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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Ethiopia-Egypt accords, a danger to Nile Basin negotiations?


Ethiopia and Egypt have moved a significant step, this week, towards leveling their bumpy relations. The two countries have agreed to strengthen their economic collaborations to enhance their overall relations in a backdrop of a longstanding disagreement over the Nile’s water resources. Whether or not this agreement stands to disrupt ongoing negotiations within the framework of the Nile Basin Initiative, the answers remain vague.

Yemen angered by al-Shabab threat

Yemen has said it will not tolerate foreign fighters on its soil, following a pledge by Somalia's al-Shabab group that it would send fighters to help an al-Qaeda affiliate in the country.
Abu Bakr al-Qirbi, Yemen's foreign minister, told the official Saba news agency he was "astounded" by the comments from al-Shabab.
(Al-Shabab has vowed to send its fighters to boost

al-Qaeda in Yemen [AFP)

US : Two Men Face Drug Charges for 'Khat'


MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Two men are facing charges for allegedly selling an illegal drug called 'khat' inside a Memphis gas station. 'Khat' (pronounced Cot), is a recreational drug used in the Middle East, Horn of Africa and drug agencies show its popularity is growing in the US.
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British-flagged ship seized off Somalia

A British-flagged cargo ship with 25 crew, including eight Bulgarians, has been hijacked 1,000km off Somalia, the Bulgarian foreign ministry says.

The Asian Glory, which was hijacked on Friday evening, was transporting cars from Singapore to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

Danish police arrest man trying to kill cartoonist

COPENHAGEN — Danish police said Saturday they shot and arrested an axe-wielding Somali man who tried to kill a cartoonist whose depictions of the prophet Mohammed infuriated Muslims.

The 28-year-old who lives in Denmark but was not identified broke into the home of Kurt Westergaard in the western city of Aarhus late Friday. Police guards shot and wounded the intruder before arresting him.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Somalia to receive Iran medical assistance

Iran has agreed to send medical aid and humanitarian relief to Somalia as the drought-ravaged North African country sinks deeper into an all-out humanitarian crisis.

After signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU), Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and Somali counterpart Mohamed Abdullahi Omaar announced that the government of Tehran will soon be taking immediate steps to help restore stability and better the humanitarian situation in Somalia.

Djibouti’s Daallo Airlines reassures customers after ‘terror incident’

Djibouti’s Daallo Airlines yesterday said that a Dubai-bound flight was "not affected" after reports that a Daallo plane from Mogadishu was the target of an alleged terrorist attacker last November 13. On that day, a young Somali man attempting to board the plane at Mogadishu airport carrying a suspicious white powder, liquid and syringes, was held by Somali officials. The incident was only revealed this Wednesday after the botched attempt to blow up a US-bound plane on December 25 by a Nigerian man.

People of Sanaagland may opt to secede from Somaliland

(Medeshi) Updated on 01/01/2010

Sanaagland is the largest region of Somaliland, and it is also the most neglected. This disregard has been ongoing since Independence, but most of the current blame falls upon Sanaaglanders themselves.Many have migrated to the western part of Somaliland or further, and invested both money and time away from home.
Somaliland government that rules Hargeisa also takes a great share of the negligence and this may give the choice of the people of Sanaagland to opt to secede from Somaliland or join greater Somalia. ( Photos from self help schemes for the construction of Burao -Erigavo road that Somaliland government refused to fund ).

Pirate Cash Suspected Cause of Kenya Property Boom

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Property prices in Nairobi are soaring, and Somali pirates are getting the blame.

The hike in real estate prices in the Kenyan capital has prompted a public outcry and a government investigation this month into property owned by foreigners. The investigation follows allegations that millions of dollars in ransom money paid to Somali pirates are being invested in Kenya, Somalia's southern neighbor and East Africa's largest economy.

Eritrean Rebels Say Kill 25 Govt Troops In Attacks


ZALAM BESA, Ethiopia (Reuters) - Two Eritrean rebel groups said on Friday they have killed 25 government soldiers and wounded at least 38 others, in ambushes on two military camps.
There was no immediate comment from the Eritrean government and the report could not be independently confirmed.

US behind the scenes of Yemen terrorism fight

The US is stepping up its efforts in Yemen quietly, giving the country tools and money to comabt terrorism without fanfare. The strategy is the result of lessons learned in Pakistan, in particular
By Gordon Lubold Staff writer ,Washington
For Americans focused on Afghan­istan and Pakistan as key in the fight against terrorism, the attacks late last year at Fort Hood, Texas, and in an airplane over Detroit were a wake-up call that a new front is quickly emerging in Yemen.

Ethiopian Farms Lure Investor Funds as Workers Live in Poverty

By Jason McLure
Dec. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Until last year, people in the Ethiopian settlement of Elliah earned a living by farming their land and fishing. Now, they are employees.

Ethiopia rejects hunger warning


An Ethiopian minister has denied reports that millions of people need urgent food aid after failed rains.
Disaster Prevention Minister Mikitu Kassa told the BBC that the government was helping those hit by the drought.
He was speaking after the US-funded Famine Early Warning System warned of increased hunger in parts of the country in the coming months.

US misses plane suspect in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia — In a setback for U.S. investigators probing links to the attempted attack on a Detroit-bound airliner, a Somali official said Thursday that another suspect who tried to board a plane with chemicals already had been freed.

Somalia's Shebab says will send fighters to Yemen

MOGADISHU (AFP) - Somalia's hardline Shebab insurgents Friday said they will send fighters to Yemen to help an Al-Qaeda affiliate behind the failed Christmas Day jetliner bombing in its fight against government forces.
Sheikh Mukhtar Robow Abu Mansour, a senior official of the Shebab militia that pledges allegiance to Al-Qaeda, announced the plan as he presented hundreds of newly-trained fighters in the north of Mogadishu.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Somali arrested at Mogadishu Airport with chemicals, syringe last month


MOGADISHU, Somalia — A man tried to board a commercial airliner in Mogadishu last month carrying powdered chemicals, liquid and a syringe that could have caused an explosion in a case bearing chilling similarities to the terrorist plot to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner, officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

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Somali pirates hijack three ships


Somali pirates have captured a freighter, a bulk carrier and a chemical tanker - despite a large foreign warship presence in the Gulf of Aden.
Ending 2009 with a flurry of hijackings in one of the most profitable years to date, the Somali sea bandits' latest catch on Tuesday was the St James Park - a UK-flagged chemical tanker with a crew of 26 from nine different countries.
According to Andrew Mwangura of the East Africa Seafarers Assistance Programme, the vessel was seized en route from Spain to Thailand but had been commandeered near the northern Somali coast.

Somalis Discuss Establishing Regional Government in the South

By Alisha Ryu  (VOA ) Nairobi
A Somali politician says a major conference has been held in a town near Somalia's border with Kenya and Ethiopia to develop a plan to establish a regional government in southern Somalia. Al-Shabab Islamic militants, who largely control the regions under discussion, have dismissed the conference as a "propaganda stunt."
(Photo:Sheik Aden Mohamed Nur )

Eritrean opposition says ready to attack government army

(ADDIS ABABA) — An Eritrean opposition group said prepared to attack the government army as the United nations decided to impose sanction on Asmara last week.
"This is a good opportunity for us," Cornelios Osman, head of the Democratic Movement for the Liberation of the Eritrean Kunama (DMLEK) told the Agence France presse yesterday..
"We are preparing our military forces to launch more attacks," he added. "We are inside Eritrea and will hit selected targets and institutions."

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

British chemical tanker 'seized by Somali pirates'

Reports say vessel called St James Park captured in the Gulf of Aden en route to Thailand from Spain
Adam Gabbatt and agencies guardian.co.ukA UK-flagged chemical tanker has been hijacked by Somali pirates, according to reports.
The reports said the vessel, the St James Park, was captured in the Gulf of Aden while on its way to Thailand from Spain and had since changed course for Somalia.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Doctor returns to Somalia to bury sister and possibly fill her post as health minister


Minneapolis Star Tribune
Earlier this month, Somalis fled a suicide attack that killed 24, including Health Minister Qamar Aden Ali.
In his last conversation with his sister in Somalia, Mohamed Aden Ali spoke as the protective older brother.

Somali pirates: $4 mln ransom paid for Chinese coal ship

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A helicopter dropped a $4 million (2.5 million pound) ransom payment on Sunday on to the deck of a Chinese coal ship hijacked by Somali pirates in mid-October, a pirate source on board the vessel said.