Wednesday 17 January 2018
(Shabelle News 06/11/13)
As the UN, US, EU sanctions continue to bite the Iranian government; its subsidiary companies are now playing the smart role to explore in new business opportunities in Africa. These companies are mainly operating in the Middle East. Recently, Simatech Shipping LLC, which operates feeder services between Dubai and Bandar Abas port, has entered a contract agreement with Mogadishu Port Authority. They operate under the name of Mogadishu Port Container Terminal (MPCT). Simatech has leased a container terminal inside Mogadishu port and now they are trying to convince port management to exclusively takeover the stevedoring activities in whole port. Even though, most of the shipping companies are opposed their proposal. In corporation with powerful former ministers, they are now expanding...
(Shabelle News 06/11/13)
Mogadishu-(Sh.M.Network)- somalia’s defense minister Abdi Hakin Haji Mohamud Fiqi arrived in Mogadishu yesterday from Kismayu. Addressing the media, Mr. Fiqi said that the federal government will lead talks between rival clan militia fighting in Somalia’s second largest city, Kismayu. The defense minister said that the federal government will not tolerate infightings between militias who helped fight Alshabhab in the Juba regions. The minister who was in Kismayu for the past weeks has urged the fighting opponents to come to the table and agree in a peaceful way. The minister warned rival clans of any future infighting and added the federal government will be forced to take actions if any infighting occurs again. In the past few days clan militia’s led...
(Shabelle News 06/11/13)
Mogadishu-(Sh.M.Network)- the president of the federal republic of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has requested the united nations to expand health care facilities and expand the ongoing campaign tackling air born disease in the country. The president attended a function organized by Somalia’s health ministry to launch a vascination exercise to tackle polio in the country. The exercise is being conducted and facilitated by the United Nations. The government announced plans to vaccinate the children who are prone to such diseases previously after reports of polio cases in the country.
(Suna Times 06/11/13)
Security operations were conducted at Suqa-Holaha market suburbs in Somali capital, Mogadishu early today morning by Federal police forces aided by the Amisom troops. Many youths suspected to be members of Al-Shabaab militia were arrested during the operation. These door-to-door security operation carried out by the joint troops in Mogadishu was meant to eliminate the Al-Qaeda affricated Al-Shabaab group. An eye witness told Sunatimes that the police received intelligence lead about some Al-Shabaab hide outs, adding that many youths were arrested and a lot of them were released without charges after interrogated by the police. The Somali Federal government troops backed by Amisom forces have been carrying out a house to house search in Mogadishu which was set to wipe...
(Huffingtonpost 06/11/13)
The number of children killed, maimed, abused and recruited to fight in Somalia dropped by more than half in the first quarter of 2013 due to less fighting between Islamist al-Shabaab militants and government forces, the United Nations said on Monday. In a report to the U.N. Security Council on Somalia, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said there had been 552 verified "grave violations" against children between January and March, down from 1,288 cases during the same period in 2012. Almost two-thirds of the violations were committed by al Shabaab militants, who affiliated themselves with al Qaeda in February last year, while the rest were blamed on the Somali National Security Forces, the report said. "The downward trend in killing, maiming...
(Redpepper 06/11/13)
The Ugandan contingent reports today that it has arrested more than 100 militants. More than 100 militias have been arrested by the Ugandan contingent to the African Union Mission in Somalia in renewed operations against al-shabaab militias. The operations were promoted by the renewed militia attacks against civilians. The operations were launched three weeks ago in areas of Bandadir, Lower and middle Shaablle regions. Major Henry Obbo the Spokesperson of the Ugandan contingent says they captured more than 100 insurgents, recovered 31 firearms, 1821 live bullets and three explosive devices during the operations. Obbo explains that the special operation is in response to fatal attacks that Al Shabaab was carrying out on civilian targets. The AMISOM Sector one Commander Brig...
(Voice of America 06/11/13)
MOGADISHU — Somali women activists recently shared their experiences and challenges with the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Nicholas Kay at a meeting in Mogadishu. The women from different groups across the country raised discussions about protecting human rights, promoting women's political participation and addressing sexual and gender-based violence. Somalia has been plagued by civil war, anarchy and Islamist insurgencies for over 20 yeas. Women carried the heaviest burden - struggling to care for their children and to survive in the insecurity. But analysts say women, especially in the capital, Mogadishu are seeing more opportunities than ever before. In September last year, Somalia held peaceful presidential elections, the first since military dictator Mohamed Siad Barre...
(AFP (eng) 06/10/13)
Fighters loyal to Somali warlord Ahmed Madobe strengthened control of the key southern port of Kismayo, residents said Monday, after days of clashes between rival militia forces. Heavy fighting broke out Friday when the Ras Kamboni militia of Madobe -- recently self-appointed "president" of the southern Jubaland region -- battled forces loyal to Iftin Hassan Basto, another leader claiming to be president. "The situation is quiet now and most parts of the town are controlled by Madobe's men," said resident Abdulahi Mire, adding that rival forces had been forced outside town, but "are not far away". 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 now...
(Mareeg 06/10/13)
Speaking to media today, H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, addressed the issue of the violence in Kismayo and said: “I call on the Elders, civil society and traditional leaders to bring all violence to an immediate end. This is your responsibility and the people of Kismayo will not accept any further fighting. All our communities have had enough conflict. “We still only have one common enemy – Al Shabaab. They are against peace, against national unity and they are an insult to our religion. “Fighting each other only weakens us and plays into their hands. We must stay united and strong and solve our differences peacefully through dialogue and reconciliation. “The Government will host...
(The Associated Press 06/10/13)
MOGADISHU, Jun 10 – Fighters loyal to Somali warlord Ahmed Madobe strengthened control of the key southern port of Kismayu, residents said Monday, after days of clashes between rival militia forces for control of the city. Heavy fighting broke out Friday when the Ras Kamboni militia of Madobe — recently self-appointed “president” of the southern Jubaland region — battled against forces loyal to Iftin Hassan Basto, another leader claiming to be president. “The situation is quiet now and most parts of the town are controlled Madobe’s men,” said resident Abdulahi Mire, adding that rival forces had been forced outside town, but “are not far away”. Several rival factions claim ownership of Kismayu, a former stronghold of the Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab, where...
(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...

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