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Somalia executes perpetrator on anniversary of deadliest attack

0 Visits: 51 | Sunday October 14, 2018 - 21:10:23
Hundreds of Somalis gathered at a ceremony to mark the anniversary of the attack in which a truck packed with explosives blew up at a busy intersection, destroying some 20 buildings in an apocalyptic scene in a city used to regular explosions at the hands of Islamist group Al-Shabaab. A year on, the…

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Japanese passport now world's most powerful

0 Visits: 69 | Sunday October 14, 2018 - 21:06:45
According to the Henley Passport Index, compiled by global citizenship and residence advisory firm Henley & PartnersCitizens, Japan now has the most powerful passport on the planet. Having gained visa-free access to Myanmar earlier this month, Japanese citizens can now enjoy visa-free or visa-on-arrival…

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Facebook now says data breach affected 29 million users, details impact

0 Visits: 55 | Saturday October 13, 2018 - 23:17:37
Cyber attackers stole data from 29 million Facebook accounts using an automated program that moved from one friend to the next, Facebook Inc (FB.O) announced on Friday, as the social media company said its largest-ever data theft hit fewer than the 50 million profiles it initially reported. The company…

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Canada gives $50-million to UN Palestinian refugee agency that U.S. calls flawed

0 Visits: 56 | Saturday October 13, 2018 - 23:10:58
Canada is contributing $50-million to the United Nations Palestinian refugee agency – after the United States decided to stop funding what it called an "irredeemably flawed" organization. The new Canadian funds announced Friday will be allocated over two years to assist the health and education…

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Update: At least 7 dead in suicide bombing in Somalia's Baidoa

0 Visits: 75 | Saturday October 13, 2018 - 21:43:55
At least nine people were wounded in a second blast when a grenade struck a Baidoa hotel, Col. Ahmed Muse told The Associated Press. Baidoa is a key economic center about 250 kilometers (155 miles) west of the capital, Mogadishu, and about the same distance east of the Ethiopian border. There was no…

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UN highlights illegal Somali charcoal trafficking to Iran

0 Visits: 33 | Saturday October 13, 2018 - 08:04:36
Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab rebels are profiting from the illegal trafficking of charcoal exports produced in Somalia and transiting through Iran, United Nations experts said in a report recently shared with the UN Security Council. "The process involved using false Comoros, Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory…

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Somaliland govt challenged to source internal ways of generating income

0 Visits: 25 | Friday October 12, 2018 - 19:51:48
Remittances were identified as one of the main sources of income to the people with the government tax collection way below its requirements. The government was also challenged not only to take pride in the peace and tranquility in the country but also to use the same to attract investors and tourists…

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Khashoggi case: CCTV disappears from Saudi consulate in Turkey

0 Visits: 39 | Wednesday October 10, 2018 - 09:43:33
Security footage removed and Turkish staff told to go home on day missing journalist visits Security camera footage was removed from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and Turkish staff were abruptly told to take a holiday on the day the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared while inside the…

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SOMA concludes today a three – day Safety and Conflict Sensitivity Training Workshop for 12 journalists in Galkacyo City

0 Visits: 41 | Wednesday October 10, 2018 - 08:19:06
Certificates of attendance were distributed to 12 journalists who have successfully completed a three-day Safety and Conflict Sensitivity Training Workshop for the journalists held in Galkacyo City, northern part of Puntland State of Somalia from 7th , 8th and 9th October 2018. Present at the ceremony…

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President Trump Says He's 'Concerned' About Missing Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi

0 Visits: 48 | Tuesday October 09, 2018 - 11:21:52
(ANKARA) — A week after dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul for some routine paperwork, the mystery over his disappearance remains unresolved: Turkish officials allege he was killed in the compound; the Saudis say he left the building unharmed. The…

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Google+ shutting down after private data leak

0 Visits: 63 | Tuesday October 09, 2018 - 10:28:27
The US internet giant said it will "sunset" the Google+ social network for consumers that failed to gain meaningful traction after being launched in 2011 as a challenge to Facebook. A Google spokesperson cited "significant challenges in creating and maintaining a successful Google+ that…

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Reflections on the 39th session of the UN Human Rights Council

0 Visits: 43 | Monday October 08, 2018 - 19:06:55
At the start of the UN Human Rights Council's 39thsession (HRC39), DefendDefenders' Executive Director Hassan Shirewelcomedthe new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet. This followed aletter, endorsed by more than 750 human rights organisations, including DefendDefenders,…

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Britain cautions against hasty exit of AU troops from Somalia

0 Visits: 62 | Monday October 08, 2018 - 10:00:05
Harriett Baldwin, visiting British minister for Africa, instead called for a conditions-based, gradual withdrawal of the troops, based on the strength of the Somali security forces. "As you know, the UK has been consistent in saying that in terms of transition to both the Somali National Army and…

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Nurmagomedov on UFC McGregor brawl: 'He talked about my religion'

0 Visits: 49 | Monday October 08, 2018 - 09:40:32
One of the biggest fights in mixed martial arts history descended into a chaotic mass brawl, followed by arrests, after Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov retained his UFC lightweight title with a submission victory over Irishman Conor McGregor in Las Vegas. Violent scenes occurred inside and outside the cage…

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Islamic State a threat seven years after we went to Somalia

0 Visits: 51 | Monday October 08, 2018 - 09:24:20
October 2018 marks seven years since the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) crossed the border into Southern Somalia on October 16, 2011 in pursuit of the al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Shabaab group, which had kidnapped foreign tourists and aid workers inside Kenya. KDF will most likely be back home by 2020 when the…

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Why is it so hard for Africans to visit other African countries?

0 Visits: 42 | Monday October 08, 2018 - 08:59:10
Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote has said he needs 38 visas to travel within the continent on his Nigerian passport. Many European nationals, meanwhile, waltz into most Africans countries visa-free. African nations were supposed to scrap visa requirements for all African citizens by 2018. It was…

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Turkish officials say Saudi writer killed

0 Visits: 35 | Sunday October 07, 2018 - 20:39:26
Holding a picture of missing Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, Tawakkol Karman, of Yemen the Nobel Peace Prize laureate for 2011, talks to members of the media near the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Khashoggi, a 59-year-old veteran journalist who has lived in self-imposed exile…

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From popular leader to dictator, the rise and fall of former Somalia president, Siad Barre

1 Visits: 44 | Sunday October 07, 2018 - 20:07:21
The coup was led by Siad Barre, the leader of the Supreme Revolutionary Council and Somalia's president from 1969-1991. Barre was born on this day around the 1910s (his exact birth year is still unknown although many believe he was born in 1919) in the Ogaden region of the Ethiopian Empire. His…

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U.S. withdraws from international accords, says U.N. world court 'politicized'

0 Visits: 48 | Thursday October 04, 2018 - 09:02:51
he U.S. national security adviser John Bolton slammed the highest United Nations tribunal as "politicized and ineffective" as he announced that the United States would review all international agreements that could expose it to binding decisions by the ICJ. Earlier on Wednesday the ICJ handed…

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189 Islamist suspects stand trial in Mozambique

0 Visits: 30 | Thursday October 04, 2018 - 08:56:59
The trial opened in a tent serving as an improvised courthouse inside a jail in Pemba, the provincial capital, with Mozambicans, Tanzanians, Congolese, Somalis and Burundians among the defendants, of whom 42 are women. Over the last year, more than 50 people have been killed in gun, grenade and knife…

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