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Pirates Hijack Italian Ship

Pirates have hijacked an Italian cargo ship with 21 crewmembers in pirate-infested waters near Somalia.The European Union's anti-piracy force says pirates seized the bulk carrier MV Rosalia D'amato early Thursday in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Oman.It says the ship's crew includes six Italians and 15 Filipinos.  Italian officials say the...

EU Prepares Military Sea Corridor to Deliver Aid to Libya

European Union leaders are preparing a militarily-protected sea corridor to deliver aid to Libya should the situation in the North African country deteriorate to the point where humanitarian aid workers cannot help civilians caught in the crossfire. The European Union is getting ready to launch a military mission to support humanitarian aid work...

Kenya Faces Criticism Over Nationals Detained in Uganda

Pressure is mounting on the Kenyan government to seek the release of eight human rights activists being detained in Uganda in connection with the July terrorist attacks in Kampala.In the past few days, a debate has arisen in the Kenyan government over the fate of prominent rights activist Al Amin Kimathi and several suspects facing charges of...

Little Hope for Talks on Somali Government Transition

With the mandate of Somalia’s transitional government nearing an end, the United Nations has convened a conference in Nairobi to discuss the future of the Horn of Africa nation. But with some major stakeholders absent, observers expect little progress. International diplomats, government ministers, armed groups and politicians at the conference...

US Court Sentences Somali Pirate to 25 Years

A U.S. court has sentenced a Somali man to 25 years in prison for a pirate attack on a merchant vessel in the Gulf of Aden.A federal judge in Washington sentenced Jama Idle Ibrahim on Thursday. The 39-year-old pleaded guilty last year to charges of conspiring to commit piracy and using a firearm during a violent crime.The charges stemmed from a...

Kenya, Somalia Strengthen Ties to Stabilize Somalia, Region

With the mandate of Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government due to expire in August, Somali Prime Minister Mohammed Abdullahi Mohammed was in Nairobi Thursday to discuss regional security with his Kenyan counterpart, Prime Minister Raila Odinga.<!--IMAGE--> Over the 20 years of Somalia’s instability, Kenya has frequently felt the effects...

Uganda on Alert for Attack by Somali Militants

Ugandan authorities have issued a terror alert, saying Somalia's al-Shabab militants plan another attack inside the country.Police chief Kale Kayihura is urging citizens to be extra vigilant, particularly while in hotels and shopping centers or when using public transportation. Kayihura said security teams are increasing surveillance around the...

Monitors say Drought is Leading to Extreme Insecurity in Somalia

An on-going drought is deepening in the war-torn nation of Somalia, leading aid groups to issue extreme food insecurity alerts and appeals. A Somali government official issued his own appeal in Kenya's capital Tuesday, saying that many people will stand to die if aid is not forthcoming. Somalia's Ambassador to Kenya Mohamed Ali Nur says the...

Somali Government Future Clouded As Mandate Nears Expiration

With the end of the mandate for the Transitional Federal Government looming, the Somali political structure is in disarray over questions of legitimacy and leadership in the war-torn country. Established in 2004 and backed by the United Nations, the TFG was originally tasked to deliver national elections and a new constitution by August of this...

Groups Blast Arrests of Somali Journalists

International and local rights groups are demanding the immediate release of journalists being held by the Somali government. Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government is facing intense criticism after the detention of two journalists from Mogadishu’s Shabelle Media Network. On Sunday, the National Security Agency arrested Radio Shabelle News...

Uganda, Burundi Pledge Additional 4,000 Troops in Somalia

As pro-government troops continue their push to oust Islamist insurgents from southern and central Somalia, Uganda and Burundi have pledged additional troops to reinforce the African Union peacekeeping mission.It has been slightly more than a month since the Somali government launched an offensive against the al-Qaida-linked insurgent group al-...

EU Seeks Benchmarks in Extension of Somali Government

As the Somali government attempts to oust Islamist insurgents from southern and central Somalia, the European Union is shifting its support and demanding results from the transitional leaders.European Union officials are in East Africa to assess the situation on Somalia and evaluate the EU's support of the troubled transitional federal government...

Rebels Say Ethiopia Blocks Aid in Drought-Hit Region

A rebel group in Ethiopia's arid Somali region has issued an urgent appeal for humanitarian assistance, accusing the government of blocking aid deliveries. The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) insurgent group says people and livestock are dying in Ethiopia's Somali region as drought conditions deteriorate across the Horn of Africa. An email...

Results Unclear as Somali Offensive Continues

The Somali government is claiming victory in a month-long offensive to retake pieces of southern Somalia from the insurgent group al-Shabab. But as fighting continues and the death toll rises, the impact of the recent clashes remains unclear.There has been relative calm in Somalia’s border regions over the past week as fighting between government...

Somalia Clashes Leaves at Least 13 Dead

Authorities in Somalia say 13 people were killed during fighting between insurgents and government troops in the capital, Mogadishu. The Associated Press says the majority were victims of mortar attacks near the Bakara market and the presidential palace.An additional 21 people were wounded in the attacks.There have been several weeks of intense...