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US air strike in Somalia!

Somalia: Airstrikes, possibly by U.S. planes, caused explosions in a remote area in southern Somalia, officials said Monday. There was no immediate information on casualties. Buale town chairman Ibrahim Noleye said planes were heard flying nearby Sunday night, followed by two loud explosions that shook the ground. Buale is 255 miles southwest of...

US envoy interfering in Zimbabwe politics-Mugabe

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has threatened to expel the US ambassador, accusing him of meddling in the country's political process. "I am just waiting to see if he makes one more step wrong. He will get out," Mr Mugabe told a rally in Harare. Earlier this month ambassador James McGee warned post-election violence in...

UN accuse AU troops 'selling arms' in Somalia

Somalia: UN monitors have accused Ugandan peacekeepers of selling arms to Muslim fighters battling the Somali transitional government and Ethiopian soldiers in Somalia. The accusation was levelled as at least five people were killed and three others wounded during street battles between troops and fighters in the capital, Mogadishu, on Friday....

Red Cross assist 25,000 after SA unrest spreads

Johannesburg: The Red Cross in South Africa said Saturday it was caring for 25,000 displaced people following nearly two weeks of anti-immigrant violence amid emerging evidence of a humanitarian crisis. The new figures came as the army said it had shot dead a man in a Johannesburg township during joint operations with the police aimed at quelling...

Two foreign workers abducted in Nigeria

Nigeria: Two foreigners working for Nigerian oil services company Lonestar were kidnapped in the Niger Delta in southern Nigeria on Friday, police and security sources said.   "Two foreigners were abducted. They were working for Lonestar Drilling Company," said Rita Inoma-Abbey, spokeswoman for Rivers state police command. She said...

US, Somalia violate child rights treaty

Somalia: The US and Somali are the only nations in the world that have not yet ratified the 1998 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).   Washington signed the global treaty six years ago but continues to violate its terms, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said on Wednesday. It said the US military recruiters target children...

Somali Islamist leader promise to oust Ethiopians

Somalia: A senior Somali opposition leader has vowed to force Ethiopian troops out of his country, warning that UN-sponsored peace talks will fail.   "We are going to liberate Somalia from Ethiopia," Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys said in an interview published on Thursday in the British newspaper The Guardian. He further condemned the...

Somalia: Canada's Africa Oil begins seismic survey

Somalia: Canadian oil and gas exploration company Africa Oil Corp., has started seismic mapping of a remote area in Somalia's relatively stable Puntland region, officials said on Wednesday.   The survey is in advance of exploratory drilling in Somalia's Puntland region, where the company believes there is a strong prospect of finding rich oil...

Somalia: Two Italian aid workers abducted

Somalia: Somali gunmen stormed the office of an aid group and kidnapped two Italian aid workers and a Somali colleague on Wednesday, officials and residents said.   In the latest abduction of foreigners, the gunmen blindfolded the guards, then abducted the aid workers at the offices in Awdigle town, 65 km (40 miles) south of the capital...

Nigeria demands $2bn from two oil companies

Nigeria: President Umaru Yar'Adua has ordered Nigeria's state-run oil company to demand nearly $2bn in arrears from two major oil companies.   The government say Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil have not paid taxes and production sharing costs they owe on two offshore oil fields. The companies say they have followed the law and are in...

Somalia: Bangladeshi and Indians are among hijacked Jordan ship’s crew

Somalia: Three Kenyans are among the crew of a ship that was hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia on Saturday.   The Jordanian vessel had 12 crew members, including a Tanzanian, several Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis and Somalis. The hijacking of mvVictoria, is the third such incident to be reported in Somalia in the last five...

UN Refugee Chief calls to boost relife assistance

Yemen: The top United Nations refugee official, beginning a five-day visit to Yemen, Thursday called on the international community to bolster its assistance to Somali refugees who have reached the Middle East country after making the perilous crossing of the Gulf of Aden.   António Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (...

Somalia crisis: Security Council for UN force

United Nations: The Security Council unanimously approved a resolution on Thursday calling for a U.N. political presence in conflict-wracked Somalia for the first time in years and setting conditions for the deployment of U.N. peacekeepers.   The resolution urged the United Nations to move its Somalia political office from Kenya to the Horn...

Somalia: Unicef provides aid to 44,000 displaced Children

Somalia: Against a backdrop of drought, soaring food prices and large numbers of people being driven out of their homes by armed conflict, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has provided food to 44,000 displaced children in war-ravaged Somalia.   The agency warned that more than 2.6 million Somalis are currently considered 'food...

Allegation against UNDP over Somalia projects

London: A former employee of the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) has accused the agency of throwing him out for blowing the whistle on corruption in its operations in Somalia.   Ismail Ahmed, a British national, said the UNDP first transferred him to another office and later ended his contract and set out to blacken his reputation,...