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Friday, October 24, 2014

Somaliland looks to United Kingdom for trade and investment

 BBC Audio - How do you invest in a country that doesn't exist or at least isn't recognised? That's the challenge facing the breakaway state of Somaliland. The situation was discussed at a UK Somaliland trade and investment conference recently in London. The BBC's Paul Bakibinga spoke to Dr. Sacad Ali Shire the Somaliland Minister of Planning and Development and asked him how there can be a conference about Somaliland trade and investment when the UK doesn't recognise Somaliland.

Somaliland : Photos from Erigavo streets

 24 Oct. 2014  -  Following are photos sent to us today from Erigavo. These pictures show a deserted town with little population and with no development. Most of the people of Sanaag have migrated to the capital of Somaliland or are dispersed among the Diaspora.

U.N. authorises ship inspections near Somalia for arms, charcoal

 Reuters - The resolution, adopted by the 15-member council with 13 votes in favour, approves the use of "all necessary measures" - diplomatic code for military force - to carry out such inspections.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Somalia : UK Declassified Financial Sanctions Notice

  Somalia - Introduction
1. Council Regulation (EU) 356/2010 (“the Regulation”) imposing financial sanctions against Somalia has been amended so that an asset freeze now applies to the two individuals listed in the Annex to this Notice.

Hargeisa, a busy city with only two roads

 Commentary - Hargeisa , the capital of Somaliland , has only two roads that divert from New Hargeisa and join again at the Sha'ab area.

Netherlands: Forced returns of Somalis to al-Shabaab areas can amount to ‘death sentences’

 Amnesty International Press release -The Netherlands’ repeated attempts to argue for the forcible return of Somalis to areas controlled by the Islamist armed group al-Shabaab exposes them to grave risks of human rights abuses and would be a blatant violation of international law, Amnesty International said in a new briefing published today.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Erigavo : Rehabilitation of Dayaha boarding to commence by the beginning of 2015

 22 Oct , 2014 , Eng. Abdi Ali Jama told Medeshi tonight that the rehabilitation
of Dayaha Boarding school will start in the beginning of 2015.

Somali teenager stoned to death

 BBC -  An Islamic court has stoned a teenager to death in southern Somalia after convicting him of raping a woman, a pro-Islamist news site reports.

Leaked information from President Uhuru Kenyatta's case at the ICC

 The ICC has warned the Kenyan government not to leak any information about the case of president Uhuru Kenyatta to the Media as shown in  this leaked Public Order concerning the public disclosure of confidential information:

Analysis: The state of state-building in Somalia

  By Anthony Morland NAIROBI, 21 October 2014 (IRIN) - A fence-mending deal signed this month by Somalia and Puntland has variously been hailed as a blueprint for stability and state-building in the wake of decades of civil war, and dismissed as a recipe for renewed inter-clan violence.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Somalia Plans to Start Producing Oil Offshore in Six Years

 By Jillian Ward  Oct 21, 2014 Bloomberg : 
Somalia plans to begin producing oil and gas offshore for the first time within six years and is in talks with state governments about how revenue will be shared, Petroleum Minister Daud Mohamed Omar said.

Somaliland inspired by Scotland and Catalonia independence campaigns

 (The Guardian ) -The recent high-profile campaigns for Scottish and Catalonian independence have buoyed hopes that Somaliland could soon gain independence from Somalia, according to the president of the self-declared country.

Somalia orders UK passport seizure

  BBC - A court in Somalia has ordered the seizure of a radio station owner's UK passport after he was accused of threatening national security.

Chinese Getting Hooked on the Middle East's Favorite Qat Drug

  (The Daily Beast) - The Qat plant, a staple in Middle Eastern cities, has become popular in China for its mild buzz—but the government says it’s a dangerous gateway drug.

Bahrain : 'Somali Ebola meat' claim denied

  (Gulf Daily ) MEAT imported from Somalia is not contaminated with Ebola virus, contrary to what has been posted on social media, an official said yesterday.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Somalian firms come to London to raise profile at Somalia Oil & Gas Summit

 by Caitlin Morrison - Cityam , Oct . 20, 2014 - London - Oil and gas exploration firms from Somalia will be trying to generate further interest in the region at the second Somalia Oil & Gas Summit, which starts in London today.

Press release : EU Council conclusions on Somalia

 - The Council of the European Union adopted the following conclusions: Foreign Affairs Council meeting -Luxembourg, 20 October 2014

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 .

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