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Somalia: Burundi does't want to see more soldier killing

Burundi, Apr 11: Burundi said this week's killing of one of its soldiers in Somalia will not deter its peacekeeping operations in the strife-torn country. Foreign Minister Antoinette Batumubwira on Thursday said Bujumbura did not want to see a repeat of Tuesday's incident in which the soldier was killed in a suicide bomb attack in Mogadishu. "...

Somalia Piracy: Geeska Afrika website publishes wrong pics of Puntland

Somalia, Apr 11: The Geeska Afrika Online paints a wrong picture about piracy in Somalia.   A story published in website yesterday, Dr. Abdullahi Mohamed, Deputy Editor Geeska Afrika Online, blurs the boundary between news and opinion. It published, 'Piracy is a big problem on Somalia waters. Pirates are known to be operating on Somalia?s...

Somalia: Parliament opt to debate for national oil law

Baidoa (Somalia), Apr 11: Lawmakers in Somalia's Transitional Federal Parliament voted in favor of establishing a national oil law for the war-torn Horn of Africa country.   Sources said 143 legislators were present at parliament hall in Baidoa, the temporary seat of parliament, where lawmakers debated whether or not the parliament should...

Somaliland election: Opposition question ruling party's move

Somalia, Apr 11: Somaliland opposition parties are preparing for impending local and presidential elections amid reports about opposition mistrust in the ruling Udub party?s ability to agree to holding elections in Somaliland when Somaliland president?s five year term expires in May. Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo, the leader of main opposition party,...

Somalia: Fresh violence kills 13 in Mogadishu

Somalia, Apr 10: At least 13 people have killed in clashes between armed insurgents and Somali soldiers in Hodon district in southern Mogadishu.   The rebel forces attacked government soldiers in the southern district of Hodon. The attack was followed by heavy artillery and gunfire exchange from both sides. The incident left 13 soldiers...

Somalia hostage: France pledges safe release

Manila, (Philippines), Apr 10: French Ambassador to the country Gerard Chesnel said Thursday that he was ?very confident? of the resolution of the April 4 hijack of a French-registered cruise ship which included six Filipinos among its crew.   In a chance interview, Chesnel said that the French authorities were directly negotiating with the...

Somalia piracy: IMB calls for more safety measures

Paris, Apr 10: THE head of the International Maritime Bureau?s Piracy Reporting Centre has called for additional security measures off Somalia?s northern coast following last week?s attack on the French cruise ship Le Ponant. Captain Noel Choong said that pirate activity off Somalia had moved up the country?s coastline into the Gulf of Aden as a...

Somali language course offered by Swedish university

Swendn, Apr 10: Gothenburg University introduce to start a course of study in the Somali language next fall.   The program will be the first of its kind in the country, agency report said. Students who enroll in the part-time, evening programme will learn the fundamentals of the Somali language as well as knowledge of Somali society and...

Somalia: Insurgants capture key town again

Somalia, Apr 9: Islamist rebel fighters in Somalia seized a strategic town north of Mogadishu on Wednesday for the second time in two weeks, a spokesman for the insurgents said.   Jowhar is the most significant of several towns the rebels have captured in recent months, highlighting the inability of the Western-backed interim government to...

Somalia: Injured Burundi soldier died in suicide attack

Somalia, Apr 9: A Burundian member of the African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia died Wednesday of injuries sustained in a suicide attack, a military spokesman said. "We are sorry to announce that the soldier wounded in the suicide attack on Tuesday died of his wounds," said Captain Clement Cinene, spokesman for the Burundian contingent in...

Somalia: Three Fake soldiers shot dead

Somalia, Apr 9: Three armed men wearing Somali soldiers' uniforms have been killed by unknown attackers in southern Mogadishu as they were looting shops on Wednesday.   The three men claiming to be Somali soldiers were shot dead while they were looting a cell phone shop in Dharkenley district. Officials said the men killed were not...

Somalia: Yacht hostages provided food, unhurt

Nairobi (Keniaya), Apr 9: Fresh supplies have been delivered to hostages and kidnappers on a luxury yacht held for the last six days by pirates off the coast of Somalia, a local rights group said Wednesday.   "We have provided water and food, which the boat needed, and we will continue to give them what we can," Mohamud Abdulkadir '...

Somalia: Missiles shock Mogadishu airport

Mogadishu (Somalia), Apr 9: More than 11 missiles have rocked south Mogadishu's international airport, which is heavily guarded by African Union peacekeeping forces.   The military wing of Somalia's Islamic group known as the al-Shabaab Fighters, fired missiles into the Aden-Adde airport on Wednesday, leaving an unknown number of people dead...

Somalia: Six Filipinos among the Yacht hostage

Manila, Apr 9: Six Filipinos are among 30 crew members of a luxury French yacht hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia, the Philippine Foreign Ministry said.   The Filipinos along with the 26 other crew members of the 32-cabin Ponant are "in good physical condition" at present, but there have been no demands from the pirates...

Somalia: Rebel troops kidnap UN food convoys

Somalia, Apr 9: Twenty-five breakaway Somali soldiers carrying heavy weapons have hijacked two UN World Food Program trucks north of the capital.   The soldiers attacked the trucks on a road which connects the northern city of Jowhar to the capital Mogadishu on Tuesday. Since the beginning of this year, bandits have hijacked 45 aid trucks...