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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 […]

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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Mogadishu bombings a ‘cowardly assault’ on Somalis’ right to peace – UN envoy

The head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) has condemned “in the strongest possible terms” Saturday’s twin bombings in the nation’s capital, Mogadishu, which claimed a number of lives. In a statement, Nicholas Haysom, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, said that the attacks “signify another cowardly assault against the […]

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Somalia: US airstrike kills four al Shabaab fighters

The US Africa Command best known as AFRICOM Wednesday said it killed four members of al Shabaab militant group in Somalia, in an airstrike. “U.S. forces conducted a self-defense airstrike targeting al-Shabaab militants in the vicinity of Awdheegle, Somalia on December 04, 2018,” Africome said in a press release, indicating the operation was in support […]

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Ugandan-Somali Summit Talks

Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni on Saturday held talks with his Somali counterpart, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo, in Kampala. According to the State House statement, the two leaders discussed areas of cooperation between Somalia and Uganda particularly in the areas of peace, security, defense, education, trade and investment. Uganda is the biggest contributor of troops to […]

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UN Security Council unanimously lifts Eritrea sanctions

The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday unanimously lifted sanctions against Eritrea. Hailing the recent and historic rapprochements in the Horn of Africa, the Security Council on Wednesday decided to lift the arms embargo, travel bans, assets freeze and targeted sanctions previously imposed on Eritrea. The UN Security Council slapped Eritrea with an arms embargo […]

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Ethiopia: 200 bodies uncovered in mass grave

Police in Ethiopia have discovered a mass grave with 200 bodies near the border between the Somali and Oromia regions, local media reported. The grave was found by the police during a court-ordered investigation for evidence of alleged abuses by forces loyal to the former president of the Somali region, Abdi Mohammed. Police were granted […]

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Somalia: 124 nationals repatriated from Libya – Government

A total of 124 Somalis who were stranded in Libya for years have returned home on Wednesday, the federal Government of Somalia said. According to Somali Prime Minister, Ali Hassan Khaire, the returnees “are finally home to start a new life as FGS steps up efforts catering to its nationals wherever they are.” He said […]

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Standoff between Somalia’s federal, state authorities could ‘paralyze’ progress – UN envoy

Ongoing tensions between the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and the country’s state authorities were center stage, as the United Nations top envoy for Somalia visited the country’s South West State on Wednesday. Nicholas Haysom, UN Special Representative for Somalia and head of the Assistance Mission UNSOM, called for better collaboration: “What we’re facing is […]

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