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4 African peacekeepers killed in Mogadishu attack

qarax_xamar_weyne_1MOGADISHU  At least four African peacekeepers were killed Monday in a car bombing in Somali capital Mogadishu, a security source said.

Six military conscripts shot dead near Cairo

egypt1Six Egyptian military conscripts were killed by unknown gunmen early Saturday near a military police checkpoint in Qalyoubia's Shubra El-Kheima district.
Mohamed Yosri, security director of the Qalyoubia governorate, said that explosives experts have managed to diffuse two bombs planted by the attackers after the shooting occurred.

Amr Moussa:Egyptian Leaders Should Leave The Door Open For Muslim Brotherhood

Egyptian leaders should leave the door open for the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to re-enter politics if the group accepts the constitution, former foreign minister and presidential candidate Amr Moussa said in a rare call for reconciliation.
Moderation has not exactly been in style in Egyptian politics since army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted president Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in July after mass protests against his rule.
Egypt's most organised political group has been devastated by a security crackdown. Hundreds have been killed in the street and thousands arrested. Egyptian authorities have declared the Brotherhood a terrorist group and put its leaders on trial.
Veteran politician Moussa has thrown his weight behind Sisi, who is expected to announce his candidacy for the presidency in a few days and easily win elections due within months.
Asked if he thought Sisi would accept the Brotherhood in politics, Moussa said: "As long as they are following the rules, playing by the same rules as we are all playing, why should you exclude them?"
"The road is open for them, if they so decide. Field candidates, get into the parliament, the ball is in their court," Moussa told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday.
The Brotherhood, largely driven underground, has survived repression under one Egyptian autocratic after another, relying on a vast network of social services to win grassroots support.
With a membership estimated at close to one million, they are not expected to go away and some analysts fear some could turn to violence against the state if they remain sidelined.
"They should look to the future," Moussa said, which meant choosing "the right way" and working within the system.
The Brotherhood, which won the vast majority of elections since a popular uprising toppled president Hosni Mubarak in 2011, has said it was a victim of a coup and refuses to do business with the army-backed government.
"Ball in their courtT"
As head of the body that rewrote Egypt's constitution, Moussa believes democracy includes roles for Brotherhood supporters, providing they peacefully abide by the new document approved by over 90 percent of voters in January.
Many Islamists boycotted the referendum.
"They have the chance to run for elections, if they wish, to establish a party within the confines of the constitution," said Moussa, who came in fifth in the 2012 election.
The image of Sisi in his dark sunglasses is everywhere - on t-shirts, posters, even chocolates - which suggests many Egyptians believe he is a decisive figure who could deliver stability after years of upheaval since Mubarak's fall.
Sisi, Mubarak's chief of military intelligence, had to be president of "all Egyptians", Moussa said in his office in a leafy Cairo neighbourhood.
amir_moussaMoussa served under Mubarak as Egypt's foreign minister for 10 years and headed the Arab League. He refused to be drawn on speculation that he could serve as prime minister under Sisi.
"I certainly help if I'm asked," he said, adding Sisi had not approached him to join his presidential campaign.
Moussa said he was confident that Sisi could lead the most populous Arab nation, a strategic U.S. ally, out of uncertainty.
But he was under no illusions that it would be an easy task. The economy is struggling, political tensions remain high and a fast-growing Islamist insurgency is raging in the Sinai.
"We have failure across the board. Over the years, accumulation of mismanagement and half solutions and cult of personalities," said Moussa.

Somalia Set to Develop Its Marine Resources, Says President in Japan

xj1Somalia must seize the opportunity to develop its marine resources after decades of neglect, His Excellency President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said in Japan today.

Speaking in Tokyo on the second day of his visit to Japan, the President said:


"We have the longest coastline in Africa and now that the country is recovering from conflict we need to learn how to develop our marine resources profitably and sustainably and also defend our territorial waters.


UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian AffairsMilitary operation in southern and central Somalia could affect up to 3 million people

KISMAAYO_345The anticipated military offensive by the Somali National Armed Forces (SNAF) and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to recover Al Shabaab controlled areas in southern and central Somalia has begun. The operation is expected to directly affect scores of districts and regions in southern and central Somalia.


In Bakool, SNAF/AMISOM forces started moving to key towns including Rab Dhuure, Xudur and Waajid around 5 March. The majority of main towns in Bakool have reportedly been taken by SNAF/AMISOM forces with the exception of Tayeeglow and surrounding villages. Reportedly, Al Shabaab moved back to Rab Dhuure two days after it was taken when SNAF/AMISOM troops left the village for Waajid. Further details are unknown at this stage


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