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PM Sharmarke sends his condolences to Turkey

In the wake of the terror attack in Ankara which claimed scores of lives the Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia H.E. Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke sent his sincere condolence to the President, Government and the people of Turkey. “On behalf of the Government of Federal Republic of Somalia I sincerely send my sympathy to the President, Government and ...

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Pregnant Palestinian woman killed in Israeli air strike

A Palestinian woman who was five-months pregnant and her three-year-old daughter have been killed in an Israeli air strike east of Gaza City. Medical sources in the besieged territory said 30-year-old Noor Hassan and her daughter Shahd died when their house collapsed following an Israeli air strike on a Hamas military training camp near their home. Three other people were wounded ...

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Saudi air raids on Yemen leave 12 Somalis dead

Saudi Arabia’s latest airstrikes on Yemen and ensuing explosions have claimed the lives of a dozen Somali nationals, local media say. The 12 Somali citizens were killed after Saudi fighter jets pounded a bridge in the Bagim district of Yemen’s northwestern province of Sa’ada on Saturday, Yemen’s Saba Net news agency reported. Saudi warplanes also bombarded two areas as well ...

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Ransom was paid for SA pirate hostages

Johannesburg – An investigation by international news network Aljazeera has revealed for the first time how a ransom was paid for Italian-South African hostage Bruno Pelizzari and his South African girlfriend, Debbie Calitz, who were captured by Somali pirates in 2010. The film by Aljazeera Media Network’s investigative journalism directorate, which was screened for the first time in London yesterday, ...

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Somali military court denies EU allegations over civilian executions

The chief of Somalia’s military court Liban Ali Yarow has vehemently denied a report by EU that accuses the Govt of committing executions against innocent civilians. Speaking to BBC Somali service, Somali military tribunal head Liibaan Ali Yarow said that their sentences of executions are based on the country’s military rules and the executed criminals were only Al shabaab members. ...

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Muslim suspects face rough justice in Kenya’s terror war

– This year at least 60 Muslims aged between 17 and 40 have gone ‘missing’ in Kenya as victims’ families point fingers at security forces, accusing them of acting like ‘terrorists’ NAIROBI, Kenya – Abdel Nasser Nashu is grateful to be reunited with his wife and children. The 38-year-old Kenyan-Arab businessman went missing for more than two weeks after four ...

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E.U. Reduces High Risk Areas off Somalia

The E.U. Chair for the Contact Group of Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) has revised and reduced territories it deemed to be High Risk Areas (HRA) for piracy in the Indian Ocean. The revision will take effect on December 1 and reflects a decline of piracy in the region. The revision might also reduce operating and insurance costs for vessel ...

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Somali militants vow to welcome British peacekeepers ‘with fire’

Somalia’s militant Islamist group al Shabaab pledged on Tuesday to greet British troops “with fire” when they arrive to provide support to a peacekeeping force in the conflict-ravaged country. Last week Prime Minister David Cameron announced plans to deploy up to 70 troops and experts to provide logistical, medical and engineering support to the African Union-led peacekeeping force in Somalia, ...

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Kenya unhappy with pace of Somali refugees’ repatriation, says Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery

Kenya says it is not happy with the pace of repatriation of refugees to Somalia. Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery said since the Tripartite Agreement was signed on November 13, 2013 between Kenya, Federal Government of Somalia and the UNHCR only 4,214 Somali refugees of the nearly 500,000 have been repatriated. “We are not pleased with the rate of the ...

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Somali security agents raid Universal TV office, arrest journalists

Somali national security forces raided the offices of the privately owned broadcaster Universal TV in Mogadishu on October 2 and arrested Abdullahi Hersi, the station’s East Africa director, and Awil Dahir Salad, a producer, on the same day, according to local journalists and reports. Abdullahi and Awil were arrested without a court order after being summoned to the offices of ...

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