UN to launch 2018 humanitarian response plan for Somalia

MOGADISHU, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) — The United Nations agencies working in Somalia will next week launch the 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan which outlines the humanitarian situation and priorities for response throughout the country.

Turkey, Somalia sign economic partnership pact

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Turkey and Somalia on Friday signed a pact to boost their strategic economic partnership.

“We wish to deepen relations with Somalia. Turkey’s investment in Somalia stands at over $100 million,” Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Recep Akdag told a signing ceremony alongside his Somali counterpart Mahdi Mohammed Gulaid.

In Hargeisa, UN envoy for Somalia calls for calm and dialogue following clashes

11 January 2018 – The top United Nations envoy for Somalia has called for calm and dialogue amid reports of clashes between security forces from ‘Somaliland’ and neighbouring Puntland.

For the first time, Mohamed is among the most popular baby boy names in St. Cloud, reflecting growing diversity

The most popular name for newborn boys in St. Cloud is now Henry. But closing fast is a name that reflects the central Minnesota city’s growing diversity — Mohamed.

For the first time, Mohamed cracked the most popular boys’ names in 2017 at the St. Cloud Hospital, which delivers nearly 3,000 babies a year. Sixteen newborn boys went home from the hospital last year with the name Mohamed, which tied with Liam for second place. Eighteen baby boys delivered at the hospital were named Henry.

Ankara summons US charge d’affaires over Syria issue

ANKARA, Turkish Foreign Ministry on Wednesday summoned the U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affaires Philip Kosnett in capital Ankara to express its “discomfort” over the U.S support for the PKK/ PYD terror group, according to a diplomatic source.

Ottawa seeks to halt border jumpers

OTTAWA — The federal Liberals recently dispatched their immigration minister to Minnesota in the hopes of preventing another wave of asylum seekers from crossing into Manitoba this year. The move comes as officials near Emerson prepare for the risk of mass arrivals of border jumpers.

Judge extends Somali deportation ban amid abuse claims

A federal judge in Miami on Monday extended a temporary hold on the deportation of more than 90 Somalis arrested by immigration enforcement agents across the country in recent months.

The ranking of the world’s most powerful passports shows Africans still can’t travel easily

It may be getting easier for Africans to travel within the continent, but African passports still can’t travel far.

The annual Henley Passport Index released on Jan. 9 showed an overall decline in the strength of African passports compared to other continents. The strongest African passport belongs to the Seychelles, with Mauritius and South Africa ranked second and third, remaining unchanged from the previous year.

Somalia calls for accelerated debt relief to fight terrorism

Somalia’s prime minister has called on multilateral lenders to accelerate the debt-forgiveness process so that the country can access funds to fight terrorism and its underlying causes.

Somalia calls for calm in northern region

MOGADISHU, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) — The Somali government on Wednesday called on Somaliland and Puntland regional states to stop escalating tension in the northern Sool region.

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