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Kenya accused of ‘dumping’ Somali refugees ​back over the border with no support

Authorities in Somalia have denounced the way refugees are being repatriated from neighbouring Kenya, after the Kenyan government announced it would close Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp, by the end of 2016. Over the past five months, makeshift camps in Somalia’s southernmost border state have been swelling with families as thousands of refugees are […]

Somali government shuts down newspaper, arrests editor

Somali government shuts down newspaper, arrests editor

(Reuters) – Somali security forces shut down a newspaper and arrested an editor, the Somali journalists’ union said on Sunday, the latest crackdown in what reporters say is a climate of intimidation. Intelligence officers stormed the offices of Xog Ogaal, confiscating computers and cameras, and detained an editor, Abdi Adan Guled, on Saturday night, the […]

Ethiopia announces new curbs as part of state of emergency measures

Ethiopia announces new curbs as part of state of emergency measures

(Reuters) – Ethiopia imposed curbs on its opposition, travel restrictions on diplomats, and a dusk-to-dawn curfew around major projects in new measures announced on Sunday that follow the declaration of a six-month, nationwide state of emergency. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn declared the state of emergency earlier this month, saying months of unrest threatened the Horn […]

Why the Muslim community in Minneapolis is worried

(CNN) – Minneapolis is home to a large Somali-American population. They are represented by Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to the U.S. Congress.

UN calls for arrest of Somalia journalist killers

UN calls for arrest of Somalia journalist killers

(Xinhua) – The United Nations top envoy in Somalia on Wednesday called for speedy investigations into the killing of a radio journalist in Somalia. The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Michael Keating, strongly condemned the murder of Abdiaziz Mohamed Ali on Tuesday, who hosted a morning news program for the privately-run […]

Congress rejects Obama veto of Saudi September 11 bill 

Congress rejects Obama veto of Saudi September 11 bill 

(Reuters) – The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to reject President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill allowing relatives of the victims of the September 11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia, the first veto override of Obama’s eight-year-long presidency. The vote was 348-76, well above the two-thirds majority needed for an override. The […]

US accused of killing 22 troops in air strike

US accused of killing 22 troops in air strike

(Aljazeera) – An American air strike in northern Somalia killed as many as 22 soldiers, an official from the region alleged, suggesting the United States had been duped into attacking Somali troops. The Galmudug region’s Security Minister Osman Issa said 22 of his soldiers had been killed in the early Wednesday strike, adding the rival […]

Somalia says Al-Shabaab is defeated militarily

Somalia says Al-Shabaab is defeated militarily

(AP) – Somalia’s Foreign Minister Abdisalam Omer says that as a result of successful joint operations by the Somali military and the African Union’s peacekeeping force “we have militarily defeated the evil that is al-Shabab.” He said the al-Shabab extremist group controls less than 10 percent of the country and many of its leaders have […]

Egypt’s Sisi promises justice after migrant ship capsize

Egypt’s Sisi promises justice after migrant ship capsize

(Reuters) – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has ordered authorities on Saturday to punish those responsible for the capsizing of a ship which resulted in the deaths of more than 160 migrants, as families demanded the bodies of their loved ones. Rescue workers and fishermen rescued 169 people after the boat sank off Egypt’s Mediterranean […]

119 Somali pirates plead guilty; 50 of them face death sentence

119 Somali pirates plead guilty; 50 of them face death sentence

In a major turn of events, the 119 Somali pirates nabbed in four operations by the Coast Guard and Navy off Lakshadweep in 2011-12, have pleaded guilty to offences against them. Special public prosecutor Renjeet Sangle will file a reply next week. The accused said their previous plea of not guilty may be disregarded. This comes at […]

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