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Somalia probes bomb attack on W.F.P convoy

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) said Monday it had launched investigations into an explosion that left two security guards escorting its team slightly injured on Sunday.

WFP Somalia spokesperson Amor Almagro confirmed that the roadside bomb explosion occurred 100 meters behind a moving WFP convoy in Mogadishu.

"The occupants of the WFP vehicles—including WFP staff and a visiting journalist—are all safe, although two private security guards escorting the team were slightly wounded," Almagro told Xinhua.

"We are investigating the incident, including whether or not the convoy was the intended target," Almagro added.

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Attention shifts to Somalia in bid to protect maritime trade

By Fred Oluoch

Somalia is suddenly back in the limelight, with a number of high-level visits in the past few weeks signalling a renewed interest by the international community in the country that had been written off as a failed state.

Among world figures who visited the country last month were British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Gutterres, and the new African Union Commission chair Moussa Faki Mahamat, who made Somalia his first stop only four days after taking office.

In addition to the visits, Somalia is attracting fresh attention from traditional allies, as well as newcomers from the Middle East, Europe and Africa.

They include the United Kingdom, former colonial power Italy, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Ethiopia as well as the African Union, and the traditional seafarers in the Indian Ocean such China, the Philippines, Japan and India.

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Future of Somalia lies in hands of African forces

Funding to Amisom is being cut even as more is being given to UN peacekeeping missions

By James Jeffrey in Addis Ababa
At the end of last year, Ethiopia withdrew thousands of troops previously assisting the internationally-funded African military force battling al-Qaeda-linked militants in Somalia.

Many diagnosed this as a reaction by the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) ruling party to its country’s six-month state of emergency. But there was much more behind this redeployment of Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF) troops, including problems within the funding system for the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom), and within the United Nations peacekeeping apparatus.

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The Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation builds largest Somalia's dam

HARGEISA: The Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation has completed the largest concrete dam construction project in Somalia, which will provide the city of Hargeisa and nearby areas with water for irrigation channels, as well as to store water for use during the drought season.

This move is in compliance with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, with the support of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and the follow up of Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation.

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Foreign naval forces shot dead 2 pirates and wounded another while trying to hijack ship near Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia  - Foreign naval forces in international waters off Somalia's coast shot dead two pirates and wounded another when the bandits attempted to hijack a ship, a Somali official said Sunday.

The two men were part of a group of nine pirates who were in a boast approaching an unidentified ship near the Gulf of Aden when a naval force opened fire on them, said Ahmed Abdullahi, an official with the anti-piracy force in Puntland, a semi-autonomous part of Somalia.

The six other pirates survived the attack and escaped, he said.

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