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Somalia: ICU seize six towns

Garowe (Somalia): The Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) and al-Shabaab fighters have captured at least six towns in Somalia's southwestern region of Baidoa. The fighters simply took control over the towns of Jowhar, Daynunay, Idaale, Diinsoor as well as two others, driving Somali and Ethiopian troops out of the towns, a Press TV correspondent...

Somalia crisis: Al-Shabaab rules out talks with Govt

Somalia: The Islamist rebels Al-Shabaab movement in Somalia has said that the group will not hold talks with the Somali government.   The spokesman of the group said due to its involvement in the recent clashes in Wahar Cadde and in other areas of Mogadishu, it will not sit with the interim government officials. The spokesman of Al-Shabaab,...

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: Talks continue to free Spanish fishing men

Spain: The Somalian pirates who are holding the crew of the Spanish tuna fishing boat, ?Playa de Bakio? hostage are now reported to have asked for 400,000 ? to release the boat and the crew.   Talks are continuing, now under the gaze of the Spanish naval frigate, Méndez Núñez, which has now arrived in the area. The...

Ethiopian Troops Vacate Villages in Mogadishu

Somalia: The Ethiopian troops in the recent times based in villages of Heliwa neighborhood north of Mogadishu have pulled out there on Wednesday morning-residents said.   The soldiers have taken out from SOS and Wahar Adde villages where they arrived after a heavy fighting between the Ethiopian-Somali troops and Islamic courts fighters...

Somalia: Ministers differ on mosque massacre

Somalia: Somalia?s internal affairs and foreign affairs ministers have issued contradicting statements regarding the brutal massacre of 11 people at a Mogadishu mosque over the weekend.   Interior Minister Muse Nur Amin told reporters on Tuesday that insurgents first attacked Ethiopian and Somali troops to trigger the weekend?s deadly...

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...

War torn Somalia: Situation worsen than 1991

Somalia: Bodies continued to litter the streets of Mogadishu on Monday after two days of intense fighting described by one human rights representative as "the worst" since 1991.   The chaotic situation has made it difficult to ascertain an accurate death toll. Mogadishu-based Elman Human Rights Group reported at least 81 civilians...

Somalia Piracy: Spanish frigate left for Somalia coast

Madrid (Spain): Spain has sent a naval frigate to waters off Somalia, where pirates seized a Spanish tuna fishing boat with 26 people on board on Sunday, the Foreign Ministry said, adding the crew seemed to be unhurt. On Monday national radio quoted the captain of the boat as saying everybody on board was well. A man who said he was one of the...

Somalia: Renowned Journalist detained in Mogadishu

Somalia: The Transitional Federal Government of Somalia at Banadir junction of Madina district in Mogadishu arrested a well known journalist Monday.   The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) in a statement said that they were disturbed by the arrest of prominent and respected radio journalist Abdi Mohammed Ismail, who works for...

Somalia: PM backs Ethiopian troops

Somalia: Somalia Prime Minister has been grilled over his recent remarks alleging that Ethiopian troops are defending themselves against assaults.   The Ethiopians are not killers, they are only defending themselves against the enemy-launched attacks, a Press TV correspondent quoted Nur Hassan Hussein as saying in South Mogadishu on Sunday...

Somalia: President alleges rebels exploiting children

Somalia: Somalia?s interim president has said that his government can crush the armed opposition, which is being spearheaded by ?children named al Shabaab.?   In a Friday interview with the VOA Somali Service, President Abdullahi Yusuf said the Somali transitional government has the military capacity to completely crush al Shabaab and other...

Somalia: Muslim priests propose private security force in Putland

Somalia, Apr 20: Muslim clerics in the northern Somali region of Puntland met on Saturday in the regional capital Garowe to discuss rising insecurity, the impacts of the drought and hyperinflation on the local economy.    The conference held at the Garowe local government headquarters was attended by more than 100 people, including...

Aid work disrupts by insecurity and violence

Kenya, Apr 18: Worsening security in the Somali breakaway region of Puntland is choking off humanitarian efforts, donors and aid agencies warned Friday, nearly two weeks after two UN staffers escaped an ambush. This has prompted agencies to temporarily reduce the number of international staff in the northeastern region, where the local population...

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...