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Somalia asks UN court to determine its maritime boundary with Kenya in Indian Ocean

Somalia asks UN court to determine its maritime boundary with Kenya in Indian Ocean

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Somalia has asked the United Nations’ highest court to determine the maritime boundary it shares in the Indian Ocean with east African neighbor Kenya. Somalia filed the case Thursday with the International Court of Justice, contending that both countries recognize its jurisdiction to settle the disputed border. Somalia’s application to […]

Nine killed in fighting between rival regions in north Somalia

Nine killed in fighting between rival regions in north Somalia

At least nine people were killed in fighting on Thursday between rival areas in Somalia’s usually calm Somaliland region, residents said, highlighting the fragility of security improvements anywhere in the Horn of Africa nation. Somaliland forces launched an offensive on a town where people had inaugurated a man they said was president of the newly […]

How Britain’s ban on khat created a supply glut in Somalia

How Britain’s ban on khat created a supply glut in Somalia

“The president has arrived, the president has arrived,” chant youths in Mogadishu’s Beerta Khaatka market, as armed men in trucks mounted with machine guns escort lorries with horns blaring through the throng. The joking salutation is not for Somalia’s president, but hails white sacks brimming with leafy sprouts of khat, the narcotic shrub chewed across […]

Minister under pressure after homeless refugee dies in garage squat

Minister under pressure after homeless refugee dies in garage squat

Junior justice minister Fred Teeven is facing questions in parliament after the death of a failed Somali asylum seeker in Amsterdam. Opposition MPs are calling on Teeven to organise ‘bed, a bath and bread’ for a group of around 100 asylum seekers who have lost their right to stay in the Netherlands and are currently […]

Building a literary tradition in a land with no alphabet

Building a literary tradition in a land with no alphabet

Hargeisa, Somaliland (CNN) — In 1856, British explorer Richard Burton described Somalia as a nation of poets. It may seem an unlikely moniker for a country that has since become defined by piracy, state collapse, and the many horrors unleashed by Al-Shabaab — the Islamic extremists who control much of the country. But, much has […]

Dangerous drug or harmless herb? Europe cuts Ethiopia’s khat

Dangerous drug or harmless herb? Europe cuts Ethiopia’s khat

AWADAY (AFP) – For a town seen as a key trading centre for khat, a plant that is banned in many countries, Ethiopia’s Awaday can seem pretty drowsy and laid-back. As the sun sets on the small eastern town, farmers and brokers of the amphetamine shrub rouse from an afternoon slumber to cut deals in […]

UN Envoy visits Somaliland, pledges UN support for peace and progress

UN Envoy visits Somaliland, pledges UN support for peace and progress

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, arrived in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, this morning and pledged to step up UN support. During the visit SRSG Kay will meet with President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamud Silanyo, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohamed Bihi Yonis, and the Minister for National Planning […]

Special Envoy for Children in Armed Conflict visits Somalia

Special Envoy for Children in Armed Conflict visits Somalia

MOGADISHU, 18 August – Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children in Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, is visiting Somalia to meet with Federal Government officials, the UN, the African Union Mission in Somalia and local civil society and discuss ways to bring an end to the use of children in armed conflict. On 17 […]

UNSOM marks first anniversary in Puntland

UNSOM marks first anniversary in Puntland

he Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Nicholas Kay, pledged the UN’s continued support for Puntland today at a ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia’s (UNSOM) in Garowe, the State Capital. “Puntland has made important political, economic and security progress in the last year […]

Deadly confrontation in Mogadishu kills at least 15: official

Deadly confrontation in Mogadishu kills at least 15: official

Fierce clashes which broke out Friday morning in Somali capital Mogadishu killed 15 people and injured dozens of others, said health officials. Somali government forces backed by African Union peacekeeping troops stormed the house of Ahmed Dai, a warlord and former commissioner of Wadajir district in Mogadishu after his militias resisted disarmament call, Somali government […]

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