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IGAD Somalia facilitation office welcomes the new special envoy for Somalia

The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), H.E Amb (Eng.) Mahboub Maalim chaired a welcoming meeting of the newly appointed1 Special Envoy for Somalia, Dr. Mohamed Ali Guyo, at the IGAD Somalia Facilitation Office in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) on June 13, 2017. The meeting was attended by Dr. Mohamed Ali Guyo, Col. […]

June 16th, 2017 | Posted in English News | Read More »

Restaurant Siege In Somalia Ends With At Least 31 People Killed

Somali soldiers reclaimed the blasted and bloody remains of a popular pizza joint early Thursday, ending a nightlong siege that left at least 31 people dead in the country’s capital, according to local police. News reports quoted Capt. Mohamed Hussein as saying all five of the gunmen behind the attack were killed in the process […]

June 15th, 2017 | Posted in English News | Read More »

US condemns deadly attack on Somalia restaurant

The United States is condemning the overnight attack on a popular restaurant in Somalia’s capital that police say left at least 31 people dead. A statement Thursday by the U.S. mission to Somalia says many of the victims had been breaking their daily Ramadan fast when the attack began Wednesday night. The statement says the […]

June 15th, 2017 | Posted in English News | Read More »

Iraq, Syria and Yemen: Five times more civilians die in city offensives, new report finds

A new ICRC report launched today reveals five times more civilians die in offensives carried out in cities than in other battles. The report, called ‘I Saw My City Die’, also found that between 2010 and 2015, nearly half of all civilian war deaths worldwide occurred in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, the main focus countries […]

June 15th, 2017 | Posted in English News | Read More »

On the Road to Hope: Somalia’s New Direction

On February 8, 2017, Somalia witnessed a radical transformation—completely altering a landscape that had been relatively unchanged since the collapse of the government of Siad Barre in 1991. The election of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (Farmajo) has changed the way the world sees Somalia. For the first time in recent history, the people of Somalia […]

June 15th, 2017 | Posted in English News | Read More »

AMISOM commends Somali national security forces for swift response to terrorist attack in Mogadishu

Mogadishu: The Special Representative of the Chairperson of African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, commends the swift response by Somali National Security Forces to the attack by Al-Shabaab terrorists on a restaurant in Mogadishu on Wednesday evening. Once again, the terrorists, in the same cowardly manner, targeted civilians at a popular restaurant […]

June 15th, 2017 | Posted in English News | Read More »

Somalia: 50 Al-Shabaab Militants Defected Since President Farmaajo’s Amnesty Offer

MOGADISHU: Fifty members of the Al-qaeda-affiliated terror group Al-Shabaab have surrendered to Somali Federal Government taking advantage of recent President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed’s amnesty call, Somali government said on Wednesday. Speaking in Laanta Buuro while touring Somali National Army barracks, Minister of Defense, Abdirashid Abdullahi Mohamed said that 50 Al-Shabaab members defected to the government […]

June 15th, 2017 | Posted in English News | Read More »

Eleven people killed as gunmen hold hostages at Somali city restaurant

SOMALI POLICE SAY that forces have shot dead two of the gunmen holed up inside a restaurant in Somalia’s capital and rescued 10 people who were being held hostage. Captain Mohamed Hussein said five attackers are thought to remain in the Pizza House restaurant with an untold number of hostages. He says heavy gunfire has […]

June 15th, 2017 | Posted in English News | Read More »

Somalia rejects $80M offer from Saudi to sever Qatar ties

MOGADISHU, Somalia (Kurdistan24) – Somalia on Sunday rejected an $80 million offer from Saudi Arabia to sever diplomatic ties with Qatar, according to local media. Somali President Mohammed Abdullah Farmajo was put under “pressure” by Riyadh to sever their political relations with Qatar, Somalia Today reported. “There was pressure put on the Somali government by […]

June 14th, 2017 | Posted in English News | Read More »

11 contestants disqualified by DIHQA for poor performance

The Dubai International Holy Quran Award (DIHQA) has disqualified 11 out of 103 contestants, who are participating in the 21st edition of the International Quran Recitation competition, for poor performance. These included the contestants of China, Ireland, Georgia, Serbia, Macedonia, Sweden, Norway, Mauritius, Barbados, New Zealand and Singapore, he said. “The competitions unit has long […]

June 14th, 2017 | Posted in English News | Read More »