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Saudi, Bahrain, UAE recall envoys to Qatar

saudiarabia1In a shock move, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday recalled their envoys to Qatar.


The three countries said the move was taken to "to protect their security and stability," a Saudi Press Agency statement said.


The trio also said that Qatar had not “committed to the principles” of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and said "Qatar has to take the appropriate steps to ensure the security of the GCC states."


They made the decision following what Gulf media described as a "stormy" late Tuesday meeting of foreign ministers from the GCC in Riyadh, according to Agence France-Presse.


Oscar Nominee Barkhad Abdi Made Just $65,000 For His 'Captain Philips' Role And Is Now Struggling To Get By

ABDI_BARKHADBefore "Captain Phillips" Best Supporting Actor nominee Barkhad Abdi was thumbs-upping his way down the red carpet at Sunday's Academy Awards, the 28-year-old was driving a limo in Minnesota.

Everything changed after Abdi went to an open casting call and got the role as Somali pirate "Muse" in the Oscar-nominated Tom Hanks film based on a true story.


Ethiopia's AMISOM deployment indicates Chinese armour procurement

Ethiopia_tanksThe Ethiopian National Defence Force's (ENDF's) contribution of troops to African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has highlighted the extent to which Chinese products are increasingly dominating its inventory of armoured vehicles.


Over 4,000 ENDF troops officially joined AMISOM on 22 January. Three weeks later, Somalia's Baidoa News released a video showing the Ethiopian troops unloading Chinese Type 85/89 tracked armoured personnel carriers (APCs) and WZ551 (or the newer WMZ551) wheeled APCs from transporters in the town of Beledweyne. Six T-55s tanks were also seen in the video.


Both the tracked and wheeled APCs are fitted with a fully enclosed turret mounting a 12.7 x 108 mm heavy machine gun, rather than the semi-enclosed weapon station more often seen on the vehicles. While WZ551s have previously been seen with this turret, this is the first time that it has been seen on a Type 85/89.


In Somaliland, push to end genital cutting is opposed by those who want brides to be virgins

dhalinyarhrgysaHARGEISA, Somalia - The 30 Somali teenagers — both boys and girls — all agreed: Female genital mutilation is harmful and the practice should be abandoned. But what they really meant, they revealed moments later, is that girls should have their genitalia cut — just not sewn shut.


"It's our tradition and if the girls are not subjected to suna(cutting) she will not be accepted for marriage," said Asthma Ibrahim Jabril, 17.


The students, who are part of an afterschool club in Somaliland which the U.N. children's agency helps fund, discuss issues like child labour, early marriage, and female genital mutilation in a classroom with several large hearts scrawled along the walls.


107 Somali migrants in tugboat that nearly capsized rescued off Libyan coast; 7 killed

doonilibyaTRIPOLI, Libya - An official in Libya says the country's coast guard has rescued 107 Somalis on a tugboat that nearly capsized while trying to reach Europe.


Col. Ayoub Qassim said Friday that the migrants included men, women and children. Qassim said the coast guard found them Thursday a few miles off the coast near the capital, Tripoli.


Qassim told journalists that after being rescued, the migrants confessed to throwing seven people into the sea to stop the ship from capsizing.


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