South Africa, Somalia make statements on Khashoggi case

South Africa, Somalia make statements on Khashoggi case

The South African government has joined the global community in pressing for answers on what happened to Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, even as new details provided by Turkey added information about the suffering in Khashoggi’s final moments. South Africa’s foreign affairs ministry, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), issued…

Somalia sends aid to Baidoa as AMISOM, UN condemn attack

Somalia sends aid to Baidoa as AMISOM, UN condemn attack

Both the African Union and the United Nations condemned on Sunday the two suicide bombing attacks that struck Baidoa over the weekend, leaving at least 16 people dead. The bombings at the Beder Restaurant and Bilan Hotel left another 50 people injured in the town about 130 kilometers from Mogadishu, in…

UK boosts aid to East African nations

UK boosts aid to East African nations

Harriett Baldwin, the British Foreign Office development minister for Africa, has completed a tour of East African nations to announce development and humanitarian aid from the United Kingdom. Baldwin made stops in Uganda, Ethiopia and Somalia, including a visit with President Muse Bihi in Somaliland to pledge UK support for economic…

As the Horn of Africa moves toward peace, Djibouti braces for turbulence

In an interview with the Saudi government-linked Asharq al-Awsat earlier this week, Djibouti’s president Ismail Omar Guelleh credited Saudi Arabia’s King Salman for mediating the historic peace agreement between Djibouti’s long-warring neighbors Ethiopia and Eritrea. He also thanked for the Saudis for their role in his own country’s ongoing normalization…

Michael Wilcox

I am a London-based researcher specialized in security issues and environmental protection. He is currently writing a book about the role lobbying plays in keeping African leaders in power.

U.S. report looks at counterterrorism across Africa

The United States has released new data on counterterrorism on the African continent, with the challenges in Somalia and across the Sahel remaining among the most pressing priorities. The Country Reports on Terrorism 2017 lists 16 African nations with detailed information about terrorism threats and response, along with five more…

Keating warns UN Security Council on Somalia progress

Michael Keating, the outgoing United Nations Special Representative for Somalia, highlighted the ongoing challenges of the Horn of Africa nation in his final briefing to the UN Security Council on Thursday – including the latest rift between member states and the federal government. “On the day that I arrived in…

EU nations agree to accept stranded Aquarius migrants

The 141 migrants aboard the rescue ship Aquarius are headed for Malta, after days of yet another standoff on the Mediterranean Sea as three countries refused to allow the ship port access. Malta originally refused to accept the ship, as did Spain, which previously allowed its passengers to disembark during…

Eritrean delegation meets with Somali president

Somalia’s President Mohamed Farmaajo welcomed a delegation from Eritrea on Monday, as the Horn of Africa neighbors move forward in re-establishing diplomatic relations. The official visit to Mogadishu, which included Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh and Yemane Gebreab, top adviser to President Isaias Afwerki, sought to advance a comprehensive cooperation…

Somalia’s Farmaajo arrives in Eritrea for three-day visit

Somalia’s President Mohamed Farmaajo arrived in Asmara on Saturday to begin a three-day visit with President Isaias Afwerki and members of his administration. The visit to the small Horn of Africa neighbor is the first for a Somali leader since Eritrea declared its independence from Ethiopia in 1993, and represents…

More than a dozen die in Mogadishu car bomb attack

The death toll in Saturday’s bombing attacks in downtown Mogadishu, which targeted the complex where the country’s ministries of interior and security are housed, has risen to 13. More than 21 people were injured, many of them seriously, according to local news outlets who reported the initial car bomb blast…

U.S. court upholds travel ban for Libya, Somalia

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that a controversial travel ban affecting citizens of Libya and Somalia hoping to enter the U.S. will stand, despite legal challenges dating to the first days of President Donald Trump’s administration. The 5-4 ruling keeps in place a reworked version of the ban…

Erdoğan declared winner in Turkey’s critical election

Election officials in Turkey say President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has an absolute-majority win in Sunday’s presidential election with 99 percent of the votes counted. The Supreme Election Council announcement, reported by Turkey’s state-aligned Anadolu news agency, countered claims by the opposition that Erdoğan would need to compete in a runoff…

2 die in Somalia flooding ahead of tropical storm landfall

Meteorologists tracking Sagar, a relatively rare tropical storm that strengthened as it crossed the entire Gulf of Aden, are expecting landfall on Saturday near the Djibouti-Somalia border. It has potential impacts for Ethiopia too as it reaches the Horn of Africa. Flash floods were reported in the Bari region of…