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UN, International Partners Call for Resolution of Political Crisis

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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UN Lauds Somalia As Country Ratifies Landmark Children’s Rights Treaty

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The United Nations today applauded Somalia’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) – a move which was praised as being an “important step” towards protecting and promoting the rights of all children in the war-torn nation and an explicit commitment towards improving the lives of its youngest citizens. “By ratifying the Convention on the Rights ...

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IJA Begins Regional Assembly Selection Process

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The Somali government’s international partners on Tuesday (January 20th) welcomed launch of the selection process for the Interim Jubba Administration’s (IJA) new regional assembly. The United Nations, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, European Union, African Union Mission in Somalia and the United Kingdom pledged continued support for the IJA’s efforts to establish a regional parliament, the first since the federal state ...

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East Africa ministers meet in Somalia for peace push

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MOGADISHU: East African foreign ministers met in Mogadishu Saturday to push peace efforts in war-torn Somalia, the first time the regional bloc has met in the country for almost three decades. Dozens of heavily armed soldiers and police patrolled the streets, where Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabab militants regularly carry out bombings and killings. Ministers from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda – who ...

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