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US to officially recognise Somalia government

US to officially recognise Somalia government

Washington (Alshahid)-A senior U.S. diplomat says the United States is officially recognizing the government in Somalia, opening formal diplomatic relations for the first time in twenty years. Assistant Secretary of State Johnnie Carson says visiting Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will exchange diplomatic notes Thursday to confirm the new [...]

Four killed in Kenyan town on Somalia border

Four killed in Kenyan town on Somalia border

At least four people have been killed and six wounded after armed men attacked a restaurant in a Kenyan town on the border with Somalia, a local official has said. “Four people died on the spot, while six others were rushed to hospital,” Garissa County Commissioner Mohamed Maalim told the AFP news agency. A motive [...]

Kibaki rejects retirement bonus for MPs, signs for himself

Kibaki rejects retirement bonus for MPs, signs for himself

Nairobi (Alshahid)-Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki has approved a bill that awards him a 25-million shilling ($290,000) send off package as well as other retirement benefits, but rejected hefty Sh9.3 million ($107,000) send-off package.for the country’s legislators. Kibaki signed 30 bills into law on Monday, the final day of the parliament’s validity, the largest number of [...]

Somali Speaker Voices Mogadishu’s Support for Any Reconciliation Plan

Somali Speaker Voices Mogadishu’s Support for Any Reconciliation Plan

Somali Parliament Speaker Mohamed Osman Jawari said the country’s government welcomes any plan which promotes national reconciliation in Somalia, and called on all Somali nationals to join the peace plan underway in the country. Speaking to FNA on Wednesday, Jawari pointed to the International Conference on Somalia due to be held in London in May, [...]

Sea piracy falls to 5-year low as Somali gangs retreat

Sea piracy falls to 5-year low as Somali gangs retreat

International naval patrols off Somalia and armed private guards on board ships have driven pirate attacks to a five-year low in 2012, but the risk to shipping off west Africa is growing. Somali piracy in the busy shipping lanes of the Gulf of Aden and the northwestern Indian Ocean off east Africa cost the world [...]

U. S. warns citizens in Kenya over terror threats

U. S. warns citizens in Kenya over terror threats

The U.S. government has issued a new travel advisory to all Americans wishing to travel to Kenya and those living in the country to exercise caution due to increased terror threats and violent crime in most parts of the East African nation. In the advisory received on Wednesday, Washington urged Americans to evaluate their personal [...]

Stabilising Somalia now mission possible

Stabilising Somalia now mission possible

Five years ago, Uganda committed troops to the African Union Mission (Amisom), backed by UN Security Council resolution 1744 13 (2007), to stabilise chaos-devastated Somalia. This was a mission, one would intuitively say, that even the drafters saw as impossible. It followed several failed regional and international efforts on Somalia, the latest, then, being the [...]

UN official condemns arrest of Somali journalist for reporting on rape case

UN official condemns arrest of Somali journalist for reporting on rape case

The United Nations official dealing with conflict-related sexual violence today condemned the arrest of a Somali journalist who was detained for conducting an interview with a woman who claimed she was raped by members of the Somali Army in September. “Allegations of rape should be met with objective investigations by the proper authorities, not detention [...]

Somali NGOs call for help to ease burden of Mogadishu street children

Somali NGOs call for help to ease burden of Mogadishu street children

Overlooked by the state, children shining shoes for a living in the Somali capital are vulnerable to drugs, crime and militia gangs. The muezzin calls for afternoon prayer. A small boy wearing torn trousers and a dirty, brown oversized T-shirt rushes from a shed. Holding a rusty paint tin, he stands at the entrance to [...]

Somalia President Meets Members Of U.S. Congress

Somalia President Meets Members Of U.S. Congress

U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, joined a bipartisan gathering of members of the U.S. Congress to welcome Somalia President Hassan Sheik Mohamud to the U.S. Capitol Tuesday, Michaud’s office reported. This was the newly elected Somalia President’s first visit to the United States as President and first meeting with members of Congress, Michaud noted. In [...]

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