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Somalia Army ‘Incapable’ Of Ousting Al-Shabab – US

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Commander In Somali Al Shabaab Militant Group Killed

The U.S State department says Somalia’s national army is “incapable” of driving out militant group al-Shabab from its strongholds.

The US released the annual country reports on terrorism on Wednesday detailing the work of “international terrorist groups.”

It says Somalia is still heavily dependent on foreign support in almost all major security functions throughout the country.

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The U.S. State department says in the reports al-Shabab funds its activities through illegal charcoal production and exports, taxation of local populations and businesses, and by means of remittances and other money transfers from the Somali diaspora.

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The group is also said to control large parts of the country through which it launches attacks into neighboring Kenya.

Meanwhile, militias in central Somalia are being encouraged to disarm and join the police.

In the past two decades, the Galmudug region has been overrun by various militias, including pirates, al-Shabab militants and the moderate Islamist group.

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Galmudug state president Ahmed Abdi Kariye says those clan militias are being trained and later registered as police officers to protect their people.

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Algeria Buries Remains Of Anti-Colonial Fighters After 150 Years

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Remains Of 24 Algerian Anti-Colonial Fighters Returned From France

Skulls of the 24 fighters killed while fighting against French colonial rule in the 19th century were flown into Algiers from France on Friday.  They had been kept at a Paris museum after being brought to France as trophies.

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Their arrival comes days before Algeria celebrates the 58 anniversary of its independence on Sunday.

France colonized and rules Algeria for one hundred thirty-two years until the north African country won independence in 1962, after an eight-year war that left one and a half Algerians dead.

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Algeria buried the remains of the resistance fighters as it marked the 58th anniversary of its independence from France.

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133 Somali Nationals Repatriated Out Of Uganda

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133 Somali Nationals Repatriated Out Of Uganda

One hundred thirty-three Somali nationals have been repatriated to Mogadishu, the Somalian capital, after more than three months in Uganda because of the suspension of flights.

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They are part of the three hundred fifty, who have so far been evacuated from Uganda by the Somali government since the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Majority of these were Somalis studying in various universities in Uganda.  Others were visitors, tourists and Somali business men and women.

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Acting Somali ambassador to Uganda, Ali Mohamed, expressed his country’s gratitude to his Somalia’s government for extending a helping hand toward supporting its nationals return home.

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Zimbabwe Nurses Arrested As They Protest Over Pay

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Zimbabwe Nurses Arrested As They Protest Over Pay

The Zimbabwe nurses’ association says police have arrested 13 nurses during protests outside state hospitals on Monday.

The union, which represents nearly 15,000 state nurses, had called on members last week to go on strike over low salary.

The health workers are demanding to be paid in U.S. Dollars as inflation running at nearly 800% was eroding their salaries.

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Zimbabwe police arrested more than a dozen nurses, including, union representatives and leaders while a demonstration- against poor pay was ongoing at Zimbabwe’s biggest hospital in the capital Harare. The union said they had been told that the arrested health workers would appear in court on Tuesday.

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Nurses also gathered in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second biggest city, to demand better pay.

The protests, come at a time coronavirus cases are rising in the nation. Zimbabwe has recorded 734 infections and nine deaths.

President, Mnangagwa’s government announced a 50% salary hike for state employees last month and a $75 allowance for three months but workers said the increase was not reflected in their June salary.

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Zimbabwe’s lockdown measure to combat the spread of coronavirus have led to economic crisis.

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