Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Michael Keating of the United Kingdom as his new Special Representative for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).
BOSASSO, Somalia (Reuters) – Somali pirates have hijacked an Iranian fishing vessel with 15 crew members, a Somali official and a maritime expert said on Monday amid warnings that piracy might be making a comeback in the Indian Ocean.
MOGADISHU (HOL) - At least 6 people have been killed in heavy fighting in the central Somali town of Galkayo between forces allied with Puntland and its neighboring Galmudug state, witnesses said Sunday.
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BELEDWEYNE (HOL) – Hundreds of armed militiamen loyal to the clan of a late UN staffer who was killed by government troops have for the second time blocked roads and halted businesses in the central town of Beledweyne, demanding the handover of the region’s governor who was accused of being behind the killing.
WASHINGTON (HOL) – Somalia reopened its embassy in Washington on Wednesday, a striking signal of how the horn of Africa nation which is recovering from decades of war is trying to re-establish its long lost diplomatic relations.
MOGADISHU (HOL) - The United Nations is “deeply concerned” about summary executions against suspected militants in Somalia, a UN official said, echoing previous caoncerns by a New-York based rights group which accused Somalia's military court of carrying out rapid executions.