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30 Nov 2011 description
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GOV.cn Wednesday, November 30, 2011

China will continue to dispatch naval escort squads to the Gulf of Aden and Somali waters, a Defense Ministry spokesman said Wednesday.

Spokesman Geng Yansheng made the remarks at a monthly press briefing, adding that China will further boost cooperation with international escort missions in accordance with the spirit of the United Nations Security Council.

25 Oct 2011 description
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China has delivered food donations worth 443.2 million yuan (69.58 million U.S. dollars) to the Horn of Africa which is suffering from severe drought and famine, a Chinese official said Sunday.

"This is the single largest grain donation to foreign countries ever delivered by Chinese government since the founding of the People's Republic of China (in 1949)," said Lu Shaye, head of the Department of African Affairs of the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

16 Oct 2011 description
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BEIJING, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- China's food aid for Africa including rice, wheat, flour, and edible oil will all be finished with shipment and reach the destinations by the end of this month, according to COFCO, the nation's largest food exporter and importer.

The food aid, worth 240 million yuan (about 38 million U.S. dollars), will help countries such as the Republic of Djibouti and Ethiopia in east Africa that suffers a worsening food crisis due to a heavy drought that began last year, according to the COFCO, undertaker of the Chinese government's food aid task.

26 Sep 2011 description
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China will offer further aid to drought-hit countries in the Horn of Africa, including medicine and medical equipment, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday.

"China has kept a close eye on the latest developments in the disaster and will offer more aid within its capacity to do so," spokesman Hong Lei said during a regular news briefing.

According to Hong, China is "actively considering" providing medical equipment and medicine to the region.

25 Aug 2011 description
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BEIJING, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- China pledged on Thursday to make more efforts to aid people living in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa in collaboration with the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC).

22 Aug 2011 description
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BEIJING, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- China has donated 16 million U.S. dollars to the World Food Program (WFP) to support its famine-relief operations in Somalia, said a WFP press release on Sunday.

It is China's largest single donation to WFP, adding the country's donation to WFP this year to 20 million U.S. dollars, according to the release.

The donation will be directly delivered to WFP's food aid program in famine-hit Somalia, where about 1.5 million people are receiving emergency rations of food, said the release.

19 Aug 2011 description
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BEIJING, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said Friday that the two batches of foodstuff donated by China for drought-hit northeastern African nations will mostly arrive before the end of September.

The country's food aid to the regions increased significantly in the past month as the drought continued and spread, said Yu Yingfu, an official with the MOC Department of Aid to Foreign Countries.

15 Aug 2011 description
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BEIJING, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Premier Wen Jiabao said Monday that China will provide an additional 353.2 million yuan (55.28 million U.S. dollars) in emergency food aid to Ethiopia and other drought-hit African countries.

Wen made the remarks while holding talks with visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi in Beijing Monday afternoon.

"China will work with African states to tackle difficulties, strengthen cooperation and realize common development," Wen said at the Great Hall of the People.

04 Aug 2011 description
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BEIJING, July 29 (Xinhua) -- China announced Friday that it will provide a total of 90 million yuan (14 million U.S. dollars) worth of emergency food assistance to countries in the Horn of Africa.

"We are deeply concerned with the widespread famine triggered by the severe drought in the Horn of Africa region and our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all the drought victims," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu in a written statement.

17 Jan 2010 description
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15 Jan 2010 description
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KAMPALA, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- An Italian specialized unit is to train the Somali police force in counter terrorism operations in a bid to rid the horn of African country of terrorist groups.

Franco Frattini, Italian Foreign Minister told reporters here on Friday on a one-day visit to Uganda that the anti-terrorism group will be trained in Kenya if the Kenyan government okeys the idea.

"We offered yesterday to President Sheik Sharif (Somali President) ..

26 Dec 2009 description
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MOGADISHU, Dec 26, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- As the new year is just around the corner, Somalis who have not seen stability for nearly two decades express their fears and hopes for peace in 2010.

The Somali government has, for the past three years, been struggling with the Islamist insurgency amid almost daily clashes between rebel fighters and government forces backed by African Union peacekeepers, causing civilian casualties and displacement.

Dahir Nur, a teacher in one of the few schools still open in the restive Somali capital Mogadishu, says as things stand now he sees no …

22 Dec 2009 description
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KAMPALA, Dec 22, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Ugandan police is to deploy anti terrorism squads at the country's border points to intercept suspected Somali militants, who have threatened to launch terror attacks in the country, police said here on Tuesday.

Uganda's Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura said the units will help in security surveillance at the border for any suspected terrorists who might attempt to enter the country.

"The border security has been one of our weaknesses. We are going to put dedicated police units at the border points.

05 Dec 2009 description
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MOGADISHU, Dec 05, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Somali government has singed a cooperation deal with a main moderate Islamist group opposed to the two radical Islamist rebels in war-torn Somalia, a joint statement said Saturday.

The agreement between Somali government and the moderate Islamist faction of Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama which is also opposed to the radical Islamist movements of Al shabaab and Hezbul Islam comes as the two sides face daily attacks from the insurgents.

"(The agreement comes) after the two sides saw the danger faced by the country and the national and …

03 Dec 2009 description
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KAMPALA, Dec 03, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) - The commander of the African Union (AU) peacekeeping force in Somalia said here on Thursday that the suicide bomb blast that killed three senior Somali government officials and other people in the capital Mogadishu showed an urgent need to deploy more peacekeeping troops in the horn of African country.

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02 Dec 2009 description
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By Ronald Ssekandi and Tian Ye

KAMPALA, Dec 02, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The African Union (AU) representative in Somalia on Wednesday called for an urgent deployment of peacekeepers in the country to prevent the possible relocation of al Qaida following planned attacks on their bases in Afghanistan.

Wafula Wamunyinyi, AU Deputy Special Representative for Somalia told Xinhua in an interview that as the United States and Britain deploy more troops to Afghanistan, the al Qaida terrorist network is most likely to relocate to volatile Somalia where it has already had links with the al …

02 Dec 2009 description
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NAIROBI, Dec 02, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- By Daniel Ooko

Kenya has intensified security surveillance along its porous border with Somalia to prevent the fighting in the lawless Horn of Africa nation from spilling over into the country.

Internal Security Permanent Secretary Francis Kimemia said late Tuesday that security committees chaired by district commissioners in North Eastern Province were monitoring the latest gains made by Al-Shabaab rebels, who captured the border town of Dhobley at the weekend.

The Daily Nation newspaper on Wednesday quoted Kimemia as saying that all …