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13 May 2013 description

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Syria, Somalia, Afghanistan, Myanmar and the Democratic Republic of Congo are the toughest places for aid workers, who not only struggle to reach vulnerable people due to conflict, but are also killed for being seen to help opposing groups, the head of medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said.

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07 May 2013 description

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 6 May 2013 10:39 AM
Author: Katy Migiro

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Aid workers are wary of being co-opted into a Western political agenda in Somalia, even though experts say supporting the new government in Mogadishu could be the best way to improve security and prevent another famine.

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09 Oct 2012 description

Tue, 9 Oct 2012 00:01 GMT

By Alister Doyle

OSLO, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Wheat production in sub-Saharan Africa is at only 10 to 25 percent of its potential and nations can easily grow more to limit hunger, price shocks and political instability, a study showed on Tuesday.

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03 Aug 2012 description
  • Attacks began when Kenyan troops entered Somalia

  • Kenya blames al-Qaeda linked militia for blasts

  • Clinton due to visit Nairobi on Saturday (Adds police confirmation, background)

NAIROBI, Aug 3 (Reuters) - A suspected suicide bomber killed himself and wounded nine people when he detonated a grenade near a military air base in Nairobi on Friday, police said, in the latest such attack since Kenya's military foray into neighbouring Somalia.

13 Jul 2012 description

By James Macharia

NAIROBI, July 13 (Reuters) - Kenya's political landscape has been shaken up after the International Criminal Court said two of the country's leading presidential contenders must go on trial next year accused of crimes against humanity a month after March elections.

The Hague-based court wants to hold the two men responsible for their role in deadly violence that erupted in 2007 after a disputed presidential vote in east Africa's largest economy.

14 Jun 2012 description

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 23:49 GMT

UNITED NATIONS, June 13 (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council and African Union Peace and Security Council on Wednesday jointly urged military coup leaders in Guinea Bissau to give up power and expressed concern at an al Qaeda threat in Mali, fighting in the Sudans and Somalia piracy.

The two councils, charged with maintaining and promoting peace and security, met for talks in New York on Wednesday and agreed an eight-page statement that addressed the top security issues in Africa and strengthening cooperation between the two bodies.

07 Jun 2012 description

NAIROBI (AlertNet) - In some drought-prone parts of northern Kenya, the majority of the population relies on food aid to survive – sometimes for decades.

AlertNet’s Katy Migiro asked the World Food Programme’s regional information officer Challiss McDonough what the world’s largest humanitarian agency is doing to change this situation.

28 May 2012 description

MOGADISHU, May 28 (Reuters) - African Union and Somali government troops secured an aid corridor between Mogadishu and a former rebel stronghold close to the capital, the AU said, wresting control of a strip of land believed to hold around 400,000 people displaced by conflict.

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24 May 2012 description
  • Second blast at camp in space of nine days

  • At least three wounded (Adds details, background)

By Noor Ali

ISIOLO,Kenya, May 24 (Reuters) - At least three people were wounded in a suspected grenade attack at a hotel in a refugee camp in northeastern Kenya, police said on Thursday, nine days after another attack in the same location.

The attack occurred at a hotel in Hagadera in the Dadaab refugee camp. North Eastern Provincial Police Commander Leo Nyongesa, said the blast had wounded two people who had been rushed to hospital.

18 Apr 2012 description

By Kirubel Tadesse

SENDAFA, Ethiopia (AlertNet) – Farmers in Ethiopia struggling to cope with unpredictable weather related to climate change have gained access to a trove of meteorological data through a new government website.

The geographically precise information, culled from local records and combined with satellite measurements, may enable them to spot trends in changing weather patterns to improve their crop yields.

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06 Apr 2012 description

05 Apr 2012 21:17

  • Somalis have little confidence, trust in government

  • Suicide bomber tried to kill PM on Wednesday

  • Surge in bombings since rebels pulled out of capital

  • AU troops deploy to Baidoa

By Abdi Sheikh and Feisal Omar

21 Mar 2012 description
  • Bomb explodes in Mogadishu's administrative district

  • Two people wounded

  • Bomb disposal experts called to another car

(Recasts with claim of responsibility)

By Abdi Sheikh and Feisal Omar

MOGADISHU, March 21 (Reuters) - A car bomb exploded in the heart of the Somali capital on Wednesday, wounding two people in an attack Somalia's al Shabaab rebel group said was carried out by its militants.

23 Feb 2012 description

Feb 23 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron opened a conference on Somalia on Thursday aiming to tackle two decades of anarchy in the country.

Cameron announced a number of aid and development initiatives including a proposal to set up an international taskforce on ransoms, the main tactic used by pirates, as well as a "rapid response" fund to help set up schools, hospitals, police and courts in areas recently wrested from the control of Islamist militants.

21 Feb 2012 description

By Feisal Omar and Mohamed Ahmed

MOGADISHU, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Ethiopian troops backed by tanks wrested control of a town in southern Somalia on Tuesday from the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab, officials said.

Addis Ababa sent troops into neighbouring Somalia in November as part of a wider campaign to crush al Shabaab rebels who control swathes of central and southern Somalia.

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30 Jan 2012 description

By Yara Bayoumy

ADDIS ABABA, Jan 30 (Reuters) - African Union and Kenyan troops aim to squeeze Somali rebels linked to al Qaeda by pursuing a coordinated war on two fronts, the U.N. chief's special envoy in Somalia said on Monday.

Under the plan, AU forces will push towards a Somali rebel stronghold outside the capital and Kenyan forces will focus on the Islamists' bastions in the south.

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27 Dec 2011 description

27 Dec 2011 04:35

Dec 27 (Reuters) - From floods that crippled countries, to mega cyclones, huge blizzards, killer tornadoes to famine-inducing droughts, 2011 has been another record-breaker for bad weather.

While it is too early to predict what 2012 will be like, insurers and weather prediction agencies point to a clear trend: the world's weather is becoming more extreme and more costly.

Following are details of major weather disasters for 2011 and some early forecasts for 2012.

20 Dec 2011 description
  • Residents say several civilians killed

  • Somali military, al Shabaab confirm strike

MOGADISHU, Dec 20 (Reuters) - A warplane bombed a Somali village held by Islamist rebels near the border with Kenya on Tuesday, killing several civilians, residents and a Somali military official said.

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15 Dec 2011 description

By Mohamed Ahmed

MOGADISHU, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Islamist militants in Somalia have blocked two International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) convoys carrying emergency food aid for drought victims this month, contractors and a senior rebel said.

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06 Dec 2011 description

06 Dec 2011 15:42 Source: Reuters // Reuters

(Adds details, quotes, background)

NAIROBI, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Dozens of Islamist militants and 11 Somali government troops were killed in weekend fighting in the town of Hayo, southern Somalia, and Kenyan jets have launched new air strikes on rebel bases, a Kenyan military spokesman said on Tuesday.

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30 Nov 2011 description
  • U.N. needs access to famine victims, coordinator says

  • Al Shabaab has banned 16 aid organisations

By Stephanie Nebehay

GENEVA, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Al Shabaab rebels must lift their ban on 16 aid agencies to save lives in Somalia, the top U.N. humanitarian official for the country said on Wednesday.

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