Global piracy down, but Gulf of Guinea sees a spike

Global piracy down, but Gulf of Guinea sees a spike

There were 121 crew members kidnapped on ships attacked in the Gulf of Guinea in 2019, representing a more than 50 percent increase despite global trends that saw a decline in overall piracy incidents. “This equates to over 90 percent of global kidnappings reported at sea with 64 crew members…

Three African nations lose UN voting rights

Three African nations lose UN voting rights

Central African Republic, Lesotho and The Gambia have had their United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) voting privileges suspended because of a failure to pay required member dues. The decision is in line with rules under the UN charter that withhold the voting privileges when a nation meets or exceeds the…

Somalia responds to Mogadishu terror attack

The death toll in Mogadishu stands at 90 following a truck bomb attack in Mogadishu, likely the work of al Shabaab extremists in what is the latest in a string of terror attacks that have rocked Somalia’s capital for years. The explosion happened Saturday morning on a busy street crowded…

FAO: Somalia sees worst locust crisis in 25 years

The desert locust outbreak in Somalia is far worse than anticipated, with significant crop damage in the eastern regions and threats to another 100,000 hectares expected over the next six months. That’s according to an update Wednesday from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, which said it…

Intensifying Cyclone Belna heads for Madagascar

A tropical cyclone threading its way into the Mozambique Channel has intensified into a major storm with winds of 185 kilometers per hour as it heads toward possible landfall in northern Madagascar. Cyclone Belna still has time to grow stronger, according to Météo France Reunion, the regional authority for cyclones…

Storm Pawan arrives at Somalia coast

It’s not a powerful storm, but Cyclone Pawan was poised to make an imminent landfall in Somalia early Saturday morning in a region already hard-hit this year by storms and flooding. The storm was forecast to bring winds of 55 to 65 kilometers per hour, with gusts to 75 km/h,…

Storm Pawan heads toward Somalia coast

It’s not a powerful storm, but Cyclone Pawan – now forecast to make landfall in Somalia – continues to churn toward the coast in a region already hard-hit this year by storms and flooding. The storm, located about 360 kilometers south-southeast of Socotra Island on Thursday, was moving west at…

Services set for slain Somali activist, diplomat Almaas Elman

Services will be held Friday for Almaas Elman, the Somali-Canadian human rights activists and former diplomat killed earlier this week in Mogadishu when she was shot by unknown assailants. Ilwad Elman, the prominent sister of Almaas, announced Thursday that “we will lay my sister to rest” during Friday prayers at…

Somali aid workers warn of flood-related health crisis

Recent flooding has brought disaster to parts of Somalia, with heavy Deyr-season rains sending the Shabelle and Juba rivers over their banks and forcing some 273,000 people from their homes in the southern part of the nation. That’s raised fears of malaria and other disease outbreaks in the affected regions….

U.S. reopens embassy in Somalia

The United States announced the reopening of its embassy in Somalia on Wednesday, which it says will mark the beginning of a new chapter in their history nearly three decades after the U.S. mission was closed. “Today we reaffirm the relations between the American people and the Somali people, and…

U.S. says 10 killed in retaliatory Somalia strikes

The United States says none of its personnel, nor those of its partners in Somalia, were injured on Monday when a car bomb attack happened at the Baledogle Military Airfield – but the attack was cause for a U.S. response. “This attack, though ineffective, demonstrates the direct threat al-Shabaab poses…