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AU disburses $100,000 to drought-hit Somalia, calls for urgent aid

The African Union this weekend disbursed $100,000 to Somalia to help the Horn of Africa nation avert starvation caused by drought. The World Health Organisation (WHO) last month warned that Somalia is at risk of its third famine in 25 years after the previous crisis in 2011 that killed about 260,000 people. According to the […]

Somalia: pirates hijacked Sri Lankan-flagged ship

A Sri Lankan-flagged fuel freighter has been hijacked in Somali waters after the vessel sent a distress call. The ship sent a distress call, turned off its tracking system and altered course for the Somali coast, a piracy expert told Reuters. According to Reuters, the Dubai-owned Aris 13 is believed to be carrying eight crew […]

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Donald Trump Calls Kenya’s Kenyatta

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday called Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to “reaffirm the strong bilateral relationship between the two countries,” the White House said in a statement. Conversation between the two leaders also focused on “economic partnership and mutual dedication to overcoming terrorism and other regional security challenges through close cooperation,” the statement said. […]

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Somalia: new president calls on al Shabaab to surrender

Somalia’s new president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed who was sworn into office on Wednesday has called on al Shabaab fighters to surrender, promising them “a good life” if they did. “To those who work with al Qaeda, al Shabaab and IS (Islamic State), your time is finished,” he said at the inauguration ceremony, attended by the […]

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Somalia: Al-shabaab welcomes new president with deadly attack

Al-Shabaab group on Thursday launched a deadly attack near Somalia’s presidential palace as outgoing president Sheik Mohamoud handed over his responsibilities to president elect Mohammed Abdullahi Farmajo. According to Captain Mohamed Hussein, at least three mortars slammed into a nearby residential area during the ceremony and killed 2 civilians. The SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors […]

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Somalia Elects a Somali-American as New President

Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, a veteran diplomat and former Prime Minister has been declared Somalia’s new president after two rounds of voting on Wednesday. Incumbent President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who took office in 2012, withdrew from the final ballot after losing 184 to 97 to Farmajo in the second round. “History was made, we have taken […]

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Sudan Reacts to Trump’s Immigration Policy

Sudan’s foreign affairs ministry has summoned the United States’ envoy Steven Koutsis to protest against Donald Trump’s immigration Executive Order, temporarily banning people from seven countries, including Sudan, from entering the U.S. The seven Muslim-majority countries targeted by President Donald Trump in his executive order on immigration were initially identified as “countries of concern” under […]

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Mali to Hold a National Dialogue Conference in March 2017

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta last weekend said the West African insecurity-stricken Mali will hold a “national dialogue conference” in March 2017 to discuss how to implement the peace agreement signed in mid-2015. In a TV message to the nation on Saturday, President Keïta said that “an important milestone in the rehabilitation of social cohesion […]

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Tunisia: 76 people sentenced for killing of soldiers

A court in Tunisia has handed prison sentences to 76 people convicted for the killing of eight soldiers in 2013, a judiciary official said. Out of the 76 convicted, only seven appeared before the court as the remaining 69 others are still running loose, Sofiene Sliti, prosecution spokesman indicated. Four of the seven have been […]

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Migration Tops Agenda of Idriss Deby’s Visit in Germany

Chad president Idriss Deby on Wednesday urged the European Union to seek a deal with countries across Africa’s desert Sahel region if it wants to curb the influx of migrants. “We can only resolve the issue if we involve the G5 frontline states –Chad, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Mali and Niger– not through country by country […]

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