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Somalia at a crossroad, UN envoy urges ‘deepened’ political consensus

© UNICEF/Ismail TaxtaChildren wait to be vaccinated against polio in the back streets of Mogadishu, Somalia. The “broad political consensus” reached in September that ended a two-year stalemate in Somalia must be “preserved and indeed deepened”, the country’s UN envoy told the Security Council on Monday.  Although the agreed model of voting “regrettably fell short” […]

Somalia: Haji Mohamed Hussein’s election as leader of SYL in 1957 put him ad odds with the government, his party and the Administering Authority. Brief Note

Mohamed I. TrunjiMonday, November 23, 2020 Haji Mohamed Hussein Hamud was one of the 13 founders in 1943 of what was then known as Somali Youth Club (SYC). When the SYC became a fully-fledged political party in 1947 with the name of Somali Youth League (SYL), Haji Mohamed was chosen as the Leader of the […]

Locusts push families to the brink in central Somalia

As a father of eight children, Dahir Abdi Hashi feels totally dejected that he has lost his job as a farmhand due to the waves of desert locusts that have destroyed three consecutive harvests in Amaara, in central Somalia’s Mudug region. He can no longer put enough food on the table to feed the family. […]

Ethiopia accuses Tigray forces of destroying Axum airport

Monday November 23, 2020 Forces from Ethiopia’s Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) have destroyed an airport in the ancient town of Axum, according to state-affiliated media, as advancing federal troops gave them a 72-hour ultimatum to surrender. Ads By Google Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has told the TPLF, which rules the mountainous northern region of […]

Tension in Hiiraan as faction masses forces against new HirShabelle government

Monday November 23, 2020 BELEDWEYNE (HOL) – Tension is building up in Hiiraan region following mobilization of forces by a faction opposed to the newly elected government in HirShabelle state. Sources close to the developments have told HOL attempts by the regional governor Ali Jeyte Osman to engage the faction calling itself Hiiraan Rescue Council […]

Presidential candidates demand FGS, Puntland Jubbaland withdraw civil servants from poll committees

Monday November 23, 2020 MOGADISHU (HOL) – Presidential candidates meeting in Mogadishu have called on the Federal Government and two federal member states to withdraw civil servants and security agents they appointed to their respective electoral committees. Ads By Google In a preliminary statement Sunday evening ahead of the conclusion of a three days meeting […]

Biden poised to nominate Antony Blinken as secretary of state

Monday November 23, 2020 President-elect Joe Biden is poised to nominate Antony Blinken to serve as secretary of state, people familiar with the matter told CNN, elevating a longtime foreign policy adviser as Biden makes his first round of Cabinet announcements Tuesday. Incoming White House chief of staff Ron Klain said earlier Sunday that Biden […]

No shortcuts to negotiating with Al-Shabaab

Monday November 23, 2020 By Tricia Bacon An African Union Mission in Somalia soldier looks on as members of al-Shabaab stand down in Garsale, Somalia on Sept. 22, 2012. Photo credit: AU-UN IST Photo/Abukar Albadri via Wikimedia Since the United States and the Taliban inked a deal in Doha in February, debate has abounded over […]

Turkey’s President Erdogan, Saudi king discuss improving ties

Monday November 23, 2020 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed ways of enhancing ties with King Salman of Saudi Arabia in a rare phone call since the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The phone call came on the eve of the G20 leaders’ summit hosted by Riyadh on Saturday and Sunday.Erdogan and the Saudi king […]

Ethiopia warns civilians of ‘no mercy’ in Tigray offensive

Monday November 23, 2020  Tigray refugees who fled the conflict in the Ethiopia’s Tigray arrive on the banks of the Tekeze River on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in Hamdayet, eastern Sudan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. The U.N. refugee agency says Ethiopia’s growing conflict has resulted in thousands fleeing from the Tigray region into Sudan as fighting […]

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