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Erdoğan congratulated Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo Farmajo during a telephone call

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Erdoğan congratulated Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo Farmajo during a telephone call

Erdoğan congratulated Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo Farmajo during a telephone call after he was elected by Somali lawmakers following five hours of voting Wednesday in the capital, Mogadishu. Turkey attaches great importance to stability and prosperity in Somalia, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told his newly-elected Somali counterpart late Wednesday, according to a Turkish presidential source. Erdoğan […]

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Averting famine should be ‘top of the agenda’ for new Somali government; Guterres says UN ready to assist

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Averting famine should be ‘top of the agenda’ for new Somali government; Guterres says UN ready to assist

 The new President of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, is sworn in after he was declared the winner of the election held at the Mogadishu Airport hangar. UN Photo/Ilyas Ahmed.  Secretary-General António Guterres joined the wider United Nations and its international partners in congratulating Mohamed Abdullahi ‘Farmajo’ upon his election as the Somalia’s new President and […]

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Kenya’s high court declares government order to close world’s biggest refugee camp “null and void”.

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Kenya’s high court declares government order to close world’s biggest refugee camp “null and void”.

Kenya’s high court has said it would be unconstitutional to close the world’s biggest refugee camp, which houses more than 200,000 people who have fled war in neighbouring Somalia. In a ruling on Thursday, the court said a government order to shut the camp, which would have sent the refugees back to Somalia from the […]

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Somalis greet ‘new dawn’ as US dual national wins presidency

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Somalis greet ‘new dawn’ as US dual national wins presidency

Former prime minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed promises ‘new beginning’ for beleaguered country Celebrations have erupted on the streets of Somalia after parliamentarians elected a new president, with crowds chanting songs and firing automatic weapons into the night sky. The election of Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, a 55-year-old former prime minister and dual US-Somali national with a […]

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Russian jets mistakenly target Turkish soldiers near al-Bab, 3 killed, 11 injured

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Russian jets mistakenly target Turkish soldiers near al-Bab, 3 killed, 11 injured

Turkish forces are seen in al-Bab town in northern Syria. (IHA Photo) Russia confirmed that it fighter jets mistakenly targeted Turkish soldiers near Syria’s al-Bab on Thursday, killing three soldiers and wounding 11 others. In a statement released by the Turkish General Staff, the military also confirmed the incident and said that a bomb mistakenly […]

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Science wars in the age of Donald Trump

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Science wars in the age of Donald Trump

US President-elect Donald Trump, seen during the Republican National Convention this summer.  Two University of Bergen professors on what Trump’s election can mean for the scientific community. By Andrea Saltelli, University of Bergen and Silvio Oscar Funtowicz, University of Bergen. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. If Brexit signified the end […]

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Former Somali PM Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo elected president

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Former Somali PM Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo elected president

Former Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, who holds joint American citizenship, was elected president on Wednesday, vowing to crack down on corruption and Al-Shabaab militants. The 55-year-old former premier, whose hails from the Darod clan and who goes by the nickname “Farmajo”, won after incumbent president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud admitted defeat in a second […]

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Former prime minister, a US citizen, wins Somalia vote

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Former prime minister, a US citizen, wins Somalia vote

  Votes are counted in the first round of the presidential election in Mogadishu, Somalia Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. Voting started Wednesday in Somalia’s groundbreaking presidential election as members of the upper and lower houses of the legislature cast ballots in the first round with 21 candidates for president, amid a security lockdown that has […]

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Somalia beefs up security ahead of presidential vote

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Somalia beefs up security ahead of presidential vote

Mogadishu and surrounding areas are on lockdown after increase in al-Shabab attacks in lead-up to election. Somalia’s capital is on lockdown a day before the parliament meets to elect a new president, with ongoing security concerns and warnings of famine expected to top the agenda for the incoming administration. Roads in Mogadishu were closed, businesses […]

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Somali presidential polls are on course, oversight election committee affirms

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Somali presidential polls are on course, oversight election committee affirms

Mogadishu 6February 2017 – The Chairperson of the 17-member Presidential Election Committee Mr. Abdirahman Beileh says preparations for Somalia’s much-awaited presidential polls are complete and the election will take place as scheduled. “The President is elected by the public and so we are representatives of the public. We are listening to them, we have given […]

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