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US Military Says Americans on Hijacked Yacht Killed

The U.S. military says all four Americans aboard a yacht hijacked by Somali pirates have been killed by their captors.The U.S. Central Command released a statement Tuesday saying U.S. forces heard gunfire aboard the SV Quest while trying to negotiate the hostages' release.It says a reaction force boarded the hijacked vessel to discover all four...

Suicide Car Bomb Kills 20 in Somalia's Capital Mogadishu

At least twenty people including policemen were killed and dozens others wounded Monday in a suicide car bomb attack on a police post in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, reports say. Witnesses told Garowe Online that an explosive-laden Toyota van exploded inside Hamar jajab district police post in Mogadishu's southern district of Hamar Jajab, near...

Suicide Blast Kills 11 in Somali Capital

A suicide car bomb attack in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, has killed at least 11 people and wounded 35.The country's main insurgent group, al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for the blast Monday at a police training camp.Police say the dead include four suicide bombers and a number of policemen, and Somalia's information ministry says two children...

Two More Americans Named on Hijacked Yacht

Somali pirates say a hijacked yacht carrying four Americans is expected to reach land in Somalia on Sunday.U.S. officials have been weighing possible responses to Friday's hijacking of the SV Quest  off the Somali coast.The ship is the home of Scott and Jean Adam, who have sailed the world for several years distributing Bibles in a variety of...

US Flagged Ship Hijacked In Arabian Sea

U.S. authorities are weighing possible responses to the hijacking of a yacht carrying four Americans in the Arabian Sea, off the coast of Somalia.A spokesman at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, Matt Goshko, says all relevant U.S. government agencies are monitoring the situation.Officials say pirates commandeered the U.S. flagged yacht Quest off...

Pirates Seize Oil Tanker with $200 Million of Crude

Armed pirates have hijacked a U.S.-bound oil tanker carrying about $200 million worth of crude off the coast of Oman. Authorities say the Greek-flagged vessel has a crew of 25, including 17 Filipinos, seven Greeks and one Georgian. This is the second pirate seizure of an oil tanker in as many days. Experts say that while the price tag of the...

Ethiopia Says 2.8 Million People Need Emergency Food Aid

Ethiopia’s government estimates 2.8 million people will need emergency food aid this year, down sharply from a year ago. Nearly 40 percent of the severe malnutrition cases are reported in the sparsely populated, but insurgency-wracked Somali region.The good news is that the number of Ethiopians in danger of severe malnutrition has dropped from 5.2...

India: 28 Suspected Somali Pirates Captured

India's military says it has captured 28 suspected Somali pirates on a ship in the Indian Ocean, after a brief clash.A defense spokesman says navy and coast guard ships chased two small pirate boats to the main vessel, after the pirates tried to hijack a Greek-flagged merchant ship.Captain M. Nambiar says the mothership, which was captured early...

Somali Axe Attacker Receives 9-Year Sentence

A Somali man has been given a nine year jail sentence in Denmark. He was found guilty of attempting to attack a Danish cartoonist who drew pictures of the Prophet Muhammad. Mohammed Geele, 29, broke into the home of a Danish cartoonist last year. He was carrying an axe and, according to the cartoonist, was screaming “You must die!”In 2005, Kurt...

UN Urges International Action as Somali Drought Deepens

Capping a three-day tour of refugee camps in drought-stricken parts of Somalia, U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos told reporters that serious international focus is needed to head off increasingly severe shortages of food and water. “Somalia, as you know, hosts one of the largest populations of displaced people in the world and is...

Analyst Sees Continued Deadlock between Somali Rebels and Government as “catastrophic”

It has been twenty years since Somalia had a functioning government that controlled the whole country.  The ouster of Mohammed Said Barre in 1991 led to a descent into chaos and the rule of clan warlords.   Their rivalry eventually led to the rise of fundamentalist Islam and the birth of the Al Shabab movement.  As a consequence,  the country has...

Somali Parliament Extends Term

Somalia's transitional parliament has voted to extend its term by an extra three years.Parliament speaker Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden said Thursday that lawmakers voted 421 to 11 in favor of the three-year extension. Three members abstained.The mandate for Somalia's transitional parliament and government was to have expired in August. Under the...

Siad Barre’s Fall Blamed for Somalia’s Collapse into Civil War

Twenty years ago the overthrow of Somali president Mohamed Siad Barre left the country in chaos.  Since then, Somalis have been through years of civil strife and one of Africa’s longest civil wars. One observer says the country is weak because it is divided into clans. Hussein Warsame, a professor at Calgary University in Canada, says Somalia has...

Term Extended for Somali Parliament Amid Sharp International Criticism

Somalia’s international backers have extended the term of parliament beyond August, when the mandate of the country’s embattled transitional government expires. But it appears Somalia’s president may be replaced.The international community on Monday handed down a harsh verdict on the performance of Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government,...

4 Killed, 9 Wounded in Somali Capital Mogadishu Battles

At least 4 people were slain and 9 others wounded in Mogadishu battles that was between Somali transitional government forces joined by Africa Union peacekeepers and Al shabaab fighters, witnesses said The combats which erupted on Friday night lasted since this morning as most of confrontations took place in the districts of Hodan, Howlwadag and...