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Somalia: AU Peacekeepers opts for more troops

Mogadishu (Somalia), March 31: African Union peacekeepers in Somalia say the year-old mission needs at least 20,000 troops to stabilized the war-ravaged country, 12,000 more than the mission's original mandate. The officials there believe as many as 10,000 troops may be needed just to secure the capital.   Ugandan army Major Barigye Ba-Hoku,...

Somalia explosion blow up 9 Ethiopian troops

Mogadishu(Somalia), March 30: A massive explosion has destroyed an Ethiopian military convoy in South Mogadishu, killing at least nine soldiers and wounding many others in Sunday.   The blast was triggered by a remote controlled device as the Ethiopian convoy passed along the Florenza Street, which connects the Presidential Palace, or Villa...

Somalia PM keen to talk with opposition leaders

Nairobi (Kenya), March 29: Somalia's interim Prime Minister Nur "Adde" Hassan Hussein has hinted that he is willing to engage in direct talks with opposition leaders based in Asmara, Eritrea.   Speaking in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, Prime Minister Nur Adde praised a recently concluded summit on the Somali economy, saying the summit...

Somalia death raises to 17 in Mogadishu blast

Mogadishu (Somalia), March 30: Somalia death toll raises to 17 and many injured after anti-government fighters fired mortars at the MOgadishu presidential palace where Abdullahi Yusuf, the Somali president, was meeting a senior Ethiopian official. Hospitals in Mogadishu overflowed with the wounded on Sunday and the death toll from mortar strikes...

Somaliland lion kills woman in Zoo

Somalia, March 29: A minister in the self-declared Republic of Somaliland has expressed regret after a lion from his private zoo killed a woman in the capital.   Civil Aviation Minister Ali Mohammed Waran Addeh says he has shot and killed the lion involved in the incident. The police commissioner says the victim was Hinde Hassan Isse (25),...

Somali c.bank initiative to reinstate currency

Nairobi, March 29: Somalia's embattled central bank plans to revamp the anarchic country's currency because of a flood of fake notes printed by warlords and businessmen.   Addressing donors meeting in neighbouring Kenya on Saturday, the bank's director general, Sharif Mohamed Hassan, said "greedy" individuals had pumped counterfeit...

Somalia: Ethiopian troops shot dead three

Mogadishu (Somalia), March 29: Ethiopian soldiers have opened fire on a civil bus in Towfiikh district in Mogadishu, killing at least 3 passengers and injuring 12 others.   The bus entering the vicinity made a U-turn to avoid the Ethiopian soldiers patrolling in Towfiikh, but the soldiers attacked the vehicle on Friday, agency reports said...

Somalia fighting kills 11 civilians

Mogadishu (Somalia), March 29: At least 11 civilians were killed and several wounded in heavy shelling between Islamist insurgents and presidential guards in Mogadishu Saturday, witnesses told reporters.   President Abdullahi Yusuf was there at the time, an aide told reporters, but no one in the hilltop compound was hurt. Residents said...

Somalia: Ethiopian troops reach Barawe

Barawe (Somalia), March 28: Ethiopian troops backed by more than 30 armored vehicles reached parts of Barawe district, in Lower Shabelle region of southern Somalia, witnesses said.   The soldiers were reported to have left the provincial capital Marka and the town of Koryoley, also in Lower Shabelle, where they have been stationed for the...

Somalia: US Military Aircraft spilts in South Mogadishu

Somalia, March 28: Somali officials say a U.S. military aircraft has crashed in a coastal area south of the capital, Mogadishu.   Local government officials say the unmanned plane crashed Friday in the Lower Shabelle region, near the town of Marka. Witnesses say the aircraft came from the direction of the ocean. Security forces have taken...

Somalia: Crisis looms over govt

Mogadishu (Somalia), March 28: The transitional government in Somalia, installed 15 months ago by Ethiopian troops with U.S. support, appears ready to fall, a government official said.   "I feel this slipping away," Mohamed Abdirizak, an official who abandoned a middle-class life in Virginia to return to Somalia, told the Los...

15,000 Somalis seek refuge since January

Somalia, March 28: Rising numbers of Somali refugees are now seeking asylum in neighbouring countries to escape the increasingly volatile situation in many parts of their homeland, particularly in Mogadishu. Since the beginning of the year, some 15,000 Somalis have sought asylum in Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia and ? even further afield ? in eastern...

Somalia capital jolted by heavy explosion

Mogadishu (Somalia), March 28: A very powerful explosion near Somalia's Presidential Palace, which is the scene of heavy fighting, has rocked the Somali capital of Mogadishu.   The explosion occurred near the country's presidential palace in the capital city, a Press TV correspondent reported on Friday. The explosion came after the...

US Ship keep eye on Somali pirates

Persian Gulf, March 28: From a computer screen on this amphibious assault ship, U.S. sailors kept close watch on a 6-week-old drama more than 2,500 miles away involving pirates from Somalia and a Danish merchant vessel.   A second American warship was off the coast of Somalia near the captive vessel, a 115-foot tugboat called the Svitzer...

Somali PM ruled out Jowhar capture

Addis Ababa, March 28: Somalia Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein has dismissed a report in the Ethiopian media that Islamists have taken control of the strategic Somali town of Jowhar, 90 kilometres north of Mogadishu.   Speaking to journalists in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday, Mr Hussein said, ?It?s not true; it was a hit-and-run attack...