Pontus Marine LTD- Leader of fishing industry in Somaliland

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Khartoum forces 'bomb South Sudan town'

Sudan's First Vice President Ali Osman Taha visits a wounded soldier in Khartoum, 13 AprilSudan's First Vice-President Ali Osman Taha visits a wounded soldier in Khartoum

Russian warships heading for Syria

A Russian soldier is seen on Smetlivy warship (file photo)

US police fire over 90 bullets, kill teenager

Abdul Arian, a Los Angeles area teenager, was killed in a hail of 90 bullets on the 101 Freeway. (File Photo)

Somali militants chop man's arm off

Deputy leader of the hardline Al-Shabaab Islamist group Sheikh Mokhtar Robow Abu Monsor (left). The group has amputated the arm of a man suspected of theft. FILE | AFRICA REVIEW |

Somali president names a committee to hold talks with Somaliland

(Medeshi) Saturday , April 14,2012 - Somali president  named today a committee lead by the Minister of Interior Affairs  , Abdi Samad Mualin Mohamud  , to open talks with the Republic of Somaliland .  The committee consists of 10 members  and include Puntland State Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Daud Mohamed and Minister of Internal Affairs , Abdullahi Ahmed Jama (Ilka-jiir) .

Friday, April 13, 2012

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SUDAN-SOUTH SUDAN: A whiff of war

War damage: the South Kordofan town of Talodi has been the scene of recent fighting
KHARTOUM/TALODI, 13 April 2012 (IRIN) - Sudan and South Sudan appeared to edge closer to war this week amid an escalating confrontation over the oil-rich borderland region of Heglig. 

Horn sees petroleum system in Somalia wildcat

HOUSTON, 04/13/2012 - By OGJ editors
Horn Petroleum Corp., Vancouver, BC, said its still-drilling Shabeel wildcat in Puntland, Somalia, has confirmed the presence of an active petroleum system in the Dharoor Valley.

Kenya captures Al Shabaab recruit

BERNARD MOMANY - capital FM - NAIROBI, Kenya April 13 – Police said Friday they were interrogating a suspected terrorist who has confessed having traveled to Somalia to receive Al Shabaab training.
Abdullah Abdul Majid aka Abul was arrested on Thursday last week on suspicion of involvement in the grenade attacks at Nairobi’s country bus station which killed nine people and wounded dozens others last month.

SPECIAL REPORT: East Africa rainfall likely below-average

A woman collects food at a camp for those displaced by the famine or conflict in SomaliaMain season rainfall likely to be significantly below-average in the eastern Horn
Key Messages
  • FEWS NET anticipates that the March‐May season in the eastern Horn of Africa will perform poorly. Rainfall is expected to begin late, to be poorly distributed over space and time, and to total only ~60‐85 percent of average.

India Takes a Regional Approach to Somali Oil

(World Politics Review)-It is no surprise that piracy has steadily climbed up the ranks of threats to India’s security, given India’s energy trade with the Middle East. But now, with vast untapped oil reserves reported in Somalia and just off its coast, piracy emanating from the Horn of Africa is impinging on India’s future energy sourcing opportunities as well. 

Video : Russian man destroys car dealership

This extraordinary footage has emerged of a man going on the rampage in a Moscow car dealership after becoming enraged over the time he had to wait for his car to be ready.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Ethiopia : The Trap

(Strategy Page )- April 12, 2012: Kenya is believed to be in talks with Ethiopia for a joint operation to capture the port of Kismayo from al Shabaab militants . Kenya has openly asked the European Union counter-piracy task force to begin intercepting Al Shabaab boats operating out of the port of Kismayo. Al Shabaab uses the boats to supply its forces in the Kismayo area, and could use the boats to flee (presumably to Yemen) if Kenya attacks the port. Kenya has maintained that pirates have used Kismayo in the past. Kenya reported in early March that pirates operating out of Kismayo had hijacked a vessel then taken it to Haradhere (central Somalia, northeast and up the coast from Kismayo).

Somali pirates release ship carrying cargo for Somaliland

HARGEISA, April 12 (Reuters) - Somali pirates have released a Panama-flagged vessel they seized two months ago allowing it to continue on its way to the breakaway enclave of Somaliland, the ship's agent and a government official said on Thursday.

Pirates hijacked the MV Leila in February near Oman, seizing the ship with its cargo of goods and cars, and then sailing it to the semi-autonomous region of Puntland in Somalia.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Horn Petroleum Corporation: Drilling Operations Update on Shabeel Well in Puntland, Somalia

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, Apr 11, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Horn Petroleum Corporation ("Horn Petroleum" or the "Company") (tsx venture:HRN) is pleased to update the market on the drilling operations on the Shabeel well in Puntland, Somalia. Horn is the Operator and holds a 60% working interest in the Dharoor and Nugaal Valley Production Sharing Agreements ("PSA's") along with working interest partners Range Resources (20%) and Red Emperor (20%).

Florida shooter of black teenager 'to face charges'

A Florida prosecutor is preparing to announce murder charges against a neighbourhood watchman who shot an unarmed black teenager, officials say.
George Zimmerman will be charged with second degree murder and has been taken into custody, an official told the Associated Press news agency.
Angela Corey is to announce charges at an event in Jacksonville, Florida.

Piracy : 2 Filipino sailors dead in rescue of seized ship

(The Inquirer)-Two Filipinos were killed during a rescue mission by the Iranian Navy to save the crewmembers of a hijacked ship, the Eglantine, off the Indian coast last week, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday.

Somalia's al-Shabab Islamists move north into Puntland

Al-Shabab fightersAl-Shabab militants have moved north to semi-autonomous Puntland after being pushed out of central Somalia, Puntland President Abdirahman Farole says.
They are there to strengthen ties with al-Qaeda in Yemen, which lies a short distance across the sea, he told the BBC.
Al-Shabab, hardline Islamists, merged with al-Qaeda in February.

The Boy and the vulture - 1994 Sudan drought

Sudan vows to retake Heglig oil fields from South Sudan

Destruction in Heglig(BBC)-Sudan has vowed to use "all legitimate means" to repulse South Sudan from its largest oil field, a statement on the official Suna news agency says.
South Sudanese troops seized control of Heglig on Tuesday, as heavy fighting raged for a second day.
Both sides blame each other for the latest conflicts along the undemarcated and disputed oil-rich border area.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Arms race hots up in East Africa

Photo/FILE A Kenya Army helicopter patrolling the airspace in Kwale District on May 3, 2011. 

U.S. suspends Seychelles drone flights after crashes

VICTORIA | Tue Apr 10, 2012 -(Reuters) - The United States has suspended drone flights over the Seychelles while it investigates a second crash in four months on the archipelago, which Washington uses as a launch base for the unmanned spy planes.

Monday, April 9, 2012

On the Verge with hip-hop artist K'Naan of Somalia

(USA Today - By Korina Lopez) - Already famous: In conversation, hip-hop artist K'Naan is soft-spoken. But his music, which he describes as "folk, reggae and rap that all falls into one poetic pot," has been heard loud and clear around the world for years, most notably with his breakout hit Wavin' Flag, featured as Coca-Cola's anthem during soccer's 2010 FIFA World Cup. That exposure took the Somalian native on an 86-country tour. "The diversity of the audiences made me realize how unifying that song is," says the 34-year-old. "There was something about it that has touched a nerve in the world."

Market bombing in central Somalia kills 11

AU troops boarding a plane in Mogadishu to head for Baidoa, 5 April 2012
African Union troops deployed in Baidoa for
the first time last week
(BBC)-At least 11 people have been killed and more than 30 badly injured by a bombing in the central Somali town of Baidoa.
The governor of the Bay region, Abdifitah Mohamed Gesey, told the BBC that most of the casualties were women and children.
Mr Gesey said the bomb was planted in a small basket and hidden in a busy market in the centre of town.
It is the worst attack in Baidoa since Ethiopian troops took control from the Islamist group, al-Shabab, in February.

Kenya fires 650 striking airport workers

Map(BBC)- Striking Kenyan airport workers who failed to return to work on Monday have been dismissed, the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has said.
Some 1,300 airport staff went on strike on Friday demanding a pay increase.
According to the KAA, the dismissals affect about 50% of those who were striking at the main international airport in the capital, Nairobi.

Saudi Arabia : Haramain railway main station in Makkah to cost SR3.2bn

By MAKKAH: ARAB NEWS - The Haramain Railway’s main station in Makkah will cost SR3.2 billion, Transport Minister Jabara Al-Seraisry said yesterday after inspecting the progress of work at the station.
He said real estate property valued at more than SR600 million have been appropriated for the high-speed railway project linking the two holy cities of Makkah and Madinah via Jeddah.

Blast kills 12 in southern Somalia market: official

By Abdi Sheikh and Feisal Omar - MOGADISHU | Mon Apr 9,2012
(Reuters) - At least 12 people died in a bomb attack on Monday that targeted Somali and Ethiopian troops in a busy market in the southern city of Baidoa, witnesses and officials said.
It was the second blast in the country in barely a week. Last week, a female suicide bomber killed six people, including two top sports officials, in the theatre near the presidential palace in Mogadishu.
(Abdi Sheikh and Feisal Omar in Mogadishu; Additional reporting by Mohamed Ahmed in Nairobi; Editing by George Obulutsa and Jon Boyle)

Do not touch Somali women, Museveni tells Ugandan soldiers

President Museveni addresses soldiers during the passout of 1,700 soldiers who are going to reinforce Uganda
troops in Somalia. PPU PHOTO 

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Eman al-Obeidi - From Libyan rape victim to refugee

Sports, art, streetlights: A new life in Mogadishu

Somali women sell fruit at the Hamarweyne 
market in Mogadishu, Somalia.(AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Somaliland president names a committee for talks with Somalia

A press release issued by the presidential palace of Somaliland on Sunday said that president Silanyo has named a committee consisting of 5 ministers for  talks between Somaliland and Somalia on the future relations of the two countries.
The first meeting of the two committees representing Somaliland and Somalia  will take place in London on a date that has yet to be decided. The decision of designating the Somaliland committee for the job of discussing future relations with Somalia comes as a result of an agreement reached during the  recent conference on Somalia that took place in London on Feb 23, 2012 .