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AFRICOM Commander Visits East African Partners

STUTTGART, Germany — The commander of U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Army Gen. David Rodriguez, finished a weeklong trip to Djibouti, Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda with U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs Amanda Dory Oct. 2. Dory and Rodriguez met with officials in each country to discuss how AFRICOM and the U.S. Department of Defense can continue ...

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Uganda’s military chief hails China’s support to Africa

Uganda’s military chief has welcomed commitments made by Chinese President Xi Jinping to boost military support to Africa and the UN peacekeeping efforts. Gen. Katumba Wamala, Chief of Defense Forces told Xinhua in a recent interview that the Chinese aid to the Africa Union (AU) will be critical in the conflicts that are affecting the continent, making thousands of people ...

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UN Envoy Kay condemns the arrest of Somali journalists

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG), Nicholas Kay, condemns the arrest of two television journalists and the forced closure of Universal TV offices on 2 October 2015 in Mogadishu. “Independent, free and pluralistic media are vital,” said SRSG Kay. “Freedom of expression is a fundamental right and is essential to create an environment that fosters debate and public participation in the ...

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US ‘told’ Kenya to expand Dadaab

THE United States pushed Kenya to expand the Dadaab refugee camp in 2011, a flurry of emails published by the State Department has shown. The emails, published on Wednesday, say the US persuaded the government to open the Ifo 2 Camp, after the refugee complex became overstretched. It was hosting nearly half-a-million more than the intended 90,000 refugees. In 2011, ...

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Joint statement on Somalia’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

“Somalia’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child is a significant and very welcome step toward realizing the rights of the country’s 6.5 million children. “The children of Somalia face enormous challenges. Somalia today has one of the highest under-five mortality rates in the world, alarming malnutrition rates, and very high levels of violence affecting children. “By ...

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US: Somalia Travel Warning

There is no U.S. Embassy or other formal U.S. diplomatic facility in Somalia at this time. Consequently, the U.S. government is not in a position to assist or effectively provide services to U.S. citizens in Somalia. In light of this and continuous security threats, the U.S. government recommends that U.S. citizens avoid all travel to Somalia. Washington DC – infoZine ...

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US gives military aid to foreign governments using child soldiers

The White House has announced it will continue supplying military aid to governments known to use child soldiers, drawing criticism from international human rights organisations. A presidential memo, published on Tuesday, states it is in the “national interest of the United States” to supply military aid to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Nigeria, Somalia, and South Sudan. In all ...

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US recognizes six UPDF Commanders

The Government of the United States of America has decorated six UPDF Generals in recognition of their exceptionally good contribution in the fight against terrorism and pacification efforts in Somalia. The Generals were on September 30, 2015 decorated with the prestigious Legion of Merit medals of USA at the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence headquarters in Mbuya. The Legion of Merit ...

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Yahya Samatar, Somali who swam into Canada, wins bid to stay here

Yahya Samatar, the Somali man who swam across the Red River from North Dakota to Manitoba, is allowed to stay in Canada as a “protected person” and cannot be deported, ruled an adjudicator today. Immediately after the hearing Wednesday morning at the Victory Building in Winnipeg, Samatar broke into a smile, telling CBC News he can now focus on the future. “I’m really happy ...

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