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Somalia piracy: Spanish hostages are still confined

Madrid (Spain): Spanish fishermen held by Somali pirates are still being retained on board their boat after four days, their family members said Thursday.   The 13 Spanish and 13 African fishermen were being guarded by 12 people on board MS Playa de Bakio, which was seized on Sunday, according to radio reports. Some reports had earlier...

Somali clash: Five troops killed in capital

Somalia: At least five Somali soldiers are killed in a fighting in Wardhiigley district, while Ethiopians are arresting civilians in Hiiraan region.   The clash occurred when anti-government forces, armed with heavy weapons, attacked a police station in Wardhiigley in south Mogadishu on Thursday. The rebels captured the station but left...

Somalia Piracy: Tough time coming for hijackers

Somalia: The waters off the coast of Somalia have become some of the most treacherous in the world - swarming with well-armed pirates, searching for prey to hold to ransom.   Attacks on fishing boats, cargo ships and yachts have surged, but these modern-day buccaneers may not continue to get their way. The world's navies could be about to...

Somalia: Ministers differ on mosque massacre

Somalia: Somalia?s internal affairs and foreign affairs ministers have issued contradicting statements regarding the brutal massacre of 11 people at a Mogadishu mosque over the weekend.   Interior Minister Muse Nur Amin told reporters on Tuesday that insurgents first attacked Ethiopian and Somali troops to trigger the weekend?s deadly...

Somalia Clash: Death toll increases rapidly

Somalia: The fierce fighting between the Islamic Insurgants and Ethopian troops contined in different parts of the war-stricken east African country- Somalia as the death toll raises in every hour, witness said.   In the lattest clash, Somali insurgents have attacked a military convoy killing 11 army soldiers about 13 km (8 miles) south of...

Somalia crisis: UN rights expert called for ceasefire

Geneva: The United Nations independent human rights expert for Somalia on Wednesday denounced the killing of civilians amid a fresh escalation of fighting in the war-stricken east African country.   Ghanim Alnajjar, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Somalia, called for an immediate ceasefire between Ethiopian-backed government...

Somalia: France and US will jointly work to combate piracy

United Nations: France and the United States are currently working on a draft resolution in the UN Security Council to combat maritime piracy, notably off the coast of lawless Somalia, diplomats said Tuesday.   "We are working on a text to combat piracy. The time has come to deal with this issue," France's UN Ambassador Jean-Maurice...

War torn Somalia: Situation worsen than 1991

Somalia: Bodies continued to litter the streets of Mogadishu on Monday after two days of intense fighting described by one human rights representative as "the worst" since 1991.   The chaotic situation has made it difficult to ascertain an accurate death toll. Mogadishu-based Elman Human Rights Group reported at least 81 civilians...

Somalia Piracy: Spanish frigate left for Somalia coast

Madrid (Spain): Spain has sent a naval frigate to waters off Somalia, where pirates seized a Spanish tuna fishing boat with 26 people on board on Sunday, the Foreign Ministry said, adding the crew seemed to be unhurt. On Monday national radio quoted the captain of the boat as saying everybody on board was well. A man who said he was one of the...

Somalia: Renowned Journalist detained in Mogadishu

Somalia: The Transitional Federal Government of Somalia at Banadir junction of Madina district in Mogadishu arrested a well known journalist Monday.   The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) in a statement said that they were disturbed by the arrest of prominent and respected radio journalist Abdi Mohammed Ismail, who works for...

Somalia: Pirates hijack Spanish boat with 26 crew

Madrid (Spain): Pirates have hijacked a Spanish fishing boat with a crew of 26 off the coast of Somalia, Spain's Foreign Ministry said Monday. The armed hijackers demanded money Monday for the hostages release, a day after storming the vessel armed with grenade launchers. There were no reports of injuries in the seizure Sunday, the ministry said....

Somalia: PM backs Ethiopian troops

Somalia: Somalia Prime Minister has been grilled over his recent remarks alleging that Ethiopian troops are defending themselves against assaults.   The Ethiopians are not killers, they are only defending themselves against the enemy-launched attacks, a Press TV correspondent quoted Nur Hassan Hussein as saying in South Mogadishu on Sunday...

Somalia: Latest fighting kills nine more

Somalia: Heavy clashes between Somali soldiers and insurgents in south Mogadishu's Hararyale district have left 7 Somali and 2 Ethiopian soldiers dead.   Heavy fighting and rampant bloodshed between insurgents and Somali soldiers are on the rise, with unknown countries supplying the insurgents with new weaponry. Ethiopian soldiers have also...

Somalia: Insurgents blow Ethiopian fuel point

Somalia: Somali insurgents have launched mortar attacks on a key Ethiopian fuel point killing 13 soldiers and burning military vehicles.   Also, in south Mogadishu's Medina district, an unknown number of Somali Federal soldiers were attacked and killed by hand grenades and their vehicles were destroyed, Press TV report said. Meanwhile,...

Somalia: President alleges rebels exploiting children

Somalia: Somalia?s interim president has said that his government can crush the armed opposition, which is being spearheaded by ?children named al Shabaab.?   In a Friday interview with the VOA Somali Service, President Abdullahi Yusuf said the Somali transitional government has the military capacity to completely crush al Shabaab and other...