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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.

Opinion: Eyes Forward: Considering the New (Old) Sudan

Published November 1, 2010 by International Affairs Review
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An important trend emerges from the increasing volume of news on Sudan: while the north is mentioned, it usually only serves as a foil for discussions about the south. The South Sudanese will vote in a referendum, currently scheduled for January 9, 2011, to decide if Sudan continues to be a unified country, or if the south will become an independent nation. The vote is one of the crucial final steps in the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

African Union Will Train 800 Policemen to Secure Somali Capital, Mogadishu

Published November 1, 2010 by Bloomberg
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The African Union Mission in Somalia said it will train an additional 800 policemen to provide security in the capital, Mogadishu, as AU peacekeepers make gains against militias seeking to topple the government.

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