Tuesday 26 September 2017
(Voice of America 04/30/13)
Authorities in Somalia's Puntland region have executed 13 al-Shabab militants who were convicted on murder charges. The 12 men and one woman were killed by firing squad, in secret, outside the town of Bosaso at 3 a.m. local time Tuesday. The regional commissioner of military tribunals, Abdifatah Haji Adam, said in an interview with VOA's Somali Service the militants were convicted of killing a local religious scholar, regional lawmakers and security officials. Somali, Ethiopian and African Union forces have pushed al-Shabab out of Somalia's major towns and cities but the al-Qaida-linked militant group remains active.Two weeks ago, al-Shabab claimed responsibility for an attack in Mogadishu that killed more than 30 people. Some of the group's fighters have infiltrated the semi-autonomous...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/30/13)
Economic development researchers on Monday unveiled a database of China's aid to Africa in an effort to work around Beijing's secrecy about the numbers, as a debate rages over the intentions and impact of Chinese assistance. The study and database by the Washington-based Center for Global Development and AidData, a research project, includes 1,673 Chinese development finance projects worth $75 billion in 50 African countries from the years 2000-2011. The Chinese figures, using standard measures of Official Development Assistance (ODA) and Other Official Finance (OOF), are roughly on par with U.S. aid to Africa during the same period, the Center for Global Development said. While official ODA from Western countries and some major developing countries is openly reported and easily...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/26/13)
Somalis may soon be receiving letters from abroad for the first time in more than 20 years after a deal was struck with the United Nations' postal agency, the latest step towards ending Somalia's isolation following two decades of civil conflict. But the challenges to bringing the Horn of Africa country back into the global postal community are manifold - there are no functioning post offices, only the main roads are named and most houses do not have a number. Add to that the ongoing struggle with al Qaeda-linked insurgents, who still control much of the countryside, and parts of the coastline infested with pirates, and it is clear the U.N.'s Universal Postal Union (UPU) and its partners have their...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/25/13)
In a sign of growing optimism that Somalia is winning a struggle against pirates and al Qaeda-linked insurgents, Britain opened an embassy on Thursday in a set of four metal cabins at Mogadishu airport. It was the first such move by a Western power since Somalia began to emerge from more than two decades of conflict. Turkey and Iran are among others vying for influence in the Horn of Africa country, with growing commercial ties and diplomatic missions already up and running. "It is a symbol of our confidence and belief in the future of Somalia," said British Foreign Secretary William Hague, who flew in on an unannounced visit to watch the Union Jack flag hoisted above the cabins, generator...
(Capitalfm Business 04/24/13)
NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 24 – Kenya and Ethiopia have reaffirmed their commitment to continue working together with Somalia to help its government towards reconstruction. Speaking after holding bilateral talks with the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in Nairobi, President Uhuru Kenyatta said that conflict in Somalia had affected its neighbours. The Head of State said: “On IGAD and regional peace and development, we focused on our efforts to contribute to sustainable peace, reconstruction and development in Somalia.” “Kenya and Ethiopia remains strategic partners especially within the IGAD framework in the search for peace and political stability of Somalia. Kenya and Ethiopia continue to bear a disproportionate burden occasioned by the long standing crisis which afflicted that neighbourly state more than...
(Voice of America 04/24/13)
NAIROBI, KENYA — Ethiopia’s foreign ministry has denied there are plans to withdraw all troops from Somalia, despite recent remarks by the Ethiopian prime minister expressing frustration with the pace of military progress in the country. Speaking to parliament Tuesday, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the African Union force in Somalia has not kept its promise to replace Ethiopian soldiers in parts of the country under AU control. Ethiopian forces entered Somalia two years ago to assist the AU force, known as AMISOM, in its fight against al-Shabab militants. The Ethiopians have enjoyed success securing towns and cities in western Somalia. But Hailemariam said the failure of AMISOM to replace Ethiopian troops influenced a decision in March to pull...
(Voice of America 04/23/13)
BLANTYRE, MALAWI — In Malawi, a local NGO is seeking to economically empower young girls and kept others in school by making and using sanitary pads. That’s because many girls stay home rather than go to class when they have their menstrual cycles. The project, known as ‘Keeping Girls in School’, is championed by the Girls Empowerment Network, or GENET. It’s a Blantyre-based NGO which works to advance the rights, status and well-being of adolescent girls. The girls learn tailoring skills, in part by making re-usable sanitary pads from imported water-proof materials. Joyce Mkandawire, the communications adviser for GENET, says “The project is about social entrepreneurship where we have reached out to girls who have been literally doing nothing in...
(Voice of America 04/23/13)
Somalia's prime minister has called on police and security forces to hunt down the killers of a state broadcaster. Mohamed Ibrahim Rageh was shot and killed by unknown assailants near his home in the capital, Mogadishu, on Sunday evening. Rageh, who worked for Somali National Television and Radio Mogadishu, is the fourth journalist killed in Somalia this year, according to the National Union of Somali Journalists. In a statement, Somali Prime Minister Abdi Shirdon called on police and security forces to "spare no effort" in their hunt to find his killers. Earlier this year, Somalia's government said it would provide a reward of $50,000 for information leading to the arrest of any person convicted of killing a journalist. The prime...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/22/13)
African finance ministers told their rich nation counterparts at weekend meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank to work harder and faster to kick-start their economies to avoid a prolonged slump that could undermine strong growth in the developing world. "We are concerned," Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said at the meetings of global finance leaders. "If we continue to see slow growth in the euro zone, which provides a large market for many African countries, and is coupled with a slowdown in emerging economies, then we will become more vulnerable," Okonjo-Iweala told a news conference of African finance ministers. "We need to insist that our partners in other parts of the world work harder and faster." Despite...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/22/13)
A Somali journalist working for the government broadcaster was shot dead outside his home in the capital Mogadishu on Sunday, the fourth reporter to be murdered in the country this year, the union of journalists said. Mohamed Ibrahim Rageh, who worked for Somali National Television and Radio Mogadishu, was killed by unknown assailants as he returned home after work, according to Abdirahim Isse Addow, director of Radio Mogadishu, who was quoted by the National Union of Somali Journalists. Three other journalists had been killed in Somalia so far this year, the union said. Rageh's murder came a week after at least 30 people were killed by a car bomb, suicide bombers and gunmen at Mogadishu's law courts and a car...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/16/13)
Somalia's judges and lawyers at the vanguard of judicial reforms need protection from al Qaeda-linked militants, the New York-based Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday after deadly bomb attacks targeted law courts in Mogadishu at the weekend. The al Shabaab rebel group, which has waged a six-year insurgency to impose its strict interpretation of Islamic law, or sharia, on Somalia, killed about 30 people on Sunday in a wave of suicide bombings and shootings aimed at the courts. The rights groups described the attacks as a "war crime". Somalia's new government has made reforming the judiciary and imposing the rule of law a priority in its campaign to shake off the country's "failed state" tag. But the government's control of...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/15/13)
Sub-Saharan Africa's economic growth should accelerate to more than 5 percent over the next three years, far outpacing the global average, but the region must do more to convert this into reducing poverty, the World Bank said on Monday. In its latest Africa's Pulse analysis of prospects for the region, the bank saw increased investment, high commodity prices and a pick-up in the global economy driving this expected growth surge in the world's poorest continent. It said foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows to Sub-Saharan Africa were projected to increase to record levels each year over the next three years, reaching $54 billion by 2015. This compared to $37.7 billion in 2012, a 5.5 percent increase in a year when FDI...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/15/13)
Somali militants linked to al Qaeda warned on Monday of further attacks in the capital, a day after killing at least 30 people in a wave of coordinated bombings and shootings that exposed the fragility of security gains in Mogadishu. African peacekeeping troops blocked off streets and searched houses across the city at dawn on Monday to flush out suspected members of the Islamist militant group al Shabaab which claimed responsibility for the strikes. But the rebels warned of further attacks and taunted the Mogadishu government, which they brand a Western stooge, over its trouble securing the city at a time the country struggles to emerge from more than two decades of conflict and anarchy. Although a military offensive under...
(Heegan Times 04/12/13)
Mogadishu– Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr said his country will reopen its embassy in the Somali capital during the first visit of high ranking diplomat from the most powerful Arab nation in Mogadishu. Egypt’s restoration of diplomatic ties with the Horn of Africa nation comes after the country has shown signs of improvement in the last 18 months. “Through restoring the embassy to Mogadishu, Egypt aims to reinforce that it is a main partner to the Somali government as it faces all the challenges of the Somali people”, read a statement from Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs the delegation led by Foreign Minister Amr is the highest profile ministerial level for more than 20 years by Egyptian politician. Somali...
(Heegan Times 04/12/13)
Mogadishu–If it was a daring move to dispatch an ambassador to Mogadishu, the Somali capital, and political support pays off for the interest of two nations, Turkey is the leader. Ankara’s decision to send C. Karin Torun, the first western diplomat to work full-time in the war-ravaged city, during Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visit in Mogadishu in Aug 2011, ended the world’s diplomatic isolation. The seaside city, once no-go-zone capital is now the favorite destination of not only Somali diaspora members who watched the developments in overseas, but also the European ambassadors that monitored it in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital. United Kingdom and Italy followed in 2012. On Tuesday, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud received five European envoys from Germany,...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/10/13)
Western powers are in early talks on writing off Somalia's debt, a big shift for a country that was long branded a failed state and has with help scored successes against al Qaeda-linked rebels and piracy. Just two years ago, Islamist militants and African peacekeepers fought daily street battles in Mogadishu. Now the city is rid of insurgents, though still vulnerable to attack, and the government's focus is on bolstering security, rooting out corruption and imposing the rule of law. Foreign diplomats point to a determination to re-enter the international fold under President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, elected last year in the country's first vote for decades. This is welcome progress for regional states whose economies have been rattled by their...
(Xinhuanet 04/10/13)
NAIROBI, April 10 (Xinhua) -- Kenya and Somalia have agreed to work closely in consolidating peace between the two neighboring countries. Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta who held talks on Tuesday evening with visiting President Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud of Somalia assured the Somali leader that Nairobi will continue to work with his country's leadership to consolidate peace and security in the country. Kenyatta, underscored the cordial and friendly relations existing between Kenya and Somalia, stressing that the two countries will engage politically on regular basis to deal with emerging issues of mutual interest as well as regional matters. "The Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC) will soon be launched and implemented for the mutual benefit of the two countries," said the 51-year-old...
(Xinhuanet 04/10/13)
U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday approved the provision of arms to Somalia, as the Horn of Africa nation is still fighting the al-Shabaab militants. Obama signed a presidential determination allowing for "the furnishing of defense articles and defense services" to Somalia, saying the move will "strengthen the security of the United States and promote world peace." Secretary of State John Kerry was tasked with considering items to be offered. With the help of the African Union troops, the Somali forces have retaken major cities in the country in recent months, and in January Washington recognized the new government led by President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the first permanent central government in the nation since the start of a civil war...
(Voice of America 04/09/13)
President Barack Obama determined on Monday that Somalia may receive U.S. military assistance, a step seen as a sign of improving relations with a country grappling to contain militants linked to al-Qaeda. Obama issued a memo to Secretary of State John Kerry that said Somalia is eligible for ``defense articles and defense services'' under U.S. arms export and foreign aid laws. Security in the Somali capital of Mogadishu has improved since the Islamist group al-Shabab fled the city after a military offensive in August 2011. Bombings and assassinations are still frequent. A senior Obama administration official said the aid authorization reflects a move by the United States toward more normal relations with Somalia. “It is not based on any particular...
(Fox News 04/09/13)
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama cleared the way Monday for the U.S. to arm and train Somali forces, taking a step toward normal relations with the East African nation as it works to build confidence in its newly recognized government. In a memo to Secretary of State John Kerry, Obama said he has determined that supplying defense equipment and services "will strengthen the security of the United States and promote world peace." The move doesn't immediately provide new assistance to Somalia, but allows Kerry to consider taking that step in the future. Somalia is trying to preserve fragile progress toward establishing its first functional government after two decades of chaos. The U.S. formally recognized the African nation's new government in...

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