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2006-08-23 10:00:55

By Mohamed Ali Bile MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia's powerful Islamist movement opened a militia training camp on Wednesday with trainers from Eritrea, Afghanistan and Pakistan, witnesses said. The presence of foreign trainers points to what many fear is a growing internationalization of a crisis that has split the Horn of Africa nation and threatened the slim authority of its interim government. The Islamists' hardline leader, Shiekh Hassan Dahir Aweys, attended the opening of the...

2006-08-23 09:12:47

By Mohamed Ali Bile MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia's powerful Islamist movement opened a militia training camp on Wednesday with trainers from Eritrea, Afghanistan and Pakistan, witnesses said. The presence of foreign instructors points to what many fear is a growing internationalization of a crisis that has split the Horn of Africa nation and threatened the slim authority of its interim government. The Islamists' hardline leader, Shiekh Hassan Dahir Aweys, attended the opening of...

2006-08-21 04:01:44

By Hassan Yare BAIDOA, Somalia (Reuters) - Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi named a new 31-member cabinet on Monday in a push to rejuvenate a government paralyzed for nearly two years by infighting and now threatened by powerful Islamists. It was not immediately clear whether Gedi included any Islamists or Islamist allies in the cabinet. President Abdullahi Yusuf dissolved what he called a bloated and ineffective cabinet on August 7, and ordered Gedi to name a smaller one that...

2006-08-16 06:57:45

By Mohamed Ali Bile MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Islamist militia took over a key port in central Somalia on Wednesday, expanding a territorial push from their base in Mogadishu that is denting the interim government's aspirations to national authority. Residents said heavily armed fighters on battlewagons rode into Hobyo at dawn to take control of the town without any fighting. A surrender had been negotiated the previous evening with forces there loyal to a warlord who is on the run....

2006-08-11 08:20:20

By C. Bryson Hull NAIROBI (Reuters) - Somalia's political standoff may erupt into a region-wide conflict involving al Qaeda unless its fragile government can bring Islamists into its ranks, a think-tank said on Friday. Foreign states, particularly Ethiopia and Eritrea, must stop supporting the rival factions or risk inflaming the situation, the International Crisis Group (ICG) said in a report. "Unless the crisis is contained, it threatens to draw in a widening array of state...

2006-08-07 08:42:02

By Hassan Yare BAIDOA, Somalia (Reuters) - Somalia's president on Monday dissolved the government's "bloated" cabinet, saying it failed to deliver during its two-year tenure and ordered a new one named within a week. The move follows Ethiopian-led crisis talks that produced a deal on Sunday by Somalia's three top interim leaders to end a rift hampering the government's efforts to deal with powerful Islamists that oppose it and threaten its limited authority. "The bloated cabinet of...

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...

2006-08-03 09:52:15

By Hassan Yare BAIDOA (Reuters) - Four more top officials deserted Somalia's interim administration on Thursday, as a government delegation made plans to travel to Khartoum for talks with their Islamist rivals who control a large part of the country. The latest resignations bring to 38 the number of senior officials who have quit Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi's government in the past week, a development that may allow the Islamists to take ministerial posts. Although the...