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Ethiopia says its military has taken control of capital in defiant Tigray region

Ethiopia’s military launched an assault on the capital of the northern Tigray region Saturday after last-minute diplomatic efforts by three former African presidents failed to persuade the fighting sides to reach a truce.
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Ethiopia says its military has taken control of capital in defiant Tigray region

Ethiopia’s military launched an assault on the capital of the northern Tigray region Saturday after last-minute diplomatic efforts by three former African presidents failed to persuade the fighting sides to reach a truce.

Ethiopian forces to take Tigray’s capital ‘in a few days’: Army

Ethiopian forces will take control of the Tigray region’s capital in the coming days, the military said late on Friday, a day after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced the “final phase” of an offensive in the region.
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Ethiopian forces to take Tigray’s capital ‘in a few days’: Army

Ethiopian forces will take control of the Tigray region’s capital in the coming days, the military said late on Friday, a day after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced the “final phase” of an offensive in the region.

70,000 expats aged 60 to leave Kuwait in 2021

More than 70,000 expatriates aged 60 are set to leave Kuwait next year in implementation of a decision stopping renewal of residency permits for migrant workers who reach this age, a Kuwaiti newspaper reported Saturday, quoting unidentified sources.
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70,000 expats aged 60 to leave Kuwait in 2021

More than 70,000 expatriates aged 60 are set to leave Kuwait next year in implementation of a decision stopping renewal of residency permits for migrant workers who reach this age, a Kuwaiti newspaper reported Saturday, quoting unidentified sources.

Protests break out in Beletweyne amid deployment of federal troops

BELEDWEYNE (HOL) - Hundreds of residents in Beletweyne town have held demonstrations against newly formed Hirshabeelle administration and deployment of federal and state forces in a village on outskirt of the town amid an ongoing tension in the region.
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Protests break out in Beletweyne amid deployment of federal troops

BELEDWEYNE (HOL) - Hundreds of residents in Beletweyne town have held demonstrations against newly formed Hirshabeelle administration and deployment of federal and state forces in a village on outskirt of the town amid an ongoing tension in the region.

UPDATE: 7 killed, ten injured in suicide bomber attack at popular Mogadishu ice cream parlour

Mogadishu (HOL) - At least seven people have been killed and ten others injured in a suicide bomb attack at a busy restaurant in Mogadishu on Friday.
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UPDATE: 7 killed, ten injured in suicide bomber attack at popular Mogadishu ice cream parlour

Mogadishu (HOL) - At least seven people have been killed and ten others injured in a suicide bomb attack at a busy restaurant in Mogadishu on Friday.

Journalists call on respect for media ahead of national polls

Mogadishu (HOL) - A journalists trade union has called on the federal government and opposition candidates to respect the media's right to cover the elections independently.
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Journalists call on respect for media ahead of national polls

Mogadishu (HOL) - A journalists trade union has called on the federal government and opposition candidates to respect the media's right to cover the elections independently.

Seven killed, 10 injured in suicide bomb attack in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU (HOL) - At least seven people have been killed and 10 others injured in a suicide bomb attack at a restaurant in Mogadishu.
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Seven killed, 10 injured in suicide bomb attack in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU (HOL) - At least seven people have been killed and 10 others injured in a suicide bomb attack at a restaurant in Mogadishu.

New Zealand's first African MP sparks tears as he recounts escape from Eritrea

New Zealand’s first African MP has reduced politicians to tears telling the story of his journey of “hope” from a war-torn Eritrea to a Sudanese refugee camp and eventually into government as a Labour MP.
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New Zealand's first African MP sparks tears as he recounts escape from Eritrea

New Zealand’s first African MP has reduced politicians to tears telling the story of his journey of “hope” from a war-torn Eritrea to a Sudanese refugee camp and eventually into government as a Labour MP.

U of T grad, current student named Rhodes Scholars

The University of Toronto’s Ikran Jama and Jeffrey Fasegha are among 11 Canadians to receive a Rhodes Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford next year.
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U of T grad, current student named Rhodes Scholars

The University of Toronto’s Ikran Jama and Jeffrey Fasegha are among 11 Canadians to receive a Rhodes Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford next year.

UAE fears repercussions after resuming relations with Israel

The fear of being targeted by ''terrorist attacks'' after normalising relations with Israel was what pushed the UAE to suspend the granting of visas to citizens from 13 countries, political and diplomatic sources in Abu Dhabi and Riyadh told ANSA.
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UAE fears repercussions after resuming relations with Israel

The fear of being targeted by ''terrorist attacks'' after normalising relations with Israel was what pushed the UAE to suspend the granting of visas to citizens from 13 countries, political and diplomatic sources in Abu Dhabi and Riyadh told ANSA.

The Beautywell Project aims to expose the serious health risks of skin-lightening

Some skin-lightening products marketed to women of color had mercury levels of 150,000 parts per million.
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The Beautywell Project aims to expose the serious health risks of skin-lightening

Some skin-lightening products marketed to women of color had mercury levels of 150,000 parts per million.

Omar Filish warns opposition figures they risk being «captured and killed» for fanning flames

Mogadishu (HOL) - Mogadishu's Mayor, Omar Mohammed Mohamud (Filish), on Thursday accused a group of presidential hopefuls of planning to commit acts of violence. It warned that the politician's risk being «captured and killed» if they continue wi
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Omar Filish warns opposition figures they risk being «captured and killed» for fanning flames

Mogadishu (HOL) - Mogadishu's Mayor, Omar Mohammed Mohamud (Filish), on Thursday accused a group of presidential hopefuls of planning to commit acts of violence. It warned that the politician's risk being «captured and killed» if they continue with their inflammatory rhetoric.

Ethiopian cabinet minister: Army's assault on Tigray region 'to protect Tigrayan people'

In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, Ethiopian Finance Minister Ahmed Shide discussed the government's ongoing military offensive against the northern Tigray region and its capital Mekele. Shide said government forces had «liberated» signific
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Ethiopian cabinet minister: Army's assault on Tigray region 'to protect Tigrayan people'

In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, Ethiopian Finance Minister Ahmed Shide discussed the government's ongoing military offensive against the northern Tigray region and its capital Mekele. Shide said government forces had «liberated» significant areas of the region and that military operations «will be completed soon».

Ruling delayed in Seychelles top court on whether piracy case should be dismissed against 5 Somali suspects

Five Somali nationals suspected of piracy will be held an additional 14 days and reappear before the Seychelles Supreme Court on December 10 for a decision on whether the case should be dismissed.
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Ruling delayed in Seychelles top court on whether piracy case should be dismissed against 5 Somali suspects

Five Somali nationals suspected of piracy will be held an additional 14 days and reappear before the Seychelles Supreme Court on December 10 for a decision on whether the case should be dismissed.

‘Why now?’ Dismay as US considers troop pullout from Somalia

No country has been involved in Somalia’s future as much as the United States. Now the Trump administration is thinking of withdrawing the several hundred U.S. military troops from the Horn of Africa nation at what some experts call the worst possible time.
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‘Why now?’ Dismay as US considers troop pullout from Somalia

No country has been involved in Somalia’s future as much as the United States. Now the Trump administration is thinking of withdrawing the several hundred U.S. military troops from the Horn of Africa nation at what some experts call the worst possible time.

State And Opposition Should Respect Independent Election Coverage In Somalia, Stop Threats Against Journalists

Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS) expresses its concern about the increasing intimidation, censorship and threats against independent journalists and media in Somalia ahead of the country’s general elections.
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State And Opposition Should Respect Independent Election Coverage In Somalia, Stop Threats Against Journalists

Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS) expresses its concern about the increasing intimidation, censorship and threats against independent journalists and media in Somalia ahead of the country’s general elections.

Somali presidential candidates demand resignation of spy chief over ‘elections meddling’

MOGADISHU (HOL) - Over ten presidential candidates in Somalia have demanded the resignation of the country’s intelligence head Fahad Yasin accusing him of leading the re-election campaign of outgoing president Mohamed Farmaajo.
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Somali presidential candidates demand resignation of spy chief over ‘elections meddling’

MOGADISHU (HOL) - Over ten presidential candidates in Somalia have demanded the resignation of the country’s intelligence head Fahad Yasin accusing him of leading the re-election campaign of outgoing president Mohamed Farmaajo.

Sudan's former PM Sadiq al-Mahdi dies from coronavirus in UAE

Leading Sudanese politician and former prime minister Sadiq al-Mahdi died from a coronavirus infection three weeks after being hospitalised in the United Arab Emirates, according to family sources and a party statement early on Thursday.
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Sudan's former PM Sadiq al-Mahdi dies from coronavirus in UAE

Leading Sudanese politician and former prime minister Sadiq al-Mahdi died from a coronavirus infection three weeks after being hospitalised in the United Arab Emirates, according to family sources and a party statement early on Thursday.

Ethiopian leader says assault on rebel bastion in Tigray ready to begin

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced Thursday that the final operation to take the capital of the rebellious Tigray province could now begin after a 72-hour ultimatum to surrender had expired.
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Ethiopian leader says assault on rebel bastion in Tigray ready to begin

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced Thursday that the final operation to take the capital of the rebellious Tigray province could now begin after a 72-hour ultimatum to surrender had expired.

Terror threats across Africa ‘not degraded’

U.S. efforts to stem the threat from terror groups across Africa are struggling as military commanders grapple with the prospect of troop reductions and shifting priorities, according to a new government report on counterterrorism operations.
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Terror threats across Africa ‘not degraded’

U.S. efforts to stem the threat from terror groups across Africa are struggling as military commanders grapple with the prospect of troop reductions and shifting priorities, according to a new government report on counterterrorism operations.

Girl tells inquest she accidentally pushed Shukri Abdi into deeper water

A child who was with a 12-year-old Somali refugee who died in a river in Bury has told an inquest that she accidentally pushed her into deeper water shortly before the girl drowned.
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Girl tells inquest she accidentally pushed Shukri Abdi into deeper water

A child who was with a 12-year-old Somali refugee who died in a river in Bury has told an inquest that she accidentally pushed her into deeper water shortly before the girl drowned.

UAE halts new visas to citizens of 13 mostly Muslim states including Somalia

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has stopped issuing new visas to citizens of 13 mostly Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, Turkey, Syria and Somalia, according to a document issued by a state-owned business park.
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UAE halts new visas to citizens of 13 mostly Muslim states including Somalia

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has stopped issuing new visas to citizens of 13 mostly Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, Turkey, Syria and Somalia, according to a document issued by a state-owned business park.

Keep off the Tigray conflict, Ethiopia tells international community

ADDIS ABABA (HOL) - Ethiopia has warned against external intervention in the ongoing fighting in Tigray region noting it has the capacity to resolve its own disputes.
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Keep off the Tigray conflict, Ethiopia tells international community

ADDIS ABABA (HOL) - Ethiopia has warned against external intervention in the ongoing fighting in Tigray region noting it has the capacity to resolve its own disputes.

Somaliland Committed to Solving Impasse with Somalia Says Foreign Minister

Somaliland government says it remains committed in finding a lasting solution in the stalled talks with Somalia.
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Somaliland Committed to Solving Impasse with Somalia Says Foreign Minister

Somaliland government says it remains committed in finding a lasting solution in the stalled talks with Somalia.

Cyclone Gati weakens after causing destruction in Somalia

Tropical cyclone Gati which made landfall in Somalia on Sunday evening, killing eight people and caused destruction, has weakened and is moving towards the Gulf of Aden, the UN humanitarian agency said on Tuesday.
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Cyclone Gati weakens after causing destruction in Somalia

Tropical cyclone Gati which made landfall in Somalia on Sunday evening, killing eight people and caused destruction, has weakened and is moving towards the Gulf of Aden, the UN humanitarian agency said on Tuesday.

EU says Ethiopia fighting destabilising region, urges ceasefire

Fighting between Ethiopia's military and regional forces from the northern Tigray region is seriously destabilising the East African region and hostilities should halt, the European Union foreign policy chief said.
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EU says Ethiopia fighting destabilising region, urges ceasefire

Fighting between Ethiopia's military and regional forces from the northern Tigray region is seriously destabilising the East African region and hostilities should halt, the European Union foreign policy chief said.

Satellite-tagged Falcons reach Somalia from Manipur

TAMENGLONG (Manipur): The Amur falcons that left Manipur have already reached their second last destination — Somalia. As it happens every year, these avians (Falcon amurensis) roosted in the Tamenglong district of Manipur during the last part of October an
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Satellite-tagged Falcons reach Somalia from Manipur

TAMENGLONG (Manipur): The Amur falcons that left Manipur have already reached their second last destination — Somalia. As it happens every year, these avians (Falcon amurensis) roosted in the Tamenglong district of Manipur during the last part of October and the first part of November.

Why a social media break is more important now than ever

Most of us have found ourselves scrolling through Facebook, swiping nonstop on Instagram Stories, or immersed in our Twitter feed without even being completely aware that we opened up the app.
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Why a social media break is more important now than ever

Most of us have found ourselves scrolling through Facebook, swiping nonstop on Instagram Stories, or immersed in our Twitter feed without even being completely aware that we opened up the app.

Ethiopia's NSA chief meets with President Farmajo in Mogadishu

Mogadishu (HOL) - As the military conflict in Tigray between the Ethiopian and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) continues to intensify, A small delegation led by Ethiopia's National Security Affairs (NSA) Director Gedu Andargachew made a surprisin
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Ethiopia's NSA chief meets with President Farmajo in Mogadishu

Mogadishu (HOL) - As the military conflict in Tigray between the Ethiopian and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) continues to intensify, A small delegation led by Ethiopia's National Security Affairs (NSA) Director Gedu Andargachew made a surprising trip to Mogadishu. The senior advisor met with President Farmajo to lobby support for Ethiopia's PM Abiy Ahmed.

Political consensus in Somalia must be «preserved and indeed deepened,» says UN envoy

«With elections approaching, I underscore my previous calls for the protection of political space, for tolerance of divergent opinions, for respect of free speech and association, and for media freedom,» says James Swan.
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Political consensus in Somalia must be «preserved and indeed deepened,» says UN envoy

«With elections approaching, I underscore my previous calls for the protection of political space, for tolerance of divergent opinions, for respect of free speech and association, and for media freedom,» says James Swan.

8 killed after tropical storm makes landfall in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- At least eight people were killed and 70,000 others affected by tropical cyclone, Gati, which made a landfall in Somalia on Sunday evening causing heavy rains and windstorms, the UN humanitarian agency said on Monday.
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8 killed after tropical storm makes landfall in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- At least eight people were killed and 70,000 others affected by tropical cyclone, Gati, which made a landfall in Somalia on Sunday evening causing heavy rains and windstorms, the UN humanitarian agency said on Monday.