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Security Council strongly condemns continued fighting in South Sudan

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Security Council strongly condemns continued fighting in South Sudan

The Security Council votes unanimously to extend the mandate of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) through 15 December 2017. UN Photo/Manuel Elias 1 1February 2017 – The Security Council has strongly condemned continued fighting across South Sudan, particularly incidents in the country’s Equatoria and Upper Nile regions, and called on all parties […]

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Trump is risking long-term friendships in Arab world

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Trump is risking long-term friendships in Arab world

President Donald Trump needs to build bridges in the Arab world. Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg News  As American president Donald Trump and Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei trade barbs, a nervous Arab world is caught in the middle. Last week, Iran’s supreme leader made headlines thanking Mr Trump for “revealing the true face of America”. While […]

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91 mosques were attacked in Germany in 2016: ministry

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91 mosques were attacked in Germany in 2016: ministry

Policemen walk past their cars standing on the grounds of the Bilal mosque in the Griesheim district of Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on February 1, 2017. (AFP Photo) The German government says 91 mosques were attacked in the country in 2016. The interior ministry said in a report late Friday that most attacks — […]

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Turkish police arrest 2 Daesh terrorists planning attacks in Europe

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Turkish police arrest 2 Daesh terrorists planning attacks in Europe

Turkish police arrested two suspected Daesh terrorists from Denmark and Sweden, who were planning to go to Europe to carry out attacks, reports said on Saturday. According to reports, teams from Adana Police carried out counter-terror operations and detained Abdullah El Halabi who is a Danish-Lebanese national, and Tefik Saleh, who is a Swedish-Iraqi national. […]

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Somalia: UN Security Council urges sustained momentum towards democratic governance

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Somalia: UN Security Council urges sustained momentum towards democratic governance

10 February 2017 – Welcoming political and security progress in Somalia since 2012, including the recently concluded elections in the country, the United Nations Security Council today highlighted the need to “maintain the momentum” towards democratic governance in the African nation. In a Presidential Statement adopted today, the 15-member Council also hailed the increased representation […]

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Somalia elects a new president a popular leader, but old problems continue

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Somalia elects a new president a popular leader, but old problems continue

ON THE streets of Eastleigh, a suburb of Nairobi that is home to a large part of the city’s Somali population, the celebrations went on through the night. Young men threw firecrackers; cars hooted their horns as they moved slowly through the revelry.z In Mogadishu, gunfire rang out—for once not in anger but in joy. […]

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Expectations run high for Somalia’s new president/Washington Times

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Expectations run high for Somalia’s new president/Washington Times

Somalia’s former president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, third from left, with newly elected President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo after votes were counted on Feb. 8. (Said Yusuf Warsame/European Pressphoto Agency) Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, a former prime minister and U.S. dual citizen, won Somalia’s long-postponed presidential election Wednesday. Voting took place at the international airport under heavy security. Somali citizens were […]

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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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