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Somalis ‘feeling safer’ in Mogadishu, survey says

Mogadishu — Residents of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, are feeling safer and more optimistic than they were a year ago, according to a new survey. The Heritage Institute of Policy Studies, which analysed data collected from more than 1,600 residents, … read more »

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Somali PM answers questions over Mogadishu Seaport contract

Mogadishu – Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed answered questions to Somali parliament’s permanent committee in Mogadishu over the recent government decision to hand over Mogadishu Seaport to Al-Bayrak, a Turkish company which recently landed a long-term contract to manage the … read more »

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Somalia puts $2MN bounty for new Al-Shabaab leader

MOGADISHU – The Somali government on Saturday announced a $2 million bounty on the head of new Al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Omar Abu Ubeyd.“The government offers $1 million for information leading to the arrest of the new Al-Shabaab leader and $1 … read more »

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Gov’t declares Public Awareness Campaign to combat th widespread corruption in the country

Mogadishu (BARTAMAHA) The Federal Government of Somalia today announced its first move to fight the widespread corruption within the government offices amid efforts to regain good governance in the war-torn nation, according to the Minister of Information Mustaf Dhuhulow. The … read more »

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3 killed as Somali pirates fight over ransom

AP – Three Somali pirates were killed in a fight over the ransom paid to free the German-American journalist who was released this week after two years and eight months of captivity, a police official said Friday. The gunfight broke out … read more »

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Six killed in gunfight in Somalia over claimed ransom payment

MOGADISHU – Six people were killed in central Somalia in a gunfight over a supposed ransom payment tied to the release this week of a German-U.S. journalist held hostage in Somalia for more than two years, police said on Thursday.The … read more »

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German-US Reporter Held in Somalia Freed

AP – German weekly Der Spiegel says a German-American journalist who was kidnapped in Somalia two years ago has been freed. Der Spiegel reported on its website Tuesday that Michael Scott Moore was taken by plane to the Somali capital, Mogadishu. … read more »

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Somali president discusses his achievements and challenges ahead

Mogadishu — Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on Thursday night attended an event organized by Heritage Institute of Policy Studies in Mogadishu to mark the end of his second year in office. The president answered wide range of questions to … read more »

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Federal Government of Somalia is concerned by HRW allegations on rape by AU soldiers

Mogadishu (BARTAMAHA) The Prime Minister of the Federal Government of Somalia Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed notes with concern the grave allegations of sexual exploitation made by Human Rights Watch in their report on the conduct of AMISOM peacekeepers, according to a … read more »

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New al-Shabab Chief Said to Be Experienced But ‘Difficult’

VOA — The new chief of al-Shabab, Ahmed Umar Abu Ubaidah, is an experienced official within the Somali militant group. But experts say he may lack the leadership qualities of his predecessor, Ahmed Godane, who was killed in a U.S. … read more »

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AMISOM strongly Rejects Report of the HRW on Sexual Abuse

AMISOM — The Commission of the African Union (AU) is concerned by the report entitled “The Power These Men Have Over Us: Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) by African Union Forces in Somalia”, issued today by Human Rights Watch (HRW). The … read more »

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Suicide car bomber targets AU convoy near Mogadishu killing at least 13

Mogadishu (BARTAMAHA) At least 13 were killed after suicide car bomber has targeted African Union convoy near the main corridor between Mogadishu and Afgooye on Monday, Somali government and health officials confirmed. Lower Shabelle governor Abdikadir Mohamed Nur said the  … read more »

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Peacekeepers in Somalia use aid to rape women and buy sex for $5: HRW

(Nairobi) – Soldiers from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have sexually abused and exploited vulnerable Somali women and girls on their bases in Mogadishu, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Troop-contributing countries, the African Union … read more »

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Statement by the Press Secretary on the Death of Ahmed Godane

Office of the Press Secretary Friday, September 5, 2014 For Immediate Release Today, the Department of Defense confirmed that Ahmed Godane, the leader of al-Shabaab, is dead as a result of a U.S. military targeted airstrike in Somalia undertaken over … read more »

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Government plans to attack Barawe, as people start to flee from the town

BARAWE (BARTAMAHA) Somali government is now planning an heavy onslaught on the terrorist occupied port town of Barawe amid the operation termed “Indian Ocean” produces great outcomes as key towns in south and central regions in Somalia falls for Somali … read more »

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Ahmed Abdi Godane: Al-Shabab’s Somali leader

BBC — A reclusive figure with a love of poetry, Ahmed Abdi Godane became a feared jihadist, running assassination and bomb squads in Somalia. He rose to the helm of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group in 2008 after a US air … read more »

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6 militants killed in US Somalia strike

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A U.S. airstrike in Somalia killed at least six members of the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, possibly including its leader who was in a car that was hit. The leader, Ahmed Abdi Godane, has no heir … read more »

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Al-Shabaab leader’s fate unclear after suspected U.S. drone strike

Mogadishu, Somalia (CNN) — A suspected U.S. drone strike targeted senior leaders of Al-Shabaab in southern Somalia, but it’s not clear if the leader of the Islamic militant group was wounded or killed, a Somali official said Tuesday. The Pentagon … read more »

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12 dead in Islamist attack on Somali prison

(CNN) – Islamist rebels dressed in government military uniforms approached the gate of a high security prison in Mogadishu on Sunday, set off a car bomb and fired their way into the building, eyewitness Farah Mohammed told CNN. They were Al-Shabaab … read more »

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Somalia asks UN court to set maritime boundary

AP – THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Somalia has asked the United Nations’ highest court to determine the maritime boundary it shares in the Indian Ocean with east African neighbor Kenya. Somalia filed the case Thursday with the International Court of Justice, … read more »

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