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Open newsletter – february 22, 2022

AFGHANISTAN The Taliban is creating a “grand army” for Afghanistan that will include officers and troops who served the old regime, says the official tasked with overseeing the military’s transformation. Latifullah Hakimi, head of the Taliban’s Ranks Clearance Commission, also told a news conference on Monday that they had repaired half the 81 helicopters and planes […]

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Daily news – February 10, 2022

News from: Al Jazeera, Brookings, Defense News, Defense One, East Asia Forum, Global Times, Reuters, The Jamestown Foundation AFRICA Africa needs smarter investment in digital infrastructure: Strategies for enticing the private sector. Tara Nathan, Brookings: Weak infrastructure is widely accepted as a fundamental limitation to growth in Africa. Governments in the region struggle to meet […]

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Somalia’s leaders agree to hold delayed election by February 25 (Al Jazeera)

Somali leaders have announced they struck a deal to complete parliamentary elections by February 25, after repeated delays that have threatened the stability of the country. The agreement on Sunday was reached after several days of talks hosted by Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble with state leaders aimed at ending an impasse over the polls. […]

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Somalia’s allies fear instability as political crisis deepens (Al Jazeera)

Somalia’s allies and international observers have expressed alarm over the escalating power struggle between the country’s president and prime minister, as heavily armed factions patrolled parts of the capital, Mogadishu. Somalia’s allies fear instability as political crisis deepens | News | Al Jazeera

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Former Somali ambassador to China recalls precious stories on brotherly relations between the two countries and peoples (H.E. Mohammed Ahmed Awil, Global Times)

On the occasion of the 61th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Somalia and China, the former Somali Ambassador to China (2005-2011), H.E. Mohammed Ahmed Awil, told two stories from a treasure trove of his unforgettable memories on Somalia-China relations, which speak of the long-standing and brotherly relationship between the two countries and peoples. Former Somali ambassador […]

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Deadly explosion rocks Somali capital Mogadishu (Al Jazeera)

At least eight people have been killed and 17 injured, including school students, in Somalia’s capital in a car bombing that targeted a United Nations security convoy, officials and witnesses said. The armed group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the huge blast that came in the early hours of Thursday, rocking Mogadishu and sending a column […]

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Al-Shabab suicide bomber kills prominent journalist in Mogadishu (Al Jazeera)

A prominent Somali journalist who was a critic of the al-Shabab armed group was killed by a suicide bomber as he was leaving a restaurant in the capital, Mogadishu, relatives and officials said. Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the blast, which killed Radio Mogadishu director Abdiaziz Mohamud Guled, commonly known as Abdiaziz Afrika. The attack wounded […]

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Worsening drought affects 2.3 million people in Somalia (UN News)

With about 2.3 million people already suffering with serious water, food and pasture shortages in Somalia, a rapidly worsening drought could lead to an “extreme situation” by April next year. Worsening drought affects 2.3 million people in Somalia  | | UN News

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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 […]

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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 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 […]

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

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, […]

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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 […]