Eritrea presses China for help on Security Council sanctions

Eritrea presses China for help on Security Council sanctions

Eritrea says that Foreign Minister Osman Saleh’s visit to China has yielded a promise to again plead its case on Western sanctions, the government said Thursday. Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi “reaffirmed that his country will raise the issue of sanctions imposed on Eritrea” in the United Nations, the Eritrean…

Somalia: Leaders agree to form new National Security Council

Somalia: Leaders agree to form new National Security Council

Government leaders in Somalia agreed to form a National Security Council during two days of meetings in Mogadishu that were completed on Monday. President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, who met for the first time since his February election with the heads of Somalia’s federal government alongside regional member states including Puntland…

Death toll rises to 8 in Mogadishu bombing

The death toll in a Mogadishu car bombing has risen to eight people, with several others injured. Radio Shabelle in Somalia said that Wednesday’s explosion at a restaurant in the capital happened near the Ministry of Youth and Sports. The bomb destroyed the Coffee Break restaurant and caused chaos in…

UN relief head visits Mogadishu to assess drought impacts, humanitarian need

United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien visited Mogadishu on Monday, speaking with residents at the Zone K Internal Displacement Camp Settlement as representatives of the international community evaluated Somalia’s deepening humanitarian crisis. O’Brien, head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), was joined by Michael…

Somalia sets new presidential election date amid Mogadishu violence

In Somalia, officials now say February 8 will be the long-waited presidential election day. The electoral commission announced the date Wednesday following a series of discussions by the electoral commission and the newly inaugurated federal parliament, whose members were sworn in at the end of December. Somalia’s elections have seen…