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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.
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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.

Locusts push families to the brink in central Somalia

As a father of eight children, Dahir Abdi Hashi feels totally dejected that he has lost his job as a farmhand due to the waves of desert locusts that have destroyed three consecutive harvests in Amaara, in central Somalia’s Mudug region.
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Locusts push families to the brink in central Somalia

As a father of eight children, Dahir Abdi Hashi feels totally dejected that he has lost his job as a farmhand due to the waves of desert locusts that have destroyed three consecutive harvests in Amaara, in central Somalia’s Mudug region.

Transcript: Cape Up Live: Rep. Ilhan Omar with Jonathan Capehart

MR. CAPEHART: Good morning. I'm Jonathan Capehart, opinion writer for The Washington Post. And welcome to Washington Post Live. It is also a live recording of my Post Opinions podcast Cape Up. My guest today was just reelected to her second term in the U.S. H
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Transcript: Cape Up Live: Rep. Ilhan Omar with Jonathan Capehart

MR. CAPEHART: Good morning. I'm Jonathan Capehart, opinion writer for The Washington Post. And welcome to Washington Post Live. It is also a live recording of my Post Opinions podcast Cape Up. My guest today was just reelected to her second term in the U.S. House of Representatives. She is Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota's 5th Congressional District. Congresswoman, thanks for coming on the podcast.

Tigray leader rejects Ethiopia's ultimatum, says his people 'ready to die'

The leader of Ethiopia's dissident Tigray region has said that his people are «ready to die» defending their homeland, rejecting Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's ultimatum that they surrender within 72 hours.
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Tigray leader rejects Ethiopia's ultimatum, says his people 'ready to die'

The leader of Ethiopia's dissident Tigray region has said that his people are «ready to die» defending their homeland, rejecting Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's ultimatum that they surrender within 72 hours.

Somalia: Haji Mohamed Hussein’s election as leader of SYL in 1957 put him ad odds with the government, his party and the Administering Authority. Brief Note

Haji Mohamed Hussein Hamud was one of the 13 founders in 1943 of what was then known as Somali Youth Club (SYC). When the SYC became a fully-fledged political party in 1947 with the name of Somali Youth League (SYL),
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Somalia: Haji Mohamed Hussein’s election as leader of SYL in 1957 put him ad odds with the government, his party and the Administering Authority. Brief Note

Haji Mohamed Hussein Hamud was one of the 13 founders in 1943 of what was then known as Somali Youth Club (SYC). When the SYC became a fully-fledged political party in 1947 with the name of Somali Youth League (SYL),

Ethiopia accuses Tigray forces of destroying Axum airport

Forces from Ethiopia’s Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) have destroyed an airport in the ancient town of Axum, according to state-affiliated media, as advancing federal troops gave them a 72-hour ultimatum to surrender.
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Ethiopia accuses Tigray forces of destroying Axum airport

Forces from Ethiopia’s Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) have destroyed an airport in the ancient town of Axum, according to state-affiliated media, as advancing federal troops gave them a 72-hour ultimatum to surrender.

Biden poised to nominate Antony Blinken as secretary of state

President-elect Joe Biden is poised to nominate Antony Blinken to serve as secretary of state, people familiar with the matter told CNN, elevating a longtime foreign policy adviser as Biden makes his first round of Cabinet announcements Tuesday.
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Biden poised to nominate Antony Blinken as secretary of state

President-elect Joe Biden is poised to nominate Antony Blinken to serve as secretary of state, people familiar with the matter told CNN, elevating a longtime foreign policy adviser as Biden makes his first round of Cabinet announcements Tuesday.

Presidential candidates demand FGS, Puntland Jubbaland withdraw civil servants from poll committees

MOGADISHU (HOL) - Presidential candidates meeting in Mogadishu have called on the Federal Government and two federal member states to withdraw civil servants and security agents they appointed to their respective electoral committees.
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Presidential candidates demand FGS, Puntland Jubbaland withdraw civil servants from poll committees

MOGADISHU (HOL) - Presidential candidates meeting in Mogadishu have called on the Federal Government and two federal member states to withdraw civil servants and security agents they appointed to their respective electoral committees.

Tension in Hiiraan as faction masses forces against new HirShabelle government

BELEDWEYNE (HOL) - Tension is building up in Hiiraan region following mobilization of forces by a faction opposed to the newly elected government in HirShabelle state.
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Tension in Hiiraan as faction masses forces against new HirShabelle government

BELEDWEYNE (HOL) - Tension is building up in Hiiraan region following mobilization of forces by a faction opposed to the newly elected government in HirShabelle state.

Ethiopia warns civilians of ‘no mercy’ in Tigray offensive

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia’s military is warning civilians in the besieged Tigray regional capital that there will be “no mercy” if they don’t “save themselves” before a final offensive to flush out defiant regional leaders — a threat tha
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Ethiopia warns civilians of ‘no mercy’ in Tigray offensive

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia’s military is warning civilians in the besieged Tigray regional capital that there will be “no mercy” if they don’t “save themselves” before a final offensive to flush out defiant regional leaders — a threat that Human Rights Watch on Sunday said could violate international law.

Somalia's Strongest Tropical Cyclone Ever Recorded Could Drop 2 Years' Rain In 2 Days

The strongest tropical cyclone ever measured in the northern Indian Ocean has made landfall in eastern Africa, where it is poised to drop two years' worth of rain in the next two days.
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Somalia's Strongest Tropical Cyclone Ever Recorded Could Drop 2 Years' Rain In 2 Days

The strongest tropical cyclone ever measured in the northern Indian Ocean has made landfall in eastern Africa, where it is poised to drop two years' worth of rain in the next two days.

Life after al-Shabab: Driving a school bus instead of an armed pickup truck

The Somali militant group al-Shabab recruits thousands of foot soldiers, but also needs people to provide public services in the area it controls. Any caught trying to leave are put to death. At the same time, the government tries to encourage defectors, and
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Life after al-Shabab: Driving a school bus instead of an armed pickup truck

The Somali militant group al-Shabab recruits thousands of foot soldiers, but also needs people to provide public services in the area it controls. Any caught trying to leave are put to death. At the same time, the government tries to encourage defectors, and runs rehab centres to help them re-enter society.

Somalia: Implementation of Women Quotas in Indirect Electoral System Based on Clan

History records the crucial role women played in life and social evolution. In Muslim society, women contributed to different aspects of life, such as education and trade. For instance, prophet Muhammad’s wives -Khadija and Aisha- played a significant rol
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Somalia: Implementation of Women Quotas in Indirect Electoral System Based on Clan

History records the crucial role women played in life and social evolution. In Muslim society, women contributed to different aspects of life, such as education and trade. For instance, prophet Muhammad’s wives -Khadija and Aisha- played a significant role in trade, narrating the Hadith of Prophet(Sunnah),the development of family laws and history (Sira).

Michael Rubin, a lobbyist pleasing his clients. It is time to debunk his clientelism mission in Somalia.

Just over a year ago, Michael Rubin abruptly started publishing articles portraying Somalia and its officials with negative and fictitious lenses. On November 16, Mr. Rubin irresponsibly and erroneously criticized U.S. Intelligence “for bankrolling Somalia
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Michael Rubin, a lobbyist pleasing his clients. It is time to debunk his clientelism mission in Somalia.

Just over a year ago, Michael Rubin abruptly started publishing articles portraying Somalia and its officials with negative and fictitious lenses. On November 16, Mr. Rubin irresponsibly and erroneously criticized U.S. Intelligence “for bankrolling Somalia’s Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) who he accuses of, and its chief, of working with “Al Qaeda affiliate.” It is irresponsible and fictitious to accuse Somalia’s leadership, especially those leading the fight against Al-Shabaab for not being allies against terrorism, when in fact, they are in perpetual struggle, albeit limited resources to overcome a global phenomenon, as opposed to Michael Rubin, a sponsored campaigner for Somaliland’s secessionism bid who from the comfort of his armchair is accustomed to maliciously character assassinating without any perspective or shred of evidence those he deems to stand in the way of his quest of Somalia’s disintegration.

Somalia: President Farmajo Mocks Opposition Leaders Who Protested Against Biased Electoral Committees

The Speaker of the Upper House of the federal parliament, the presidents of the federal member states, the prominent leaders of the political opposition groups, the civil society organizations, and the public in general strongly objected the legitimacy and im
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Somalia: President Farmajo Mocks Opposition Leaders Who Protested Against Biased Electoral Committees

The Speaker of the Upper House of the federal parliament, the presidents of the federal member states, the prominent leaders of the political opposition groups, the civil society organizations, and the public in general strongly objected the legitimacy and impartiality of the two Federal Election Committees (one for southern states and one for the representatives of the Somaliland state) and of the Electoral Dispute Resolution Committee appointed by the Prime Minister Mohamed H Roble under the directive of President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo.

Minnesota Governor announces four-week ‘dial back’ to control spread of COVID-19

Minneapolis (HOL) - Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced new actions to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the state as numbers continue to rise.
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Minnesota Governor announces four-week ‘dial back’ to control spread of COVID-19

Minneapolis (HOL) - Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced new actions to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the state as numbers continue to rise.

Somalia most vulnerable to climate shocks- report

NAIROBI (HOL) - Somalia is among the most vulnerable countries to climate change shocks in sub-Saharan Africa and the least survive climate effects, a report by a Canadian University has said.
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Somalia most vulnerable to climate shocks- report

NAIROBI (HOL) - Somalia is among the most vulnerable countries to climate change shocks in sub-Saharan Africa and the least survive climate effects, a report by a Canadian University has said.

Ethiopia: Government forces 'capture Tigray's second-largest city'

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's office announced Saturday that government security forces had captured the city of Adigrat and was advancing on Mekele, the capital of the northern Tigray region.
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Ethiopia: Government forces 'capture Tigray's second-largest city'

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's office announced Saturday that government security forces had captured the city of Adigrat and was advancing on Mekele, the capital of the northern Tigray region.

12 presidential candidates meet in Mogadishu over poll row

MOGADISHU (HOL) - Twelve opposition presidential candidates have kicked off three days meeting in Mogadishu in which sources said is aimed at finding a common ground on preparations for the upcoming elections.
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12 presidential candidates meet in Mogadishu over poll row

MOGADISHU (HOL) - Twelve opposition presidential candidates have kicked off three days meeting in Mogadishu in which sources said is aimed at finding a common ground on preparations for the upcoming elections.

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