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UN clears Eritrea over Alshabab weapons supply

By   /  January 17, 2012  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen New York (Alshahid)-Eritrea did not airlift arms to Alshabab militants in the Somali town of Baidoa late last year, a preliminary United Nations report has found. “The monitoring group’s preliminary assessment is that these reports were incorrect and that the alleged deliveries to Baidoa probably did not take place,” The UN Monitoring Group on […]

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Ethiopia: Forced Relocations Bring Hunger, Hardship

By   /  January 17, 2012  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen The Ethiopian government under its “villagization” program is forcibly relocating approximately 70,000 indigenous people from the western Gambella region to new villages that lack adequate food, farmland, healthcare, and educational facilities, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. State security forces have repeatedly threatened, assaulted, and arbitrarily arrested villagers who resist the […]

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25 journalists arrested in Somaliland

By   /  January 17, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Eight journalists who protested about the closure of a TV station in Somaliland were arrested. And then 13 more journalists who went to their aid were also arrested. They were already alarmed by the arrests of a further four journalists the previous week. The 21 arrested after demonstrating outside the presidential palace in the […]

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Horn Petroleum begins drilling of Dharoor block well in Somalia

By   /  January 17, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Canada-based Horn Petroleum Corp has begun drilling of the Shabeel-1 well on the Dharoor block in Puntland, Somalia. The company is now preparing to drill ahead to a total planned maximum depth of 3,800m using the Sakson 501 rig. Horn Petroleum has also commenced drilling operations on the Shabeel North-1 well with the setting […]

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Somalia famine to kill tens of thousands; UN says

By   /  January 16, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Nairobi (Alshahid)-The head of the United Nations humanitarian operations in Somalia says many more people will die of hunger before the famine there is brought under control. Mark Bowden, UN aid chief in Somalia, told the BBC that malnutrition rates in the country were ‘amazingly high’- the highest across the world. Reports by the […]

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Kenyan jets bomb Somali rebel base, kill 14

By   /  January 16, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Mogadishu (Reuters)-Kenyan jets bombed an al Shabaab rebel base in southern Somalia on Sunday, killing a family of seven as well as seven fighters from the insurgent group linked to al Qaeda, residents said. Kenya sent troops into anarchic Somalia in October after raids and kidnappings it blamed on al Shabaab, but the advance […]

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Kenya arrests 29 Ugandans ‘headed to Somalia to fight’

By   /  January 16, 2012  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen Nairobi (AFP)- Kenyan police have arrested 29 Ugandans suspected of seeking to join Islamist rebels in Somalia, a police spokesman said Sunday. The suspects were arrested in Nairobi and were “undergoing interrogation,” Eric Kiraithe told AFP. “Police are investigating them because they are believed to have been headed to Somalia to fight” alongside Al […]

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Nairobi joins Uganda in arms shopping spree

By   /  January 16, 2012  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen Kenya’s use in Somalia of attack helicopters from China, fighter jets from Jordan and armoured vehicles from Israel is evidence that the country has been upgrading its military capabilities in response to new threats. The latest report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri),  analysing arms deals by African countries said that  Operation […]

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Kenya Islamic group claims alliance with al-Shabab

By   /  January 16, 2012  /  East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen Nairobi (Associated Press)-An increasingly vocal Islamist group says its leader has been appointed to represent an al-Qaida-linked Somali militia in Kenya, a development that underscores the dangers Kenya faces from Somalia’s insurgency. The statement by the Kenya-based Muslim Youth Center came amid a flurry of warnings from embassies about planned terror attacks in Kenya. […]

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British Navy Captures 13 suspected Pirates

By   /  January 15, 2012  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen Nairobi (Alshahid)-The British Royal Navy captured 13 suspected Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean, after NATO-led ships intercepted their boat, Reuters reported. Royal marines boarded the fishing boat at dawn Friday, Capt. Gerry Northwood said. Before the marines stormed the boat, a Navy helicopter fired flares over its bow. The U.S.S. Carney had tracked […]

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