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Somalia Appeals for International Assistance as Drought Worsens

Somalia’s Council of Ministers issued a statement Thursday calling for dramatic intervention on the part of the United Nations and the international community to prevent the country’s current drought from becoming a major catastrophe.  Somali government spokesperson Abdirahman Omar Osman spoke with VOA just before the appeal was issued.“The...

Somali Parliament Approves New Prime Minister

Somali lawmakers have approved Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, a Somali-American economist, as the country's new prime minister.Parliamentary Speaker Sharif Hassan Sheik Aden says lawmakers approved Ali on Tuesday by a vote of 437 to four, with two abstentions.Ali, who was immediately sworn in after the approval, said he will focus on fighting terrorism and...

Somalia Appoints New Prime Minister

Somalia's Transitional Federal Government has named a Somali-American Economist as the next Prime Minister. President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed has chosen Abdiweli Mohamed Ali to replace Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed as prime minister.  Ali has been serving as acting prime minister since the resignation of Mohamed on Sunday. Speaking in Mogadishu,...

Somalia Wants Piracy Courts on its Territory

The United Nation’s top legal advisor says the Somali Transitional Federal Government is not in favor of having specialized courts in other countries try Somali piracy suspects. Patricia O’Brien told the U.N. Security Council Somalia says it prefers such a court be established in Somalia and is willing to work with the United Nations toward an...

Somali Prime Minister Resigns, Reversing Pledge to Stay

Somalia's prime minister says he is resigning, reversing a pledge he made last week to stay in office after an outpouring of support by Somalis opposed to his departure.Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed told reporters Sunday his decision to leave office was made to avert political collapse in his homeland. He said his departure is "in the...

Somali Pirates Rescue Crew as Ship Burns

Somali pirates say they have evacuated 19 crew members from a hijacked ship that caught fire Wednesday.The Panama-flagged cargo ship MV Orna caught fire in the pirate stronghold of Harardhere, on Somalia's Indian Ocean coast.VOA's Somali service talked to a regional piracy expert, Andrew Mwangura, who says the ship was still on fire Thursday...

Somali PM Defies Kampala Accord, Refuses to Step-Down

In defying the recently signed "Kampala Accord" and refusing to step down, Somali Prime Minister Mohammed Abdullahi Mohamed is riding an unprecedented wave of popular support in the war-torn country. During the past week, thousands of Somalis have taken to the streets around the country, risking arrest by government forces to protest the recently...

Somali Pirates Free Kuwaiti Oil Tanker After Ransom

Somali pirates are reported to have released a Kuwaiti oil tanker held since late March.A piracy watchdog group says the pirates were paid $12 million to release the ship.The 29-member crew is said to be doing okay.The MV Zirku was captured in the Gulf of Aden while sailing to Singapore from Sudan.Somali pirates continue to terrorize shipping in...

Clinton Says Death of Embassy Bombing Suspect is Significant Blow for al-Qaida

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the death of a man suspected of playing a key role in the 1998 bombings of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania is a significant blow to al-Qaida. Secretary Clinton says Harun Fazul's death is “a significant blow to Al Qaeda, its extremist allies, and its operations in East Africa.”In a written...

Al-Qaida's Leader in East Africa Killed in Somalia

Somali authorities say the man believed to be al-Qaida's leader in East Africa is dead, killed during a confrontation with police. Fazul Abdullah Mohammed was believed to have played a key role in the deadly bombing attacks in 1998 that caused mass casualties and severely damaged U.S. embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam.  The United States...

Somali Elections Postponed

Somalia's feuding political leaders have agreed to postpone their nation's presidential election for one year and hold the vote by August, 2012.The agreement calls for Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed to resign within thirty days.  The international community has been pressuring Somali officials to reach a resolution before the...

Growing Numbers of Young Children Wounded, Killed in Somalia

In the Somali capital Mogadishu, more and more children are becoming victims of the fighting between pro-government forces and the Islamist militia al Shabab. The World Health Organization [WHO] says the number of weapon-related casualties at the city’s three main hospitals reached a new peak last week.  Of the nearly 1600 casualties, 46-percent...

Security Council Demanding Results From Somali Government

As the campaign to oust Islamist insurgent group al Shabab intensifies, the U.N. Security Council is warning Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government to resolve its internal differences or lose backing from the international community.With the internationally approved mandate of Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government set to expire in August,...

Difficult Fight Seen for Mogadishu’s Bakara Market

As international troops close in on Mogadishu's Bakara market, a stronghold of the militant group al-Shabab, an analyst from the International Crisis Group is warning that seizing the critical position could prove to be complicated and costly.Much of the military campaign in Somalia's war-torn capital, Mogadishu, has been a battle for Bakara...

Somaliland Celebrates 20 Years of Self-Declared Independence

Somaliland is celebrating its 20th anniversary of self-declared independence from Somalia. Despite not being recognized as a nation by the international community, Somaliland has been very successful politically and economically. And it’s avoided the turmoil of Somalia. “I guess what I see is a remarkable success story,” said Mark Bradbury, author...