March 6, 2013 | Morning Headlines.

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Strong currency hits livelihoods in Somalia

05 Mar – Source: Daily Nation – 72 words

For the family of Ahmed Hassan, the fall of the US dollar against the Somali shilling has rendered making ends meeting a struggle of its own. His family, like many others, received a few hundred dollars from family members abroad with which they paid all the households needs, including food, schools fees and medical treatments. But the fall in the rate of the dollar against the Somali shilling has impacted on their livelihood.

Key Headlines

  • The president of Somalia says there will be a negotiation with Al-Shabaab (Radio Kulmiye)
  • Puntland sentences more Al Shabaab agents to death (Garowe Online)
  • Somalia celebrates its first Taekwondo medal (Raxanreeb)
  • In meeting with Foreign Minister Ban welcomes Italy’s support to UN efforts (UN News Center)
  • 15 Al-Shabaab militants killed as suicide mission goes awry (Africa Review)

SOMALI MEDIA

The president of Somalia says there will be a negotiation with Al-Shabaab

05 Mar – Source: Radio Kulmiye – 89 words

In an interview by the Qatari broadcast organization QNA, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud has said that his government is ready to negotiate will the Al-Shabab militant fighters inside Somalia but admitted that some individuals cannot be part of the negotiations, indicating that these individuals are currently under a tight target by the government of Somalia.


Puntland sentences more Al Shabaab agents to death

05 Mar – Source: Garowe Online – 115 words

The North Eastern Regional Military Court sentenced 3 men to death after they were convicted of terrorism charges on Tuesday, Garowe Online reports. The three men confessed at the hearings that they were part of the Al Shabaab terror organization and were subsequently sentenced to death by firing squad by Judge Abdifatah Haji Mohamud. The young men aged 19 and 18 – who admitted receiving training in southern Somalia – face the same sentence as over a dozen others who were found guilty of terrorism charges last month.


Seychelles hands over convicted pirates to Puntland

05 Mar – Source: Bar-kulan – 97 words

A second group of convicted Somali pirates was on Monday handed over to Puntland authorities.
The nine pirates serving 18 years jail terms will serve the rest of their sentences in prison facilities in the regional government. A plane carrying the pirates landed at Bosaso airport on Tuesday morning and they were immediately handed over to Puntland authorities as part of an earlier deal between Seychelles and Puntland.


Somalia celebrates its first Taekwondo medal

05 Mar – Source: Raxanreeb – 96 words

Emerging from decades of bloodshed and terrorism, Somalia is celebrating its first ever Taekwondo medal gained during the recent 5th Alexandria International Open, an unprecedented victory which the Somali Nationasl Olympic Committee described as a ‘symbol’ for the recovery of Somalia which is once again back on track. “Following Somalia NOC’s new development strategy with Somali athletes living abroad, we are happy to inform the world of sport that Somalia Taekwondo Federation won its first medal in the country’s history” Somali NOC secretary General Duran Ahmed Farah said in a press statement in Mogadishu on Monday evening.

REGIONAL MEDIA

15 Al-Shabaab militants killed as suicide mission goes awry

05 Mar – Source: Africa Review – 130 words

Up to 15 Al-Shabaab fighters were killed when a vehicle laden with explosives went off in a house in Buloburte town, some 200 km north of the capital Mogadishu. It was not clear if the militants died while packing the car with bombs for a suicide mission or if it went off afterwards while they were in the vicinity. Resident said that they believed 20 more were wounded, local media houses in Mogadishu reported. “The militants were most likely packing the vehicle with explosive devices or in the house when the deadly incident occurred,” said a resident who asked the media not to release their name.


Strong currency hits livelihoods in Somalia

05 Mar – Source: Daily Nation – 72 words

For the family of Ahmed Hassan, the fall of the US dollar against the Somali shilling has rendered making ends meeting a struggle of its own. His family, like many others, received a few hundred dollars from family members abroad with which they paid all the households needs, including food, schools fees and medical treatments. But the fall in the rate of the dollar against the Somali shilling has impacted on their livelihood.

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA

In meeting with Foreign Minister, Ban welcomes Italy’s support to UN efforts

05 Mar – Source: UN News Center – 148 words

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the country’s support for United Nations efforts in Mali and the entire Sahel region, as well as in Libya and Somalia. Mr. Ban and Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata also discussed the crisis in Syria as well as the recent meeting of the core group of the Friends of Syria, which took place in Rome last week, according to information provided by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.


“SL Police is a shining example in Africa”-AMISOM Police Commissioner

05 Mar – Source: Awoko News – 131 words

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Police Commissioner Benson Oyo-Nyeko says the “Sierra Leone Police is a shining example in Africa, in terms of their performance in AMISOM”. Major General Dr. Sharif Sekluna Maye, Somali Police Commissioner also said the Sierra Leone Police is one of the best in Africa, in terms of performance at the African Union Mission in Somalia. Major-General Dr. Sharif Sekluna Maye, Somalia Police Commissioner and team from AMISOM and Somalia Police Force (SPF) were in Sierra Leone last week on a study tour to learn best policing practices.

SOCIAL MEDIA

CULTURE / OPINION / EDITORIAL / ANALYSIS / BLOGS/ DISCUSSION BOARDS

“Mogadishu is a noisy city. It has to be. Everything in the city happens while the sun is up. You get a sense of frantic energy but at the same time nobody is in any real rush. The people here subscribe to the philosophy “whatever happens, happens”.”

From Sydney to Somalia: My journey home

05 Mar- Source: Voices of Africa-1100 Words
In November last year, I made my way to Dubai airport to catch the early African Express flight to Mogadishu. To my surprise, several other Somali-Australians who I knew at home in Sydney were already in line, waiting to board the same plane. One woman had brought her two teenage sons with her. It would be their first visit home. I couldn’t help but chuckle as I recognised the fear and irritation etched on their young faces. I wore the exact same look seven years ago when I made my first trip to Mogadishu from Sydney. I lived in the city for a year, and was now returning for a short visit.

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