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Suspected al-Shabab attack kills 5 policemen in Kenya’s east

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16 August 2017 (MCRS) A Kenyan government official says suspected al-Shabab extremists have killed five police officers in an ambush in the country’s east. Northeastern regional coordinator Mohamud Saleh on Tuesday said fighters with the al-Qaida-linked group planted a mine that blew up a patrol car carrying seven officers in Garissa county. Saleh says an unknown number of gunmen then attacked ... Read More »

Removal of HirShabelle president draws mixed reaction as minister terms vote illegal

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16 August 2017 (MCRS) The removal of HirShabelle president Ali Abdullahi Osoble from office through a no confidence motion Monday has elicited mixed reactions with some state ministers dismissing the process as unconstitutional. State minister for Information Mahad Hussein said the vote was illegal since the state assembly was not in session. “Today no entity has ousted a President. No parliamentary proceeding ... Read More »

Thousands dead in Somali disease outbreaks

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16 August 2017 (MCRS) MORE than 200 people have died after raging outbreaks of cholera and measles in drought-stricken Somalia. At least 1 155 deaths from cholera have been recorded from 75 930 outbreaks since the beginning of the year.Some 14 379 suspected measles cases have also been reported including 101 associated deaths during the period. In a country with a population ... Read More »

Drive-by shooting in Mogadishu kills 3, wounds 4

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16 August 2017 (MCRS) Security forces in Mogadishu are looking for a white Toyota Spacia after three people were killed and four others wounded in a drive-by shooting on Tuesday. Witnesses say that the gunmen in a white minivan opened fire on another vehicle after blocking its path. The attack happened close to the Digfer intersection in the cities Hodan district. The ... Read More »

Former Al-Shabaab commander denounces militant group and hopes to enter ‘fruitful’ talks with Somali government

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16 August 2017 (MCRS) With the Somali flag displayed prominently in the backdrop, the former deputy commander and founding member of Al-Shabaab denounced the Islamist militant insurgency group for their beliefs, saying that it was contrary to Islamic principles and hurt the country and its people. Mukhtar Robow Abu Mansur made these comments and a packed press conference at the Royal ... Read More »

Kenya awaits Raila’s next move after he disputed poll results

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15 August 2017 (MCRS) When Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga speaks to supporters Tuesday, his words have the power to ease or deepen the crisis triggered by his rejection of last week’s presidential election result. The 72-year-old insists he is the rightful winner of a “stolen” election that handed victory to incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta. But after days of sometimes violent protests ... Read More »

In the race between Turkey and the UAE, Somalia wins.

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15 August 2017 (MCRS) The base in Somalia will be Turkey’s second overseas installation, but it will be focused more on assisting Somalia than demonstrating Turkish military capabilities. As Turkey expands its geopolitical and economic presence in the Middle East and East Africa, the projection of power through the military will be a key part of this growth. The development ... Read More »

Fighting famine: ‘Unprecedented crisis’ putting 20 million people at risk, warns UN agency

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15 August 2017 (MCRS) Twenty million people risk dying of hunger in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and the north-east of Nigeria, including 1.4 million children suffering from severe malnutrition, the United Nations food relief agency said, spotlighting today its worldwide campaign to fight famine. “Famine is declared when there is evidence of extreme conditions regarding food access, child malnutrition and an ... Read More »

Uhuru Kenyatta asks poll losers to follow law and be peaceful

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15 August 2017 (MCRS) President Uhuru Kenyatta has asked all losers dissatisfied with the election outcome to take constitutional measures to get redress. He also asked police officers to exercise restraint and provide protection during peaceful and lawful protests as contained in the law by those not happy with the outcome of the August 8 polls. FRIENDSHIP He spoke at Harambee ... Read More »

HirShabelle state President ousted by the parlaiment

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15 August 2017 (MCRS) HirShabelle President Ali Abdullahi Osoble has been relieved of his duties as state president following an impeachment motion by the state assembly Monday afternoon. The legislators in a majority vote-68 sent home the embattled leader barely a day after 13 of his ministers quit and joined the impeachment campaign. Only two MPs voted against the motion while ... Read More »