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Mogadishu Clashes Kill Dozens

At least 23 people, mostly civilians have been killed and over 60 others injured in heavy clashes that rocked Somalia's capital Mogadishu in the last two days. Civilians caught in the cross fire started vacating their homes in northern districts of Shibis and Abdiasis. According to Ali Muse of Mogadishu Ambulance Services, the dead include six...

United Nation Chief Ban Ki-moon Calls on World for New Peace Drive for Somalia

United Nation Chief Ban Ki-moon Calls on World for New Peace Drive for Somalia Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the world to adopt a new approach to bring peace to Somalia, telling an international conference on the Horn of Africa country that a failure to act now risks expanding the violence to its neighbours and beyond. "One thing is certain. If we do not change our approach, there will be little chance for...

President Sharif to Appoint New PM - Speaker Resigns in Somalia

The speaker of Somalia's parliament Sheikh Adan Mohammed Nur Madobe has resigned from his position, Radio Garowe reports. Madobe said he took the decision to save the fragile government from collapse and also unite the divided parliament, which is in disarray following internal rife between members. "I have decided to relinquish my position as the...

Somali Rebels Fire Mortars At Parliament As MPs Meet

Heavy shelling rocked Somalia's capital today, killing 15 people and wounding dozens, as rebels fired mortars at the country's lawmakers meeting for the first time this year, medics said amid a chaotic session that saw the Speaker ousted. Islamist insurgents, who have fought a three-year war against the fragile interim government, launched their...

Clashes in Mogadishu Kill Dozens

At least 25 people have reportedly been killed and dozens others wounded in fresh violence that rocked Somalia's capital in the last two days, Radio Garowe reports. Somali forces getting backings from African Union troops clashed with anti-government fighters in northern districts of Mogadishu. The people, mostly civilians were killed in mortar...

Somaliland Needs Own Plan for Climate Change

The human and environmental disruption wreaked by drought in Somaliland, where more than 60 percent of people raise livestock for a living, means the self-declared, but barely recognized, independent state should draw up its own plan for climate change adaptation, according to a new report. The Impact of Climate Change on Pastoral Societies of...

United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie Appeals for Safety in Mogadishu

United Nations Goodwill Ambassador and award-winning actress Angelia Jolie is calling for more international attention and assistance for thousands of Somalis trapped in the country's capital of Mogadishu by some of the deadliest violence to date. "I am deeply troubled by the complete and utter disregard for human life in Somalia," said Jolie,...

Fighting Starts in Mogadishu, Somalia

Heavy fighting between the African Union troops AMISOM with government troops and Islamist forces has started in Mogadishu early on Friday morning. Locals told Shabelle radio that the war broke out at parts of Mekka Al-mukara Street which connects between Aden Adde international airport and presidential palace in the capital as the Islamist...

17 Killed in Central Somalia

17 Killed in Central Somalia At least 17 people, mostly fighters have been killed and over 20 others injured on Sunday in heavy clashes that erupted in central Somalia, officials and witnesses said. Heavy fighting erupted on the night of Saturday in Rage Ele area in Middle Shabelle between fighters loyal to Al-Shabaab and archrival Ahlu Sunnah Wal-Jamaa, killing at least 8...

Fighting in Somalia 's Restive Capital Mogadishu Kills 20, Injures Over 30

The draft constitution passed by Parliament on Thursday will change the face of Kenya by introducing the most far-reaching institutional reforms the nation has seen since independence. If a majority of voters say 'Yes' at the referendum, Kenyans will wake up to a new nation in which the powers of the President will be severely limited, women's...

UN Shows Kenya Links to Both Sides in Somalia

UN Shows Kenya Links to Both Sides in Somalia Kenya serves as "a major base" for Islamist groups battling Somalia's Transitional Federal Government, the United Nations says in a recent report that also details the Kenyan government's training of TFG forces -- in apparent violation of a UN embargo. Kenyan nationals account for about half of all foreigners fighting in Somalia under the banner...

Landmine Blast Kills High Tfg Official in Mogadishu

The district commissioner of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia for Hamar Jajab district in Mogadishu has been killed another officials injured after land mine blast targeted to the officials' vehicle traveling around Afisyone the airport, witnesses told Shabelle radio on Saturday. The transitional government authorities ordered the...

Heavy Clashes Restarts, Kills 3, Injuries 4 in Mogadishu

At least 3 people have been killed and 4 others wounded in Mogadishu after heavy clashes between the transitional government troops backing by AMISOM and Islamist fighters restarted in parts of Hodan district in Mogadishu, witnesses and officials told Shabelle radio on Tuesday. The fighting which follows another war that broke out in the area on...

Somalia Government Warns of Major Offensive

Sheikh Abdulkadir Ali Omar, the Somali Minister for Interior Affairs, today said that his government is determined to take over the parts of Mogadishu controlled by rebel groups. He made the statement after his ministry and the Transitional Federal Government's local authority in Mogadishu held a meeting. Minister Omar underlined that plans to...

Security Council Votes to Expand Mandate of Monitoring Group for Somali Sanctions

The Security Council today agreed to extend the United Nations panel of experts monitoring compliance with sanctions related to the conflict in Somalia for another year and to expand its mandate to try to maintain the arms embargo imposed in the region. Council members voted unanimously to adopt a resolution re-establishing the Monitoring Group...