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President orders to deploy army

South Africa: South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki has approved the deployment of the army to quell violence against foreigners. The announcement from his office came after xenophobic attacks spread outside Johannesburg to the city of Durban. It is the first time troops are being ordered out onto the streets to quell unrest since the end of...

Egyptian Human Rights body to end emergency

Egypt: A state-backed human rights watchdog has called on Egyptian authorities to end a 27-year-old state emergency at the end of this month. "Nothing any longer justifies the extension of the state of emergency, all the more so as Egypt is experiencing a period of stability," said the National Council of Human Rights, headed by Boutros...

Somalia President backs Puntland Gen's extention

Somalia: The interim president of Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) is secretly backing a measure to extend the four-year term for Gen. Adde Muse, leader of the Puntland region in the northeast of the country, inside sources tell Garowe Online.   TFG President Abdullahi Yusuf, himself a former Puntland ruler, is secretly...

somalia: Arab League to mediate between rivals

Somalia: A delegation from the Arab League is heading  to Somalia Monday under the leadership of the recently appointed envoy to Somalia. The delegation is led by Ibrahim Shuweym, who is the newly appointed envoy to Somalia. The aim of the delegation is said to mediate between the government and the Asmara-based opposition group. The Arab...

Somali refugees throng Yemen’s urban areas

Somalia: Thousands of Somali refugees live in the al-Basateen slums outside of Aden after making the perilous journey across the Red Sea.   Somalia: Thousands of Somali refugees live in the al-Basateen slums outside of Aden after making the perilous journey across the Red Sea. This souk is filled with such refugees, as they perfer the life...

Zimbabwe opposition accused military of plotting to kill party leader

NAIROBI (AFP): The opposition party of Zimbabwe accused the country's military Monday of plotting to assassinate its presidential candidate, Morgan Tsvangirai. Tendai Biti, secretary general of the Movement for Democratic Change, made the allegation in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital. "The assassination plot involves snipers," Biti said,...

Somalia: US, French warships arrive in capital

Somalia: More than four American and French warships have reached the Somali capital, Mogadishu, dropping soldiers in the southern coastal city. The reason for the presence of the vessels off the Somali coast remains to be seen, a TV correspondent reported. Upon arrival, the soldiers left for the Adden Adde international airport where they later...

Somali peace talks postponed without any solution

Kenya: U.N. sponsored peace talks on Somalia were postponed Friday without a deal on face-to-face discussions between the government and an opposition alliance backing an Islamist insurgency, officials said. The two sides agreed to meet with diplomats again on May 31 after four days of talks in Djibouti when the two sides refused to hold direct...

Somalia rivals call on to facilitate aid works

Djibouti: The Somali government and the main political opposition issued a rare joint statement Friday calling on all sides to allow humanitarian access to the country's war-torn population.   The two sides said they "call on our supporters and on all Somalis to put aside their differences to facilitate unhindered humanitarian access and...

Burundi defense minister Visits Somalia capital

Somalia: Burundi's defense minister, Major-General Niyoyankana Germain, spoke with reports Thursday at Aden Adde International Airport in Mogadishu, the Somali capital.   At first, the Burundian Defense Minister condemned an April suicide car bomb attack at the Mogadishu headquarters of Burundi's African Union peacekeeping contingent. "...

Somali Islamist leader against peace talks

Nairobi: Talks between Somalia's interim government and the opposition in Djibouti are a waste of time and no tangible outcome can be expected, Islamist leader Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys said on Thursday.   Speaking from Asmara, where he lives in exile, the former army colonel urged his allies from the Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia...

Five Somalis detained for alleged connection with Ethiopia rebels

Somalia: Five Somalis who landed at an airport in the country's northern sub-state of Puntland were arrested Wednesday minutes after they get off an airplane from neighboring Djibouti, a government official told a local Radio.   Yasin Said, the governor of Karkar region in Puntland, told the Radio the group of five Somalis was arrested by...

Somaliland EC says parties reach agreement to resolve dispute

Somalia: After weeks of political wrangling, a key decision has been reached among major political parties in negotiations organized by the election commission in Somaliland, a separatist region in northern Somalia, an elections official said. Mohamed Ismail Mohamed, chairman of the Somaliland Election Commission, issued a press communiqu...

Somalia: ARS leader rejects peace talks

Somalia: A former warlord allied to Somalia’s collapsed Islamic Courts movement has rejected peace talks that opened in Djibouti Monday.   Yusuf “Indho Ade” Mohamed Siad, one of the country’s most notorious warlords, told a Mogadishu radio station Tuesday that delegates at the Djibouti talks “do not represent the...

Somaliland: Key mediator refuses to resolve election dispute

Somalia: A key official in the government of Somalia's breakaway region of Somaliland announced Monday that he has quit mediation efforts to help resolve an election dispute between the Somaliland president and opposition party leaders.   Abdirahman "Irro" Mohamed, Speaker of the House of Representatives, told parliament in the...