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UN envoy warns against renewed violence in central Somalia

The UN envoy for Somalia has expressed concern over renewed violence between rival states in the central Somali town of Galkayo, which killed at least three people and injured several others on Friday. In a statement issued on Sunday, Michael Keating, Special Representative of the...

The UAE expands military presence in the Horn of Africa

By Zeenat Hansrod The United Arab Emirates is proving to be a powerful actor in the Northeast Africa peninsula which is home to eight nations. It has secured two military bases, one in Eritrea and the other one in Somaliland, strategic for the fight in...

Job Opportunities:Danida Senior Planning Adviser – Somaliland

Senior Planning Adviser - Somaliland Somalia Country Programme, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Danida As Senior Planning Adviser within the Ministry of Planning and National Development, you will assist and advise the Minister on the implementation, managing and reporting related to the Somaliland National Development Plan...

Somalia threatens to impose ban on miraa from Kenya

Somalia is threatening to re-impose a ban on miraa from Kenya in what it accuses Nairobi of disregarding an agreement to resume direct flights with Mogadishu. Mogadishu claims it agreed to lift the ban back in September because Kenya had agreed to allow direct flights...

World’s last wild Frankincense Forests are under threat

In a tradition dating to Biblical times, men rise at dawn in the rugged Cal Madow mountains of Somaliland in the Horn of Africa to scale rocky outcrops in search of the prized sap of wild frankincense trees. Bracing against high winds, Musse Ismail Hassan...

Ethiopia’s mass release of ‘detainees’ excites top US officials, call for more

Samantha Power, the United States (US) ambassador to the United Nations (UN) has described as ‘‘encouraging news,’‘ the recent release of political prisoners by Ethiopia. Ethiopian authorities earlier this week disclosed the release of some 9,800 people detained under the current state of emergency. Local...

Al Shabaab militants attack Wajir, kill two

Two people were killed Saturday morning after suspected members of the Al Shabaab militia group attacked Dagah area in Tarbaj, Wajir County, some 630 kilometers north of the capital Nairobi. Tarbaj police boss, Andrew Mwiti, said the suspected Islamic fighters ambushed the residents killing by...

UN Security Council Rejects Arms Embargo on South Sudan

The United Nations Security Council has rejected a U.S.-drafted resolution to impose sanctions and an arms embargo on South Sudan. The measure received seven votes in favor, while eight countries abstained. The resolution needed nine votes to pass, as well as no vetoes by permanent...

Kenya:Cord leader Raila Odinga calls for mass action over election

Opposition protesters plan to pour into the streets in mass action starting January 4 to protest what they call Jubilee's "legal coup". Yesterday Jubilee lawmakers passed amendments that Cord says weaken electoral laws and enable rigging and election theft. Cord leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka...

Somaliland Pushing For Reunion With Somalia After 25 Years Of Division

Somaliland’s main opposition leader has hinted at a possible unification with Somalia ahead of next year’s elections. Somaliland, which acquired independence in 1991 during the civil war that erupted after the collapse of Siyad Barre, still remains an autonomous region of Somalia, subject to the...