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Turkish President Erdoğan launches projects in Somalia under tight security


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited the Somali capital of Mogadishu yesterday, under tight security to launch Turkish-sponsored development projects including an airport terminal. Hundreds of soldiers and police officers had shut down much of the capital’s streets, where on Jan. 22 five people were killed in a suicide attack on a hotel housing the Turkish delegation in Mogadishu. Somalia’s ...

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Erdogan delays Somalia trip to attend Saudi king’s funeral


NAIROBI/ANKARA: Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan has postponed Friday’s planned trip to Somalia to attend the funeral of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, Somali and Turkish sources said, a day after a bomb targeted a Turkish delegation in the capital Mogadishu. “It’s just a postponement. He will be coming to Somalia after the funeral but we don’t know the exact date or ...

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Powerful Saudi Arabia King Abdullah dies at age 90


RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, the powerful U.S. ally who fought against al-Qaida and sought to modernize the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom, including by nudging open greater opportunities for women, has died. He was 90. More than his guarded and hidebound predecessors, Abdullah assertively threw his oil-rich nation’s weight behind trying to shape the Middle East. His ...

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Yemen’s president and PM ‘resign’


The crisis in Yemen deepened on Thursday as officials reported that both the president and his government had resigned. It comes amid an ongoing stand-off with Shia Houthi rebels. Houthi gunmen have a tight grip on the capital, Sanaa, and still hold a presidential aide abducted last week. They had previously committed to withdrawing from key positions around the presidential palace and ...

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UN, International Partners Call for Resolution of Political Crisis


The United Nations and its international partners today voiced concern over delays in the resolution of Somalia’s long-standing political crisis and in the implementation of a stability-building mechanism as they called on the Horn of Africa nation’s President, Prime Minister and Federal Parliament ‘to unite for the greater good of the country.’ In a joint statement issued by the UN, ...

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Al-Shabab say responsible for Mogadishu hotel bombing


MOGADISHU: The Somali Islamist group Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for a bomb attack at the gate of a Mogadishu hotel where Turkish delegates were meeting Thursday, a day ahead of a visit by their president, Tayyip Erdogan, to the Somali capital. “We attacked (the) hotel and killed several of the Somali police officers who were meeting there,” Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, ...

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Mogadishu locked down ahead of Erdogan visit

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MOGADISHU – Security in Somali capital Mogadishu has been beefed up significantly ahead of the scheduled arrival on Friday of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “We are ready for Erdogan’s visit,” Mohamed Osman, a senior official at the Interior Security Ministry, told The Anadolu Agency. “The police, army and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have been deployed at ...

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Suicide car bomber targets Mogadishu hotel ahead of visit by Turkish PM


MOGADISHU, Somalia –  A suicide car bomber blew himself up at the gate of a hotel which was being used by a delegation of Turkish officials Thursday in Somalia’s capital, killing three Somalis and shattering windows. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, speaking in Davos, Switzerland, said three Somalis were killed in the attack. The blast came one day before Turkish ...

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20 Killed in Clan Clashes in Hiran Region


At least 20 people were killed in clan clashes over farmland ownership in Defow village in Hiran region, Garowe Online reported Wednesday (January 21st). Medics at Beledweyne General Hospital and local clan elders said scores of others were wounded in the clashes and that tensions remain high in the area. Traditional elders have been dispatched to the area to facilitate ...

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US military donates MRAPs to African Union mission in Somalia


The US military is set to transfer 20 repurposed, mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles (MRAPs) to the African Union mission in Somalia. The deliveries from the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), which will take place over the next two months, will help the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) neutralise violent extremist organisations in the country. Donated under the excess ...

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