Monday 20 November 2017
(Times of Zambia 06/04/13)
Yokohama — THE three-day fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) meeting yesterday drew to a close here with participants unanimously adopting the 2013 Yokohama Declaration and Yokohama Action Plan 2013-2017. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was the co-chairperson of the event, paid tribute to the African leaders who attended the meeting. Mr Abe said at Pacifico Yokohama Conference Centre that Japan wanted to see Africa develop and was determined to help the continent find lasting solutions to its problems. Moving a motion to adopt the two documents, he said Japan would ensure the resolutions of the conference were fully implemented to accelerate development in Africa. The two documents were unanimously adopted by acclamation. He reiterated his...
(Capitalfm Business 06/04/13)
Three Somalis go on trial Tuesday for the high-seas murder of four American citizens whose yacht was captured by pirates in the Indian Ocean off Oman in February 2011. Federal prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty for Ahmed Muse Salad, Abukar Osman Beyle and Shani Nurani Shiekh Abrar for the shooting deaths aboard the 58-foot (17.7-meter) sloop Quest. Its owners Scott Adam, 70, and Jean Adam, 66, both retirees from Los Angeles, had set off from New Zealand to sail around the world. Their friends Bob Riggle, 67, and Phyllis Macay of Seattle joined them for the Indian Ocean leg. They were the first Americans to be killed in a dramatic outbreak of Somali-based maritime piracy off the...
(Xinhuanet 06/03/13)
UN has called for faster resolution of the Somali crisis to save Kenya, the country hosting thousands of refugees from the Horn of Africa nation, from various challenges, said a statement issued on Sunday. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon who met Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto in Japan also said the world body is aware of the challenges Kenya was facing in ensuring peace and stability in Somalia. "When I visited Dadaab refugee camp last year, I witnessed a very sad situation where 600,000 people are crowded in one place. That population alone is more than that of some countries in the world," Ban said according to a statement issued in Nairobi. Citing a number of grenade attacks in since...
(Shabelle News 06/03/13)
The new Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG), Nicholas Kay, arrived in Somalia today to assume his duties as head of the new UN political mission, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).Upon his arrival, SRSG Kay said “I am very pleased to be in Mogadishu and to have this opportunity to support the Federal Government and people of Somalia to bring peace, security and prosperity back to Somalia. “Somalia is a proud country with ancient traditions, a vibrant culture, and strong values. I will not forget that as I strive to support the Somali Government and people in their quest for peace. “I pay tribute to Dr Mahiga and the UNPOS team. They have completed their...
(Shabelle News 06/03/13)
Mogadishu-(Sh.M.Network)- security operations were conducted at Hamr jajab suburbs in Mogadishu early today morning by federal police forces aided by the AMISOM troops.Many youths suspected to be members of Alshabab militia were arrested during the operation. An eye witness who did not want her name to be used in the media told Shabelle that the police received intelligence lead about some Shabab hide outs. She added that many youths were arrested and a lot of them were released without charges after interrogated by the police. Security operations have been conducted in the many surburbs in Mogadishu for the past few weeks leading to hundreds of youths being detained. This comes after both the prime minister of the federal republic of...
(Shabelle News 06/03/13)
Mogadishu (sh.M.Network) simultaneous land mine attacks aimed at federal government troops occurred early morning near the ministry of defense offices in Mogadishu.Eye witness confirmed to Shabelle radio that an explosion went off at a control check point near the ministry offices. He added that after the explosion, government troops arrived at the scene in large numbers, minutes later; other land mine explosions went off simultaneously causing death and injury casualties.However, there are no clear statements released by the government about the explosions. Government troops have secured the area and have closed the factory road which is the main road which passes by the defense ministry. By Maalik_eng, 14 May 2013
(Voice of America 06/03/13)
Japan will provide $1 billion in aid over the next five years to northern Africa for economic development and humanitarian efforts, including help with security and counter-terrorism measures. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the assistance Sunday, on the second day of the three-day Tokyo International Conference on African Development, being held in Yokohama, south of the capital city. The money is part of the $32 billion in government and private-sector aid Abe announced on Saturday. Abe says the investment of public and private funds over the next five years is aimed at helping growth on the continent and encouraging Japanese companies to invest there. The prime minister began targeting Africa for investment opportunities shortly after taking office last year...
(Shabelle News 06/01/13)
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has called for fast tracking of the peace process in Somalia to create an enabling environment to attract investors and democracy to take root in the troubled nation. He said there was need to strengthen the capacity of the Somali people through training to achieve much-required paradigm shift in governance. Ki-moon said increased tension in the free port town of Kismayu, which was liberated last year from the Al Shabaab, was a clear indication of the need for dialogue among the people so as to foster peaceful coexistence and ensure the rule of law takes root. "Judicial reforms, a shift in public affairs management and strengthening of capacity among the people through training ought to...
(Voice of America 06/01/13)
The United States said progress has been made in combating terrorism across Africa, but that militant groups are still taking advantage of unrest, political instability, and weak governance in several areas of the continent. In an annual report to the U.S. Congress, the State Department said Thursday that counterterrorism efforts by U.S., European, and regional forces have "done much to roll back and contain the threat" of terrorism in Africa over the past year. But it said a series of revolutions, ethnic rebellions and military coups in the region have "complicated the terrorism picture" and presented militant groups with new opportunities to operate in the region. In Libya, it said terrorists were able to exploit the security vacuum, weak governance,...
(Shabelle News 05/31/13)
Mogadishu — The Saudi National Campaign for the Relief of the Somali People has pledged a comprehensive aid package worth $24 million for reconstruction projects in Somalia, according to the Organization of Islamic Co-operation (OIC), which is helping to co-ordinate the funds. The aid will cover all regions of Somalia and will go towards education, health and agricultural sectors in addition to rehabilitation of displaced persons and all aspects of social welfare, the OIC said in a statement on May 12th. The scope of the aid package and the involvement of local non-governmental organizations, tribal elders, regional administrations and the federal government in deciding which projects to implement represents a new model of aid delivery in Somalia. The purpose of...
(BBC News Africa 05/31/13)
Concern has been raised over the ease with which a Londoner killed in a drone attack in Somalia was able to attend militant Islamist camps in the country. Bilal Berjawi, from St John's Wood, was reportedly operating at a senior level within the Islamist group Al Shabab until he was killed. BBC London has now obtained a video showing a man identified as Mr Berjawi fighting alongside the group and taking part in training exercises. The Home Office has not commented on the case. Mr Berjawi, born in Lebanon, is believed to have first travelled to Somalia in 2007 to attend militant camps run by the insurgent group, which is allied to Al Qaida. He then returned to the UK...
(The Christian Science Monitor 05/31/13)
Some analysts view recent Al Shabab attacks inside Kenya as a sign that the Somalia-based militant group is adapting to an African Union campaign against them. An Africa Union military campaign to eliminate Al Shabab, an Al Qaeda-linked Somali militant group, has gained ground. But Al Shabab's fighters are adapting and finding space to reorganize into small attack units, some analysts say. Read more here: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/2013/0530/Kenya-attacks-raise-worr...
(Global post 05/31/13)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe renewed Japan's commitment to supporting Somalia's nation-building efforts Friday, saying Tokyo will resume direct aid to the East African nation which is seeking to revive its economy and government following 22 years of civil strife and political turmoil. At a special meeting in Yokohama dedicated to discussing issues confronting Somalia, Abe said Japan's new assistance to the country will focus on enhancing its socio-economic conditions, maintaining law and order there, and invigorating the country's fragile industries. "The stability of Somalia is important for the stability and prosperity of East Africa and indispensible for solving Somalia's piracy problem fundamentally and ensuring the safety of one of the world's major maritime arteries, which connects the Indian Ocean with...
(Voice of America 05/31/13)
LONDON — More than a week after a British soldier was killed in broad daylight on a London street in an apparent Islamist-motivated attack, one of the suspects has been charged with murder. The other is still recovering in the hospital after being shot by police. Authorities are trying to piece together how two British citizens - who were both known to security services - allegedly went on to commit such a brutal attack. In the days since the killing, it's emerged that one of the suspects, Michael Adebolajo, was arrested in Kenya in 2010, accused of seeking training with terror group al-Shabab in neighboring Somalia. In video of the court appearance, he makes this accusation against the Kenyan authorities...
( 05/31/13)
A Somali man was stabbed to death in Greenfields, Port Elizabeth, yesterday, the third murder in the area this week, Eastern Cape police said. The man was stabbed in the head, chest and abdomen, allegedly by a group that went to his residence, Captain Stanley Jarvis said. The man died in hospital. No arrests had been made. Jarvis said the motive for the attack was not yet known, but it was not linked to protests in the northern areas of Port Elizabeth. Jarvis said a case of murder and public violence had been opened. Yesterday, police patrolled informal settlements in northern Port Elizabeth after two days of unrest. The unrest was sparked by the murders of two men and the...
(Gurtong Net 05/31/13)
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has condemned the acts of terrorism that has derailed security in the East African region. President Kiir has also pledged his government’s support the fragile government of Somalia. “We condemn the activities of the al Shabaab and other terrorist operatives in Somalia. Their destruction reaches further than Somalia and they must be stopped if Somalia and the neighbouring nations are to have a lasting peace and security”, Kiir told the gathering at the at the fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) session on Somalia at the Continental Hotel, Yokohama Japan on Friday. “South Sudan joins the world in fighting terrorist activities. We will contribute in whatever way we can to support Somalia...
(The Wall Street Journal 05/31/13)
Securing Japan's economic recovery has been my priority since returning as the country's prime minister at the end of last year. We have made progress and, as this newspaper has observed, Japanese companies and individuals alike are starting to feel the benefits. The nature of the global economy, however, means that "Abenomics" cannot simply be a domestic endeavor, nor can it be about short-term gain. Japan's economic strength has been built on a cornerstone of cooperation and trade internationally, while our foreign policy is founded on the belief that peace and prosperity abroad contribute to peace and prosperity at home. This stance is also reflected in Japan's approach to global development challenges. On my first official visit to Myanmar this...
(China Daily 05/31/13)
Vice-premier calls on nations to set goals. The destiny of the African Union and African continent are intertwined, and China will closely work with the AU to further enhance the partnership, according to a high level Chinese official. Chinese President Xi Jinping's special representative and Vice-Premier Wang Yang said "a prosperous and strong AU makes a prosperous and strong African continent" when he met Dlamini Zuma, chairman of the AU Commission, on Saturday as celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the AU kicked off in the Ethiopian capital city. He said Africa and its people should use the anniversary as an opportunity to further stress and promote the spirit of pan-Africanism and reach a consensus on its renaissance mission,...
(Africa Review 05/31/13)
After decades of war, Somalia is taking small steps toward recovery, but breakaway regions, rival clans and the competing interests of neighbouring nations are threatening its fragile progress, analysts warn. In the past two years, African Union troops have wrested town after town from Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab insurgents, hauling down their black Islamist banners and raising Somalia’s flag. But asserting the authority of the central government — which until recently controlled just a few blocks of the capital Mogadishu — is a far harder task. “In Somalia today there is only one federal government that is wholly owned by the Somali people, widely represented by all Somalis, all regions,” Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud told reporters this week. But others disagree,...
(Suna Times 05/31/13)
Dahabshiil is the largest Somali hawalabanken and effective breastfeeding in countries where the Somali Diaspora are, therefore, in Sweden among others. Money transfer company normally pay out half a million dollars per year to the terrorist group al-Shabaab. Al-Shabaab is well known, if not an umbrella organization to al-Qaeda, an al Qaeda-supporting Islamist group which symbolizes terror and deadly Islamic attacks. They also have training for new recruits jihadi warriors who want to be martyrs. That's according to a new report from the Dutch-Somali newspaper Suna Times claiming sponsorship of Islamist group. On its website, shows Suna Times documents showing money transfers to the current emir, al-Shabaab. This year, however, due to declining business, Dahabshiil had only afford to offer...

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