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SOMALIA: UK Africa Minister Visits Mogadishu and Hargeisa

SOMALIA: UK Africa Minister Visits Mogadishu and Hargeisa

Mogadishu (RBC Radio) UK Minister for Africa, Rory Stewart OBE MP, made his first visit to Somalia over the weekend where he spent two days in Mogadishu and Hargeisa. Mr Stewart used his visit to follow up on the ambitious reform agenda agreed at the London Somalia Conference in May, and to see the UK’s […]

SOMALIA: Upper House approves the National Communications Act

SOMALIA: Upper House approves the National Communications Act

Mogadishu (RBC Radio) The Upper House of Somalia’s parliament has today passed the National Communications Act, which was earlier passed by the National Assembly on August 9, 2017. The Act was approved with 39 of the 40 sitting members voting in favour after serious discussions in the last couple of days. This makes the first […]

SOMALIA: Former Hirshabeelle leader defies sacking

SOMALIA: Former Hirshabeelle leader defies sacking

Mogadishu (RBC Radio) Former Hirshabeelle leader Ali Abdullahi Osoble has rejected the vote of no confidence by the state assembly last week in which he was sacked as the President of the regional state. Speaking in Mogadishu, Osoble maintained that he is the legitimate leader of Hirshabeelle, and rejected the calls for election of a […]

SOMALIA: Precarious calm returns to Buhodle after yesterday’s gunfight

SOMALIA: Precarious calm returns to Buhodle after yesterday’s gunfight

Galkayo (RBC Radio) Precarious calm has returned to Buhodle town following a deadly gunfight on Saturday which left at least seven people killed and several others wounded. The fierce fight broke out between two rival clan militias in the town on Saturday a day after a man was shot dead by gunmen in Buhodle. According […]

SOMALIA: President Farmajo departs to Egypt

SOMALIA: President Farmajo departs to Egypt

Mogadishu (RBC Radio) Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo has departed to Egypt on Sunday following official invitation by President Abdel Fattah el Sisi. This is the 12th visit to overseas by President Farmajo since February this year when he was elected. According to official statement by the Somali Embassy in Cairo, President Farmaajo will […]

SOMALIA: World Humanitarian Day celebrated with salutes to efforts averting Somalia famine

SOMALIA: World Humanitarian Day celebrated with salutes to efforts averting Somalia famine

Mogadishu (RBC Radio) The Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia Peter de Clercq has commended aid workers and volunteers for their contribution to serving humanity and averting a famine that threatened Somalia earlier this year. Mr. de Clercq spoke during an event to mark World Humanitarian Day in Mogadishu and thanked aid workers for risking their lives […]

SOMALIA: Djibouti and Somali ministers agree on telecom cooperation

SOMALIA: Djibouti and Somali ministers agree on telecom cooperation

Djibouti (RBC Radio) The ministers of posts and telecommunications of Somalia and Djibouti, Abdi Ashur Hassan and Abdi Youssouf Sougueh, have issued a joint statement on a four-day official visit of Somalia minister to Djibouti. The main purpose of the minister and his delegation’s four-day visit was to strengthen the bilateral cooperation between the two […]

KENYA: Suspected al-Shabaab killed three men in Kenya’s Lamu

KENYA: Suspected al-Shabaab killed three men in Kenya’s Lamu

Mombasa –  Suspected members of Somalia’s al Shabaab Islamist group beheaded at least three men overnight in an attack on a Kenyan village, authorities said on Friday, a month after nine were killed in a similar way nearby, Reuters reported. “They were slaughtered. Their heads were cut off from the rest of their bodies,” said […]

SOMALIA: Security forces killed Al-Shabaab militants in Jilib, says information minister

SOMALIA: Security forces killed Al-Shabaab militants in Jilib, says information minister

Mogadishu (RBC Radio) Somalia’s Information Minister Abdirahman Omar Yarisow said security forces killed seven Al-Shabaab members following a raid authorized by President Farmaajo. “On 16 August, President Farmaajo authorized Somali security forces, in coordination with our international partners, to conduct a security operation against al-Shabaab terrorists in Jilib, Middle Juba region.” a statement by the […]

Africa: Spain rescues almost 600 African migrants from sea

Africa: Spain rescues almost 600 African migrants from sea

Rome – Spanish coastguards have rescued nearly 600 people from 15 boats and a jet ski in the waters between Morocco and Spain, in one of the largest people rescued in a day. A coastguard spokesman said 599 people had been rescued since the early hours of yesterday morning, a large number for just one […]

SOMALIA: Puntland State of Somalia supports Saudi coalition

SOMALIA: Puntland State of Somalia supports Saudi coalition

Garowe (RBC Radio) Puntland State of Somalia today said it is supporting the Saudi-led coalition and endorsed the Saudi allies over their pressure against Qatar. In a statement Puntland President Abdiweli Ali Gaas said his administration has had a strategic partnership with both Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE) as he expressed his concern […]

KENYA: Opposition group to move to court to challenge President Uhuru’s election

KENYA: Opposition group to move to court to challenge President Uhuru’s election

NAIROBI (RBC Radio) The Kenyan main opposition party leader Raila Odinga said on Wednesday he would go to court over last week’s disputed presidential election results. “This is just the beginning, we will not accept and move on,” he told reporters in the capital Nairobi. The announcement was change of minds of the opposition which […]

SOMALIA: The United States Commends the Federal Government of Somalia’s Efforts to Promote al-Shabaab Defections

SOMALIA: The United States Commends the Federal Government of Somalia’s Efforts to Promote al-Shabaab Defections

NAIROBI (RBC Radio) The United States commends the efforts of the Federal Government of Somalia to facilitate the defections of former and current al-Shabaab members, a statement by the U.S. Mission to Somalia said. “The United States supports a Somali-led process of degrading al-Shabaab’s influence using a comprehensive approach, including through high-level defections, reconciliation, and […]

SOMALIA: Mukhtar Robow speaks about ongoing talks with the govt, says he left Al-Shabab years ago

SOMALIA: Mukhtar Robow speaks about ongoing talks with the govt, says he left Al-Shabab years ago

Mogadishu (RBC Radio) Former Al-Shabaab deputy leader Mukhtar Robow Ali “Abu Mansur” who defected to Somali government last week has today spoken for the first time pledging peace. During his short press conference in a hotel in the city centre of Mogadishu on Tuesday, Robow said he left the militant group five years ago after […]

SOMALIA: Driver of taxi killed after bomb attached to his car went off

SOMALIA: Driver of taxi killed after bomb attached to his car went off

Mogadishu (RBC Radio) A driver of taxi was killed after a bomb attached to his car exploded outside of Mogadishu’s Aden Abdulle International Airport in Mogadishu on Monday. According to eyewitnesses, the taxi was passing near Jazeera Hotel when the bomb attached beneath the driver’s seat went off causing the sudden death of the driver. […]

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