SomaliPress.com

Politics

S Africa to set up camps for foreign migrant

South Africa: South Africa is to set up seven camps around the country for foreign migrant workers who have fled a recent wave of anti-immigrant violence. The seven new camps will take up to 70,000 people from the increasingly unsanitary conditions at temporary shelters put up around state buildings. The decision comes despite aid agency advice...

SA violence: Nigeria to seek compensation

Abuja (Nigeria): Nigeria will seek compensation from South Africa for its citizens who were injured or lost property during xenophobic violence that killed dozens and displaced thousands, the government said on Wednesday. Foreign Minister Ojo Maduekwe said the authorities had drawn up a list of Nigerians who fell victim to the mayhem that...

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,...

South Africa violence under control says minister

Johannesburg: Xenophobic violence against foreign nationals has been brought under control, South Africa's Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula said on Monday. "I do believe the situation is under control... the violence has subsided," he said at a briefing at the Union Buildings in the administrative capital Pretoria,...

Election unrest kills 50 in Zimbabwe

Harare: More than 50 people have been killed in political violence since Zimbabwe's disputed March 29 elections and 25,000 have fled their homes, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said on Tuesday. Official figures showed Tsvangirai beat President Robert Mugabe in the election, but did not garner enough votes to avoid a second round poll,...

Somali islamists discard UN package

Somalia: A Somali Islamist commander Sunday rejected a UN resolution that could see UN peacekeepers sent to the war-wracked African nation, calling for a "war" against any such deployment. "We are totally against any foreign force to be deployed in Somalia to replace the Ethiopian invaders," said Hassan Abdullahi Hersi, a top...

Ruling party runs the poll in Nigeria

Nigeria: Nigeria's ruling party has retained the governorships of the oil-producing state of Bayelsa and of northern Sokoto in election re-runs. The courts had annulled the election of nine state governors after polls in April last year which foreigner observers said were flawed. The People's Democratic Party (PDP) has won all four state...

SA president describes violence as disgrace

South Africa: South African President Thabo Mbeki has made a rare national address in which he condemned anti-immigrant violence as "an absolute disgrace." "The shameful actions of a few have blemished the name of South Africa through criminal acts against our African brothers and sisters from other parts of the continent, as well...

Emergency law in Egypt for 2 more years

Cairo: The Egyptian parliament, at the request of the government, on Monday extended emergency law for two years until mid-2010 or until anti-terrorism legislation has been drawn up to replace it. The law, in force since the 1981 assassination of President Anwar Sadat, allows the authorities to hold people without charge for long periods and...

Ex Ethiopian ruler sentenced to death

Ethiopia: Ethiopia's Supreme Court has sentenced former ruler Mengistu Haile Mariam - in absentia - to death. It overturned on appeal last year's ruling by the High Court sentencing Mengistu and 18 of his most senior aides to life in prison. The judge said he had passed the death sentence as the defendants had tortured and executed...

Fresh north-south war looming in Sudan, SPLM leader says

Khartoum: The secretary-general of the former rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) said on Monday his country was on the brink of a new north-south civil war, and called on northern forces to leave a disputed oil town. "We're on the brink of war. Clashes have already happened," SPLM Secretary-General Pagan Amum told a...

Death threats forced Somali journos flee to Ethiopia

Ethiopia: A group of Somali journalists have fled their home country after receiving death threats and facing intimidation from the government and insurgent groups vying for power in Somalia. The group consists of 13 journalists, who represent various government-owned media outlets and privately-operated news agencies. "The al Shabaab group...

Ex Somali president calls Libya, Tanzania to free citizens

Somalia: The former president of Somalia, Dr Abdiqasim Salad Hasan, has said he has spoken to Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi on the release of many Somalis held in Libyan jails. The former Somali president said that he had spoken and written to the Libyan leader asking him to free Somalis held in his country's jails. Abdiqasim Salad...

Somalia: Ethiopian troops erect a military base

Somalia: Fully armed Ethiopian soldiers have this morning established a new military base at Yaqbariweyne location in the lower Shabelle region in southern Somalia. These troops come all the way from Baidoa town some 245km from the capital Mogadishu. This site where the Ethiopian soldiers established their new base is where they have been...

Troops nab 18 opposition members in Egypt

Egypt: Egyptian authorities have arrested 18 members of the opposition group Muslim Brotherhood around the country, a security official says. Thirteen of the members were arrested in the northern Nile Delta provinces of Sharqiyah and Munifiyah, and five in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria. Also, last month, an Egyptian military court jailed...