African Union Peacekeeping

North and south Sudan deal to ease referendum tension

Published November 15, 2010 by BBC
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North and south Sudan have agreed a framework to resolve most outstanding issues ahead of a vote on southern independence, the African Union says.

Both sides have agreed to demarcate the north-south border while allowing northern nomads to graze in the south.

Darfur violence alert as Sudan referendum nears

Published November 15, 2010 by BBC
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The head of peacekeepers in the Darfur region of Sudan has warned of increased violence ahead of January's referendum on possible independence for the south.

Ibrahim Gambari condemned recent clashes between the Sudanese army and two Darfuri rebel groups.

Ugandan offer for Somalia aid unmet

Published November 12, 2010 by Washington Times
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KAMPALA, Uganda | Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni last month pledged to send as many as 20,000 troops to help rid Somalia of an al Qaeda-linked terrorist group and augment the 6,000 African peacekeepers already stationed there, if a richer nation would provide funding for logistics and equipment.

Pirates open fire on Spanish warship escorting food aid

Published November 10, 2010 by
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Pirates on-board a Japanese cargo ship they had hijacked in October opened fire with small arms against the Spanish frigate as it accompanied an aid ship destined for Somalia's capital, Mogadishu.

The Infanta Christina fired back after speeding up into a protective position between the pirates and the aid ship. The pirates then fled the attack, 

Pirates launch first attack on AMISOM escort

Published November 10, 2010 by Jane's
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A Spanish Navy Descubierta-class patrol ship assigned to EU Naval Force (NAVFOR) Somalia was attacked by pirates on the night of 6 November, according to NAVFOR commanders.

‘Somalia needs more peacekeepers’

Published November 9, 2010 by Daily Monitor
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The international community worries that Somalia, without functioning government since 1993, is turning into a hot bed for extremism. The al Shabaab, an alleged al Qaeda affiliate, reportedly recruits troops of Sheikh Sharif’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) trained by Uganda with European Union funding. Worse, TFG’s mandate lapses in just ten months. Sunday Monitor’s Tabu Butagira asked Somalia’s Information Minister, Mr Abdirahman Omar Osman, why the Horn of Africa nation is constantly blazing:

Latvian aid air crew kidnapped in Darfur

Published November 5, 2010 by BBC
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Three Latvian aid air crew have been kidnapped in Darfur, in Sudan.

A spokeswoman for the World Food Programme said the three were helicopter crewmen contracted to the WFP.

The South Darfur governor, Abdel Hamid Kasha, had earlier said the three were Russian.

UN: Somalia vows to release child soldiers in army

Published November 4, 2010 by AP/Washington Post
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NAIROBI, Kenya -- Somalia's government will work with the United Nations to release and rehabilitate child soldiers in its army, a U.N. envoy who tracks the recruitment of child soldiers said Wednesday.

The number of children in the Somali army is unclear, but a plan to be developed by the Somali government will help establish the extent of the problem, said Radhika Coomaraswamy, the U.N. special representative for children in armed conflict.

Thai troops leave for Sudan Nov. 20

Published November 2, 2010 by Bangkok Post
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The first batch of 409 Thai soldiers of the 812-strong Task Force 980 will depart on Nov 20 on a United Nations chartered flight from Don Mueang to Darfur on their UN peacekeeping mission in Sudan.

Lt-Col Narong Suankaew, the task force commander, said before leaving the Thai troops will camp at the 11th Infantry Regiment headquarters in Bang Khen.

Somali insurgents attack government bases in capital; at least 15 people killed

Published November 1, 2010 by AP via Canadian Press
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MOGADISHU, Somalia — Officials say an attack by Islamic militants against government soldiers in the Somali capital has left at least 15 people dead.

Residents of northern Mogadishu say the insurgents fired machine-guns and rocket-propelled grenades on government and African Union peacekeepers' bases in an hourslong battle beginning Sunday afternoon.

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