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2008-08-29 15:00:52

MSF ceases medical activities in Mogadishu clinic amid fighting NAIROBI, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- International medical humanitarian aid agency Mdecins Sans Frontires (MSF) said on Wednesday it has been forced to cease medical activities in one of its clinics in central Mogadishu due to increased violence. The medical charity said in a statement issued in Nairobi that increased fighting has led to unacceptable security risks for its patients and staff working in the lawless nation. "The...

2006-07-30 13:43:41

By Mohamed Ali Bile MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A conventional passenger plane flew in and out of Mogadishu's recently re-opened international airport for the first time in 11 years on Sunday in a sign of stability Islamists have brought to the capital. "From now on, our airplanes will fly and land into Mogadishu's international airport," Jabril Hussein, an administration officer of local Jubba Airways, told Reuters. The airport re-opened earlier this month, as Islamists who took the city...

2006-06-14 07:21:33

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - Old typewriters, dusty passports, faded diplomatic pouches, invitations to embassy parties from 1991 and pictures of a man deposed as president 15 years ago -- Mohamed Awil has a lot of stuff to clear out. Not the normal duties of a senior diplomat in the world's most populous nation. But as Somalia's new ambassador to China, Awil also has a tougher job ahead of him -- convincing people his country now has a viable central government, is back on...

2006-04-04 20:20:00

By Marie-Louise Gumuchian BURDHUHUNLE, Somalia (Reuters) - Ahmed Abdoulaye's two brothers were killed in an argument over water at a well a few months ago and the 15-year-old Somali was terrified the same fate would befall him. He knows how easy it is to get caught up in a fight in an anarchic country where gunmen roam freely and vital resources are dwindling, leaving millions short of food. That is what happened to his brothers -- accidentally shot in a fight over who should fill their...

2006-04-04 16:41:06

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Somalia needs an injection of $326 million to prevent a famine that threatens the country's fledgling government, a U.N. official said on Tuesday. The drought gripping northeast Africa has been particularly devastating in Somalia, where a new government controls only a small part of the country. About half the country's livestock has died, according to Christian Balslev-Olesen, acting U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Somalia. He told a...

2006-03-08 10:45:43

By Jack Kimball NAIROBI (Reuters) - Drought-stricken Somalia could face a new famine on the scale of the catastrophe that killed tens of thousands of people in the early 1990s, a food security analyst told Reuters on Wednesday. If the rains do not come, more than 10,000 people could die each month, said Nicholas Haan, chief technical advisor for the Food Security Analysis Unit, a project of the European Union and the U.S. government. "The southern part of Somalia would be at high...

2006-03-01 06:53:00

By Guled Mohamed BAIDOA, Somalia (Reuters) - Not every trader in Baidoa is making a killing from the legislators, bodyguards and monitors who have swarmed its streets for a historic meeting of Somalia's interim parliament. Traders at Eltogte gun market say the government's effort to broker peace in its ranks is bad for business, especially now that their best customers -- the 1,000 or so militiamen who usually prowl Baidoa's streets -- have been forced out of town. "Since the...

2006-02-16 03:25:00

By Andrew Cawthorne NAIROBI -- Drought in Somalia is putting hundreds of thousands of people at risk, with some forced to drink their own urine or walk the equivalent of two marathon races to find water, a relief agency said on Thursday. With east Africa facing its worst drought for years, arid Somalia is one of the worst-affected countries, with pastoralist families forced to exist on a twentieth of the daily water supply recommended by minimum standards, Oxfam said. "Many families are...

2006-01-27 09:16:38

By Mohamed Ali Bile MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A Somali pirate has demanded the release of "comrades" captured by the U.S. Navy last week, threatening to kill hostages in the future if the call was not heeded, according to media reports on Friday. Acting on a report of an attempted attack, U.S. Navy sailors pursued and caught a ship near Mogadishu with 10 Somali pirates on board and 16 Indians believed to be hostages. "The Americans should release the 10 men they are holding," said...

2006-01-11 08:59:15

By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Osman Amir has a task few would envy. The soft-spoken biologist is seeking to assess what wildlife remains in Somalia, an anarchic Horn of Africa nation that has no functioning government. "My homeland is rich in biodiversity with 200 bird and animal species found nowhere else," he told Reuters on the sidelines of an international conference on lion conservation in Johannesburg. "People think Somalia is a desert. But we have 5,000 species of...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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