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2006-07-26 04:42:59

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopian troops are in Somalia but in smaller numbers than the thousands some have claimed, the U.N. envoy to the Horn of Africa nation said on Wednesday. "I got the impression that some Ethiopians are in Somalia today," Francois Fall told Reuters after his one-day trip to Somalia on Tuesday. But reports by some regional experts and witnesses of 4,000-5,000 troops were "exaggerated," he added.

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...

2006-07-25 03:38:14

BAIDOA, Somalia (Reuters) - Somalia's interim government has agreed to new talks with the country's powerful Islamists, a senior official said on Tuesday, reviving some hope of a negotiated end to the crisis in the Horn of Africa country. "We will go to Khartoum without any preconditions," said Abdirizak Adam, interim President Abdullahi Yusuf's chief of staff. He was speaking after U.N. special envoy Francois Lonseny Fall met Yusuf in his base in the provincial town of Baidoa and...

2006-07-25 03:20:50

BAIDOA, Somalia (Reuters) - Somalia's interim government has agreed to new talks with powerful Islamists, a senior official said on Tuesday, reviving hopes of a diplomatic end to the crisis in the Horn of Africa country. "We will go to Khartoum without any preconditions," said Abdirizak Adam, interim President Abdullahi Yusuf's chief of staff. Talks to head off conflict between the two sides broke down last week after a first round in the Sudanese capital in June.

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...

2006-07-24 06:42:14

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somali legislators urged Ethiopian troops to leave their country on Monday in a first recognition from within the Horn of Africa's interim authorities of a military incursion by its neighbor. "Ethiopian troops should get out of Somalia as soon as possible and should cease from the constant aggression against Somalia," said a statement signed by 16 lawmakers. "This move is a clear interference against the freedom and sovereignty of Somalia," it added. Somalia's...

2006-07-22 08:04:52

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Ethiopian military personnel landed at a Somali airbase on Saturday as the country's newly empowered Islamists withdrew from talks many hoped would stop Somalia's slide toward war. Witnesses in recent days have reported seeing Ethiopian troops mobilized to defend the fragile Somali government's provincial base in Baidoa against Islamist militia advancing from Mogadishu. Residents and aid workers in the southwestern town of Wajid said Ethiopian soldiers seized...

2006-07-22 05:09:45

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia's Islamists have refused talks with the government, blaming an incursion by Ethiopian troops sent to defend the interim administration's limited authority, Islamic officials said on Saturday. "We do not negotiate with a government which is being helped by the enemy of Somalia," senior Islamist leader Sheikh Sharif Ahmed said in a letter to Islamist delegates to the talks. The letter was quoted in a press statement by the Islamist movement, which is...

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 03:32:57

By Guled Mohamed and Mohamed Ali Bile MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Ethiopian troops were moving closer to the Somali capital Mogadishu on Friday amid fears of all-out war in the volatile Horn of Africa nation where Islamists have risen to power, witnesses told Reuters. Ethiopian soldiers were moving beyond the provincial seat of the interim Somali government in Baidoa to the towns of Buur Hakaba and Baledogle, various local residents said. Addis Ababa denies it has soldiers there, while the...


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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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