Friday 26 May 2017
(Voice of America 06/10/13)
At least 10 people have been killed in a second day of heavy fighting between rival militias in the key Somali port of Kismayo. Witnesses say forces loyal to the leader of the Raskamboni group, Ahmed Madobe, battled gunmen led by a local leader, Ifti Hassan Basto. Both men claim to be president of Somalia's newly created Jubaland region. Reports say Raskamboni forces now control a part of Kismayo. More than five people were killed when the two forces battled for the first time on Friday. The latest fighting has ignited fears as some residents have started fleeing. Businesses remain closed as people hide indoors. Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamed called on Saturday for an immediate end to the fighting...
(Standard Digital 06/10/13)
Somalia: Somalia has turned down request from Kenya to re-open talks to demarcate maritime boundaries. This is the second time the issue is raising diplomatic rift between the two neighbours. The decision by Somalia’s Cabinet has the potential of discouraging oil companies from conducting offshore oil and gas explorations in contested waters. Some of the offshore exploration blocks that have been identified in the area include Block L5. In 2009, former Foreign Affairs minister Moses Wetangula and then Somalia Minister for International Cooperation Abdirahman Warsame signed a demarcation agreement. But the agreement ignited a heated debate about its legality among lawmakers in Somalia, who finally threw it out. On May 31, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed raised the issue...
(Mareeg 06/10/13)
Mareeg.com-Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon today signed a foreign investment law and said Somalia was “ready to do business with the world”. The draft legislation, prepared by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry with government lawyers, sets the framework for foreign investment. The Prime Minister welcomed the progress, saying laws were the foundations of a functioning state. “For obvious reasons we have been starved of foreign investment for decades. Anyone looking at our economy today knows how much we need it in all sectors,” the Prime Minister said. “Investors need a secure legal framework and that is what we will provide. I now call on parliament to scrutinize and debate this legislation and get it onto our statute books in...
(Voice of America 06/10/13)
Decades of drought in central Africa may have had a surprising cause, according to new research that challenges the notion that the severe dry weather was triggered mainly by bad agricultural practices and overgrazing. The research, done at the University of Washington, shows that the drought was at least partially caused by pollution in the Northern Hemisphere. The researchers said that sulfate-laden aerosols coming from coal-burning factories from the 1960s through the 1980s actually slowed warming in the Northern Hemisphere compared to the Southern Hemisphere. This shifted tropical rain bands south, away from the Sahel region, and led ultimately to the near drying up of Lake Chad, which is used to water crops in surrounding areas. Africa's Sahel regionAfrica's Sahel...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/09/13)
(Reuters) - South Africans prayed for Nelson Mandela's recovery on Sunday as the 94-year-old former president spent a second day in hospital with a recurring lung infection. Mandela, who became a global symbol of triumph over adversity and South Africa's first black leader in 1994 after the defeat of apartheid, was hospitalized early on Saturday after his already frail health worsened. It is his fourth hospital stay since December and the government said on Saturday his condition was "serious". During previous hospital visits it had highlighted his "good spirits". His health is a cause for concern to the millions of South Africans who revere Mandela for his decades of struggle against white-minority rule and steering the continent's biggest economy to...
(AFP (eng) 06/08/13)
At least eight people have been killed in fighting between rival Somali warlords battling for control of the southern port city of Kismayo, witnesses said Saturday. Gunmen from the Ras Kamboni militia of former Islamist warlord Ahmed Madobe -- recently self-appointed "president" of the southern Jubaland region -- battled against forces loyal to Iftin Hassan Basto, another leader claiming to be president. Fighting broke out Friday evening, paused overnight, but resumed on Saturday. "Fighting started when soldiers from Ras Kamboni attacked and tried to arrest me," Basto told reporters. "But my men fought back and defended me." Several rival factions claim ownership of Kismayo, a former stronghold of the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab, where Kenyan troops in an African Union force are...
(BBC News Africa 06/08/13)
Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital with a lung infection. The former South African president is in a "serious but stable condition", a spokesman for the current President, Jacob Zuma, says. Mr Mandela, 94, has been ill for some days but deteriorated overnight and was transferred to a hospital in Pretoria. Mr Mandela led the fight against apartheid, became South Africa's first black president, and is widely regarded as father of the nation. He has recently suffered a series of health problems and this is his fifth visit to hospital in two years. In April he was released from hospital after a 10-day stay caused by pneumonia. His illness was described on Saturday as a recurrence of a lung...
(The Associated Press 06/08/13)
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The European Union Naval Force says Somali pirates who took control of a cargo vessel with 14 Indian sailors on board fled after counter piracy ships from the EU and NATO responded. The EU Naval Force says 14 Indian sailors aboard a dhow alerted officials Wednesday that their craft was under attack from 12 armed pirates. Swedish and Dutch warships responded. The pirates then steered the hijacked vessel toward the coast and abandoned it. Somali pirates once held dozens of ships and hundreds of hostages. But the number of attacks has dropped considerably due to anti-piracy patrols and armed guards on ships. The EU Naval Force says Somali pirates haven't hijacked a ship since May 2012...
(AFP (eng) 06/07/13)
South Africa's government on Friday slammed a wave of "heinous" anti-foreigner attacks, as Somali immigrants took to the streets in Cape Town to demand greater protection. Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane expressed the government's "strongest condemnation" of the violence which has recently seen looting and the death of a Somali shopkeeper. "South Africa belongs to all who live in it, and we, therefore, have been appalled and deeply saddened by the recent acts of violence against Somalis and other foreign nationals in South Africa," she told a media briefing. Up to 200 Somalis in Cape Town marched on parliament to deliver a memorandum urging the government to act. "We need protection -- simple as that," one of the organisers, Abdullahi Ali...
(The Point 06/07/13)
The Hon. Vice President Alhaji Sidique Sahr Samuel Sam-Sumana yesterday on behalf of His Excellency Dr Ernest Bai Koroma received in audience the Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology in The Gambia, Honourable Dr Mamadou Tangara as a special envoy of His Excellency Dr Yahya Jammeh. Handing over a letter from the Gambian President to the Vice President for Dr Ernest Bai Koroma, the envoy said he was in Sierra Leone specifically to seek the support of Sierra Leone for the position of Permanent Secretary of the Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission, a position for which Mauritania, Guinea Bissau and Guinea Conakry had also indicated interest. But according to the envoy, Mauritania no longer has interest, and Guinea Bissau has...
(AL Jazeera 06/07/13)
Somalia's central government and the leaders of one of the country's regions are locked in a power struggle that could turn violent. The dispute centres on Jubaland - an area in the southern-most part of Somalia that has claimed statehood and elected a president. As the standoff escalates, Jubaland authorities are threatening to cut all ties with Mogadishu. Constitution calls for federal structure but recent claim of statehood in the south is causing problems. Somalis are trying to agree on a government that decentralises power but also brings the nation back together after years of conflict. The country's constitution calls for a federal structure but a recent claim of statehood in the country's south is causing problems. In the second...
(The Associated Press 06/07/13)
MOGADISHU, Somalia — The European Union Naval Force says Somali pirates who took control of a cargo vessel with 14 Indian sailors on board fled after counter piracy ships from the EU and NATO responded. The EU Naval Force says 14 Indian sailors aboard a dhow alerted officials Wednesday that their craft was under attack from 12 armed pirates. Swedish and Dutch warships responded. The pirates then steered the hijacked vessel toward the coast and abandoned it. Somali pirates once held dozens of ships and hundreds of hostages. But the number of attacks has dropped considerably due to anti-piracy patrols and armed guards on ships. The EU Naval Force says Somali pirates haven't hijacked a ship since May 2012. The...
(Xinhua 06/07/13)
China on Thursday called on the United Nations and the international community to continue to play an active and constructive role in addressing the Somalia issue and advancing the peace process in the country. Li Baodong, China's permanent representative to the United Nations, said at an open Security Council meeting on the situation in Somalia that "We support the new government of Somalia in implementing an interim Constitution, carrying out its six-point plan, strengthening institutional capacity, exercising government functions and extending effective authority over all its national territory." The Chinese envoy stressed that national reconciliation is the only way to build lasting peace in Somalia, urging different factions in the country to renounce violence and to join the peace process...
(The Associated Press 06/07/13)
A resident of a Somali town says that al-Qaida-linked militants have killed two men by firing squad for allegedly spying for the Somali government and the African Union military force. The resident, who gave his name only as Mohammed, said dozens of residents watched as masked militants from al-Shabab killed the two men late Thursday in the town of Bararwe, in southern Somalia. A self-proclaimed judge for the group read out the verdict against the two men. The judge said the two men had admitted to charges of spying. Al-Shabab's ad-hoc courts often carry out executions and other draconian punishments like amputations. The ultra-conservative al-Shabab militant group lost control of Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, in 2011 but still holds sway in...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/07/13)
LONDON — Case numbers in Africa's meningitis season this year were the lowest in 10 years thanks to a cheap new vaccine designed to treat a type of the disease common in the so-called meningitis belt, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. The vaccine, called MenAfriVac, was developed with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation specifically for use against meningitis A, a type which causes regular epidemics in Africa. Detailing data for Jan. 1 to May 12, the United Nations health agency said that just under 9,250 meningitis cases, including 857 deaths, were reported in 18 of the 19 African countries under enhanced surveillance for meningitis. Epidemics of meningitis A occur regularly in Africa's “meningitis belt”, a...
(Gurtong Net 06/07/13)
The traders at Kapoeta town have protested at the frequent attacks, saying that just recently, five heavily armed men stole 150,000 South Sudanese Pounds fromNarus petroleum business belonging to a Somali only identified as Musa in Kapoeta town. Traders who sought anonymity told Gurtong that armed men entered the premises in the Saturday night incident and ordered a policeman guarding the compoundto surrender his gun before tying him and ordering him to remain silent as they went for another Somali attendant. They then forced him to lead them to the treasury where they made away with the cash before fleeing the premises. The Somali business community in the state has however, expressed optimism that the situation will change with time...
(BBC News Africa 06/06/13)
The head of the Islamist militant group al-Shabab in Somalia's north-eastern region of Puntland has been captured, an official has told the BBC. Puntland's Security Minister, Khalif Isse, said Abdikafi Mohamed Ali was wounded in a raid at a militant safe house in the port city of Bossaso. A soldier was killed in the operation and the city is in lockdown as the hunt continues for other militants, he said. Al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda affiliate, has strong links with pirates in the area. Analysts say piracy is a valuable source of funding for the Islamist group, which still controls smaller towns and rural areas of much of southern and central Somalia. In the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, the militants have a...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 06/06/13)
The head of the new United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, said he was very pleased to be in Mogadishu and “have this opportunity to support the Federal Government and people of Somalia to bring peace, security and prosperity back to Somalia.” The new UN Somalia Office, formally set up on Monday, June 3rd, comes with a new mandate "to support state building and peace building. Somali Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon welcomed the launching of the UN office as a "vote of confidence in the new Somalia." Mr. Kay, a British national, takes over from Ambassador Augustine Mahiga, who headed the former UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS). Mr. Kay...
(Business Daily 06/06/13)
Japan hosted the fifth meeting of TICAD, the Tokyo International Cooperation on African Development this week. The meeting is a reminder that, while the rest of the world obsesses over Europe’s economic travails, America’s political paralysis and growth slowdown in China and other emerging markets, there remains a region — sub-Saharan Africa — where poverty is almost the rule, not the exception. From 1990 to 2010, the number of people living in poverty ($1.25 per day) across sub-Sahara Africa rose from less than 300 million to nearly 425 million, while the number living on less than $2 a day grew from about 390 million to almost 600 million. Still, the proportion of those living in poverty declined from 57 per...
(In2 East Africa 06/05/13)
The United Nations (UN) is reconsidering redeploying in the once war torn Somalia following the return of relative peace there, state minister for defence Gen. Jeje Odong said Wednesday. The redeployment of the international body, Odong said, is to pave way for the redevelopment of the strife torn country following the six-year exploits of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) which has seen relative peace return to the Mogadishu and other parts of Somalia. Speaking at a stake holder’s two-day workshop for troop and police contributing countries under AMISOM, Odong hailed the AU for the returning peace to Somalia. “As if these achievements are not enough the UN is reconsidering redeploying in Somalia and this is as a result...

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