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Deadly blast hits hotel in Somali capital

A suicide car bomb has exploded at the gate of a Mogadishu hotel where Turkish delegates were meeting, a day ahead of a visit by their President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the Somali capital, police have said. At least two police officers were killed in Thursday’s attack on the SYL hotel, which has been claimed […]

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Man given life sentence after electrocuting wife for giving birth to girl

 A man in southeastern Turkey has received an aggravated life sentence after electrocuting and killing his wife after she gave birth to a second girl, rather than a boy. Veysi Turan, a 29-year-old waiter in Diyarbakır, killed his wife by attaching bare cable to her feet while she was asleep in January 2014, according to […]

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Key quotes from Obama’s State of the Union address

US President Barack Obama speaks during the State of the Union address on Capitol Hill January 20, 2015 in Washington, DC. PHOTO| BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI In Summary “When what you’re doing doesn’t work for 50 years, it’s time to try something new.” “So the verdict is clear. Middle-class economics works. Expanding opportunity works. And these policies […]

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UN lauds Somalia as country ratifies landmark children’s rights treaty

A student at the Hamar Jajab School in Mogadishu holds a peace-themed comic book for children produced by UNSOM during the commemoration of Somalia’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child on 20 January 2015. UN Photo/Ilyas Ahmed 20 January 2015 – The United Nations today applauded Somalia’s ratification of the Convention […]

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Minister Yousef bin Alawi Bin Abdullah  met Somali Foreign Minister Abdirahman Duale Beyle

Kasmaal (19/01/”015:The Somali Minister of Foreign Affairs and Investment Promotion Dr. Abdirahman Dualeh Beileh arrived in Oman’s capital Muscat yesterday to hold bilateral talks with his counterpart Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah. In the meeting which took place at the Omani Foreign Ministry, Minister Beileh discussed Somalia’s development and progress with his Omani counterpart […]

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Health worker’s journey fuels work with Somali familiesHealth worker’s journey fuels work with Somali families

Amina Ahmed remembers well leaving Kenya for the U.S. in 2005. “That was one of the hardest things, leaving my dad behind. … I still have that picture of walking through the gate. … I was thinking, ‘This is the last time I’m going to see him, ever,’ ” said Ahmed, a 24-year-old Somali woman. […]

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Somali PM Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke has dismissed his newly formed cabinet.

  Kasmaal.com//:Somali Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke has dismissed his newly nominated cabinet, a government official told Xinhua in the wee hours Saturday. “The PM decided to dissolve the newly appointed cabinet due to strong opposition from parliament,” said member of Parliament Ali noor Bodaye, adding that Sharmarke is expected to appear before the national […]

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Al-Shabaab commander Sheikh Osman Sheikh Mohamed surrendered to Somali security forces in Luq

    Luq police chief Siyad Abdikadir Mohamed said the man in question was the commander of al-Shabaab fighters in Bay region’s Dinsor district and had surrendered with his AK-47. The police chief welcomed Mohamed’s surrender and called on other fighters to defect. Dozens of al-Shabaab members, including former al-Shabaab intelligence chief Zakariya Ismail Ahmed […]

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Africa in Transition » Somalia Ready for Oil Exploration.

Engineers and visitors explore an exploratory well near Dharoor town, 350 km (217 miles) from the port of Bosasso on the Gulf of Aden in Puntland, January 17, 2012. (Abdiqani Hassan /Courtesy Reuters) This is a guest post by Alex Dick-Godfrey, Assistant Director, Studies administration for the Council on Foreign Relations Studies Program. Last month, […]

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