updated 1:42 PM MDT, May 28, 2017

UAE could fly military jets from new Somalia base – report

Berbera is about 260km south of Yemen where UAE troops are part of a Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels
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The UAE could be seeking to increase its military reach after leasing the airport in the Somali port town of Berbera, according to reports.

Bloomberg cited Somali foreign minister Saad Ali Shire as confirming the 25-year lease of the base, previously used by the Soviet Union and US during the Cold War, in the semi-autonomous region of Somaliland.

He said it was still negotiating terms of use for the base, which would be used as a “surveillance facility, a training facility and sometimes an operational facility”, according to the official.

Berbera is about 260km south of Yemen where UAE troops are part of a Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in the country’s civil war.

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Somalia Car Bomb Kills at Least 8 in Capital, Police Say


By ABDI GULED, Associated Press

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A car bomb exploded in Somalia's capital, killing at least eight people and injuring 15, police said Wednesday, as the extremist group al-Shabab quickly claimed responsibility.

The Somalia-based group has vowed to step up attacks in Mogadishu and elsewhere after the federal government recently announced a new offensive against the group. Targets have included high-profile spots like military facilities, hotels and areas close to the presidential palace.

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Islamic State group IS claims first suicide attack in Somalia, kills 5

Mogadishu, Somalia | AFP | The Islamic State group has claimed its first suicide attack in Somalia, which police said Wednesday killed five people at a checkpoint in the northeastern port city of Bosaso.

The group’s self-styled news agency Amaq claimed the “martyrdom-seeking operation with an explosive vest” in a statement carried by the SITE Intelligence Group.

The suicide bomber detonated his explosives vest at a checkpoint late Tuesday in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland.

“Security forces stopped the suspect when he approached but he detonated himself leaving five people dead. One of the security officers and four civilians were killed in the blast,” said local police official Mohamed Dahir Adan.

The blast occurred near a hotel often used as a meeting place for local officials, witnesses said.

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Somalia sets up office to register political parties

MOGADISHU, May 24 (Xinhua) -- Somalia's electoral body said Wednesday it has inaugurated the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties to oversee the process of registration of political parties in the country.

The office which was set up by the National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC) will activate the Political Parties Act passed in June 2016, and embark on the process of overseeing the registration of political parties.

NIEC chairperson Halima Ibrahim has also announced the appointment of Mohamed Omar Mohamud as the Registrar of Political Parties in a statement issued in Mogadishu.

"The Somali public wherever they are, should know that they have an office open to them today, if they want to register a political party," said Ibrahim.

The establishment of the Office marks a departure from the election of representatives through the clan system, to a more inclusive system of political parties.

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Somalia: "Otherwise We'll Have to Go to War" - Somaliland Demands Recognition 26 Years On


By James Wan

Somaliland's Foreign Minister talks about the self-declared state's struggle for recognition, domestic successes, and strategies towards Somalia.

Shortly after the collapse of the brutal Siad Barre regime in 1991, Somaliland unilaterally declared independence from Somalia. It reinstated the borders that had existed when it was briefly a sovereign state in 1960, and its government called on the world to recognise it as a newly sovereign country.

No one did.

In the 26 years since, Somaliland has continued to call for recognition. In the meantime, it has succeeded in many of the ways the rest of Somalia has failed. It has maintained relative stability. It has held elections. And it has developed on various economic and social measures.

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