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Somaliland forces in Lasanod town of Sool region have arrested a television journalist works with a Somali TV based in UK. Reports indicate that the forces have detained the journalist while he was in Gambare settlement 30 km from Las’anod town. The arrested journalist is called Mohamed Anshur and no further details about his detention. According to local journalists...

The damage of famine hit various regions in Somalia in 2011 is being felt several areas in South west of the country. Internally displaced persons and other vulnerable families in Elberde district of Bakol region give major concerns about their life. the families who previously fled from other locations in Southern regions now missing the basic needs of life including...

Women and children living in Somalia’s makeshift camps for displaced people face a high risk of rape and other sexual violence, Amnesty International said today after returning from a research trip to the country. The organization’s researchers spoke with dozens of women and girls who felt at risk of sexual violence. Some of them, one as young as 13, had recently...

 By: Associated PressUNITED NATIONS — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, warning that Somalia could slide back into being a failed state, called Tuesday on countries around the world to provide the African Union-led peacekeeping force there with attack helicopters and armored troop carriers to take the fight to Al-Shabab militants in the field. The U.N. chief called on...

A conference that was to discuss the repatriation of Somalia refugees has been deferred to a later date. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the decision was made to give the Somalia government time to consult and build consensus on the exercise. The government had organised the conference to seek modalities on the safe return of hundreds of thousands of refugees from...

Former freelance journalist Amanda Lindhout, who endured beatings, starvation and sexual assaults by Islamic rebels after being kidnapped in 2008, will appear live on TODAY Friday after giving her first extensive interview about her horrific ordeal. In her new book, “A House in the Sky,’’ Lindhout shares deeply personal details from the 15 and a half months she spent...

“I am appalled by this act of savagery and condemn it in the strongest terms. I offer my sincere condolences to the families and friends of those killed and wish a speedy recovery to the injured” said SRSG Kay. “Such cruel and cowardly acts of terrorism serve to remind us that the people of Somalia desperately need peace. Terrorism is a threat to Somalis, the...

Six years after Somalia was declared free of polio, the disease is back. Just this week doctors have treated 20 new cases, raising the total number of victims to 80. Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Adow reports from Mogadishu. ...

Abukar Abdulle Mohamed is a busy man. His three phones keep beeping away as he negotiates and shakes hands with a group of mainly middle-aged men. Fifty-four-year-old Mohamed is a livestock trader with more than thirty years experience and has just sold his tenth goat of the day at Hawl Wadaag livestock market in Mogadishu. But he isn’t holding wads of cash in his hands...