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Somali journalists urge fair trial for colleagues MOGADISHU: Somalia's journalist union on Monday urged the government to ensure a fair trial of three colleagues arrested last week when security forces stormed a major radio station for "negative" broadcasts.Radio Shabelle and its sister station Sky FM were shut down Friday after they were reportedly critical of a military operation to disarm a militia leader in the capital Mogadishu that escalated into heavy gun battles.The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) said journalists had been accused of "incitement".Sixteen workers, including journalists, technicians and guards, were released on Sunday, but the station remains off the air.But radio station owner Abdimalik Yusuf Mohamud, Sky FM director Mohamud Mohamed Dahir, and Shabelle deputy news editor Ahmed Abdi Hassan remain in police custody, NUSOJ said."The charges against them have not been publicly released," the union said in a statement, urging the government to "provide fair trial".Radio Shabelle has been briefly shut by the ...

Somali pirate kingpin arrested: security sources MOGADISHU: Somali security forces have arrested one of the country's most powerful pirate chiefs, who once hijacked giant vessels earning him multi-million dollar ransoms, security sources said Tuesday.Mohamed Garfanji was seized late Sunday in the capital Mogadishu along with several of his well-armed bodyguards, according to foreign and Somali security sources.There was no official confirmation from the internationally-backed government, and sources could not confirm if he was still being held.Both the United States and the ...
Libya shuts TV stations taken over by Islamists BENGHAZI: Libyan authorities have decided to shut down two public television stations taken over by Islamist militias embroiled in clashes in Tripoli, a government official said on Tuesday."The authorities have closed 'Libya al-Wataniya' which had been under the control of the provisional government and 'Libya al-Ramia' which was the voice of parliament," the official said, asking not to be named.He said Nilesat had accepted requests from the heads of Libya's government and parliament to halt ...
Liberia 'losing grip on Ebola' as hunt for patients goes on MONROVIA: Liberia was desperately searching for 17 Ebola patients Monday who fled an attack on a quarantine centre in the capital Monrovia, as the outbreak appeared to overwhelm authorities in west Africa's worst-hit nation.Searches of the teeming West Point slum have so far failed to turn up any of the missing victims as neighbouring Guinea said a wave of sick Liberians had begun crossing the border, which it had officially closed 10 days ago. Club-wielding ...
Southern African leaders end summit urging greater co-operation HARARE: Southern African leaders ended a two-day summit on Monday resolving to develop their industries to boost regional co-operation and set up a fund for its projects.In a statement at the end of the two-day meeting in Zimbabwe's prime tourist resort town of Victoria Falls, the heads of state from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) said "industrialisation should take centre stage on SADC's regional integration agenda".The bloc tasked a ministerial panel "to develop a ...
Blasts in Libyan capital as mystery jets fly over TRIPOLI: Two unidentified aircraft roared over Libya's capital before dawn on Monday as loud explosions were heard, days after new clashes between militias prompted hundreds of people to flee.A statement by the provisional government, which lacks any real authority, said it was not known whose aircraft had attacked militia positions.However, an aide to rogue general Khalifa Haftar, who has launched an offensive against Islamists in second city Benghazi, said the aircraft had been sent by ...
Survivors enlisted in Sierra Leone's Ebola battle KAILAHUN: Hawa Idrisa was visiting her father-in-law on an Ebola ward in eastern Sierra Leone when his drip snapped out and his atrophying veins spurted thin, uncoagulated blood into her eyes and mouth.Hawa had been carrying her infant daughter Helen but luckily she had laid the child down, otherwise the baby would almost certainly be dead by now. A single droplet of blood smaller than a full stop can carry up to 100 million particles ...

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyJune
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