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Incumbent Speaker retains seat in the House of the People, of Somalia’s federal parliament

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Incumbent Speaker retains seat in the House of the People, of Somalia’s federal parliament

Mogadishu, 11 January 2016 – The incumbent Speaker of Somalia’s House of the People, Mohamed Sheikh Osman Jawari, retained his seat with a comfortable majority in voting held at the capital’s parliament building today. Jawari polled 141 votes to retain his seat, winning against three other contenders, among them, Abdirashid Mohamed Hidig, his closest challenger […]

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19 Daesh terrorists killed by Turkish military in northern Syria

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19 Daesh terrorists killed by Turkish military in northern Syria

AA File Photo 19 Daesh terrorists have been killed, 340 Daesh positions have been hit by the Turkish military as part of Operation Euphrates Shield in northern Syria’s al-Bab, the military said on Tuesday. A total of 340 terrorist targets have been shelled, destroying shelters, defense positions and command centers, as well as vehicles, the […]

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Somaliland holds Upper House elections, elects six MPs in the first phase of the exercise

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Somaliland holds Upper House elections, elects six MPs in the first phase of the exercise

  Mogadishu 9 January 2017 – Upper House elections for Somaliland and northern regions commenced today in the Somali capital Mogadishu. Six seats out of eleven, allocated for Somaliland and the northern regions were filled in a daylong exercise presided over by the Federal Indirect Electoral Implementation Team (FIEIT). Five more seats will be filled […]

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Somalia Car Bombing Wounds Security Guards Working for UN

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Somalia Car Bombing Wounds Security Guards Working for UN

Four security guards working for the United Nations have been wounded after a car bomb explosion near their compound in Mogadishu, Somali officials said. All the victims are Somalis. One of them, the chief of the local security guards, suffered severe injuries, officials said. Reuters news agency reports that the militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility […]

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Massive blast hits near Mogadishu airport

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Massive blast hits near Mogadishu airport

Mogadishu has seen frequent bomb attacks at hotels and military checkpoints [Abdirizak Mohamud Tuuryare/Al Jazeera] Suicide bombers attacked the main peacekeeping base in Somalia’s capital, killing at least three Somali security officers. Captain Mohamed Hussein told The Associated Press news agency on Monday one blast took place as security forces were searching cars at a […]

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Somalia swears in 283 members of parliament

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Somalia swears in 283 members of parliament

The tenth Parliament of Somalia was inaugurated in a ceremony today that saw 283 members of parliament (MPs) take their oaths of office. Forty-one of the MPs will become senators in the Upper House while 242 will be members of the House of the People. The MPs were sworn in at the General Kahiye Police […]

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Somalia: UN, global partners ‘gravely concerned’ over changes to electoral process

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Somalia: UN, global partners ‘gravely concerned’ over changes to electoral process

27 December 2016 – The United Nations and other members of the international community have voiced grave concern over recent decisions by Somalia’s National Leadership Forum (NLF) that contravenes the African country’s constitutional electoral processes. Currently, Somali’s Provisional Constitution allows for 54 seats in the Upper House of its parliament. Elections have already been held, […]

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Al-Shabaab militants kill two in Wajir and destroyed a Safaricom communication

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Al-Shabaab militants kill two in Wajir and destroyed a Safaricom communication

Two people were killed when suspected Al-Shabaab militants attacked a road construction camp at Dagaxkut, Wajir County on Friday evening. The attackers also destroyed a Safaricom communication mast and burnt sprayed a lorry and a water bowser with bullets before fleeing. Tarbaj Deputy County Commissioner Andrew Mwiti said the suspects then proceeded to the nearby […]

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Kismayo, 22 December 2016 – Hundreds of youths yesterday turned up for police recruitment exercise conducted by AMISOM and Somali Police in Kismayo. The exercise targets to recruit 200 young men and women to undergo a three-month police training before deployment to various parts of the federal state to boost security and maintain law and […]

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Twelve killed in ‘probable terrorist attack’ at Berlin Christmas market

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Twelve killed in ‘probable terrorist attack’ at Berlin Christmas market

Photo: DPA A police car blocks an entrance to the Christmas market. Photo: DPA German police said Tuesday they were treating as “a probable terrorist attack” the killing of 12 people when a truck ploughed through a packed Berlin Christmas market. Dozens more were wounded on Monday when the truck tore through the crowd, smashing through wooden stalls […]

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