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President Obama: ‘Michelle will never run for office’

President Obama says both he and first lady Michelle Obama will be “very active” in working with people at the grass-roots level to support progressive causes once he leaves office. But despite her popularity and natural public speaking ability, Michelle…
Puntland cancels lower house elections over electoral protest.

Somalia’s Puntland administration on Monday temporarily halted its lower house elections over electoral objections following weeks of electoral campaigns in the capital. A presidential decree signed by the deputy President Abdihakin Haji Omar Amey directs regional level electoral commission to…
Donald Trump cancels diversity visa lottery

WASHINGTON – The President-elect of the US Donald Trump has said his administration would put an end to the long-existing Diversity Visa (DV) lottery program. “No more visa Lottery and this year’s marks the end of the program.” – Trump…
UN insists Somali election to take place on Dec 15

NAIROBI – The United Nations envoy to Somalia insists that presidential elections will take place in Somalia on December 15 after technical problems are resolved and two house legislators are elected amid concerns of fraud and vote buying by candidates.…
INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY BACKS COMMITMENT OF SOMALIA’S ELECTORAL BODIES TO ENFORCE RULES OF ELECTORAL PROCESS AND NULLIFY RESULTS OF MANIPULATED VOTING

The United Nations, African Union, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, Ethiopia, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States commend the Federal Indirect Electoral Implementation Team (FIEIT), the State-Level Indirect Electoral Implementation Teams and the Independent Electoral Dispute Resolution Mechanism…
Somalia: Elders negotiate with al-Shabab over soldiers

Former government fighters line up in preparation for negotiations between al-Shabab leaders and town elders to determine their fate [Hamza Mohamed/Al Jazeera] Hamza Mohamed is a producer for Doha, Qatar-based Al Jazeera English, covering Sub-Saharan Africa. Gal’ad, Somalia – “Line…
Somalia election: AMISOM needs 4,000 troops

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has said it will require at least 4,000 more troops  from African countries in order to further liberate remaining regions of Somalia from the dreaded Islamic terrorist group Al-Shabab. The need to further…
The Islamic State Threat in Somalia’s Puntland State

On 26 October, about more than 50 heavily-armed Somali Islamic State (IS) fighters seized Qandala, a sparsely populated town in Somalia’s Puntland federal state on a rugged mountainous coastal strip overlooking the Gulf of Aden. It was a small, but…
The somalia Perspective Yesterday & Today

Nimo mohamoud jama Once Somalia central government was collapse in 1991, the Somali society was faced many challenges & difficulties situations those hindered over their developments & their way of lives. So as we fallow, for the last 25 years…
The US military is fighting a secret war in Somalia

The United States military is currently Engaged in a clandestine war in the African nation of Somalia. American special operations forces are working with government forces from Somalia, Kenya, and other African nations to fight the militant group al-Shabaab, which has…
Syria conflict: Rebels ‘capture’ IS stronghold of Dabiq

Turkish-backed rebels have captured the symbolically important Syrian town of Dabiq from the Islamic State group, rebel commanders and monitors say. The rebels took Dabiq after “IS members withdrew”, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The small northern…
Amid security challenges, Somalia removes 1,500 intel officers

Somalia’s intelligence chief fired 1,500 intelligence officers including the Mogadishu chief in a new major shakeup of the country’s spy agency which is struggling to contain a deadly insurgency by al-Shabab militants, sources told Alleastafrica Saturday. Gen. Abdullahi Gafow told…
Hungary holds referendum on EU mandatory migrant plan.

People in Hungary are voting in a referendum on accepting mandatory EU quotas for relocating migrants. Right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban opposes plans to relocate a total of 160,000 migrants across the bloc. Under the scheme, announced after last year’s…
U.S. Defense conducted air strike against al Shabaab

In Washington, Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told reporters that the United States had carried out a “self-defense air strike” after Somali troops faced fire from militants as they tried to stop an improvised explosive device (IED) making network. Davis…
BREAKING: Shabelle journalist shot dead in Mogadishu

Unknown gunmen have shot and killed a journalist working for independent Radio Shabelle based in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, witness and relatives said. Journalist Abdi Aziz Mohamed Ali (Haji) was gunned down by two men armed with pistols as he was…
SOMALIA EXTENDS ELECTORAL PROCESS TIMETABLE BY 30 DAYS

The Federal Indirect Electoral Implementation Team (FIEIT) has announced new dates for Somalia’s electoral process.The presidential election will now take place on 30 November 2016, while parliamentary elections will be held from October 23 to November 10 for both the…