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BREAKING: Upper House elects it’s Speaker, Deputy Speakers

Abdi Hashi Abdullah was elected as the Speaker of the Upper House securing 43 of the possible 52 votes on Sunday. He previously served as a minister in the Somaliland government. Also, Former Goobjoog CEO Abshir Ahmed Bukhari was elected as the first deputy speaker after three rounds of voting. (adsbygoogle […]

Al-Shabaab kills regional police chief, bodyguard in Somalia

A police boss and his bodyguard died on Saturday evening after a grenade attack blamed on Al-Shabaab militants in Jowhar town located in Somalia’s Hirshabelle State. Abdi Hussein, the Deputy speaker of parliament representing Hirshabelle state in Jowhar town, confirmed to Xinhua on Sunday the death of the regional police boss named Khalif Abdulle Arfaye […]

14 agencies deliver urgent call to action for worsening drought in Horn of Africa

Recent droughts in the Horn of Africa has led to an urgent call to action to divert a food and water crisis in the horn of Africa. Failure of the October – December rains across parts of Somalia and the Horn has led to a crippling drought. The drought follows one of the strongest El […]

Even before Trump, asylum seeker already caught up in clogged system

As President Donald Trump sets out to ramp up immigration enforcement, the system already is overwhelmed — not just with the “criminals” Trump has said he will target, but also with people not accused of any crime, many seeking asylum in the U.S. using their rights under international law. One such asylum seeker, currently detained […]

What President Trump’s policies mean for Somalia and security in greater East Africa

News last week that President Donald Trump had asked for a review of the US role in Somalia should worry frontline states like Kenya and Ethiopia. Over the past three years, President Obama’s support for the 22,000-strong Africa Union Mission to Somalia, Amisom, has been crucial in the fight against Al Shabaab, the Al Qaeda-affiliates […]

Security checks at Wajir airport for Mogadishu-Nairobi flights to stay

There are no plans to withdraw mandatory security checks on all aircrafts from Mogadishu to Nairobi, a top government official has said. This is despite criticism from airline operators flying between the two cities, who termed the checks as unnecessary. Currently, all flights leaving the Somalia capital for Kenya must stop at the Wajir Airport […]

8 killed in heavy fighting in southern Somalia

google_ad_client = “ca-pub-4943253263554131”; google_ad_slot = “1922733684”; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; At least six Al-Shabaab fighters and two government soldiers were killed and several others injured in heavy fighting between the militants and Somali National Army backed by the African Union forces in Afgoye district in southern Somalia on Friday […]

Gambia’s Jammeh declares he will step down

BANJUL Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh said Saturday he would step down to keep peace in his country after 22 years in power, following last-chance talks with west African leaders before a military intervention. Jammeh spent hours with Guinea and Mauritania’s presidents on Friday in Banjul, where agreement was reached that he would hand power to […]

Toronto Muslims protest Mosque, school closure

Members of Toronto’s Muslim community protested outside the office of Toronto Mayor John Tory’s office on Thursday to protest the closure of Sakinah Community Centre in Scarborough. The faith-based community centre which opened its doors in 2013 was closed in February 2016 after the City of Toronto deemed the building unsafe. When Sakinah’s operators vowed […]

Ohio BMV drops threat to cancel immigrants’ licenses

Ohio officials have backed off a criticized move to revoke the commercial drivers’ licenses of 562 immigrants unless they could prove legal residency in the United States. Before reversing course on Thursday, Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles officials said they would yank the licenses of immigrant truck, taxi and other drivers within 30 days if […]

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