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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 migrants leave camp

South Africa: A camp manager at the Soetwater refugee place of safety in the South Peninsula says about 2 500 refugees - mostly Somalis, have left the site. Stephen Kratz says they suspect that the group left the camp during the night. Kratz says it is suspected they went back to their communities where they formerly lived. Soetwater used to be...

Somalia flood worsen, six refugee children die

Somalia: Six children living in makeshift camps around the Somali capital of Mogadishu have died in flooding brought on by torrential rain over the weekend, residents said Monday. Hundreds of thousands have fled Mogadishu to escape heavy fighting between transitional government forces and Islamic insurgents, with many of them setting up camp...

Sudan to deploy troops in oil-town Abyei

Sudan: A joint battalion of Sudan's northern and southern troops is to move into the disputed oil-rich town of Abyei on Tuesday, their commander has said. The deployment is part of a plan to defuse tension in the area after heavy clashes last month which left about 60 dead and thousands of people displaced. President Omar al-Bashir and his...

Over 800 Somalis jump into sea in South Africa

South Africa: More than 800 Somali immigrants in refugee camp called in (Fish oak) camp have entirely stepped into the sea close to their camp near the sea following the police prevented them from quitting the doorstep to give in to the United Nations high commissioner for refugees to contend with their appalling situations sunday according to...

Sudanese blamed for Darfur crisis

Sudan: The International Criminal Court prosecutor said on Thursday he would seek new indictments next month against top officials, accusing Sudan's "entire state apparatus" of involvement in crimes in Darfur. Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo's address to the U.N. Security Council coincided with a visit by envoys to Darfur, scene...

Darfur crisis puts Sudan in trouble

Somalia: The "whole state apparatus" of Sudan is implicated in crimes against humanity in Darfur, the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor has said. Luis Moreno-Ocampo's report into the crisis in western Sudan, due on Thursday, coincides with a visit to the region by the UN Security Council. Sudan's ambassador to...

South Sudan officials reject government Abyei plan

Khartoum: Southern Sudanese officials on Saturday dismissed Khartoum's proposal for a joint north-south administration in oil-rich Abyei as a publicity stunt that would not resolve tension in the flashpoint town.   Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir said on Friday his government had suggested shared control over Abyei, where fighting...

Somali refugees throng Yemen’s urban areas

Somalia: Thousands of Somali refugees live in the al-Basateen slums outside of Aden after making the perilous journey across the Red Sea.   Somalia: Thousands of Somali refugees live in the al-Basateen slums outside of Aden after making the perilous journey across the Red Sea. This souk is filled with such refugees, as they perfer the life...

Somalia: Killing increases in the ungoverned port Kismayo

Somalia: At least three people have been shot to death in the southern Somali port of Kismayo since Tuesday night, local sources reported.   A lone gunman shot and killed his own brother and wounded a second man after unloading an assault rifle on a crowded restaurant in Kismayo, witnesses said. The killer escaped before militias loyal to the...

Somali radio station closed, five detained

Somalia, Apr 17: Somali police on Thursday raided and closed an independent radio station, arresting five employees in the latest crackdown on media, staff said. Clutching AK-47 rifles, three policemen stormed into the newsroom of Mogadishu-based Radio Voice of Peace, the station's director Mohamed Ali Irole told Reuters. "They ordered the staff...

Somalia crisis: Dismantling future of over 100,000 children

Nairobi (Kenya), Apr 17: Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has said that the formation of the grand coalition cabinet on Sunday will ensure that the over 100,000 children displaced in the recent post election violence resettle back to their normal lives. The Vice President noted that the post-election violence had led to the displacement of over 100,...

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...

75 Somalis missing in Yemen Coast

Sanna, March 28: At least 75 Somali migrants have drowned off the coast of Yemen while trying to cross from Somalia to the Arab country, a Yemeni official said. The official said the captain of the vessel carrying more than 250 migrants forced them to leave the ship and to try to swim ashore on Thursday. About 180 survived, Reuters report said....