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Somalia refuses to take back expelled UN envoy


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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday agreed to appoint a new UN envoy to Somalia after its president refused to reverse a decision to expel a representative for raising human rights concerns.

Mr Guterres spoke by phone with President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on Friday — his second call to the Somali leader in three days — to once again urge him to change his mind, according to diplomats.

But the president dug in his heels and said UN envoy Nicholas Haysom would remain persona non grata and would not be allowed to return to Somalia, diplomats told AFP.

Mr Guterres “deeply regrets” Somalia’s decision, said UN spokesman Farhan Haq, adding that the UN chief nevertheless intends to appoint a new UN envoy.

The UN Security Council met behind closed doors to agree…

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Somalia Gave her Birth-Right – not Fishing-Right to China


Somalia surrenders Africa’s longest coastline to China

Somalia gives China license to exploit its shores and put local fishermen out of business

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Burundi told to cut force in Somalia under African pullback


The African Union has asked Burundi to reduce its contribution to an African peacekeeping force in Somalia by a thousand men under a progressive pullout from the country by the AU.

The AU made the request through a diplomatic document called a note verbale, requesting that the reduction be completed by February 28.

The AU has a 21 500-strong force, Amisom, to support Somalia’s fragile internationally-backed government and fight Shabaab jihadists blamed for scores of bloody attacks.

The force is to be gradually scaled back as Somalia’s embryonic armed forces are trained up and deployed to replace them.

The note verbale, seen by AFP Friday, summarises the conclusions of a November 30 meeting of Amisom’s military operations co-ordination committee in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

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Burundi told to cut force in Somalia under African pullback – SABC News


The African Union has asked Burundi to reduce its contribution to an African peacekeeping force in Somalia by a thousand men under a progressive pull-out from the country by the AU.

The AU made the request through a diplomatic document called a note verbale, requesting that the reduction be completed by February 28.

The AU has a 21,500-strong force, Amisom, to support Somalia’s fragile internationally-backed government and fight Shabaab jihadists blamed for scores of bloody attacks.

The force is to be gradually scaled back as Somalia’s embryonic armed forces are trained up and deployed to replace them.

The note verbale, seen by AFP Friday, summarises the conclusions of a November 30 meeting of Amisom’s military operations coordination committee in the Ethiopian capital Addis…

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AU asks Burundi to cut force in Somalia


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The African Union has asked Burundi to reduce its contribution to the African peacekeeping force in Somalia by a thousand men under a progressive pullout from the country by the AU.

The AU made the request through a diplomatic document called a note verbale, requesting that the reduction be completed by February 28.

The AU has a 21,500-strong force, Amisom, to support Somalia’s fragile internationally-backed government and fight Shabaab jihadists blamed for scores of bloody attacks.

The force is to be gradually scaled back as Somalia’s embryonic armed forces are trained up and deployed to replace them.

The note verbale, seen by AFP Friday, summarises the conclusions of a November 30 meeting of Amisom’s military operations coordination committee in the Ethiopian capital…

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US says 62 Al- Shabaab killed in Somalia


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The US military says it has killed 62 fighters from the Islamist group Al-Shabaab in six air strikes in Somalia.

Four air strikes on Saturday killed 32 militants and a further two on Sunday killed 28, it said in a statement.

These were the deadliest air attacks in Somalia since November 2017 when the US said it had killed 100 militants.

Somalia has seen a sharp increase in the number of air strikes and casualties since President Donald Trump took office in the US in January 2017.

A tally by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism reveals that at least 400 people have been killed in air strikes since the beginning of 2017, far more than the previous 10 years combined.

The latest strikes bring to at least 40 the number carried out in Somalia so far this year, compared with 35…

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