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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...

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...


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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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