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Joint Navy warships start patrols off Somali coasts

USA: The US Naval Central Command has ordered Coalition naval forces to establish a 'Maritime Security Patrol Area' in the Gulf of Aden to protect merchant shipping. Navy warships will patrol the area with aircraft support, under the command of Commodore Bob Davidson of the Canadian Navy. The move comes following last week's spate of hijackings...

Australia police begins hunt for journalist in Somalia

Australia: Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Foreign Affairs staff have arrived in Nairobi to help consulate staff trying to free Australian photojournalist Nigel Brennan, who was kidnapped in Somalia on Saturday. A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) said the Australian government was pursuing all appropriate...

Philippines plans to ban seaman's movement in prone areas

Manila: The Philippines is looking into the possibility of banning Filipino seafarers from boarding ships that will pass through "pirate-prone" areas, the country's foreign secretary said on Tuesday. The Department of Foreign Affairs might review the contracts of seamen who board on vessels that are vulnerable to sea robberies, Secretary...

Somali president vows to free foreign journalists

Addis Ababa: Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed said Tuesday all steps were being taken to free two foreign journalists and their local fixer seized in the war-riven country at the weekend. "We are undertaking every possible measure for their release, including negotiations. We are confident that they will be released very soon,"...

Piracy off Somalia coast difficult to stop: DFA

Philippine: A ranking official of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) admitted Monday that the abduction of Filipino seamen in Somalia is difficult to stop but the Philippine government is now looking for ways to avoid kidnappings. The admission came amid reports that one of the Filipino seamen aboard a Malaysian vessel hijacked last week off...

Egypt arrests 25 illegal immigrants

Cairo: Egyptian border guards on Sunday arrested 25 illegal immigrants who were trying to cross into Israel via the Egyptian border in central Sinai, the official MENA news agency reported. The group of Eritreans, including five women, confessed that some people had promised to help them sneak into Israel in return for money. Egypt's eastern...

Somali pirates funding rebels

Nairobi: An explosion of piracy this month off the coast of Somalia is funding a growing insurgency onshore as the hijackers funnel hefty ransom payments to Islamist rebels, a maritime official said on Sunday. A record four ships were seized in 48 hours last week off the anarchic Horn of Africa nation, meaning Somali pirates are currently holding...

Somalis name foreign journalists hijacked by pirates

Somalia: Somalia's journalists' union identified two Western reporters kidnapped near Mogadishu and said on Sunday it believed they were being held hostage by gunmen in the capital. The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) named them as Amanda Lindhout, a Canadian reporter based in Baghdad but freelancing for French television and Canada's...

Zimbabwe road blast causes panic, no injuries

Harare: A bomb has exploded at a road linking Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, and the country's second largest city of Bulawayo, causing no casualties, police said Saturday. The road blast that happened Thursday night caused damage to two road bridges, the police said, adding that they are still negotiable. No individuals or groups have claimed...

Islamic rebels seize key Somali port

Somalia: Islamist rebels in Somalia have captured the strategic town of Kismayu after intense fighting on Friday that has left dozens dead and scores injured. The Islamist group has been fighting to sieze the port from the Sade clan, which has controlled it for more than a year.According to residents, Al-Shabaab forces, who are now in full control...

Pirates attemp to hijack ships Off Somalia coast

Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia): Armed pirates in speedboats ambushed two ships off Somalia's coast Saturday but failed to hijack them after one of the vessels sped away and the other was rescued by a military patrol aircraft, an official said. Pirates first attacked a Japanese-operated ship with a crew of 20 in the Gulf of Aden, as the ship was heading...

Somali death toll rises to 55

Somalia: The death toll from the worst fighting in southern Somalia for months rose to 55 on Friday with scores wounded, rights activists and residents said. Thursday was particularly bloody even by the Horn of Africa nation's standards, with Islamist insurgents battling with pro-government clan militia in the southern port of Kismayu and similar...

Darfur clashes kills 50 Arab tribesmen

Khartom: More than 50 Arab tribesmen were killed on Wednesday in armed clashes over water and grazing land in South Darfur, a senior member of one of the groups said on Thursday. The fierce fighting between the nomadic Rizeigat and Misseriya tribes was also fuelled by bad blood over past killings and the ready supply of small arms in the region,...

S African man freed

South Africa: The South African man convicted of feeding one of his ex-workers to the lions has been freed on parole, after three years in jail. Mark Scott-Crossley was originally given a life sentence for murder but this was reduced after a judge said there was no proof the man was alive. The remains of Nelson Chisale's body were found in the...

Somali fighting kills 20 civilians

Mogadishu: At least twenty people were killed and nearly 40 others were wounded Thursday in the third day of fighting between insurgent fighters and Ethiopian troops backing Somali government forces, witnesses and hospital sources said. The fighting took place in Yaqshid, Huruwaa, and Wardigley districts and around the Mogadishu's main Bakara...