SomaliPress.com

Gambia

AU Summit Endorses Libya Peace Map, Demands Air Strikes Halt

An African Union summit has demanded an immediate end to NATO airstrikes on Libya, and backed a “Road Map” peace plan calling for a ceasefire and negotiations. A small but growing number of African nations are suggesting Moammar Gadhafi must be excluded from any peace deal.The African Union Thursday endorsed its own peace plan for Libya. The so-...

European Union Recognizes Libyan Rebels

The European Union has boosted the international recognition of the Libyan rebel leadership by opening an office Sunday in their eastern stronghold of Benghazi.European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton was surrounded by a flock of rebel officials and reporters as she arrived in Benghazi to inaugurate the new E.U. office. She accepted a...

In Senegal, Concerns Linger after Gambia Blockade Lifted

Senegalese truck drivers are resuming transport through Gambia after a two-month blockade imposed due to complaints of mistreatment and harassment by Gambian security forces.  Trucking in Senegal involves a long, often pot-holed route that cuts across Gambia, the small, 35-kilometer-wide country along the Gambia River.It is an important road for...

Gbagbo Aide: U.N. Sanctions Won’t Work

A legal adviser to Ivorian incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo says the renewed U.N. sanctions imposed Wednesday on the embattled leader are, in his words, highly unlikely to force Gbagbo to step down and cede power to the internationally-recognized President, Alassane Ouattara. This came after Gbagbo re-scheduled an address to the nation for...

West Africa Explores Ways to Mitigate Climate Change's Effects

From eroding coastline to depleted fish stocks, the effects of climate change are being felt along West Africa's coast and governments and environmental groups are coming together to talk about what can be done to mitigate its impact.  The ocean breaking on southern Senegal's coastline does not look much different from any other beach. But a...

Iran Calls Diplomatic Split with Senegal 'Illogical'

Iran is calling Senegal's decision to end their long-standing diplomatic ties as "illogical."The Tehran government says it appears Senegal is under the influence of foreign interest.Senegal said Wednesday it was severing ties with Iran because Iranian weapons were used in Sunday's attack by rebels of the Democratic Forces of Casamance that killed...

Suspected Iranian Arms Dealer on Trial in Nigeria

A suspected Iranian arms dealer is on trial in Nigeria for a shipment of weapons that his attorney says were bound for Gambia.  Security is tight in the Lagos courtroom where state prosecutors are pursuing charges of importing prohibited firearms against Nigerian Ali Abbas Jega and Iranian national Azim Adhajani, who Nigeria's secret service...

Radio Network in Southern Senegal Tries to Restore Peace

A community radio project in Senegal’s troubled Casamance region is trying to help the peace process there by encouraging dialogue in an atmosphere of ongoing tension and violence. Pasted to the wall inside Fogny FM, a radio station located just south of the Gambian border, are the words "radio is an art" scribbled in French.  But for thousands of...

Traditional, Western Medicine Treat Cancer in Senegal

With cancer rates in Senegal rising, traditional healers and medical doctors hope to collaborate for better treatment. Serigne Samba Ndiaye was trained by his father as a traditional healer and herbalist. At his private clinic on the outskirts of Dakar, he treats everything from insomnia to cancer.Ndiaye say he grinds kola nuts into a powder that...

Rebels Attack Southern Senegal Village

Senegalese army spokesman, Colonel Abdourahim Kebe, said Monday that rebel fighters from the Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance launched an attack Sunday on a village near the Gambian border.Sources say an army patrol engaged the rebels, leading to violent clashes that led to casualties on both sides, though the rebels have not released...

ECOWAS Recognizes Ouattara as Ivorian President

A bloc of West African countries has recognized Alassane Ouattara as Ivory Coast's new president, and is calling on incumbent Laurent Gbagbo to step aside immediately. The Economic Community of West African States issued a statement after a meeting Tuesday of seven regional heads of state in Nigeria.The statement called on Mr. Gbagbo to abide by...

West African Leaders Meeting on Ivory Coast Political Crisis

West African leaders meet in Nigeria Tuesday to discuss Ivory Coast's political crisis where rival presidents have competing governments following a controversial election. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan says West African heads of state are meeting in Abuja to discuss how their regional alliance might help resolve the crisis in Ivory Coast...

U.S. Election Monitor Praises ECOWAS Effort to Resolve Ivory Coast Impasse

A top official of the U.S.-based Carter Center has praised leaders in the West African region for taking what he described as a personal and public interest in resolving the political crisis in Ivory Coast following the disputed presidential run-off vote. Several heads of states and government have reportedly arrived in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja,...

West African Leaders to Meet on Ivory Coast Political Crisis

West African leaders are scheduled to meet Tuesday to discuss the political crisis in Ivory Coast, where rival presidents have competing governments following a controversial election.  Leaders from the Economic Community of West African States, of ECOWAS, will meet in Abuja to discuss how the alliance might help resolve the crisis in Ivory Coast...

Former Gambian Diplomat Says break with Iran Presidential Cover-Up

A former Gambian ambassador to the United States said President Yayah Jammeh might have severed relations with Iran to cover up his reported involvement with an arms shipment confiscated last week by Nigerian authorities. Gambia Monday night gave Iranian diplomats 48 hours to leave the country. A statement issued by the Gambian foreign ministry...