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2018-01-18 UN, Partners Seek U.S.$1.6 Billion to Protect Millions of Lives From Drought
[UN News] While Somalia, with the international community's help, averted famine last year, long-term solutions for drought, conflict and displacement must still be found, the United Nations office in the country said Wednesday, launching the 2018 humanitarian response plan, which calls for $1.6 billion to protect the lives of 5.4 million people.

2018-01-17 Ethiopia Committed to Somaliland Peace, Stability - Hailemariam Desalegn
[Ethiopian Herald] Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Somaliland President Musa Behi Abdi held discussions on various issues here in Addis yesterday.Prime Minister Hailemariam stated his country's commitment to Somaliland's peace and stability, saying, "Ethiopia is working aggressively to dismantle Al-Shabaab from the surrounding since it is our common enemy." The PM also underscored that any incident in Somaliland will have direct and indirect impact on Ethiopia.

2018-01-17 Inside Somalia's Wars
[Independent (Kampala)] Kampala -When I flew to Mogadishu, Somalia's sandy capital, on December 16, 2017; I was filled with a heady mix of anxiety and excitement because of the image we all have of Somalia; bomb wreckages, lone wolf assassins, and Al Shabaab Muslim militants lurking in the shadows everywhere.

2018-01-16 Al-Shabaab Forcing Children as Young as 8 to Fight - HRW
[Deutsche Welle] "We are taking them for Jihad," al Shabab militants reportedly told teachers at a school in Somalia. The rights group Human Rights Watch has documented the evidence.

2018-01-16 Al Shabaab Denounces Ex-Spokesman As Apostate Who Could Be Killed
[Shabelle] Al Shabaab militants, who have carried out frequent bombings in the capital, Mogadishu, said a former leader who defected to the government side was an apostate who could be killed.

2018-01-16 Lamu Residents Propose Security Measures to Curb Terrorism On Roads and Border Areas
[Shabelle] Lamu residents want KDF soldiers and not police to escort passenger buses to curb al-Shabaab attacks on the Lamu Garsen road.

2018-01-16 Residents Threatened to Hand Over Boys, Girls to Al-Shabaab
[HRW] Nairobi -The Islamist armed group Al-Shabab has threatened and abducted civilians in Somalia's Bay region to force communities to hand over their children for indoctrination and military training in recent months.

2018-01-16 Mogadishu Mayor Arrives in Dhusamareb Ahead of President's Visit
[Shabelle] Thabit Abdi Mohamed, the mayor of Mogadishu and Governor of Benadir region has on Monday arrived in the central town of Dhusamareb ahead of Somali President's visit.

2018-01-16 Somalia's Pioneer Female Recording Artiste Dalays Dies in Toronto
[Dalsan Radio] Somalia government on Monday announced the death of the country's first female recording artist Khadija Abdullahi Ali Aamey "Dalays".

2018-01-16 Veteran Somali Singer Dies
[East African] Veteran Somali female singer Khadija Abdullahi alias Dalays has died in Toronto, Canada.

2018-01-16 Al Shabaab Attacks Military Bases Near Baidoa Town
[Shabelle] Heavily armed Al Shabaab militants have launched a daring attack on several Somali military bases near Baidoa city, the interim seat of Southwest State on Tuesday.

2018-01-16 Roadside Bomb Hits Somali Police Vehicle in Mogadishu
[Shabelle] Several soldiers were wounded after a roadside bomb hit a Police vehicle carrying an official at Florence junction in Mogadishu's Wardhigley district, witnesses said.

2018-01-15 Galmudug Chief Minister Wants Al- Shabaab Wiped Out Before 2022 Polls
[Dalsan Radio] Somalia's central state of Galmudug wants the Federal government and the public to come up with an immediate strategy to wipe out militant group Alshabaab from the region before the 2022 elections, Radio Dalsan reports.

2018-01-15 Family Mourns Woman Killed By Shabaab in Lamu Attack
[Nation] The family of a woman who was killed in an attack by Al-Shabaab militants in Nyongoro, Lamu County is devastated by the death.

2018-01-15 Ethiopia Boosting Economic Relations With Neighbors
[Ethiopian Herald] ADDIS ABABA -The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the practice of Ethiopia's economic diplomacy focuses on neighboring countries that have significant contributions and return to ensure sustainable and fast economic growth. Apart from the nearby economic relations, many Asian and some European countries are targets to promote cross-border trade relations.

2018-01-15 Farmaajo to Officially Endorse Galmudug-ASWJ Power Sharing Deal
[Dalsan Radio] Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed "Farmaajo" is expected to attend a ceremony and conference to mark the merger of Ahlu Sunna Wa Jamaa and Galmudug administration that will be held in Dhusamareb, the administrative capital of the State this week, Radio Dalsan reports.

2018-01-15 Al-Shabaab Ambush Lamu Village, Give Radical Lecture
[Nation] Tension is high at Ishakani Village in Lamu East Sub-County after a group of about 100 heavily armed suspected Al-Shabaab militants ambushed the village on Sunday morning and preached to the residents for about one hour.

2018-01-15 Five Government Soldiers Injured in Mogadishu Blast
[Shabelle] At least five Somali Federal government soldiers were wounded in a roadside bomb blast in Mogadishu on Sunday morning, witnesses said.

2018-01-15 Justice Minister Admits Challenges in Legal System As Jowhar Family Demands Release of Kin
[Dalsan Radio] Somali Minister of Justice Hassan Hussein Haji on Sunday admitted that reforms were needed to improve the court system in the country following numerous complaints from the public.

2018-01-12 For the First Time, Rapists May Face 30 Years in Jail in Somaliland
[Shabelle] Somaliland has passed its first law against rape, in a bid by the new government of the breakaway region to crack down on violence against women, a senior official said on Wednesday.

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