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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Qatar opens embassy in Somalia

24 August 2014 - Mogadishu: Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud met the chargé d’affaires of Qatar’s Embassy in Mogadishu, Hassan bin Hamza Assad Mohammed, on the occasion of the opening of the Qatari mission in Somalia.

UK Ebola alert as infected medic is to be flown home

 (The Mirror) - 23 August 2014 - The first Brit to test positive for Ebola is a medic working on the front line against the deadly disease, it's been reported tonight.

Hargeisa, bustling capital of a country free of aid

 By Frederick Golooba-Mutebi - 23 August 2014 - "It is not as picturesque as Kigali, but I hope you will enjoy your stay in Hargeisa,” so said an elderly man I encountered soon after I arrived in the capital of the Republic of Somaliland, over two weeks ago. I was in town to attend the Hargeisa International Book Fair.
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Somali child soldiers ‘punished’ in camps: UN

 (GT) - MOGADISHU: Former child soldiers in war-torn Somalia are being held in prison conditions in foreign-funded camps, “punishing” rather than rehabilitating them, the top UN children’s envoy said on Thursday.

Kenya: Man says he is wanted Somali terror suspect

 NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A Somali man in Kenyan police custody has admitted that he is Hassan Hanafi, who is wanted in Somalia for the killing of journalists, a senior Kenya police official said Friday.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Somali militants behead abducted Kenyan driver

 MOMBASA, Kenya, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- Somali militants, Al- Shabaab members on Friday beheaded a Kenyan driver who was kidnapped at Kiunga, along the border with Somalia in the coastal town of Lamu.

Saudi Arabian authorities urged to halt all executions

 (Amnesty) - The Saudi Arabian authorities must halt all executions, Amnesty International said after four members of the same family were executed today as part of a “disturbing” recent surge in the use of the death penalty in the country.

London : Saafi exhibits Somali history at Brent civic centre (Photos)

 London - 22 August 2014 - Northwest London Somali community group (Saafi) is exhibiting Somali history at Brent civic centre . Saafi  is run by a group of volunteers from Somali speaking countries who have lived in London for decades.  The project  captured the lives and the experience of the Somali speaking community in Brent in the form of oral history and photography.

UK ban means Somalia flooded with low price Khat

 Khat was banned in UK on June 24 2014 as class C drug. This means Khat is now considered as an illegal drug in the UK and any one caught for personal use or for sale  will be penalized or imprisoned . This has forced the Khat growers in Kenya to market their supplies closer to home , in this case Somalia . Watch the BBC report about how cheap khat has flooded Somalia 
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ISS Pretoria: Fellowship, African Futures

  Deadline to apply: 29 August 2014
The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the Josef Korbel School of International Studies invite African students to apply for the African Futures Fellowship.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

AMISOM to leave Somalia in 2016 - envoy

 - The African Mission to Somalia (AMISOM), a peace keeping mission operated by the African Union would be leaving Somalia in 2016, according to the latest assessment by stakeholders.
Lydia Wanyoto, the Acting Special Envoy of the African Union to Somalia and Eng. Sheik Sayid Ahmed Dahir, the Somalia ambassador to Uganda say that the roadmap of 2016 would be adhered to and that by that time the federal Government would have developed capacity to independently run the affairs of the war-torn state.
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Biometrics expert is helping to ensure an honest election in Somaliland

 -(http://phys.org/) Mention the name Somaliland, and most people will have images from the movies "Black Hawk Down" and "Captain Phillips" spring to mind. However, those images are more correctly associated with Somalia, not Somaliland, which is an independent state that is internationally recognized as an autonomous region of Somalia.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Three journalists tortured while in detention

 - After 19 initial arrests, three journalists still held and reportedly tortured
Reporters Without Borders condemns the closures of Mogadishu-based Radio Shabelle and Sky FM and arrests of 19 journalists and employees on 15 August, and the continuing detention and reported torture of the directors of the two radio stations and their owner.

Somalia TV sales grow as many avoid public places

 - MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Inside the small office, the line of sweating clients waiting to renew their satellite TV subscriptions keeps growing. Technicians crimp wires and test signal strength of boxes while others go to homes across the Somali capital to install new systems or fix faulty ones.

Turkey and Somaliland: intentions to enhance business relations

 August 19 , 2014 - Within the last few months Somaliland has received unprecedented number of Turkish nationals and business groups enticed by Somaliland’s young economy that is currently exhibiting great potential

Monday, August 18, 2014

Top UN envoy pledges to step up support for peace, progress in Somaliland

 - (UN) 18 August 2014 – The top United Nations envoy in Somalia today pledged to step up the world body’s support for peace and progress in Somaliland during a visit to the region, which declared itself independent in 1991.
“Somaliland has made tremendous progress in the last years, for which the Government and people deserve full credit,” Nicholas Kay, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), said as he arrived in the capital, Hargeisa.

Somali pirate leader arrested in Mogadishu

 MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A Somali police official says security forces arrested a senior pirate commander in Mogadishu.

Cartoon : Disarming warlords in Mogadishu

 - Amin Amir is a cartoonist of Somali origin who lives in Canada . Amin is also an activist and campaigns for social change among the Somali speaking population Worldwide.

Paris : Gunmen attack Saudi Prince's convoy , steal £200,000 cash

 (BBC) -Heavily armed men have attacked a convoy of cars belonging to a Saudi prince, stealing 250,000 euros (£200,000; $330,000), police say.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Ethiopia denies claims Ebola case was detected

 - By Tesfa-Alem Tekle (ST) - August 16, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – Ethiopia’s ministry of health has dismissed rumours circulated on social media alleging that an Ebola case had been detected in the East African nation.

Somalia: Forbidden Desires And Private Armies ( + Video)

 ( Strategy Page ) - August 16, 2014: Despite the presence of 22,000 peacekeepers and even more trained and organized local troops, the government does not have enough forces to quickly take down all the armed groups in the country.