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Africa: UN chief calls for end to Female Genital Mutilation

As the world is celebrating this year’s International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation — a UN-sponsored annual event–, UNFPA, jointly with UNICEF, leads the largest global program to accelerate the abandonment of FGM. The program currently focuses on 17 African countries and supports regional and global initiatives. The UNFPA and UNICEF hope […]

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Somali judge elected President of International Court of Justice

Somali Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf has been elected to the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) Chamber of Summary Procedure along with four other judges and two alternate judges, who shall henceforth hear and determine cases brought before the court. Yusuf is succeeding a French judge Ronny Abraham who has been in office since 6 February […]

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US government halts aid to Somalia’s military over graft

The United States on Thursday, said it is suspending food and fuel aid for most of Somalia’s armed forces over corruption concerns. The US government suspension came after the Somali military repeatedly failed to account for food and fuel aid. During recent discussions between the United States and the Federal Government of Somalia, both sides […]

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Uganda starts pulling out troops from Somalia

Uganda has begun the withdrawal of its troops serving in the African Union mission (Amisom) in Somalia. The withdrawal of 281 army personnel comes as part of a UN plan that will see African Union (AU) soldiers’ numbers reduced by 1,000 by the end of this year, military officials in Kampala said. Uganda provides the […]

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U.N. extends arms sanctions on Eritrea, Somalia

The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday extended the arms embargo imposed on Eritrea and Somalia. Eleven members of the council voted in favor of the resolution, while four abstained. The Council also extended the mandate of the Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group until 15 December 2018, a UN statement said. The arms embargo on […]

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Peace and Security top agenda of 4th Dakar International Forum

The 4th Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa has kicked off on Monday in Senegal as the continent moves to assure its own security. The forum, held under the theme, “Current security challenges in Africa: towards integrated solutions”, focuses on the continent’s new strategic and security challenges and on new approaches on […]

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Turkey sends 450 locally made MPT-76 assault rifles to Somalia

The Turkish government has sent 450 of its first locally designed MPT-76 assault rifles to Somalia to fight al Shabaab, weeks after the militant group killed over 300 people in Mogadishu, one of the most lethal terrorist acts anywhere in the world for many years. According to Turkish news agency Anadolu, the government of President […]

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Somalia: at least 276 people killed in deadliest single attack in decades

At least 276 people have been killed and hundreds have been injured by a single bomb attack in Somalia this weekend, making it the worst terrorist atrocity in the terrorism-stricken nation’s history. Local media reported that most of the bodies have been burnt beyond recognition and officials feared that the toll would continue to climb. […]

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Kenya: WFP cuts food rations for over 400.000 refugees by 30%

The U.N. World Food Program on Monday announced that it will cut food rations by 30 percent for more than 400,000 refugees living in camps in Kenya. According to the UN agency, the decision is due to insufficient funding as it needed $28.5 million to cover the food assistance needs of the 420,000 refugees living […]

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Ethiopia: two jailed-Eritrean journalists freed after 11 years

Two Eritrean journalists jailed for over a decade in Ethiopia have been released, according to family members. Tesfaldet Kidane and Saleh Gama, who were arrested in 2006 at the Kenya-Somalia border during Ethiopian invasion of Somalia, were released last weekend. Family members of Kidane speaking to the Washington-based Voice of America radio, said Saleh – […]

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