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Somalia: US warships hailed for naval base

Somalia, Apr 16: Two US warships have arrived at Somaliland after the ruler of the self-proclaimed republic offered to host a US naval base there. During US Defense Secretary Robert Gates' visit to Djibouti late last year, the US military expressed interest in security coordination with Somaliland government that can offer greater potential for...

Somalia Yacht hijacking: France will try the pirates

Paris, Apr 16: Six Somali pirates who seized a French luxury yacht and held its 30 crew hostage for a week will be brought to France to face trial, a judge said Wednesday. French troops arrested the pirates in the Somali desert on Friday after they had handed over the hostages and fled with their ransom. Those arrested were just part of the...

Somalia crisis: Opposition ready for talks

Somalia, Apr 16: Somali Asmara opposition party has agreed to open talks with the Ethiopia-backed interim government, after it expressed hope for peace.   Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, head of Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia based in Asmara, confirmed the report in a press conference in Djibouti Wednesday, adding he was placing no conditions...

Somalia: Telecoms boom amid the war like situation

Somalia, Apr 15: Telecommunications is one of the rare business successes in strife-torn Somalia, with three major phone companies.   The major companies are Hormuud, Nationlink and Telecom, which compete in the field of mobile and landline phones. Two new phone companies providing mobile telephony, Somfone and Awale, have recently been...

Somalia pirates: France awaits consent to begin trial

Paris, Apr 15: France on Tuesday awaited permission from Somalia to put six pirates on trial for hijacking a French yacht and holding its 30 crew members including six Filipinos hostage for a week.   The six pirates captured by French special forces were to be flown to France on Wednesday, a source close to the case said. But the foreign...

Somalia: Battle between ICU, Ethiopian troops killed 20

Somalia, Apr 15: Hundreds of Ethiopian troops came under attack when Islamic Courts Union (ICU) opened fire erupting a heavy fighting that killed at least 20 and injured many others in central Somalia.   Ten thousand ICU fighters attacked Ethiopian soldiers equipped with 34 vehicles near Jalalaqsi District of Hiiraan Region on Monday....

Somalia Yacht hostage: Crew tells the misery

Paris, Apr 15: Hostages released from a luxury yacht told Sunday how they turned hoses on rifle-wielding pirates in a desperate bid to repel them before being captured and held for a week off the Somali coast.   The pirates then began shooting with Kalashnikov rifles as they drew close to the yacht, Le Ponant, skipper Patrick Marchesseau said...

Somalia: A head teacher was among the five slained

Somalia, Apr 15: A man killed by Islamist fighters in a town near the Ethiopian border in central Somalia had left Birmingham to set up a school, a charity has said.   The body of Daud Hassan Ali, 70, from Birmingham, who is thought to be of Somali origin, and three others were found at a school in Beledweyne. Mr Ali, who moved to Kings...

Somalia: 18 migrants drown off Yemen coast

Somalia, Apr 15: At least 18 Somali migrants have drowned off the coast of Yemen while trying to cross from Somalia to the Arabian Peninsula country.   Yemeni officials said on Sunday that the crew of the vessel carrying about 120 migrants forced them to jump into the sea off Yemen's coastline to swim ashore. "Yemen coastguard boats...

Somaliland: President's extension hoists protest, troops deployed

Hargeisa (Somalia), Apr 14: Residents in Somalia's second-largest city have reportedly been surprised at government troops amassing along major city streets in recent days. Local media reports indicate that troops loyal to the government of Somaliland, a breakaway republic in northern Somalia, have been redeployed from frontier regions to Hargeisa...

Somalia teacher killing: Shabaab admit liability

Somalia, Apr 15: Islamist guerrilla group al Shabaab is responsible for the brutal slaying of four school instructors after fighters briefly seized a key town without bloodshed.   A spokesman for al Shabaab fighters, Muktar Robow "Abu Mansur," did not distance his armed group from killing the four civilians in Beletwein, a...

Four foreign teachers killed in Somalia

Somalia, Apr 15: Two Kenyan and two British teachers were killed during the Islamist insurgants raid on a strategic town in central Somalia early Monday, shooting all four in the latest guerrilla attack designed to topple the country's Western-backed government.   "Our fighters did not intentionally kill the teachers, but what we know is...

Somalia: Insurgants capture town, foreigners killed

Somalia, Apr 15: Somalia's Islamist rebels have seized a provincial capital in central Somalia after the region's governor fled towards the Ethiopian border, sources said.   Yusuf Daboged, the governor of Hiran region, fled to the border town of Feer Feer with a few soldiers before the Islamist guerrillas entered Beletwein, the capital of...

Rebels trap Ethiopian convoy in Central Somalia

Somalia, Apr 15: Heavily armed Islamist insurgents fighters ambushed an Ethiopian army convoy as it drove its way through central Somalia Sunday, sparking a 30-minute gunfight, sources said.   Local sources in Halgan village in the central region of Hiran reported that rebels loyal to the Islamic Courts launched a surprise attack on...

Somalia: Puntland police chief under bomb attack

Somalia Apr 15: The chief of police in Somalia's semiautonomous State of Puntland narrowly escaped unharmed after a roadside bomb detonated and destroyed his car, witnesses and the police chief said. No one was wounded when the remotely-detonated bomb exploded, Col. Abdiaziz Said "Ga' amey" told a press conference afterwards in the port city of...