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Kenya Police Kill Two Suspected Militants

Posted October 28th, 2012 at 7:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Kenyan police have shot and killed two Islamists suspected of having links to the Somalia-based militant group al-Shabab. Police say the raid took place early Sunday at a house on the outskirts of Mombasa, Kenya’s main port city. Officials say one of the suspects was killed in the house while another man was killed while […]

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Witnesses: Al-Shabab Pulling Out of Major Somali Port

Posted September 16th, 2012 at 3:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Witnesses say al-Shabab fighters are pulling out of the southern Somali port of Kismayo, the largest city that was still in insurgent hands. Residents tell VOA that al-Shabab leaders already had fled and that their fighters started leaving Sunday after heavy fighting with Somali and Kenyan troops. Dozens were reported killed and the commander of […]

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Somalia’s New President Inaugurated

Posted September 16th, 2012 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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“I will not advance a [policy] or try to bring unity by military force or through diplomatic pressure. I want unity based on dialogue, respect and mutual brotherhood,” he said. “We will work to make sure that this unity has foundation and we will teach in primary schools education to our children on the importance […]

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SOMALI PRESIDENT VOA

Posted July 24th, 2012 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed has thanked the Voice of America for its recent poll of Somali opinion about the country’s draft constitution. In a letter received Tuesday by VOA, the president said the poll has allowed Somalis to share their views regarding the document’s most controversial articles. He said the new constitution is […]

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SOMALI PRESIDENT VOA

Posted July 24th, 2012 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed has thanked the Voice of America for its recent poll of Somali opinion about the country’s draft constitution. In a letter received Tuesday by VOA, the president said the poll has allowed Somalis to share their views regarding the document’s most controversial articles. He said the new constitution is […]

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Group Blasts Kenyan Forces for Rampant Rights Abuse

Posted May 4th, 2012 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A prominent human rights group is demanding Kenya hold its security forces to account for rampant abuses against refugees. Human Rights Watch accused Kenyan forces of targeting ethnic Somalis and Kenyans in Kenya’s North Eastern province during a six-month period starting last November. The group’s report, issued Friday, said the abuses were part of a […]

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Human Rights Watch Report Accuses Kenyan Police and Soldiers of Abusing Somalis

Posted May 4th, 2012 at 7:20 am (UTC-5)
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Human Rights Watch is accusing Kenyan police and soldiers of rampant human rights abuses against ethnic Somalis and Kenyans citizens without facing any consequences. The International Rights groups released a 65 page report, citing widespread emotional and physical abuses, include rape, during a four month period, beginning last November. The report says Somalis were singled […]

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Human Rights Watch Report Accuses Kenyan Police and Soldiers of Abusing Somalis

Posted May 4th, 2012 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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Human Rights Watch is accusing Kenyan police and soldiers of rampant human rights abuses against ethnic Somalis and Kenyans citizens without facing any consequences. The International Rights groups released a 65-page report, citing widespread emotional and physical abuses, include rape, during a four-month period, beginning last November. The report says Somalis were singled out in […]

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Somalia Leaders Sign Agreements on Formation of Government

Posted February 18th, 2012 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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Somali leaders have concluded a conference in the Puntland State of Somalia by signing an agreement on the formation of a new elected government. The three-day conference, attended by international delegates, ended early Saturday, with the Somali representatives agreeing to set up a bicameral legislature of upper and lower house representatives from the country’s states. […]

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Report Says Somali Piracy Costs $7 Billion Per Year

Posted February 8th, 2012 at 8:15 am (UTC-5)
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A new report says Somali piracy cost the world economy nearly $7 billion last year, most of it spent to protect ships from hijackings. The report, from the U.S.-based One Earth Future foundation, said Somali pirates command an average ransom of $5 million per ship. But it says ransoms were only a small fraction of […]

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