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All Eyes Are On Uganda’s Own ‘Kim Jong-Un’

On November21st,2017, Robert Mugabe resigned as a president due to pressure from the military, from the public, and from his own party, the ZANU-PF, a position he held since Zimbabwe's independence in 1987.  Mugabe has anadmirable history; As an African nationalist, he was imprisoned from1964 to 1974 for calling an independent black-led state,a nd he fought a guerilla war against the white minority rule in ...

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School shootings – Florida and beyond

On February 14, 2018, a lone deranged 19 year-old gunman entered Stoneman Douglas high school in Florida and started opening fire indiscriminately at anything that moved.  He was armed with a deadly assault rifle and he wreaked havoc at the school that morning,killing 17 and injuring many others.  It has come to light that armed security guards were at the scene but refused to enter the grounds which unequi ...

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Somalia disbands UAE program to pay and train soldiers

Somalia has disbanded a United Arab Emirates programme to train some of its troops in a new sign of rising tensions in bilateral relations. The Somali government announced on Wednesday that it will take over paying and training the soldiers in the programme, Defence Minister Mohamed Mursal Abdirahman told Somalia's state news agency Sonna. "Somalia will fully take over [its troops] trained by the UAE... Tho ...

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Al-Shabaab attack kills dozens of Ugandan soldiers in Somalia

Dozens of Ugandan soldiers are thought to have been killed when Islamist extremists attacked their base on Sunday in the latest of a series of bloody strikes against peacekeepers in Somalia. Local officials told the Guardian that as many as 46 Ugandan troops, part of the 22,000-strong regional force in Somalia, died in the attack by the al-Qaida affiliated al-Shabaab movement in the town of Bulamarer, 80 mi ...

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Ethiopia says state of emergency will last six months

ADDIS ABABA - A state of emergency imposed in Ethiopia a day after the prime minister resigned will last for six months, the defense minister said on Saturday, as authorities sought to tamp down unrest in Africa’s second most populous nation. Outbreaks of violence had continued in parts of the country and the government was banning protests, along with the preparation and dissemination of publications “that ...

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In Somalia—or Afghanistan—Can Insurgent Defections Change a War’s Course?

MOGADISHU, Somalia—When a former deputy head of al-Shabaab turned up last August in a Mogadishu hotel to denounce the extremist armed group, government officials were exuberant. Mukhtar Robow, after all, was among the most notorious leaders of Somalia’s al Qaeda affiliate. Luring senior insurgents like him to switch sides is a major war aim for the Western-backed Somali government—and for the U.S. military, ...

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Gunmen shot dead Former Mayor of Buloburde town in Hiiraan region

Mogadishu (Harar24) Former mayor of Buloburde, 220km north of the capital Mogadishu, in Central Somalia's Hiraan region was shot dead by Unidentified gunmen, in Beled Weyne on Monday night. According to locals Abdi Idow Sabriye was shot dead near his home in Beled Weyne town by men armed with pistols who approached him as he was heading to his home in the Hawa Tako neighbourhood. “Two men armed with pistols ...

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German military to end role in EU training mission in Somalia

BERLIN  - The German military will stop participating in a European Union training mission in Somalia at the end of March, a Foreign Ministry official said on Thursday, expressing frustration at the pace of progress. Germany has about five soldiers taking part in the training mission alongside 15 from other EU countries. The decision to end Germany’s participation in the program, which began in 2010, was fi ...

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Somali citizens count cost of surge in US airstrikes under Trump

Dozens of civilians have been killed and wounded in Somalia as US-led airstrikes against Islamist militants increase to unprecedented levels, a Guardian investigation has found, raising fears that Washington’s actions could bolster support for extremists. The escalation in strikes is part of the Trump administration’s broader foreign policy strategy in Africa and the Middle East. There have been 34 US airst ...

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Somali president sacks Mogadishu’s powerful mayor, names replacement

KAMPALA - Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi sacked the mayor of the capital Mogadishu and appointed his information minister to replace him on Sunday. The president, in a decree, named Abdirahman Omar Osman as the new mayor, replacing Taabit Abdi Mohamed. The president’s office did not give a reason for Mohamed’s dismissal. Local media reported on Saturday that Mohamed and Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire ...

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