Somali pirates release crew after nearly four years in captivity

Sometimes they were forced to call their people at home to say they needed money to be released, and they were close to dying, and they were beaten while they were on the telephone. All of them are so happy to be free. Then last summer, the vessel sank in a storm, resulting in five of the crew drowning along with five of the pirates as they abandoned ship. The 11 seamen released were then transferred to a ramshackle house near the Somali port of Hobyo, a notorious pirate haven, where they have been held ever since. They were expected to be flown to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. But no similar funds were forthcoming for their fellow crew members, despite terrifying accounts emerging of the men’s mistreatment by their captors as they tried to raise the pressure. Some of the seamen were beaten with gun butts, locked in containers, and had the skin of their palms torn with pliers. At one point, the entire crew were packed into an empty swimming pool without food or water for three days.

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Easily accessible and with effortless wildlife viewing, this popular national park defies its size and offers an impressive safari experience. Here is the place to witness the incredible annual wildebeest migration between June and October as over a million animals thunder across the plains in search of water and grazing — but the Maasai Mara has mass appeal all year round.

Spot prides of lions basking in the shade or seek out an elusive solo leopard. And a magical hot-air balloon safari here is a must — gently drift over the plains as the sun rises, with game roaming below. The wonderful Ol Pejeta Conservancy is home to black rhino, southern white rhino and the last three northern white rhino on Earth. There’s a royal connection, too.

Explore the colonial sights of the city, relax around a tranquil hotel pool shielded from the world, visit wildlife conservation programmes and even enjoy big game viewing in Nairobi National Park.

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Somalia was known to the ancient Egyptians as the Land of Punt. They valued its trees which produced the aromatic gum resins frankincense and myrrh. Punt is also mentioned in the Bible, and ancient Romans called it Cape Aromatica. Somalia is named for the legendary father of the Somali people, Samaal or Samale.

Mount Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti Plains, tropical beaches, coral reefs, and such wildlife as elephants, lions, giraffes, zebras, and rhinos. With all this, Kenya and northern Tanzania are the ultimate destination for safaris, adventure travel, and ecotourism.

Registered consultants will automatically be considered for consultancy openings if their profiles match an advertised offer. Fifteen 15 months Lead Organization Unit: The present call for proposal is part of the broader process of development of national land policy in DRC. And shall contribute to the development of models and mechanisms for securing community land rights in forest areas and vicinity, to inform policy options for the national land policy process in DRC.

To reach those goals the implementing partners shall support the strengthening of the capacity of land administration and change agents through the establishment of land information system LIS that contributes to tenure security improvement and natural resource governance particularly for rural communities in forest context in the Ituri Province Terrioire de Mambasa.

The LIS entails the establishment of a cadaster or local registry documenting land rights and the use of identified lands. Main Outputs and Activities In close collaboration with UN-Habitat regional and country offices , Land and Global Land Tool Network Unit, government and provincial authorities, and other land stakeholders, the Implementing Partner will be undertaking the following key interventions and activities as follows: On Land Policy Development: To support the validation process of the draft land policy by developing and implementing a plan or strategy for multi-stakeholder workshops, consultations and dialogues, including civil society organizations.

To mobilize various national experts to support the land policy development, validation, related communications, capacity development and consultations. To develop and implement a capacity development strategy for various target stakeholders: To develop and implement advocacy, communications, awareness building strategy around the land reform process towards validation and adoption of the national land policy; Document and share best practices from field cases in the course of the development of the land policy around some critical land related issues such land conflict mediation, local mechanisms for providing tenure security, community based land management.

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But the findings also provide some insight into how peacekeepers and their supervisors may have been either unaware of or lax about the need to enforce rigorous protocols for wastewater, sewage and hazardous waste disposal at United Nations missions — despite the known risks and the lessons learned from Haiti, where at least 10, people have died from cholera and hundreds of thousands have been sickened.

The United Nations acknowledged for the first time this week that it bore some responsibility for the Haiti disaster, after having repeatedly presented a public face of ignoring the incriminating evidence and invoking its diplomatic immunity from legal action. They are not supposed to be public health risks. In Lebanon, they found failures to maintain septic tanks and remove sludge, and the unacceptable mixing of hazardous and organic wastes.

In Darfur, they found partly treated wastewater had been discharged into open fields and farms. Several studies have traced the cholera outbreak to a contingent of Nepalese peacekeepers in the Haitian mission whose fecal waste had leaked into a river adjacent to their base.

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Interestingly enough, the trade is not growing in the familiar sense of twilight girls but assuming legitimacy through massage parlours, e-commerce websites, tourism, strip clubs and international dating. A Kenyan website advertises sex services. A cursory survey by the Nairobi Chronicle reveals that a significant number of young women in Kenya earn their living by engaging in relationships with executives, diplomats, senior security officers as well as tourists.

The relationships usually involve the lavishing of gifts, housing, cars and cash in exchange for sex. Apart from young women, youthful men are getting into the game by offering sexual services to upper-class men and women. Often, these women are willing to engage in relationships with younger men in exchange for providing cash and jobs. So brazen has the sex industry become that recruitment is done openly through newspaper classifieds and websites.

For many years, the street was a haven for scantily-dressed women patronized by men in limousines. However, the fact is that after dark, every street in Nairobi becomes a den of prostitution.

Repelling pirate attacks: the measures to protect a ship

The Aris 13, an oil tanker crewed by eight Sri Lankans, was boarded by two dozen armed men as it sailed near Somalia’s lawless northern coast. The attack was the first successful hijacking since , and will raise fears that a scaling-down of anti-piracy patrols has emboldened the buccaneers into action again. Anti-piracy patrols run by Western navies have been drastically reduced in the past year so that ships can be re-assigned to cope with the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean and threats from Russia in the Baltic.

The Aris 13 was sailing with a consignment of oil from Djibouti to the Somali capital, Mogadishu, when it abruptly went into radio silence on Monday.

Homa Bay: Located km south of Kisumu and about km south-west of Nairobi, Homa Bay town is the headquarters of Homa Bay Bay has a thriving fish market, but the recent water hyacinth menace has significantly reduced the population of fish in Lake Victoria.

The Central African carrier’s acting chief executive, Colonel Chance Ndagano, said in an interview with African Aerospace last year that no numbers have been fixed as yet, and any order is still two to three years off. The three-day event from Nov. Up to high profile delegates from the aviation industry in Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia and North America are expected to attend.

The Secretary General was in Kigali on an advance visit to the event. He met various stakeholders in Rwanda who looked forward to a successful event in November. Its primary purpose is to foster commercial and technical co-operation among African airlines and to represent their common interests. Its membership of 37 airlines cuts across the continent and includes all the major intercontinental African operators.

He said the event presented an excellent opportunity to strengthen aviation in the country and further promotes the tourism sector.

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Tabloids have over the years linked her to various co-stars and other celebrities. However, to date, Lupita has never confirmed any of the rumors. Photos of Lupita and Michael ooze of such chemistry that one of their fans on twitter wrote that they looked like a married couple of five years.

History and Ethnic Relations Emergence of the Nation. The origin of the Somali people is uncertain. Current theory suggests that the Somali originated in the southern Ethiopian highlands and migrated into northern Kenya during the first millennium B.C.E. They then gradually migrated northward to populate the Horn of Africa by C.E.

Thousands of suspected rebels were rounded up during Kenya’s Mau Mau rebellion Arrests: But after a High Court judge ordered the Government to produce all relevant evidence, the files — which filled ft of shelving — were found in the Foreign Office. They are expected to play a key role in the court action beginning tomorrow by Kenyan claimants who want a statement of regret from the Government and a welfare fund for victims.

With at least 1, other former Mau Mau detainees still alive, Britain could face a multi-million-pound compensation bill if the Kenyans win their case. One of the four Kenyans due to give evidence in the High Court next week is Ndiku Mutwiwa Mutua, 79, a herdsman who according to court documents was arrested after supplying food to Mau Mau rebels. He was allegedly castrated. Twenty-seven suspects accused of taking part in a massacre are taken into court at Githunguri Another claimant, Wambugu wa Nyingi, says he was suspended by his feet and severely beaten while cold water was poured on to his face to stop him breathing, in treatment echoing water-boarding.

The only woman claimant says she was subjected to sexual torture. But Government lawyers will argue that the case should be dismissed because the alleged abuse was carried out by the colonial government, which passed all rights and responsibilities to independent Kenya in The Foreign Office declined to comment on the documents. Share or comment on this article.

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History of Mogadishu , Sultanate of Mogadishu , Ajuran Sultanate , and Somali aristocratic and court titles Engraving of the 13th century Fakr ad-Din Mosque built by Fakr ad-Din, the first Sultan of the Sultanate of Mogadishu Tradition and old records assert that southern Somalia, including the Mogadishu area, was inhabited very early by hunter-gatherers of Khoisan descent. Although most of these early inhabitants are believed to have been either overwhelmed, driven away or, in some cases, assimilated by later migrants to the area, physical traces of their occupation survive in certain ethnic minority groups inhabiting modern-day Jubaland and other parts of the south.

It is mentioned in the Periplus of the Erythraean Sea , a Greek travel document dating from the first century AD, as one of a series of commercial ports on the Somali littoral. The Sultanate of Mogadishu later developed with the immigration of Emozeidi Arabs , a community whose earliest presence dates back to the 9th or 10th century.

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The island served as an Arab port before Vasco da Gama visited in and finally the Portuguese established a port and naval base here. The chapel of Nossa Senhora de Baluarte built in is considered to be the oldest non-indigenous building in the southern hemisphere. The island was Mozambique’s first capital. The fascinating mix of African, Arab and European culture and history is displayed in the churches and mosques, beautiful colonial buildings with thick walls and small traditional houses, the imposing fort, the old Portuguese houses some dating back to the sixteenth century , the well-maintained, interesting museums and above all in the local population, their culture and their incredibly varied faces.

There is a colourful and vibrant feel to the island with all the hustle and bustle; yet you can still feel the charm, sophistication and culture. More and more guest houses and small boutique hotels are being opened in restored buildings, offering comfortable and charming accommodation at varied but not expensive prices.

These rehabilitation activities are contributing to the gradual restoration of the island’s former splendours. Pemba to Ilha is km and takes almost 6 hours by road. The island is connected by a bridge with the mainland at Lumbo. Our office hours are: Mondays to Fridays 08h00 – 15h00 Saturdays and Sundays – Closed.

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Boy gets stuck inside arcade game Boy gets stuck inside arcade game Keeping his eye on the prize, a little boy in Florida crawls up the prize chute to find himself inside a claw machine. The march took the people through the capital, Mogadishu, and to a rally at its Konis stadium, where President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo vowed the government would soon take revenge on those behind the attack.

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UN-Habitat’s Global Public Space Programme is launching a call for the implementation of innovative public space projects. Local authorities and non-profit organisations are invited to submit proposals which aim to achieve the following expected result: The effective creation, protection, design.

Mr Hauken said that following the attack, he was treated well by police and medical personnel. The ex-Prime Minister of Bangladesh was jailed for five years on corruption charges. Media reports said several buildings were damaged and at least four people were killed and some were injured during the quake. Teams are trying to rescue people inside the buildings.

Some bridges and roads are damaged and the main road to Hualien is closed. More than earthquakes have hit off Taiwan’s east coast in the past three days. Around North Korean art performers in matching red coats and fur hats left for the South, its state media said on February 6, the latest in the flurry of cross-border exchanges in the run-up to the Pyeongchang Olympics. At least two were killed and dozens injured.

Arbin is in the Eastern Ghouta region which has been under government siege since A ‘Supermoon’ commonly is described as a full moon at its closest distance to the earth with the moon appearing larger and brighter than usual. Reuters Afghan police officers take position during a blast and gun fire in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Turkey shelled Kurdish militia targets in Syria and claimed progress in a cross-border offensive that has stoked concern among its allies and neighbours.

Thousands of Russian Orthodox Church followers will plunge into icy rivers and ponds across the country to mark Epiphany, cleansing themselves with water deemed holy for the day.

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