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Somalia: Alliance leader meets US Envoy in Kenya

Kenya: The chairman of alliance for Reliberation of Somalia sheikh Shaif Sheikh Ahmed has met with United States Ambassador to Somalia John Yates in Kenyan Capital Nairobi on Wednesday officials said. Sources close to the meeting told Shabelle English service that Sheikh Sharif was accompanied by that meeting With Yates Sherif Hassan Sheikh Aden...

Shell closed oil field in Nigeria after attack

Lagos (Nigeria)---Royal Dutch Shell said it shut down production from an offshore oil field that produces about 200,000 barrels per day after the most powerful militant group in Nigeria launched an attack on an installation there Thursday. The group also said it captured an American worker on a supply vessel in the area of the rig. A leader of...

Sweden donates 3 million for Somalia peach effort

Sweden: Sweden is contributing SEK 3 million to support the continuing peace efforts in Somalia under UN leadership. After mediation by the UN, Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the opposition Alliance for the Re-Liberalisation of Somalia (ARS) were able to agree on a ceasefire on 9 June. "I welcome the ceasefire...

Somalia: Donors mobilize funds to implement peace

Nairobi: The United Nations held a meeting in Nairobi Tuesday with key donors to seek ways to mobilize resources for implementing the recently signed peace deal between Somali sides. A statement from the UN Political Office for Somalia said the UN Secretary General's Special Representative to Somalia Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah met with donors from...

UN official warns Somali crisis 'worse than Darfur'

Somalia: The number of people in Somalia in need of emergency food aid is likely to rise to about 3.5m in the coming months, the United Nations has warned. Mark Bowden, the UN's humanitarian co-ordinator for the region, says the food crisis is dramatically worsening. Somalia faces a worse situation than Darfur, Mr Bowden says, agency report...

Saudi King & UN chief hails Somali peace deal

Jeddah: Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah regards a Somalia truce deal reached last week as a "breakthough" and will invite rival factions to an official signing ceremony as soon as possible, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said on Sunday. Ban said after talks with the monarch in the Red Sea city of Jeddah that the June 9 accord aimed at restoring...

Egypt for Iran's active role in Arab region

Egypt: Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit says Iran should make use of its rising influence in the Arab world to stabilize the region. "You now find that Iran is on a surge and it imagines that it is able to influence the region. Perhaps they can influence the region, but we always say to our friends in Iran: Let the influence on...

Somalia insurgency: US blacklisted Kuwait charity

United States: The United States Treasury Department froze the assets of a Kuwait-based charity for allegedly supporting and funding Al-Qaeda, the government said in a statement. The decision applies to the Kuwaiti headquarters of the Revival of Islamic Heritage Society (RIHS), and specifically to any assets the group holds under US jurisdiction...

World community ignore Somalia situation

Addis Ababa: The Kenyan president Mowai Kibaki who is the current chairman of IGAD has declared that the world community has paid no heed to the worsening situations in Somalia. Speaking to the reporter at Kenyatta international airport on his way to the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa where IGAD regional summit opened Saturday said, “Why...

UN envoys conclude Africa tour with a high hope

Ivory Coast: Envoys of the UN Security Council have rounded off a five-nation tour of African troublespots in the Ivory Coast. The delegation praised the West African country's progress towards holding its first elections since the end of 2002-2003 civil war, set for November.    The elections have suffered a series of...

Canadian army rescue vessel from Somali pirates

Somalia: Canadian troops, who are involved in anti-terrorism operations, have rescued a small commercial vessel from Somali pirates off Somalia's coast. A Canadian military commander has confirmed the report, saying they had noticed the small vessel raising a signal seeking help after Somali pirates tried to hijack it. The incident took place...

Russian Navy heading for Somalia

Moscow: If a decision is made, Russian naval ships are ready to head for the Somali coast where pirates recently seized a Dutch ship, an aide to the Russian Navy commander said Tuesday. The cargo vessel the Amiya Scan, sailing under the flag of Antigua and Barbuda, was captured by Somali pirates on May 26 with four Russians and five Filipinos on...

Somalia crisis: Aid groups caution worst to come

Somalia:Somalia is facing its worst humanitarian crisis in a decade, and the situation is deteriorating, an international aid agency said Wednesday. Worsening armed conflict, rising global prices of food and fuel and severe drought in central Somalia are key factors making the Horn of Africa nation's humanitarian crisis worse, the...

Somali piracy: UN maritime agency hails the resolution

United Nations: The United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) has welcomed a new Security Council resolution that aims to curb piracy off Somalia's coast by allowing ships to enter the country's territorial waters to prevent attacks by armed robbers.   Firm action is needed since piracy is stifling the flow of aid to Somalis,...

Zimbabwe bans an Int aid agency for reported political link

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe's government has banned at least one international aid group from operating in the country for allegedly campaigning for the opposition.   All operations of Care International are now suspended, pending an inquiry into the claims. Care denies that it "has encouraged or tolerated any political activity". The ban...