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Somali peace talks: UN special envoy optimistic

Somalia: The United Nations Special Envoy to Somalia Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah has expressed his optimism and hope at the willingness of the Somali leaders to put their country and the safety of the Somali people as a top priority.   The Special Envoy was speaking after the official opening ceremony of the Somali peace talks held at the Le Palais...

Somali governor forcibly removed by Ethiopians

Somalia: Ethiopian troops have removed the governor of central Somalia's Hiiran district from his post and disarmed his supporters, a report says.   Hundreds of Ethiopian soldiers marched into the main town of Balet weyn in Hiiran district and asked governor Yusuf Ahmed Hagar and his supporters to surrender and lay down their guns. Hagar and...

Somali president return home after foreign visit

Somalia: Interim Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf returned to the capital Mogadishu Sunday unannounced, after a weeks-long trip visiting foreign capitals and meeting with world leaders.   President Yusuf's government delegation, which included Foreign Affairs Minister Ali "Jangeli" Ahmed, landed at Mogadishu's Adan Adde...

Somali peace talks begin cautiously

Djibouti: In an extraordinary initiative rare peace talks between Somalia's interim government and opposition exiles have made a slow start in Djibouti, but a senior U.N. official said he was encouraged both sides had turned up. "I am more than hopeful, the Somalis who I met today are committed to peace and reconciliation and they are...

Somalia's women suffer most in the changed situation

Somalia: In november, Islamic insurgents broke into Madina Ali's home in the capital of Mogadishu, forcing an explosive-laden package into her younger sister's hands.   The militants then ordered the teenager to carry the parcel past a group of Ethiopian soldiers. If she didn't, they threatened to kill her family. When she complied, they...

Somali peace talks delayed by 'one or two days': UN

Djibouti: Peach talks between Somali government officials and exiled Islamist leaders that were due to kick off Saturday have been delayed, a United Nations spokeswoman said.   The talks - bringing together seven Somalia officials and seven opposition figures in Djibouti - now are expected to begin "in one or two days," said...

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...

Somalia: Forces detained radio director in Puntland

Somalia: Security forces in the semiautonomous Somali territory of Puntland arrested the director-general of Somali Broadcasting Corporation (SBC), an independent broadcaster based in the northern port city of Bossaso.   Mowlid Haji Abdi was at working at his office inside the SBC headquarters when armed police entered the building and...

Illegal Somali immigrants detained

Somalia: Twenty six illegal immigrants from Somalia were arrested Tuesday when Police in Mombasa smashed a human smuggling syndicate.   Confirming the incident, District police Chief Patrick Wafula told the Kenya News Agency in his office that the immigrants were arrested aboard a Nairobi Bound bus at a road block by police in Miritini along...

Somalia: Rebels advise to accept shilling

Somalia: Islamist militants on Wednesday urged Mogadishu traders to accept Somali shillings over dollars to try to reduce inflation in the country, warning they would punish defaulters.   The calls followed two days of violent demonstrations against soaring food prices in which at least five died and dozens were wounded. Protest leaders had...

AI call for probe of US role in Somalia

Kenya: Amnesty International has called for the role of the United States in Somalia to be investigated, following publication of a report accusing its allies of committing war crimes. The human rights group yesterday listed abuses carried out by Ethiopian and Somali government forces, and some committed by al-Shabaab, an anti-government militia...

Somalia: Mogadishu mayor sparks at Deputy PM's comments

Somalia: The mayor of Somalia's capital has publicly rejected an idea suggested by Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Abdisalam that new regional governments built on community consensus will be established across the country. Mogadishu Mayor Mohamed "Dheere" Omar, who is also the governor of Banadir region, told a Somali radio station...

Somalia: Thousands demonstrate against US bombing

Somalia: Thousands of Somalis took to the streets Sunday to protest a US bombing that killed a man said to be Al-Qaeda's chief in the country, and 11 other people, organisers and residents said. The protest took place at Dhusamareb, a trading post of about 100,000 people, 400 kilometres (250 miles) north of the capital Mogadishu, where...

Somalia: Opposition to carry on talks despite U.S. bombing

Somalia: A key opposition leader in Somalia has said the opposition will continue to pursue peace talks with the country's Ethiopian-backed transitional government despite a deadly U.S. air strike last week.   Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, chairman of the Eritrea-based Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia (ARS), told Al-Jazeera TV that the...

Somalia: Pentagon confirms air strike

Washington: The Pentagon confirmed Thursday a US military attack against an Al-Qaeda military leader in Somalia but declined to identify him. "The US Central Command has conducted an attack against a known Al-Qaeda target and militia leader in Somalia," spokesman for the Defense Department's Central Command, Lieutenant Joe Holstead, told the news...