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03 Jun 2014 description
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At least 74 people were killed in fighting near Somalia's border with Ethiopia on Sunday, according to officials and witnesses. Somali and Ethiopian forces attacked the bases of Al-Shebab islamists near the south-western town of Ato.

Local people say that this is the worst fighting they have seen in the region and it is unclear how many were killed but the government claimed victory in this gruesome battle.

Hassan Ibrahim Lugbur, the deputy governor of Bakool region where Ato locates told RFI by phone that over 74 Al-Shebab fighters were killed in the battle.

09 Mar 2014 description
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Hudur — Somali Government forces aided by battalions from the neighboring country of Ethiopia have liberated Bakool regional capital of Hudur from Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab fighters on Friday, Garowe Online reports. Before the allied forces began to thrust into the strategic town of Hudur, they Thursday afternoon clashed with Al Shabaab militants in Teed village which lies about 30 km from Hudur according to witnesses. 12 persons from the opposing sides were confirmed dead, Bakool region adminstration disclosed.

24 Jan 2012 description
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Afgoye — The Al-Qaeda affiliated militants of Al-shabab have on Saturday forcibly abducted at least 200 young boys in the town of Afgoye, some 30 km away from Somalia capital, Mogadishu, residents confirmed.

Witnesses said, Al-shabab fighters with military vehicles stormed villages in Afgoye town, abducting hundreds of youngsters whom they wanted to join for their fight against Somalia government based in Mogadishu.

24 Nov 2011 description
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Pretoria — Help is on the way for the thousands of Somalis affected by the drought that is ravaging that country. Today, an aircraft carrying 264 tons of food aid will leave South Africa for Mogadishu via Nairobi.

The help is organized by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) regional leaders, following the declaration passed at their 31st Ordinary SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government in August 2011.

The declaration encouraged SADC member states to assist the government and people of Somalia affected by the drought in the Horn of Africa.

01 Jan 2011 description
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At least 19 people were killed during heavy clashes on Saturday, with government forces staging a violent mutiny in a separate incident, Radio Garowe reports.

The fighting sparked overnight Friday after Al Shabaab insurgents attacked bases of Somali government forces and their African Union (AMISOM) allies in Hodan district.

Witnesses reported that many civilians including children were killed during the nighttime fighting.

03 May 2010 description
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Peace in Somalia is not only possible but is 'relatively easy' to achieve, according to Ambassador Amadou Ould-Abdallah, a veteran diplomat who has served as Mauritania's foreign minister and ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, the European Union and the United States.

Since 2007, he has been the UN secretary-general's special representative for Somalia, a country that has not had a functioning government since the 1991 ouster of Mohamed Siad Barre, a dictator who was maintained in power during the Cold War by both the Soviet Union and United States, …

29 Mar 2010 description
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Somalia - Heavy conformation between the transitional government troops backing by the African Union troops AMISOM has broken out in parts of the Somali capital Mogadishu, killing one, wounding 5, witnesses told Shabelle radio on Monday.

Sources said that the fighting between the two sides started at the war zones of Hawl-wadag and Hodan districts in the capita on Sunday evening adding that the sound of the gun battle could be heard all directions in Mogadishu

Reports said 5 people were injured as the clash between the government troops supporting by the AU soldiers and the Islamist …

06 Nov 2009 description
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Howard Wolpe has spent the best part of three decades helping to form and implement American policies on Africa. After chairing the Subcommittee on Africa of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives for 10 years, he later served as President Bill Clinton's special envoy to the Great Lakes region.

Earlier this year Wolpe returned to government in a similar role for the Obama administration. AllAfrica interviewed him in Cape Town at the beginning of his first trip to Southern and Central Africa in his new capacity.

10 Jun 2009 description
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Cape Town - The annual report of the Africa Progress Report says that despite authoritarian and corrupt leaders, wars and coups, the overall trend in Africa is towards less conflict, more democracy and greater development.

Selected highlights from its 2009 report:

Progress in the areas of governance and education are mixed, with more democracy and access to education on the one hand, but coups d'etat and low school enrolment still …

01 Jun 2009 description
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Sebastien Satigui

Seated on the leather carpet covering the floor of his living room, Mohamed Abdi Rahman is surrounded by friends and family members coming to convey their condolences over the death of his youngest child, Osman Abdi Rahman. Painfully, he greets his visitors with the phrase: "It should have been me."

Rahman, 73, formerly a civil servant under Mohamed Siad Barre, the dictator who ruled Somalia with an iron fist for 22 years until 1991, left Somalia in 2006.

15 Mar 2009 description
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Kampala - Over 40,000 refugees in Nakivale refugee camp in Isingiro district have received insecticide-treated nets from the United Nations Nothing But Nets programme.

Nothing But Nets is a global campaign to save lives by preventing the spread of malaria.

The foundation's executive director, Elizabeth Gore, said malaria was a major killer of refugees in Africa.

"Refugees in these camps have survived losing their lives, homes, violence and genocide.

16 Jan 2009 description
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Adiel Ismail

Hijackings off the Somali coast have pushed piracy to its highest levels since an international agency began keeping statistics in 1991.

The International Maritime Bureau's Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) records in its annual report that 111 of the 293 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships which took place in 2008 occurred in the area.

06 Sep 2007 description
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Brian Kennedy

Washington, D.C.

22 Aug 2007 description
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Elizabeth Guthrie and Walker Ristau

Flooding has affected millions of Africans throughout the continent in recent days.

From Senegal to Somalia, from Chad to South Africa, hundreds of thousands have been forced from their homes, and many more need food and other supplies. Countries along the Sahel, a stretch of savannah south of the Sahara desert, have been hit particularly hard.

22 Jan 2007 description
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By Charles Cobb Jr.

Across a wide spectrum of political opinion there is a lot of hope for the success of Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) but little expectation it will be fulfilled.

Although the Bush Administration has pinned its best hopes for Somalia on the TFG, the words of Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Jendayi Frazer, in a recent interview with AllAfrica, suggested an undercurrent of worry.

15 Jan 2007 description
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by John Oyuke

Nairobi, Jan 15, 2007 (All Africa Global Media) --The outbreak of Rift Valley Fever poses a serious threat to regional food security, United States Agency for International Development (USAid) has warned.

The agency says if the fever's control measures fail and it spreads into the Juba valley, the risk of regional disease outbreak is very high.

"Rift Valley Fever outbreak represents a serious risk to regional export markets, livestock sales and consumption," states USAID in its current edition of Famine Early Warning System Network.

08 Jan 2007 description
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by Aweys Osman Yusuf

Mogadishu, Jan 08, 2007 (All Africa Global Media) --Ethiopian fighter jets have reportedly air bombed the town of Afmadow in Lower Jubba region, southern Somalia.

Reports from Afmadow and Dhobley near the Kenyan border indicate that Ethiopian warplanes bombarded targets of Islamist suspects in the area. Remnants of Islamist fighters are still believed to linger in ahideous jungle in the district of Afmadow.

Damages of the explosions remain unclear.

15 Dec 2006 description
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by Aweys Osman Yusuf

Mogadishu, Dec 15, 2006 --In central provinces of Somalia, residents living in settlements closer to Ethiopian border say they are harassed and intimidated by Ethiopian troops that occupied their settlements in Hiran province, some 335 km south of the capital Mogadishu.

Hundreds of families complain of intimidation after number of Ethiopian troops with armored vehicles made their military barracks in tiny villages, northwest of Far Libah village in Hiran region.

15 Nov 2006 description
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by Frank Nyakairu Agencies

Kampala, Nov 15, 2006 (All Africa Global Media) - Uganda has been named among countries fuelling the Somali conflict and violating the 1992 arms embargo slapped on the horn of Africa country.

The accusations are contained in an 80-page United Nations commissioned report on violence in Somalia to be discussed in the UN Security Council on Friday.

The report names Uganda among 10 other countries and armed groups that have flouted the embargo by shipping weapons and military equipment to Somalia, which has been embroiled in a 10 year conflict.

18 Oct 2006 description
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by Jeff Otieno

Nairobi, Oct 18, 2006 (The Nation/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX) --Kenya has ordered an emergency polio immunisation campaign at all refugee camps.

The action follows the detection of the first case of the disease in Kenya in 22 years at Daadab camp.

Immunisation will also be carried out in Garissa, Wajir, Ijara, Mandera and Moyale districts, among other places.