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Number of War-Wounded in Mogadishu Escalates

The International Committee of the Red Cross reports the number of war wounded in the Somali capital Mogadishu last year was the highest in a decade.  It says the staff at two ICRC-supported hospitals treated a record number of people caught in the crossfire of opposing forces.   More than 6,000 patients were admitted to Keysaney and Medina...

Anniversary of Somalia Coup Marks 20 Years of War

Wednesday marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of Somali dictator Mohammed Siad Barre. It is now 20 years that Somalia has been at war with itself. Since 1991, the Horn of African nation has been synonymous with violent coups, cruel warlords, Islamic insurgents and civilian death. On January 26, 1991, the socialist dictator Mohammed Siad Barre...

Western Governments Warn of Possible Bomb Attacks During African Summit

Several Western governments are warning their citizens in Ethiopia of credible threats of terrorist bomb attacks during the African Union summit this week in Addis Ababa. A long list of African leaders and foreign dignitaries will be attending the summit.Australia’s foreign ministry issued a bluntly worded security alert for Ethiopia on its...

Oxfam: Somali Drought Could Be as Serious as 1992

Below average rainfall in Somalia has pushed nearly 500,000 people to the brink of starvation.  International aid-group Oxfam is warning that more will be affected unless immediate action is taken. Somalia is in desperate need of aid, says British-based Oxfam International.  Reports indicate decreased rainfall in the arid region, and the situation...

UN Report Urges New Anti-Piracy Measures

A new United Nations report urges a number of new measures to combat piracy, including the establishment of special courts. Jack Lang, appointed last year as a special United Nations adviser on legal issues related to Somali piracy, told the U.N. Security Council the piracy situation is serious, even worsening, with an increase of violence. The...

Malaysia Detains 7 Somali Pirates after Hijack Attempt

The Malaysian Navy says it has detained seven Somali pirates who were attempting to hijack a chemical tanker in the Gulf of Aden.The navy says 23 crewmembers of the MT Bunga Laurel were freed Friday after armed pirates tried to take over the ship.  Three pirates were wounded in a gun battle.  There are no reports of casualties among crewmembers....

South Korean Navy Kills Somali Pirates

The South Korean navy on Friday stormed a ship hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean, rescuing all 21 crew members and killing eight pirates, military officials said. The rescue took place about 1,300 kilometres off northeast Somalia and was supported by an Oman naval vessel. "Our special forces stormed the hijacked Samho Jewelry earlier...

S. Korea Military Rescues Hijacked Ship Off African Coast

South Korean military commandos have rescued the crew of a hijacked freighter in the Arabian Sea, killing eight Somali pirates.Military officials say the captain was shot and wounded by pirates during Friday's rescue operation.  They say all 21 crew members were rescued and the captain is expected to recover.Five Somali pirates were taken into...

Somali Prime Minister: Government Suppressing Insurgent Attacks

Somalia’s prime minister told VOA his government has been successful in suppressing almost daily attacks of hard-line Islamist insurgents, including al-Shabab, who have vowed to overthrow the government to implement the strictest form of the Sharia law. Prime Minister Mohammed Abdullahi Mohammed said that it is in the interest of the international...

Somali Pirates Hijack South Korean Ship

Somali pirates have hijacked a South Korean cargo ship in the Indian Ocean.South Korean officials say the ship was traveling from the United Arab Emirates to Sri Lanka with a cargo of chemicals when it was commandeered Saturday by pirates.South Korea's Yonhap news agency quotes an official as saying the ship's current location is unclear, but that...

Somali PM: More than 2 Million at Risk of Starvation from Drought

Somalia’s Prime Minister says nearly 2.5 million Somalis are in danger of starvation as a severe drought cripples his country’s agriculture sector. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed told the U.N. Security Council Friday that his new government urgently needs international support to avert a deepening humanitarian crisis in his country, which is already...

Study: Piracy Costs World up to $12 Billion Annually

As attacks in the Indian Ocean continue, a new study estimates Somali Piracy to cost the international community billions of dollars every year.With piracy on the rise worldwide, a United States think tank is attempting to measure the toll it is taking on the international economy. Colorado-based think tank One Earth Future has released a report...

Hijacked Mozambican Fishing Vessel Heading to Somalia

The hijacked Mozambican fishing boat, the "Vega 5", seems to be heading towards a port in Somalia, but there has still been no word, either from the 24 member crew or from the pirates who seized the ship. Cited in Monday's issue of the Maputo daily "Noticias", the Beira maritime administrator, Martinho Mafumo, said he assumed the main reason for...

Fight to Stem Somali Pirate Violence Intensifies

The battle against Somali pirates is intensifying, even as the frequency and sophistication of the pirates' attacks increases rapidly.   Shipping companies and international naval forces are trying new ways to counter the growing threat to international trade in the Indian Ocean.Marine security expert John Twiss has just had first-hand experience...

Russians Jailed in Somaliland for Illegal Plane Landing

A court in the breakaway republic of Somaliland has sentenced six Russians each to one year in jail for illegally entering the enclave and landing a plane carrying illegal military supplies.An attorney for the men told VOA's Somali Service the six have the option to buy out their prison terms. They were also fined $500 for immigration violations....