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China firmly supports Somalia’s peace process

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Thursday, February 5, 2015 China firmly supports the peace process in Somalia and will work with the international community to help the country achieve enduring peace, stability and development, said a Chinese envoy here on Wednesday. Liu Jieyi, China’s permanent representative to the United Nations, made the remarks at a press briefing after the Security Council’s […]

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UN Somalia envoy ‘excited and worried’ about political progress in year ahead

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  Special Representative Nicholas Kay briefs the Security Council on the situation in Somalia. UN Photo/Loey Felipe Thursday, February 5, 2015 Underlining the importance of the partnership between the African Union and the United Nations in Somalia, which he called “unique, strong and essential for success,” the top UN official there briefed the Security Council today […]

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Somali political crisis delaying state rebuilding – U.N. envoy

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ADDIS ABABA Jan 28 (Reuters) – A political crisis that has produced Somalia’s third prime minister in just over a year has delayed work to draw up a new constitution and steps needed to prepare for a referendum and election in 2016, U.N. envoy Nick Kay said on Wednesday. Somalia is slowly recovering from two […]

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10 Pictures of a 26 Year old Obama Connecting with his African Roots

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10 Pictures of a 26 Year old Obama Connecting with his African Roots

In 1987 Barack Obama at the age of 26 visited his father’s homeland for the first time. He met his brothers, sisters and grandmother and later he said, the visit was to transform his life. The images below come from that trip to connect with his African roots. What a transformation from an unknown young […]

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International partners express concerns over political delays in Somalia

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Joint statement by the UN, IGAD, EU, AMISOM US and UK Envoys to Somalia The United Nations, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the European Union (EU), African Union Mission in Somalia, the United States and United Kingdom  have expressed concerns over delays in the implementation of Vision 2016 due to the prolonged political crisis. At […]

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Ban congratulates Somalia’s new Prime Minister, urges creation of inclusive Government

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Saturday, January 03, 2015 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Friday called the new Prime Minister of Somalia, Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, to congratulate him on his recent appointment, expressing hope that he will move quickly to form an inclusive Government, with the full participation of women.According to a readout of the phone […]

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Dubai’s Airport overtakes London’s Heathrow as World’s Busiest Airport

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Vishwa Gujarat Saturday, January 3, 2015 DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — International Airport of Dubai has overtaken Heathrow airport of London as the busiest airport of the World in terms of international passenger traffic, according to figures from the Airports Council International. Dubai International airport recorded passenger traffic of 68.9 million as of 22 December, […]

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Somalia names al-Shabab leader killed in U.S. airstrike

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By Abdi Guled, The Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A U.S. airstrike killed the intelligence chief of Somali terror group al-Shabab, Somalia’s intelligence service said Tuesday. Abdishakur is the name of the slain leader, who is also known as Tahlil, a statement from the spy agency said, adding that the operation also killed two other […]

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Press Statement– US welcomes confirmation of Somalia’s Prime Minister, Mr. Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke

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Press Statement Jen Psaki Department Spokesperson Washington, DC December 24, 2014           The United States welcomes the December 24 Parliamentary confirmation of Somalia’s Prime Minister, Mr. Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke. We look forward to the Prime Minister assuming office and to his prompt appointment of a capable Council of Ministers. We urge […]

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Somalia says reviewing oil deals U.N. says lack transparency

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By Drazen Jorgic and Louis Charbonneau Friday, October 24, 2014 NAIROBI/UNITED NATIONS, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Somalia said it was reviewing several oil and gas deals that U.N. investigators say lack transparency and risk hindering development of the country’s energy industry. Energy firms are cautiously eyeing Somalia’s long coastline, an untapped frontier on the east […]

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