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Top UN court sides with Somalia in sea border dispute with Kenya (Al Jazeera)

The United Nations’ top court has awarded Somalia control of most of a potentially oil- and gas-rich chunk of the Indian Ocean after a bitter legal battle with neighbouring Kenya over their sea border.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled on Tuesday that there was “no agreed maritime boundary” and drew a new border close to the one claimed by Somalia, although Kenya kept a part of the 100,000 square-kilometre (39,000-square-mile) area, chief judge Joan Donoghue said.

Top UN court sides with Somalia in sea border dispute with Kenya | Border Disputes News | Al Jazeera

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Somalia UNSC

UNSC urges Somalia’s feuding leaders to settle dispute (Al Jazeera)

The pressure on President Mohamed (pictured) to hold elections has intensified since scheduled elections on February 8 failed to take place [File: Said Yusef Warsame/EPA-EFE]

The pressure on President Mohamed (pictured) to hold elections has intensified since scheduled elections on February 8 failed to take place [File: Said Yusef Warsame/EPA-EFE]

The United Nations Security Council has urged Somalia’s feuding government leaders to resolve their disagreements through dialogue and give top priority to holding long-delayed national elections this year.

The 15-member body in a statement on Saturday also called on the federal government and regional states “to ensure that any political differences do not divert from united action against al-Shabab and other militant groups”.

UNSC urges Somalia’s feuding leaders to settle dispute | United Nations News | Al Jazeera

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Somalia

Somalia crisis deepens as president withdraws PM’s powers (Al Jazeera)

Somalia's Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble [File: Feisal Omar/Reuters]

Somalia’s Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble [File: Feisal Omar/Reuters]

Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has suspended Prime Minister Mohammed Hussein Roble’s power to hire and fire officials, the latest development in a destabilising feud that has plunged the country into fresh crisis.

The dispute between the two leaders marks an escalation of months of tension, threatening to throw an already fragile electoral process into deeper peril.

Somalia crisis deepens as president withdraws PM’s powers | Somalia News | Al Jazeera

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Somalia. Those working to help Somalia should pay attention to Afghanistan (Al Jazeera)

Patrick Gathara

In his 2010 memoir Decision Points, former United States President George W Bush explained his rationale for the decision to invade Afghanistan in the following words:

“Afghanistan was the ultimate nation-building mission. We had liberated the country from a primitive dictatorship, and we had a moral obligation to leave behind something better. We also had a strategic interest in helping the Afghan people build a free society… because a democratic Afghanistan would be a hopeful alternative to the vision of the extremists.”

Those working to help Somalia should pay attention to Afghanistan | Africa | Al Jazeera

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USA/Somalia – The United States Announces New Humanitarian Aid for the People of Somalia (US Department of State)

The United States is providing nearly $199 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Somalia who have faced decades of chronic food insecurity, violence, and cycles of drought and flooding—the impacts of which have all been compounded by desert locusts and the COVID-19 pandemic. This additional funding, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of State, brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance for the people of Somalia to more than  $408 million for Fiscal Year 2021.

This assistance will help many of the nearly six million people of Somalia in need of humanitarian aid, including three million displaced people inside Somalia as well as nearly 500,000 Somali refugees in Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Kenya.  This new funding will provide emergency food and nutrition assistance, safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene, shelter, protection, education, and health care, as well as logistics and other support, in the face of worsening environmental, humanitarian, and conflict related challenges.

The United States is the largest single donor of humanitarian aid in Somalia and for Somali refugees in the region, and we welcome efforts by the UN to draw attention to the plight of the people of Somalia.  We remain concerned about the continuing increase in humanitarian needs, and we urge other donors to contribute to the international response and provide the support needed to save lives.

For the latest updates on U.S. humanitarian assistance for the people of Somalia, visit:  https://www.usaid.gov/humanitarian-assistance/somalia.

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(Kenya/Al Shabab) The Kenyans robbed of their families by al-Shabab (Al Jazeera)

 Amina* sits close to the edge of her modest home in Garissa, a county in northern Kenya bordering Somalia. Her 15-year-old daughter is standing opposite her, reading a newspaper lying on the ground. “Go inside and start washing the house,” Amina, wearing a navy blue hijab, instructs her daughter. “Make sure you clean all the rooms and arrange the furniture as discussed before guests arrive.”

*Name changed to protect their identity

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(Somalia) Inside Somalia

Yasmin Kamel and Maimuna Mohamud write for Al Jazeera: On June 30, a much-anticipated announcement finally confirmed the timetable of the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections in Somalia due to take place between July and October this year. The announcement comes after months-long disagreements between the government and the main opposition figures.

read the analysis: Women must be included in conflict mediation in Somalia | Somalia | Al Jazeera

Somali women wait to collect water at the New Kabasa internally displaced camp in the northern Somali town of Dollow, Somalia, on February 25, 2018 [File: Baz Ratner/Reuters]

Somali women wait to collect water at the New Kabasa internally displaced camp in the northern Somali town of Dollow, Somalia, on February 25, 2018 [File: Baz Ratner/Reuters]

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USA/Somalia – ‘Black Hawk Down’ Veterans to Receive 58 Silver Stars (Caitlin M. Kenney, Defense One)

The Army is upgrading the valor awards of 60 special operators who participated in the ill-fated Battle of Mogadishu 28 years ago—perhaps best known through the “Black Hawk Down” book and movie.  The late recognition comes as Pentagon officials decide whether to send U.S. troops to Somalia anew.

‘Black Hawk Down’ Veterans to Receive 58 Silver Stars – Defense One

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Somalia – Somalia to hold indirect presidential election October 10 (Al Jazeera)

After months of deadlock, political leaders in Somalia have agreed that the country’s long-delayed presidential election will be held on October 10.

The office of Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble unveiled the timetable for indirect parliamentary and presidential elections in a statement on Twitter, saying stakeholders had agreed to a road map for a vote following two days of talks in the capital, Mogadishu.

Somalia to hold indirect presidential election October 10 | Elections News | Al Jazeera

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