US Seeks to Sap Al-Shabab Finances

The United States is expanding its fight against al-Qaida’s affiliate in Somalia, adding a new, expansive round of sanctions to drone strikes and military advice from U.S. forces on the ground. The Treasury Department Monday unveiled sanctions targeting four senior al-Shabab leaders as well as five operatives, all said to be key players in a … Read more

Nigerian Authorities Defend Decision to Burn Vessel Carrying Allegedly Stolen Oil

Nigeria’s defense chief defended the destruction of a seized ship that was smuggling stolen oil, saying no investigation was needed. Critics say the military’s burning of the ship last week destroyed vital evidence and accused the military of a cover-up. Nigeria’s chief of defense staff, General Lucky Irabor, spoke after last Friday’s national security meeting … Read more

Three UN Peacekeepers Killed, Three Injured in Mali Attack

Three United Nations peacekeepers were killed and three others seriously injured when their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in northern Mali on Monday, a U.N. spokesperson said. Islamist militants, some with links to al-Qaida and Islamic State, have been waging an insurgency in northern Mali for the last decade. The peacekeepers were on a … Read more

Gunmen Attack Nigerian Church During Service, Killing 2

Gunmen attacked a church in north central Nigeria during a service, killing a woman and her young daughter, a government official said Monday as the hunt for the suspects intensified. The motorcycle-riding assailants arrived at the Celestial Church on Sunday and fatally shot the two victims, according to Jerry Omodara, Kogi state’s top security official. … Read more

Regional Governor in Somalia Puts Bounty on al-Shabab Chiefs

A governor in central Somalia has announced rewards of up to $25,000 for anyone who kills an Islamist militant with the al-Shabab terrorist group. The governor of Hiiraan region also directed military and clan militias to kill the wives and mothers of al-Shabab members. Rights groups and security experts expressed alarm at the call for … Read more

Al Dahra Holding and Valmont Industries sign MoU to cooperate in agriculture

Al Dahra Holding company, one of the most prominent Emirati Companies working in the agricultural field, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Valmont Industries, a leading American manufacturer of irrigation systems and agricultural technologies for the purpose to regulate the relationship between the two companies by establishing global relationship model in many areas … Read more

Statistics Centre – Abu Dhabi, Mastercard join to identify consumer spending trends

The Statistics Centre – Abu Dhabi (SCAD) has signed an agreement with Mastercard to use Master Card SpendingPulse insights to better understand spending patterns across digital and in-person transactions from in-store and online retail sales across all forms of payment. The agreement was signed by Dr. Haifa Ali Alhamdani, Acting Executive Director of Strategy and … Read more

Sheikha Fatima awarded Key to Florence for her efforts to humanitarian efforts

Alessia Bertini, Deputy Mayor of Florence, Italy, has presented the Key to the City of Florence to H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union (GWU), Chairwoman of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF), and the “Mother of the Nation”, for her efforts … Read more