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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 […]

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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Somali states to form joint force to fight Al-Shabaab

Federal Member States in Somalia have announced the creation of a new force to fight the activities of Al-Shabaab in the country. According to a communiqué released on Thursday, Somalia’s Council of Interstate Cooperation has agreed to draw 1,000 soldiers from each Federal Member State, to “integrate and train them together for smooth, seamless and […]

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Violence will not deter Somali people in their pursuit of peace, says UN chief

The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned the twin suicide attacks that hit Saturday Baidoa, southwestern Somalia, and reiterated the Organization’s support and solidarity with the Somali people and Government. In a statement by his spokesperson, Guterres said “He is convinced that indiscriminate violence and attacks will not deter the Somali people in […]

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EU to provide €100 million to Somalia

The EU and Somalia signed Sunday (Oct. 14) an agreement to provide €100 million to the Somali budget over the next two and a half years. These funds will support the Federal Government’s reforms to build a unified, federal state. Somalia is on a positive track towards stability and growth. The EU’s move to budget […]

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Ex-Somali insurgent leader announces entry into politics

The former No. 2 leader of Somalia-based militant group al-Shabab Mukhtar Robow Abu Mansur has announced his candidacy for leadership of the southwest regional administration on Thursday, October 4. The one-time candidate on the United States terror list wants to become president of the country’s South West regional state. He will contest against an incumbent, […]

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Somalia: 200,000 bags of charcoal smuggled out to Iraq – VOA

Over 200,000 bags of Somali charcoal arrived in the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr, a Somali official at the United Nations told the VOA on Monday. According to the U.S. radio, Somalia regretted how over two hundred thousand bags of charcoal had left the country. Somalia is losing trees at an alarming rate to an […]

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Horn of Africa nations urge UN to lift Eritrea sanctions

Ethiopia and Somalia last weekend reiterated calls to the United Nations General Assembly for the lifting of sanctions on neighboring Eritrea. In July, the United Nations chief said he believed the need for UN sanctions against Eritrea will no longer exist following its peace deal with Ethiopia. The Security Council imposed sanctions in 2009 on […]

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Horn of Africa: UN welcomes Djibouti agreement between Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed Thursday’s meeting in Djibouti with the foreign ministers of Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia with the Djiboutian head of diplomacy. The meeting, held on September 6 in Djibouti, resulted in the signing of a cooperation agreement between Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia. Through his spokesman, the UN chief stressed that “the […]

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