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Ethiopia admits to have shot down ‘by error’ the Kenyan plane in Somali

Ethiopia admits that it shot down the Kenyan plane carrying humanitarian aid in south-west Somalia. The crash took place early last week and all six passengers, Kenyans and Somalis, died. The Ethiopian authorities speak of an error in a communiqué to the African Union. It was a private plane from African Express Airways. On board […]

Kenyan plane carrying medical supplies crashes in Somalia

Kenyan plane carrying medical supplies crashes in Somalia

A Kenyan cargo plane crashed on April 4 in southern Somalia where it was on a humanitarian mission, killing all six people on board. The plane was carrying medical supplies in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. “The plane was about to land on the runway at Bardale when it crashed and caught fire. The […]

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Somalia, world’s most corrupt nation – Report

Transparency International has released its annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) this week and Sub-Saharan Africa is perceived among the most corrupt regions with an average score of 32. Overall, more than two thirds of the world’s countries – along with many of the most advanced economies – are stagnating or showing signs of backsliding in […]

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Somalia: Car bomb leaves 79 people dead; UNSG condemns a horrendous attack

A car bomb exploded Saturday at a busy checkpoint in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, leaving at least 79 people dead and scores more wounded. Many of the victims were students. Other civilians and soldiers are among the dead, police said. UN chief António Guterres has condemned the attack that he described as “a horrendous crime”, […]

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Somalia: US special forces base, Italian army convoy attacked

Somali militants on Monday staged twin attacks on a base where US special forces train Somali commandos, while an Italian military convoy was hit in a separate blast in the capital Mogadishu.   The US base is located in the south of the East African nation, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) northwest of Mogadishu.   […]

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Netherlands donates $28 million to build more resilient food systems in Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan

Netherlands donates $28 million to build more resilient food systems in Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan

The Netherlands has contributed $28 million to back FAO’s work to boost the resilience of food systems in Somalia, Sudan, and South Sudan – part of a new initiative to scale-up resilience-based development work in countries affected by protracted crises. In such contexts, humanitarian interventions often focus on meeting immediate and urgent needs, like providing […]

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AFRICOM raids Al-Shabab insurgents in Somalia

In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) conducted an airstrike on Al-Shabaab insurgents after they attacked a Somali patrol northwest of Kismayo, Lower Juba Province, Somalia on Sept. 17, AFRICOM said in a press release Wednesday. At this time, it is assessed the airstrike killed two terrorists, the Africa […]

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Somalia: UN chief condemns deadly attacks on Mogadishu Mayor’s offices

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned Wednesday’s deadly terror attacks in Somalia, that targeted the offices of the mayor of Mogadishu, reportedly killing six Government officials and injuring several others. Mr. Guterres extended his “deep condolences” to the victims’ families and loved ones, and reiterated the full support and solidarity of the UN with the […]

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Somalia cuts diplomatic ties with Guinea

Somalia has officially cut diplomatic ties with Guinea. The decision was announced in Mogadishu today after a cabinet meeting. The move comes after the leader of Somaliland – the semi-autonomous region of Somalia flew to Conakry earlier this week on an official invitation from the president of Guinea, Alpha Conde. Somaliland continues to increase its […]

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Arrest of ex-Shabaab leader: Somalia expels top UN official

Somali government on Tuesday expelled a high-ranking United Nations official in the country, accusing him of interfering with national sovereignty. The government says Nicholas Haysom, the Special Representative of the U.N. SecretaryGeneral for Somalia, “is not required and cannot work in this country,” effectively declaring the official persona non grata. “The decision comes after he […]

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