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Somalia Defense Minister visits Dhusamareb

Somalia Defense Minister visits Dhusamareb

A delegation led by Minister for Defense, Abdiqadir Sheikh Ali Dini has arrived in the town of Dhusmareeb, the headquarters of Galgadud region.  The Minister was welcomed at Ugas Nur Airport by Members of Parliament, the local administration and civil society organizations. Among the dignitaries accompanying the Minister on his […]

March 2, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

New Alberta-wide Somali TV show will connect community

New Alberta-wide Somali TV show will connect community

By Andrea Sands Monday, March 2, 2015 EDMONTON – People in Alberta’s Somali community will hear their own stories in their own voices on a Somali-language television news program airing Sundays, says the show’s host. The half-hour Omni television show, called Somalis in Alberta, started in September. Organizers hope to […]

March 2, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Kenya: Police Dismiss Mombasa Hate Leaflets

Kenya: Police Dismiss Mombasa Hate Leaflets

Monday, March 02, 2015 Police in Mombasa are looking for the author of hate leaflets that claim the county has secured its independence. The leaflets in Likoni, Mishomoroni, Kisauni and parts of Kilifi county urge all “non-Coastal” natives to leave the region. Speaking to the Star on the phone yesterday, […]

March 2, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Angry local Somalis allege racial profiling, harassment at airports

Angry local Somalis allege racial profiling, harassment at airports

By Paul Mcenroe and Allison Sherry Sunday, March 1, 2015 Mohamed Farah has testified before Congress, conferred with the State Department and met with the secretary of Homeland Security. Two weeks ago, he was among a select group invited to the White House for President Obama’s counterterrorism summit. But despite […]

March 1, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Stalemate continues on helping Somali-Americans wire money

Stalemate continues on helping Somali-Americans wire money

By Allison Sherry Sunday, March 1, 2015 WASHINGTON – It’s been exceedingly hard lately for Somali-Americans to wire cash back to families in their homeland after the main California-based bank that facilitated the bulk of the business halted Somalia transfers Feb. 7. The bank stopped doing business in Somalia after […]

March 1, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Somalia’s al Shabaab injures police in Mogadishu car bomb

Somalia’s al Shabaab injures police in Mogadishu car bomb

Somali militants al Shabaab detonated a car bomb in the capital Mogadishu on Saturday, injuring two police officers, police and a spokesman for the Islamists said. Somali police said the attackers had remotely exploded a car and then escaped. Two policemen were injured but there were no known fatalities. A […]

February 28, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Mother-in-law jokes in Mogadishu: satirist shows other side of Somalia

Mother-in-law jokes in Mogadishu: satirist shows other side of Somalia

Saturday, February 28, 2015 A mother is justifying her son’s divorce, absolving him from all blame. “These girls of 2014 are wasteful youths,” she says, talking on the phone and shaking her head. “The one my son Weheliye was married to, all that one knew of cooking was cornflakes. I […]

February 28, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Emwazi’s Old Schoolmate: ‘He Was Like Any Of Us’

Emwazi’s Old Schoolmate: ‘He Was Like Any Of Us’

Saturday, February 28, 2015 A classmate of Mohammed Emwazi – the Londoner unmasked as “Jihadi John” – has told Sky News that “nothing in his high school could have left him radicalised”. The fellow pupil of the Quintin Kynaston academy, who was two years older than Emwazi and does not […]

February 28, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

UN Envoy to Somalia welcomes release of hostages, calls for remaining captives to be freed

UN Envoy to Somalia welcomes release of hostages, calls for remaining captives to be freed

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Nicholas Kay, welcomed the release on 25 February of four remaining crewmen of the FV Prantalay 12 vessel, taken hostage at sea by Somali pirates on 18 April 2010. This is the longest period of captivity by any hostages of […]

February 27, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Central bank chief battles to keep Somalia connected to world finance

Central bank chief battles to keep Somalia connected to world finance

By Drazen Jorgic Friday, February 27, 2015 NAIROBI (Reuters) – In a world where many central bankers fret about deflation, defaults and currency break-ups, Somalia’s central bank chief has a more straightforward mission: helping a financial industry that grew up in war to survive in peace. It has become an […]

February 27, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Transfer Denied: The Hidden Costs of Washington’s War Against al-Shabab

Transfer Denied: The Hidden Costs of Washington’s War Against al-Shabab

By Jamila Trindle Friday, February 27, 2015 COLUMBUS, Ohio — As a child, Noor Dubow fled war in his homeland of Somalia. Growing up, he fought constantly against hunger while living in a refugee camp in neighboring Kenya. Today, he wears a tie to work, goes to school at night, […]

February 27, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

UN extends Amisom mandate in Somalia by 12 months

UN extends Amisom mandate in Somalia by 12 months

By John Njagi Friday, February 27, 2015 Kenya Defence Forces will be in Somalia for longer after the United Nations Security Council extended the mandate of Amison for a further one year. Defence Cabinet Secretary Raychell Omamo on Thursday said Kenya welcomed the extension of the mandate of the African […]

February 27, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Soweto: Burning man, Burning Somali Man.

Soweto: Burning man, Burning Somali Man.

Friday, February 27, 2015 A meeting held by Soweto business owners to discuss foreign-owned businesses operating in the area saw tempers flare as the agenda focused only on how to expel them. When one of the locals received a phone call saying his sister had been assaulted by a Somali […]

February 27, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

The other side of Somalia’s pirates

The other side of Somalia’s pirates

      By Hamza Mohamed Eyl, Somalia – Hawa Mohamed Saeed recites a prayer in a barely audible voice as she waits for the phone to ring with news of her imprisoned son. This has been her daily routine for the past five years. Dressed in red flowing garment […]

February 26, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Somalia’s al-Shabab Claims Fire Mortars at Presidential Palace

Somalia’s al-Shabab Claims Fire Mortars at Presidential Palace

Somalia’s al-Shabab militants said they carried out a mortar attack on the presidential palace in the capital Mogadishu on Thursday, but there were no immediate reports of casualties. The al-Qaida-affiliated group was pushed out of Mogadishu by African peacekeeping forces in 2011 but has waged a series of gun and […]

February 26, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Minnesota teen pleads guilty to trying to support terrorism

Minnesota teen pleads guilty to trying to support terrorism

Associated Press Thursday, February 26, 2015 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota teenager who had been stopped at the airport as he was trying to travel to Syria pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Abdullahi Mohamud Yusuf, 18, admitted in […]

February 26, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

British authorities linked ‘Jihadi John’ to militant killed by US drone

A masked, black-clad militant, who has been identified by the Washington Post newspaper as a Briton named Mohammed Emwazi, brandishes a knife in this still image from a 2014 video obtained from Site Intel Group Feb 26, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

Thursday, February 26, 2015 WASHINGTON – British authorities have linked Mohammed Emwazi, a Londoner identified by US national security sources as Jihadi John, the knife-wielding militant who appeared in videos depicting the beheadings of western hostages, to another British militant killed in Somalia in a US drone attack. A British […]

February 26, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Ohio Man Accused of Giving Terrorists Tablet Denies Charges

Ohio Man Accused of Giving Terrorists Tablet Denies Charges

A man accused of providing a computer tablet and other support to terrorists overseas and laundering money to disguise his actions pleaded not guilty Wednesday, and a judge set his bond at $1 million. Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud gave the tablet to people during a visit to the Middle East in the past […]

February 26, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

At margins of hot war, Somalis ‘hanging by a thread’

At margins of hot war, Somalis ‘hanging by a thread’

Global Information Network Thrusday, February 26, 2015 After twin suicide bombings at a popular Mogadishu hotel last week that killed 25 and wounded 40, news reporters were seen swarming through the city, spotlighting the victims, the assassins, the motives and the official response. This left actor Barkhad Abdi, who played […]

February 26, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Mogadishu: Somalia’s new information minister takes office

Mogadishu: Somalia’s new information minister takes office

Mogadishu-Wacaal Media Somalia’s new information minister, Mohamud Abdi Hayir took office following a handover ceremony held in the ministry’s headquarters in Mogadishu on Wednesday. The handover ceremony was attended by Somalia’s Prime Minister, Omar Abdirashid Ali and other government officials. Mustaf Ali Dhuhulow, the outgoing minister, was not present at […]

February 25, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Somalia welcomes first US ambassador after 24 years

Somalia welcomes first US ambassador after 24 years

The Somali government on Wednesday welcomed the nomination of a U.S. ambassador to the country – Somalia’s first since 1991. “On behalf of the Federal Government of Somalia and all Somalis, I welcome [U.S.] President Barack Obama’s decision to nominate Katherine S. Dhanani as ambassador to Somalia,” Prime Minister Omar […]

February 25, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Three children die of thirst in Bakol

Three children die of thirst in Bakol

Three children died of dehydration in the border town of Yeed in Bakol region this week, according to a local official. Yeed district commissioner Abdifaqid Duwane told Radio Ergo the only generator-powered well, which was the main source of water, had broken down. Duwane said the children had been waiting […]

February 25, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Puntland welcomes the oppointment of mrs Katherine simonds Dhanani as the new ambassador US to Somalia

Puntland welcomes the oppointment of mrs Katherine simonds Dhanani as the new ambassador US to Somalia

Garoowe-Wacaal Media The Puntland State of Somalia fully welcomes the historic appointment of Mrs Katherine Simonds Dhananias the new U.S. ambassador to Somalia; the first such appointment in more than two decades. Ambassador Dhanani’s appointment speaks volume of the progress Somalia is making and demonstrates the growing confidence of international […]

February 25, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Police look for answers after Sumaya Dalmar, a Toronto transgender woman found dead

Police look for answers after Sumaya Dalmar, a Toronto transgender woman found dead

By Lauren Strapagiel Wednesday, February 25, 2015 Sumaya Dalmar, a 26-year-old transgender woman, was found dead on Sunday in Toronto’s east end. Described as a “bold, brave and brilliant young woman who loved her friends fiercely,” members of both Toronto’s LGBT and Somali communities are mourning her loss. Though police […]

February 25, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Columbus man helped terrorists, indictment says

Columbus man helped terrorists, indictment says

By John Futty Wednesday, February 25, 2015 A West Side man is accused of supporting Middle Eastern terrorists through money laundering and by providing resources in what prosecutors say is the first indictment of its kind in Franklin County Common Pleas Court. Abdirahman S. Mohamud, 23, was arrested on Saturday […]

February 25, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Obama Nominates 1st US Ambassador to Somalia Since 1991

The first U.S ambassador to Somalia for nearly 25 years Mrs Katherine Simonds Dhanani.

By MATTHEW LEE AP Diplomatic Writer Wednesday, February 25, 2015 President Barack Obama has nominated a career diplomat to be the first U.S. ambassador to Somalia in nearly 25 years, filling a post that has been vacant since the Horn of Africa country collapsed into chaos in 1991, forcing the […]

February 25, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

International partners welcome reconciliation efforts by local elders in the central regions to mediate peaceful solution in Guricel

International partners welcome reconciliation efforts by local elders in the central regions to mediate peaceful solution in Guricel

MOGADISHU, 24 February 2015 The United Nations, African Union, European Union, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), United Kingdom and the United States of America have welcomed efforts by local elders and business people in Somalia’s central regions to mediate a peaceful solution to the recent conflict in Guricel. They expressed […]

February 24, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Somalia: Baidoa children go to school as security improves

Somalia: Baidoa children go to school as security improves

Baidoa-Somalia There has been a rie in the number of children attending schools in Baidoa district, according to education officials. There are now 10,540 students including 4,000 girls enrolled at public and private schools. Bay region’s education chairman Maadey Sidow attributed the rise from last year’s 8,000 students to the […]

February 24, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Kenya to build wall on border with Somalia

Kenya to build wall on border with Somalia

Nairobi-Kenya The government will construct a wall between Kenya and Somalia on a portion of the border in Lamu County to enhance security. Lamu Governor Issa Timamy said the wall would help prevent illegal immigrants from crossing into Kenya. “I have been briefed about the plan and construction works will […]

February 24, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Khalifa Foundation to build water project in Somaliland

Khalifa Foundation to build water project in Somaliland

  Tuesday, February 24, 2015 52-km pipeline will have a capacity of more than one million gallons of water per day. HARGEISA – The Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation has launched a project to extract water and build a pipeline to provide water to the population of Hargeisa, Somalia. […]

February 24, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Shabaab kills Somali soldiers in Puntland ambush

Shabaab kills Somali soldiers in Puntland ambush

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 in an ambush laid by Al-Shabaab militants in the semi-autonomous Puntland region. “Al-Shabaab militants attacked two of our army bases in the Galgala Mountains on Sunday and Monday,” Abdulkadir Samaysane, a senior official in the Puntland regional government, told The Anadolu Agency by phone. He said […]

February 24, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

We have learnt a lesson from Mogadishu blast says Internal security ministry of Somalia

We have learnt a lesson from Mogadishu blast says Internal security ministry of Somalia

Mogadishu-Wacaal Media Security agencies in Somalia have learnt a bitter lesson from the deadly blast that rocked a Mogadishu hotel. Speaking to the local press in the aftermath of the terror act, internal security ministry spokesman Mr. Mohamed Yussuf Osman added that security forces are now very alert and ready […]

February 23, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Bakaara’s main oil market on fire

Bakaara’s main oil market on fire

 Mogadishu-Wacaal Media News reaching Wacaal media indicates that Somalia’s biggest market Bakaara’s oil section is on fire. Fire balls and huge smoke emanating from the market could be seen from most parts of Mogadishu. Members of the public, fire fighters from Banaadir region and those from the private sector are […]

February 23, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Djibouti closes its Somaliland side border with Somalia

Djibouti closes its Somaliland side border with Somalia

Hargaysa-Wacaal Media The government of Djibouti has completely shut its border with northern Somalia. Djibouti claims that they have taken the decision following increased threats from terrorists operating in the horn of Africa region especially in Somalia. Officials of the Somaliland administration in Seyla confirmed to the local press that […]

February 23, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Turkish delegation in Kismayu visit

Turkish delegation in Kismayu visit

Kismayu-Wacaal Media A delegation from the Turkish embassy in Somalia headed by Ambassador Olgen Beker has today reached Jubbaland’s headquarters Kismayu. Others in the team are his deputy and officials of several NGOs from Turkey. On arrival, the delegation was received by the second vice president of Jubbaland Abdikadir luga-dheere, […]

February 23, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Jubbaland security officials capture suspected members of Al-Shabaab

Jubbaland security officials capture suspected members of Al-Shabaab

Kismayu – Wacaal Media Security forces in Kismayu this morning announced that they arrested seven vehicles that suspectedly belong to Al-Shabaab. The vehicles entered the city late last night through the western side neighbourhood of Afmadow. Deputy Commander of the Jubbaland security forces Mr. Nur Gaas said that they got […]

February 22, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Security tightened as Presidents of Somalia and Djibouti arrive in Beledweyne

Security tightened as Presidents of Somalia and Djibouti arrive in Beledweyne

Beledweyne-Wacaal Media President Ismail Omar Gueleh and his host Hassan Sheikh Mohamud arrived in Hiraan region’s Beledweyne town this morning to kick off an operation to flush out Al-Shabaab from the region. On arrival, the two were received by senior officials of Hiraan regional administration, senior commanders of the Djibouti […]

February 22, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Former Somali lawmaker says he knows hotel suicide bomber

Former Somali lawmaker says he knows hotel suicide bomber

Sunday, February 22, 2015 MOGADISHU — Former Somali Member of Parliament Salat Ali Jelle said Saturday he personally knew a woman suicide bomber who attacked Central Hotel in Mogadishu on Friday. Jelle said Somali-Dutch Lul Ahmed blew herself up, killing more than 25 people including two lawmakers, and wounding over […]

February 22, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

President Sharif Hassan holds talks with Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto.

President Sharif Hassan holds talks with Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto.

Wacaal Media – Nairobi Kenya has thrown its weight behind the newly created South West State of Somalia and its President Sharif Hassan. Speaking at his Karen home in Nairobi on Friday after hosting President of Somalia’s fourth semi-autonomous state, Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto said that bolstering regional states […]

February 21, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Mogadishu hotel suicide bombers were Dutch: Somali intelligence

Mogadishu hotel suicide bombers were Dutch: Somali intelligence

Saturday, February 21, 2015 Mogadishu (AFP) – Twin suicide bombings at a Mogadishu hotel popular with ministers and officials were carried out by Dutch nationals, Somali intelligence sources said Saturday, the day after 25 people were killed. Somali intelligence believe both suicide bombers — a man and a woman — […]

February 21, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Somalia’s Injured Deputy Primier airlifted to Turkey

Somalia’s Injured Deputy Primier airlifted to Turkey

Mogadishu-Wacaal Media  Somalia’s Deputy Premier who was injured in yesterday terror attack in a city hotel was this morning airlifted to Turkey for specialized treatment. Mr. Mohamed Omar Arte was among several leaders caught out in yesterday’s attack but is said to be in stable condition. “We have transferred Mr. […]

February 21, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Presidents of Somalia and Djibouti lay foundation of regional Somali language academy

Presidents of Somalia and Djibouti lay foundation of regional Somali language academy

Mogadishu-Wacaal Media President Ismail Omar Guelle of Djibouti and a delegation he was heading arrived in Mogadishu earlier today. On arrival, Mr. Guelle was received by the host President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somalia, Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali, several Ministers and members of Parliament. The two presidents kicked off […]

February 21, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

The injured in yesterday’s suicide bombing in Mogadishu to be transferred to the UAE

The injured in yesterday’s suicide bombing in Mogadishu to be transferred to the UAE

Mogadishu-Wacaal Media  Plans are underway to transfer to the United Arab Emirates those who sustained serious injuries in yesterday’s suicide bombing targeting Central Hotel in Mogadishu. According to the Emirates News Agency, President of the UAE Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has offered the injured specialized treatment in the […]

February 21, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Dutch Muslim Mayor to Other Muslims: Accept Western Values or Go Back Home

Dutch Muslim Mayor to Other Muslims: Accept Western Values or Go Back Home

Mediaite By Andrew Kirell Saturday, February 21, 2015 The Muslim mayor of a city in the Netherlands believes he has the authority to speak more directly on the subject of extremism. He did so this week by bluntly telling fellow Muslim immigrants that they either need to accept Western norms […]

February 21, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

UN Special Representative for Somalia condemns attack on Central Hotel in Mogadishu

UN Special Representative for Somalia condemns attack on Central Hotel in Mogadishu

Mogadishu, 20 February, 2015– The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Nicholas Kay, condemns, in the strongest terms, today’s attack on the Central Hotel in Mogadishu that resulted in the death and injury of dozens of people, including senior members of the Federal Government of Somalia. Al-Shabaab […]

February 20, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Deputy Prime Minister of Somalia injured in Mogadishu blast

Deputy Prime Minister of Somalia injured in Mogadishu blast

Mogadishu-Wacaal Media Deputy Prime Minster of Somalia Mohamed Omar Arte was today injured in the twin blasts targeting a hotel frequented by officials of the government. Arte, who is the acting premier currently, reportedly lives in the hotel. Most people were either having lunch while others were praying in a […]

February 20, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Al-Shabaab claims responsibility of twin Mogadishu blasts

Al-Shabaab claims responsibility of twin Mogadishu blasts

Mogadishu-Wacaal Media Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for today’s successive blast that rocked a hotel in Mogadishu city. The militia posted this in a magazine they publish saying that they targeted government officials and managed to kill several of them hence declaring it mission successful. They added that the attacks were […]

February 20, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Up to 10 people killed in twin Mogadishu blasts

Up to 10 people killed in twin Mogadishu blasts

Mogadishu-Wacaal Media Ten people were confirmed dead as more than fifteen others sustained serious injuries in Huge twin successive blasts rocked Mogadishu city today a few minutes in to Friday prayers. The blasts targeted two different hotels namely Hotel Central and Naaso Hablood located near the presidential palace, Villa Somalia. […]

February 20, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Successive blasts rock Mogadishu City

Successive blasts rock Mogadishu City

Wacaal Media – Mogadishu Huge successive blasts occurred in Mogadishu today targeting Hotel Central and Naasa hablood hotels located near Hawo Tako junction. According to reliable sources, the first of the twin blasts were caused by a suicide bomber while the second came after a vehicle laden with explosives forced […]

February 20, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Norway Prison Allows Imams for Inmates

Norway Prison Allows Imams for Inmates

Friday, February 20, 2015 CAIRO – A Norwegian prison near Oslo announced plans to bring in imams for Muslim inmates, amid calls for allowing Muslims to practice religion to counter any chances of radicalizing them in prison. “We are now about to enter into a partnership with an imam who […]

February 20, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Somalis panic as cash flow dries up after U.S. remittance lifeline cut

Somalis panic as cash flow dries up after U.S. remittance lifeline cut

By Katy Migiro Friday, February 20, 2015 NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Somali families are panicking and businesses are running short of funds two weeks after the last major U.S. bank stopped transferring money to the fragile Horn of Africa country, development groups said. Somalia has no formal banking system […]

February 20, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Somalia Moving Forward: An Alternative Path for Vision 2016 By (Kamal Gutale)

Kamal Gutale former Chief of Staff at Villa Somalia

Looking Back During Somalia’s transitional period, successive governments lacked the ability to propose a cohesive plan to advance the country’s political system and with it their own legitimacy. They have therefore invariably ended up in a hasty and chaotic transfer of power at the end of their respective mandates. Many […]

February 19, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Somali students need more supports, says liaison

Abdalla Kulmiye is an education liaison officer who works with junior high school students. His primary goal is to support Somali and at-risk students, in their transition to high school. Photograph by: Larry Wong, Edmonton Journal - See more at: http://wacaal.com/?p=129509#sthash.Il5uGw5c.dpuf

EDMONTON – Six years ago, when Edmonton’s Somali community was rocked by a string of murders, Abdalla Kulmiye decided to organize a high-school graduation ceremony for Somali families. He was determined to celebrate successes in the community. Just 15 high-school graduates signed up for the 2009 celebration. This year, however, […]

February 19, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Kenya probes suspected Al-Shabaab financier

Kenya probes suspected Al-Shabaab financier

  Thursday, February 19, 2015 MOMBASA, Kenya — Kenyan police on Wednesday interrogated an Al-Shabaab financier in the coastal town of Lamu that had witnessed mass killings over 90 people between June and July last year. The police said Mustafa Shebwana Mohamed was arrested by a team of anti terrorism […]

February 19, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Several people arrested in connection with yesterday’s killing of peacemaker in Beledweyne

Several people arrested in connection with yesterday’s killing of peacemaker in Beledweyne

Wacaal media – Mogadishu   Several people were arrested in a security operation launched by security forces in Beledweyne following yesterday’s killing of a famous peacemaker in the town. Security forces carried out door to door swoops in a bid to flush the criminals immediately the famous peacemaker cum businessman […]

February 18, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Senior Al-shabaab officials arrested in Bakool region

Senior Al-shabaab officials arrested in Bakool region

Wacaal Media – Mogadishu Two senior officials of Al-Shabaab militia were today arrested in Bakool region. Speaking to the local press, the region’s commander of Somali defense forces Mr. Abdiladif Bootaal confirmed that the two were arrested in a security operation carried out by his officers. The two, Sheikh Hassan […]

February 18, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Somali President Jets back in to the Country

Somali President Jets back in to the Country

Wacaal Media – Mogadishu President of the Federal republic of Somalia has today returned to the Country from Germany where went for medical checkup. Accompanied by family members, the president arrived at Aden Ade international airport in the morning and was received by the Speaker of the National Assembly Prof. […]

February 17, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

France debates ban on Muslim veils in universities

France debates ban on Muslim veils in universities

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 The debate over wearing veils at public universities has resurfaced after reports of professors singling out women for wearing hijabs. Both politicians and the public are struggling to find a balance between French secularism and religious tolerance. The issue of whether to let women wear scarves […]

February 17, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Banaadir region’s Police chief sacked

Banaadir region’s Police chief sacked

Wacaal Media – Mogadishu News reaching Wacaal media’s Mogadishu office indicate that Banaadir region’s Police Chief Gen. Mohamed Omar Madale was sent home and was immediately replaced by Gen. Muqtar Hussein Afrah. Sources indicate that Gen. Madaale lost his job after failing to arrest the security situation in Mogadishu during […]

February 17, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

MoneyGram African agent network reaches 25,000 locations

MoneyGram African agent network reaches 25,000 locations

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 NAIROBI, Kenya  – MoneyGram (NASDAQ: MGI), a leading global money transfer company, announces today that its agent network in Africa has now reached 25,000 locations, following a strategic expansion initiative across the continent. Recent technology advances and new agent and sub-agent signings, including an agreement with […]

February 17, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Famous peacemaker killed in Beledweyne

Famous peacemaker killed in Beledweyne

Wacaal Media – Mogadishu News reaching us from Beledweyne indicates that a famous businessman cum peacemaker in the town was this morning killed by unknown gunmen. The fallen peacemaker was known as Haji Gurow and was a famous person in Hiraan region especially Beledweyne where he had several business interests […]

February 17, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Somali-Americans lose another bank willing to transfer cash

Somali-Americans lose another bank willing to transfer cash

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 BLOOMINGTON — For years, Mohammed Amin Kahin has sent money to his family in Somalia to help them with rent, food and schooling. But now the 27-year-old Bloomington man and others in the Twin Cities with roots in the impoverished East Africa country are concerned about […]

February 17, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

New political platform led by former premier Dr. Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed established in Mogadishu.

New political platform led by former premier Dr. Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed established in Mogadishu.

 Mogadishu-Wacaal Media    A new political platform that brings together politicians, members of parliament, former ministers, professionals and former presidential candidates was today announced in Mogadishu. Members of the forum which was dubbed United Democracy Forum of Somalia were holed up in a meeting for the last two days in […]

February 16, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Somalia’s Islamist rebels kill four airport workers in capital

Somalia’s Islamist rebels kill four airport workers in capital

Monday, February 16, 2015 Islamist gunmen killed four airport workers in a drive-by shooting in the centre of Mogadishu on Monday, the police and rebels said, showing the rebels can still carry out attacks in the capital even as they lose territory in the countryside. The Mogadishu airport’s deputy director […]

February 16, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Sisi calls for urgent security talks after ISIS beheading video

Sisi calls for urgent security talks after ISIS beheading video

Monday, February 16, 2015 President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called Sunday an urgent meeting of Egypt’s top national security body after ISIS militants released a video purportedly showing the beheading of Egyptian Christians in Libya. Sisi also gave a television address, saying that Egypt and the world are facing “ferocious threats” […]

February 16, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Somali official killed in Mogadishu shooting

Somali official killed in Mogadishu shooting

Monday, February 16, 2015 A Somali official was killed by unknown gunmen in western Mogadishu, eyewitnesses said. Militants killed Youssef Siyad, an official with Somalia’s ministry of planning and international cooperation, while on his way to work, eyewitnesses told The Anadolu Agency. Security forces arrived at the site of the […]

February 16, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Khat traders in Kenya suspend all exports to Somalia

Khat traders in Kenya suspend all exports to Somalia

Monday, February 16, 2015 Kenya has suspended exports of khat to Somalia. Somali Kenyan consumers rely heavily on imports of khat. In Kenya, the price of khat bag rose to $600, which is twice what it cost until recently, said a trader at the BBC. He said the Somali government, […]

February 16, 2015 | Posted in English News| Read More »

Italian coastguard goes to rescue of at least 600 migrants

Italian coastguard goes to rescue of at least 600 migrants

Sunday, February 15, 2015 ROME (Reuters) – Two merchant ships and an Italian coast guard vessel went to the rescue of more than 600 migrants who sent emergency calls for help from their packed rubber boats near the Libyan coast on Saturday. The rescue operation is the second of its […]

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