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Somalia president appoints new prime minister

Mogadishu, Dec 18 (IANS) Somalia's president Wednesday announced the appointment of former prime minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke as the country's new prime minister. Sharmarke, who is the current ambassador to the US, replaces the last premier, Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, who was relieved of his duties after parliament passed a vote of no confidence on him early December. Ahmed...

12 days ago
Somalia law makers vote out PM

Mogadishu, Dec 6 (IANS) Somalia's prime minister lost his job after members of parliament voted on a no-confidence motion against him, Al Jazeera reported. Parliament voted Saturday to oust Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, who had a falling out with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. Earlier, the UN, US and European Union (EU) all warned that power struggles are putting at risk the progress...

14 days ago
France denounces attack on UN convoy in Somalia

Paris, Dec 4 (IANS) France Thursday condemned the attack on a UN convoy in Somalia's capital Mogadishu and reiterated support to Somali authorities to cope with terrorism risks, foreign ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said. Wednesday's attack which left four dead must not remain unpunished, Nadal added after a daily e-press briefing. Paris paid condolences to the families of the ...

15 days ago
Attack on UN convoy in Somalia outrages UN chief

United Nations, Dec 4 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is outraged by the terrorist attack on a UN convoy in Somalian capital city of Mogadishu, his spokesperson said in a statement Wednesday. A suicide bomber smashed a car packed with explosives into the convoy near the airport of Mogadishu Wednesday morning, killing at least four people, Xinhua reported. Though no UN sta...

15 days ago
Six killed in Somalia car bomb attack

Nairobi, Dec 3 (IANS/EFE) At least six people were killed Wednesday in a suicide car bomb blast near the airport in Somalia's capital Mogadishu when a UN convoy was passing by, police sources told Efe news agency. It was not immediately clear if the attack targeted the UN and Somali government convoy which was on its way to the airport, or if any passengers in those vehicles were among t...

1 month ago
Somalian environmentalist bags UN award

Mogadishu, Nov 7 (IANS) A Somalian environmentalist has won the 2014 UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) Champions of the Earth award for her fight against illegal charcoal trade, an official said Friday. UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said that Fatima Jibrell, 67, has joined the ranks of global icons who made history for championing environmental sustainability, Xinhua reported.

1 month ago
Somalia's police chief is dead

Mogadishu, Oct 31 (IANS) Somalia's Police Commissioner General Mohamed Sheikh Hassan Ismail has died, officials said. A probe has been ordered into his death. The official unexpectedly fell and died in the course of his normal daily business, reported Xinhua. The Prime Minister's Office confirmed the death and said a ministerial commission has been formed to investigate the death...

2 months ago
Five killed in car bomb in Somalia

Mogadishu, Oct 16 (IANS) At least five people were killed and many others injured in a car bomb explosion Wednesday near in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, the second in a week, police and witnesses said. The car bomb went off near Panorama Bar along the main street of Makka Al Mukarrama, killing five people, including children, and wounding many more, Xinhua reported. So far fi...

2 months ago
Toll in Somalia car bomb attack hits 20

Mogadishu, Oct 13 (IANS) The toll from a car bomb attack near a popular cafe in Somali capital Mogadishu Sunday evening has climbed to 20, officials said Monday. The cafe, Oroma Cafe, is along the main Maka Al Mukarrama Street that leads from the airport to the State House in Mogadishu, and was packed when the explosion happened, Xinhua reported. This comes as Somali government...

2 months ago
China reopens embassy in Mogadishu after 23 years

Mogadishu, Oct 13 (IANS) China has officially reopened its embassy in Somalia and accredited a new ambassador to the horn of Africa country recovering from years of conflict. China, like other nations, closed its embassy and relocated its staff after the breakout of civil war in Somalia in 1991 when the country descended into a chaos and lawlessness that lasted during the next 23 years.<...

2 months ago
10 killed in Somalia car blast

Mogadishu, Oct 13 (IANS) At least 10 people were killed and several injured Sunday in car bomb blast in the Somalian capital city, police and witnesses said. The car was parked near a crowded cafe in Mogadishu, Xinhua reported. ...

2 months ago
Somali forces, AU troops recapture key town

Mogadishu, Oct 6 (IANS) Somali forces and the African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have recaptured the southern coastal town of Barawe, residents and officials said. The Somali government and AMISOM said the town fell after troops rolled in without much resistance from Al-Shabaab militants, who had controlled the city for several years, Xinhua reported. Uni...

2 months ago
Somali troops capture key port town from al-Shabab

London, Oct 5 (IANS) Somalian government troops supported by African Union forces have captured a key stronghold of al-Shabab Islamists, officials said. According to BBC, it is a significant blow to al-Shabab because they had used Barawe as a supply route for weapons and food and as a base for a lucrative charcoal business. The regional governor said he was in the centre of Baraw...

2 months ago
Somali government forces retake town from militants

Mogadishu, Oct 4 (IANS) Somali government forces backed by African Union (AU) peacekeeping troops Saturday announced the capture of a coastal town from Al-Shabaab militants, officials and media said. The Somalia National Army (SNA) supported by AMISOM peacekeepers have liberated the coastal town of Adale in the Middle Shebelle region after Al-Shabaab terrorists fled the town, Xinhua quot...

2 months ago
Over 500 Al Shabaab members accept Somali government amnesty offer

Mogadishu, Sep 29 (IANS/EFE) A total of 545 members of the armed Islamist militant group Al Shabaab have accepted an amnesty offered by the Somali government after the death of former leader of the militia, Ahmed Abdi Godane. The number was reported Monday by the Barbaar Initiative, an international agency which support the reintegration of former fighters. The increasing number ...

3 months ago
Senior Somali anti-terror force officer shot dead

Mogadishu, Sep 13 (IANS) A top Somali security officer was shot dead in the country's capital Mogadishu Saturday by gunmen in a drive-by shooting, witnesses and police said. The officer, Mohamed Qanuni, was the deputy commander of the anti-terrorism unit of Somalia's National Intelligence and Security Agency. The attackers shot the officer as he drove his car along the street and...

3 months ago
12 killed in Somalia suicide bombing

Mogadishu, Sep 8 (IANS) At least 12 people were killed and 22 others injured Monday when a suicide car bomb hit an African Union (AU) troops convoy on the outskirts of Somalia's capital Mogadishu, officials and witnesses said. The explosives-laden vehicle drove into the AU peacekeeping troops' convoy as they went on the road to the western town of Afgoye, killing and wounding civilians o...

3 months ago
Ahmad Umar named al-Shabab's new leader

Mogadishu, Sep 7 (IANS) Somalia's Islamist militant group al-Shabab has appointed Ahmad Umar as successor to its former leader Ahmed Abdi Godane who was killed in a US air strike. Umar's name was announced in an online statement by al-Shabab, vowing to take revenge for Godane's death, BBC reported. The announcement came minutes after the militant group confirmed Godane's death. T...

3 months ago
Al Shabab names news leader

Mogadishu, Sep 7 (IANS) Somalia's Islamist group al-Shabab has selected Ahmad Umar as successor to its former leader Ahmed Abdi Godane who was killed in a US air strike. The name was announced in an online statement by the militant group, vowing to take revenge for Godane's death, BBC reported. The announcement came just minutes after al-Shabab confirmed Godane's death. The decis...

3 months ago
Somali government urges militants to embrace peace

Mogadishu, Sep 6 (IANS) Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud Saturday called on Islamist militants to embrace peace following the death of Al Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane in a US drone attack. The Somali government and the US administration confirmed that the militant leader died in the drone attack Monday in the Shabelle region, Xinhua reported. I say to the members of Al...

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