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2008-10-04 15:00:15

Text of report by Somali pro-Puntland government Puntlandpost website on 4 October Shaykh Hasan Dahir Aweys who is among the officials Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia's [ARS] breakaway faction and is based in Asmara, Eritrea, has spoken out on the closure of Mogadishu airport. The Shaykh said the closure of Mogadishu airport was problematic for the Somali civilians and has asked those responsible to reconsider their decision. Although the official has not specifically named...

2008-10-02 06:00:17

Excerpt from report by Somalia's private commercial Radio Shabeelle on 2 October [Presenter] Deputy speaker of the Somali parliament has said Somali pirates are being supported by powerful nations so that they can use them as an excuse to invade Somali waters. Bashir Qalif Gani has more details. [Gani] Proffesor Muhammad Umar Dalha speaking to Shabeelle from Nairobi, Kenya, accused powerful nations whose warships are currently at the Somali coast of being complacent with the activities of...

2008-09-26 09:00:27

Somali PM says doors open for insurgents to join peace talks MOGADISHU, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- Somali Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein on Thursday said insurgent groups that have not been part of the peace talks between the Somali transitional government and the opposition can still join in the national reconciliation process. Speaking at a news conference shortly after returning from Djibouti where he led a government delegation to the talks with the opposition, the Alliance for the...

2008-09-19 15:00:35

Insurgent fighters say they killed at least six soldiers Friday in a series of armed clashes in the Somali capital of Mogadishu. Members of the al-Shabab militant group claimed responsibility for clashes at the Aden Adde Airport and the surrounding area that were sparked by the landing of an airplane, Press TV reported. The Union of the Islamic Courts group had previously sworn to prevent all airplanes from landing at the Mogadishu airport. When an airplane defied that threat and landed...

2008-09-19 12:00:24

Text of report by Somali website Somaaljecel on 18 September The Djibouti-based wing of the Alliance for Re-liberation of Somalia [ARS] has condemned the action of the Al-Shabab group forcing the closure of Mogadishu Airport. The ARS wing headed by Shaykh Sharif Shaykh Ahmad issued a statement saying that the alliance was saddened by Al-Shabab's decision to close Mogadishu Airport, adding that it was against the airport closure. Meanwhile, Shaykh Abdirahman, a member of the Djibouti-based...

2008-09-18 12:00:26

Text of report in English entitled "After Al-Shabab threat, secret talks to reopen Mogadishu airport are under way" published by Somali pro-Puntland government Garoweonline website on 17 September Somalia's Islamist Al-Shabab insurgent group issued a public threat earlier this week warning that Mogadishu's Adan Adde International Airport would not work after 16 September. No planes have landed at the airport since Monday [15 September], according to airport employees talking to Garowe...

2008-09-18 08:45:00

Excerpt from report by privately-owned Somali Shabeelle Media Network website on 18 September Somali pirates have this morning hijacked a Greek-owned ship and its 25 crew members near the coast of Mogadishu. Noel Choong, head of the Kuala Lumpur-based International Maritime Bureau's (IMB) Piracy Reporting Centre, said the vessel was attacked about 200 nautical miles from the Somali capital Mogadishu. "The pirates attacked and boarded the ship while en route to Kenya with a crew of 25 on...

2008-09-16 03:00:20

Text of report by Nairobi-based online news service of UN regional information network IRIN on 15 September Nairobi, 15 September: More than half of Djibouti's population is food insecure and needs emergency aid due to drought and high food prices, an early warning information service has said. At least 340,000 of the country's 632,000 people are at risk, the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS Net), which is funded by the US Agency for International Development, said in a 12...

2008-09-15 15:00:23

Text of report by privately-owned Somali radio HornAfrik on 15 September [Presenter] The Transitional Federal Government of Somalia has today responded to the statement issued by Al-Shabab Islamic Movement, that the private airline companies and other flights should stop using Adan Adde International Airport as from 16 of September. Abdifatah Amin Muhammad sent this report from Baydhabo. [Reporter] The minister of transport and civil aviation, Muhammad Ibrahim Habsade, and the minister of...

2008-09-03 15:00:37

Text of report by Nairobi-based on-line news service of UN regional information network IRIN on 3 September Nairobi, 3 September: A three-day protest against insecurity and attacks targeting educational institutions in Mogadishu has shut down most schools and left thousands of children out of class, locals said. "Almost 90 per cent of primary and secondary schools in Mogadishu are participating in the strike," said Abdulkadir Umar Roble, spokesman for the Education Fraternity, an umbrella...


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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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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