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    SOMALIA: PIRATES RESURFACE IN SOMALIA January 26, 2007

    Mohamed Abdi Farah (SomaliNet) The local authorities of Harardhere town in central Somalia Friday have expressed great concern over reviving pirates in the town. Abdisalan Khalif, chairman of Harardhere town in Mudug region, central Somalia confirmed the local media that Somali pirates masse

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    ISLAMIST FIGHTERS ARRESTED AT SOMALIA-KENYA BORDER January 26, 2007

    Mohamed Abdi Farah (SomaliNet) Authorities in Kenya said their forces have arrested five men of foreign fighters including a U.S. national and a French national suspected to be fighters for Somalia's defeated Islamist movement, the Kenyan news papers reported. The five, which are believed t

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    SOUTH AFRICA REJECTS TO DEPLOY TROOPS IN SOMALIA January 26, 2007

    Mohamed Abdi Farah (SomaliNet) The South African defense ministry said Friday its government would not send troops to Somalia as part of an African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission in that country. Sam Mkhwanazi, the SA government spokesman said the ministry of defense would rather study othe

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    RENEWED CLAN FIGHTING KILLS FOUR IN CENTRAL SOMALIA January 26, 2007

    Mohamed Abdi Farah (Somalinet) At least four people have been killed and seven more were injured in renewed clashes between clan militias in central Somalia on Friday. The fighting happened early today in Biyo-Adde settlement 40km north of Mahaday town of middle Shabelle region in Somalia, c

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    SOMALIA: FREE EXPRESSION FORUM DEPLORES THE ARREST OF HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP STAFF January 27, 2007

    Mohamed Abdi Farah (SomaliNet) The Somali Forum for Freedom of Expression (SOFFE) today strongly deplores the arrest of the personnel of Elman Peace and Human rights in Mogadishu, as a violation of human rights. SOFFE is expressing its deep concern over the act by the forces loyal to the tra

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    KENYA TRANSFERS MORE ISLAMISTS TO SOMALIA GOVERNMENT January 27, 2007

    Mohamed Abdi Farah (SomaliNet) About 23 men suspected of having links with the ousted Islamic Courts Union have been transported from Kenya and handed over to the transitional federal government, local official said on Saturday. A plane carrying the prisoners landed at the main airport in Mo

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    SOMALIA: POLICE STATIONS ATTACKED IN THE CAPITAL INJURING FIVE January 27, 2007

    Mohamed Abdi Farah (SomaliNet) Unidentified gunmen have attacked the police station in Howlwadag neighborhood in the Somalia capital Mogadishu later Saturday wounding five people – it is part of insurgent attacks against the transitional federal government. Three of the wounded were police

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    ETHIOPIA TO REDUCE ITS FORCES SOMALIA, ZENAWI January 27, 2007

    Mohamed Abdi Farah (SomaliNet) The Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said Saturday a third of his forces are expected to withdraw from Somalia by Sunday. In interview with Reuters, Meles said, "We are reducing troop numbers by about a third... that process should be completed today or to

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    SOMALIA: JOWHAR RULER DEVOLVES THE ADMIN TO NEW CHAIRMAN January 28, 2007

    Mohamed Abdi Farah (SomaliNet) Mohamed Omar Habeb known as ‘Mohamed Dhere’, the ruler of Middle Shabelle region in central Somalia has denied that his administration refused to hand over the post to the newly appointed chairman. Mohamed Dhere, among the warlords who lost in the clashes w

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    SOMALIA: GUN BATTLE KILLS ONE SOLDIER AND WOUNDS EIGHT CIVILIANS IN THE CAPITAL January 28, 2007

    Mohamed Abdi Farah (SomaliNet) One policeman has been killed and at least eight civilians were wounded in armed confrontation between the security forces of the transitional federal government and local militiamen which erupted in the Somalia capital Mogadishu on Sunday. The latest fightin

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