Intensifying Cyclone Belna heads for Madagascar

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

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

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…

Ilhan Omar calls for impeachment of U.S. President Trump

In the United States, Somali-American Rep. Ilhan Omar – a Democrat serving the state of Minnesota in the U.S. Congress – called on Monday for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, following yet another round of Trump remarks targeting her and three other women of color serving in the legislature….

Aid agencies in Yemen work to evacuate Somali, Ethiopian refugees

Humanitarian workers say they’re working to repatriate Somali and Ethiopian refugees who are trapped in Yemen, but problems with the flight permissions necessary to evacuate them were hampering the effort. “The flight delays are putting thousands of migrants’ lives at further risk,” said Mohammed Abdiker of the International Organization for…