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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Kenya: 5 Suspected bombers killed

 NAIROBI, Kenya (By Tom Odula-  AP) -- Kenyan and Somali soldiers killed five suspected Islamic extremist bombers attempting to cross into the country from Ethiopia in a car laden with explosives and six suicide vests, a Kenyan military spokesman said Sunday.

Somaliland : Head of political parties fly to Nairobi for a working trip

 Hargeisa - The heads of the three Somaliland political parties left on Friday 12 Sept for  a working  trip to Nairobi to meet with the ambassadors of the European countries and the United States and others to explain the issue of Somaliland sovereignty.

Finland : Three Somalis accused of financing Al Shabaab appear in court

 Helsinki Times - The first ever terrorism trial in Finland commenced at the District Court of Helsinki on 7 October, with three men standing accused of financially supporting al-Shabab, a terrorist faction based in Somalia, and one of them also of preparing and recruiting for a terrorist offence.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Joint communiqué by the governments of Somalia and Burundi

 Bujumbura ( DIPLOMAT.SO) – Joint communique issued by the governments of Somalia and Burundi
1. At the invitation of His Excellency Engineer Prosper Bazombanza, First Vice President of the Republic of Burundi, His Excellency Dr. Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed, Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia, paid an official visit to the Republic of Burundi from the 15th October to the 16th October 2014.
2. Upon arrival at the Bujumbura International Airport in the company of a high-level delegation, His Excellency Dr. Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed, Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia, was welcomed by His Excellency Engineer Prosper Bazombanza, First Vice President of the Republic of Burundi, accompanied by senior officials of Burundi.

Police officer shot dead in Kenya's northern border

 GARISSA, Kenya, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- Unknown gunmen killed a police officer near Kenya's border with Somalia on Friday night in the latest incident of insecurity in the northern region.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Somalia leader says his advisers not helping Islamist militants

 BY JOHN IRISH  (Reuters) - Somalia's president said on Friday that nobody close to him had been involved in the unauthorised diversion of government weapons to Islamist militants and denied that a man U.N investigators linked to the arms trade had advised him.

Somalia wants oil, gas companies to resume exploration in country: minister

 Nairobi (Platts)--Somalia's federal government on Thursday called on major international companies to resume hydrocarbons exploration in the country.

Declassified : The RAF expedition to Somaliland and the bombing of the Mullah at Medeshi-1920

  Following is a report on the RAF operations against the Dervishes lead by Mohamed Abdullah Hassan and the destruction of the Dervish command post at Medeshi and Jiidali. The RAF bases were established at Eil Afweyne and Las Qoray where the RAF airplanes had to launch the attacks at Medeshi. The report is in PDF and is attached but here is caption of the bombing at Medeshi and Jiidali in January  1920 .

No permanent iqamas for Saudi-born expats



 (AN) - Kingdom-born expats will not be eligible for permanent residency permits (iqamas), according to a high-ranking official at the Directorate General of Passports. Col. Ahmed Al-Luhaidan, directorate spokesman, was refuting rumors circulating on social media sites alleging that expats who were born in the country would be able to reside here indefinitely.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Somaliland : List of hotels banned to hold SNM Martyr's remembrance day in Burao

 Burao regional administration has issued an order banning a number of hotels in the city  to accommodate the celebration event of the remembrance of the martyrs of Somali National Movement (SNM) which falls on the 17th of Oct 2014. The order permits  two  locations , namely  Dheero Hotel and Sooyal headquarters,  for the celebration event.

Sierra Leone troops’ deployment to Somalia delayed over Ebola fears

 (Daily Nation)- Deployment of a new contingent of Sierra Leonean soldiers to the AU Mission in Somalia (Amisom) is being delayed until it receives a medical report over Ebola.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Meeting the challenge of promoting pro-poor investment in Somaliland

 Adam Smith International  - A tradesman arriving at the Port of Berbera on the Gulf of Aden will have to pass through a gate marked by a bright sign saying 'Enter' and emblazoned with the flag of Somaliland. The entrance is an apt symbol of the fledgling state's desire, with an acutely Somalilander twist, to attract foreign and diaspora businessmen and their capital into the economy.

Car Bomb in Somali Capital Kills 5, Mostly Kids

 MOGADISHU, Somalia — Oct 15, 2014
By ABDI GULED Associated Press
A car bomb close to Somalia's presidential palace detonated while a group of children were walking by, killing five people and wounding seven, said a Somali police official.

Somaliland Mulls Oil-Bid Round, Energy Minister Says

  By Paul Wallace , Bloomberg : Somaliland is considering its first bidding round for oil blocks since 2009 as increasing stability begins to attract more foreign investors.
“If we open up new acreage, we’re definitely thinking of a bid round,” Hussein Abdi Dualeh, minister of minerals and energy in the autonomous Horn of Africa territory, said in an interview in London yesterday.

Somali band forced to seek asylum in the Netherlands after Kenya revoked its refugee status

 BBC - A popular Somali band has been forced to seek asylum in the Netherlands after Kenya revoked its refugee status, its lead singer has told the BBC.

Kenyans panicking over Ebola outbreak as passenger dies

 (EBC)- Anxiety has gripped Kenya after a female passenger from South Sudan died on Saturday night from Ebola-like symptoms arriving in the country.

The FCO – Battling for Britain in Troubled Times

  By Mark T. Jones - Straightened times have a wonderful way of concentrating minds, so much so that even the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has found itself having to tack its sails to a new wind – namely economic reality.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Guul Group sponsors UK – Somaliland Investment Forum and aims to facilitate $100m by 2020

  London , Oct. 14  2014 - Guul Group management have expressed gratitude towards DMA for organising this phenomenal event, the UK and Somaliland Governments in their astounding support of this unparalleled occasion; specifically His Excellency, President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud and Honourable Minister Mohammed Bihi Yonis for their commitment to Guul Group and appreciation of the company’s consistent promotion of investment opportunities in Somaliland. Both the President and Minister expressed their admiration in Guul sponsoring today’s forum held in One Whitehall Place London.

US security contractor shot dead in Saudi Arabian capital

 An American defence contractor was shot dead and another injured in the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh, the State Department said. The two US citizens were employees of Vinnell Arabia, a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman, the Virginia-based defence and security giant. They were shot at a gas station and store about half-a-mile from the Vinnell Arabia base, where contractors working with the Saudi Arabian national guard military programs operate, according to Jen Psaki, the State Department spokeswoman. The base is about 20 miles from the US embassy.
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UK government urges businesses to seize investment opportunities in Somaliland

 14 Oct 2014 (FCO) -  UK and Somaliland today co-hosted a business forum to promote trade and investment opportunities in Somaliland.

The UK and Somaliland rallied businesses to make the most of Somaliland’s rich agricultural and investment opportunities to create a thriving economy and reduce its dependency on aid.

800 Sierra Leone Peacekeepers Who were Headed for Somalia Quarantined Over Ebola

 FREETOWN, Oct 14 (Reuters) - A battalion of 800 Sierra Leone soldiers awaiting deployment as peacekeepers in Somalia has been placed in quarantine after one of its members tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus, military officials said on Tuesday.

Sierra Leone soldier ready to be deployed to Somalia diagnosed with Ebola virus

 BBC Somali news has reported that a soldier from the Sierra Leone who was supposed to fly to Somalia as part of the African Union forces (Amisom) has been diagnosed with Ebola virus.

Somalia & Eritrea Monitor Resigns, Reuters Regurgitates Report With No Mention

 By Matthew Russell Lee, Follow Up to Exclusive
UNITED NATIONS, October 10 -- On October 7 Inner City Press exclusively reported that a member of the UN's Somalia Eritrea Monitoring Group Dinesh Mahtani used UN SEMG time and letterhead for unrelated advocacy regarding Eritrea. Mahtani's letter was exclusively put online here by Inner City Press.

European police on a two-week hunt for tens of thousands of 'irregular' migrants.

 Berlin, Germany - A massive police operation was launched by 25 European countries on Monday seeking to detect, detain and possibly deport tens-of-thousands of so-called "irregular" migrants.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Somalia presidential adviser linked to Al Shabaab -UN monitors

 Oct 13 (Reuters) - U.N. investigators have accused an advisor to Somalia's president of involvement in the unauthorized diversion of Somali government weapons to Islamist militants with ties to al Qaeda, according to a confidential new report seen by Reuters.

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