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2014-08-22 Ten Nations Commit to Standby Force
[New Times]Ten regional countries have committed to raise a military fighting force of 5,000 troops under the Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF) at a pledging conference in Kigali.

2014-08-22 UNHCR Seeks Repatriation of Somali Refugees
[VOA]Nairobi -The U.N. refugee agency on Wednesday called for East African countries hosting Somali refugees to make voluntary repatriation possible and sustainable.

2014-08-22 Shabelle Media Network Journalists Held in Underground Prison
[IFEX]National Union of Somali Journalists

2014-08-22 Amisom On Track to Leave Somalia in 2016, Envoy Says
[Sabahi]The Somali government is on track to assume independent control of the country by 2016, making it possible for the withdrawal of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), stakeholders said Wednesday (August 20th) according to Uganda's New Vision.

2014-08-22 Somali Military Court Sentences Seven Al-Shabaab Members to Death
[Sabahi]The Somali military court sentenced seven al-Shabaab members to death on Wednesday (August 20th) after finding them guilty of killing a government soldier detained at Mogadishu's central prison, Radio Mogadishu reported.

2014-08-22 Somali Journalists to Face Trial, Govt Denies Torture
[Sabahi]Three Somali journalists will face trial for broadcasts allegedly inciting violence, the Somali government said Thursday (August 21st), dismissing reports that the journalists had been tortured in jail as "pure fabrication".

2014-08-22 Somali Govt to Extend Cash Rewards Program for Information On Al-Shabaab
[Sabahi]Mogadishu -Since the Somali Ministry of National Security started offering cash rewards to citizens for providing information on al-Shabaab, ten attacks have been prevented in Mogadishu in the past two months, ministry officials said.

2014-08-22 Host Countries Promise Joint Engagement to Assist Somali Refugees
[Sabahi]Participants at a ministerial meeting on the protection of Somali refugees held Wednesday (August 20th) in Addis Ababa, reaffirmed their commitment to providing assistance to the refugees and called on the international community to support their efforts.

2014-08-22 Amisom Troops Take Gadon-Dhowe Village in Gedo
[Sabahi]Kenya Defence Forces serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) on Wednesday (August 20th) took control of Gadon-dhowe village in Gedo region from al-Shabaab, Radio Bar-Kulan reported.

2014-08-22 Puntland Sets Conditions for Talks With Somali Federal Govt
[Sabahi]Somalia's federal state of Puntland agreed to engage in mediation with the Somali federal government on the condition that international stakeholders are present for talks, according to a statement released Tuesday (August 19th).

2014-08-22 Dr. Tedros Meets With UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia
[Ethiopia Government]Dr. Tedros Adhanom met with UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia, Nicholas Kay on Thursday (August 21). Dr. Tedros noted that tremendous progress had been made in Somalia in terms of peace and security. He also reaffirmed that Ethiopia along with development partners would support the Federal Government's efforts to promote peace, security and sustainable development in the country.

2014-08-22 Court Bars Deportation of Ethiopian to Somalia
[Capital FM]Nairobi -The High Court has barred the Director of Immigration from deporting an Ethiopian national to Somalia.

2014-08-22 AMISOM to Leave Somalia in 2016
[Dalsan Radio]The African Mission to Somalia (AMISOM), a peace keeping mission operated by the African Union would be leaving Somalia in 2016, according to the latest assessment by stakeholders.

2014-08-22 Commission of Inquiry to Probe the Attack Against Ahmed Dai's House in Wadajir District
[Dalsan Radio]This commission which was recently set up by Prime Minister Abdiwali Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed comprising of MPs and military strategists visited Wadajir District today.

2014-08-22 Attorney General Says the Move to Close Down Mogadishu Radio Stations Was Legal
[Dalsan Radio]Somali attorney general Dr Ahmed Ali Dahir has said the move to shut down Shabelle and Sky FM by Somali Security forces in the capital Mogadishu was legal.

2014-08-21 Seven Al Shabaab Members Receive Death Penalty
[Dalsan Radio]The military court convicted 13 more people yesterday. 7 were sentences to death as they were accused of jointly killing a prison inmate who was called Abdiaziz Muhidin Hiraabe.

2014-08-21 Former Warlord Escapes Mogadishu Crackdown
[Dalsan Radio]Former war lord Abdi Nur Siyad who has been earlier targeted by Somali security forces for disarmament security operation in Mogadishu has escaped from the capital and reached Guricel town in central Somalia.

2014-08-21 Somali Forces Arrest 30 Al-Shabaab Suspects in Mogadishu
[Sabahi]Somali security forces on Tuesday (August 19th) arrested 30 suspected al-Shabaab members and seized a cache of illegal weapons in a daytime security operation in Mogadishu's Bakara Market, Somalia's RBC Radio reported.

2014-08-21 UN Representatives, Ija Discuss Prevention and Protection of Child Soldiers
[Sabahi]United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui arrived in Kismayo Tuesday (August 19th) for a meeting with Interim Jubba Administration (IJA) officials on implementing protections for children affected by conflict in the region, Radio Bar-Kulan reported.

2014-08-21 Somali Government Launches Maternal and Child Health Initiatives
[Sabahi]The Somali government in partnership with three United Nations agencies on Tuesday (August 19th) launched two key initiatives to reduce maternal and child mortality, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced.

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