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SOMALIA: Costa Rica detains Somali with alleged terrorism links

SOMALIA: Costa Rica detains Somali with alleged terrorism links

Costa Rica detained a Somali citizen suspected of “international terrorism” after he entered the Central American country from neighboring Panama, Costa Rica’s security ministry said on Thursday. U.S. authorities “confirmed that the person is allegedly linked to international terrorist organizations and sought his immediate detention to begin investigating the case,” the ministry said in a […]

Malaysia to send troops to Somalia on humanitarian mission

Malaysia to send troops to Somalia on humanitarian mission

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will send troops to Somalia as part of a humanitarian mission following prolonged drought in the country, says Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein. The Defence Minister said the troops, along with assets, will be sent from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. “The decision (to send the troops) was reached after my meeting with Somalia […]

UAE, Egypt, Somalia Agree To Build A Commercial Port In Gulf Of Aden

UAE, Egypt, Somalia Agree To Build A Commercial Port In Gulf Of Aden

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed forces, Mohammed bin Zayed in a conference press announced that UAE, Egypt and Somalia agreed to develop a commercial port in the Gulf of Aden off the coast of the Berbera province. He also added that the deal was achieved through the […]

Breaking news: More than 40 Somali refugees killed in helicopter attack off Yemen coast

Breaking news: More than 40 Somali refugees killed in helicopter attack off Yemen coast

At least 42 Somali refugees were killed off the coast of Yemen late on Thursday when a helicopter reportedly attacked the boat they were travelling in. Coastguard Mohamed al-Alay said the refugees, carrying official UN refugee agency (UNHCR) documents, were travelling from Yemen to Sudan when they were attacked by an Apache helicopter near the […]

SOMALIA: KP1M launches Somalia Emergency Appeal Fund

SOMALIA: KP1M launches Somalia Emergency Appeal Fund

KUALA LUMPUR: Kelab Putera 1Malaysia (KP1M) today launched the Somalia Emergency Appeal Fund, in an effort to assist the Somalians currently in dire need of humanitarian aid, following the country’s prolonged drought since 2014. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, through KP1M, donated USD$100,000 (RM444,800) to kickstart the fund. KP1M president Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez […]

Ahmad Zahid Receives Courtesy Visit From Somalian DPM

Ahmad Zahid Receives Courtesy Visit From Somalian DPM

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today received a courtesy call from his Somalian counterpart, Mohamed Omer Arteh, at his office in Parliament building, here. At the half-hour meeting, both leaders discussed various matters related to Malaysia-Somalia ties. According to a statement issued by the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office, the meeting breathed […]

Somali pirates suspected to have hijacked ship, expert says

Somali pirates suspected to have hijacked ship, expert says

Somali pirates are suspected to have hijacked a Sri Lankan-flagged fuel freighter after the ship sent a distress call, turned off its tracking system and altered course for the Somali coast, a piracy expert told Reuters on Tuesday. If confirmed, Monday’s incident would be the first hijack of a commercial ship by Somali pirates since […]

Somalia: ‘People are dying of hunger…there’s no water

Somalia: ‘People are dying of hunger…there’s no water

Mogadishu, Somalia (CNN)Fatumata Hassan sits in the opening of her ramshackle shelter. She is tired and gaunt. Her three-year-old daughter Shankaron sits on her lap, eyes blank and scared. It is a look that is far too common in these parts. The past days have been cruel on Fatumata and her two young children — […]

Islamic prayer ritual reduces back pain and increases joint elasticity, study finds

Islamic prayer ritual reduces back pain and increases joint elasticity, study finds

The repetitive physical movements of Muslim prayer rituals can reduce chances of lower back pain if performed properly, according to new research. The study found that not only does quiet prayer eliminate physical anxiety, but that proper knee and back angles can be an effective clinical treatment. Roughly 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide bow, kneel and […]

Somali president says no quick fix for nation’s woes

Somali president says no quick fix for nation’s woes

Somalia’s new President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed sought to downplay high expectations of his new administration at his inauguration Wednesday, saying it would take decades to fix the nation’s many problems. “Our government is facing so many challenges and even though I will be doing my best, I also want to make clear for the Somali […]

SOMALIA: At inauguration, Somali president calls on al Shabaab to surrender

SOMALIA: At inauguration, Somali president calls on al Shabaab to surrender

Somalia’s new president was inaugurated on Wednesday, promising his people that the era of al Shabaab and other Islamist militant groups was over. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, a dual U.S.-Somali citizen, called on al Shabaab’s thousands of fighters to surrender, promising them “a good life” if they did. “To those who work with al Qaeda, al […]

SOMALIA: What should president Farmajo say in his first public speech?

SOMALIA: What should president Farmajo say in his first public speech?

What should president Farmajo say in his first public speech? Ahmed Bashir bashir1631@gmail.com Now that Somalia has elected Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo as the next president, many well wishers and experts may inundate him with their sincere counsel and offers of assistance on various issues and challenges along the road. Some of these ideas could be […]

SOMALIA: The Traps Beyond the Euphoria. By Nur Bahal

SOMALIA: The Traps Beyond the Euphoria. By Nur Bahal

First, I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Somalia‚Äôs new president, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo. He has been met with an overwhelming exuberance from the masses inside and outside the country. In all honesty, I wish him to succeed but cannot help but compare the events of yesterday and last night to the jubilations that […]

How Britain Can Help Somalia. By Liban Ahmad

How Britain Can Help Somalia. By Liban Ahmad

Somali MPs and Senators will elect a president of the Federal Republic of Somalia on 8 February. Britain’s engagement with Somalia will enter a new phase. Whether the incumbent, unpopular President is re-elected or a new broom takes over, Britain’s role in Somalia will be scrutinised on its enabling role to help Somali political leaders […]

The Fifth Clan and the Somali Presidential Election. By Liban Ahmad

The Fifth Clan and the Somali Presidential Election. By Liban Ahmad

A peculiar feature of the post-1991 political landscape in Somalia is the relegation of a segment of the Somali society to a third-class citizenship status. In the power-sharing mechanism, this segment of the Somali society then known as “others” is now known as the Fifth Clan ( a token upgrading from 0.50) in the infamous […]

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