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Feb 26, 2014

Somali minister cautiously plans new tax regime

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Somalia has long defied the maxim that death and taxes are life’s only two certainties – with years of chaos and killings but little in the way of a coherent state to collect revenues and tariffs.

That could all be about to change if newly appointed finance minister Hussein Abdi Halane gets his way and manages to persuade businesses to support a new comprehensive tax system in the ravaged country.

Feb 19, 2014

Somalia wants to expel Islamist rebels from strongholds in 2014

NAIROBI (Reuters) – A military offensive led by an expanded African peacekeeping force aims to drive Somali Islamist rebels out of their remaining strongholds by the end of 2014, the Somali prime minister said on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, appointed in December, said al Shabaab rebels who “look like us” would still be able to infiltrate communities but said the goal was to ensure they did not control “distinct areas” of the country as they do now.

Jan 31, 2014

U.N. seeks funds for African force in Central African Republic

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – The United Nations is asking donors for more money to fund African Union peacekeepers trying to end inter-communal violence in the Central African Republic, a U.N. official said on Friday.

Almost a million people, a quarter of the population, have been displaced by fighting since the mostly Muslim Seleka rebel group seized power last March in the majority Christian country. At least 2,000 people are estimated to have been killed.

Jan 31, 2014

First South Sudan ceasefire monitors to arrive shortly: mediators

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – A regional African group mediating to end the conflict in South Sudan aims to deploy the first monitors of a shaky ceasefire at the weekend, senior officials said on Friday.

The IGAD group also joined international calls for the release of the last four of a group of detainees in South Sudan whom the government is investigating over charges they plotted a coup, but whose continued detention could hinder peace talks.

Jan 31, 2014

First S.Sudan ceasefire monitors to arrive shortly – mediators

ADDIS ABABA, Jan 31 (Reuters) – A regional African group
mediating to end the conflict in South Sudan aims to deploy the
first monitors of a shaky ceasefire at the weekend, senior
officials said on Friday.

The IGAD group also joined international calls for the
release of the last four of a group of detainees in South Sudan
whom the government is investigating over charges they plotted a
coup, but whose continued detention could hinder peace talks.

Jan 30, 2014

U.S. urges South Sudan to free last detainees to secure peace

ADDIS ABABA, Jan 30 (Reuters) – The United States called on
South Sudan on Thursday to release the last four of a group of
detainees held on suspicion of trying to stage a coup, a move
that could clear a major sticking point in talks to end weeks of
fighting.

The senior political figures were arrested after clashes
broke out between rival groups of soldiers in South Sudan’s
capital Juba in mid-December and quickly spread across the
oil-producing nation along ethnic lines, killing thousands.

Jan 30, 2014

Somali president wants waiver on arms embargo extended

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Somalia’s president said he wanted the U.N. Security Council to extend a partial lifting of an arms embargo beyond its March expiry because Somali troops need more and better equipment to battle al Qaeda-aligned insurgents.

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud also said in an interview that he was working to improve public finances management after the resignation of two central bank governors last year rattled Western and other donors.

Jan 29, 2014

Norway says time for Uganda to reduce troops in S. Sudan

ADDIS ABABA, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Uganda should start
withdrawing troops from South Sudan, where they have been
backing government forces against rebels, to avoid worsening a
crisis in the world’s newest state, major donor Norway said on
Wednesday.

The comments were the clearest statement of concern from a
member of the troika of South Sudan’s main Western backers about
the impact of Uganda’s military presence.

Jan 15, 2014

Kenya edges towards oil production, hurdles remain

NAIROBI, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Tullow Oil’s two new
finds have moved Kenya closer to oil producer status but
reaching that milestone requires developing fields in a remote
region, constructing an export route and building local skills
in a nation new to the business.

Britain’s Tullow on Tuesday doubled its estimate of
discoveries to 600 million barrels in the Lokichar basin, an
arid corner of the east African nation, which wants to put
itself at the centre of a regional oil boom in the making.

Dec 24, 2013

How South Sudan leaders squandered nation-building effort

JUBA/NAIROBI, Dec 24 (Reuters) – At a well-attended investor
conference in South Sudan’s capital just three weeks ago,
President Salva Kiir declared that the world’s newest country
was “at last safe” and open for business.

It was a bold assertion from a nation that only gained
independence from Sudan in 2011 after decades mired in conflict.
It suggested the moment had come to cap a huge international
effort to build a state. But it proved spectacularly ill-timed.

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      "Responsible for Reuters coverage from Egypt and Sudan, and overseeing operations of the Cairo-based Reuters Arabic language service. Previously was Bureau Chief, Iran. Have worked throughout the Middle East for most of the past 15 years, including covering the Iraq war and Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Have also covered financial and energy affairs, holding positions that inlude equities reporter in London."
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