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Somalia violence hamper security, anti-piracy fight

Somalia: Tension among the rival political groups vying for control of Somalia has severely hampered security efforts, including initiatives to enlist foreign and private forces to patrol the coast. The ongoing battle between the internationally recognised Transitional Federal Government and forces from the ousted Islamic Courts Union government...

Two third Nigerians not properly housed

Nigeria: Chuka Odom, Nigerian Minister of State for Environment, Housing and Urban Development, on Tuesday in Abuja said about 70 percent of Nigerians were not properly housed, reported the News Agency of Nigeria. Odom said that the country's housing deficit stood at 16 million units, adding that the Nigerian federal government had...

Mubarak for comprehensive African agriculture development plan

Egypt: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Sunday called on African countries to implement a comprehensive agriculture development plan to increase agricultural production through expanding plantation and making efficient use of water resources.   The Egyptian president made the call at the opening ceremony of the summit of the New...

AU summit likely to focus on water, food crisis in Zimbabwe

Egypt: Water and sanitation, soaring food prices and Zimbabwe's political situation are likely to top the agenda of the upcoming 11th African Union (AU) summit, which will open Monday in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.   Holding under the theme of "Meeting the Millennium Development Goals on Water and Sanitation,"...

Africa to suffer from 'AIDS disaster' indicate Red Cross

Geneva: Africa's AIDS epidemic is so severe that it should be classed as a disaster comparable to floods or famine, the Red Cross said Thursday. In its annual "World Disasters Report", the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said that there was "no doubt" that HIV/AIDS matches the UN...

Somalia: Fighting continues, Hungry men loot aid truck

Somalia: Somali rebels launched an organized attack on a government position Tuesday in the capital Mogadishu, as a group of hungry people stormed a UN food aid truck and looted all its contents.   The fighting started after heavily armed insurgents attacked Somali police officers manning a checkpoint where tax is collected from commercial...

UN cautions conflict left Darfur in food crisis

Khartoum (Sudan): Darfur faces a food crisis this year as a result of a "perfect storm" of growing violence, overcrowding in refugee camps and a bad harvest, the United Nations said on Sunday.    The conflict in Darfur has prompted the world's largest humanitarian operation, which helps two-thirds of the region's 6 million...

Youths blow up Chevron oil pipeline in Nigeria

Abuja (Nigeria): Armed youths blew up a Nigerian crude oil pipeline operated by U.S. major Chevron, a militant group said on Saturday, cutting more output from the world's eighth largest oil exporter.    The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) said it was contacted by youths claiming responsibility for Thursday's...

Rice warns about fair Zimbabwe poll, presses the UN to act

United Nations: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pressed the U.N. Thursday to take stronger action against rising violence in Zimbabwe, and warned that President Robert Mugabe's regime doesn't appear capable of holding an impartial election.    Rice told reporters — after summoning foreign ministers, Security Council diplomats...

African nations calls for land and water management for food security

Nairobi: African countries have adopted a document calling for a consistent approach aimed at alleviating the alarming food crisis in the continent. Nearly 140 delegates from 37 African countries, who met June 16-18 in Nairobi ahead of the high level meeting of UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Regional Conference for Africa, resolved...

Africa faces $40bn aid shortage-Kofi Annan

South Africa: Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has said Africa faces an aid shortfall of $40bn (£26bn). Speaking at the launch of a new report by the Africa Commission, he said African leaders had to live up to their promises on good governance. Mr Annan also chastised the industrialised world for failing to meet the pledges they gave...

Somalia flood worsen, six refugee children die

Somalia: Six children living in makeshift camps around the Somali capital of Mogadishu have died in flooding brought on by torrential rain over the weekend, residents said Monday. Hundreds of thousands have fled Mogadishu to escape heavy fighting between transitional government forces and Islamic insurgents, with many of them setting up camp...

Africa' s food crisis worsen, UN sets plans

Nairobi: Watching images of Pokot tribesmen of Kenya eating roasted rats in a bid to avoid starvation, one is left wondering where the east African nation is headed. Also images of rioters in Egypt, Senegal, Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Mozambique among others clashing with police in protest against soaring food prices and Kenya's abandoned...

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...

Somali's suffer from draught, famine looms in the volatile country

Somalia: The global food crisis has arrived at Safia Ali’s hut. After three seasons of below-average rainfall, the people of central Somalia are beginning to fear the worst. Safia Ali, mother of five, has not eaten in seven days. Her 1-year old son, Farhan, has fallen ill.   "She will most likely die," an elder said of the...