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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....

2006-08-15 05:36:30

By Mohamed Ali Bile MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Northern Somali authorities loyal to the interim government on Tuesday hunted down clerics trying to spread the grip of Mogadishu-based Islamists, and peace talks scheduled for Sudan were put on hold. The Islamists asked for a two-week delay in Arab League-brokered talks in Khartoum with the government, now past a Monday deadline to form a cabinet after its dissolution for non-performance last week. The Islamists, who rule Mogadishu and a...

2006-08-11 04:19:32

By Tsegaye Tadesse ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia said on Friday its army had killed 13 rebels and caught other commanders of an eastern separatist movement after they crossed from Somalia. Separately, Kenya announced the capture of 45 members of a another Ethiopian rebel group operating in the south, while an Ethiopian general who defected to Eritrea was quoted as saying he plans to take up arms against Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. The captured members of the eastern Ogaden...

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 10:29:45

MOMBASA, Kenya (Reuters) - One of ten suspected Somali pirates captured by the U.S. Navy early this year accused on Thursday the United States of torture at the opening of a trial intended to deter rampant piracy off Somalia's coast. "We were arrested by the U.S. Navy and forced to board the American ship. Inside the ship we were tortured by the Americans who could not understand our language," defendant Hassan Mahamud Mohamed told the court in Kenya's coastal town of Mombasa. He...

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...

2006-08-01 09:34:37

By Hassan Yare BAIDOA, Somalia (Reuters) - Four more ministers resigned from Somalia's Western-backed government on Tuesday, in a move that may ultimately clear the way for rival Islamists to take ministerial posts. Minister of Minerals and Water Mohamud Salad Nur and three other assistant ministers announced their resignation less than a week after 18 senior officials also quit, dealing a blow to the fragile interim government. "This is our decision because this cabinet has failed...


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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