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Somali court sentences alleged rape victim, journalists

A Somali court on Monday sentenced to jail a woman who said she was raped and two journalists who broadcast her story, saying they were guilty of defamation and insulting state institutions. The 19-year old woman, who is also a journalist, was handed a suspended six-month jail sentence for defamation and lying, during which time she will be confined to her home, said Judge Hashi Elmi Nur. The journalists are to serve out their sentences, of one year and six months respectively, or pay a fine in order to win early release.

Urgent: Somali lawmaker killed in Mogadishu bomb explosion

Urgent: Somali lawmaker killed in Mogadishu bomb explosion MOGADISHU, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- A Somali member of parliament, Mohamed Faisal, is killed on Friday after a bomb planted in his vehicle exploded near the presidential place in the capital Mogadishu, state radio reported.

Car bomb kills Somali lawmaker: police

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A Somali lawmaker was killed in the capital, Mogadishu, on Friday when a bomb planted under his car exploded at the entrance to the heavily fortified compound of the presidential palace, a senior police official said. "He went to pray in a mosque inside the presidential palace. When he came back to drive the car, it exploded," said Abdikadir Hussein, a senior police officer based at a checkpoint at the palace's entrance.

Shooting in Somalia? Dial 888 for police

The bullet-scarred streets of Somalia's war-ravaged capital are rife with danger, but after two decades of anarchy, the besieged residents can now at least call the police if there is a problem. Colonel Yusuf Mohamed Farah sweeps open his arms wide, proudly showing off the busy operation centre of the new emergency police telephone hotline: a small and simple room with a single telephone, high frequency radio, a table and two chairs, and a battery to keep operating during regular power cuts.

1st LD: Somali PM ousted by parliament

1st LD: Somali PM ousted by parliament MOGADISHU, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- Somali lawmakers on Monday voted overwhelmingly to oust Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon. Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud called on Shirdon to resign after accusing his government of incompetence and failing to deliver promises. Following two days of deliberations and debate on a motion of non-confidence vote in parliament, 250 out of the 275 lawmakers attended Monday's session.

Urgent: Somali PM ousted by parliament

Urgent: Somali PM ousted by parliament MOGADISHU, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- Somali lawmakers on Monday voted overwhelmingly to oust Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon.

Somali PM loses parliamentary confidence vote

Somali lawmakers voted to oust the prime minister Monday amid furious power struggles among top leaders that could undermine efforts to rebuild the war-torn nation and tackle Islamist insurgents. "The motion has passed," said speaker Mohamed Osman Jawari, noting that 184 out of 249 lawmakers in parliament voted to sack Abdi Farah Shirdon, prime minister of the Horn of Africa nation for just over a year. nur-pjm/lc

Somali PM loses parliamentary confidence vote

Somali lawmakers voted to oust the prime minister Monday amid furious power struggles among top leaders that could undermine efforts to rebuild the war-torn nation and tackle Islamist insurgents. Abdi Farah Shirdon, prime minister of the Horn of Africa nation for just over a year, lost the confidence vote in parliament after he resisted President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud's demand that he resign. "The motion has passed," said speaker Mohamed Osman Jawari, noting that 184 out of 249 lawmakers in parliament voted to sack Shirdon.

21 killed in violent attacks in Baghdad

21 killed in violent attacks in Baghdad BAGHDAD, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Twenty-one people were killed Wednesday in separate violent incidents in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, including 13 bodies found in execution-style, police said. Iraqi police found eight bodies in Arab Jubour area of southern Baghdad and five others in Shula district of the northwest, the source told Xinhua. "The bodies were handcuffed and have bullet holes in their heads and chests," the source said.

14 Killed in Iraq attacks

Baghdad, Nov 26 (EFE).- At least 14 people were killed, 10 of them members of the security forces, and another 23 were wounded in attacks in various parts of Iraq, an official source told Efe. The bloodiest attack took place in Tarmiya, some 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of Baghdad, where a suicide bomber detonated has belt loaded with explosives at the entrance to military barracks, killing six soldiers and wounding another 13.
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