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The Khatumo state officials and forces fled into Ethiopia after serious fighting

SOMALILAND: Two Soldiers and Seven Khatumo Militia Members Die in Saahdheer Fighting

  By Abdiqani Hassan, Reuters At least nine people were killed in fighting on Thursday between rival areas in Somalia’s usually calm Somaliland region, residents said, highlighting the fragility of security improvements anywhere in the Horn of Africa nation. Somaliland forces launched an...
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Karimjee Ahmed Ali, 34, hides his face after he was arrested in with 23 Kenyan passports in Voo, in Kitui County. [PHOTO: PAUL MUTUA/STANDARD]

KENYA: Man Arrested with 23 Kenyan Passports could be Al Shabaab Sympathiser: Police

  KITUI, KENYA: A 34-year-old man has been arrested in Kitui County with 23 Kenyan passports. Karimjee Ahmed Ali was arrested in Voo, Mutha Division in Kitui South Sub County Wednesday by inquisitive police officers who were aroused by the numerous passports in his possession that had different...
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Sources say American-born ISIS terrorist Abdirahmaan Muhumed was killed in a Syrian battle over the weekend. . Photo by FACEBOOK

Somali-American Dad-of-Nine Abdirahmaan Muhumed Killed Fighting for ISIS in Syria: Report

  By Meg Wagner Abdirahmaan Muhumed was killed in the Syrian ISIS battle that left Douglas McCain dead, sources say. The U.S. State Department has not confirmed his death, but said it is looking into a report that a second American was killed over the weekend after it identified Douglas McAuthur...
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ONLF’s Response Regarding Puntland Strongman’s Utterances against the Struggle of the Somali People in Ogadenia

ONLF statement August 28 – 2014 Abdiweli Gaas, the former Somali PM who now rules Puntland, has recently stomped to Ethiopia, claiming that he no longer recognizes the Somali Federal government, seeking help from the Ethiopian regime which is known to encourage any spoiler like Abdiweli in order to...
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Somaliland’s armed forces Chief of staff General Ismail Mohamed Shakale

SOMALILAND: Galaydh Narrowly Escapes Capture as Army Disrupt Khatumo State’s Swearing-In Ceremony

  By Abdirisak Itaqile Hargeisa, (SM) -Somaliland’s armed forces have disrupted the installation ceremony for the secessionist Khaatumo state’s Purported President Thursday, arresting two Somali parliamentarians and eleven Khaatumo militias in Saahdheer town of Sool Region. Armed forces Chief...
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The Hargeisa Book Fair in Somaliland is hoping to revive the country's lapsed literary tradition. Literature first flourished in the 70s, when Somali President Mohammed Siad Barre introduced a standard written version of the Somali language using Latin script.

SOMALILAND: Building a Literary Tradition in a Land with No Alphabet

  By Conrad Heine for CNN HARGEISA, Somaliland (CNN) —In 1856, British explorer Richard Burton described Somalia as a nation of poets. It may seem an unlikely moniker for a country that has since become defined by piracy, state collapse, and the many horrors unleashed by Al-Shabaab — the...
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Money exchangers in Hargeisa's open market

Franchise Opportunity: Western Union in Somaliland

  The self-declared republic’s economy is based on remittances from abroad — which are good business, too. So why is the money-transfer industry under threat? By Michela Wrong HARGEISA, Somaliland — Halima Mohamed, an expert on infectious diseases, was working on a primary-health...
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A woman and her daughter arrange branches of khat into small bundles in Mogadishu on Aug. 9. Grown on plantations in the highlands of Kenya and Ethiopia, tons of the leafy stimulant, dubbed 'the flower of paradise' by its users, are flown daily into Mogadishu for distribution to markets across Somalia. | REUTERS

How Britain’s Ban on Khat Created a Supply Glut in Somalia

  By Abdi Sheik Mogadishu, (Reuters) -“The president has arrived, the president has arrived,” chant youths in Mogadishu’s Beerta Khaatka market, as armed men in trucks mounted with machine guns escort lorries with horns blaring through the throng. The joking salutation is not for Somalia’s...
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Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary- General (SRSG) for Children and Armed Conflict

SOMALIA: UN Envoy Calls For End to Child Soldiers’ Recruitment in Somalia

Nairobi, (Xinhua) — The UN envoy for children and armed conflict has called on Somalia to end and prevent the recruitment and use of child soldiers, as well as the killing and maiming of children. Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary- General (SRSG) for Children and Armed Conflict,...
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SOMALILAND: Hargeisa, Bustling Capital of a Country Free of Aid

  By Frederick Golooba-Mutebi It is not as picturesque as Kigali, but I hope you will enjoy your stay in Hargeisa,” so said an elderly man I encountered soon after I arrived in the capital of the Republic of Somaliland, over two weeks ago. I was in town to attend the Hargeisa International Book...
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