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Somalia: Donors mobilize funds to implement peace

Nairobi: The United Nations held a meeting in Nairobi Tuesday with key donors to seek ways to mobilize resources for implementing the recently signed peace deal between Somali sides. A statement from the UN Political Office for Somalia said the UN Secretary General's Special Representative to Somalia Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah met with donors from...

UN official warns Somali crisis 'worse than Darfur'

Somalia: The number of people in Somalia in need of emergency food aid is likely to rise to about 3.5m in the coming months, the United Nations has warned. Mark Bowden, the UN's humanitarian co-ordinator for the region, says the food crisis is dramatically worsening. Somalia faces a worse situation than Darfur, Mr Bowden says, agency report...

Saudi King & UN chief hails Somali peace deal

Jeddah: Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah regards a Somalia truce deal reached last week as a "breakthough" and will invite rival factions to an official signing ceremony as soon as possible, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said on Sunday. Ban said after talks with the monarch in the Red Sea city of Jeddah that the June 9 accord aimed at restoring...

Somalia insurgency: US blacklisted Kuwait charity

United States: The United States Treasury Department froze the assets of a Kuwait-based charity for allegedly supporting and funding Al-Qaeda, the government said in a statement. The decision applies to the Kuwaiti headquarters of the Revival of Islamic Heritage Society (RIHS), and specifically to any assets the group holds under US jurisdiction...

World community ignore Somalia situation

Addis Ababa: The Kenyan president Mowai Kibaki who is the current chairman of IGAD has declared that the world community has paid no heed to the worsening situations in Somalia. Speaking to the reporter at Kenyatta international airport on his way to the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa where IGAD regional summit opened Saturday said, “Why...

Canadian army rescue vessel from Somali pirates

Somalia: Canadian troops, who are involved in anti-terrorism operations, have rescued a small commercial vessel from Somali pirates off Somalia's coast. A Canadian military commander has confirmed the report, saying they had noticed the small vessel raising a signal seeking help after Somali pirates tried to hijack it. The incident took place...

Russian Navy heading for Somalia

Moscow: If a decision is made, Russian naval ships are ready to head for the Somali coast where pirates recently seized a Dutch ship, an aide to the Russian Navy commander said Tuesday. The cargo vessel the Amiya Scan, sailing under the flag of Antigua and Barbuda, was captured by Somali pirates on May 26 with four Russians and five Filipinos on...

Somalia crisis: Aid groups caution worst to come

Somalia:Somalia is facing its worst humanitarian crisis in a decade, and the situation is deteriorating, an international aid agency said Wednesday. Worsening armed conflict, rising global prices of food and fuel and severe drought in central Somalia are key factors making the Horn of Africa nation's humanitarian crisis worse, the...

Somali piracy: UN maritime agency hails the resolution

United Nations: The United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) has welcomed a new Security Council resolution that aims to curb piracy off Somalia's coast by allowing ships to enter the country's territorial waters to prevent attacks by armed robbers.   Firm action is needed since piracy is stifling the flow of aid to Somalis,...

Somalia piracy: UN council okay's resolution

Jjibouti: Members of the U.N. Security Council have agreed on the final text of a long-delayed resolution that gives countries the right to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia, council diplomats said on Monday.   The resolution could be formally adopted by the Security Council as early as Monday, diplomats from five of the 15 member states...

US, EA peacekeepers selling arms in Somalia despite ban

Somalia: Some military officers assigned to the African Union’s peacekeeping force in the country are accused of selling weapons seized from Shabaab insurgents.   The United States government as well as individual Ugandans and Kenyans are violating the United Nations ban on arms trading with Somalia, a UN monitoring group charges....

British funds Somali warlord for regime change!

England: Millions of pounds of British taxpayers’ money is being used to support a government in Somalia accused of human rights abuses and war crimes.   The money is supposed to be used to strengthen security and democracy, but The Times has learnt that it is financing a police force filled with militiamen and led by one of the country...

Somalia: Pirates threaten to kill Dutch crew

Somalia: Men who hijacked the Dutch ship MV Amiya Scan have contacted Radio Garowe about the intention of Puntland administration to sanction security forces to storm the ship.   The hijackers threatened to take steps that may endanger lives of the ship crew if Puntland security forces attempt to release the ship and its crew by force from...

Somali piracy: UN to vote on final resolution

United Nations: A draft U.N. resolution finalized on Friday would allow foreign ships to enter Somali waters to capture and prevent acts of piracy and armed robbery.   Piracy is rampant along Somalia's 1,880-mile coast, which is the longest in Africa and near key shipping routes connecting the Red Sea with the Indian Ocean. The seas around...

UN Security Council's Somalia visit welcomed

Kenya: The UN Special Representative of the Secretary General for Somalia Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah said Thursday he is pleased that the UN Security Council members have agreed to travel to Djibouti to discuss Somalia.   The representative said in a statement issued in Nairobi that he was disappointed that, due to a number of considerations, the...