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AU welcomes Somali deal, fighting continues

Somalia: The African Union said on Thursday a pact between Somalia's government and some opposition figures was a very significant step, but fighting in the southern port of Kismayu dented hopes of a breakthrough. President Abdullahi Yusuf's interim administration signed the peace agreement on Monday at U.N.-led talks in Djibouti. The deal, which...

Somali pirates seize two more ships

Somalia: Pirates have seized two vessels - a Japanese tanker and an Iranian bulk carrier - off the coast of Somalia, in the latest of a spate of hijackings. The vessels were taken within an hour of each other on Thursday morning in the Gulf of Aden, a busy shipping lane close to the coast of lawless Somalia. Noel Choong, of the International...

Bomb blast kills Somali commander and 17 others

Somalia: A Somali army commander and 17 other soldiers guarding him have been killed in a roadside bomb explosion in northern Mogadishu. General Ali Hassan Nure - also known as Ali Yare - along with 17 of his bodyguards were heading toward Heyle Barise base north of Mogadishu when a bomb hit their vehicle about 150 meters outside the base, Press...

Egyptians parliament house fire injures 13

Cairo: At least 13 Egyptians were injured on Tuesday when a fire broke out in the building of the Shura Council (upper house of the parliament) in downtown Cairo. The fire, which broke out in the third floor of the parliament building in the afternoon, has destroyed the third floor and spread to the second floor, according to local TV reports. A...

EU, US condemn suicide attack in Algeria

Brussels: The European Union's French presidency condemned on Tuesday bomb attacks in Algeria as "wanton and barbarous terrorist attacks." Meanwhile, the United States condemned on Tuesday a suicide bombing attack near a military school at Issers in eastern Algeria, in which 43 people were killed, and 45 others wounded. "The...

Algerian suicide attack in a military school kills 43

Algeria: A suicide bombing attack killed some 43 people and wounded 45 others near a military school in eastern Algeria on Tuesday, the Interior Ministry said. The ministry said in a statement that the blast, occurred at around 7 am local time (0600 GMT), targeted a paramilitary gendarmerie training school at Issers in Bumerdes province, 55 km...

Militant ambush kills 13 troops in Algeria

Algiers: Twelve soldiers of the Algerian security forces, including a high-ranking officer and a civilian were shot dead and 13 others injured in a terrorist attack in the east of the north African country, local newspaper Le Quotidien d'Oran reported on Tuesday. The attack occurred in the forests between the country's eastern provinces of Skikda...

Tuareg rebels release 26 hostages in Mali

Dakar: Tuareg rebels in northern Mali Sunday released 26 Malian soldiers who were being held hostage, according to news reaching here from Bamako. The Malian government said Monday in a statement that Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika had made great efforts for the release, and Tuareg rebels led by Ibrahim Ag Bahanga are still holding more...

Somali pirates hijack Malaysian tanker

Kuala Lumpur: Armed pirates have seized a Malaysian tanker carrying palm oil and more than 20 crew members in the Gulf of Eden off the coast of Somalia, the fourth such hijacking in a month, a global maritime watchdog said Wednesday. Noel Choong, head of the International Maritime Bureau's piracy reporting center in Kuala Lumpur, said the center...

Somali militias abduct governor in Puntland

Somali militias abduct governor in Puntland Somalia: Heavily armed militias have kidnapped the governor of Nugal region, in Somalia's northeastern State of Puntland, a government official told Radio Garowe. Burtinle District Commissioner Hussein Guled "Hanaf" confirmed to Radio Garowe during a Monday interview that Nugal Governor Abdi...

Eight Darfur rebels sentenced to death in Sudan

Khartoum: Sudan sentenced eight Darfur rebels to death on Sunday for their involvement in an unprecedented attack on the capital, including a senior leader of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM). Chanting for a new Sudan and for justice before the court, the eight rebels including JEM leader Khalil Ibrahim's half brother Abdel Aziz el-Nur Ashr...

Police disperse immigrants in South Africa

South Africa: Police have fired rubber bullets to disperse people after two Zimbabwean immigrants' shacks were set on fire in Bokfontein, South Africa. The incident occurred after a Lesotho man knifed a Zimbabwean in a tavern on Friday night, police Captain Adele Myburgh said. Two shacks in the Bokfontein area were then set alight, she added....

Bus accident kills 10 in Egypt

Cairo: A minibus rammed into the back of a truck carrying steel bars north of Cairo on Sunday, killing 10 people, including a three-year-old boy, and injuring 11, the state-run Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported. All the injured were in critical condition and have been moved to hospitals in the Delta town of Benha, where the accident occurred...

France investigates Algerian official for killing

France: The French authorities are formally investigating an Algerian official in connection with the killing of a leading Algerian opposition figure. Ali Mecili was assassinated at his home in Paris in 1987. He had been working as a senior aide to Hocine Ait Ahmed, leader of the Algeria's Socialist Forces Front. The man being investigated is...

Putland arrest Somali radio journalist

Somalia: A radio reporter in Somalia's Puntland regional government was detained Sunday, Radio Garowe reported. Mohamed Mohamud "Welcome," the regional director for Radio Daljir, was working at his office in the port city of Bossaso when he received a call from local police. "The [Bossaso] police commander said he wants to speak...