Monday 25 September 2017
(Xinhuanet 09/22/17)
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire on Thursday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, pledging China's support for Somalia's development. China and Somalia enjoy a long history of friendship, Wang said, adding that China was one of the countries that first recognized Somalia's independence and Somalia was the first country in East Africa to establish diplomatic relations with China. China has always supported Somalia in preserving its national sovereignty, security and territorial integrity, and supports peace and reconstruction in the country, he said. With authorization of related UN resolutions, China has deployed its navy fleet to carry out escort missions in the waters
(Reuters (Eng) 09/22/17)
Somalia’s government rebuked its three semi-autonomous regions on Thursday for cutting ties with Qatar, saying it was determined to stay neutral in the Gulf nation’s dispute with other Arab states. The region of Galmudug issued a statement on Wednesday saying it stood with the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in the regional row, followed similar declarations last month by the regions of Puntland and Hirshabelle. Somalia’s federal government responded by saying only it had the authority to speak on foreign affairs. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut political and trade ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of supporting terrorism and their arch-foe Iran - charges that Doha denies. The spat about it in volatile but...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/22/17)
From deadly droughts and destroyed crops to shrinking water sources, communities across sub-Saharan Africa are struggling to withstand the onslaught of global record-breaking temperatures. But the dangers do not end there. Rising heat poses another threat - one that is far less known and studied but could spark disease epidemics across the continent, scientists say. Mosquitoes are the menace, and the risk goes beyond malaria. The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads debilitating and potentially deadly viruses, from Zika and dengue...
(Xinhuanet 09/21/17)
Somalia reiterated on Thursday its neutrality in the Gulf diplomatic crisis between Qatar and six Arab nations. A statement issued after the Council of Ministers meeting in Mogadishu said the Horn of Africa nation will take a neutral approach with a view to solving the crisis in some of the Gulf States through diplomacy and brotherlyhood manner. The government said it has successfully implemented an excellent working relationship with federal member states that are part of the Federal Government of...
(Xinhuanet 09/21/17)
The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said Wednesday it has trained 60 officers from the Somali security forces in the prevention of recruitment and use of child soldiers. Francisco Caetano Madeira, the Special Representative of the AU Commission Chairperson (SRCC) for Somalia, noted that the use of child soldiers in conflict was widespread in Somalia and expressed the need to establish the exact numbers of children fighting wars in the country. "It's difficult to know exactly how many underage...
(Shabelle News 09/21/17)
Today, the council of ministers of the Federal Government of Somalia re-iterated Somalia’s decision in June 2017 towards the crisis in some of the Gulf States. Somalia takes neutral approach with a view to solve the crisis in some of the Golf States through diplomacy and brotherly-hood manner. The Federal Government of Somalia has successfully implemented an excellent working relationship with Federal member states that are part of the Federal Government of Somalia. Somali President has chaired two leaders’ forum...
(New Vision 09/21/17)
Somalia is still grappling with high rates of gender-based violence, child marriages and high levels of female genital mutilation. A group of 30 Somali legislators are undergoing training in leadership and gender-equality meant to equip them with new skills and knowledge, needed in advancing gender-equality and women empowerment in Somalia. Somalia’s senate has 54 members, while the House of People has 275 members. Out of 275 members, 26% are women, compared to 14% women representation that they had in 2012...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/21/17)
Makers of generic AIDS drugs will start churning out millions of pills for Africa containing a state-of-the-art medicine widely used in rich countries, after securing a multi-million dollar guarantee that caps prices at just $75 per patient a year. Global health experts hope the deal will help address two looming problems in the HIV epidemic - the rising threat of resistance developing to standard AIDS drugs, and the need for more investment in manufacturing capacity. Bill Gates’ charitable foundation will...
(Middle East Monitor 09/20/17)
Russia plans to assist Somalia in its fight against terrorism, Somalia’s Garowe news site reported. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with Somalia’s Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire in a sideline meeting at the United Nations General Assembly yesterday. Russia discussed the need to continue efforts to ensure the stability of Somalia’s federal government and bolster international efforts to establish peace in the country. “The Russian side expressed support to the anti-terrorism efforts of Somalia’s federal authorities and the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia”, said the Russian Foreign Ministry.
(Xinhuanet 09/19/17)
The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) police have handed over an assortment of critical office equipment to the Somali Police Force to help enhance their capacity to deter terror threats in the country. AMISOM Deputy Police Commissioner Christine Alalo handed over the equipment donated by Denmark to the police in Mogadishu. She said the consignment will help in facilitating the work of police officers to maintain law and order. "We have a mandate here in Somalia and our mandate...
(Xinhuanet 09/19/17)
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and Somalia's regional Puntland state on Monday launched a partnership deal aimed at bringing piped water to thousands of people in the town of Bosasso. Under a public private partnership, UNICEF, the Puntland Authority for Water, Energy and Natural Resources, and Golden Utilities Management Company (GUMCO) rehabilitated the town's water tank and laid more than 10,000 meters of pipeline to overhaul the deteriorating water system in Bosasso. "This is a great step forward in...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/18/17)
Fighting between the military and police backed by intelligence forces killed nine people in the Somali capital on Saturday, police said. “It seems they mistook the Somali national army for (clan) militias. The death toll is nine people including a civilian,” Major Abdullahi Hussein, a police officer, told Reuters. He said the fighting occurred because police were wrongly informed that there were armed militias in the area. “Accidents happen,” he said. Somalia has been riven by civil war since 1991,...
(AfricaNews 09/18/17)
Somalia’s parliament, the House of the People, has instituted a body to investigate the government’s decision to handover a Somali national to neighbouring Ethiopia. Their position was contained in a press release issued on Monday September 18, 2017 from the office of the Speaker of the House. It comprises 15 persons whose mandate is to report back on the circumstances surrounding the handover. Mogadishu’s detention and subsequent transfer of Mr. Abdikarin Sheikh Muse of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF)...
(Xinhuanet 09/18/17)
Suspected Al-Shabaab militants killed four people at a checkpoint in central Somalia on early Sunday morning, prompting fierce retaliation from government forces, a local official said. The militants ambushed a checkpoint in Jawil area in Beledweyne region where the local government collects road levies, said local administrator Mahad Yusuf. "Four people died in the fighting this morning in Jawil after Al-Shabaab attacked forces manning the roadblock," Yusuf said. "The fighting lasted for almost half an hour."
(The Guardian 09/18/17)
Anna Jones says that, through selling its cocoa cheaply, Africa is exporting its wealth overseas; while Sue Banford claims that the soya moratorium in the Amazon has done nothing to halt deforestation. Only the final paragraph in your article on cocoa farming causing deforestation in Ivory Coast (Forests pay price for world’s taste for cocoa, 14 September) mentioned the most fundamental thing – the farmer’s livelihood, or lack of it. The low value of his (or more likely her) crop...
(Xinhuanet 09/16/17)
Heavily armed Al-Shabaab militants on Saturday morning overran a Somalia National Army (SNA) camp at Bula Hache, a few kilometers from Elwak town near the Somalia border with Kenya. Both Kenyan and Somalia officials said the militants briefly seized the town before they later withdrew after a fierce gunfight that had begun on Friday night and ended on Saturday morning. Kenya's Mandera South Deputy County Commissioner Daniel Bundotich said the militants overran the camp operating under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) before burning SNA belongings and rifles.
(Xinhuanet 09/15/17)
East Africa bloc said Friday it was dismayed by the recent wave of terror attacks in Somalia by Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab, which has left several people dead and others injured. The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) said Al-Shabaab is bent on trying to destroy the gains that the people and Somali government have achieved through their indomitable spirit, hard work and optimism. "IGAD condemns in the strongest terms possible the recent Al-Shabaab terror attacks on civilians carried out in Mogadishu and areas in the southern part of Somalia, and in which so many innocent citizens lost their lives and as many were injured within a span of two-week time,"
(Xinhuanet 09/15/17)
The United States on Friday called on Somalia government to build strong and credible democratic institutions that will promote peace and stability in the country. The U.S. Embassy in Mogadishu lauded the government for its continued progress towards a more inclusive democratic governance system and the peaceful transition to a new government in early 2017. "We encourage all stakeholders to rise above political distractions in order to work together to achieve progress in democratization and good governance," the embassy said...
(Bloomberg 09/15/17)
Societe Generale SA, challenged on its home turf by Orange SA’s push into banking, is fighting back with a new mobile lender in Africa. The French lender started YUP, a new app for smartphones, in Senegal and Ivory Coast and plans to begin operating in four other sub-Saharan countries this year and next, the company said on Thursday. The bank aims to double its client base to 2 million in the region within three years. “Telcos have opened the way...
(Voice of America 09/14/17)
WASHINGTON — At least 32 people have been killed in clashes across Ethiopia's Oromia and Somali regions following clashes between rival ethnic Somali and Oromo forces, a former Ethiopian lawmaker said. Speaking to VOA Somali Service, Boqor Ali Omar Allale said at least 32 ethnic Somalis, including his younger brother, were killed on Monday night in Awaday, a small town between Ethiopia's most holy Muslim town of Harar and its big eastern city of Dire Dawa. "They were innocent business...

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