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Two car bombs explode in Somali capital and kill 18 people

February 23, 2018   Smoke rises after car bombs explode in Mogadishu, Somalia February 23, 2018. Universal TV via REUTERS   By Abdi Sheikh and Feisal Omar   MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Twin car bombs killed 18 people in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Friday in an attack by the Islamist militant group al Shabaab, but security forces shot dead five assailants, ...

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UN Report Accuses South Sudan Officials, Military Officers of War Crimes

VOA News | Published: February 23, 2018   FILE – South Sudanese soldiers suspected of beating and raping civilians are chained together at the presidential guard unit, within the Sudan People’s Liberation Army headquarters, after their arrest in Juba, March 3, 2017.   U.N. investigators say they have identified more than 40 South Sudanese officials and military officers who may ...

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Djibouti ends Dubai’s DP World contract to run container terminal

February 23, 2018   A worker walks in the container terminal of the port of Djibouti, in the tiny Horn of Africa Republich of Djibouti. (File Photo: AFP) DJIBOUTI/LONDON: Djibouti has ended a contract with Dubai’s DP World, one of the world’s biggest port operators, to run its Doraleh Container Terminal, the president’s office said on Thursday. “The Republic of ...

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Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018: A successful start

Ahram Online | Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018   Egyptian armed forces (Photo: Egypt’s ministry of Defense handout)   By Ahmed Eleiba   As the counter-terrorist Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018 (COS 2018) continues to unfold, communiqués released by the military spokesman indicate the operation is picking up in pace and intensity. No official timeframe has been given for the operation ...

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Ethiopia releases 1,500 prisoners in eastern Somali region

Reuters | Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018   Police officers on patrol in Addis Ababa. Ethiopia has released more than 6,000 prisoners since January, including some high-profile journalists and opposition leaders. (Reuters)   NAIROBI: Ethiopia has released more than 1,500 prisoners in its eastern Somali region, government officials said on social media, days after the government declared a state of ...

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Somalia: Detained Children Face Abuse

Human Rights Watch | Published – February 21, 2018 Emphasize Rehabilitation, Develop Child-Specific Procedures A prison warden at a prison in Garowe, Puntland state, in northeastern Somalia, December 2016. Fifty-four boys, some as young as 12, sent to fight by Al-Shabab in Puntland, spent months in this facility far from their homes. A military court sentenced 28 of the 54 ...

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U.S. military denies Al-Shabaab killed its soldier in Somalia

February 21, 2018   Image used for representational purpose only | Photo Credit: France 24 AFP MOGADISHU (Xinhua) — The United States military confirmed Tuesday no American soldier was killed or injured in southern Somalia as claimed by the Islamist militant group, Al-Shabaab. The U.S. Africa Command (Africom), which oversees American troops on the continent, dismissed the report as incorrect ...

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Pressure on EU’s southern borders from African migrants seen persisting in 2018

February 20, 2018   Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri briefs the media on the findings of the EU border agency’s Risk Analysis Report for 2018, in Brussels, Belgium February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir   Gabriela Baczynska   BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union’s southern borders in the Mediterranean will remain under heavy pressure from African migrants trying to reach Europe ...

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