17 Jun 2011 – Morning headlines

Key Headlines:

  • Rawlings calls on Sudan to support peace process in Somalia
  • Calm returns to war zones in Hiiraan region death toll rises
  • Al Shabaab stone man to death in central Somalia
  • The hidden cost of piracy

Titres Principaux:

  • Rawlings appelle le Soudan à encourager le processus de paix en Somalie
  • Le calme retourne dans les zones de combat dans la région de Hiraan alors que le nombre de morts grimpe
  • Al Shabaab lapide fatalement un homme en Somalie centrale
  • Le prix caché de la piraterie


Calm returns to war zones in Hiiraan region, death toll rises

16 Jun – Source: Mareeg Online – 183 words

A day after heavy fighting between Ahlu Sunna Waljama’a and a Shabaab fighters between Matabaan and Mahaas of Hiiraan region in central Somalia, reports say that the situation returned to calm just as the death toll of yesterday’s fighting rose to about 20.


Al Shabaab stone man to death in central Somalia

16 Jun – Source: Radio Shabelle – 235 words

Al Shabaab has Thursday afternoon stoned a man to death after accusing him of committing a rape, official said. Sharma’arke Abdullahi Mohamoud was killed in a square in Mahas district of Hiran region as hundreds of local inhabitants gathered to watch the stoning.

Suspected murders seized in Puntland

16 Jun – Source: Shabelle – 124 words

The police forces of Somalia’s semi-autonomous state of Puntland on Thursday arrested people suspected of killing. Said Jama Harun, a Puntland police officer, told the local press that the arrested ones were accused of being behind the killing of Puntland police officer who was gunned down days ago in Bosaso, Puntland.


ONLF warns Chinese exploration firms to operate Somali region

17 June – Source: Shabelle – 132 words

The Ogaden National Liberation Front ONLF on Thursday warned Chinese exploration companies against operating in the Somali region under Ethiopia control. ONLF’s head of information, Hussein Mohammed Nur accused the Chinese firms of plundering and looting the resources of Somalia region in eastern Ethiopia.



EU appoints new commander of anti-piracy mission in Somalia

16 Jun – Source: Kuwait News Agency – 103 words

The EU’s Political and Security Committee announced on Thursday the appointment of Rear Admiral Duncan Potts from the UK as Operation Commander of the EU Naval Force Atalanta Operation combating piracy off the Somali coast. Potts will take up his duties on 1 August 2011.



Rawlings calls on Sudan to support peace process in Somalia

16 Jun – Source: Ghana News – 150 words

Ghana’s former President and African Union High Representative for Somalia, Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings has called on Sudan to support the peace process in Somalia by providing counsel to the Somali leadership on how to best address their challenges. President Rawlings said unity of purpose was required in order to bring peace to Somalia.

http://www.ghanatoghana.com/Ghanahomepage/tag/rawlings-holds-talks-with-sudans-al-bashiron- somalia

The hidden cost of piracy

17 Jun – Source: IRIN News – 1,224 words

The growth of piracy off the coast of Somalia from an occasional nuisance to shipping into a multi-million-dollar criminal enterprise has another, often deliberately overlooked cost: the worsening violence meted out to thousands of captured crew members.


British targets found near body of al Qaida leader

16 Jun – AP – 453 words

The Ritz Hotel in London and the elite private school Eton were among a handful of possible British terror targets that a senior al Qaida leader was considering before he was killed in Somalia last week, a British security official said Thursday.


Eighth arrest in Milton Keynes double killing inquiry bailed

17 June – Source: BBC – 144 words

An eighth person, arrested in connection with the killing of two Somali teenagers in Buckinghamshire, has been released on bail. Mohamed Abdi Farah, 19, and Amin Ahmed Ismail, 18, were shot on the Fishermead estate in Milton Keynes on 26 May. The man, arrested in Milton Keynes on Tuesday, has been bailed to 4 July.


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