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Somalia: Heavy toll for African Union peacekeepers in an ambush

Clashes between al Shabaab fighters and Somali government troops backed by African Union peacekeepers killed 24 people on Sunday, Reuters reports. The al Shabaab ambushed, near Golweyn village, 120 kilometres south of Mogadishu, targeted a supply convoy of 24 vehicles near the town of Bulo Marer. “We have carried 23 bodies of AMISOM soldiers and […]

Sudan hopes US travel ban would not affect sanctions lifting

Sudanese Foreign Ministry official Abdelghany Naeem, on Tuesday, said his country hopes the revival of President Donald Trump’s travel ban on Sudanese citizens will not affect the planned lifting of US economic sanctions on the conflict-stricken nation. The Supreme Court of the United States on Monday partially lifted an injunction against the travel bans issued […]

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Qatar-Gulf: Somalia brushes off $80m to reinforce blockade against Qatar

The Somali President has turned down the sum of $80m as a bribe in return for severing ties with Qatar and reinforcing the blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and several other Arab countries. Several media citing Jaber al-Harmi; a journalist and former editor-in-chief of Qatari top newspaper Al Sharq, report […]

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Somalia: main airport resumes operation after US plane crash

The main airport in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, has reopened to traffic on Wednesday after a US-registered passenger plane crash caused disruption of flights. The small plane chartered by US contracting firm Bancroft crashed at a Mogadishu airport after a failure of the plane’s landing gear on Tuesday. Passengers who were aboard the plane survived, […]

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Ethiopia: Turkish charity sends tons of food items to 1,500 families

Turkish authorities have delivered 40 tons of foods items to 1,500 families in Ethiopia’s north-eastern Afar regional state for the holy month of Ramadan, local media reported. The donation was made by the Turkey Diyanet Foundation (TDV), which will set during the holy month Iftar tents in several villages of the region facing famine due […]

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Trump pledges $300 million to fight famine in Africa, Yemen

United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday, pledged to disburse more than $300 million to help prevent famine in Yemen and several countries in Africa. Trump who was meeting Pope Francis for the first time, said he had “renewed” the US “commitment to fighting global famine”, with the United Nations warning that about 20 million […]

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U.N. needs $900 million for Somalia crisis response – Guterres

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday said the world organization is seeking a further $900 million this year to assist more than 6 million people and 275,000 malnourished children in Somalia. “The drought is the most pressing priority,” Guterres said in opening remarks to an international conference on Somalia in London. “This morning we presented […]

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Somalia’s youngest minister shot dead by Police

Somalia’s youngest minister Abbass Abdullahi Sheikh Siraji has been shot dead in an incident close to the presidential palace in capital Mogadishu. The Mogadishu mayoral spokesman confirmed the death of the 31-year-old minister, disclosing that he was mistakenly shot by government forces who mistook him for a militant. Local media reported that the slain minister […]

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Long-serving Equatorial Guinea’s Nguema hails late Gaddafi

President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea on Thursday hailed late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The world’s longest-serving president, who was on a two-day state visit to Uganda, said while dealing with pan Africanism that Africa’s problem is due to lack of unity to counter its challenges. “I remember our hero Gaddafi who used […]

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AfDB questions Africa’s annual $35bn food importation

African Development Bank’s president, Akinwumi Adesina on Thursday lamented the negative effects that huge food imports had on the African continent. Speaking at the Center for Global Development event held in Washington DC, the former Nigerian Agriculture Minister indicated that the continent must break the food import chain and aim for self-sufficiency in food production […]

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