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In Somalia, Islamist rebels are blocking starving people from getting food

In Somalia, Islamist rebels are blocking starving people from getting food

Near a dried-out reservoir on the edge of this village is a dilapidated mud hut. The family that lived there until last month went so far as to strip off its straw roof and feed the material to their emaciated cattle. When the animals died anyway, the family disappeared. Half of Rebey’s 80 families have abandoned their homes, fleeing a ...

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UN rights expert urges support for Somalia

UN rights expert urges support for Somalia

The United Nations Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, Bahame Tom Mukirya Nyanduga, has called on the international community to support the country through its current humanitarian crisis and its on-going State-building process. “Somalia is experiencing one of its worst humanitarian crisis following three years of drought, which has affected more than half the population, creating ...

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Turkey To Send 15,000 Tonnes Of Aid To Somalia In Ramadan

Turkey To Send 15,000 Tonnes Of Aid To Somalia In Ramadan

Turkey is set to deliver 15,000 tonnes of humanitarian aid to Somalia during the holy month of Ramadan, Turkey’s Anadolu Agency (AA) reported. Speaking to AA in southern Mersin province, Kerem Kinik, the president of the Turkish Red Crescent aid organisation, or Kizilay, said that the humanitarian ship will depart from Mersin port within two days. “This aid will be ...

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Somali suicide bomber kills 4 at Puntland checkpoint

Somali suicide bomber kills 4 at Puntland checkpoint

A Somali police officer says a suicide bomber has blown himself up at a military checkpoint in northern Somalia’s semiautonomous state of Puntland, killing at least four people. Col. Ahmed Hussein says the bomber approached soldiers at a checkpoint Tuesday and detonated explosives strapped to his waist in Bossaso, the region’s commercial hub. Hussein says two soldiers are among the ...

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Somali minister shot dead by auditor general’s bodyguards.

Somali minister shot dead by auditor general’s bodyguards.

Bodyguards for Somalia’s auditor general shot dead a government minister near the presidential palace on Wednesday evening, police said. Capt. Mohamed Hussein said bodyguards escorting Nur Farah opened fire on a car carrying Abbas Abdullahi, the public works and reconstruction minister, near a checkpoint close to the palace. It is not immediately clear what prompted the shooting. Security concerns are ...

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What Erdogan’s narrow referendum victory means for Turkey.

What Erdogan’s narrow referendum victory means for Turkey.

On Sunday evening in Ankara, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim stood on the balcony at the headquarters of his Justice and Development Party, or AKP, and hailed an election victory that will put him out of a job. The “Yes” camp in Turkey’s referendum, led by Yildirim’s boss, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, appeared to win a slender victory over the ...

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Awqaf donates Dh1m to Somalia aid campaign.

Awqaf donates Dh1m to Somalia aid campaign.

Awqaf, the Islamic affairs and endowments authority, has donated Dh1 million to Emirates Red Crescent’s ‘For You Somalia’ campaign, as part of the organisation’s relief efforts abroad. The campaign was launched in response to a looming famine that has left an estimated 360,000 children suffering from acute malnutrition. A public fundraising campaign will be launched later this week and the ...

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In women’s basketball, Woodbury coach sees hope for Somalia.

In women’s basketball, Woodbury coach sees hope for Somalia.

“Nobody was judging us because we had a government that was stable and protecting us,” she told the Pioneer Press Osman, now 40 and living in Woodbury, returned to her home country in December to coach in a tournament that signaled the defiant rebirth of Somali women’s basketball decades after its civil war began. Amid death threats from al-Shabab terrorists ...

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Air strikes kill over 100 Al-Shabaab militants in southern Somalia

Air strikes kill over 100 Al-Shabaab militants in southern Somalia

More than 100 Al-Shabaab militants including 20 commanders are believed to have been killed in southern Somalia by U.S. air strikes early Saturday, residents and officials said. The residents and security officers said the warplanes targeted the militants’ hideouts in Wargaduud and El-Adde where several Kenyan soldiers were killed by Al-Shabaab militants in January 2016. Among senior Al-Shabaab commanders killed ...

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Indian seamen travel home after Somalia piracy ordeal.

Indian seamen travel home after Somalia piracy ordeal.

Ten Indian seamen freed Somali pirates have been allowed to travel home. The authorities of Galmudug State in Central Somalia, saw off the Indian sailors on Thursday. The seamen on mv AL Kausar were freed from the pirates near Hobyo town, about 660km northeast of the Somali capital Mogadishu. Were hijacked Hobyo District Commissioner Abdullahi Faad said the 10 were ...

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