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Somalia: Muslim priests propose private security force in Putland

Somalia, Apr 20: Muslim clerics in the northern Somali region of Puntland met on Saturday in the regional capital Garowe to discuss rising insecurity, the impacts of the drought and hyperinflation on the local economy.    The conference held at the Garowe local government headquarters was attended by more than 100 people, including...

Somalia Piracy: President okays Paris trial

Somalia, Apr 18: Somalia has agreed to allow a French court to proceed with the trial of six Somali pirates arrested in a French yacht hostage crisis.   President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed told the journalists that the decision was made following a French government's demand that the hearings should be held in Paris. On April 11, French...

Aid work disrupts by insecurity and violence

Kenya, Apr 18: Worsening security in the Somali breakaway region of Puntland is choking off humanitarian efforts, donors and aid agencies warned Friday, nearly two weeks after two UN staffers escaped an ambush. This has prompted agencies to temporarily reduce the number of international staff in the northeastern region, where the local population...

Somalia crisis: UN envoy encouraged by opposition declaration

Somalia, Apr 18: The UN Special envoy for Somalia Ahmedou Ould Abdallah T hursday welcomed a declaration by the leading opposition figures in Somalia to stop a military campaign against the interim government.   Somali's opposition leadership has said that the country's political problems ca nnot be solved militarily, raising hopes for a...

Somalia Clash: Seven civilians killed

Somalia, Apr 18: Ethiopian troops have killed seven civilians in fresh round of attacks on Buulo Burde town in central Hirran region in Somalia.   The victims were forced out of their homes and shot to death, eyewitnesses told reporters. They said Ethiopian troops have also taken some others into an unidentified place. "The victims...

Somalia: Rocket attack kills 3 Ethiopian troops

Somalia, Apr 18: Ethiopian troops bolstering Somalia?s weak interim government were targeted in a rocket attack Thursday in the capital Mogadishu, witnesses said.   An insurgent rocket propelled grenade hit a convoy of Ethiopian army trucks transporting water to a military base in north Mogadishu located near the ex-pasta factory. Three...

Somalia Piracy: Local demands compensation over French raid

Somalia, Apr 18: Somali regional rulers on Thursday demanded compensation for civilian deaths they claim occurred during a French military operation against suspected pirates last week.   They said three herdsmen were killed during the operation that followed the release for ransom of a 30-strong luxury yacht crew and insisted that four of...

Somalia Peace Talks: No place for the US listed Terror Group

Somalia, Apr 18: Next month's peace talks between the Somali interim government and the ousted opposition will not include the local Holy Warriors Youth (HWY) movement, which was designated last month by the United States as a terror organization.   Hosted by Djibouti, the peace talks with the opposition Alliance for the Re-Liberation of...

Somali radio station reopens, journalists freed

Somalia, Apr 18: After few hours of closer Somali authorities have released five journalists and allowed their radio station is back on the air Friday, the reporters said on Friday.   Somali police arrested five journalist for covering fighting between government troops and insurgents and force to shut down their radio station earlier. The...

Sea piracy increases defying High-Tech Defenses

Somalia, Apr 18: The most recent high-profile incidence of piracy off the lawless coast of Somalia appears to have ended well for everyone but the pirates. After holding the French luxury yacht Ponant for a week and allegedly securing a $2 million ransom from its owner, a band of Somali marauders headed for shore on April 11 with its booty. That's...

Somali radio station closed, five detained

Somalia, Apr 17: Somali police on Thursday raided and closed an independent radio station, arresting five employees in the latest crackdown on media, staff said. Clutching AK-47 rifles, three policemen stormed into the newsroom of Mogadishu-based Radio Voice of Peace, the station's director Mohamed Ali Irole told Reuters. "They ordered the staff...

Diarrhoea claims 11 life in Somalia

Kenya, Apr 17: At least 11 people have died in Dhahar district in the Sanaag region of northern Somalia, after an outbreak of acute watery diarrhoea (AWD), medical sources said.   "I can confirm 11 have died in Dhahar hospital since the outbreak," Abdulkadir Isse, a doctor at the hospital, said. At least 750 cases have been recorded...

Somalia: UN Representative finds hope in latest situation

New York, Apr 17: The United Nations Special Representative for Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, says he is very encouraged by the latest positive political developments taking place regarding Somalia.   New York, Apr 17: The United Nations Special Representative for Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, says he is very encouraged by the latest...

Somalia face Kenya Friday in U-20 football

Kenya, Apr 17: Kenya under-20 coach Leonard Saleh named his 18-member squad to travel to Djibouti Thursday for a first leg, preliminary round Africa Youth Championship qualifier against Somalia Friday.   As expected, all the six Kenyan Premier League club players in the provisional squad made the cut including Agro Chemical goalkeeper Finus...

Somalia crisis: Dismantling future of over 100,000 children

Nairobi (Kenya), Apr 17: Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has said that the formation of the grand coalition cabinet on Sunday will ensure that the over 100,000 children displaced in the recent post election violence resettle back to their normal lives. The Vice President noted that the post-election violence had led to the displacement of over 100,...