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US talks with Sudan fails over Abyei

Sudan: The United States suspended talks with Sudan on normalising relations on Tuesday, saying leaders from the north and south were not serious about ending clashes that have stoked fears of a return to civil war.   The announcement by the U.S. envoy to Sudan raised pressure on both sides as the U.N. Security Council began talks with the...

Somalia piracy: UN council okay's resolution

Jjibouti: Members of the U.N. Security Council have agreed on the final text of a long-delayed resolution that gives countries the right to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia, council diplomats said on Monday.   The resolution could be formally adopted by the Security Council as early as Monday, diplomats from five of the 15 member states...

US, EA peacekeepers selling arms in Somalia despite ban

Somalia: Some military officers assigned to the African Union’s peacekeeping force in the country are accused of selling weapons seized from Shabaab insurgents.   The United States government as well as individual Ugandans and Kenyans are violating the United Nations ban on arms trading with Somalia, a UN monitoring group charges....

British funds Somali warlord for regime change!

England: Millions of pounds of British taxpayers’ money is being used to support a government in Somalia accused of human rights abuses and war crimes.   The money is supposed to be used to strengthen security and democracy, but The Times has learnt that it is financing a police force filled with militiamen and led by one of the country...

Briton, Australia criticize Mugabe's presence at Rome summit

Rome: The Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe's joining a United Nations food crisis summit has raised criticism from Britain and Australia.   Britain criticised the presence of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe at this week's global food summit in Rome, as obscene. "We think it's particularly unfortunate that he has decided to attend...

Somalia: Pirates threaten to kill Dutch crew

Somalia: Men who hijacked the Dutch ship MV Amiya Scan have contacted Radio Garowe about the intention of Puntland administration to sanction security forces to storm the ship.   The hijackers threatened to take steps that may endanger lives of the ship crew if Puntland security forces attempt to release the ship and its crew by force from...

Somali piracy: UN to vote on final resolution

United Nations: A draft U.N. resolution finalized on Friday would allow foreign ships to enter Somali waters to capture and prevent acts of piracy and armed robbery.   Piracy is rampant along Somalia's 1,880-mile coast, which is the longest in Africa and near key shipping routes connecting the Red Sea with the Indian Ocean. The seas around...

Foreign refugees selling food aid in S Africa

South Africa: Somali refugees are apparently selling food aid they have received from Good Samaritans, while at the same time refusing to allow their women and children to eat or receive medical assistance.   Hundreds of Somali refugees at a camp outside Pretoria went on a hunger strike this week, refusing to accept any aid from the South...

UN Security Council's Somalia visit welcomed

Kenya: The UN Special Representative of the Secretary General for Somalia Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah said Thursday he is pleased that the UN Security Council members have agreed to travel to Djibouti to discuss Somalia.   The representative said in a statement issued in Nairobi that he was disappointed that, due to a number of considerations, the...

UN says Somali peace talks to resume this weekend

Nairobi (Kenya): The Somali government and its main political opposition resume peace talks this weekend in Djibouti, the UN said recently as clashes continued between Islamist insurgents and Ethiopian-backed Somali government troops.   The negotiations' second phase will open on Saturday followed by a UN Security Council delegation visit on...

ICC to start a case against top Sudanese officials

The Hague: The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said on Friday he will open a case against senior members of Sudan's government as Khartoum has failed to arrest a minister he indicted over crimes in Darfur. Luis Moreno Ocampo said he would brief the U.N. Security Council on June 5 about a new Darfur case he planned to bring...

UN Security Council envoy to visit trouble torn African nations

United Nations: A Security Council delegation will this weekend begin a five-country visit to Africa to obtain a first-hand assessment of the crises engulfing Somalia, Sudan's Darfur region and neighbouring Chad and to help with efforts to promote peace and reconciliation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Côte d'...

Somalia: Eritrea blames US encourages Ethiopian invention

Kenya: Eritrean leader has accused the United States of encouraging the Ethiopian government to occupy Somali territory, adding that US policy in the region aiming to ensure its interests first and destroy Somali people. Isayas Afewerki In an interview broadcasted by ERT, President Isaias Afewerki charged the US with encouraging Addis Ababa to...

Sudan ministers withdraw from talks with US

Khartoum (Sundan): South Sudanese officials said on Tuesday they were pulling out of talks between Sudan and the United States, saying the negotiations could have emboldened northern soldiers to attack a disputed oil town. Tens of thousand of civilians fled the central town of Abyei last week during clashes between northern and southern troops,...

UN Envoy positive about peace talks success

Somalia: The United Nations Special Envoy to Somalia, Ahmedou Ould- Abdallah, has expressed his optimism that UN-backed peace talks between the Somali interim government and its opposition would succeed despite initial setbacks. In an exclusive interview with Garowe Online from his Nairobi office, the Special Representative to the UN Secretary-...