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Analysis: How attempts to unify Ethiopia may be deepening its divides, say analysts

27 Nov 2020

NAIROBI/ISTANBUL Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's political slogan is "medemer" - or "coming together". But some analysts say reforms meant to unify Ethiopia have inflamed simmering ethnic and political divisions and risk unravelling Africa's second most populous nation.

Exclusive: Ethiopia says disarms Tigrayan peacekeepers in Somalia over security

18 Nov 2020

NAIROBI Ethiopia said on Wednesday peacekeepers from its Tigray region serving in Somalia had been disarmed over a security issue, raising concerns over the forces' ability to fight al Qaeda-linked militants.

Exclusive: Ethiopia says disarms Tigrayan peacekeepers in Somalia over security

18 Nov 2020

NAIROBI Ethiopia said on Wednesday peacekeepers from its Tigray region serving in Somalia had been disarmed over a security issue, raising concerns over the forces' ability to fight al Qaeda-linked militants.

Trump may withdraw troops from Somalia as part of global pullback

17 Nov 2020

WASHINGTON/NAIROBI President Donald Trump may withdraw nearly all U.S. troops from Somalia as part of a global pullback that includes reductions of forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.

Trump could withdraw troops from Somalia as part of global pullback

17 Nov 2020

WASHINGTON/NAIROBI President Donald Trump may withdraw nearly all U.S. troops from Somalia as part of a global pullback that could see major reductions in Afghanistan and a slight drawdown in Iraq, U.S. officials told Reuters on Tuesday.

Elaborate Somali insurgent tax system collects almost as much as government

27 Oct 2020

NAIROBI The Somali insurgent group al Shabaab collects almost as much tax as the government through a sophisticated system of levies on activities from importing goods to irrigating crops, a think tank report has found.

Kenyan documentary spotlights activist torn between family and the struggle

22 Oct 2020

NAIROBI Kenyan documentary "Softie" opens in 2013 with Njeri Mwangi standing in a doorway, light illuminating a sleepy toddler on her hip as her husband Boniface sieves buckets of clotted blood outside. | Video

Somali Islamist insurgents pile up cash, says U.N. report

14 Oct 2020

NEW YORK/NAIROBI Somalia's Islamist insurgents are moving millions of dollars through the formal bank system and appear to be investing in businesses and real estate, according to a United Nations report offering a rare glimpse into their finances. | Video

'Super efficient' Somali Islamists rake in cash

14 Oct 2020

NEW YORK/NAIROBI Somalia's Islamist insurgents are moving millions of dollars through the formal bank system and appear to be investing in businesses and real estate, according to a United Nations report offering a rare glimpse into their finances.

Exclusive: Suspected arms dealers moved millions in Somali money transfers, report says

17 Sep 2020

NAIROBI Somali money transfer companies moved more than $3.7 million in cash between suspected weapons traffickers in recent years, including to a Yemeni under U.S. sanctions for alleged militant links, according to a report seen by Reuters.

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