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UN says Somali peace talks to resume this weekend

Nairobi (Kenya): The Somali government and its main political opposition resume peace talks this weekend in Djibouti, the UN said recently as clashes continued between Islamist insurgents and Ethiopian-backed Somali government troops.   The negotiations' second phase will open on Saturday followed by a UN Security Council delegation visit on...

Somalia: Eritrea blames US encourages Ethiopian invention

Kenya: Eritrean leader has accused the United States of encouraging the Ethiopian government to occupy Somali territory, adding that US policy in the region aiming to ensure its interests first and destroy Somali people. Isayas Afewerki In an interview broadcasted by ERT, President Isaias Afewerki charged the US with encouraging Addis Ababa to...

UN Envoy positive about peace talks success

Somalia: The United Nations Special Envoy to Somalia, Ahmedou Ould- Abdallah, has expressed his optimism that UN-backed peace talks between the Somali interim government and its opposition would succeed despite initial setbacks. In an exclusive interview with Garowe Online from his Nairobi office, the Special Representative to the UN Secretary-...

US air strike in Somalia!

Somalia: Airstrikes, possibly by U.S. planes, caused explosions in a remote area in southern Somalia, officials said Monday. There was no immediate information on casualties. Buale town chairman Ibrahim Noleye said planes were heard flying nearby Sunday night, followed by two loud explosions that shook the ground. Buale is 255 miles southwest of...

UN accuse AU troops 'selling arms' in Somalia

Somalia: UN monitors have accused Ugandan peacekeepers of selling arms to Muslim fighters battling the Somali transitional government and Ethiopian soldiers in Somalia. The accusation was levelled as at least five people were killed and three others wounded during street battles between troops and fighters in the capital, Mogadishu, on Friday....

US, Somalia violate child rights treaty

Somalia: The US and Somali are the only nations in the world that have not yet ratified the 1998 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).   Washington signed the global treaty six years ago but continues to violate its terms, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said on Wednesday. It said the US military recruiters target children...

Somali Islamist leader promise to oust Ethiopians

Somalia: A senior Somali opposition leader has vowed to force Ethiopian troops out of his country, warning that UN-sponsored peace talks will fail.   "We are going to liberate Somalia from Ethiopia," Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys said in an interview published on Thursday in the British newspaper The Guardian. He further condemned the...

Somalia: Canada's Africa Oil begins seismic survey

Somalia: Canadian oil and gas exploration company Africa Oil Corp., has started seismic mapping of a remote area in Somalia's relatively stable Puntland region, officials said on Wednesday.   The survey is in advance of exploratory drilling in Somalia's Puntland region, where the company believes there is a strong prospect of finding rich oil...

Somalia: Two Italian aid workers abducted

Somalia: Somali gunmen stormed the office of an aid group and kidnapped two Italian aid workers and a Somali colleague on Wednesday, officials and residents said.   In the latest abduction of foreigners, the gunmen blindfolded the guards, then abducted the aid workers at the offices in Awdigle town, 65 km (40 miles) south of the capital...

Somalia: Bangladeshi and Indians are among hijacked Jordan ship’s crew

Somalia: Three Kenyans are among the crew of a ship that was hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia on Saturday.   The Jordanian vessel had 12 crew members, including a Tanzanian, several Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis and Somalis. The hijacking of mvVictoria, is the third such incident to be reported in Somalia in the last five...

UN Refugee Chief calls to boost relife assistance

Yemen: The top United Nations refugee official, beginning a five-day visit to Yemen, Thursday called on the international community to bolster its assistance to Somali refugees who have reached the Middle East country after making the perilous crossing of the Gulf of Aden.   António Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (...

Somalia crisis: Security Council for UN force

United Nations: The Security Council unanimously approved a resolution on Thursday calling for a U.N. political presence in conflict-wracked Somalia for the first time in years and setting conditions for the deployment of U.N. peacekeepers.   The resolution urged the United Nations to move its Somalia political office from Kenya to the Horn...

Somalia: Unicef provides aid to 44,000 displaced Children

Somalia: Against a backdrop of drought, soaring food prices and large numbers of people being driven out of their homes by armed conflict, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has provided food to 44,000 displaced children in war-ravaged Somalia.   The agency warned that more than 2.6 million Somalis are currently considered 'food...

Allegation against UNDP over Somalia projects

London: A former employee of the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) has accused the agency of throwing him out for blowing the whistle on corruption in its operations in Somalia.   Ismail Ahmed, a British national, said the UNDP first transferred him to another office and later ended his contract and set out to blacken his reputation,...

Peace talks begins in Djibouti to end Somali crisis: UN

Kenya: Somali government officials and exiled Islamist opposition leaders are to hold face-to-face peace talks in Djibouti, the United Nations special envoy to the country said Friday.   Ahmed Ould Abdallah said the UN-sponsored talks will start on Saturday, sitting seven members of Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein's transitional executive...