President Mohamud launches national strategy for Countering Violent Extremism


Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, today officially launched in Mogadishu,the Comprehensive National Strategy on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) for Somalia. Among the officials and dignitaries attended the official launch include, the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, cabinet members, parliamentarians and others. Somali President during his speech of the official event to the ...

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Somalia Bans Kenyan Khat Imports


Somalia has banned Kenyan flights bringing stashes of the herbal stimulant khat into the country in the Horn of Africa. Khat—also known as miraa—is consumed widely in Somalia but is grown in neighboring Ethiopia and Kenya. The leafy plant is chewed as an after-meal stimulant purported to make consumers more alert, though the drug is a controlled substance in the United ...

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Hassan Sheikh ”Al Shabaab contained it is hard to stop someone who wants to kill himself”


We have reclaimed 80 per cent of the territory previously held by Al Shabaab. They have been forced to change their method of engagement, and now, rather than a military fighting force, we see asymmetric warfare tactics, and the targeting of civilians. It is difficult to stop someone who wants to kill himself. My government has successfully brought senior Al ...

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Repatriation threatened after Dadaab returnees are blocked in Somalia


An ambitious plan to repatriate some 150,000 Somali refugees from the Dadaab camp headed into turbulence after officials in Somalia prevented returnees from moving beyond a post on the country’s border with Kenya. As many as 1200 Somalis who recently left Dadaab are being held at the Dhobley transition centre, a spokesman for the United Nations refugee agency said on ...

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Somalia: Resident Amisom Fires Mortar Rounds On Marka

Ugandan peacekeepers from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) patrol inside Banadir hospital in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, August 20, 2011, where malnourished children are housed in the facility. Thousands of internally displaced people have been making the treacherous journey from the worst-hit drought areas, mostly under the control of rebels, to Mogadishu to seek access to food and medication. REUTERS/Ismail Taxta (SOMALIA - Tags: MILITARY DISASTER POLITICS HEALTH)

The Africa Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces have been accused of firing rounds of mortars on residential areas in the southern port city of Marka, 100Km south of Mogadishu. A resident who did not want to be named, told Radio Shabelle by phone that he could heard loud explosions on Thursday night as parts of the city were hit ...

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Somalia hunts for fake-cash bank teller


A bank teller at Somalia’s central bank is on the run after allegedly stealing $530,000 (£402,000), the bank’s governor Bashir Issa Ali has said. Senior cashier Muhidin Mohamed Hassan was behind the scam to exchange US dollar notes with fake bills, he said. Police and security agencies were hunting for him and several other staff at the bank were being ...

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HARGEISA: Somaliland President says ‘majority want int’l recognition’


Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamud (Silanyo) has said, most people support bid for independence as Somalia gears up for elections later this year. Speaking in the capital, Hargiesa, President Silanyo announced that a referendum poll commissioned by the government reveals overwhelming support for international recognition. More than one million people participated in the poll that almost garnered ‘yes win’ according to ...

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US announces $146 extra humanitarian funding for Somalia and Kenya


The United States (US) has announced extra humanitarian funds to Kenya and Somalia. The assistance shall be in the areas of Somali refugee support and also to help drought victims in both countries. This was announced by the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, during his one day visit where he met with President Kenyatta ...

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Al-Shabab Attack Kills 20 in Galkayo Central Somalia


At least 20 people died when two suicide car bombs rocked a local government building and a nearby market in Galkayo, central Somalia, witnesses and officials said. Abdullahi Daahir, an eyewitness described what he saw. “The first car bomb rammed into a local government compound housing administrative offices and soon after the first responders came out of the surrounding buildings, ...

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