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UN to vote Zimbabwe sanctions next week-expects US

United Nations: The United States said on Thursday it expects the U.N. Security Council to vote next week on sanctions against Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and top aides for last week's widely criticized election. U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad told reporters after a closed-door council session that he formally submitted the U.S.-...

Zimbabweans seek refuge in US embassy

Zimbabwe: Some 200 people are seeking refuge at the US embassy in the Zimbabwe capital, Harare, says the US ambassador, James Mcgee. According to the Associated Press, riot police were seen at the embassy as well as people with bundles of possessions. Mr McGee said embassy officials were working with humanitarian organisations to find...

US envoy supports Ethiopia's role in Somalia

Somalia: US ambassador to Ethiopia, Donald Yamamoto, says the United States recognizes Ethiopia's contribution in various peacekeeping operations in the region and other areas of conflict in Africa. "Ethiopia is right now, I think, the second largest troops contributing country in peacekeeping operations in Sub-Saharan Africa and...

WB approves $450 Mln to reduce poverty in Nigeria

Washington: The World Bank Tuesday approved 450 million U.S. dollars in credits to help Nigeria fight against rural poverty. FADAMA III and the Community and Social Development project, both a follow-up of the highly successful FADAMA II, Local Empowerment and Environment Management Project (LEEMP), and Community-based Poverty Reduction Project (...

Hundred missing missing after Ethiopian troops attack Somali town

Somalia: More than 100 women and children are missing in the wake of the latest attack. Ethiopian soldiers have attacked the central Somali Galgaduud region forcing thousands to flee the violence and rain of artillery fire. The Ethiopian forces entered Galgaduud region, setting up a temporary base on the outskirts of Gur'el town PressTV...

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,"...

Somali pirates demand $1M ransom for 4 Europeans

Somalia: A government minister says Somali gunmen have demanded $1 million for the release of a German couple, their young son and a French boat captain. The Europeans were seized Monday from a yacht off the Gulf of Aden and taken to Puntland, a semiautonomous region of northern Somalia. Jama Hirsi Farah, minister of state for security in the...

Somalia: UN urges foreign navy to escort food vessels

Kenya: Somalia faces a serious food crisis if no nation steps forward with naval ships to escort relief shipments through pirate-infested waters, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) warned Thursday.    A Dutch frigate is now in its last days shepherding two WFP-chartered vessels which shuttle between the Kenyan port of Mombasa to Somalia...

Somalia: UN threats to cut food aid

Somalia: The UN World Food Programme has warned it may have to cut food aid to Somalia if it does not receive new naval protection against pirates. French, Danish and Dutch frigates have protected deliveries for more than seven months during a surge in piracy, the WFP said. But a Dutch frigate was scheduled to finish escort duties on Wednesday....

West should stop propaganda about Zimbabwe- says Mugabe

Zimbabwe: Britain and its allies should stop commenting on Zimbabwean issues because the country is no longer under colonial rule, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has said. Addressing thousands of Zanu-PF supporters at rallies in Rushinga, Centenary and Mahuwe in Mashonaland Central on Wednesday, Mugabe said Zimbabwe was facing economic...

Somalia: Pirates release Dutch ship after a month

Amsterdam: Somali pirates have released a Dutch-owned ship they seized a month ago and demanded a $1.1 million ransom, the Dutch shipping company said on Wednesday. The statement said the captain and crew were unharmed but it gave no information on how it had secured the ship's release. "Any such details provided in the public domain...

US's targets in Somalia 'inspired' by Ethiopia

Somalia: Since the collapse of the Somali government in 1991, the UN and many other international bodies and the Clinton administration tried to help the Somali people form a government with no success.     Djibouti, Somalia's neighbour to the north and a country whose inhabitants are predominantly Somali held a reconciliation conference...

Zimbabwe Opposition leader calls for AU role

Zimbabwe: Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai called on Wednesday for the African Union, backed by the United Nations, to lead a transition in Zimbabwe following disputed elections and a wave of political violence.   He spoke at his home shortly after leaving the Dutch embassy, where he took refuge on Sunday when he pulled out of Friday's run...

Somalia: UN calls for immediate release of aid staff

Nairobi: The UN refugee agency has called for the immediate and unconditional release of it staff member in Somalia, who was abducted by unknown armed men on Saturday night from his home outside Mogadishu. Hassan Mohamed Ali, also known as Keynaan, was taken from his home on the outskirts of the Somali capital by armed men who drove him to an...

Australia to impose financial sanctions against Zimbabwe

Sydney: Australia will consider imposing stronger financial and travel sanctions against Zimbabwe as violence escalates in the lead up to the June 27 presidential run-off election.    'I've made it clear that we are open to consider more sanctions. We are currently giving active consideration to the issue,' Foreign Minister Stephen Smith...