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Election unrest kills 50 in Zimbabwe

Harare: More than 50 people have been killed in political violence since Zimbabwe's disputed March 29 elections and 25,000 have fled their homes, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said on Tuesday. Official figures showed Tsvangirai beat President Robert Mugabe in the election, but did not garner enough votes to avoid a second round poll,...

US air strike in Somalia!

Somalia: Airstrikes, possibly by U.S. planes, caused explosions in a remote area in southern Somalia, officials said Monday. There was no immediate information on casualties. Buale town chairman Ibrahim Noleye said planes were heard flying nearby Sunday night, followed by two loud explosions that shook the ground. Buale is 255 miles southwest of...

Somalia fighting leaves 15 death

Somalia: At least 10 Ethiopian soldiers have been killed in fresh clashes with heavily armed insurgents in northern Somali capital Mogadishu. The soldiers were killed in northern Mogadishu when unknown gunmen attacked their base on Monday. Meanwhile, riled Ethiopian soldiers abducted three civilians and killed them in Waaberi district of southern...

Oil exploration team's vehicle attacked in Somalia

Somalia: Armed groups Sunday night attacked a vehicle belonging to an oil exploration mission in Puntland region of Somalia with a portable missile in Bosaso.   A vehicle belonging to an oil exploration mission, IMC [as heard], in Puntland has been attacked with a portable missile. The vehicle was among many that were imported by the oil...

Shell oil pipeline exploded demands Nigeria rebels

Lagos: Rebels from Nigeria's oil-producing Niger Delta said they had blown up a Royal Dutch Shell pipeline and killed 11 soldiers in a firefight on Monday, but the army denied losing any men. The rebel Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) said in an emailed statement that it had sabotaged the Shell pipeline at Awoba flow...

Fresh north-south war looming in Sudan, SPLM leader says

Khartoum: The secretary-general of the former rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) said on Monday his country was on the brink of a new north-south civil war, and called on northern forces to leave a disputed oil town. "We're on the brink of war. Clashes have already happened," SPLM Secretary-General Pagan Amum told a...

Death threats forced Somali journos flee to Ethiopia

Ethiopia: A group of Somali journalists have fled their home country after receiving death threats and facing intimidation from the government and insurgent groups vying for power in Somalia. The group consists of 13 journalists, who represent various government-owned media outlets and privately-operated news agencies. "The al Shabaab group...

Clan elders attacked in central Somalia

Somalia: Gunmen have attacked clan elders among them the mayor of Guri Ceel in Dhuusa Mareeb, Galgaduud region in central Somalia. Three clan elders were this evening attacked by gunmen in a cafeteria in Dhuusa Mareeb. The gunmen who were armed with pistols shot at the elders who fought back by throwing at the attackers the chairs they were...

Somalia: Ethiopian troops erect a military base

Somalia: Fully armed Ethiopian soldiers have this morning established a new military base at Yaqbariweyne location in the lower Shabelle region in southern Somalia. These troops come all the way from Baidoa town some 245km from the capital Mogadishu. This site where the Ethiopian soldiers established their new base is where they have been...

South African violence death raises to 50

Durban: The death toll from two weeks of anti-immigrant violence in South Africa rose to 50 on Sunday as concerns mounted for an estimated 35,000 people who have been displaced by the backlash. The anti-immigrant attacks concerns mounted for hundreds of thousand people, including Asians, who have been displaced by the two weeks long violence. A...

Somalia: Pirates and Islamists gunfight leave six dead

Somalia: At least six people have been killed in clashes between Islamic fighters and Somali pirates in a Somali port, local elders said Saturday. The Islamist fighters attacked the pirates in Hobyo, 450 kilometres (270 miles) north of the capital Mogadishu on Friday, just after they had released a Jordanian-flagged cargo ship seized nearly a...

Abductors release Kenyan lecturer in Somalia

Somalia: Somali gunmen released a Kenyan university lecturer on Friday after abducting him in the capital Mogadishu last week, a university staff member said. "Moses (Nyandusi Matundura) is in a Mogadishu hotel then on his way to Kenya," the staff member, who did not wish to be named, the news agency. "He was treated well and is...

Somalia piracy: Jordanian ship freed

Kenya: Somali pirates have released the Jordanian-flagged cargo they hijacked last week with humanitarian aid, Kenya's maritime official confirmed on Friday. A maritime official says Somali pirates have released UAE-owned ship captured a week ago. Regional seafarers official Andrew Mwangura says the owners of the MV Victoria told him the ship...

Arms smuggle continues in Somalia: UN observes

United Nations: U.N. experts investigating violations of an arms embargo against Somalia report that countries and private traders are supplying weapons to warlords and militants, South Africa's U.N. ambassador said Thursday.   Despite a U.N. arms embargo, arms shipments to Somali militants have not stopped and Somalia's security situation is...

SA alleged apartheid foes behind the violence

Cape Town (South Africa): South Africa's security chief on Friday accused rightwingers linked to the former apartheid government of fanning xenophobic violence that has spread to Cape Town, the second largest city and tourist centre. At least 42 people have been killed and more than 25,000 driven from their homes in 12 days of attacks by mobs...