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Peace talks begins in Djibouti to end Somali crisis: UN

Kenya: Somali government officials and exiled Islamist opposition leaders are to hold face-to-face peace talks in Djibouti, the United Nations special envoy to the country said Friday.   Ahmed Ould Abdallah said the UN-sponsored talks will start on Saturday, sitting seven members of Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein's transitional executive...

OIC to discuss Somali situation

SANAA: A delegation from the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) will arrive in Sana'a today, Thursday, to discuss Yemeni officials on the latest development in Somalia.   A well-informed source stated to the weekly 26 September that the delegation would hold talks with Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Qirbi on convening the dialogue...

Somalia: President arrived London after UN visit

London: Somalia's interim president has reached the United Kingdom after giving a speech at the United Nations headquarters in New York earlier this week.   President Abdullahi Yusuf's UN speech centered on the removal of a 1992 arms embargo imposed on the country following the outbreak of civil warfare in 1991. Unconfirmed reports said a...

Somalia crisis: UN rights expert called for ceasefire

Geneva: The United Nations independent human rights expert for Somalia on Wednesday denounced the killing of civilians amid a fresh escalation of fighting in the war-stricken east African country.   Ghanim Alnajjar, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Somalia, called for an immediate ceasefire between Ethiopian-backed government...

Somalia: France and US will jointly work to combate piracy

United Nations: France and the United States are currently working on a draft resolution in the UN Security Council to combat maritime piracy, notably off the coast of lawless Somalia, diplomats said Tuesday.   "We are working on a text to combat piracy. The time has come to deal with this issue," France's UN Ambassador Jean-Maurice...

Somalia Piracy: President okays Paris trial

Somalia, Apr 18: Somalia has agreed to allow a French court to proceed with the trial of six Somali pirates arrested in a French yacht hostage crisis.   President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed told the journalists that the decision was made following a French government's demand that the hearings should be held in Paris. On April 11, French...

Somalia crisis: UN envoy encouraged by opposition declaration

Somalia, Apr 18: The UN Special envoy for Somalia Ahmedou Ould Abdallah T hursday welcomed a declaration by the leading opposition figures in Somalia to stop a military campaign against the interim government.   Somali's opposition leadership has said that the country's political problems ca nnot be solved militarily, raising hopes for a...

Somalia Piracy: Local demands compensation over French raid

Somalia, Apr 18: Somali regional rulers on Thursday demanded compensation for civilian deaths they claim occurred during a French military operation against suspected pirates last week.   They said three herdsmen were killed during the operation that followed the release for ransom of a 30-strong luxury yacht crew and insisted that four of...

Somalia: France calls for UN action againt piracy

Paris, Apr 13: France?s defence minister warned today it would not tolerate extortion attempts, after 30 hostages were freed from a luxury boat off Somalia and a French military operation against pirates who had held them.   Morin also called on the United Nations to launch an "international initiative" to protect maritime shipping...

Somalia: President to join UN conference in New York

Somalia, Apr 13: The president of Somalia's transitional federal government, Abdullahi Yusuf, flew from the capital Mogadishu Saturday to Nairobi, Kenya.   Before leaving, President Yusuf told reporters at the Villa Somalia presidential compound that he will attend a United Nations session in New York City, where he plans to push for more...

Somalia: Humanitarian situation worries UN

United Nations, Apr 12: The humanitarian situation in Somalia is deteriorating with the number of people in need of emergency aid reaching nearly a half million, the U.N. humanitarian office said Friday.   Describing the situation worsening faster than expected the Food Security Analysis Unit (FSAU) and Famine Early Warning Systems Network (...

Somali language course offered by Swedish university

Swendn, Apr 10: Gothenburg University introduce to start a course of study in the Somali language next fall.   The program will be the first of its kind in the country, agency report said. Students who enroll in the part-time, evening programme will learn the fundamentals of the Somali language as well as knowledge of Somali society and...

Somalia: Rebel troops kidnap UN food convoys

Somalia, Apr 9: Twenty-five breakaway Somali soldiers carrying heavy weapons have hijacked two UN World Food Program trucks north of the capital.   The soldiers attacked the trucks on a road which connects the northern city of Jowhar to the capital Mogadishu on Tuesday. Since the beginning of this year, bandits have hijacked 45 aid trucks...

Somalia piracy: Official insists foreign powers take steps

Somalia, Apr 7: French and American army units have been urged to take tough action against a luxury French yacht whose crew has been held hostage by pirates since Friday.   Musa Ghelle Yusuf, the local governor in Somalia's breakaway northern region of Puntland, said on Monday he would be "happy ... to see the pirates killed....

Somalia: 'World's most overlooked trouble

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 3: A leading humanitarian group is calling for the United Nations Security Council to take additional measures to help about 1 million Somalis who have been rendered homeless by the ongoing armed conflict in their country.   In releasing a new report this week, the U.S.-based Refugees International (RI) called Somalia...