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UN top Official shot dead in Somalia

Somalia: The head of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Somalia, Osman Ali Ahmed, was killed by suspected militants on Sunday in the capital city, U.N. official said. Ahmed was shot after leaving a mosque near his house in Bolohube district, south of Mogadishu. He later died because of his wounds in the Africa Union peacekeeping...

Somali PM calls for immediate UN troops

Addis Ababa: The international community must deploy U.N. peacekeepers in Somalia without delay or risk worsening insecurity in the Horn of Africa, the country's prime minister warned on Monday during a visit to Ethiopia. Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein said the U.N. troops wereneeded to replace Ethiopian forces under the terms of a...

UK plans to review Somalia aid support

Somalia: The foreign aid Somalia gets to rebuild the country and keep the peace in the Horn of Africa is often siphoned off to clan militias. Now the UK - one of its key donors - is reviewing how it can continue its support of the East African nation. The money that is supposed to be used to strengthen security and democracy in Somalia seems not...

Somalia: German hostage is sick

Somalia: A couple from Germany who were kidnapped in the Gulf of Aden by Somali pirates last month are being treated well, but the husband has diabetes and is running low on medicines, a human rights defender who visited the hostages said. Yusuf Ahmed Jama, an official with a Puntland-based human rights agency, was allowed to visit the German...

Somalia, Pakistan safe haven of Al Qaeda training

Somalia: Al Qaeda is re-emerging in strength in three different safe havens to conduct training, operational planning and recruiting – Pakistan, Somalia and Algeria – The Times quoted Western intelligence and defence sources in its recent report. The core Qaeda headquarters in the Pakistan’s Tribal Areas “pose the gravest...

US envoy supports Ethiopia's role in Somalia

Somalia: US ambassador to Ethiopia, Donald Yamamoto, says the United States recognizes Ethiopia's contribution in various peacekeeping operations in the region and other areas of conflict in Africa. "Ethiopia is right now, I think, the second largest troops contributing country in peacekeeping operations in Sub-Saharan Africa and...

Hundred missing missing after Ethiopian troops attack Somali town

Somalia: More than 100 women and children are missing in the wake of the latest attack. Ethiopian soldiers have attacked the central Somali Galgaduud region forcing thousands to flee the violence and rain of artillery fire. The Ethiopian forces entered Galgaduud region, setting up a temporary base on the outskirts of Gur'el town PressTV...

Somali pirates demand $1M ransom for 4 Europeans

Somalia: A government minister says Somali gunmen have demanded $1 million for the release of a German couple, their young son and a French boat captain. The Europeans were seized Monday from a yacht off the Gulf of Aden and taken to Puntland, a semiautonomous region of northern Somalia. Jama Hirsi Farah, minister of state for security in the...

Somalia: UN urges foreign navy to escort food vessels

Kenya: Somalia faces a serious food crisis if no nation steps forward with naval ships to escort relief shipments through pirate-infested waters, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) warned Thursday.    A Dutch frigate is now in its last days shepherding two WFP-chartered vessels which shuttle between the Kenyan port of Mombasa to Somalia...

Somalia: UN threats to cut food aid

Somalia: The UN World Food Programme has warned it may have to cut food aid to Somalia if it does not receive new naval protection against pirates. French, Danish and Dutch frigates have protected deliveries for more than seven months during a surge in piracy, the WFP said. But a Dutch frigate was scheduled to finish escort duties on Wednesday....

Somalia: Pirates release Dutch ship after a month

Amsterdam: Somali pirates have released a Dutch-owned ship they seized a month ago and demanded a $1.1 million ransom, the Dutch shipping company said on Wednesday. The statement said the captain and crew were unharmed but it gave no information on how it had secured the ship's release. "Any such details provided in the public domain...

US's targets in Somalia 'inspired' by Ethiopia

Somalia: Since the collapse of the Somali government in 1991, the UN and many other international bodies and the Clinton administration tried to help the Somali people form a government with no success.     Djibouti, Somalia's neighbour to the north and a country whose inhabitants are predominantly Somali held a reconciliation conference...

Somalia: UN calls for immediate release of aid staff

Nairobi: The UN refugee agency has called for the immediate and unconditional release of it staff member in Somalia, who was abducted by unknown armed men on Saturday night from his home outside Mogadishu. Hassan Mohamed Ali, also known as Keynaan, was taken from his home on the outskirts of the Somali capital by armed men who drove him to an...

Somalia: Alliance leader meets US Envoy in Kenya

Kenya: The chairman of alliance for Reliberation of Somalia sheikh Shaif Sheikh Ahmed has met with United States Ambassador to Somalia John Yates in Kenyan Capital Nairobi on Wednesday officials said. Sources close to the meeting told Shabelle English service that Sheikh Sharif was accompanied by that meeting With Yates Sherif Hassan Sheikh Aden...

Sweden donates 3 million for Somalia peach effort

Sweden: Sweden is contributing SEK 3 million to support the continuing peace efforts in Somalia under UN leadership. After mediation by the UN, Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the opposition Alliance for the Re-Liberalisation of Somalia (ARS) were able to agree on a ceasefire on 9 June. "I welcome the ceasefire...