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20 Somali Migrants Found Dead in Tanzania

Posted January 4th, 2012 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Police in Tanzania say 20 Somali migrants suffocated to death during an attempt to smuggle them through the country. They say the bodies of 17 men and three women were found along roads in Tanzania’s Morogoro region between December 26 and New Year’s Day. Police say smugglers likely dumped the bodies one by one after […]

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Somali Lawmakers Draw Blood in Latest Fistfight

Posted December 21st, 2011 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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For the second time in a week, Somali lawmakers have traded punches on the floor of parliament amid a dispute over who holds the post of speaker. Witnesses told VOA that lawmakers also wrestled and threw chairs at one another during Wednesday’s brawl in Mogadishu. A photo taken at the scene showed a lawmaker bleeding […]

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Somali Pirates Release Italian Ship After 11 Months

Posted December 21st, 2011 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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Somali pirates have released an Italian oil tanker and its crew after nearly 11 months in captivity. An Italian government statement Wednesday said Prime Minister Mario Monti expressed deep satisfaction with the release of the Italian-owned Savina Caylyn and its crew. The statement gave no details about the ship’s release, or whether a ransom was […]

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Somali Pirates Face Sentencing in US Court

Posted December 16th, 2011 at 9:25 am (UTC-5)
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Two Somali pirates are expected to be sentenced to life in prison Friday for their roles in a hijacking that led to the death of four Americans. Said Fooley and Abdi Aqid will appear in U.S. District Court in the eastern city of Norfolk, where two other Somalis involved in the attack received life sentences […]

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Somali Pirates Release Hijacked Italian Ship

Posted November 26th, 2011 at 2:45 am (UTC-5)
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An Italian shipping company and Italian media say Somali pirates have released an Italian merchant ship and its crew seized seven months ago. The MV Rosalia D’Amato had been sailing from Brazil to Iran with a cargo of soybeans when pirates commandeered the boat April 21 in the Arabian Sea, off the coast of Oman. […]

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Cameron Announces Major Conference on Somali Piracy

Posted November 15th, 2011 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced his country will hold a major conference next year focusing on the threats of Somali pirates and instability in the East African nation. Mr. Cameron said during a speech Monday that it is time to stand up to pirates, whom he described as violent and lawless men who […]

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Somali Pirates Hijack Greek Tanker, 22 Crew

Posted November 2nd, 2011 at 8:05 am (UTC-5)
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Somali pirates have hijacked a Greek-owned vessel with 22 crew members on board and are taking the ship toward Somalia. The NATO Shipping Center says a vessel was hijacked Monday in the western Gulf of Aden. Andrew Mwangura, a regional piracy expert, identifies the ship as the MT Liquid Velvet, a chemical tanker. The ship […]

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Kenya Suspect in Grenade Attack Says He is Al-Shabab Member

Posted October 26th, 2011 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A Kenyan man has pleaded guilty to one of two grenade attacks in Nairobi this week and attested in court that he is a member of the Somali-based militant group al-Shabab. Elgiva Bwire Oliacha pleaded guilty Wednesday to causing grievous bodily harm and other charges in connection with a grenade attack at a crowded bus […]

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Kenya Arrests Terror Suspect Following Nairobi Attacks

Posted October 26th, 2011 at 4:25 am (UTC-5)
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Kenyan police have arrested a man suspected of belonging to a terrorist group thought to be responsible for a series of attacks in the country, one day after two explosions in the capital Nairobi killed one person and left more than 20 wounded. Police said late Tuesday they detained a Kenyan man, along with a […]

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US Says No Participation in Kenya’s Somalia Operation

Posted October 25th, 2011 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States has denied taking part in Kenya’s operation against al-Shabab militants in southern Somalia. A U.S. State Department release said Tuesday that the U.S. has helped Kenya build its border defense capacity for years, but added, “The United States is not participating in Kenya’s current operation in Somalia.” A Kenyan army spokesman said […]

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