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Diaspora Drawn Back to Mogadishu

As the Somali capital Mogadishu emerges from years of war, it has become a magnet for investors from the diaspora. With funding from abroad, new businesses are opening up across the city. Liban Mahdi is among those who sensed opportunity and made the long trip back. After more than 25 years in Canada and the United States, he returned to Mogadishu to help renovate the downtown Makkah hotel. "During the war it got destroyed," he said. "My cousins and I and my uncle got back together and we decided to put back the business."

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Building a New Somalia: The Diaspora Experience
MOGADISHU — There is great hope and optimism in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, for those residents who lived through years of war. In a gallery at the Center for Research and Dialogue in Mogadishu, Somali artist Adan Farah Affey stands in front of one of his paintings. It is More »
Somali Suicide Bombers Kill Themselves in Failed Attack on Football Supporters
 Two Somali suicide bombers who had planned to kill football fans during Ethiopia's World Cup qualifying match against Nigeria on Sunday blew themselves up accidentally before carrying out the attack, the Ethiopian government said on Monday. The explosion on Sunday happened in the More »
African Leaders Endorse Expansion of Amisom Forces
The African Union (AU) Friday (October 11th) endorsed a move to boost its Somalia force by 35% to step up its fight against al-Shabaab, AFP reported. The AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) will be boosted by 6,235 troops, taking the total number to 23,966, the AU's Peace and Security Council More »
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Somalia welcomes U.S. raid, says America doesn’t need permission

Somalia welcomes the U.S. raid on an al-Shabaab leader this weekend, deputy prime minister and foreign minister Fawzia Yusuf Adam told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday, adding that the U.S. does not have to ask permission for future action. “We are welcoming more if this will help us get rid of al-Qaeda, al-Shabaab,” she said from London. “We have a cooperation, and they don’t have to ask us, because we are fighting a common enemy.” “We are grateful to their support,” Adam told Amanpour. “Otherwise the whole region will be in turmoil.”

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Federal Govt Paying Media to Spread Anti-Kenya Propaganda, Sources
Kismayo — The Somali Federal Government (SFG) officials working at Villa Somalia Presidential compound reportedly pay Media members in Mogadishu to spread propaganda against the neighbouring country of Kenya, Garowe Online reports. Speaking to Garowe Online News Agency in Mogadishu, a More »
Somali Prime Minister dismisses rumors resignation claims
The prime minister of the federal republic of Somali Abdi Farah Shirdon has dismissed news reports claiming that he plans to step down. Mr. Shirdon cleared the air about the resignation claims in a press conference today in which he addressed the local media revealing the developments during the More »
The Somali Compact: promising Deal but with fatal flaws
After one year of consultations, planning sessions, and international conferences, representatives of the International Community (Development Partners) and High level delegation led by President Hassan Sh. Mohamud of the Federal Republic of Somalia (FRS) met at the headquarter of the European More »
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Somali piracy kingpin Mohamed 'Big Mouth' Abdi Hassan arrested in Belgium after being tricked into thinking he was going to work in the movies

A Somali man accused of being a powerful piracy kingpin has been arrested in Belgium after being tricked into thinking he was going to work in the movies. In a sting operation worthy of Hollywood, Mohamed Abdi Hassan was lured to Europe by officers telling him they were filmmakers wanting to make a documentary about organised crime that would “mirror his life as a pirate”. But rather than being behind the camera as an expert adviser, Abdi Hassan – whose nickname ‘Afweyne’ means “big mouth” - ended up behind bars, arrested as he landed at Brussels airport on Saturday.

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Notorious Somali pirate 'Big Mouth' held in Belgium
Brussels (AFP) - One of Somalia's most notorious pirate leaders, known as "Big Mouth", has been arrested in Brussels and placed in custody pending charges, judicial sources said Monday. Mohamed Abdi Hassan, known as "Afweyne" or "Big Mouth", was being held in More »
Somali pirate suspects deny 'attack' on Spanish anti-pirate ship: court
Six Somali men went on trial Monday in Madrid accused of trying to attack a Spanish warship in 2012 during an anti-piracy operation in the Indian Ocean. The men all denied the accusations, claiming they were "fishermen who had been fishing" at the moment they were seized by the Spanish More »
Somali Pirates Jailed by Seychelles Court
11  pirates have been convicted in the Seychelles Supreme Court of committing acts of piracy and operating a pirate vessel between 7 – 11 May 2012. Their sentences ranged from 18 months to 16 years. The pirates had been apprehended by the Royal Netherlands Navy frigate, HNLMS Van More »
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Russia charges 30 with piracy in Greenpeace protest

Russian authorities have charged all 30 people aboard a Greenpeace ship with piracy after two activists tried to scale an oil platform in a protest of Arctic drilling last month, the Russian Investigative Committee said Thursday. The charging began Wednesday and finished Thursday. If convicted, the 28 activists and two freelance journalists could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison. None of the 30, who hail from at least 18 countries, pleaded guilty, the committee said.

The defendants include Americans Peter Wilcox, who is the captain of the Arctic Sunrise, and Dmitry Litvinov, who Greenpeace says also holds Swedish citizenship.

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Chemical Weapons Watchdog to Meet to Discuss Syria
The global chemical weapons watchdog has scheduled a meeting to approve a U.S.-Russian brokered plan to rapidly verify, secure and then destroy Syria's arsenal of poison gas and nerve agents. The 41-nation executive council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons More »
Can Urban Planning Help India’s Cities Reduce Sexual Violence?
Janaki Sharma, 24, a producer with a radio station, commutes for about 40 kilometers, or 25 miles, from her home in West Delhi to work across the city. Ms. Sharma uses multiple forms of public transport — subway, bus and shared auto-rickshaw, to get to her office. And the last stretch of More »
Official: Yemeni military officer killed by bomb in south; al-Qaida branch suspected in attack
A Yemeni military official says an army officer was killed by a bomb planted in his car by suspected al-Qaida militants. The official says the bomb went off on Wednesday as the officer was driving from work in the southern city of Ataq in Shabwa province, once an al-Qaida More »
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Somali Finance Minister tells London investment conference we are ready to do business

Minister of Finance and Planning, His Excellency Mohamud Hassan Suleiman, told investors that Somalia is investment-friendly and must “seize the opportunity” to encourage foreign investment. Speaking today at the international Somalia Oil and Gas Summit in London, the Minister of Finance and Planning, said: “We are working to improve the investment climate having recently revised the Investment Law to ensure that Somalia is investment-friendly. Foreign investors see the huge steps that Somalia has taken and are keen to invest.

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Somalis’ financial lifeline may be cut
Barclays is poised to sever its ties to Dahabshiil, one of the Somali expatriate community’s biggest money transfer services, as part of a reorganisation of its business. Barring a successful last-minute court challenge, experts say the move will jeopardise £100 million pounds More »
Somalia Seeks Foreign Investment in Energy Sector – Big Oil Cautious
il companies are renowned for going into hostile environments in their relentless search for the world’s seemingly insatiable thirst for “black gold.” That said, there remain a few nations where even the intrepid masters of the universe hesitate to tread. In Central Asia, it is More »
Somalia Seeks to Restart Oil Exploration
Somalia’s central government is in talks with some of the world’s biggest energy companies in an attempt to restart oil exploration in the war-torn country, an adviser to the government said Monday. Somali officials have discussed having Royal Dutch Shell RDSB.LN -0.66% PLC, More »
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Football Federation Lauded for the Activities By Experienced Coach Abdul Haq

Somali Football Federation lauded for the activities by experienced coach Abdul Haq Mohamed Ahmed who scored tangible victories for his country since his team joined the Perth world cup in 2009. "Although they fled from their country and are based in a foreign nation, coach Abdul Haq and his boys have still high hopes and are carrying the flag of Somalia, so far the coach scored tangible victories and we are very proud of what he is doing there" Somali Football Federation president Ali Said Guled Roble said in a press statement.

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African hockey tournament postponed after Nairobi attack
THE Africa Cup of Nations hockey tournament, which was due to begin on Thursday in Nairobi, Kenya, has been postponed due to the recent terror attack there. "From a timing perspective it was not the appropriate time," South African Hockey Association CE Marissa Langeni said on More »
Omollo finds a new club
Belgium based Kenyan international midfielder Johanna Omollo has finally found a club after close to three months on the search, following the liquidation of his former club Beerschot AC after the 2012/2013 season. The midfielder has been signed up by Lommel United, which is not new to him More »
FKF working on CECAFA funds
The east African country will host the 2013 Challenge Cup, which will coincide with Kenya celebrating 50 years of independence, and Nyamweya says they are close to raising the reported Sh60million needed to run the competition. "We have held several planning meetings among ourselves and More »
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