News in Brief 17 May 2017 (AM)

Somali drought “tragedy continues to unfold”

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Somalia: 1.4M children to suffer acute malnutrition this year – UN agency

Some 1.4 million children in Somalia are projected to be acutely malnourished this year, an increase of 50 per cent over last year, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today announced.

Somali human rights must not take back seat to security concerns

Human rights must not end up being a “secondary consideration” as the new Somali government focusses on securing and stabilizing the country.

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News in Brief 9 February 2017 (PM)

Somali president faces "formidable" set of challenges, international partners say

Somalia's new president faces a "formidable" set of challenges in meeting the expectations of the Somali people, the country's international partners have said.

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Averting famine should be 'top of the agenda' for new Somali government, says UN chief Guterres

Secretary-General António Guterres joined the wider United Nations and its international partners in congratulating Mohamed Abdullahi 'Farmajo' upon his election as the Somalia's new President and pledging to work with him and his new Government to tackle urgent national priorities, including averting famine.

Somalia terror attack “desperate attempt” to disrupt election

The attack on the Dayax hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Wednesday has been described by the UN there as a “desperate attempt” by Al Shabaab extremists to disrupt the electoral process.

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Security Council condemns Al-Shabaab attack on hotel in Mogadishu

The United Nations Security Council today strongly condemned the deadly attack on 1 June 2016 perpetrated by Al-Shabaab militants on the Ambassador Hotel, Mogadishu.

Announcing political ‘breakthrough,’ UN envoy says Somalia’s success depends on managing threats

The Security Council heard today from the top United Nations official in Somalia that success in the country this year will depend upon managing threats, notably those posed by the terrorist groups Al-Shabaab, while announcing a “breakthrough” political achievement.

Somalia: UN condemns deadly Al-Shabaab attacks against civilian targets in Mogadishu

The United Nations Security Council condemned in the strongest terms today’s attack in Mogadishu perpetrated by Al-Shabaab, “which has resulted in a number of deaths and injuries of innocent civilians going about their daily lives.

Counter-terrorism measures threaten remittances sent to Somali diaspora – UN rights experts

Expressing concern over the impact on vital remittances from diaspora countries into Somalia caused by “necessary but less considered counter-terrorism regulations,” United Nations rights experts today warned the measures may “severely affect the human rights” of Somali people, while urging regulation-setting governments to guarantee the flow of such funds.