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Despite yearlong war Somalia is heaven for foreign refugees

Somalia: Despite 17 years of war and anarchy that caused death and injury of thousands of people and the mass displacement of hundreds of thousands of others inside and outside the war-torn horn of African country, Somalia has been a "haven" for hundreds of foreign refugees from other African countries, particularly the Tanzanian island...

Somalia: Thousands flee to Yemen for refuge

Somalia: More than 20,000 Africans have fled across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen this year, twice as many as during the same period in 2007, an aid agency has said. Medecins Sans Frontieres said that almost 700 people had died so far as they attempted to reach Yemen by boat. Security in Somalia has been deteriorating, causing more and more people to...

Stabilize Somali to ensure security of the entire region- urges Kenya

Nairobi: The Kenyan government has called on the international community to stabilize neighboring Somalia which it said is the source of illicit weapons threatening the stability of the entire region. Speaking during a regional workshop in Nairobi on Tuesday, Kenyan Defense Minister Yusuf Hajji decried the proliferation of illicit weapons from...

Freed aid workers refused to work in Somalia

Somalia: The four Somali humanitarian workers of the italian NGO named Acqua per la vita (water for life) abducted by armed men on the road to Mogadishu were leaving for Italy. In Italy the workers would have been hosted by the NGO, which had set up a humanitarian marathon to collect funds in Trento on July 5, sources within the organization...

Chad rejects peace talk with neighboring Sudan

N'Djamena: Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno on Wednesday ruled out any possibility of meeting his Sudanese counterpart Omar Hassan al-Bashir to discuss peace. The president, who was speaking during an interview with Radio France International (RFI) on the sidelines of an African Union summit in Egypt, appeared to dim prospects for a...

Somaliland hopes to be independent after election

Somalia: The breakaway state of Somaliland hopes next year's presidential elections will lead to international recognition of the northern Somali enclave as an independent country, officials said on Sunday. The polls are seen by many as an acid test for the former British protectorate which broke away from Somalia in 1991 when the ouster of...

Somalia: UIC take control Hiiran region

Somalia: The Union of Islamic Courts has once again captured the central Somalia region of Hiiran, forcing Ethiopian soldiers out of their bases. Ethiopian soldiers have fled Somalia's Hiiran region after UIC attack. The fighters arrived in the town early in the morning taking positions and keeping guard at the streets. Locals ransacked the...

African ministers call for peace & coordination in the region

Egypt: African foreign ministers and representatives met here Friday to discuss peace and security as well as political and economic development in the African continent ahead of the 11th African Union (AU) Summit. Addressing the opening ceremony of the 13th foreign ministerial meeting of the AU Executive Council, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed...

Africa to create strategic partnership

Egypt: Africa would like to build strategic partnership with other countries and regions on a win-win basis, a senior African Union (AU) official said here Thursday. Mohammed Omar Maundi, chairperson of the AU Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) and also the Tanzanian Ambassador to Ethiopia, said the concept of partnership is very important...

Somalia: Top opposition leader threatens to continue fighting

Somalia: A key opposition figure in Somalia has rejected the recent peace agreement signed between the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia and the opposition coalition - the Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia (ARS). Yusuf "Indha Ade" Mohamed Siad, the ARS defense secretary, told a Mogadishu-based radio station during...

Nigerian president orders to combat militants in Niger Delta

Lagos (Nigeria): Nigeria's President Umaru Yar'Adua on Friday in Abuja ordered an offensive on the militants in the Niger Delta, warning them to get ready to face the full consequences of taking up arms against the Federal Republic of Nigeria, according to local media report on Saturday.    Olusegun Adeniyi, special adviser to the...

Somali police trains up in Uganda

Somalia: Senior police officers from war-ravaged Somalia are undergoing a one-month course in Uganda.    Internal affairs minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda on Monday officially opened the training for the 83 station commanders of the Somalia Police Force at Jokas Hotel in Bweyogerere, near Kampala. The course, conducted by the Uganda Police...

Somalia: Reconciliation Board calls for talks with Islamists

Bloomberg: Somalia's national reconciliation commission is urging talks between the Islamist al-Shabaab militia and Somalia's transitional federal government in an effort to stem continuing violence in the capital, Mogadishu. Talks with al-Shabaab are necessary if there is to be peace in Somalia, Mo'alin Muse, chairman of the...

Somalia: Islamic insurgents raid Ethiopian troops in capital

Somalia: Armed Islamic courts fighters attacked the Ethiopian troops based at ex-pasta industry where an hour last battle happened later on sunday, shortly after mortar attacks were aimed at Ethiopian troops based at Heila Barise Ethiopian military camp close to the Pasta factory in Mogadishu according to the residents. "They are fighting...

Egypt deports 30 Sudanese refugees

Egypt: Human Rights Watch has called on Egypt to investigate the forced return of Sudanese who had been given official refugee status in the country.   The Washington-based rights organization said that forcible return of refugees is a violation of Egypt's obligations under international law. According to relatives' accounts of five of the...