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The United States military says it has carried out a drone strike against al-Shabab extremists in Somalia, killing three “terrorists.” The U.S. Africa Command statement says the airstrike occurred Monday near Jilib town in Middle Juba region. “We assess no civilians were killed in this strike.” The U.S. has carried out a growing number of drone...

The Ugandan Minister of State for EAC Affairs, Mr Julius Wandera Maganda, who currently chairs the Council of Ministers, revealed in a statement here that the six heads of state from Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, Tanzania and South-Sudan will review progress of the verification exercise for the admission of the Republic of Somalia into the EAC. The inclusion of Mogadishu...

Around half-a-million refugees stranded in Kenya face an impossible choice: either go home to al-Shabaab-wrecked Somalia under a controversial UNHCR “voluntary repatriation” program or stay and face massive debts accumulated due to food shortages at camps. The dire situation can be witnessed firsthand at the Dadaab Refugee Complex in North Eastern province where over...

Maritime forces from East Africa, West Indian Ocean nations, Europe and the United States as well as several international organizations, completed the seventh iteration of the annual multinational maritime exercise Cutlass Express, Feb. 7, 2018. This year’s exercise also included participation from the Somali Maritime Police, marking the first time in nearly...

The Cabinet has unanimously endorsed Abdi Sheik Ahmed for the post of Director-General of the National Communications Authority (NCA) of Somalia, which is established under Somalia’s Communications Law 2017. Speaking after the endorsement, the minister for Post, Telecom and Technology, H.E. Abdi Ashur Hassan, thanked the Cabinet for the endorsement of the director who...

The Qatar Charity (QC) office in Somalia has rehabilitated “thousands of flood and cyclone victims” through its early recovery programmes. Through this, the organisation said it contributed to the restoration of basic services, the environment and social life, provided livelihood and shelter, and reintegrated displaced populations. The office supported victims of...

MOGADISHU, Somalia—Sudd Khalif, 16, was among 35 students competing to answer a teacher’s question in a packed classroom at the Yemeni Community School here. Khalif fled the civil war in Yemen, his home country, two years ago, postponing his dream of becoming a doctor. Now he needs to study hard, he said, because he still hopes to study medicine some day. “I want...

The top United Nations humanitarian official in Somalia has commended the drought relief and recovery efforts of the authorities in the northern state of Puntland while cautioning that the current humanitarian crisis is far from over. “We took stock, together with [Puntland’s] leadership, of the drought response as it has been so far, looking back to what has...

Police have foiled a major terrorist attack after fighting off gunmen, killing one and arresting two others after which they found a cache of arms including 36 grenades and five automatic rifles. The officers also detained the terrorists’ car which was rigged up with explosives. Initial investigations showed the car was headed to Nairobi where the terrorists planned...

On behalf of the Somalis living in Qatar I wish to congratulate His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and the people of Qatar for successfully tackling the unjust blockade imposed on the country by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt. We Somalis strongly condemn the blockade. Many of our children and grandchildren were born in Qatar and they don’t...