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Somali soldiers training by EU to be shifted to Somalia

eu_trainingBRUSSELS - Training of Somali soldiers by the EU will be shifted from Uganda to Somalia early next year, with an improvement in the security climate there, the EU said in a statement Tuesday.The EU Training Mission in Somalia (EUTM Somalia), launched in early 2010, has so far trained 3,600 Somali troops, mainly at a camp in Bihanga, 250 kilometres (155 miles) west of the Ugandan capital Kampala where the EUTM headquarters is located.But, "in the first months of 2014, the mission is set to conduct all its advisory, mentoring and training activities in Mogadishu, Somalia," the EU statement said.




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Google Expands Map Navigation to Djibouti and Somalia

maapAmerican internet multinational corporation Google have revealed the company’s famous map navigation service is being extended to about 25 countries in Asia, South America and Africa—including Somalia, Burundi and Djibouti.
Beginning today, all persons with Android phones in Burundi, Djibouti and Somalia will have the ability to enjoy voice-guided street-by-street navigation from their phones. The map service also provides information about town, streets, buildings and other important destinations. It is currently unclear if the service will run on other operating systems, such as Apple’s iOS, yet.

Somali President Names Economist as New Prime Minister :NEWYORKTIMES

ry4MOGADISHU — Somalia's president named economist Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed as his new prime minister on Thursday, ending weeks of political paralysis as the country strives to secure fragile security gains against Islamist militants.
Ahmed previously worked at the Islamic Development Bank in Saudi Arabia. He replaces Abdi Farah Shirdon who was forced out by lawmakers in a vote of no confidence after falling out with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.
"We have found Abdiweli Sheikh is the most suitable man to become Somalia's prime minister," Mohamud told a crowd of ministers, lawmakers and military officials at the heavily fortified presidential palace.
"We hope he will move Somalia forward."

Somalis in Norway’s capital face challenges – new report

Drawing data from interviews and discussion groups with both Norwegian-Somalis and key stakeholders in the city, it points out that many Norwegian-Somalis feel excluded from the society.
norwaycalnOne of the report’s important aspects is how the media has helped shape people’s perception of Norwegian-Somalis, which has further increased their sense of exclusion.
Participants stated that the negative image that the Norwegian media portrays has affected their everyday lives in Oslo.
Researcher Cindy Horst, from the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), told Aftenposten that the media’s often negative focus on the Norwegian-Somali environment could become self-reinforcing for young people.
“They are so disillusioned that they give up, they no longer want to strive to be included,” she said.
The opposite reaction has also been documented, though, as this group takes the adversity as a challenge.
“They continue on. They try to find another method if they don’t succeed with one,” Ms. Horst told the paper.
The report also looked at the housing and employment situation for Norwegian-Somalis in Oslo. It seemed to be especially challenging.

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