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Somalia’s frightening network of Islamist spies


Somalia’s frightening network of Islamist spies Image copyrightAFP Somalia’s militant Islamists remain relatively undiminished, despite a 12-year UN-backed campaign against them, largely thanks to its sophisticated web of spies, writes the BBC’s Mary Harper. Often, when I return to the UK from Somalia, I get a phone call from al-Shabab. It usually happens even before I talk to my family, ...

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Bandits,herdsmen may turn Nigeria to another Somalia -Olajide, YCE scribe


Following the worsening state of insecurity in some parts of the country, the Secretary-General, Yoruba  Council of Elders (YCE), Dr. Kunle Olajide has raised fears that Nigeria may turn into another Somalia if the Federal government does not take drastic measures to  address the situation. In this interview with TUNDE THOMAS, he spoke on various issues. What is YCE’s reaction ...

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We’re ready to lose Somalia market, miraa traders say


  Miraa farmers could lose 90 per cent of the market if the diplomatic spat between Kenya and Somalia is not resolved. According to Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, Somalia remains Kenya’s key miraa market, taking in about 50 tonnes of the commodity daily. The miraa sold to Somalia is valued at more than Sh100 million per day. On Saturday, ...

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‘The Pirates Of Somalia’ Trailer: Evan Peters Gets In Over His Head


Evan Peters and his fake beard might be in trouble in The Pirates of Somalia trailer. In the drama inspired by a true story, Peters plays a journalist who hopes to investigate Somali pirates, only to get more than he bargained for. The new film from The Bronze director Bryan Buckley also stars a very sleepy looking Al Pacino and Captain Phillips break-out Barkhad Abdi. Al ...

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Somalia’s al Shabaab militants attack military base outside Mogadishu, say kill 17 soldiers


Somalia’s al Shabaab fighters attacked a military base outside the capital Mogadishu using car bombs and guns, killing 17 soldiers and taking control of the base and a nearby town, the group said on Friday. Residents and officials confirmed the attack, but gave no details on casualties. “After morning prayer today, two Mujahideen rammed into Barire military base with suicide ...

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Ethiopia must let Somalia determine its own fate


Ethiopia has long been a thorn in the side of Somalia, a troublesome neighbour, and an obstacle to regional peace. In an ideal world, the two countries would be brotherly nations but in reality the opposite is the case. The energy and resources spent by these erstwhile adversaries in undermining each other — could have made both nations prosperous. To ...

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Farmajo’s betrayal of the Somali people


All betrayals are not made equal. In recent weeks, a political disaster of epic proportions has befallen upon Somalia. The Somali government has committed what many – including some of its staunchest supporters – consider a treasonous act. Somalia’s National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) has extradited a Somali citizen, a highly decorated military officer, a war hero who was ...

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We are not UN employees, Museveni tells AMISOM


President Museveni has told countries contributing troops to the peace keeping mission in Somalia that they are not United Nations (UN) employees but allies offering pan-Africanism services. The President made the remarks at a meeting of African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) troop contributing countries in New York, US on Thursday. He emphasised that the troops’ role in Somalia is ...

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Ethiopian gov’t rehabilitating people displaced by Oromo-Somali clashes


Ethiopian government is rehabilitating the 70,000 people displaced due to conflict in the border areas of Oromia and Somali regional states. Speaking to reporters on Friday, Mitiku Kassa Commissioner of Ethiopia National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) said a committee that comprises representatives of different government entities has been established to help with the rehabilitation efforts. “The committee will provide ...

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Secretary-General’s remarks to High-Level Event on Famine Prevention and Response [as delivered]


I thank the World Bank for co-hosting this event and I thank all of you for being here to express your solidarity with some of the most vulnerable people in the world. Nearly seven months have passed since my Call to Action to respond to the threat of famine in South Sudan, Somalia, North East Nigeria and Yemen. Since then, ...

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