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Somali lawmaker shot dead in Mogadishu, second in 24 hours

Insurgents assassinated a Somali lawmaker Tuesday, the second in 24 hours, police and witnesses said, the latest in a series of attacks in the war-ravaged capital. MP Abdiaziz Isak was shot "several times and he died instantly," police officer Mohamed Dalane said, close to where the lawmaker was killed in the capital's Madina district. On Monday, an MP was killed and another wounded in a car bomb. nur-pjm/yad

Somali lawmaker killed in car bomb in Mogadishu: prime minister

Somali lawmaker Isak Mohamed was assassinated and another wounded on Monday by a car bomb in Mogadishu, the prime minister said, the latest in a series of bomb attacks in the conflict-ravaged capital. "Somalia has today lost a committed parliamentarian who worked tirelessly to serve the people of Somalia and help rebuild our country," Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed said in a statement. nur-pjm/er

German court sentences Somali pirate to 12 years for kidnapping

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German court sentenced a Somali asylum-seeker to 12 years in jail on Thursday, for his involvement in the pirate hijacking of a tanker in the Indian Ocean in 2010. The judge in the Osnabrueck court in northern Germany said the man was guilty of kidnapping and severe extortion. The ship was released for a ransom of $5.5 million after eight months in the hands of Somali pirates.

Two foreign nationals shot dead in central Somalia

Two foreign nationals were shot dead on Monday at an airport in Galkaio, central Somalia, officials and witnesses said. "Two white men have been shot inside the airport as they got off a plane," local security official Mohamed Mire said. Witnesses said one of the victims died on the spot while the other was rushed to hospital where he later died. bur-sas/dh

Increased Somali Shebab threat in East Africa: UN envoy

The United Nations warned Monday of an increased threat of attacks from Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab as a major offensive launched against them this month gathers pace. "Coinciding with the offensive and even ahead of it, Al-Shebab have become more active," UN envoy to Somalia, Nicholas Kay, told AFP. "They feel threatened and endangered, and so they have carried out significantly more terrorist attacks in Mogadishu in the last couple of months."

Egypt unified telecom licence to be activated before June 30: minister

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's Telecommunications Minister Atef Helmy said on Sunday the country's long awaited unified telecom licence for both mobiles and landlines will be activated within three months. The licence would allow telecommunication companies to operate fixed-line and mobile networks, which would in turn allow Egypt's fixed-line monopoly Telecom Egypt to offer mobile services.

Arab League: a factfile

The Arab League, whose annual summit opens in Kuwait on Tuesday, represents over 370 million people in 22 countries, including Syria which was suspended in 2011 over its brutal response to protests. The pan-Arab bloc was created in Cairo on March 22, 1945. It comprises Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Palestine, currently represented by the Palestinian Authority.

Car bomb targets convoy of African Union troops in Somalia

A convoy of the African Union's AMISOM force was targeted by a car bomb just outside the Somali capital on Monday, witnesses and a Somali army source said, though it was not immediately clear if there were any casualties. "There was a heavy explosion at the Alamada area... where a suicide bomber rammed his car into an AMISOM convoy, we don't know about the casualties but I saw military ambulances rushing to the scene," witness Abdulahi Mohamed said. nur-aud/mfp/jmm

Somalia to seek Japan's help to save young boys from life of piracy

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said Wednesday he will ask the Japanese government to help provide vocational education for young men at risk of falling into a life of piracy. "We want the amount of funds that Japan was putting into service delivery like education to be refocused on providing vocational education centers for those young boys so that they become useful members of society," Mohamud said at the Japan Press Club prior to consultations with Tokyo this week.

Car bomb kills seven in Somali capital

A car bomb exploded near a cafe in Somalia's capital Mogadishu Thursday in an area close to the intelligence headquarters, killing at least seven people, police said. "We have counted seven civilians killed in the car bomb, but the toll could be higher as many people were also wounded," police official Ahmed Mumin told AFP. nur-pjm/txw
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