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2015-03-05 Spanish Warship ESPS Infanta Cristina Joins EU Naval Force
[EU Navfor] On Thursday 5 March Spanish Navy warship, ESPS Infanta Cristina, joined the European Union's counter-piracy mission, Operation Atalanta off the coast of Somalia.

2015-03-05 EU Naval Force Croatian Maritime Team Awarded Operation Atalanta Medal for Protection of WFP Vessel
[EU Navfor] On Wednesday 4 March 2015 the EU Naval Force Croatian maritime team, which has been embarked on World Food Programme (WFP) vessel, MSM Douro, to protect it from pirate attack as it sailed along the Somali coast, has been awarded the Operation Atalanta medal for their outstanding efforts.

2015-03-05 President Michel Meets With Eunavfor Operation Commander
[Government of Seychelles] President James Michel met with Major General Martin Smith, MBE, Operation Commander of the European Union Naval Force Somalia, at State House this morning.

2015-03-05 New Protocol Restricts Meeting Somali President
[Dalsan Radio] A new protocol at Somali presidential palace is set to limit access to Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. Somali members of the parliament are the biggest losers as far as the new protocol are concerned.

2015-03-05 Former Somali President Brother Wounded in Mogadishu
[Dalsan Radio] The brother of former Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed was wounded in Somali capital on Thursday night. Abdullahi sheikh Ahmed sustained injuries when gunmen opened fire while in Mogadishu Karan district. Officials have confirmed to Radio Dalsan.

2015-03-04 The Next Round of Talks Between Somali and Somaliland Fail to Start in Istanbul
[Ethiopia Government] The next round of talks between Somaliland and Somalia in Istanbul, due to start on Sunday (March 1) after a couple of days postponement, appear to have been postponed again. The Somali Federal Government delegation led by Interior Minister Abdirahman Mohamed Odowa and the Somaliland delegation led by Foreign Minister Mohamed Bihi Yonis arrived in Istanbul at the weekend.

2015-03-04 Foreign Minister Speaks Out About Remittance Closure
[Ethiopia Government] Somalia's Foreign Minister, Dr. Abdusalam Omer, on Friday last week expressed his concern last week about the dangers posed by the threat of closure for remittances to Somalia. Dr. Omer said Somalia was at a critical juncture: with Al Qaeda and its affiliate Al-Shabaab "on the back foot", and the economy was rebounding with thousands of Somali-Americans returning and making significant investments.

2015-03-04 Radio Journalists Given Hefty Fines in Somalia, One Still Detained
[CPJ] Nairobi -A Somali court in Mogadishu on Sunday convicted one journalist of public incitement and two others of publishing false news and imposed harsh fines on them, according to news reports. The journalists are out of prison, but a fourth is still being detained, the reports said.

2015-03-03 Nearly 30 Countries 'Highly Vulnerable' to Ebola-Style Epidemic - Charity
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -Almost 30 countries around the world are "highly vulnerable" to an Ebola-style epidemic, with Somalia, Chad, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Haiti most at risk, a major charity said on Tuesday.

2015-03-04 Former Foreign Minister and Somali First Lady Shares Inspiring Story of Social Change With Walden University Graduates
[PR Newswire] Minneapolis -Edna Adan stresses importance of perseverance to achieve educational goals

2015-03-03 Reflections On the Life and Learning of Prof. Said Samatar
[African Arguments] Said Sheikh Samatar, a Somali-American historian who passed away in New Jersey last week, was a Professor of African history at Rutgers University for more than three decades. Professor Samatar's name came to my attention through his paper on Sayyid Mohamed Abdulle Hassan in the Proceedings of the first Somali Studies International Conference held in Mogadishu in 1980.

2015-03-04 One Ambulance Serving One Million Refugees in Dadaab
[Dalsan Radio] Despite poor health care services in overcrowded Dadaab refugee camp the only ambulance in one of the largest refugee camp in the world is expected to serve more than one million people.

2015-03-04 EU Boosts the Somali Energy Sector
[Dalsan Radio] Today, the European Union (EU) and Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) launched a new 3 year Somali program aiming at the use and dissemination of renewable energies. Through the "Somali Energy Transformation" (SET) project, more than 100.000 households will have access to sustainable and affordable energy services in Somaliland, Puntland and South Central Somalia.

2015-03-04 Daily Press Briefing By the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General
[UN] The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today's noon briefing by Vannina Maestracci, Associate Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

2015-03-04 Somali PM Meets Envoys and Donors On New Deal
[Dalsan Radio] Somali Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Sharamarke has met envoys and donors in the country and briefed them on the new deal. The meeting chaired by the PM has brought together ambassadors, leading international humanitarian organizations, donors and senior Somali government officials.

2015-03-04 Ethiopia's TACON Completes Somaliland's New Airport Terminal and Fence With 80 Million Br
[Addis Fortune] TACON completed the airport as well as the fence while turning a mere three million Br profit for a year's work.

2015-03-04 UN and AU Envoys Call for Increased Measures to Combat Sexual Violence in Somalia
[Dalsan Radio] Mogadishu -Joint statement by the UN and AU envoys to Somalia

2015-03-02 UN Officials Welcome Release By Somali Pirates of Longest-Held Hostages
[UN News] Senior United Nations officials have welcomed the release this week of four Thai nationals after nearly five years in captivity, bringing an end to the longest held hostage ordeal in the east African nation thanks to a mission carried by the UN anti-crime agency.

2015-03-02 Wounded Central Hotel Attack Victims Airlifted to UAE
[Dalsan Radio] 13 wounded Somali citizens who survived last month Al Shabaab claimed central hotel attack in Mogadishu have been airlifted to UAE for further medical attention.

2015-03-02 World Bank Boosts Fisheries in South West Indian Ocean Countries
[World Bank] Washington -The World Bank Group's (WBG) Board of Executive Directors today approved a total of US$75.5 million to improve the management of fisheries and increase the economic benefits from fishing-related activities for families living in the coastal communities of the South West Indian Ocean region.

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