updated 7:33 AM MST, Nov 17, 2017

Somali journalist jailed after criticising president of Puntland – CPJ

 Authorities in Puntland should immediately release journalist Ahmed Ali Kilwe, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said on Saturday.

Security forces in Garowe, the administrative capital of the semi-autonomous region of Somalia, have detained Ahmed, the founder of the news website Puntlandone.com, since July 2, according to media reports.

“Media reports and three journalists who cover Puntland who spoke to CPJ on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation said they believed Ahmed’s arrest was linked to a June 23 Facebook post that Ahmed wrote criticising the president of Puntland and his use of public funds,” the CPJ said.

In a statement on Friday, the press freedom group Media Association of Puntland (MAP) said senior Puntland officials had told them that counter-terrorism police detained Ahmed on the orders of President Abdiweli Ali for “posting articles impertinent to the Puntland president”.

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China donates 1 mln USD to assist displaced Somalis

MOGADISHU, July 6 (Xinhua) -- China has donated 1 million U.S. dollars through the UN migration agency to aid the displaced and vulnerable communities and returnees in Somalia.

The money, which was channeled to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), will help the agency fix migration crisis and shelter the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Somalia.

"This assistance is for internally displaced people, vulnerable communities and returnees in Somalia," IOM Chief Mission in Somalia Gerard Waite told journalists on Wednesday in Mogadishu.

"The impact of drought in Somalia still remains. This is a life-saving support and we are working with the Somali government and international partners to find long-term solution to this crisis," he said.

The Somali government officials thanked the Chinese government for providing assistance which they said came at very critical condition.

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Breaking news Huge Explosion heard in waters off Somalia

A huge explosion has been heard from a ship off the coast of Somalia's Puntland region with flames seen rising from what was possibly a foreign naval vessel, an official has told Reuters.
"We heard (a) huge explosion and flame rising from the ship. I believe that the ship is foreign," Ali Shire, mayor of Puntland's port town of Alula, a pirate haven, told Reuters on Tuesday.
He said he believed the ship was likely a naval vessel because two foreign navy ships had helped rescue the crew.
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Somalia's president calls for reunification

MOGADISHU,  (Xinhua) -- Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has called for reunification of the Federal Republic of Somalia and Somaliland to help make the Horn of Africa nation a great country again.
Speaking during celebrations to mark the 57th independence anniversary of the northern regions late on Monday, Mohamed urged Somalis to put aside their differences and unite for the betterment of the present and future generations.
"I am urging our brothers in the northern regions (Somaliland), the youth, the elderly, men and women that it is our responsibility to rega
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Somalia: Info Minister Hails Suspension of Controversial Twitter Account @Daudoo As Holder Breaks Silence Over Suspension

Information Minister Abdrahman Omar Osman has accused the twitter account Live From Mogadishu of being an Alshabaab sympathiser.

In an exclusive interview with Radio Dalsan Minister Osman hailed Twitter's decision to suspend the controversial account.

"He was promoting Alshabaab propaganda. Somali government respect freedom of expression but there are limits. He abused this freedom" Osman told Radio Dalsan.

"The account clearly violated twitter regulations and it therefore deserved suspension" Osman added.

The shadowy account holder broke his silence in a statement issued to Dalsoor news outlet.

He explained why he has chosen to remain anonymous "I have chosen to remain anonymous in order to continue reporting from my city (Mogadishu) without constant threat of being killed" he stated.

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