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AU Announces Progress Against Somali Militants in Mogadishu

The African Union says it is making progress against militants for control of Somalia's capital. Officials said Saturday African Union and pro-government troops had recaptured strategic districts in Mogadishu from al-Shabab insurgents. Al-Shabab is trying to overthrow the United Nations-backed government and set up a strict Islamic state.  The al-...

Somali Media News

Somalia's Birthday Gift: A Night Without Violence

Somalia marked 51 years of independence late Thursday with a midnight flag-raising ceremony at the presidential palace in Mogadishu. The government says it was the most peaceful independence ceremony it has ever held, while Somalis in Nairobi ask what there is to celebrate. <!--IMAGE--> July 1 marks the day when two Somali regions, formerly...

Somali Crime News

US Court Sentences Somali Pirate to 25 Years

A U.S. court has sentenced a Somali man to 25 years in prison for a pirate attack on a merchant vessel in the Gulf of Aden.A federal judge in Washington sentenced Jama Idle Ibrahim on Thursday. The 39-year-old pleaded guilty last year to charges of conspiring to commit piracy and using a firearm during a violent crime.The charges stemmed from a...

Somali Incident

Riot in Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya Kills Two

Two Somali refugees are dead and about a dozen injured after rioting yesterday at the Dadaab refugee complex In Kenya. The U.N. human rights agency (UNHCR) says it began when police intervened over an illegally built structure near a food distribution point. The UNHCR says the incident was an indication of the pressures at the camp, which now...

Somali Religion News

Somalis Celebrate bin Laden's Death

Hundreds of Somalis marched through the capital, Mogadishu, on Wednesday to celebrate the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.The demonstrators also chanted slogans calling for an end to terrorism and violence by the al-Qaida-linked militant group al-Shabab.Government troops guarded the demonstrators as they walked through a government-...

Somali Sports News

From weeds to world-class track for Somalia runner

Beijing: When teenage Somalian sprinter Samia Yusuf Omar competes in the women's 200m in Beijing, her mother and six siblings in Mogadishu plan to find a neighbor with a television so they can watch her.

Somali International News

Somalia Appeals for International Assistance as Drought Worsens

Somalia’s Council of Ministers issued a statement Thursday calling for dramatic intervention on the part of the United Nations and the international community to prevent the country’s current drought from becoming a major catastrophe.  Somali government spokesperson Abdirahman Omar Osman spoke with VOA just before the appeal was issued.“The...

Somali Health News

Thousands of Somalis Flee to Kenya to Escape Conflict, Drought

The UN refugee agency is expressing alarm at a dramatic rise in the number of new refugee arrivals from Somalia into Kenya. The UN refugee agency [UNHCR] reports more than 20,000 Somali refugees have arrived in the Dadaab refugee complex in northern Kenya over the past two weeks.The new arrivals are mostly farmers and animal herders from Lower...

Somali Environment News

UN Security Council Urges Somalis to Resolve Political Crisis

The U.N. Security Council expressed “its grave concern” Wednesday at the continued instability in Somalia, which it says has led to a multitude of problems, including terrorism, piracy and a dire humanitarian situation. In a statement, the 15-member Security Council said it regretted the decision by Somalia’s parliament to unilaterally extend its...

Somali Political News

Somali Prime Minister Resigns, Reversing Pledge to Stay

Somalia's prime minister says he is resigning, reversing a pledge he made last week to stay in office after an outpouring of support by Somalis opposed to his departure.Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed told reporters Sunday his decision to leave office was made to avert political collapse in his homeland. He said his departure is "in the...

Somali Rural News

UN Urges International Action as Somali Drought Deepens

Capping a three-day tour of refugee camps in drought-stricken parts of Somalia, U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos told reporters that serious international focus is needed to head off increasingly severe shortages of food and water. “Somalia, as you know, hosts one of the largest populations of displaced people in the world and is...