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Talks Open Between Somalia's interim Government and Hizbul Islam Faction

Secret talks have began between Somalia's interim government and a group of Islamist hardliners, with independent sources saying Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys is now part of the ongoing process, Radio Garowe reports. Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, Somalia's new president, was the co-leader of the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) with Sheikh Aweys when the group rose...

Religious Clashes in Nigeria Worries U.S.

There are indications that the frequent religious clashes in Nigeria may have become a source of concern to the United States government and major institutions working in the area of religious tolerance in the country. The recent Jos and Bauchi clashes have prompted questions on what steps the Nigerian government is taking to ensure long-term...

Islamists Wish To Continue Fight Against the New Government

An Islamist group known as Hisbal Islam (Islamic Party) said Saturday it will keep fighting against Somalia's new government led by president Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed and the AU forces in Mogadishu. Four insurgent factions agreed Wednesday to merge and continue fighting against the anticipated unity government of Somalia. "The so-called...

Islamists Seize Somali Parliament Seat

Al-Shabaab Islamist insurgents have taken control of Baidoa, the seat of the transitional parliament, witnesses said on Monday. The seizure comes after the Ethiopian troops vacated the town early on Monday. Reports from Baidoa say that Al-Shabaab insurgents captured some Somali MPs including a minister, Mohamed Ibrahim Habsade, but they released...

Somali Christians are in dire stare in Kenya

Nirobi: In a secluded house just outside the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, a group of men and women meet at least once a week to worship in secret. Their prayer session is simple and conducted in Somali. Elders take turns to pray or read verses from the Somali bible before a sermon is delivered. There are dozens of Somalis living in Nairobi who have...

Nigeria's leading oil company paid militants

Nigeria: The head of Nigeria's national oil company has said it paid millions of dollars to militants to protect the country's oil infrastructure. Abubakar Yar'Adua of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) made the comments to a national assembly committee. He later said he had been misunderstood, and that the company had...

ICC accuses Sudan President for genocide

Sudan: Sudan's president has been accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur by the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. Luis Moreno-Ocampo told judges at The Hague that Omar al-Bashir bore criminal responsibility for alleged atrocities committed over the past five years. The three-judge panel must now...

Stampede in a stadium kills 23 in Sudan

Sudan: At least 23 people, mostly women and children, have been killed in a stampede at a football stadium in Omdurman, near Sudan's capital on Sunday. Officials said at least another 36 people were injured. Police and hospital officials said, the victims were crushed as they tried to enter the Al-Mirrikh Stadium to attend a national service...

Somalia: UNDP stop operation in Baidoa town

Somalia: The UNDP has pulled out its staff from Baidoa town, the HQ of Bay Region on reasons related to security Bay regional administration has commented on the matter. The Senior UNDP officials left Baidoa recently following insecurity incidents which affected humanitarian organizations operating in the region. The officials had been...

Somalia: Ethiopians target refugees, killed 10

Somalia: US-backed Ethiopian troops in Somalia have killed and tortured displaced Somalis living in the refugee camps of the capital, Mogadishu. At least 10 civilians have been killed and 15 badly beaten as part of a campaign by Ethiopian troops to root out militants in the Daynille and Bangala refugee camps. According to reports, Ethiopian...

Somalia, Burundi referees sent home

Somalia: Three referees, two from Somalia and one from Burundi have been sent home from the East and Central Africa Club Championships after failing their physical tests. Confirming this in Dar es Salaam yesterday,   Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (Cecafa) secretary general Nicholas Musonye of Kenya said while the...

Somali students face police harassment and racism from Americans

Minneapolis (USA): As a Muslim male of Somali descent living in post-September 11 United States, Mustafa Jumale knew that he risked harassment from law enforcement officers and racism from some Americans. Although he had never experienced it himself, harassment by police was a common complaint among his peers. But Jumale thought that if he did...

MSF quits Somalia operations

Nairobi (Kenya): Médecins Sans Frontières Switzerland (MSF-Swiss) has withdrawn from Fiiq, Somali region, saying repeated administrative hurdles and intimidation had prevented it from providing medical care to vulnerable populations. "Over the six months of our intervention, our medical teams could only work for 10 weeks in...

UNHCR calls S Africa not to deport Zimbabwean

Geneva: The U.N. refugee agency urged South Africa on Friday to stop mass deportations of Zimbabwean migrants, since some of those deported may be asylum seekers who have fled violence and political persecution at home. South Africa has deported some 17,000 Zimbabweans in the last 40 days alone through the main border crossing at Beit Bridge,...

Islamy militants kill 37 Somali guards

Somalia: At least 37 Somali presidential guards have been killed and more than 30 others sustained injuries in clashes with al-Shabaab forces. The fighting began after 13 military vehicles escorting Somalia's transitional president, Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, to Afgoy in south Mogadishu, opened heavy fire on civilians, killing nine. This prompted...