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Somali clerics knock women quotas for parliament

By Mohamed Adam Quota system says 30 percent of seats in parliament in upcoming elections reserved for women. MOGADISHU, Somalia - The Somali clerics council has called for a quota for the presence of women in the parliament after the upcoming elections, arguing that the provision...

Somali presidential candidate takes aim at corruption

HELSINKI (AP) — Running to become president of a country always comes with challenges — but facing death threats from militants and fearing you may never see your four children again are not the usual hurdles. Despite those enormous obstacles, Fadumo Dayib, 44, plans to...

Amid security challenges, Somalia removes 1,500 intel officers

Somalia’s intelligence chief fired 1,500 intelligence officers including the Mogadishu chief in a new major shakeup of the country’s spy agency which is struggling to contain a deadly insurgency by al-Shabab militants, sources told Alleastafrica Saturday. Gen. Abdullahi Gafow told the officers to abandon their...

Turkey sets up first African military base in Somalia

Turkey has completed equipping its first military base in Africa in the capital of Somalia, Mogadishu. The base will host Turkish military officers to train Somali soldiers and troops in their fight against the Al-Shabaab terrorist organization. It will become operational shortly. The base, which...

Al-Shabaab says behind Mogadishu restaurant attack

The Somali Islamist group al Shabaab said on Saturday it had carried out an attack on a restaurant in the capital Mogadishu, targeting members of the security forces eating there. "We are behind the Blue Sky restaurant attack," Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab's military...

Somalia: Car bomb targets Mogadishu restaurant

Casualties feared after a suspected suicide car bomb rams into a restaurant popular with security forces.Casualties feared after a suspected suicide car bomb rams into a restaurant popular with security forces. A suspected suicide car bomb has struck a restaurant in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, police...

One million people in Somalia now face malnutrition

Over one million people in Somalia are currently facing acute food shortage due to the poor performance of long rains earlier in the year, even as the country explores long-term solutions to persistent food insecurity and malnutrition. United Nations deputy special representative, humanitarian co-ordinator in...

KDF soldier captured in El Adde pleads with Uhuru in al Shabaab video

By ADOW MOHAMED @adowmo A screen shot from a new video by al shabaab militants, of a KDF soldier captured in El Adde, asking President Uhuru Kenyatta to withdraw troops from Somalia/YOUTUBE Al Shabaab militants have released a video of a man allegedly captured in the...

Somalia:Government Launched A series of Initiatives to ensure that the Somali Nation Army Paid in Consistent and Timely manner

HORNDIPLOMAT-The Federal Government of Somalia launched today a series of initiatives to ensure that the Somali National Army troops are paid in a consistent and timely manner. According the Government Press Statement Reports Horndiplomat. “Our troops on the front lines work tirelessly to fight Al...

The Mayor of Mogadishu: what you get when African cliché is dropped

News reporting is always shaped by a considerable amount of tension. How do you strike the balance between hooking the audience with the sensational while supplying sufficient detail and context for an informed understanding of the events being reported? This tension is most apparent when...