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Somalia, Ethiopia to invest in four seaports on Red Sea

Somalia and Ethiopia will jointly invest in four seaports to attract foreign investment to the two countries, an official statement said. The move comes after an official meeting between Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Somalia’s president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo in Mogadishu. The two leaders held talks on business, security, peace efforts and integration during […]

Somalia: 27 Al-Shabaab militants killed in US airstrikes

The United States Special Forces have killed about 27 al-Shabab terrorists in northern Somalia, US Africa Command (Africom) said in a statement. According to Africom, the Saturday strike was conducted in cooperation with the Somali government southwest of Bosasso. Africom provided no additional details. The strike is the latest in a series of similar missions […]

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UN, Somalia seek $80 million in immediate relief for flood-affected populations

The United Nations and the Somali Government on Sunday launched a joint appeal for $80 million to provide immediate help for the people affected by recent flooding in the country’s center and south. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the flooding – caused by the heaviest rainfall there in […]

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Somalia ready to take over security tasks from AU

Somalian government has called on African Union (AU) and United Nations to believe in the country’s ability to take over security responsibilities. The war-torn nation’s government trough the voice of its National Security Advisor, Abdi said Musse Ali, asked a joint team of the African Union and the United Nations to not judge the country […]

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UAE halts military training in Somalia

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has decided to halt a military training program in Somalia following the seizure of millions of dollars by Somali security forces in a UAE plane. Relations between Mogadishu and Abu Dhabi—both Arab League members—have been frosty since June last year after Mogadishu resisted UAE and Saudi pressure to cut ties […]

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UAE Condemns Somalia for Seizing Private Jet

The United Arab Emirates condemned on Tuesday Somalian authorities for seizing one of its civilian aircraft that was carrying millions of dollars, reported WAM news agency. The UAE Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the jet was seized at Mogadishu airport carrying $9.6 million in cash allocated to support the Somali army and trainees. […]

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Speaker of Somalia’s parliament resigns amid political crisis

The speaker of Somalia’s parliament has resigned on Monday following a dispute with President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed. Mohamed Osman Jawari had submitted his resignation letter to Somalia’s president as lawmakers supporting the Prime Minister were planning to vote on a no-confidence motion against the Speaker on Monday. Jawari had earlier defied calls to resign, saying, […]

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UN seeks $80 million to support refugees in Ethiopia

Two United Nations humanitarian agencies are jointly seeking $80 million to provide food assistance to refugees in Ethiopia, which hosts the second largest number of refugees in Africa. In a joint news release issued Wednesday, the World Food Program (WFP) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that food ration […]

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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson starts week-long first Africa trip

The United States will give more than $533 million in humanitarian aid for victims of conflicts and drought in Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and the West and Central African countries bordering Lake Chad, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said. Tillerson made the announcement at a speech in Virginia before departing for a week-long trip […]

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Africa: Conflict, climate change behind hunger of 224 million – UN

About 224 million people are suffering from malnutrition in Africa as effects of climate change and conflicts bite, the United Nations warned on Monday. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the situation is a “cause of concern” as the continent’s population was expected to reach 1.7 billion by 2030. The rise in […]

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