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Stabilize Somali to ensure security of the entire region- urges Kenya

Nairobi: The Kenyan government has called on the international community to stabilize neighboring Somalia which it said is the source of illicit weapons threatening the stability of the entire region. Speaking during a regional workshop in Nairobi on Tuesday, Kenyan Defense Minister Yusuf Hajji decried the proliferation of illicit weapons from...

Somaliland hopes to be independent after election

Somalia: The breakaway state of Somaliland hopes next year's presidential elections will lead to international recognition of the northern Somali enclave as an independent country, officials said on Sunday. The polls are seen by many as an acid test for the former British protectorate which broke away from Somalia in 1991 when the ouster of...

Somalia displaced people's condition worsening

Somalia: The situation at displaced peoples' camps both inside and near the provincial town of Beletwein in central Somalia is reported to be worsening by the day. There were confirmed reports that at least three people – including two children – died from lack of food, agency reports said. An elderly man died at a camp inside...

Somalia: Abductor freed foreign aid workers

Somalia: Two foreign aid workers and a Somali national abducted by Islamist insurgents were released hours after their abduction following the intervention of local elders, senior official confirmed. Maollin Isaq Nur Isaq, mayor of Wajid town in Bakool region where the aid workers were released, told Xinhua that the three men kidnapped early...

Somalia: UN threats to cut food aid

Somalia: The UN World Food Programme has warned it may have to cut food aid to Somalia if it does not receive new naval protection against pirates. French, Danish and Dutch frigates have protected deliveries for more than seven months during a surge in piracy, the WFP said. But a Dutch frigate was scheduled to finish escort duties on Wednesday....

Somalia: Al-Shabab reached southwestern town

Somalia: Fighters loyal to Al-Shabab Islamic Movement have arrived in Bardheere District, Gedo Region, southwestern Somalia. Al-Shabab fighters are involved in most the fighting in Somalia. The fighters, armed with armoured vehicles came from Sakow District and arrived in Baardhere town, where they were warmly welcomed. Locals turned out in an...

US's targets in Somalia 'inspired' by Ethiopia

Somalia: Since the collapse of the Somali government in 1991, the UN and many other international bodies and the Clinton administration tried to help the Somali people form a government with no success.     Djibouti, Somalia's neighbour to the north and a country whose inhabitants are predominantly Somali held a reconciliation conference...

Nigeria ready to send peacekeepers to Somalia

Lagos: Nigeria has a battalion of around 800 soldiers ready to deploy to Somalia as part of an African Union peacekeeping force and could send more if needed, a military spokesman said on Wednesday.   Brigadier General Emeka Onwuamaegbu said one battalion of 750-850 men would travel to Mogadishu as soon as the Nigerian government gave its...

Somalia: Gov't to implement peace deal vows PM

Somalia: Somali Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein reiterated on Sunday that his government would implement the peace pact signed with the opposition early this month in Djibouti.    Speaking at a news conference at his office in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, the prime minister told reporters that the Somali transitional government is...

Somalia: Islamist hardliner to become opposition chief

Eritrea:An Islamist hardliner has said that he will rise to become chairman of the opposition Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia (ARS), a Somali opposition group founded in Eritrea last year.    Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, designated a terrorist by the U.S. government, told Arabic newspaper Asharq al Awsat that he will replace...

Somalia: Top opposition leader threatens to continue fighting

Somalia: A key opposition figure in Somalia has rejected the recent peace agreement signed between the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia and the opposition coalition - the Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia (ARS). Yusuf "Indha Ade" Mohamed Siad, the ARS defense secretary, told a Mogadishu-based radio station during...

Somali police trains up in Uganda

Somalia: Senior police officers from war-ravaged Somalia are undergoing a one-month course in Uganda.    Internal affairs minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda on Monday officially opened the training for the 83 station commanders of the Somalia Police Force at Jokas Hotel in Bweyogerere, near Kampala. The course, conducted by the Uganda Police...

Somalia: Alliance leader meets US Envoy in Kenya

Kenya: The chairman of alliance for Reliberation of Somalia sheikh Shaif Sheikh Ahmed has met with United States Ambassador to Somalia John Yates in Kenyan Capital Nairobi on Wednesday officials said. Sources close to the meeting told Shabelle English service that Sheikh Sharif was accompanied by that meeting With Yates Sherif Hassan Sheikh Aden...

Somalia peace effort: PM seeks int'l funding

Somalia: Somalia's prime minister called on Tuesday for international funding to help implement a recent truce accord with Islamist insurgents. Nur Hassan Hussein told the ceasefire, negotiated at the U.N.-mediated talks in Djibouti earlier this month, held the key to halting nearly two decades of conflict. The U.N. envoy for Somalia echoed...

Somalia: Reconciliation Board calls for talks with Islamists

Bloomberg: Somalia's national reconciliation commission is urging talks between the Islamist al-Shabaab militia and Somalia's transitional federal government in an effort to stem continuing violence in the capital, Mogadishu. Talks with al-Shabaab are necessary if there is to be peace in Somalia, Mo'alin Muse, chairman of the...