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    1. The UN envoy for Somalia on Wednesday insisted the country was making progress, a day after the government said elections cannot be held as promised in next year. On Tuesday, Somalia's government admitted that insecurity and lack of political progress means there cannot be "one man, one vote" elections in 2016 as envisaged by the United Nations, foreign diplomats and the government itself. "The...

    2. Somalia president: No elections in 2016

      Associated Press via Yahoo! NewsJul 30 03:08 AM

      MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's president is ruling out the possibility of holding elections that are due next year, citing security challenges stemming from an Islamic insurgency. Opposition parties charge that that his government is taking advantage of poor security to extend its mandate through postponement of elections.

    3. Somalia may increase imports by about a quarter over the next three years to support a recovering economy, the International Monetary Fund said. Imports are expected to grow to $4.32 billion by 2017 from $3.48 billion last year, the Washington-based lender said in an e-mailed statement Wednesday.

    4. Somalia's intelligence agency on Wednesday identified a suicide truck bomber who attacked a hotel in Mogadishu as a 30-year-old Somali who had lived in Germany but returned to join the Shebab. A statement from the National Security and Intelligence Agency (NISA) also said the death toll from the massive explosion on Sunday had risen to 17, with more than 10 others wounded. "The attacker was 30...

    5. Ed Adamczyk MOGADISHU, Somalia, July 29 (UPI) -- The suicide bombing of a landmark Mogadishu, Somalia, hotel this week, in which at least 13 died, was caused by a German citizen of Somali origin.

    6. Somalia has abandoned the idea of holding a popular vote for its planned 2016 elections, the presidency said on Wednesday.

    7. Somalia hotel truck bomb toll rises to 15

      Associated Press via Yahoo! NewsJul 27 01:51 PM

      MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The massive truck bomb that killed 15 people, including a Kenyan diplomat, and wrecked Somalia's premier hotel has stunned the capital and raised fears Monday that the Islamic extremist al-Shabab rebels are escalating their violence.

    8. Somalia's president is ruling out the possibility of holding elections that are due next year, citing security challenges stemming from an Islamic insurgency.

    9. War-torn Somalia will not be able to hold full elections due next year, lawmakers said Tuesday, although it remained unclear whether some kind of voting process would still be held. The current President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and parliament were appointed by clan elders in 2012 with foreign backers promising full democracy in 2016, signalling an end to decades of chaos and instability ...

    10. Somalia wants additional resources to deal with Al Shabaab threats

      Kenya Broadcasting CorporationJul 30 02:50 AM

      A high level Partnership Forum on Somalia wants additional resources for the war ravaged country to enable it effectively deal with Al Shabaab threats.

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