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Somali PM calls for Peace

Hague (Netherlands): The prime minister of war-torn Somalia called Thursday on his countrymen to support a month-old peace agreement and insisted peace was possible despite long years of civil war and instability. "After 18 years of difficulties and problems, today there is a new hope that peace and stability may again reign in Somalia,...

MSF quits Somalia operations

Nairobi (Kenya): Médecins Sans Frontières Switzerland (MSF-Swiss) has withdrawn from Fiiq, Somali region, saying repeated administrative hurdles and intimidation had prevented it from providing medical care to vulnerable populations. "Over the six months of our intervention, our medical teams could only work for 10 weeks in...

Somali pirates still kept hostage German tourists

Somalia: It is very difficult to provide coverage of piracy in Somalia, and this has been very much the case with the "German Tourists" who were abducted last month from the Gulf of Aden. As we've said previously, news is sparse and unreliable, and often one false report is quoted for weeks. This is not the main issue, however. The...

Somalia: Rebels raid government base

Somalia: Islami insurgents in Somalia have launched a rocket and mortar attack on the southern town of Baidoa, seat of the transitional parliament. It was the first time Baidoa, the only town fully under government control, had been attacked since late 2006. A soldier was killed and six people wounded in the attack on the airport and presidential...

Two Somali military boats released by Yemen

Aden: Yemeni Coastguards Authority (YCA) released on Tuesday two Somali military boats after being in custody for 20 days. Well-informed source in the YCA told Saba that the releasing came after the concerned security authorities in Aden seaport made sure that boats have entered Yemeni territorial waters with no permission just to get technical...

Somali PM urges to withdraw Ethiopian forces

Somalia: The Somali Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein has urged the United Nations to deploy its peacekeepers in the country as soon as possible. "The UN and international community must provide financial support and deploy peacekeepers without delay so that Ethiopian forces would withdraw in accordance with the agreement," Hussein said...

Somali Islamists deny UN chief killing

Somalia: The Islamist Al-shabaab movement Tuesday denied being behind the killing of the Somalia chief of United Nations development agency this week and accused Ethiopian forces in Somalia of carrying it out. Osman Ali Ahmed, chief of Somalia office for United Nations Development Program, was shot dead Sunday by unknown gunmen as he left evening...

Somalia: US condemns killing of UN official

Washington: The United States said Monday it condemns the killing of a top United Nations official in Somalia and urged parties in the country to work together through dialogue. "The United States condemns the murder of Osman Ali Ahmed," the State Department said in a statement, referring to the head of the U.N. Development Program who...

UN condemns killing of staff in Somalia

Kenya: United Nations humanitarian agency on Monday condemned the brutal murder of Osman Ali Ahmed, head of the UN Development Program (UNDP) office in Somalia capital Mogadishu. A statement from the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia Mark Bowden said Ahmed, a Somali national, was shot by unidentified gunmen as he, together with...

Somali PM calls for immediate UN troops

Addis Ababa: The international community must deploy U.N. peacekeepers in Somalia without delay or risk worsening insecurity in the Horn of Africa, the country's prime minister warned on Monday during a visit to Ethiopia. Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein said the U.N. troops wereneeded to replace Ethiopian forces under the terms of a...

Somalia: Thousands flee to Yemen for refuge

Somalia: More than 20,000 Africans have fled across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen this year, twice as many as during the same period in 2007, an aid agency has said. Medecins Sans Frontieres said that almost 700 people had died so far as they attempted to reach Yemen by boat. Security in Somalia has been deteriorating, causing more and more people to...

UK plans to review Somalia aid support

Somalia: The foreign aid Somalia gets to rebuild the country and keep the peace in the Horn of Africa is often siphoned off to clan militias. Now the UK - one of its key donors - is reviewing how it can continue its support of the East African nation. The money that is supposed to be used to strengthen security and democracy in Somalia seems not...

Somalia: Pirates agree about ransom

Somalia: Talks on the ransom for the crew of a German freighter hijacked by pirates in coastal waters of Somalia at the end of last month have been completed. Spokespeople for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry told reporters today that the negotiations over the size of the ransom and conditions of its delivery have been brought to an end, news...

Somalia: Puntland cabinet passes new constitution

Somalia: The regional government of Puntland, in northern Somalia, has adopted a newly unveiled constitution which has already stirred political controversy and contributed to worsening relations between the administration and the parliament, sources said. Gen. Adde Muse, the president of Puntland, chaired a Cabinet meeting Wednesday evening in...

US envoy supports Ethiopia's role in Somalia

Somalia: US ambassador to Ethiopia, Donald Yamamoto, says the United States recognizes Ethiopia's contribution in various peacekeeping operations in the region and other areas of conflict in Africa. "Ethiopia is right now, I think, the second largest troops contributing country in peacekeeping operations in Sub-Saharan Africa and...