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Somali opposition call for help to curb piracy

Somalia: Head of Somali opposition group Alliance for Re-Liberation of Somalia (ARS) has today urged the world to help fight rampant hijackings off country's coast, which have turned Somali waters into the most dangerous in world. Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, has warned that piracy in the lawless country had become "more organised and...

14 Somali pirates nabbed by warship

Somalia: A warship off pirate-ridden Somali waters captured 14 pirates and destroyed their boat, the fisheries minister for the northern Puntland region said on Sunday. "About 14 pirates came across a warship that we think could be American and all the pirates on board were captured and their boat destroyed," said Abdulqadir Muse Yusuf,...

Sudan troops attack Darfur rebels

Sudan: Sudanese government troops have launched attacks on two towns in Darfur, three rebel groups in the region have said. The rebels said the troops, backed by militias, helicopters and planes, had attacked Disa and Birmaza in North Darfur state early on Saturday. The joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur said it was...

S Africa fire claims 16 lives

Cape Town: Runaway bush fires and wind in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province have killed 13 people, disaster officials said on Monday, at the same time the Western and Eastern Cape were hit by rain, floods and gale-force winds. Liz Diedericks, a spokeswoman for KwaZulu Natal's provincial disaster management, said the fires were fanned by hot,...

Nigeria rejects allegation of attacks on militants

Nigeria: The Nigerian military has denied it clashed with militants in the oil-rich Niger Delta region. The militant Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (Mend) said it launched three coordinated attacks on Saturday. It claimed to have killed 29 soldiers in the attacks, which it said took place in three different states. But a military...

Malaysia calls release of crews of the abducted tanker in Somalia

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian foreign minister Rais Yatim said the government was taking steps to secure the release of the crewmen -- with Filipinos among them --  taken hostage on two Malaysian tankers in the Gulf of Aden, reports said Monday. Rais said the piracy menace in the area was under the United Nations' Convention on the Law of the Sea...

479 Somali refugees arrive Yemen

Yemen: Security sources said on Monday that about 479 Somali refugees, including 88 children and women, had arrived in the provinces of Shabwa, Abyan and Hadramout during the last three days. According to the sources, ten Somali refugees sank while they were trying to arrive in Yemeni beaches. "Eight bodies were found in Shabwa province and...

WFP aid worker under gun attack in Somalia

Somalia: Unidentified Somali gunmen have injured a UN World Food Program worker after penning fire on his vehicle in the southern port city of Merka. The victim was on his way home when he came under attack on Sunday, a local UN official said on condition of anonymity, local reports said. A witness said the victim sped up and fled the scene as the...

Somali migrants heading for Malta rescued

Malta: A group of 28 Somali illegal immigrants were brought into Birzebbuga on Sunday night, after they were spotted some 17 miles off Delimara by a local sailing yacht. The Andrew Valletta spotted the migrants in a black fiberglass boat in the afternoon heading for Marsaxlokk. Malta has been targeted as a destination by Somalis since the...

US aid worker killers are 'religious extremists'

Khartoum: Five Sudanese men accused of murdering a U.S. aid worker are religious extremists who plotted to attack foreigners at New Year's Eve gatherings, Sudanese prosecutors told a court on Sunday. The five defendants chanted "God is great" as they walked into the East Khartoum court and were greeted by a crowd of supporters who...

Indians among the hijacked ship off Somalia

Mumbai: Three Indians on board a hijacked ship on the Red Sea are reported to be safe, the Directorate General of Shipping said. The hijacked ship, MV Iran Deyanat, has been taken to an undisclosed location off Somalia, DG Shipping said in a statement on Friday. "No demands have been made so far by the hijackers," it said. The three...

Abducted UNHCR boss freed by Somali insurgents

Somalia: Insurgents release the local head of the UN refugee agency in Somalia as more soldiers escape from army to join anti-government forces. On Wednesday, gunmen released Hassan Mohamed Ali Keynan who was kidnapped from his home near the Somali capital Mogadishu. UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said it was 'pleased' with the release...

One more Malaysian tanker hijcked off Somalia coast

Somalia: Heavily armed Somali pirates have seized another Malaysian tanker in the latest such attack in the waters off the Horn of Africa country, a maritime official said on Saturday. "We believe it's a Malaysian bulk carrier and it was hijacked last night," Andrew Mwangura, head of the Kenya-based East Africa Seafarers' Assistance...

Sudan troops surround Darfur camp after raid

Khartoum: Sudanese forces accused of killing dozens of people in a raid on a displaced persons camp in Darfur were massing outside the camp again on Tuesday, rebels and residents said. Residents of South Darfur's Kalma camp told Reuters they feared government forces were preparing to make a second attempt to enter the settlement after an assault...

Kenya rejects amnesty to politicians

Kenya: Kenya's Attorney General has rejected calls to grant amnesty to politicians linked to the post-election violence witnessed earlier this year. Amos Wako told a commission of inquiry that those found guilty should be barred from holding public office. A debate has been a raging on whether an amnesty should be given to those accused of...