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Somalia: President pardons former Supreme Court Chief

Somalia, Apr 11: The president of Somalia?s interim government, Abdullahi Yusuf, has issued a pardon to the country?s former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court after the judge spent nearly seven months in prison.   Yusuf Ali Harun and a junior judge, Mohamed Nur Shegow, have spent the past several weeks locked inside a jail in the south-...

Somalia: Ethiopian troops move to reinstate Jowhar

Somalia, Apr 11: Ethiopian army moves toward the capital town of Somalia's Shabeellaha Dhexe region to fight Islamic Courts Union (ICU) forces in the area. The soldiers, numbering to thousands, headed for Jowhar some 90 km (55 miles) away from the turbulent Somali capital, Mogadishu. ICU fighters seized the town on Wednesday, without facing any...

Somaliland: Parliament okay one year extension of President

Somalia, Apr 11: The president of Somalia's separatist region of Somaliland was awarded a controversial one-year term extension by the House of Guurti, the upper chamber of the Somaliland parliament, officials said.   Lawmakers met in the capital city of Somaliland, Hargeisa, on Thursday to debate and ratify a motion introduced by the...

Somalia crisis: tribal leaders called meeting

Somalia, Apr 11: The Somali tribal leaders have called a crisis meeting, urging the prime minister to end the humanitarian disaster in the African nation.   The meeting was called to discuss fears about the deployment of over 9,000 Ethiopian soldiers near the capital, Mogadishu that forced Somalis to flee their homes and take refuge outside...

Somalia: Burundi does't want to see more soldier killing

Burundi, Apr 11: Burundi said this week's killing of one of its soldiers in Somalia will not deter its peacekeeping operations in the strife-torn country. Foreign Minister Antoinette Batumubwira on Thursday said Bujumbura did not want to see a repeat of Tuesday's incident in which the soldier was killed in a suicide bomb attack in Mogadishu. "...

Somalia: Parliament opt to debate for national oil law

Baidoa (Somalia), Apr 11: Lawmakers in Somalia's Transitional Federal Parliament voted in favor of establishing a national oil law for the war-torn Horn of Africa country.   Sources said 143 legislators were present at parliament hall in Baidoa, the temporary seat of parliament, where lawmakers debated whether or not the parliament should...

Somaliland election: Opposition question ruling party's move

Somalia, Apr 11: Somaliland opposition parties are preparing for impending local and presidential elections amid reports about opposition mistrust in the ruling Udub party?s ability to agree to holding elections in Somaliland when Somaliland president?s five year term expires in May. Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo, the leader of main opposition party,...

Somalia hostage: France pledges safe release

Manila, (Philippines), Apr 10: French Ambassador to the country Gerard Chesnel said Thursday that he was ?very confident? of the resolution of the April 4 hijack of a French-registered cruise ship which included six Filipinos among its crew.   In a chance interview, Chesnel said that the French authorities were directly negotiating with the...

Somalia piracy: IMB calls for more safety measures

Paris, Apr 10: THE head of the International Maritime Bureau?s Piracy Reporting Centre has called for additional security measures off Somalia?s northern coast following last week?s attack on the French cruise ship Le Ponant. Captain Noel Choong said that pirate activity off Somalia had moved up the country?s coastline into the Gulf of Aden as a...

Somalia yacht hostage: Sarkozy meets victim's relatives

Paris, Apr 9: French President Nicolas Sarkozy met Tuesday with the families of 22 French crew members held hostage on a luxury yacht for the last five days by pirates off the coast of Somalia, an Elysee official said.   Some 40 members of the hostages' families arrived at the French presidential Elysee palace just after 3:00 pm (1300 GMT),...

More Ethiopian troops heading to capital

Somalia, Apr 9: While thousands of Somali citizens flee their homes in recent times following the sporadic violence, as more than 14,000 Ethiopian soldiers have entered the East African nation's territories.   Over 9,000 of the troops with armored vehicles are heading to the Capital, Mogadishu after crossing the border, witnesses said on...

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: Talks offing to solve problem

Keniya, Apr 7: Aid agencies are to meet the Somali prime minister in an attempt to improve aid deliveries to the war-ravaged country.   The United Nations describes it as one of the most serious humanitarian crises in the world. The Somali leader, Nur Adde, will meet aid agency representatives in Nairobi, in neighbouring Kenya, BBC report...

Somalia: Insurgent supporters cautioned

Somalia, Apr 7: The Governor of Somalia's Hiiran region has publicly announced those who support the insurgents would be arrested and held indefinitely.   The governor made his announcement in the Hiiran town of Baletweyn while he was backed by three tanks and hundreds of soldiers. Women, children and elders were forced to attend the press...

Somalia: Shabaab insugents treated as hoodlum

Somalia, Apr 7: A controversial clan elder in south Somalia has referred to the country's al Shabaab insurgent group as "thugs" who wrongfully attacked a small town and looted property.   Ahmed Dirie, an outspoken critic of Ethiopian troops in Somalia, told a Mogadishu-based radio station Sunday that the al Shabaab insurgents'...