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AU Peacekeepers Accused of Civilian Killings In Somalia

African peacekeepers serving in the Somali capital Mogadishu have been accused of fatally shooting civilians by a local government official, Radio Garowe reports. Mr. Abdifatah Shaweye, Mogadishu's deputy mayor, told reporters Monday that African Union peacekeepers, known as AMISOM, opened gunfire indiscriminately after being targeted with a...

Joint Navy warships start patrols off Somali coasts

USA: The US Naval Central Command has ordered Coalition naval forces to establish a 'Maritime Security Patrol Area' in the Gulf of Aden to protect merchant shipping. Navy warships will patrol the area with aircraft support, under the command of Commodore Bob Davidson of the Canadian Navy. The move comes following last week's spate of hijackings...

Australia police begins hunt for journalist in Somalia

Australia: Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Foreign Affairs staff have arrived in Nairobi to help consulate staff trying to free Australian photojournalist Nigel Brennan, who was kidnapped in Somalia on Saturday. A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) said the Australian government was pursuing all appropriate...

Philippines plans to ban seaman's movement in prone areas

Manila: The Philippines is looking into the possibility of banning Filipino seafarers from boarding ships that will pass through "pirate-prone" areas, the country's foreign secretary said on Tuesday. The Department of Foreign Affairs might review the contracts of seamen who board on vessels that are vulnerable to sea robberies, Secretary...

Somali president vows to free foreign journalists

Addis Ababa: Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed said Tuesday all steps were being taken to free two foreign journalists and their local fixer seized in the war-riven country at the weekend. "We are undertaking every possible measure for their release, including negotiations. We are confident that they will be released very soon,"...

Piracy off Somalia coast difficult to stop: DFA

Philippine: A ranking official of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) admitted Monday that the abduction of Filipino seamen in Somalia is difficult to stop but the Philippine government is now looking for ways to avoid kidnappings. The admission came amid reports that one of the Filipino seamen aboard a Malaysian vessel hijacked last week off...

Central Somalia needs urgent aid: UN

Nairobi (Kenya): The UN children's fund (UNICEF) said on Saturday that a recent conflict in the town of Belet Weynein central Somalia needs humanitarian response due to massive displacement of people. UNICEF said in a statement that over the past several weeks, fighting intensified in Belet Weyne between the Ethiopian forces and anti-government...

AU welcomes Somali deal, fighting continues

Somalia: The African Union said on Thursday a pact between Somalia's government and some opposition figures was a very significant step, but fighting in the southern port of Kismayu dented hopes of a breakthrough. President Abdullahi Yusuf's interim administration signed the peace agreement on Monday at U.N.-led talks in Djibouti. The deal, which...

Somali insurgents threaten to kill foreigners

Somalia: Somali rebels threaten to launch deadly raids against foreign troops, slamming a peace accord between opposition leaders and the government. Al-Shabaab spokesman Sheikh Mukhtar Ali Robow Abu Mansur told reporters that his men were planning heavy attacks on Ugandan and Burundi soldiers in Mogadishu, Press TV report said. Mukhtar said his...

Somali pirates hijack Malaysian tanker

Kuala Lumpur: Armed pirates have seized a Malaysian tanker carrying palm oil and more than 20 crew members in the Gulf of Eden off the coast of Somalia, the fourth such hijacking in a month, a global maritime watchdog said Wednesday. Noel Choong, head of the International Maritime Bureau's piracy reporting center in Kuala Lumpur, said the center...

EU agrees to action against piracy off Somali coasts

Brussels: The Political and Security Committee (PSC) of the European Union (EU) has approved the principle of a co-ordinated action in terms of fighting against maritime piracy at the Somalian coasts, with the purpose of applying resolution 1816 of UN Security Council. In a press release issued on Wednesday, the EU stated that the said action...

Somali abductors freed two Germans

Somalia: Two Germans kidnapped by pirates off Somalia more than six weeks ago have been released unharmed and are on their way home, officials said Saturday. Officials in Puntland said the freed hostages, a middle-aged man and woman, had been taken to Bossaso, the semi-autonomous region's de-facto capital, where they had caught a plane for the...

More EU aid for Somalia, Eritrea and Ethiopia

Brussels: The European Union says it is giving €21 million (US$32.5 million) in aid to Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea to help their people survive a drought that has lasted several years. The United Nations says 14 million people in the region are living off emergency food aid as world food prices climb and the drought cut farmers' output. The...

Canada plans to send ship at Somali coast

Canada: Canada is making plans to send a Halifax-based frigate to waters off the horn of Africa to stop pirates from attacking food shipments bound for Somalia. This would involve diverting HMCS Ville de Quebec, which left Halifax last month for a NATO mission to the Mediterranean and Black seas. Defence Minister Peter MacKay had hinted Monday...

Somalia: US condemns killing of UN official

Washington: The United States said Monday it condemns the killing of a top United Nations official in Somalia and urged parties in the country to work together through dialogue. "The United States condemns the murder of Osman Ali Ahmed," the State Department said in a statement, referring to the head of the U.N. Development Program who...