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The UN 's most powerful body said its objective is to transfer security to Somali authorities, with the aim of Somalia taking the lead in 2021, and achieving full responsibility by the end of 2023.(Reuters File Photo)

UN urges Somalia to organise elections without delay

AP |
UPDATED ON MAR 13, 2021 12:07 PM IST
The resolution, which was adopted unanimously, authorized the African Union to maintain its nearly 20,000-strong force in Somalia until the end of the year with a mandate to reduce the threat from the extremist groups to enable “a stable, federal, sovereign and united Somalia.”
US to accept new visa applications by those denied due to Trump 'Muslim ban'(Twitter/USAinKSA)
US to accept new visa applications by those denied due to Trump 'Muslim ban'(Twitter/USAinKSA)

US to accept new visa applications by those denied due to Trump 'Muslim ban'

Reuters |
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2021 07:54 AM IST
In a bid to overturn Trump's so-called Muslim ban, Joe Biden's government said applicants who were refused visas prior to Jan 20, 2020, must submit new applications and fees while those who were denied on or after Jan. 20, 2020, may seek reconsideration
Somalia's state-controlled Radio Mogadishu reported there was also destruction of property and that police had cordoned off the area.(Reuters Photo)
Somalia's state-controlled Radio Mogadishu reported there was also destruction of property and that police had cordoned off the area.(Reuters Photo)

At least 20 killed, 30 wounded by suicide car bomb in Somalia capital

Reuters | | Posted by Prashasti Singh, Mogadishu
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2021 07:03 AM IST
The blast sent plumes of smoke into the sky and triggered gunfire, witnesses and state-owned media reported.
Debris remain at the blast site from a suicide car bombing attack at the side of Afrik Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, on February 1, 2021.(Representational Image / AFP)
Debris remain at the blast site from a suicide car bombing attack at the side of Afrik Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, on February 1, 2021.(Representational Image / AFP)

Suicide bomber detonates near Somalia's presidential palace

AP | , Mogadishu
PUBLISHED ON FEB 13, 2021 02:31 PM IST
Police spokesman Sadiq Ali Adan says the driver defied orders to stop on Saturday morning, and police opened fire as passersby ran for their lives.
For 45-year-old street beggar Hassan Mohamed Yusuf fear of the virus turned into near certainty when three of his young children died after having a cough and high fever(AP)
For 45-year-old street beggar Hassan Mohamed Yusuf fear of the virus turned into near certainty when three of his young children died after having a cough and high fever(AP)

In Somalia, Covid-19 vaccines are distant as virus spreads

Mogadishu | By Associated Press | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
PUBLISHED ON JAN 03, 2021 02:55 PM IST
It is places like Somalia, a nation torn apart by three decades of conflict, that will be last to see Covid-19 vaccines in any significant quantity. With part of the country still held by extremist groups, the risk of the virus becoming endemic in some hard-to-reach areas is strong.
“US troops have made a huge contribution and had great impact on the training and operational effectiveness of Somali soldiers,” said Yusuf, a member of Somalia’s Senate Foreign Affairs Committee(AP)
“US troops have made a huge contribution and had great impact on the training and operational effectiveness of Somali soldiers,” said Yusuf, a member of Somalia’s Senate Foreign Affairs Committee(AP)

US decision to withdraw troops from Somalia ‘will have a huge toll on counterterrorism efforts’

Addis Ababa | By Reuters | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2020 01:24 PM IST
US troops have been in Somalia, mostly supporting Somali special forces known as Danab in operations against al Shabaab. If the withdrawal is permanent, “it will have a huge toll on counterterrorism efforts,” said Colonel Ahmed Abdullahi Sheikh.
Halima Aden quits fashion industry, Rihanna-Bella Hadid-Gigi Hadid support(Instagram/halima)
Halima Aden quits fashion industry, Rihanna-Bella Hadid-Gigi Hadid support(Instagram/halima)

Halima Aden quits fashion industry, Rihanna-Bella Hadid-Gigi Hadid support hijab-wearing American supermodel

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 02:07 PM IST
‘Fashion can wait. My deen cannot’: Halima Aden, who turned cover girl for British Vogue and Vogue Arabia and even appeared on runways at New York Fashion Week, quit modelling after Covid-19 quarantine ‘opened her eyes’ to reflect on her values as a Muslim woman to make new moves on her personal hijab journey.
Somalia faces a tense election season that begins in the next few weeks to decide the presidency and parliament.(AP)
Somalia faces a tense election season that begins in the next few weeks to decide the presidency and parliament.(AP)

‘Why now?’ Dismay as US considers troop pullout from Somalia

Nairobi | By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON NOV 26, 2020 10:49 PM IST
It is not clear whether President Donald Trump will order the withdrawal of the some 700 US military forces from Somalia, following his orders for Afghanistan and Iraq, or whether the reported urge will pass before he leaves office in January.
The document said applications for new employment and visit visas had been suspended for nationals - those outside the UAE - of 13 mostly Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan.(AP)
The document said applications for new employment and visit visas had been suspended for nationals - those outside the UAE - of 13 mostly Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan.(AP)

UAE halts visas to citizens of 13 mostly Muslim states including Pakistan

Reuters | By Reuters | Posted by Mallika Soni
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 10:18 PM IST
The document, sent to companies operating in the state-owned business park and seen by Reuters, cited an immigration circular that came into effect on November 18.
‘We will fight them (Eriteria) on all fronts with whatever means we have,’ Debretsion Gebremichael, the leader of the Tigray region, told AP(REUTERS)
‘We will fight them (Eriteria) on all fronts with whatever means we have,’ Debretsion Gebremichael, the leader of the Tigray region, told AP(REUTERS)

Ethiopian rebels target Eritrea: Here’s what’s going on

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri
PUBLISHED ON NOV 15, 2020 06:33 PM IST
Experts fear a full-blown war between the federal forces and the TPLF, many of whom have fought in the Ethiopian-Eritrean war between 1998 and 2000, would cause serious unrest in the fragile Horn of Africa, impacting neighbours Somalia, Djibouti, Eritrea, and Sudan
Rajesh Mani of Manav Seva Sansthan said 33 Indian labourers, including 25 workers from Uttar Pradesh, have been held hostage by a company in Somalia for the last eight months.(File photo for representation)
Rajesh Mani of Manav Seva Sansthan said 33 Indian labourers, including 25 workers from Uttar Pradesh, have been held hostage by a company in Somalia for the last eight months.(File photo for representation)

33 Indian labourers held ‘hostage’ by Somalian company; High Commission steps in to resolve crisis

Gorakhpur/New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Niyati Singh
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2020 09:48 PM IST
The Indian High Commission in Kenya has said that it is in touch with the Somalian government to rescue 33 Indian labourers who are allegedly been kept hostage by a company in Mogadishu.
US Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) departs following a campaign event.(REUTERS)
US Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) departs following a campaign event.(REUTERS)

‘Married her brother, came in illegally’: Trump targets Ilhan Omar, demands probe

By Bloomberg | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2020 05:35 AM IST
Trump said he thinks he’ll win Minnesota in November’s election because of the representative, who was born in Somalia.
The sun pierces the clouds over international waters north of Libya in the Mediterranean Sea. Over a dozen migrants trying to reach Europe drowned in the Mediterranean Sea when their small dinghy capsized off the coast of Libya, the United Nations reported Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, the latest shipwreck to underscore the deadly risks facing those who flee the war-afflicted North African country.(AP)
The sun pierces the clouds over international waters north of Libya in the Mediterranean Sea. Over a dozen migrants trying to reach Europe drowned in the Mediterranean Sea when their small dinghy capsized off the coast of Libya, the United Nations reported Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, the latest shipwreck to underscore the deadly risks facing those who flee the war-afflicted North African country.(AP)

UN: At least 16 drown in migrant shipwreck off Libya coast

Cairo | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON SEP 25, 2020 08:04 PM IST
Libyan fishermen spotted the sinking boat late Thursday, said the International Organisation for Migration, and managed to pull 22 people from the water, including those from Egypt, Bangladesh, Syria, Somalia and Ghana.
Emergency vehicles are seen at a cordoned off area near the site of a blast at the Elite Hotel in Lido beach in Mogadishu, Somalia on August 16, 2020.(Reuters Photo)
Emergency vehicles are seen at a cordoned off area near the site of a blast at the Elite Hotel in Lido beach in Mogadishu, Somalia on August 16, 2020.(Reuters Photo)

11 killed in Somalia hotel attack claimed by Al-Shabaab

Mogadishu | By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2020 06:12 AM IST
Witnesses said the attack began with a heavy explosion and people ran from the area as gunfire could be heard from the hotel, which is frequented by government officials.
Swarm of locusts seen in the sky, in Lucknow, on July 12.(HT File Photo)
Swarm of locusts seen in the sky, in Lucknow, on July 12.(HT File Photo)

‘Risk of locust swarms migrating to Indo-Pakistan border from Somalia’: UN agency

Hindustan Times, Jodhpur | By Dinesh Bothra | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2020 08:56 AM IST
On the situation in India, the organisation said that adult groups and swarms are maturing throughout Rajasthan where laying is underway in many areas.
Swarms of locust in Bikaner. Locust swarms are reportedly damaging crops around the area creating a threat on the livelihood of farmers.(PTI File Photo)
Swarms of locust in Bikaner. Locust swarms are reportedly damaging crops around the area creating a threat on the livelihood of farmers.(PTI File Photo)

Locusts arrive in Gujarat from Somalia via Pakistan

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2020 06:45 AM IST
India has faced its worst desert locust invasions in decades this year and prompted the government to deploy helicopters and drones for spraying insecticide.
Locusts can fly up to 150km in a day and a one-square-kilometre swarm can eat as much food as 35,000 people.(PTI)
Locusts can fly up to 150km in a day and a one-square-kilometre swarm can eat as much food as 35,000 people.(PTI)

UN body warns of another invasion of locusts in July

Hindustan Times, Jodhpur/Jaipur/Bhopal | By HT Correspondent, Jodhpur/jaipur/bhopal
UPDATED ON JUN 06, 2020 01:24 AM IST
In its situation update on Thursday, FAO said early migration of spring-bred locust swarms from southwest Pakistan to Rajasthan occurred in May before the monsoon, and some swarms travelled to northern states for the first time since 1962.
Five people were killed in a jihadist attack on a hotel in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu(REUTERS)
Five people were killed in a jihadist attack on a hotel in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu(REUTERS)

Five killed in hotel attack in Somali capital: Police

Mogadishu | By Agence France-Presse
PUBLISHED ON DEC 11, 2019 10:25 AM IST
All five jihadist fighters who stormed the hotel also died during the evening assault claimed by the al-Shabaab Islamist group, a police statement said.
At least 26 people, including many foreigners, were killed and 56 injured in a suicide bomb and gun attack claimed by Al-Shabaab militants on a popular hotel in southern Somalia(HT File (Representative Image))
At least 26 people, including many foreigners, were killed and 56 injured in a suicide bomb and gun attack claimed by Al-Shabaab militants on a popular hotel in southern Somalia(HT File (Representative Image))

26 dead, 56 injured in attack on Somali hotel: Regional president

Mogadishu | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2019 02:24 PM IST
A presidential candidate for upcoming regional elections was also killed in the assault by four militants, Jubbaland president Ahmed Mohamed said in a statement.
A pair of explosions rocked Somalia’s capital and left 11 people dead.(AP Photo)
A pair of explosions rocked Somalia’s capital and left 11 people dead.(AP Photo)

11 killed, 25 injured as blasts rock Somalia capital, Al-Qaida-linked group claims responsibility

Mogadishu | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2019 04:45 AM IST
The al-Qaida-linked extremist group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the blasts.
After boarding the destroyer the Xining, which was only commissioned two years ago, Xi watched as a flotilla of Chinese and foreign ships sailed past, in waters off the eastern port city of Qingdao.(REUTERS)
After boarding the destroyer the Xining, which was only commissioned two years ago, Xi watched as a flotilla of Chinese and foreign ships sailed past, in waters off the eastern port city of Qingdao.(REUTERS)

China shows off new destroyer as Xi views naval parade

Qingdao | By Reuters
PUBLISHED ON APR 23, 2019 04:23 PM IST
China’s last naval battles were with Vietnam in the South China Sea in 1974 and 1988, though these were relatively minor skirmishes. Chinese ships have also participated in international anti-piracy patrols off Somalia since late 2008.
At least 15 people died when a bomb exploded on a busy street and ripped into a nearby restaurant in Somalia’s capital on Thursday.(AP)
At least 15 people died when a bomb exploded on a busy street and ripped into a nearby restaurant in Somalia’s capital on Thursday.(AP)

15 killed as Somalia bomb hits restaurant at lunchtime

Mogadishu | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON MAR 28, 2019 09:35 PM IST
Security officials and witnesses reported bodies strewn on the ground as plumes of smoke rose high into the air after the bomb detonated on Mogadishu’s Maka Al-Mukarama road, one of the seaside capital’s main thoroughfares, an area busy with businesses and travellers.
Police in Somalia say a suicide car bombing near the presidential palace has killed at least six people and wounded several others.(AP/ Representative Image)
Police in Somalia say a suicide car bombing near the presidential palace has killed at least six people and wounded several others.(AP/ Representative Image)

16 killed in suicide car bombing near Somalia’s presidential palace

Mogadishu, Somalia | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2018 05:40 PM IST
Capt. Mohamed Hussein says the bomber targeted a military checkpoint near the rear entrance of the heavily fortified palace.
People look through window bars in their shelter within a camp for internally displaced people in Chelelektu, a town in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region in Ethiopia on August 15.(REUTERS File)
People look through window bars in their shelter within a camp for internally displaced people in Chelelektu, a town in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region in Ethiopia on August 15.(REUTERS File)

Ethnic violence in southern Ethiopia kills 21, wounds 61: State media

Addis Ababa | By Reuters
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2018 05:44 PM IST
Fighting broke out between Somalis and Oromos in Moyale, a town bordering Kenya, on Thursday and Friday, the Ethiopia News Agency said, citing Suraw Mohammed, deputy spokesman of Somalia Regional State
Fishermen stand on the Indian Ocean beach at dusk in the former pirate village of Eyl, in Somalia's semiautonomous northeastern state of Puntland.(AP File photo)
Fishermen stand on the Indian Ocean beach at dusk in the former pirate village of Eyl, in Somalia's semiautonomous northeastern state of Puntland.(AP File photo)

INS Sunayna seizes illegal arms from fishing boat off Somalia coast

Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2018 11:35 PM IST
INS Sunayna has been deployed on anti-piracy patrol in the Gulf of Aden since October 6.
A Somalia police officer secures the scene of a suicide bomb attack. (Representational Photo)(AFP)
A Somalia police officer secures the scene of a suicide bomb attack. (Representational Photo)(AFP)

Somali extremists kill 18 for music in Islamic services

Kenya | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2018 02:28 PM IST
Somali security forces responded and there was a battle with heavy gunfire in the building. Three attackers were killed in the shootout and one was captured alive, said Awale.
The falcons spend their summers at their breeding grounds in southeast Russia and northeast China.(AP)
The falcons spend their summers at their breeding grounds in southeast Russia and northeast China.(AP)

Two radio-tagged Amur falcons reach Somalia in five days

Hindustan Times, Imphal | By Sobhapati Samom
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2018 09:35 AM IST
Two satellite-tagged female Amur falcons, ‘Longleng’ and ‘Tamenglong’, named after two districts of Nagaland and Manipur, flew non-stop for five days to cover 5,700 km to reach a stop-over site in Somalia on Saturday.
New Delhi: Boxer and brand ambassador of the 10th Women's World Championship, M C Mary Kom, gestures as she speaks during a press conference ahead of 'AIBA women's World Boxing Championship 2018'(PTI)
New Delhi: Boxer and brand ambassador of the 10th Women's World Championship, M C Mary Kom, gestures as she speaks during a press conference ahead of 'AIBA women's World Boxing Championship 2018'(PTI)

AIBA Women World Boxing Championship: Indian contingent ready to take on the world

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2018 01:33 PM IST
The highlight of 10th edition will be that new countries—Scotland, Malta, Bangladesh, Cayman Islands, DR Congo, Mozambique, Sierra Leone and Somalia—are making their debut to make the New Delhi championships very special.
Somalian boxer Ramla Ali practices for the upcoming 'AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships 2018' at IG Stadium in New Delhi.(AP)
Somalian boxer Ramla Ali practices for the upcoming 'AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships 2018' at IG Stadium in New Delhi.(AP)

World Boxing Championships: Ramla Ali hopes to change ‘ringside’ view of Somalia

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Avishek Roy
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2018 12:55 PM IST
Capital Mogadishu was engulfed in strife when Ramla Ali, barely two-years-old, and her family had to flee to Kenya on a boat.
Smoke billows from the scene of an explosion in Mogadishu, Somalia November 9, 2018.(REUTERS)
Smoke billows from the scene of an explosion in Mogadishu, Somalia November 9, 2018.(REUTERS)

Suicide car bombers kill at least 17 in Somalia

Mogadishu | By Reuters
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2018 11:46 PM IST
Guards at Hotel Sahafi and CID officers opened fire after the blasts, police said.
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