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Trinidad author to chair UNESCO Education Commission

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The particular challenges of small island developing states (SIDS), and the particular realities of Trinidad and Tobago as a small island with a continental physical and natural heritage, require special focus within UNESCO programmes and budgets, according to recommendations presented by Dr Kris Rampersad, Trinidad and Tobago representative to the UNESCO executive board during its ...

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Uganda says 12 soldiers killed in Somalia attack by Islamic extremists

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Ugandan military spokesman says 12 Ugandan soldiers were killed in an attack Tuesday by Islamic extremists on an African Union base in Somalia. Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda said Thursday that all soldiers were accounted for and that none was captured. He said 10 of the bodies will be flown back home Thursday. Al-Shabab claimed it ...

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Somalia: UN envoy condemns attack on African Union base

The top UN official in Somalia, Nicholas Kay, has strongly condemned today’s attack by Al Shabaab militants on an African Union Mission (AMISOM) base at Janaale, Lower Shabelle Region manned by troops from the Ugandan contingent. According to AMISOM, the militants used a car loaded with explosives to trigger the attack and to facilitate their forced entry into the camp ...

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The Somali PM condemns the attack on AMISOM base

The Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia unreservedly condemned the cowardly attack on AMISOM base in Janaale of Lower Shabelle Region by the terrorist group Al Shabab. “We condemn the barbaric attack by those who oppose peace and stability on AMISOM Peace Keepers of Uganda Contingent and I sent my sincere condolences to the families who have lost ...

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Signs of tension easing between Sudan and US

There are signs of tension easing between the US government and Sudan, in the wake of the two-day visit by America’s Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan, Donald Booth, which ended on Friday. Booth’s visit included an announcement of the lifting of American sanctions, which have been in place since 1997, on a few key agricultural products, including sesame ...

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Press Release From The Office of The Prime Minister

Mogadishu:-A delegation led by the Prime Minister of Federal Republic of Somalia H.E. Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke, and comprising of senior Ministers and other high ranking officials visted this morning Kismayo the capital of Jubbaland State. They were received in the airport by Preisdent of Jubbaland Ahmed Mohamed Islam (Madobe) and members of his cabinet along with jubilant local people. After ...

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Border between Egypt, Libya may reopen soon

The governor of Egypt’s Marsa Matrouh governorate met with Libya’s interior minister on Wednesday to discuss the final proceedings for reopening the border between the two countries, Ahram Arabic news website reported. The border was closed following the disappearance of Libyan security forces on 15 August. The reason for their disappearance is still unknown. Marsa Matrouh’s governor, Alaa Abou Zeid, met ...

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Somalia National Human Rights Day an opportunity to enhance accountability

By Patrick K. Mbugua, Somali researcher for Amnesty International As Somalia marks its National Human Rights day today, both the federal government and the international community should take the opportunity to effectively put human rights and accountability at the centre of the country’s re-construction efforts and begin paving the way towards truth, justice and reparations for the victims. Such efforts are ...

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South Sudan: Warring parties must fully commit to ensuring accountability for atrocities

The signing of a peace agreement today by the Government of South Sudan is an important and vital step in ending the violence and addressing the massive human suffering in South Sudan.   Amnesty International reiterates its call for both parties to embrace an unequivocal commitment to accountability for atrocities committed during the conflict to ensure a lasting peace. “Both ...

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Somalia National Human Rights Day an opportunity to enhance accountability

By Patrick K. Mbugua As Somalia marks its National Human Rights day today, both the federal government and the international community should take the opportunity to effectively put human rights and accountability at the centre of the country’s re-construction efforts and begin paving the way towards truth, justice and reparations for the victims. Such efforts are essential to peacebuilding. Somalia’s ...

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