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600 UPDF Troops in Somalia Recognized by UN Secretary General

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The Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres has awarded medals to over 600 Ugandan officers and militants serving under the sixth United Nations Guard Unit (UNGU VI) in Somalia.

The medals are a recognition of the one year selfless service by the officers and militants in securing the UN facilities and personnel against Al-Shabab threats.

The function was presided over on a telecast by the Special Representative of the Secretary General in Somalia, His Excellency James Swan.

Swan applauded the peacekeepers for exhibiting a high level of professionalism during their just ended tour of duty and appropriately representing their country in the UN mission.

He specifically recognized the manner in which UNGU VI dealt with the recurring challenge of Al Shabab’s indirect mortar fires directed on the UN facilities in Mogadishu.

He also hailed the blue berets unit for their ability to adjust to other extraordinary challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I want to thank UNGU VI who have been collaborative in ensuring that they keep everyone safe through the pandemic,” he said.

“In addition to your personal contributions, you have been good ambassadors of Uganda and the Uganda People’s Defense Forces,” he added.

The function was attended by UN Principle Security Advisor, Mr Andrew Right, UN officials and officers from both the headquarters of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and Sector One.

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) deputy force Commander in charge of operations and plans, Maj Gen James Nakibus Lakara said the coordination and synergies by the various actors in Somalia have enabled the Horn of African country to make positive steps going forward in State building and creating a secure environment.

Gen Lakara further appreciated and wished the peacekeepers well.

“UNGU VI, I wish you well, and please convey our regards to your families because without those families, you would not have reached where you reached,” he said.

The deputy Sector One Commander who is also the deputy Commander of Uganda’s contingent in Somalia, Col John Winston Mugarura said the Guard Unit had fulfilled their mission.

“Overall, you have delivered on your tasks ably well and I therefore congratulate you,” said Col Mugarura.

The Guard Unit was commanded by Lt Col Nathan Bainomugisha who applauded members of his unit for their selfless service.

“To all of you our nationals and international partners, I thank you for working selflessly as a team. More heads work better than one.”

The commanding officer also applauded the UPDF leadership in Uganda for the continued guidance and support to officers and militants keeping peace in Somalia.

The function was attended by UN Principle Security Advisor, Mr Andrew Right, UN officials and officers from both the headquarters of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and Sector One.



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10 Myanmar police killed in attack by ethnic armies: Reports | Conflict News

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Fighters from an alliance of rebel groups reportedly attack a police station in a new escalation after the military coup.

An alliance of ethnic armies in Myanmar that has opposed the general’s crackdown on anti-coup protests attacked a police station in the east on Saturday and killed at least 10 policemen, local media said.

The police station at Naungmon in Shan state was attacked early in the morning by fighters from an alliance that includes the Arakan Army, the Ta’ang National Liberation Army, and the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army, media reported.

Shan News said at least 10 policemen were killed, while the Shwe Phee Myay news outlet put the death toll at 14.

A spokesman for the military did not return calls asking for comment.

Al Jazeera’s Tony Cheng, reporting from neighbouring Thailand, noted the ethnic armies are some of the oldest in the world, having battled central government forces for decades.

“Since the coup, there has been a lot of talk about armed groups operating together but we have not actually seen it before. Today it’s claimed three acted together, joined forces, attacked this outpost manned by Myanmar police, killing a number of policemen,” said Cheng, adding the assault occurred over two hours early on Saturday.

More than 600 people have been killed by the military in the crackdown on protests against the February 1 coup, according to a monitoring group. As violence has escalated, about a dozen armed groups have condemned the coup-makers as illegitimate and pledged to stand with the protesters.

Civilian lawmakers, most of whom are in hiding after their removal, have announced plans to form a “national unity government” – with key roles for ethnic leaders – and are holding online talks about joint resistance to the generals.

Dozens of bodies

Meanwhile, reports from Myanmar say dozens of people may have been killed in a military assault on anti-coup protesters in the city of Bago. About 60 people may have died in the clashes in the city, about 60km (32 miles) northeast of Yangon, according to Radio Free Asia citing witnesses.

News site Myanmar Now cited a protest leader as saying dozens of bodies had been brought inside a pagoda compound where the military was based. Witnesses cited by both media outlets reported hours of gunfire that started early on Friday.

Protests against the February coup continued on Saturday in Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Sagaing, Myeik and many other cities.

The military crackdown has also included reports of protesters being tortured in detention and harsh sentences.

The military issued death sentences on 19 people from Yangon’s North Okkalapa township on Friday. They were charged with beating an army captain, according to Radio Free Asia.

The military coup dismissed the elected government led by Aung San Suu Kyi, who is currently under house arrest.



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Egypt unearth 3,000-year-old lost city

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A new archaeological discovery is seen in Luxor, Egypt, in this undated handout photo. (Zahi Hawass Center for Egyptology and High Council of Antiquities Joint Mission/Handout via Reuters)

A new archaeological discovery is seen in Luxor, Egypt, in this undated handout photo. (Zahi Hawass Center for Egyptology and High Council of Antiquities Joint Mission/Handout via Reuters)

Egyptian archeologists have unearthed a 3,000-year-old lost city, complete with mud-brick houses, artifacts, and tools from pharaonic times.


Noted archeologist Zahi Hawass said an Egyptian mission discovered the mortuary city in the southern province of Luxor. It dates back to what is considered a golden era of ancient Egypt, the period under King Amenhotep III of the 18th dynasty.

“Many foreign missions searched for this city and never found it,” Hawass said in a statement Thursday. The city, built on the western bank of the Nile River, was once the largest administrative and industrial settlement of the pharaonic empire, he added.

Last year, archeologists started excavating in the area, searching for the mortuary temple of King Tutankhamun. However, within weeks, the statement said, archeologists found mud bricks formations that eventually turned out to be a well-preserved large city. City walls, and even rooms filled with utensils used in daily life are said to be present.

“The archaeological layers have laid untouched for thousands of years, left by the ancient residents as if it were yesterday,” the press release said.

The newly unearthed city is located between the temple of King Rameses III and the colossi of Amenhotep III on the west bank of the Nile in Luxor. The city continued to be used by Amenhotep III’s grandson Tutankhamun, and then his successor King Ay.

Betsy Brian, professor of Egyptology at John Hopkins University, said the discovery of the lost city was the most important archeological find since the tomb of Tutankhamun.

King Tut became a household name and helped renew interest in ancient Egypt when his tomb in the Valley of the Kings was discovered nearly fully intact in 1922.

Archeologists have also found clay caps of wine vessels, rings, scarabs, coloured pottery, and spinning and weaving tools. Some mud bricks bear the seal of King Amenhotep III’s cartouche, or name insignia. 







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Saudi Arabia executes 3 soldiers for ‘cooperating with enemy’ | Saudi Arabia News

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The defence ministry says soldiers were sentenced to death by a specialist court after a fair trial.

Saudi Arabia has executed three soldiers convicted of “high treason” and “cooperating with the enemy”, with a statement from the kingdom’s defence ministry saying the trio was sentenced to death by a specialist court after a fair trial.

The state-run Saudi Press Agency identified the men as soldiers working in the defence ministry. It did not elaborate on how the men aided the kingdom’s enemies.

The ministry did not name the “enemy” either but the executions on Saturday were carried out in the southern province bordering Yemen where Saudi Arabia has been at war for more than six years against the Iran-backed Houthi fighters.

Saudi Arabia has come under increasing global scrutiny over its human rights record since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 at the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate and the detention of women’s rights activists.

Rights groups, including Amnesty International, have called on Riyadh to stop the use of the death penalty, citing allegations of torture and unfair trials.

Saudi Arabia denies the accusations.

According to Amnesty figures, Saudi Arabia carried out the world’s third-highest number of executions in 2019.



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