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Somalia President urges intensified international support for govt

By   /  November 30, 2010  /  Africa, East Africa, Featured, Horn of Africa, News, Somalia, World News  /  No Comments

Listen Mogadishu (Alshahid) – Somalia’s president Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed has Monday asked the International community to redouble its efforts in helping the government improve the security of the country. After a Sunday meeting with the Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni  in Mogadishu, the Somalia President has reiterated his call to the world to take the […]

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Somalia: 15 killed, 20 injured in day two of clashes

By   /  November 30, 2010  /  Africa, Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Mogadishu (Alshahid) -Clashes between Somali government troops and al-Shabab fighters have left 15 people dead and at least 20 civilians injured, Radio Garowe reports. Al-Shabab and Hizbul-Islam factions, both insurgent groups with the aim of toppling the interim government backed by African Union troops, have launched a new offensive to take Mogadishu. Fighting began […]

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Libya leader Gaddafi dismisses Africa-EU ties

By   /  November 30, 2010  /  Africa, Featured, News, World News  /  No Comments

Listen Tripoli (Alshahid)-  Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi declared open an Africa-EU summit today, saying the partnership between the two continents had failed and slamming bodies like the World Trade Organisation as “terrorists”. “We have failed in our economic partnership with Europe,” Gaddafi told leaders of 80 nations gathered for the two-day summit, which faces fractious […]

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Ethiopia accuses Egypt of supporting rebels over Nile dispute

By   /  November 30, 2010  /  Africa, East Africa, Featured, Horn of Africa, News  /  No Comments

Listen Addis Ababa (Ashahid) -Ethiopia has maintained that it had evidence about Egypt’s support to rebels against the Addis government in order to secure the River Nile waters. Egypt has denied the accusation. Ethiopian Prime Minister was early this week quoted by Reuters news agency as saying that Egypt could not win a war with […]

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Sudan pulls out of Africa-Europe talks over Bashir exclusion

By   /  November 30, 2010  /  Africa, Featured, Horn of Africa, News, World News  /  No Comments

Listen Khartoum (Alshahid) -Leaders from Africa and Europe head into tough talks to seal a “new, equal” partnership between the two continents Monday after narrowly averting a last-minute diplomatic rumpus over Sudan. Hosted in the high-rise seaside Libyan capital by leader Muammar Gaddafi, Sudan is boycotting the two-day Africa-EU summit in retaliation for the exclusion […]

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Somali pirates seize Malaysian cargo vessel

By   /  November 30, 2010  /  Africa, Featured, News, Piracy, Somalia, World News  /  No Comments

Listen Mogadishu (Alshahid) – Somali pirates have hijacked a Malaysian-owned cargo vessel and its 23-strong crew 900 miles off Somalia, the European Union’s anti-piracy task force said on Monday. EU Navfor said the MV Albedo was seized in the early hours of November 26 as it headed for the Kenyan port city of Mombasa from […]

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What lies ahead for the new Somalia government?

By   /  November 29, 2010  /  Featured, News, Opinion & Analysis, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Mogadishu (Alshahid) -After weeks of political horse trading the Somali parliament managed to approve the new cabinet of Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Saturday but the move marks the beginning of the government’s real challenges, say analysts. Out of the 343 lawmakers present at the meeting 251 voted in favor while 92 opposed it […]

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UN Security: How to improve civilian protection

By   /  November 29, 2010  /  Featured, News, Security, World News  /  2 Comments

Listen London/Nairobi (Alshahid) – UN peacekeepers could improve their protection of civilians if roles and priorities were clarified, political support were increased, resources boosted and a comprehensive protection strategy developed, say analysts. “UN missions often lack leadership and political will to implement their protection mandate, can’t get host nations to cooperate, lack good intelligence-gathering and […]

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Southern Sudan extends referendum registration deadline

By   /  November 29, 2010  /  Africa, Featured, Horn of Africa, News, World News  /  No Comments

Listen Juba (Alshahid) -Southern Sudan has given potential voters an extra week to register for January’s referendum on possible independence. The authorities said moving the deadline to 8 December would not affect the vote, scheduled for 9 January. The referendum is a consequence of a peace deal that ended a two-decade long civil war between […]

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Sudan JEM rebels want Kordofan put in Darfur peace process

By   /  November 29, 2010  /  Africa, Featured, Horn of Africa, News, World News  /  No Comments

Listen Khartoum (Alshahid) – The rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) asked to extend the mandate of the peace process in Doha to cover the situation in Kordofan region. The two states of Southern and northern Kordofan are located between the three sates of Darfur on the west and the Upper Nile, White Nile and […]

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