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."More »
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.”More »
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.More »
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.More »
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.More »
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.More »