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Somali Pirates Hijack Malaysian Ship, 23 Crew

Somali pirates have hijacked a Malaysian-flagged container ship in the Indian Ocean.Multiple sources said Tuesday that pirates seized the MV Albedo west of the Maldives islands on Friday.  The ship was en route from the United Arab Emirates to Kenya.The European Union's anti-piracy force says the Albedo  has a crew of 23 from Pakistan, Bangladesh...

10 People Killed in Mogadishu Clashes

Heavy clashes between Somali government troops backed by African Union forces and al-Shabab fighters have left at least 10 people dead and 20 others wounded in Mogadishu, Radio Garowe reports. Seven people -- mostly soldiers -- lost their lives on Saturday when al-Shabab fighters launched an attack against Somali soldiers in Mogadishu's northern...

Somali Parliament Approves Cabinet

Somalia's parliament has approved the cabinet proposed by the new prime minister, after a prior attempt to endorse the ministers descended into chaos.Parliament speaker Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden said 251 lawmakers voted in favor of the Cabinet in a parliamentary session Saturday, and 92 voted against it. On Monday, a fight broke out on the floor...

Report Finds Widespread Abuse of Minorities in Somalia

Minorities in conflict-ridden Somalia are suffering rape, summary executions and other human rights violations, a report by Minority Rights Group International (MRG) said Wednesday. Over the past twenty years, near-constant violence from civil war and recent Islamist insurgencies has forced hundreds of thousands of Somalis to flee their homes....

Future of Somali Government in Doubt as Cabinet Debate Stalls

Procedural bickering has once again thrown the Somali parliament into a deadlock. With less than one year left on its mandate, the approval of the proposed cabinet as well as the future of the transitional government is in doubt. Less than one month after being approved by the Somali Parliament, Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed is now...

Al-Shabab Executes Teens in Mogadishu

Witnesses in Somalia's capital say the militant group al-Shabab has publicly executed two teenagers by firing squad.The executions took place Monday in front of hundreds of Mogadishu residents.  One of the teens executed was a 15-year-old boy, accused of sexually molesting another boy, age 9.  The other teen, said to be 18 years old, was accused...

Fighting Kills At Least 13 in Central Somalia

Witnesses in central Somalia say at least 13 people have been killed in fighting between Islamist insurgents and a pro-government militia.The fighting broke out Saturday when government-allied Ahlu Sunna Wal-Jama attacked al-Shabab insurgents in the village of Wardhumale.  Reports from the scene say the clashes continued into Sunday.Both sides...

Clashes Kill 10 People in Mogadishu

Heavy clashes between Somali government troops backed by African Union forces and al-Shabab fighters have left at least 10 people dead and 20 others wounded in Mogadishu, Radio Garowe reports. Several people -- mostly soldiers -- lost their lives late on Wednesday night when al-Shabab fighters launched an attack against Somali soldiers in...

Local Resistance Leaving Somali Refugees Without Shelter in Kenya

As the rainy season in Kenya continues, resources at the Dadaab refugee camps are being stretched to the limit. With refugees pouring across the Somali border, the demands of local politicians are forcing the humanitarian agencies to simply turn families away. In Northeastern Kenya, the ever-expanding Dadaab refugee camp may finally have reached...

Violence Kills 11 People in Mogadishu, Somalia

Fierce clashes between Somali government troops, backed by African Union (AU) forces, and al-Shabab fighters have left at least 11 people dead and 25 others injured in Mogadishu. Seven people -- mostly Soldiers -- lost their lives on late Wednesday fighting in Mogadishu's northern district of Boondheere. "In the morning, I witnessed 5 dead bodies...

Somali Militants Al-Shabaab Warn of Fresh Terror Attacks Abroad

SOMALI militants Al-Shabaab have issued a fresh warning to attack Kampala and Bujumbura if Uganda and Burundi do not immediately withdraw their troops from the capital Mogadishu. A senior commander, Fuad Shongole, told a gathering in Mogadishu on Thursday that the fresh attacks were intended to "avenge" the recent actions of the Ugandan and...

Somali Parliament Approves New Prime Minister

Somali Parliament Approves New Prime Minister Somalia's parliament has approved the appointment of Mohamed Abdullahii Mohamed as the country's new prime minister. Lawmakers voted by 297 to 92 in favour of the president's nominee, who is a US-educated former diplomat from the Somali diaspora. President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and his speaker of the parliament Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden, have been...

10 Civilians Killed by Amisom Troops in Southern Somalia

At least 10 people were killed and more than 25 others wounded after pro-government forces fired mortars in two days fighting in Somali capital Mogadishu, Radio Garowe reports. Most of those killed and wounded were civilians after AMISOM troops fired several mortars to Hodan, H/wadag, Yaaqshiid, Wardhiigley, and Boondheere, northern part of...

Islamist Fighters Clash, Killing 5 at Bakara Market in the Somali capital Mogadishu

A bitter clash between Al-shabab and Hizbul Islam fighters broke out at Bakara market in the Somali capital Mogadishu, killing 5 of warriors injuring more others, witnesses told Shabelle radio on Sunday. Reports say that the fighting started as Hizbul Islam fighters attacked a court belonging to Al-shabab fighters in the market and both sides...

Somali Prime Minister Sharmake Resigns, President Sharif Welcomes Move

Somali Prime Minister Sharmake Resigns, President Sharif Welcomes Move The interim Prime Minister of Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) has resigned from the post after a months-long feud with President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, Radio Garowe reports. An news conference event was held at Villa Somalia presidential palace and attended by President Sharif, the resigning Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali...