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Defection of senior al-Shabaab official rekindles debate over amnesty programme

SABAHI MOGADISHU — The defection of former al-Shabaab intelligence chief Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi has sparked debate on the Somali government’s amnesty offer and the benefits of pardoning al-Shabaab officials who seek to leave the group.Hersi, who surrendered to Somali … read more »

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Somalia names al-Shabab leader killed in U.S. airstrike

AP NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A U.S. airstrike killed the intelligence chief of Somali terror group al-Shabab, Somalia’s intelligence service said Tuesday. Abdishakur is the name of the slain leader, who is also known as Tahlil, a statement from the … read more »

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Somalia gives in captured Al-Shabaab commander to Kenya

XINHUA MOGADISHU,  (Xinhua) — Somali security forces have surrendered captured Al-Shabaab commander Zakariya Ismail Hersi to Kenyan authorities, a Somali official said Tuesday. Somali security official Adan Mohamed confirmed to the media that the captured Al-Shabaab senior figure was taken … read more »

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Egypt, Somalia Discuss Terrorism, Cooperation

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud on Monday discussed Somalia’s efforts to fight “terrorist militias” in it, the Egyptian presidency said.It added in a statement that a meeting in Cairo between the two leaders also focused … read more »

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Somali official calls for strengthened ties with China

XINHUA MOGADISHU, (Xinhua) — The Federal Parliament of Somalia is set to benefit through experience sharing and cooperation with its Chinese counterpart, the Somali parliament speaker, Mohamed Osman Jawari, and Chinese ambassador to Somalia Wei Hongtian said Monday. Speaking during … read more »

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US ‘strongly condemns’ Shebab attack on Somalia AU base

AFP The United States “strongly condemns” a Shebab attack that killed three soldiers and a civilian at African Union headquarters in Somalia, the State Department said Friday. The assault, launched by the country’s Al-Qaeda-linked rebels in Mogadishu on Thursday, killed … read more »

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Colonel Ali Aden Houmed relieved of his duties as AMISOM spokesperson

AMISOM PRESS RELEASE The Africa Union Mission in Somalia would like to clarify that Colonel Ali Aden Houmed is not a spokesperson for AMISOM. AMISOM therefore disassociates itself from any statements issued by Colonel Ali Aden Houmed and further advises … read more »

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Death Toll in Somalia Base Attack Rises

VOA The African Union says it has killed the last three of eight al-Shabab militants who attacked its base in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, bringing the death toll to 14.A spokesman for the AU mission in Somalia (AMISOM) tells … read more »

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Al Shabaab Attack AU Somalia Base, at Least 5 Dead

Al Jazeera Gunmen attacked the African Union’s main base in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, leading to an exchange of gunfire between armed men and soldiers that left nine people killed. Among the dead in Thursday’s attack were three AU soldiers … read more »

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US welcomes confirmation of Somalia’s Prime Minister, Mr. Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke

The United States welcomes the December 24 Parliamentary confirmation of Somalia’s Prime Minister, Mr. Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke. We look forward to the Prime Minister assuming office and to his prompt appointment of a capable Council of Ministers. We urge … read more »

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UN chief hails appointment of new Prime Minister

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the Parliamentary endorsement of Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke as the new Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia in a step towards resolving the country’s current political crisis. The Somali Parliament dismissed … read more »

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Somali women gain skills for fishing industry jobs

SABAHI Twenty women from across Somalia recently began to learn how to make fishing nets under a new vocational training programme developed by the Hibo Somali Fishing Association (HSFA). The aim of the 45-day programme, which kicked off December 10th … read more »

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New Somali PM wins parliament confidence vote

World Bulletin At least 218 lawmakers voted in favor of Sharmarke, while six abstained in vote session, Parliament Speaker Mohamed Osman Jawari said.  Newly-appointed Somali Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke has won the confidence of the country’s legislative assembly, … read more »

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Ethiopia says ready to boost Somalia troops after SLeone exit

Daily Mail   Ethiopia said Monday it was ready to boost its troop levels in Somalia to replace soldiers from Sierra Leone, which has been forced to withdraw its forces from the mission over Ebola fears. A contingent of 850 … read more »

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Somalia: EU Decides to Support the Restoration of Somalia’s Economy

All Africa In a press statement the EU said 13.4 million U.S. dollars will be used to restore the economies of horn of African countries especially Somalia. European Union Special Envoy to Somalia, Michele Cervone d’Urso said the restoration of … read more »

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Somalia, Somaliland leaders agree to meet in Turkey (+Photos)

World Bulletin Relations between the two soured when Somaliland, that enjoyed relative peace all through Somalia’s civil war period, declared independence through referendum Leaders of the Somali government and Somaliland administration, currently in Djibouti, have agreed to continue their talks … read more »

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Sierra Leone to withdraw Somalia troops over Ebola

Al Jazeera African Union blocks troops rotation over Ebola fears, forcing Sierra Leone to withdraw its 850 soldiers from Somalia. Sierra Leone is withdrawing its troops from Somalia after the African Union blocked the West African country from rotating its … read more »

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Great expectations await Somalia’s new prime minister

Sabahi MOGADISHU — Somali politicians and pundits have welcomed the appointment of Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke as the nation’s next prime minister, calling him a leader with the temperament and experience to move the country forward.Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud … read more »

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UN removes former Somali warlord from sanctions list

AFP United Nations (United States) (AFP) – A former Somali warlord who allied to the Islamist Shebab group but severed links this summer has been removed from a UN sanctions list. Mohamed Said Atom, a powerful arms dealer, was targeted … read more »

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Sierra Leone Peacekeepers to Leave Somalia Mission

AP FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — A Sierra Leone military official says the country is withdrawing from the African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia after being blocked from rotating its soldiers over concerns about the spread of Ebola.Maj. Gen. Samuel Omar … read more »

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