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2006-08-06 12:31:04

By Hassan Yare BAIDOA, Somalia (Reuters) - Somalia's top interim leaders have agreed to end a rift threatening the fragile administration and will reshuffle the cabinet after Ethiopian-led crisis talks, an official said on Sunday. Politicians had said the government was split between President Abdullahi Yusuf and parliamentary speaker Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan against Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi. They said the two opposed the prime minister's move to postpone proposed talks with...

2006-08-06 05:34:07

By Hassan Yare BAIDOA, Somalia (Reuters) - Somalia's top interim leaders have agreed to end a rift threatening the fragile administration and will reshuffle the cabinet after Ethiopian-led crisis talks, an official said on Sunday. Politicians had said the government was split between President Abdullahi Yusuf and parliamentary speaker Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan against Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi. They said the two opposed the prime minister's move to postpone proposed talks with...

2006-08-05 14:32:08

By Hassan Yare BAIDOA, Somalia (Reuters) - Ethiopia's foreign minister met Somalian interim leaders on Saturday in the hope of rescuing their largely powerless administration, threatened by mass desertions from its ranks. Forty officials have quit the government, many citing Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi's reluctance to reach out to Islamists who control the capital Mogadishu and a large swathe of south Somalia. Ethiopia is the government's strongest regional ally but reports...

2006-07-29 13:05:55

By Pascal Fletcher KINSHASA (Reuters) - The United States sent its most explicit warning yet to Horn of Africa foes Eritrea and Ethiopia on Saturday to stay out of the escalating crisis in Somalia where they are believed to be backing rival sides. "There are many foreign elements in Somalia right now," U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer said, citing reports Ethiopia was sending troops to back the interim government and Eritrea arms for rival...

2006-07-26 07:16:16

By Mohamed Ali Bile and Guled Mohamed MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Islamist leaders met in Mogadishu on Wednesday to decide whether to return to talks with the fragile interim government that many see as the only hope for averting war in the Horn of Africa country. The closed-door meeting in Mogadishu came a day after U.N. special envoy to Somalia, Francois Lonseny Fall, met both sides to try to secure their commitment to attend a second round of negotiations in Sudan next week. "After a...

2006-07-25 10:05:18

By Guled Mohamed and Mohamed Ali Bile MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Mogadishu's Muslim rulers on Tuesday blamed Ethiopia's "invasion" of Somalia for stalled peace talks with the fragile interim government as a U.N. envoy struggled to kick-start negotiations. "As long as Ethiopia is in our country, talks with the government cannot go ahead ... Ethiopia has invaded us," the newly powerful Islamists' hardline leader Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys told reporters in Mogadishu. Anti-Islamist Ethiopia...

2006-07-24 09:41:40

By Guled Mohamed MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia's Islamists whipped up religious fervor against Ethiopia on Monday, telling demonstrators God had commanded that they fight troops sent into the country by Addis Ababa to oppose their advance. "We are telling Ethiopia that we are ready to die," said Sheikh Mukhtar Robow, a senior Islamist in charge of defense. "We've been commanded by God to fight you," he said at a rally of hundreds of mostly young men and a few veiled women at a...

2006-07-22 07:00:59

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia's Islamists refused talks with the government on Saturday, as witnesses said Ethiopia deployed more troops over the border to defend the government's provincial base against an Islamist advance. A second round of talks had been scheduled to take place in the Sudanese capital Khartoum in a bid to stop an increasingly belligerent standoff between the two sides from spiraling into war. "We do not negotiate with a government which is being helped by the...

2006-07-21 09:50:51

By Guled Mohamed and Mohamed Ali Bile MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Islamist leaders called on Friday for Somalis to prepare for war, as residents said Ethiopian troops were moving closer to Mogadishu, seat of the Muslim militia now holding much of the Horn of Africa nation. "Somalia is under attack and Somalis must defend their country," senior Islamist leader Sheikh Sharif Ahmed said. "Anybody who sides with Ethiopia will be considered a traitor... The Islamic courts will lead the people...

2006-07-21 04:50:01

By Guled Mohamed and Mohamed Ali Bile MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia's Islamists rallied the nation for war on Friday as Ethiopian troops were said to be moving closer to Mogadishu to create a buffer between the capital's Muslim rulers and the fragile interim government. "Somalia is under attack and Somalis must defend their country," senior Islamist leader Sheikh Sharif Ahmed said. "Anybody who sides with Ethiopia will be considered a traitor... The Islamic courts will lead the...


Latest Ethiopia Reference Libraries

African Wild Ass, Equus africanus
2014-04-30 11:15:27

The African wild ass (Equus africanus) is a species within the Equidae family that is thought to be that ancestor of the domestic donkey. This species resides in arid habitats in a range that includes the Horn of Africa, Somalia, Ethiopia, and Eritrea. This species hold four subspecies, including the Somali wild ass and the Nubian wild ass. The African wild ass reaches an average body length of 6.6 feet, a height between 12.1 and 14.1 hands at the shoulders, and a weight between 510 and...

Nile Lechwe, Kobus megaceros
2012-09-10 17:01:29

The Nile lechwe (Kobus megaceros), a species of antelope, is also known as Mrs Gray's lechwe, the waterbuck, or the wasserbock. It can be found in Ethiopia and Sudan, where it prefers a habitat within grasslands, steppes, wetlands, coastal areas, or swamplands with water reaching a depth between 3.9 and 16 inches. Leopold Fitzinger first described this antelope in 1855. The Nile lechwe varies in size depending on sex, with males typically reaching a weight of up to 260 pounds and females...

Walia Ibex, Capra walie
2012-08-29 12:21:36

The walia ibex (Capra walie), sometimes considered to be a subspecies of the Alpine ibex, and can be found in a highly restricted range in the Semien Mountains in Ethiopia. It prefers a habitat within rocky areas, subalpine grasslands, scrubs, and mountain forests at an elevation between 8,200 and 14,800 feet. This ibex is also known as the Abyssinian ibex. The walia ibex is typical dark brown to red brown in color, with a grey brown muzzle and lighter grey legs. The underbelly and insides...

Dromedary Camel, Camelus dromedarius
2012-08-24 14:19:35

The dromedary camel (Camelus dromedarius), also known as the Arabian camel, is a completely domesticated species that appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Domesticated”. It is thought that when wild, its native range was mainly in the Arabian Peninsula. It can now be found in South Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East. The only dromedary camels that display wild behaviors are the population of feral camels in Australia, which were introduced in 1840. It prefers a...

Dibatag, Ammodorcas clarkei
2012-08-05 21:14:48

The dibatag (Ammodorcas clarkei), also known as Clarke's gazelle, is native to Somalia and Ethiopia. Its range is significantly smaller than it once was, and in many areas, populations are fragmented. In the region of Ogaden, where it was once abundant, the northern populations have dwindled due to human civilizations taking over. In southern Ogaden, it is still present in acceptable numbers, most likely due to the natural vegetation and habitat required to sustain it. It prefers a habitat...

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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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