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Somaliland president says contentious Ethiopia deal can deter Red Sea attacks

The contentious deal that Somaliland has struck with Ethiopia to lease a strip of land near the entrance to the Red Sea would help “secure freedom of navigation” for international shipping that has faced attacks around the vital waterway, according to the breakaway country’s president. Somaliland, which declared independence from Somalia in 1991 but has...

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El Nino not behind deadly floods in East Africa – scientists

The El Nino weather pattern did not have “any influence” on widespread flooding that killed hundreds in East Africa this year, an expert group of scientists said Friday. Torrential rainfall in Kenya, Tanzania and neighbouring nations killed more than 500 people, displacing hundreds of thousands as the deluge swept away homes and swamped roads during...

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500 Somali pilgrims arrive in Mecca to begin Hajj journey

The first group of Somali pilgrims to arrive in Mecca on Thursday was verified by Mukhtar Robow, the country’s minister of endowment and religious affairs. For thousands of Somalis, this is the start of their Hajj pilgrimage journey. This marks the commencement of the Hajj pilgrimage journey for thousands of Somalis. Hajj, an annual pilgrimage...

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FBI number crunchers track taxpayer cash to house, vehicle purchases in Feeding Our Future trial

The final witness for the prosecution in the Feeding Our Future trial told jurors how she traced the defendants’ alleged purchases of vehicles, property and airline tickets back to taxpayer-funded child nutrition programs. Seven Twin Cities-area defendants face federal charges, for allegedly stealing $47 million in meal funds by exploiting pandemic-era rule changes that allowed...

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Somali security forces have caught several Al-shabaab members

The Somali National Intelligence and Security Service, working in the South West areas, caught many Al-shabaab fighters after operations in Baydhaba city and nearby areas. The army showed 12 Al-shabaab members who did different jobs like planning killings, direct attacks, and collecting money. NISA officials said they caught these members in different places during operations....

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Bangladesh ship crew Abducted By Somali pirates return home

Nearly two dozen Bangladeshi cargo ship crew taken hostage by Somali pirates returned home Tuesday to a rapturous welcome from family members after weeks in captivity. The bulk carrier MV Abdullah was transporting more than 55,000 tonnes of coal from Mozambique to the United Arab Emirates when it was seized by dozens of pirates around...

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Sayid-Ali is convicted of aiming to death by the Court of Appeal.

The Banadir Court of Appeal released the verdict of Sayid Ali Maallin Daoud, who is accused of burning his wife Luul Abdicasis Mohamed, who died in the fire. The murder of the late Luul was carried out by the court, which comprised of three different sessions of the region’s first instance court, Sayid-Ali, according to...

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More than 50% of Zimbabweans will require food assistance.

More than half of Zimbabweans will require food assistance this year after a severe drought destroyed crops, as relief groups seek cash to save more people from starvation, according to the cabinet. Next Tuesday is the national holiday. According to the Zimbabwe Livelihoods Assessment Commission, approximately 6 million people in rural areas and 1.7 million...

SJS joins Mogadishu journalists in unity to defend press freedom against government interference and threats
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SJS joins Mogadishu journalists in unity to defend press freedom against government interference and threats

Today, the Mogadishu journalists, editors, and directors, joined by the Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS) concluded three-day consultations held in Mogadishu discussing the emergency requirement to safeguard independent media, freedom of speech, and the safety of journalists at risk in the country. The meeting was also informed about the impending threats following the March 14 unilateral announcement to...

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The UN head calls for a ‘humanitarian agreement’ in Gaza and the release of hostages.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for an immediate end to the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, the return of hostages, and a “increase” in humanitarian aid to the beleaguered Palestinian territory. “I repeat my call, the world’s call, for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire, the unconditional release of all hostages, and an increase...