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US intel specialist gives Somalia drones to combat al Shabaab bombings

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US intel specialist gives Somalia drones to combat al Shabaab bombings

- A former US intelligence specialist has donated surveillance drones to police in Somalia, aiming to help combat a jump in deadly bombings by al Qaeda-linked insurgents. The gift comes as US President Donald Trump is increasing military engagement in the region. A member of the US Navy SEAL special forces was killed in Somalia earlier this month on a raid, the first US combat casualty in Somalia since 1993

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Exclusive: Somali police get first drones to combat Islamist bombings

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Exclusive: Somali police get first drones to combat Islamist bombings

- MOGADISHU/NAIROBI A former U.S. intelligence specialist has donated surveillance drones to police in Somalia, aiming to help combat a jump in deadly bombings by al Qaeda-linked Islamist insurgents. The gift comes as U.S. President Donald Trump is increasing military engagement in the region. A member of the U.S. Navy SEAL special forces was killed in Somalia earlier this month on a raid, the first U

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IS kills five in first suicide attack in Somalia

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IS kills five in first suicide attack in Somalia

- MOGADISHU: The Islamic State group has claimed its first suicide attack in Somalia that left five dead as it steps up activities in a region dominated by the Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab. The group's self-styled news agency Amaq claimed the "martyrdom-seeking operation with an explosive vest" in a statement carried by the SITE Intelligence Group which noted it was the first suicide bombing by the militants in Somalia

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Tread carefully on Somalia, EAC told

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Tread carefully on Somalia, EAC told

- Arusha. With Somalia’s application to join the East African Community (EAC) key on the agenda of the heads of state summit in Dar es Salaam today, analysts have said the Horn of Africa country should be assisted to fix its insecurity issues first. “Before Somalia is brought on board, it has to be assisted to become safe and stable while strengthening peace,” cautioned Sirili Akko, the executive secretary of the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (Tato)

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Five security personnel and a mine expert killed a car bomb

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Five security personnel and a mine expert killed a car bomb

- Five security personnel and a mine expert were killed Wednesday in Somalia’s capital when a car bomb exploded as they tried to defuse it. Somali police spokesman Mohamed Yusuf Omar Madale says the car was parked near a police station in Mogadishu’s Wadajir neighborhood. “The security forces suspected, arrested its driver and while they were trying to dismantle the device the car exploded,” Madale told VOA’s Somali Service

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Three Somali soldiers killed defusing bomb

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Three Somali soldiers killed defusing bomb

- Mogadishu, Somalia | AFP | At least three members of the Somali security forces were killed Wednesday as they tried to defuse a bomb inside a vehicle in the capital Mogadishu, police said. “The vehicle was seized and the security forces were trying to defuse the bomb inside when it went off,” said Ibrahim Mohamed, a police officer. “Three of the security forces were killed in the blast

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Five Kenyans,67 Somalis deported from US land at JKIA

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Five Kenyans,67 Somalis deported from US land at JKIA

- Five Kenyans are among 72 people who have been deported from the US over immigration issues. The rest of the people are of Somali origin. Police and immigration officials said a private plane carrying the 72 individuals landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport this morning. The deportations had been anticipated given the ongoing operations in the USA targeting illegal immigrants

Somali government calls arms embargo end to defeat al-Shabaab

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Somali government calls arms embargo end to defeat al-Shabaab

- Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed The Somalian government has called on the international community to lift an international arms embargo, as soldiers battle to regain territory from the armed group al-Shabab. The Somali president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, said heavy weaponry would allow his government to crush the insurgency and drive the group from the country. Mohamed, who heads a young, new cabinet in which the international community is placing faith, made the plea at a conference in London convened by UK Prime Minister Theresa May

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Somalia can heal completely and stand on its own

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Somalia can heal completely and stand on its own

- President Yoweri Museveni has said Somalia can heal completely and stand on its own feet if the country’s business class is supported, patriotic pan-Somalia political parties emerge and a truly national army is recruited and equipped. Museveni outlined eight key achievements brought about by the intervention of the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) troops. He said the AMISOM effort has led to the revival of Somalia, but pointed out economic, political and military bottlenecks stand in the way of full recovery of the country

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KDF to stay and pacify Somalia, says Uhuru Kenyatta

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KDF to stay and pacify Somalia, says Uhuru Kenyatta

- President Uhuru Kenyatta has said the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) will continue to be part of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). The President further proposed that AMISOM, an active regional peacekeeping mission operated by the African Union (AU) with the approval of the United Nations in Somalia, be transformed into a UN Peace Keeping Mission. Uhuru, who is attending a regional leaders’ meeting to discuss Somalia’s security progress in London, called for a joint effort to ensure a peaceful and stable Horn of Africa

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Kenya calls for troops surge in Somalia ahead of AMISOM drawback  

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Kenya calls for troops surge in Somalia ahead of AMISOM drawback  

- Highlights. President Kenyatta says repatriation of refugees integral part of restoring peace in troubled horn of African country Kenya calls for AMISOM troops surge of as many as 4,000, argues AMISOM cannot exit before Somalia security agencies are ready to take over President Kenyatta lobbies for support for South Sudan to ensure peaceful resolution of crisis Leaders praise Somali President Abdullahi Mohamed for commitment to fighting terrorism, deepening democracy in Somalia LONDON, May 11 (PSCU) – President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Thursday an upsurge in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the return of the people of Somalia to their homeland to help in reconstruction were key planks in stabilising the Horn of African country and putting it on a firm trajectory for growth

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Museveni, Farmajo speeches on 'Future For Somalia'

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Museveni, Farmajo speeches on 'Future For Somalia'

- The Somalian President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, known as President Farmajo gave an opening speech outlining the way forward for the country at the conference on Somalia’s future today May 11, 2017.. Joined by the UK Prime Minister Theresa May, presidents from the region, led by Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, also gave their analysis of the situation in Somalia, and defined the way forward

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Uhuru says KDF is not leaving Somalia soon as he calls for AMISOM troops

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Uhuru says KDF is not leaving Somalia soon as he calls for AMISOM troops

- President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday said Somalia will get on a firm growth trajectory if AMISOM is beefed up. He said the return of the Horn of Africa country's people to their homeland remains a key plank to achieving this. At the London Somalia Conference, Uhuru said more needs to be done before a planned AMISOM drawdown, and transition to Somali security forces next year

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Kenya calls for troops surge in Somalia ahead of AMISOM drawback

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Kenya calls for troops surge in Somalia ahead of AMISOM drawback

- By PSCU. President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Thursday an upsurge in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the return of the people of Somalia to their homeland to help in reconstruction were key planks in stabilising the Horn of African country and putting it on a firm trajectory for growth. At the London Somalia Conference, President Kenyatta said although AMISOM had made significant progress in degrading terrorist activities and stabilising Somalia, there was still much to do before a planned AMISOM drawdown, and transition to Somali security forces next year

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KDF to stay in Somalia longer, says Uhuru

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KDF to stay in Somalia longer, says Uhuru

- Kenyan soldiers in Somalia are not about to come home anytime soon, their Commander-in-Chief, Uhuru Kenyatta has said. He said the reason the soldiers crossed the border are yet to be achieved and KDF will stay in Somalia until the country regains peace and stability. “Somalia should be defended by the Somalis themselves. But as good neighbours, we, under Amison, will continue to work with the Somali government to restore peace and security in that country,” Uhuru said, hours before he flew to London to attend a conference on Somalia

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Somali president promises to defeat al-Shabab in two years

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Somali president promises to defeat al-Shabab in two years

- Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi "Farmajo" Mohamed has told the BBC that he thinks the Islamist militant group al-Shabab can be defeated within the next two years. Speaking on the eve of a London conference on Somalia, the president said that this goal can be met as long as there is international support and the country's soldiers are properly trained and equipped

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  • KDF to stay and pacify Somalia, says Uhuru
    KDF to stay and pacify Somalia, says Uhuru

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    President Uhuru Kenyatta has said the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) will continue to be part of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). The President further proposed that AMISOM, an active regional peacekeeping mission operated by the African Union (AU) with the approval of the United Nations in Somalia, be transformed into a UN Peace Keeping Mission. Uhuru, who is attending a regional leaders’ meeting to discuss Somalia’s security progress in London, called for a joint effort to ensure a peaceful and stable Horn of Africa

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Sports

  • Granted UK asylum after 2012 Olympics, Somalian to run again
    Granted UK asylum after 2012 Olympics, Somalian to run again

    , abcnews.com

    Glancing at the Olympic Stadium for the first time in five years, Zamzam Farah's troubles momentarily wash away and she fondly reminisces about competing in the London Games. "It was overwhelming," the Somalian runner says. "It wasn't like anything I had experienced before. The whole world was coming together." The London Olympics felt like a sanctuary from the suffering in Mogadishu, from the violent threats that failed to deter her from running those 400 meters in the 80,000-seat stadium as half of the two-person 2012 Somalia team

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Business

  • Somali businesspeople offer Sh260m for food relief
    Somali businesspeople offer Sh260m for food relief

    , thecitizen.co.tz

    Dar es Salaam. Somali businesspeople in Tanzania have raised a $100, 000 (about Sh260 million) to be spent on purchasing food and offer other humanitarian support to over six million people who are facing starvation in their home country. The Somalia Ambassador to Tanzania, Mr Mohamed Hassan Abdi, said here yesterday that Somalis are currently at a crossroads on how to deal with the famine given the fact that the country is facing one of the most acute drought in over 60 years

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Health

  • Cholera Spreads in Drought-Stricken Somalia Amid Famine Threat
    Cholera Spreads in Drought-Stricken Somalia Amid Famine Threat

    , voanews.com

    NAIROBI, KENYA — Cholera is spreading in Somalia, further complicating drought relief efforts as the country teeters on famine. Health officials are complaining about a lack of access to some areas due to security challenges. Health workers say at least 300 new cases and dozens of deaths are reported each day. World Health Organization Cholera expert Abdinasir Abubakar said the situation may worsen in a few weeks

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Family & Parenting

Society & Culture

Entertainment & Arts

  • Lion director Garth Davis looking at Somalian hostage film with Rooney Mara
    Lion director Garth Davis looking at Somalian hostage film with Rooney Mara

    , smh.com.au

    His first film, Lion, has been a hit that landed six Oscar nominations, including best picture. His second, the religious drama Mary Magdalene, also starring Rooney Mara alongside Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Peter, is being lined up for a Hollywood awards season run even as it is still being finished in Melbourne. Now Australian director Garth Davis is looking at a third collaboration with Mara for a film set in Somalia

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Law & Crime

Media & Information

  • To Get Story, Somali Journalists Risk Bullets and Bombs
    To Get Story, Somali Journalists Risk Bullets and Bombs

    , voanews.com

    On Wednesday, January 25, events in Mogadishu showed again why the Somali capital might be the most dangerous city in the world for journalists. Reporters had rushed to the Dayah Hotel after al-Shabab militants detonated a truck bomb at the hotel's main gate and then stormed the premises, exchanging gunfire with security guards. The entire façade of the five-story hotel had been ripped away, and bodies littered the street. The

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