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As one of the rare opportunities, eighteen days before the International Conference on Somalia held in London on May 7, 2013, Chatham House, a British Think Tank on International Affairs, invited Somali intellectuals for consultation on building Somalia’s unified state necessary for constructive engagement with the international community. At the conclusion of the consultation,...

Istanbul, 19 Jan 2014 (SDN) –The fifth phase of the Turkish-mediated talks between Somaliland and Somalia has been concluded in Istanbul today after three days of intense negotiations. Following conclusion the two parties under the watchful eyes of Turkish government officials designed the ISTANBUL II COMMUNIQUE of 18 January 2014 that gives a brief on past, current...

Baidoa, By Somaliafocus correspondent Parliament members, politicians, traditional elders, civil society, Diaspora and many more other delegates from southern Somalia regions gathered in Baidoa town the capital city of Bay region to complete the establishment of Southwest state. Bilateral meetings between all social and political sectors including elders from Southwest...

Biadoa, (somaliafocus) A man, who lost his position following the liberation of Bay region controlled by the al-shabab group, jihadists associated with al-Qaeda runs to the president’s office of Southwest state calling politicians and local communities to support his political mission. Speaking to elders, civil society groups and politicians including parliament...

Nairobi, Samantha Lewthwaite, the ‘White Widow’ being hunted on suspicion of leading the Nairobi mall massacre, is or was secretly married to a former officer in the Kenya Navy, a British newspaper said on Monday, quoting a confidential Scotland Yard file. Her new husband is Mr Abdi Wahid, whom the paper said is currently in Europe and freely moves around. According...

Justine Greening announces new support to boost Somalia’s economy and create jobs at the New Deal for Somalia conference in Brussels. Britain has pledged further support to boost Somalia’s economy and create jobs as the country recovers from 20 years of civil war, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today. The new package of support comes...

Hammami, better known as “Al Amriki” (the American), a one-time militant with Somalia’s Al Shabab, was killed in a shoot out Thursday. Hammami’s death has erroneously been reported before, but multiple news outlets were confirming the news, which first broke on Twitter by Voice of America journalist Harun Maruf. Maruf interviewed the Alabama-born...

The UN is pushing Middle Eastern countries to crack down on a multimillion dollar charcoal trade that funds al-Qaeda-linked jihadis in Somalia in violation of international sanctions. Charcoal is the economic lifeline of the al-Shabaab Islamist militants, who control much of southern Somalia and regularly conduct terror attacks in Mogadishu, the capital. The UN Security...

A British national, Jermaine John Grant has been acquitted by a Nairobi magistrate of terror charges and other counts after the prosecution failed to provide evidence of his alleged terrorism activities. Grant who was arraigned before magistrate Kiarie Waweru this morning at the Milimani Law Courts was cleared of terror charges as well as robbery with violence charges...

Briefing to the Security Council Nicholas Kay, Special Representative of the Secretary-General 12 September 2013 [as delivered] Mr President Members of the Council, Thank you very much for this opportunity to brief the Security Council for the first time since assuming my appointment as SRSG for Somalia. I am particularly glad to be here today with Ambassador Annadif of...