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Somalia: France calls for UN action againt piracy

Paris, Apr 13: France?s defence minister warned today it would not tolerate extortion attempts, after 30 hostages were freed from a luxury boat off Somalia and a French military operation against pirates who had held them.   Morin also called on the United Nations to launch an "international initiative" to protect maritime shipping...

Somalia: Puntland president secretly meets with ex-Somali PM

Kenya, Apr 13: The president of Somalia' s Puntland State government met privately with former Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi on Friday in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.   Gen. Mohamud "Adde" Muse, the president of Puntland, flew from neighboring Ethiopia where he held extensive talks with government officials there regarding...

Somalia: President to join UN conference in New York

Somalia, Apr 13: The president of Somalia's transitional federal government, Abdullahi Yusuf, flew from the capital Mogadishu Saturday to Nairobi, Kenya.   Before leaving, President Yusuf told reporters at the Villa Somalia presidential compound that he will attend a United Nations session in New York City, where he plans to push for more...

Somalia: Humanitarian situation worries UN

United Nations, Apr 12: The humanitarian situation in Somalia is deteriorating with the number of people in need of emergency aid reaching nearly a half million, the U.N. humanitarian office said Friday.   Describing the situation worsening faster than expected the Food Security Analysis Unit (FSAU) and Famine Early Warning Systems Network (...

Somalia: Tough time for aid workers in the war torn region

Somalia, Apr 12: When I first travelled to Somalia three years ago, flying to the country required little logistical preparations (only faith in the pilot's abilities). Outside of Mogadishu, few cities had tarmac runways, and most landing strips amounted to little more than dirt tracks.   Arriving from Kenya, the welcoming committee in...

Somalia: Police killed two troops during looting

Somalia, Apr 12: Somali police have attacked military soldiers in the Suuq Bacaad Market of north Mogadishu, killing at least two and injuring one. The soldiers were reportedly looting shops, when the gunfire erupted, witness told reporters. The businessmen were forced to close their shops amid fierce clashes in the market, Press TV report said...

Somalia: Fresh fighting rocked Mogadishu

Somalia, Apr 12: Argentina district in north Mogadishu has witnessed heavy fighting late Friday after heavily armed men attacked an official's house.   Armed men attacked the house of deputy chairman of the Middle Shabelle region, Hussein Dhere. Meanwhile, Somali and Ethiopian soldiers were attacked in Hodon district in South Moqadishu....

Somalia: Yacht hostage freed after $2 million Ransom

Paris, Apr 12: Thirty crew members of the French luxury yacht have been freed after the ship owner reportedly paid $2 million ransom. However, some of the detained Somali pirates were now in custody after an operation led by the French military.   At least three of the Somali abductors were later captured or killed by French special forces...

Somalia: Yatch hijackers detained

Somalia, Apr 11: Six of the pirates who took over the French luxury cruise ship Le Ponant have been arrested by French forces following the liberation of the vessel?s 30 crew members.    President Nicolas Sarkozy earlier announced that the hostages including 22 French crew members of Le Ponant had been freed in an operation that took...

Somalia Yacht hijacking: Hostages freed safely

Somalia, Apr 11: Pirates have freed 30 hostages held aboard a French tourist yacht off Somalia's coast for the past week following a peaceful operation that involved the French military, French officials said Friday.   The ship was seized by pirates last week between the Gulf of Aden between Somalia and Yemen. In a statement, French...

Somalia violence kill six civilians

The attacks have displaced hundreds of people residing in the Haraaryale district in southern Mogadishu, near the presidential palace on Friday. The soldiers ransacked homes and sexually harassed women and girls. Normal life in Jowhar town in northern Mogadishu was also brought into a standstill and the town turned into a haven for looters....

Somalia: President pardons former Supreme Court Chief

Somalia, Apr 11: The president of Somalia?s interim government, Abdullahi Yusuf, has issued a pardon to the country?s former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court after the judge spent nearly seven months in prison.   Yusuf Ali Harun and a junior judge, Mohamed Nur Shegow, have spent the past several weeks locked inside a jail in the south-...

Somalia: Ethiopian troops move to reinstate Jowhar

Somalia, Apr 11: Ethiopian army moves toward the capital town of Somalia's Shabeellaha Dhexe region to fight Islamic Courts Union (ICU) forces in the area. The soldiers, numbering to thousands, headed for Jowhar some 90 km (55 miles) away from the turbulent Somali capital, Mogadishu. ICU fighters seized the town on Wednesday, without facing any...

Somaliland: Parliament okay one year extension of President

Somalia, Apr 11: The president of Somalia's separatist region of Somaliland was awarded a controversial one-year term extension by the House of Guurti, the upper chamber of the Somaliland parliament, officials said.   Lawmakers met in the capital city of Somaliland, Hargeisa, on Thursday to debate and ratify a motion introduced by the...

Somalia crisis: tribal leaders called meeting

Somalia, Apr 11: The Somali tribal leaders have called a crisis meeting, urging the prime minister to end the humanitarian disaster in the African nation.   The meeting was called to discuss fears about the deployment of over 9,000 Ethiopian soldiers near the capital, Mogadishu that forced Somalis to flee their homes and take refuge outside...