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UN: Half of Drought-Hit Somalia Needs Aid in 2018

NAIROBI, KENYA — About 6.2 million people in Somalia – half the population – need emergency aid, such as food, water and shelter, due to unprecedented drought and ongoing conflict, the United Nations said on Wednesday, appealing for $1.6 billion.T…

Ethiopia Releases Top Opposition Figure from Prison

BURAYU, ETHIOPIA — Ethiopia’s top opposition figure and hundreds of others were released from prison Wednesday as part of the government’s recent pledge to release detained politicians and “widen the democratic space for all.”Merara Gudina led the…

Will Tourists Still Flock to Cape Town if Water Runs Out?

The South African port city of Cape Town, which attracts 2 million tourists a year, is facing its biggest water crisis ever.Mayor Patricia de Lille warned of a dire situation last week as drilling began on a new well that will tap into one of the major…

Five Al-Shabaab militants arrested in southwest Somalia

Somali National Army (SNA) captured five Al-Shabaab militants in an operation south of Baidoa town, the administrative capital of Southwest State, officials said Wednesday. A spokesman for the Southwest State Presidency Nuradin Yusuf Abukar said SNA and Southwest State forces jointly carried out the operations at Manaas location. “SNA and Southwest State forces conducted very […]

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Cape Town Could Run Out of Water in April

South Africa’s Cape Town, which has seen its worst drought in a century, could run out of water by April 22. VOA correspondent Mariama Diallo reports on what the so-called Day Zero would mean for the port city’s tourism industry in general, and its res…

UN agencies appeal for 864 mln USD to reach 3.9 mln Somalis

UN agencies working in Somalia on Wednesday launched a humanitarian appeal, seeking 864 million U.S. dollars to reach 3.9 million people with urgent life-saving assistance. Peter de Clercq, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia who launched the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for 2017 in Mogadishu, called on the international community to scaled up humanitarian response through […]

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Eleven officers recognized for their United Nations service in Somalia

Eleven international military officers serving with the United Nations in Somalia were recognized at a medal ceremony today for their service in the Horn of Africa country. The military advisers who are completing their tours of duty hailed from nine countries – Burundi, Ghana, India, Mauritania, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Turkey, Uganda and the United Kingdom  – and […]

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​Kazakhstan, AU agree to provide humanitarian aid to Somalia

ASTANA. KAZINFORM On Tuesday the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kazakhstan to Ethiopia – Permanent Representative to the African Union H.E. Mr. Yerlik Ali and African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security H.E. Mr. Smail Chergui signed the Agreement on providing humanitarian assistance to Somalia, the MFA press service reports. Within the context of the […]

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123 undocumented migrants rescued off Libyan coast

A total of 123 migrants including 22 children were rescued off Libya’s northwestern coast Tuesday evening, according to the country’s coast guard. The migrants, from African countries, were caught off Castelverde, 75 kilometers east of Tripoli, the Libyan Coast Guard announced on its Facebook page. Since the collapse of the central authority in Libya in […]

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