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Somali President pledges national reconciliation and peace

Somalia: Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf Tuesday said he supports the national reconciliation and for the first time openly spoke about his differences with the Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein. "I am not opposed to the national reconciliation and no one in my government is opposed to it because I have been part of 12 out of the 14 peace...

UN envoy welcome Somali committee meetings

Nairobi: The United Nations Special Representative for Somalia Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah said Wednesday he was very pleased that the two main committees in the Djibouti Agreement are being convened this weekend. A statement from the Nairobi-based UN Political Office for Somalia said after consultations with the transitional government and the Alliance...

Ethiopian general called back from Somalia

Ethiopia: The commander of Ethiopian forces in Somalia has been called back to his country for his failure to bring peace to the war-torn nation. Ethiopia's government ordered General Gabre Heard as well as a colonel connected to the Ethiopian secret intelligence agency to return to the country for failing to perform their duties, a Press TV...

Ethiopia generals bid to mediate between Somalia's leaders

Mogadishu (Somalia): The Ethiopian army's top generals in Somalia have began holding private discussions with interim Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf and Prime Minister Nur "Adde" Hassan Hussein in a bid to avert the transitional government's collapse, confidential sources tell Somali news agency Garowe Online. Gen. Gabre and Gen....

Somali ministers resignation worry AU

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia): The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has expressed deep concern at the difficulties facing the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia, noting in particular the resignation of a number of cabinet ministers and its impact on the ongoing peace and reconciliation efforts. In a communiqu...

Somalia heavy fighting kills 68

Somalia: At least 68 people have lost their lives in fresh clashes across Somalia in the last 24 hours as violence continues to sweep across the East African nation. In south Mogadishu, anti-Ethiopian groups detonated a landmine -- as a 2,800-strong Ethiopian battalion left its base for Afgoy -- killing at least 48 Ethiopian soldiers and injuring...

Somali clash leaves seven death near capital

Somalia: Seven people were killed and unknown number of others wounded Friday in internal clashes among police forces near the capital, Mogadishu, local media reports. The clashes involved newly trained police officers and their counterparts in Afgooye town in Lower Shabelle Province, 30 km west of Mogadishu, Shabelle Radio reported. The clashes...

More EU aid for Somalia, Eritrea and Ethiopia

Brussels: The European Union says it is giving €21 million (US$32.5 million) in aid to Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea to help their people survive a drought that has lasted several years. The United Nations says 14 million people in the region are living off emergency food aid as world food prices climb and the drought cut farmers' output. The...

Insurgents attack Somali presidents’ palace

Mogadishu (Somalia): Suspected Islamist insurgents on Thursday launched mortar attacks on the presidential residence and the airport in the southern Somali town of Baidoa, the seat of the transitional Somali parliament, witnesses said. Six mortar rounds were fired on the presidential residence, where the Somali president Abdulahi Yusuf was not...

Islamic militants capture southern Somali town

Somalia: Fighters of the Somali insurgent group Islamist Al-shabaab Friday took over Hudur, the provincial capital of the southern province of Bakool, without fighting, residents said. The local administration and their security forces withdrew from the town hours before the fighters entered, residents said. “There was no fighting in the...

Somalia peace key for Kenya harmony : PM

Nairobi: Kenya's struggle with terrorism will continue as long as neighbouring Somalia remains lawless, the prime minister has said. Kenya and Tanzania are marking the 10th anniversary of the US embassy bombings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. Prime Minister Raila Odinga joined relatives and survivors at the site of the attack in Nairobi, which is...

Somali militants kill soldiers, aid worker

Somalia: Bandits have ambushed Somali government forces near the capital, killing three soldiers and leaving more than five people injured. The attack occurred on Thursday when soldiers in Lower Shabelle were carrying out an offensive against armed gangs but got trapped before targeting the bandits, media reports from Somalia said. The ambush left...

Somalia: US listed militant takes over opposition

Nairobi (Kenya): A fundamentalist Muslim suspected by the U.S. of collaborating with al-Qaida said Wednesday he has taken over leadership of Somalia's opposition alliance. Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys _ who denies any links to terror _ said he deposed the former chairman, Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed, because Ahmed had signed a U.N.-brokered peace...

UN insists donors to avoid Somalia crisis

Nairobi: International donors have funded only about a third of a $637 million aid appeal for Somalia, where drought, violence and record food prices threaten a disaster, a senior U.N. official warned on Tuesday. Mark Bowden, the U.N. resident and humanitarian coordinator for Somalia, said just 37 percent of the amount needed had been received...

US puts pressure to curb Somali piracy

Abu Dhabi: US naval forces are stepping up their efforts to fight pirates off the Somali coast of east Africa, military officials say. As pirates become more violent and aggressive and target key oil shipping lanes, the United States has put more resources into patrols and has participated in seaborne hostage rescues, USA Today reported Monday....