Ilhan Omar makes history with victory over long-serving Rep. Phyllis Kahn

Ilhan Omar makes history with victory over long-serving Rep. Phyllis Kahn

Neighborhood activist Ilhan Omar made history Tuesday by winning a fiercely competitive DFL primary in a Minneapolis House district, which means she likely will become the nation’s first Somali-American legislator next year. Her victory was all the more remarkable for beating DFL Rep. Phyllis Kahn, a historic figure in her own right who is tied […]

South Sudan agrees to deployment of regional force, IGAD says

South Sudan agrees to deployment of regional force, IGAD says

South Sudan’s government on Friday agreed to allow the deployment of a regional protection force, the regional Africa group IGAD said, following ethnically charged fighting last month in the capital Juba. “The government of South Sudan has accepted (the deployment of troops) with no condition,” Mahboub Maalim, the secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development […]

Al-Shabab says ex-Somali MP was suicide bomber

Al-Shabab says ex-Somali MP was suicide bomber

A former member of Somalia’s parliament was one of two suicide bombers behind a deadly attack on international troops near Mogadishu’s international airport, according to the armed group al-Shabab. Salah Nuh Ismail, also known as Salah Badbado, and an unknown second assailant detonated cars loaded with explosives at the gates of the main base of […]

Russia has temporarily restricted imports of fruits from Somalia

Russia has temporarily restricted imports of fruits from Somalia

Russia from 12 July introduced temporary restrictions on the import into Russia of cherries from Afghanistan, as well as peaches and nectarine from Somalia, according to the website of the Rosselkhoznadzor. Limitations imposed in connection with deliveries to Russia from Afghanistan and Somalia through the territory of countries members of the EU informed postavlyaemy regulated […]

Al-Shabab fighters attack Somali army base

Al-Shabab fighters attack Somali army base

Fighters from Somalia’s armed group al-Shabab have attacked an army base southwest of the capital, Mogadishu, killing at least 10 soldiers, the group and a military officer told the Reuters news agency. The attackers exploded a car packed with explosives before storming the Lanta Buro base in Lower Shabelle region, some 50km outside Mogadishu, on Monday […]

Security Council extends African Union mission in Somalia

Security Council extends African Union mission in Somalia

7 July 2016 – Reauthorizing the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) until 31 May 2017, the United Nations Security Council today set out key objectives for the operation during its new mandate, including “to reduce the threat posed by Al-Shabaab and other armed opposition groups.” Under a unanimously adopted resolution, which maintains AMISOM’s troop […]

Somalia’s president recently held first-ever meeting with Israeli PM

Somalia’s president recently held first-ever meeting with Israeli PM

NAIROBI, Kenya – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently met with the president of Somalia in a first high-level contact between the two countries, a source close to the Somali leader told The Times of Israel. Israel does not have diplomatic relations with the East African nation, which has a population of some 11 million. Somalia, a […]

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is alarmed by the closure of Radio Daljir

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is alarmed by the closure of Radio Daljir

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is alarmed by the closure of Radio Daljir, the leading news radio station in Somalia’s autonomous northeastern region of Puntland. Heavily-armed police units closed the station’s studios in Galkayio, Garowe and Bosaso, Puntland’s three biggest cities, on 23 June. The police had a closure order issued by Puntland’s police chief but […]

Kenya, Ethiopia sign a pipeline deal with Ethiopia set to start gas production

Kenya, Ethiopia sign a pipeline deal with Ethiopia set to start gas production

Kenya signed a pipeline deal with Ethiopia months after Uganda chose to export its oil through Tanzania. The pipeline will run from the Kenyan Coast, from its Lamu town to Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. Ethiopia is looking to begin gas production and exportation next year following discoveries reports local media. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta made […]

U.S. Mission to Somalia Alarmed at Radio Daljir Closure

U.S. Mission to Somalia Alarmed at Radio Daljir Closure

Press Statement U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE United States Mission to Somalia U.S. Mission to Somalia Alarmed at Radio Daljir Closure The United States Mission to Somalia is alarmed by the June 23 closure of Radio Daljir by the Puntland Minister of Information, in direct contradiction of the right of free expression. We urge the Puntland government to honor its commitment to our shared […]