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The Palestinian delegation, with President Mahmoud Abbas at centre, reacts to the resolution upgrading Palestine's status as a non-member observer state. Picture: AP Source: AP
By Sahra Farah On Friday, November 30th, 2012
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Israel, US lament as Palestine celebrates

The Palestinian delegation, with President Mahmoud Abbas at centre, reacts to the resolution upgrading Palestine’s status as a non-member observer state. Picture: AP Source: AP PALESTINIANS are claiming More...

By Qalinle Hussein On Saturday, November 17th, 2012
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Somalia’s new chance at a peaceful future

Walking through Mogadishu recently, I couldn’t help but marvel. The streets teemed with people going about their daily lives. Construction boomed on virtually every block, fueled by investments from the Somali More...

By Qalinle Hussein On Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
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Dahabshiil Works with Diaspora Community to Raise $100,000 for Somali Relief Campaign in the US

Dahabshiil has helped raise $100,000 to provide health care, clean water and employment opportunities in Somalia as part of a diaspora-led campaign in the US. Led by former 1500-metre World Champion, Abdi Bile, More...

By Hassan Ali On Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
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Concerned Somali Diaspora and Civil Society Groups Demand Accountability in Somalia

Friday, July 27, 2012 To: H.E. Ban Ki Moon UN Secretary General Cc: H.E. Dr. Augustine P. Mahiga Special Representative toSomalia(SRSG) and Head of the United Nations Political Office forSomalia(UNPOS) Your Excellency: newOn More...

Participants at the Istanbul Conference on Somalia pose for a photo on the second day of the event. The conference gathered almost all of the groups active in Somalia and representatives from more than 50 countries in Istanbul to discuss the future of the nation. AA photo
By Hassan Ali On Sunday, June 3rd, 2012
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Insight: Turkey tries out soft power in Somalia

Participants at the Istanbul Conference on Somalia pose for a photo on the second day of the event. The conference gathered almost all of the groups active in Somalia and representatives from more than 50 countries More...

The Hargeisa MIG - shot down during the civil war, and a symbol of Somaliland's defiance.
By Qalinle Hussein On Monday, May 28th, 2012
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Take a Holiday in Somaliland – Journey to the State That Isn’t

Russian made mig fighter jet that was used in 1989 seen hanging in Hargeisa as a monument of reminder to the people of Somaliland of atrocities done by former dictator Muhamed Siad Barre, who was later toppled More...

By Sahra Farah On Sunday, August 14th, 2011
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Somaliand deserves sovereignty

By Timothy A. Ridout WASHINGTON Somaliland, in northwestern Somalia, is not experiencing famine. Nor will it. Like southern Somalia, Somaliland has been hit hard by drought and there are food shortages, but famine More...

By Qalinle Hussein On Sunday, July 31st, 2011
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UN Calls for Suspension of Giant Hydroelectric Dam in Ethiopia

NEW YORK — The United Nations has come out in support of critics of Ethiopia’s massive Gibe III hydropower project, calling for work to be suspended until the negative impacts of the dam can be assessed. The More...

By Sahra Farah On Wednesday, May 18th, 2011
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20 Years After Secession, Somaliland Still Seeks Recognition

HARGEISA — The U.S. Representative of the de facto country of Somaliland says it is about time for the international community to officially recognize Somaliland as a country. This comes as Somaliland this More...

By Hassan Ali On Monday, May 2nd, 2011
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UN chief to ‘carefully study’ Palestinian unity deal

NEW YORK — UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has noted “with interest” a new unity deal between the Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah but is waiting for details of the accord, his spokesman said. “With More...

By Hassan Ali On Friday, April 29th, 2011
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UN Pays Kuwait $880 Million in Damages for Iraq Invasion

NEW YORK — The United Nations’ compensation commission on Thursday paid $880 million to Kuwaiti claimants for their losses during Iraq’s invasion of the small Gulf nation over 20 years ago. The majority More...

By Qalinle Hussein On Thursday, April 21st, 2011
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Somaliland president backs piracy prisons

ABU DHABI — Somaliland will support a United Nations-backed plan to hold convicted pirates in its prisons, its president said on Wednesday, as the breakaway northern enclave bids to gain recognition for its More...

The United Nations controls Somalia's air traffic and collects its flyover fees, leaving little, Somalis say, to repair the decrepit airport in Mogadishu. Todd Heisler/The New York Times
By Mohamed I. Haji Abdi On Friday, April 15th, 2011
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Somalia Seeks Control of Its Airspace From the UN

MOGADISHU — With pirates running rampant offshore and Islamist militants boxing lawmakers into a corner of this bullet-ridden capital, the beleaguered Somali government does not control its land or its seas. But More...

By Qalinle Hussein On Monday, April 4th, 2011
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Somali clan leaders warn the UN over meetings

MOGADISHU — Somali elders and clan leaders held a conference in Mogadishu on Sunday and warned the United Nations against holding the upcoming consultative meeting in the Kenyan capital Nairobi on April. Peace More...