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UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has approved the appointment of Peter de Clercq of the Netherlands as his Deputy Special Representative for the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). Ban in a statement on Thursday in New York, said de Clercq would also serve as UN Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and UN Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative. According...

The President of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has met with British and Swedish ambassadors to Somalia sources confirmed. A separate meetings that the president had with Britain’s Neil Wigan and Swedish Ambassador Mikael Lindvall focused on major issues related to the political framework of the country, the 2016 vision and the role of western governments towards building...

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced trip to Somalia Tuesday in a show of solidarity with a government trying to defeat al-Qaida-allied militants and end decades of war in the African country. He is the first top U.S. diplomat ever to visit Somalia. Kerry arrived at Mogadishu’s airport shortly before noon local time, greeted...

Somalia today stands at a critical juncture. Following years of sacrifice by all Somalis to build peace, advance political reconciliation and dialogue to chart the future of our country, we stand at a watershed moment that brings back the power of decision making into the hands of all Somalis. Elections for Somalia in 2016 firmly place us on the path of stability, progress...

Somali pirates are relocating new bases from the Gulf of Aden near the coast of Somalia closer to India, Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar expressed. While speaking at a seminar dedicated to security in the Indian Ocean, the minister stressed the new threats that Somali pirates move could create. “Piracy is a big threat in this region. Navy of several states are...

Defectors and captured al Shabaab members report that that group’s leaders are dismayed that other Islamic terror groups like ISIL (al Qaeda in Iraq and the Levant) in Syria and Boko Haram in Nigeria are crowding al Shabaab out of the media. Al Shabaab needs that media attention for fund raising and recruiting, both of which are in decline for other reasons as well....

SOFO NEWS Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has arrived Mogadishu on Sunday to attend the opening ceremony of the new terminal of Somali’s Mogadishu airport. President Erdogan and his delegate was warmly welcomed by his counterpart, Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mahmud. Speaking at the opening ceremony president Erdogan said that he is happy to open the first...

H.E. Mr. Samuel Moncada the Permanent Representative of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations is elected to Chair the United Nations Security Council’s Sanction Committee for Somalia and Eritrea. Mr Mocada replaces South Korea’s Permanent Representative, Oh Joon, whose mandate ended on 31 December 2014. Mr Mocada’s mandate is for the period ending...

Mogadishu, (SOFO) – Today is Human Rights Day, an occasion commemorating the United Nations’ passage of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. For decades, Somalia has faced criticism for a range of human rights violations. These include the sexual violences against women and girls, number of public executions, arbitrary arrests, among many others....

Dubbed the “White Widow,” Samantha Lewthwaite – a British convert to Islam who is said to have been involved in the Kenya mall attack last year – is reportedly living in Somalia with her jihadist husband, Marco Costa, a wanted Al-Qaeda suspect, the Daily Mail quoted Kenyan sources as saying. The sources said Lewthwaite was ‘alive and well’ and living in the...