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2006-07-19 22:29:26

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is gravely concerned by reports that heavily armed militia aligned with the Islamic courts group were advancing toward Baidoa, the seat of Somalia's interim administration, the State Department said on Wednesday. The militia move to the town of Buur Hakaba, 37 miles (60 km) from Baidoa, stoked fears of war and led Somalia's Western-backed interim government to puts its troops on alert. "The United States calls on the Islamic courts and all...

2006-07-19 09:33:15

By Guled Mohamed and Mohamed Ali Bile MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Heavily-armed Islamist militia advanced closer to the seat of Somalia's interim administration on Wednesday, prompting the government to put its troops on alert against "aggression." "If whatever we are hearing is true, and they are 35 km (22 miles) from Baidoa, then we consider this an act of aggression," Ibrahim Adan Hassan, minister of air and land transport, told Reuters from the government's provincial headquarters....

2006-07-19 07:20:00

By Ed Harris ADI KE, Eritrea -- High above a rocky cliff top south of Eritrea's capital, Asmara, an Augur Buzzard glides overhead, its broad white wings outstretched. Down on the ground, Ken Harte, 70, an American tourist and passionate birdwatcher treads past a narrow valley's candelabra trees and prickly pear, hoping for a rare glimpse of a species not yet recorded in the Horn of Africa country. "The holy grail would be the Blue-Winged Goose," he said, adjusting the cameras hanging from his...

2006-07-14 12:39:20

By Guled Mohamed MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia's interim government on Friday decided to boycott peace talks due in Sudan this weekend in protest at alleged ceasefire violations by Islamist rivals who threaten the administration's limited power. The move was a setback to diplomatic efforts to avert war between the Western-backed government, based in a provincial town, and Islamists who took the capital and a swathe of southern Somalia from U.S.-backed warlords last month. "We will...

2006-07-14 04:19:05

By Guled Mohamed MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia's interim government decided on Friday to boycott peace talks due to take place in Sudan at the weekend in protest at alleged ceasefire violations by the Islamist movement running Mogadishu. The move was a setback to diplomatic efforts to avert armed confrontation between the Western-backed government based in a provincial town and Islamists who took the capital and a swathe of southern Somalia from U.S.-backed warlords last month. "It...

2006-07-14 01:50:23

By Guled Mohamed MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia's interim government said on Friday it had postponed peace talks scheduled to take place in Sudan over the weekend because the Islamist movement running Mogadishu violated a ceasefire and could not be trusted. "It was a cabinet decision that we postpone the talks because of the violations of the Khartoum agreement," Hussein Aideed, Somalia's deputy prime minister, told Reuters by telephone from the government's headquarters in Baidoa....

2006-07-10 09:36:53

By Guled Mohamed MOGADISHU (Reuters) - New fighting erupted on Monday between Somali fighters loyal to defeated warlords and the country's Islamists militias, taking the death toll to at least 60 since Sunday, residents and a hospital official said. And residents feared the death toll would climb as the most ferocious fighting in Mogadishu since the Islamists routed the warlords from the capital a month ago entered its second day. "I am sure that more than 60 have died so far,"...

2006-07-03 02:07:12

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Osama bin Laden has training bases in Somalia and is intent on plunging the Horn of Africa country into further chaos, Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi said late on Sunday. Gedi was responding to a purported audio recording by the al Qaeda leader that said a U.S.-backed bid to deploy foreign troops to Somalia would be part of a crusade to crush Islamic rule. "It is clear that bin Laden is strongly involved in some areas in Somalia and has militant...

2006-07-02 05:43:24

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Somalia's powerful Islamist movement on Sunday distanced itself from Osama bin Laden's view that deployment of troops to the Horn of Africa country was part of a crusade to crush budding Islamic rule. "Osama bin Laden is expressing his views like any other international figure. We are not concerned about it," Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, the moderate former leader of the Islamists group told reporters in Mogadishu.

2006-06-29 17:40:29

By Sue Pleming WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Funds are flowing into Somalia from Saudi Arabia and Yemen to support the Islamic Courts movement that seized the capital Mogadishu this month, said a senior U.S. official on Thursday. The State Department's point person on Africa, Jendayi Frazer, told a hearing on Capitol Hill that the United States and others were reaching out to the Arab League about the flow of funds into Somalia from Arab countries. "I don't want to say the Saudi government...

Latest Horn of Africa 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...

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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  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
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This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.