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Somalia's Birthday Gift: A Night Without Violence

Somalia marked 51 years of independence late Thursday with a midnight flag-raising ceremony at the presidential palace in Mogadishu. The government says it was the most peaceful independence ceremony it has ever held, while Somalis in Nairobi ask what there is to celebrate. <!--IMAGE--> July 1 marks the day when two Somali regions, formerly...

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,...

Journalists: Ethiopia Hijacked Press Freedom Day Conference

An Ethiopian observance of World Press Freedom Day was marred Tuesday by a walkout of independent journalists after a dispute with a rival group of state-run media employees.  It was organized as a conference on critical topics of interest to Ethiopian journalists.  But before the meeting began, staff members of Addis Ababa’s private newspapers...

Groups Blast Arrests of Somali Journalists

International and local rights groups are demanding the immediate release of journalists being held by the Somali government. Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government is facing intense criticism after the detention of two journalists from Mogadishu’s Shabelle Media Network. On Sunday, the National Security Agency arrested Radio Shabelle News...

US Military Says Americans on Hijacked Yacht Killed

The U.S. military says all four Americans aboard a yacht hijacked by Somali pirates have been killed by their captors.The U.S. Central Command released a statement Tuesday saying U.S. forces heard gunfire aboard the SV Quest while trying to negotiate the hostages' release.It says a reaction force boarded the hijacked vessel to discover all four...

Somali Government Forces Launch Offensive to Retake Mogadishu

Somali government forces and allied militias attacked rebel positions in the capital Mogadishu Friday morning in a bid to retake control of the capital, Radio Garowe reports. At least four people, including a radio reporter, were killed in the clashes as pro-government forces clashed with rebels loyal to Islamist factions Al Shabaab and Hizbul...

Somali top police officer wishes to join militants

Somalia: A high ranking officer in the Somali police department officially said that he would join the insurgents which are day to day carrying hit and ran attacks at the Somali government and their Ethiopian ally. This police officer has the colonel badge on his shoulders as he has told the local radio station, and his name is called Col Artan...

Somalia: Foreign donor agencies mull leaving

Somalia: Humanitarian agencies in Somalia are considering suspending operations after two aid workers were shot dead in less than 24 hours. Some aid organisations are reported to be reviewing their security measures following the attacks. Violence against aid workers in Somalia has increased dramatically in recent weeks. But it is not clear...

Private radio stations galores in Somalia

Somalia: Privately owned radio stations in southern Somalia have replaced government owned Radio Mogadishu which fell into the hands of one of the warring factions in Mogadishu in 1991. Fragamtantaion of Somalia into clan and war fiefdoms was the main justification used to  set up  private radio stations in southern Somalia. Unlike...

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...

Somali journalists gets training in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa: Ethiopia has launched a month-long training programme for under-pressure Somali journalists, Addis Ababa said Saturday. "The Ministry of Information in collaboration with the publicly-owned media offers a month-long training in journalism to practitioners from Somalia," a statement read. Around 10 journalists working for...

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...

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 envoy calls big nations to help Somali people

London: Somalis should not be punished for past mistakes of their leaders, the UN special envoy for Somalia said Sunday as he urged the big powers to help the east African country's rival factions implement a UN-brokered truce. "The people of Somalia should not continue to be punished for past mistakes made by their leaders," said...

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...