Delegates wait for the delayed start of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) elective conference in Johannesburg, Saturday, Dec. 16 2017. | AP Photo.

South Africa Ruling Party's Fight for its Future Kicks off

Sunday December 17, 2017 - 10:25:03

JOHANNESBURG — The fight to replace South Africa's scandal-prone President Jacob Zuma began Saturday as thousands of delegates of the ruling African National Congress gathered to elect a new leader, with Zuma acknowledging "failures" that have threatened the party's future.

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, second from right, and Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai, center, pose with delegates during the UK-China Economic Financial Dialogue at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. |Pool Photo via AP.

China, Britain Pledge Cooperation as UK Leaves EU

Sunday December 17, 2017 - 10:14:10

BEIJING — Britain and China pledged Saturday to promote London as a center for offshore use of Beijing's currency and cooperate in clean energy research and promoting trade as the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union.

Journalists and protesters hold placards outside an Istanbul court on October 31, 2017, calling for the release of jailed colleagues, including Turkish reporter Ahmet Şık.

Record Number of Journalists Jailed as Turkey, China, Egypt Pay Scant Price for Repression

Saturday December 16, 2017 - 21:14:21

NEW YORK — The number of journalists imprisoned worldwide hit another new record in 2017, and for the second consecutive year more than half of those jailed for their work are behind bars in Turkey, China, and Egypt. The pattern reflects a dismal failure by the international community to address a global crisis in freedom of the press.

Ahmed Hussen, Canada's Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

Canada Announces $10.4 million Humanitarian Assistance to Vulnerable Communities in Somalia

Saturday December 16, 2017 - 14:35:12

TORONTO — Canada is concerned by the extremely fragile humanitarian situation in Somalia and supports international efforts to meet the basic needs of the millions of Somalis facing hunger, disease, displacement, physical insecurity and loss of livelihoods.

(2/2)FILE - Members of the Somali military perform a defensive drill after attending a commando training exercise in Mogadishu, Jan. 20, 2016.

U.S Optimistic About Improving Somalia Accountability

Saturday December 16, 2017 - 14:21:47

PENTAGON — U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said Friday that he was optimistic about improving Somali accountability concerning the distribution of American aid to Somali armed forces, much of which was suspended because of corruption concerns.

Between May and June, a team of U.S. and Somali officials visited nine army bases to assess whether the men were receiving food the United States provides for 5,000 soldiers.

U.S. Suspends Aid to Somalia's Battered Military over Graft

Thursday December 14, 2017 - 23:48:28

NAIROBI — The United States is suspending food and fuel aid for most of Somalia's armed forces over corruption concerns, a blow to the military as African peacekeepers start to withdraw this month.

Relatives prepare to pray near the wrapped bodies of people killed in an attack by Somali forces supported by U.S. troops before their burial, in Mogadishu, Somalia, Aug. 31, 2017.

US Military Orders New Investigation After Report that Special Operations Killed Somali Civilians

Thursday December 14, 2017 - 19:51:39

WASHINGTON — Two weeks after a media report alleging that U.S. special operations were involved in the killing of unarmed civilians in Somalia, the head of U.S. Africa Command has ordered a new probe into the operation.

At Least 10 Killed After Al-Shabaab Suicide Bomber Attacks Police Academy in Mogadishu

Thursday December 14, 2017 - 11:26:11

MOGADISHU, Somalia — An Islamic extremist suicide bomber killed at least 10 people at a police academy in Somalia's capital on Thursday, police said.

Judith Wavinya (not her real name), 30, was attacked and raped by two men on the night of August 11, 2017. | HRW photo.

How Sexual Violence Marred Kenyan Elections

Thursday December 14, 2017 - 10:45:01

NAIROBI — Widespread sexual violence marred Kenya's 2017 elections, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Kenyan government should urgently take steps to protect women and girls, as well as men and boys, from sexual violence.

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NEW YORK — The number of journalists imprisoned worldwide hit another new record in 2017, and for the second consecutive year more than half of those jailed for their work are behind bars in Turkey, China, and Egypt. The pattern reflects a dismal failure by the international community to address a global crisis in freedom of the press. Read More »

Transparency is Key to Corruption-free Infrastructure in Africa

By Chris Heathcote, CEO, The Global Infrastructure Hub

Durable Solutions for Somali Refugees

MOGADISHU — Since 2014, over 73,000 Somali refugees have been repatriated from Dadaab – the world's largest refugee camp in Kenya's northeastern province.

Somalia Conflict: Exacting A Terrible Toll on Civilians, Al-Shabaab Responsible for Most Civilian Casualties – UN Report

MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — Armed conflict in Somalia continues to exact a heavy toll on civilians, damaging infrastructure and livelihoods, displacing millions of people, and impeding access to humanitarian relief for communities in need, a UN report published on Sunday said.

UN: 4,585 Civilian Casualties Recorded in Somalia over the Course of 22 Months (Info-graphics)

MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — From 1 January 2016 to 14 October 2017, a total of 4,585 civilian casualties were recorded in Somalia, according to a United Nations reports released today.

Somalia Presents Findings on Impact of Recurrent Drought and Investment Needed to Avoid Future Crises

MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — During the Somalia Partnership Forum in Mogadishu on 5th December, the Federal Government of Somalia presented findings of the Drought Impact and Needs Assessment (DINA) it has carried out in Somalia, with the support of the United Nations, the World Bank and the European Union.

Can Cryptocurrencies Reduce Global Poverty?

CAPE TOWN, South Africa —  Behavioral economics guru, Richard Thaler —  this year's Nobel Prize laureate in economics— has showcased that people are economically imperfect.

We Feel Like We are Foreigners in our Own Country

MOGADISHU — We live in a country were the rights of ordinary citizens are denied, disrespected and sometimes brutally violated.

Communiqué: Somalia Partnership Forum in Mogadishu (PHOTOS)

MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — Somali leaders and international partners have wrapped up Somalia Partnership Forum in Mogadishu.

Somalia Security Conference Agrees Three Priorities for Immediate Action

MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — President of the Federal Government of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed "Farmaajo" convened the Somalia Security Conference in Mogadishu with representatives of the Federal Member States of Somalia and the Benadir Regional Administration.

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