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Somalia cuts diplomatic ties with Kenya as it recalls diplomats

– Advertisement – The Somali government in Eastern Africa has cut diplomatic ties with neighbouring Kenya. Somalia has subsequently recalled all its diplomats from Nairobi and given Kenyan diplomats in Mogadishu seven days to leave the country. In a televised address on state media Somalia’s Minister of Information Osman Abukar Dubbe said the decision has been taken to protect the country’s sovereignty. “The Somali government, based on its national sovereignty guaranteed by international law and order, and fulfilling its constitutional duty to safeguard the nationhood, unity and stability of the country,…

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Somalia recalls ambassador to Kenya, expels Kenyan envoy

– Advertisement – The Somalia government has recalled its ambassador to Kenya, Mohamud Ahmed Nur Tarzan over alleged political interference. Somalia has also asked the Kenyan ambassador to Somalia, Lucas Tumbo, to leave the country “for consultations”. In a statement, Somalia accused Kenya of pressuring Jubbaland federal state to reject an electoral agreement reached for elections scheduled for next month. “The government took this decision while preserving its national sovereignty after it appeared that Kenya was deliberately interfering in the affairs of Somalia, particularly Jubbaland,” Mohamed Ali Nur, permanent secretary of…

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US imposes sanctions on al-Shabab over military base attack

– Advertisement – The United States has imposed sanctions on two senior leaders of Islamist militant group al-Shabab responsible for an attack on a military base in Kenya. In January one US military service member and two contractors were killed when the militants attacked Camp Simba on Manda Island. The attack was the first attack launched by al-Shabab on US forces in Kenya. In a statement the US State Department said it had designated Abdullahi Osman Mohamed and Maalim Ayman as Specially Designated Global Terrorists. “The Department of State has designated Abdullahi Osman Mohamed…

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US reopens embassy in Somalia after almost 30 years

The United States of America has reopened its embassy in Somalia after nearly 30 years when it was closed. U.S embassy in Somalia was closed following the breakout of a civil war in the east African country. Most parts of Somalia is still characterized by violence and militant attacks since then. The violence and conflict, sparked by the removal of long-time leader Siad Barre from office in 1991 have yet to be fully brought to an end. But the US embassy on Wednesday said in a statement that the embassy…

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Somalia: Amnesty accuses U.S. army of killing civilians

Amnesty International has accused the United States of killing three civilians in an air strike in Somalia. The international rights group said the U.S. failed to investigate claims that those killed were farmers with no ties to Al-Shabaab. Amnesty said on Tuesday that its investigations revealed that the farmers were killed in the March 18 strike in southern Somalia. It said the civilians killed were innocent, but the US Africa Command (Africom) claims they were jihadists. According to Amnesty many civilians have been killed in series of US air raids…

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Somalia: US training base hit in jihadist attack

Jihadists in Somalia on Monday carried out an attack on a U.S. army base used by it’s special forces to train Somali commandos. The militants also in a separate incident attacked an Italian military convoy as well in the capital Mogadishu. Officials say no casualties were reported in both attacks. The Baledogle base was serving as a training base for Somali forces and housed Ugandan peacekeepers. “Two suicide car bombs … tried to attack Baledogle airport but they detonated outside the airport gate,” police Major Abdullahi Nur told Reuters. Somali…

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Somalia: Car bomb explosion kills several at checkpoint

A car bomb explosion at a checkpoint on the outskirts of the Somali capital, Mogadishu has killed several people. According to media reports a shootout took place between security forces and three attackers, who got out of a vehicle laden with explosives. There are reports of the attackers dying with at least two civilians also reported to have been killed. Police are yet to speak on the incident but local media reported that the attackers were targeting a tax office. The militant al-Shabab group is known to often carry out…

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Ilhan Omar was happy “to return to mother Africa”

Ilhan Omar has been in the news ever since she got elected to the US congress, representing a district in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Somali-born left her country  of birth at a tender age with her family to seek asylum in the US. She is not just an inspiration to many but a source of hope as well. Omar is one of the first two Muslim women elected to the US Congress. Recently US President Donald Trump asked Omar and three other Democratic Congresswomen of colour to leave the US and…

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Somalia: At least 17 killed in bomb attack in Mogadishu

At least 17 people are reported dead following a bomb blast outside a hotel near the international airport in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu. The blast on Monday according to medical officials also left 27 others wounded. The city’s Madina hospital is where most of the bodies and those injured were taken to. The Al Qaeda-linked Islamist group al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack. Al-shabab is known for carrying out deadly attacks in Somalia and eastern part of Africa. Al-Shabaab’s deadly suicide car bomb in Mogadishu comes just 4 days…

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Is Zimbabwe’s Economy More Advanced Than ‘Rest of Africa?’

President Robert Mugabe’s comments that Zimbabwe was the next most advanced country after South Africa caused a lot of debate in social media and other social circles. The president admitted that the country was facing economic challenges nonetheless. Today, it is not easy for Zimbabweans and other observers to agree with Mugabe prima facie. It would take a deep analysis not jingoism, for some to eventually realise that he may not have been way off the mark depending on the perspective from which one is looking at. Modern-day judgment of…

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