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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Strict literacy conditions to achieve British citizenship

 - London , 26 April 2014 - Obtaining UK citizenship became very difficult after the introduction in Oct 2013 of advanced knowledge of life in UK and strict English literacy conditions.

Sterling Energy abandons Bamboo-1 exploration well

 - StockMarketWire.com - Sterling Energy said unfortunately Bamboo-1, its first exploration well drilled on the Ntem Block, failed to find commercial hydrocarbons and has been plugged and abandoned. Bamboo Oil well is located at offshore oil block southwest of Cameroon .

Somaliland army takes over oil block in Holhol

 - 26 April 2014 -News coming from Eastern Somaliland indicates that Somaliland armed forces moved eastwards Yesterday  capturing Holhol oil fields . Holhol oil block is just east of Taleeh in Sool region and is contracted to the Norwegian Oil Company (DNO).

Saudi Arabia : Respiratory virus toll reaches 87

 - Saudi Arabia announced Friday two more deaths from the MERS coronavirus, taking the country’s toll to 87.

Kenya : Sharp decline in international tourist arrivals due to insecurity

 - (Xinhua) Kenya's international tourist arrivals for 2013 declined by 15.8 percent to 1.49 million from 1. 78 million in 2012, officials said in Nairobi on Friday.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Ugandan Soldiers pay money to join AMISOM in Somalia - investigation

 - The army is investigating reports that commanders charge soldiers money to second them for deployment with the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom).

Somaliland : Separate killings of two persons raise alarm in Hargeisa

 - Hargeisa, 24 April 2014 – A woman identified as  Amina Ahmed was killed the night before last night at Fara Weyne district  just West of Hargeisa . The woman was killed , according to the police , by her daughter-in-law who used an axe in committing the murder.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Kenya : Four dead in Nairobi car bomb explosion

 - Nairobi (AFP) - At least four people, including two policemen, were killed on Wednesday when a car bomb exploded outside a police station in Nairobi near a major Somali neighbourhood, Kenya's government said.

UK : Project Searches For New Generation Of Somali Leaders

 ( VOICE) - CAMPAIGN GROUP Operation Black Vote (OBV) has launched a Civic Leadership Programme in Tower Hamlets, east London, to nurture future Somali leaders.


The aim of the project is to address the deficit of Somalis in civic and public life.

OBV will select up to 50 individuals of Somali heritage aged 18 years upwards who live or work in Tower Hamlets with an interest in contributing to their community. Chosen individuals will participate in a mixture of observation and training sessions across four broad categories of public life: education, politics, the criminal justice system and the voluntary and community sector.

The initiative will focus on giving participants first hand knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of school governors, councillors, trustees and members of the Safer Neighbourhood Team.

The aim is that upon completion, this leadership programme will equip and motivate participants to engage in public life.

Participants will also be encouraged to become community ambassadors, explaining and promoting the benefits of civic engagement and encouraging others to also become involved in community affairs.

Francine Fernandes, OBV’s deputy director said: “The Somali community have contributed and been part of British society since the 1800s. This provides a platform to nurture this talent for the benefit of all communities and enable participants to formally contribute to Tower Hamlets’ political and civic landscape."

Councillor Omar Ali, an OBV graduate, made political history less than six months ago by becoming the first British Somali councillor in Wales.

Councillor Ali said: “People are often politically conscious, but are not always aware of how to translate that into political or civic action.

"OBV gave me a better understanding of how the democratic process worked and I hope that my election inspires other people, particularly young people, to run for office and encourages them to have an input into the decisions made about their area.”
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Remittances are vital in Somaliland’s developing economy

 - From Ms Ifrah Osman - Sir, Somaliland salutes Barclays’ decision to keep Dahabshiil’s remittance account open beyond the initial May deadline (“Barclays reaches deal on Somalia money services”, April 17).

US -Stowaway teen says he was trying to see mother in Somalia

 - (CNN) -- A 15-year-old boy who survived a flight from California to Hawaii by hitching a ride in the plane's wheel well said he was trying to get to Somalia to see his mother, a law enforcement official told CNN on Tuesday.

Somaliland : Humiliating apology on the arrest of two suspected Ethiopian spies

 - Somaliland’s authorities have  arrested few weeks ago intelligence and  plain clothes police officers from Ethiopia at Kalabaid center some few kilometers from the border town of Togwajale.

Somalia : Journalist shot dead in Mogadishu

 - 22 April 2014 - The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) denounces the murder of a media worker in Mogadishu.

Another Somali MP shot dead in Mogadishu

 - AP - A police official says a Somali legislator has been shot and killed by gunmen in the capital, the second attack targeting a lawmaker this week.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Genuine or forged: Document confirming money received from Somaliland minister by Sheffield based group

 - 22 April 2014 - Controversy surrounding the amount of £20,000 designated for Sheffield Somaliland recognition campaign has prompted the government of Somaliland to leak the document shown below which clearly shows the amount received by Sheffield community.

Somalia Introduces New Secure National ID and E-Passport

 - 21 April 2014 - AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--HID Global®, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, today announced that The Federal Republic of Somalia took another step toward the establishment of law and order with the launch of two new citizen ID programs: a new national ID card and e-passport.

Somali MP killed by Mogadishu car bomb

 - BBC - A Somali MP has been killed by a car bomb in the capital, Mogadishu, officials say.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Saudi Arabia : 2 more expats die of respiratory virus in Jeddah

 - JEDDAH 20 April 2014 ( Arab News) - Two foreigners died of MERS in Jeddah, the Health Ministry said Saturday, as fears rise over the spreading respiratory virus in the Kingdom’s commercial hub.

Somaliland : One police dead and several injured after attempted terrorist jail break in Hargeisa

 - Hargeisa  20 April 2014 -   One police was killed today and several others injured after an armed terrorist uprising inside Hargeisa prison.

London : Brent’s most wanted man is Khalid Saeed from Harlesden

 - Brent Police’s most wanted man this week will be thrown back in jail for breaching his licence conditions when he is found.