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Somali lawmakers move to remove PM over corruption

Somalia: Somalia's Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein is coming under intense pressure after some parliamentarians presented a motion seeking to remove him from his position. The parliamentarians accused Hussein of embezzlement and mismanagement of public funds, as well as undermining the country's security. They also accused Prime Minister of...

Somali leaders reach deal

Addis Ababa: Somalia's President Abdullahi Yusuf and his prime minister signed a deal on Tuesday to work together after a weeks-long rift that threatened to wreck their interim government. Yusuf fell out with Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein earlier this month after Hussein sacked Mogadishu's powerful mayor, who was a key ally of the president....

Somali pirates funding rebels

Nairobi: An explosion of piracy this month off the coast of Somalia is funding a growing insurgency onshore as the hijackers funnel hefty ransom payments to Islamist rebels, a maritime official said on Sunday. A record four ships were seized in 48 hours last week off the anarchic Horn of Africa nation, meaning Somali pirates are currently holding...

Somali foes agree deal in Ethiopia talks

Addis Ababa: The President and Prime Minister of Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government have reached a preliminary agreement after talks in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, government sources tell Garowe Online. President Abdullahi Yusuf and Prime Minister Nur “Adde” Hassan Hussein have reached a five-point agreement, the...

Delay in Somali peace deal irk Ethiopia

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia): Expressing worry about complications facing the peace process in neighbouring Somalia, Ethiopia said on Saturday that the latest developments were causing friends of Somalia serious unhappiness, almost to the point of losing hope. "Regrettably this is taking place at a time when from all indications there were reasons...

Islamic rebels seize key Somali port

Somalia: Islamist rebels in Somalia have captured the strategic town of Kismayu after intense fighting on Friday that has left dozens dead and scores injured. The Islamist group has been fighting to sieze the port from the Sade clan, which has controlled it for more than a year.According to residents, Al-Shabaab forces, who are now in full control...

Somali peace deal hope for a national unity

Somalia: It took eighteen month - since the Ethiopian invasion of Somalia - for the “International Community” to recognize that the warlord-dominated Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and Autocratic Ethiopian Prime Minister Mele Zenawi’s agenda for Somalia was not intended for stabilization or institution building, but to...

Somali leaders reach peace deal, hardliners reject

Nairobi: The Somali government had formally signed a peace deal with some opposition figures, United Nations officials said, but the pact had been rejected by hardliners and had done little to quell violence. More than 8 000 civilians have been killed and a million have been uprooted in fighting since early last year pitting President Abdullahi...

Somali president alleges Ethiopia general takes bribes

Addis Ababa: Interim Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf has accused the Ethiopian army's top commander deployed in Somalia of "taking bribes" from local business groups, inside sources tell Garowe Online. In private talks with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, President Yusuf said Gen. Gabre has "connections" with insurgents...

Somali militias abduct governor in Puntland

Somali militias abduct governor in Puntland Somalia: Heavily armed militias have kidnapped the governor of Nugal region, in Somalia's northeastern State of Puntland, a government official told Radio Garowe. Burtinle District Commissioner Hussein Guled "Hanaf" confirmed to Radio Garowe during a Monday interview that Nugal Governor Abdi...

Somali leaders met with Ethiopia's PM

Aaddis Ababa: Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi met privately with visiting interim Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf and Prime Minister Nur "Adde" Hassan Hussein on Saturday, as part of African Union-led efforts to resolve a rift between the Somali leaders. Inside sources in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, tell Garowe Online that...

Somalia: Puntland president opts for 2nd term in office

Somalia: The president of Somalia's Puntland regional government has formally announced that he will seek a second term in office. Gen. Adde Muse, the Puntland leader, met with traditional elders, community activists and locals in the town of Qardho, which is the capital of Karkaar region. Sources who attended the meeting confirmed to Garowe...

Djibouti peace talks resume to solve Somali crisis

Djibouti: U.N.-brokered talks to salvage a peace deal threatened by a split within Somalia's government began Saturday amid a wave of violence that has killed dozens over two days, officials said. During three days of meetings in Djibouti, the groups will try to finalize details of a peace agreement worked out in June between the Somali government...

Somali govt denies mass killing in attacks

Somalia: A spokesman for Somalia's military has denied widespread reports that more than 50 civilians were killed by Ethiopian troops, Radio Garowe reported Sunday. Col. Dahir Mohamed Hersi told the BBC Somali Service the reports are "spread by anti-peace groups," adding that eyewitnesses who gave radio interviews had "guns on their...

AU plans to mediate among rival Somali leaders

Somalia: The Somali interim government's top leaders have traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with emerging reports telling Garowe Online that the African Union plans to mediate among them. On Friday, President Abdullahi Yusuf and Prime Minister Nur "Adde" Hassan Hussein flew from the capital Mogadishu, while parliament Speaker Sheikh...