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Riot in Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya Kills Two

Two Somali refugees are dead and about a dozen injured after rioting yesterday at the Dadaab refugee complex In Kenya. The U.N. human rights agency (UNHCR) says it began when police intervened over an illegally built structure near a food distribution point. The UNHCR says the incident was an indication of the pressures at the camp, which now...

Ethiopia, Rebels Trade Charges in Fatal Attack on UN Workers

Ethiopia’s government and rebels in the troubled Ogaden region are blaming each other for an attack that killed one United Nations employee, wounded another, and left two more missing.  Authorities say their investigation of the case has led to arrests, but no word on the whereabouts of the missing workers.Ethiopian government spokesman Shimelis...

Ethiopia, UN Mount Joint Search Operation for Kidnapped Aid Workers

Ethiopia and U.N. security agencies have launched a search for two aid workers apparently kidnapped in an ambush in the insurgency-wracked Ogaden region. One other worker was killed in the incident and a fourth was wounded.Details of the incident are sketchy. Officials of the U.N. World Food Program say two of their vehicles were ambushed by...

Journalists: Ethiopia Hijacked Press Freedom Day Conference

An Ethiopian observance of World Press Freedom Day was marred Tuesday by a walkout of independent journalists after a dispute with a rival group of state-run media employees.  It was organized as a conference on critical topics of interest to Ethiopian journalists.  But before the meeting began, staff members of Addis Ababa’s private newspapers...

Pirates Hijack Italian Ship

Pirates have hijacked an Italian cargo ship with 21 crewmembers in pirate-infested waters near Somalia.The European Union's anti-piracy force says pirates seized the bulk carrier MV Rosalia D'amato early Thursday in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Oman.It says the ship's crew includes six Italians and 15 Filipinos.  Italian officials say the...

Pirates Seize Oil Tanker with $200 Million of Crude

Armed pirates have hijacked a U.S.-bound oil tanker carrying about $200 million worth of crude off the coast of Oman. Authorities say the Greek-flagged vessel has a crew of 25, including 17 Filipinos, seven Greeks and one Georgian. This is the second pirate seizure of an oil tanker in as many days. Experts say that while the price tag of the...

17 Dead in Mogadishu Clashes, Aweys Praises Al Shabaab

At least 17 people were killed in the Somali capital Mogadishu during Tuesday clashes, as Islamist leader Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys publicly declared his support for the merger of Al Shabaab and Hizbul Islam insurgent factions, Radio Garowe reports. The fighting started overnight Monday and continued into Tuesday, with Somali government forces and...

Kenya Detains Over 300 East African Refugees

Over 300 mainly Somali and Ethiopian refugees were reportedly detained earlier this week in Nairobi’s largely immigrant suburb of Eastleigh, and the arrests are continuing. According to two non-governmental organizations – the International Rescue Committee and Kituo Cha Sheria(Center for Legal Empowerment) - the Kenyan police are raiding homes of...

Islamist Fighters Clash, Killing 5 at Bakara Market in the Somali capital Mogadishu

A bitter clash between Al-shabab and Hizbul Islam fighters broke out at Bakara market in the Somali capital Mogadishu, killing 5 of warriors injuring more others, witnesses told Shabelle radio on Sunday. Reports say that the fighting started as Hizbul Islam fighters attacked a court belonging to Al-shabab fighters in the market and both sides...

International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Warns of Grave Danger to Media After Death of Veteran Journalist in in Somalia

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has sounded the alarm over the complete absence of safety for journalists in Somalia following the death of veteran journalist, Barkhad Awale Adan. Awale Adan was killed in the afternoon of Tuesday, 24 August 2010, during gunfire exchange between the Transitional Federal Government and the...

Somali Rebels Fire Mortars At Parliament As MPs Meet

Heavy shelling rocked Somalia's capital today, killing 15 people and wounding dozens, as rebels fired mortars at the country's lawmakers meeting for the first time this year, medics said amid a chaotic session that saw the Speaker ousted. Islamist insurgents, who have fought a three-year war against the fragile interim government, launched their...

Fighting in Somalia 's Restive Capital Mogadishu Kills 20, Injures Over 30

The draft constitution passed by Parliament on Thursday will change the face of Kenya by introducing the most far-reaching institutional reforms the nation has seen since independence. If a majority of voters say 'Yes' at the referendum, Kenyans will wake up to a new nation in which the powers of the President will be severely limited, women's...

Hizbul Islam Official Killed in Mogadishu 's Bakara Market

A Hizbul Islam official called Bare Ali Bare was on Tuesday gunned down by unknown assailants in Mogadishu 's Bakara Market, a stronghold for Somali rebel fighters. According to witnesses who spoke to Garowe Online, the official was killed by four gunmen armed with pistol inside the market, which populated by people at the time. The slain official...

Heavy Shelling Kills 2, Injuries 10 Others in Somali capital Mogadishu

Heavy Shelling Kills 2, Injuries 10 Others in Somali capital Mogadishu At least two people have been killed and about 10 others have been wounded in heavy shelling targeted at neighborhoods in the north of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, witnesses told Shabelle radio on Sunday. Reports say that all the people who were wounded and injured during the shelling were civilians who were one of the few residents remained in...

Kenya Trains '2,500 Somalia Troops'

Some 2,500 Somali troops have finished training in neighbouring Kenya and are ready to join a Somali government offensive against rebels, which control much of the war-torn country. According to Kenyan officials who spoke on condition of anonymity, the new recruits are only waiting their final assessments before actual deployment. "The recruits...