Somali man arrested in Finland on suspicion of financing Al-Shabaab

A Somali man was detained in Finland on suspicion of financing and supporting the Al-Shabaab group in Somalia, said the Police of Finland on Friday. The unit of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Oulu, northern Finland, carried out a pre-trial investigation into a case of supporting Al-Shabaab related terrorist activities and captured a middle-aged suspect, said the police. The suspect[Read More…]

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Anadolu Agency signs deal with Somali news agency

Anadolu Agency signs deal with Somali news agency

Anadolu Agency signed a cooperation deal with Somalia’s official news agency during President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to the country. Director General Senol Kazanci and Abdirahman Yusuf Al-Adala, director of the Somali National News Agency, signed Friday the agreement to give each agency access to the other’s articles, photographs and videos. The ceremony in Mogadishu was attended by Erdogan and[Read More…]

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3 Somali-Americans Found Guilty of Trying to Join Islamic State

3 Somali-Americans Found Guilty of Trying to Join Islamic State

Three Somali-American friends were found guilty on Friday of federal charges that they tried to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State, a plan that prosecutors said unfolded through propaganda videos and social media exchanges, and while they played basketball and paintball. The verdicts against the three men — Guled Omar, 21; Abdirahman Daud, 22; and Mohamed Farah, 22[Read More…]

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African Union peacekeepers to seek Gulf aid in Somalia

African Union peacekeepers to seek Gulf aid in Somalia

The head of the African Union’s peacekeeping mission in Somalia said Friday his operations against al-Shabaab militants have been hit by European Union funding cuts. Speaking in the Kenyan capital, Francisco Caetano Jose Madeira said the AU is now seeking aid from Gulf countries. Madeira — who was addressing a news conference — told reporters that Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia[Read More…]

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Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud signs the Paris Agreement on climate change at United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan, New York, U.S., April 22, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

President says Somalia will select new parliament due in August

Somalia will choose a new parliament as planned later this year and the president and regional leaders will meet on June 20 to discuss how future lawmakers will be selected as there will not be a popular vote, the president’s office said. Somalia abandoned its plan to hold a popular vote in 2016 last July. The current government and parliament’s[Read More…]

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Kenya: Closure of Somalia miraa market threatens economy, Governor Munya

Kenya: Closure of Somalia miraa market threatens economy, Governor Munya

Meru Governor Peter Munya has expressed concern over the threat by the government of Somalia to ban Miraa importation to the country. Speaking during the 53rd Madaraka Day celebrations held at the Meru National Polytechnic, Munya said that Miraa farmers are already suffering dire economic consequences from the ban of the crop in the European market. Munya is now appealing[Read More…]

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Uhuru: Kenya will not feel safe until peace is restored in Somalia

Uhuru: Kenya will not feel safe until peace is restored in Somalia

Kenya and the United Kingdom are set to scale up their cooperation in trade and the fight against terrorism. Speaking on Friday during a meeting at State House, President Uhuru Kenyatta and British Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond agreed on the need for the two countries to share counter-radicalisation strategies as a move to curb terrorism. At the meeting that centred[Read More…]

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UK to help Kenya in war against Al shabaab

UK to help Kenya in war against Al shabaab

Kenya and the United Kingdom are set to scale up their cooperation in trade and the fight against terrorism. Speaking on Friday during a meeting at State House, President Uhuru Kenyatta and British Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond agreed on the need for the two countries to share counter-radicalisation strategies as a move to curb terrorism. At the meeting that centred[Read More…]

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