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Somalia: Pirates threaten to kill Dutch crew

Somalia: Men who hijacked the Dutch ship MV Amiya Scan have contacted Radio Garowe about the intention of Puntland administration to sanction security forces to storm the ship.   The hijackers threatened to take steps that may endanger lives of the ship crew if Puntland security forces attempt to release the ship and its crew by force from...

Somali piracy: UN to vote on final resolution

United Nations: A draft U.N. resolution finalized on Friday would allow foreign ships to enter Somali waters to capture and prevent acts of piracy and armed robbery.   Piracy is rampant along Somalia's 1,880-mile coast, which is the longest in Africa and near key shipping routes connecting the Red Sea with the Indian Ocean. The seas around...

Somali president attacked at Mogadishu airport

Somalia: Two people were injured after several mortar shells fired by suspected Islamist insurgents slammed into the Mogadishu airport as Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed was flying to Djibouti for talks with the opposition, presidential spokesman said Sunday.   "The president was unhurt in the mortar shells but one Ugandan...

S Africa death toll rises to 62 as violence continues

Johannesburg (South Africa): A wave of attacks on foreigners in South Africa has killed 62 people since the violence broke out three weeks ago, police said on Saturday.   The violence, which has now subsided, targeted newcomers to South Africa as well as those who had been in the country for decades, and tens of thousands were forced to take...

A Somali succumbs his injury in a S Africa hospital

South Africa: A Somali national who was allegedly stabbed during an argument over a blanket by a compatriot at the community hall at Blanco near George, has died in hospital.   Police spokesperson, Malcom Pojie, says the man died late last night after he was stabbed in the neck. He was part of more than 200 Somalis housed at the Blanco...

Somalia: Two more cargo vessels hijacked

Somalia: Somali pirates have hijacked two freighters off Somalia, bringing to three the number of vessels seized in the same region this week, a Kenyan maritime official said on Thursday.   MV Arean and MV Lehmann Timber were seized in the Gulf of Aden on Wednesday, said Andrew Mwangura of the Kenyan branch of the Seafarers' Assistance...

Police open fire on angry Somali refugees in S Africa

South Africa: More than 200 displaced Somali nationals went on the rampage at the refugee camp outside Pretoria in South Africa on Wednesday.   Police had to intervene and fire rubber bullets at the Somalis after they attacked other foreigners - Angolans, Burundians, Rwandans and Congolese who were seeking medical assistance and food. They...

S African violence put World Cup at jeopardy- UN adviser

Berlin: Further outbreaks of violence against foreigners in South Africa could lead FIFA to move the 2010 World Cup elsewhere, the United Nations adviser on sport said on Thursday.   At least 56 people died and up to 100,000 were displaced when mobs armed with clubs, knives and stones rampaged through shantytowns in Johannesburg, Cape Town...

Police open fire on angry Somali refugees in S Africa

South Africa: More than 200 displaced Somali nationals went on the rampage at the refugee camp outside Pretoria in South Africa on Wednesday. Police had to intervene and fire rubber bullets at the Somalis after they attacked other foreigners - Angolans, Burundians, Rwandans and Congolese who were seeking medical assistance and food. They are all...

Somali violence kills 17 clan elders and troops

Somalia: In seperate attacks eight Somali clan elders and nine troops were shot dead in Somalia in the 24 hours ending Tuesday. Insurgents have shot dead at least 8 well-respected Somali clan elders and seriously injured 11 others in Gedo region of Somalia. In another incident at least nine Somali soldiers have been killed and 12 Ethiopians...

Somalia: Hijacked ship reach northern coast

Somalia: Somali officials said the hijacked Dutch ship has arrived in a northern Somali port two days after it was boarded by pirates. The foreign minister of the semiautonomous region of Puntland says the MV Amiya Scan has arrived in the coastal town of Bargal on Wednesday. Ali Abdi Aware says coast guards have been sent to the area. Coast guard...

SA violence: Nigeria to seek compensation

Abuja (Nigeria): Nigeria will seek compensation from South Africa for its citizens who were injured or lost property during xenophobic violence that killed dozens and displaced thousands, the government said on Wednesday. Foreign Minister Ojo Maduekwe said the authorities had drawn up a list of Nigerians who fell victim to the mayhem that...

Somalia piracy: Negotiations going on with hijackers

Netherlands: A Dutch shipping company negotiated with Somali pirates Tuesday, seeking the release of nine crew members on a freighter that was hijacked in the latest attack on merchant shipping off the coast of Somalia. Lars Walder, spokesman for the ship's owner Reider Shipping BV, said his company is in contact with the hijackers and "...

Somalia: Rebels kill nine troops

Somalia: A Somali government vehicle burns on a street in Mogadishu. At least nine Somali soldiers have been killed and 12 Ethiopians troops have been injured in heavy fighting raging on in South Mogadishu. Several attacks were carried out in late afternoon Monday by the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) fighters at Somali government's military base...

Somali pirates seize another ship

Somalia: Somali pirates seized another ship days after hijacking a Jordanian-flagged ship off the Somali coast, a Kenyan maritime official said on Monday. The newly hijacked vessel is a Panama-flagged freighter, which was boarded by pirates while sailing in the Gulf of Aden toward the Romanian port of Constanza. The ship is owned by Reider...