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Al-Shabab seizes Somali town after peacekeeper pullout

African Union forces abandon Halgan town in the Hiran region, allowing al-Qaeda-affiliated fighters to enter soon after. Fighters from al-Shabab have seized control of yet another town in central Somalia after it was abandoned by African Union peacekeepers, according to a spokesman for the group...

Saudi king sends congratulations to Somalia – but on wrong day

Saudi Arabia's King Salman has congratulated Somalia "on the anniversary of the country's national day", but on the wrong date. Bizarrely, it does not appear to be a slip-up. Since 2007, the monarchy has sent his congratulations on 20 October, despite the fact that Somalia does...

BOOK REVIEW: Tarzan in the ruins of Somalia

Of the many countries that Andrew Harding has covered in his journalism career, Somalia is the one that really got under his skin. The Mayor of Mogadishu is a captivating account of the lives of Mohammed Ahmed “Tarzan” Nur’s family. Nur was Mogadishu’s mayor from...

Somali minister underrates local education system as ‘substandard’

Following the outbreak of civil war in Somalia 1991, private education sectors have made a significant contribution to the rehabilitation and development of the education sector. by Judy Maina, judy.maina@alleastafrica.com NAIROBI – A minister in the Somali government accused the country’s universities of running an education...

ASHA ABDULLE SIYAD – PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES FOR SOMALI WOMEN

Asha Abdulle Siyad could have chosen to remain in relative comfort in Canada where she lived and worked as a certified family educator. However, it is not what she longed for. Her heart yearned for a reunion with her family back home in Somalia. Consequentially,...

Media Freedom Under Attack in Somalia

By:Laetitia Bader Researcher, Africa DivisionLaetitiaBader Journalists Live in Fear While Government Promises to Investigate Ring Hollow Tuesday was yet another bittersweet day for journalists in Somalia. The National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) released Abdi Adan Guled, the editor of  Xog-Ogaal, one of the country’s oldest newspapers....

International partners welcome the successful conclusion of the state-formation process for the new HirShabelle Administration

Joint Press Statement Thursday, October 20, 2016 Mogadishu, 20 October 2016 – The United Nations, African Union Mission in Somalia, European Union (EU), Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Ethiopia, Italy, Sweden, and the United Kingdom welcomed the successful conclusion of the state-formation process for the newly-formed...

Somalia Faces Election Challenges

NAIROBI — America’s presidential elections may be getting much of the world’s attention right now, but in the Horn of Africa, another country’s electoral season is also underway. Somalia hopes to elect a president, as well as members of two houses of parliament, by the end...

Al Jazeera journalist Hamza Mohamed freed in Somalia

Al Jazeera journalist Hamza Mohamed has been released from detention by Somali security agents in the capital Mogadishu. Mohamed, a British national, was detained on Tuesday afternoon along with a driver, fixer and cameraman. He had been in Somalia for a week on a reporting assignment. Mohamed...

Al Jazeera journalist Hamza Mohamed detained in Somalia

Reporter arrested by Somali security agents in the capital, Mogadishu, along with a driver, fixer and cameraman. Al Jazeera journalist Hamza Mohamed has been detained by Somali security agents in the capital Mogadishu. Mohamed, a British national, was arrested on Tuesday afternoon along with a driver,...