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Somalia Expels Chinese Firm For ‘Illegal Mining’

AFRICANGLOBE - The Chinese company had caused "civil turmoil and tension" in its area of operation after introducing "an armed militia to protect its illegally obtained mining acreage."

Somalia Had A Great 2014

AFRICANGLOBE - The year saw a significant number of Somalis in diaspora come back to the country following decades in exile. This is expected to have a major impact on the growth of capital Mogadishu. There has been a recent construction boom, with more buildings – commercial and residential – appearing on the Mogadishu skyline. The country is now getting a complete makeover.

Somalia Invites Energy Companies To Explore For Oil

AFRICANGLOBE - The price of oil may have fallen off a cliff recently, but that has not deterred energy giants like Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, BP and Chevron from reactivating plans to drill in Somalia.

Ethiopia Cautious About Establishing Buffer Zone In Somalia

AFRICANGLOBE - Ethiopia is considering the establishment of a buffer zone inside Somalia to deter cross-border attacks from Al-Shabaab with high caution, a senior government official said. Media reports indicated this week that Ethiopia and its southern neighbor Kenya are in discussions to create a buffer zone inside Somalia along their respective borders.

Somalia Eyes Oil, As New Bourse Sees Seven Firms Listing In...

Somalia's economy is slowly recovering from more than two decades of conflict, although the government is still battling an insurgency. Amid the chaos, some businesses have thrived, including money transfer and mobile phone firms.

Kenyan Military Kills 100 Al-Shabaab Terrorists In Wake Of Deadly Bus...

AFRICANGLOBE - Kenyan officials said Sunday more than 100 al-Shabaab terrorists have been killed and their camp in Somalia destroyed in the wake of the execution of 28 hijacked bus passengers who were unable to recite a passage from the Quran.

Libya Is Fast Following Somalia’s Road To Ruin

AFRICANGLOBE - With Gaza, Ukraine and Iraq dominating the news, nobody is paying much attention to the violence in Tripoli that is swiftly tipping Libya over the edge. The UN and US have withdrawn and the UK have ordered all British nationals out. Yet, the repercussions of losing Libya are monumental, especially for Europe.

US Troops Have Secretly Been Deployed To Somalia Since 2007

AFRICANGLOBE - Some 120 American soldiers are on the ground inside Somalia, a deployment that has been ongoing since 2007 but was never publicly announced, US officials admitted this week in statements to reporters.

Somalia: Heading From Fragility To Fragmentation?

Somalia has achieved important progress since the onset of the year of 2014. Most prominent among the positive developments is the push-back of al-Shabaab, realised by a joint military offensive of the Somali Armed Forces (SAF) and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

Will Somalia’s Hydrocarbon Boom Oil Or Spoil Its Future?

AFRICANGLOBE - Currently thought of as the petroleum sector’s latest ‘frontier region’, Somalia constitutes not only one of the most promising, but also most the most challenging of potential oil exporting countries.

Somalia: Al-Shabaab Fails To Sway Somalis Against Ethiopian Troops

AFRICANGLOBE - Rather than take up arms and join al-Shabaab's fight against Ethiopian troops serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), residents of several towns in central Somalia are instead fleeing their homes in the dead of night.

Somalia, South Sudan Set To Join East African Community This Year

AFRICANGLOBE - Eastern Africa hotspots Somalia and South Sudan could be admitted to the East African Community later this year after the bloc’s council of ministers put the ascensions top of the 2014 agenda. The EAC secretariat said it was vetting South Sudan for possible admission into the regional bloc by April despite the security concerns in the world’s newest state.

20 years After ‘Black Hawk Down,’ US Military Back In Somalia

AFRICANGLOBE - The US military has sent a small number of “uniformed trainers and advisers” to Somalia for the first time since 1993, when two US helicopters were shot down and 18 Americans were killed during the “Black Hawk Down” mission. A small cell of less than two-dozen US military personnel has been stationed in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, since last fall in an effort to advise and coordinate with African troops fighting Al-Shabab, a terrorist militia with ties to Al-Qaeda, three US military officials told The Washington Post.

Somali Company Wins Money Transfer Case Against Barclays Bank

AFRICANGLOBE - In 2012, for the first time, remittances became the largest external financial source to Africa, ahead of foreign direct investment and donor aid. Barclays has denied targeting Somali money transfer companies, arguing that its decision was solely about the internal controls of the money transfer businesses, “not where they send money to”.

African Armies Must Be ‘Agile and Easy to Maintain’

AFRICANGLOBE - The African armies of tomorrow must be designed to be light, agile forces that are costly to train in the short term but easy to maintain in the short and long term, Lt-Gen Andrew Gutti, force commander of the African Union (AU) mission in Somalia, told the Land Forces Conference on Wednesday.

Western Oil Exploration Could Further Destabilize Somalia

AFRICANGLOBE - The chaos that characterised special voting which ended on Monday night has been attributed to an intricate plot by the MDC formations, working with some elements in the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, to scuttle harmonised elections due in two weeks time.