Somalia

  • Al-Qaeda releases video of American kidnapped in Pakistan 26-12-2013 04:17 PM

    Al-Qaeda has released a video of an American NGO worker kidnapped by it in Pakistan in 2011, in which he is shown asking US President Barack Obama to negotiate with his captors for his release. Warren Weinstein, 72, seen wearing a a grey tracksuit, sounded tired as he said he...
  • Nine Indian sailors rescued near Yemeni coast: report 30-09-2013 01:34 PM

    Dubai: Nine Indian sailors, who were rescued from an ill-fated 'dhow' that sank nearly 90 nautical miles southeast of Al Mukalla coast in Yemen, have safely reached Oman, according to a report. Tajudin Baba, a traditional Arabian vessel or 'dhow', carrying cargo to Somalia, capsized between the UAE and Oman...
  • Several Americans among terrorists who attacked Nairobi mall: Kenya official 24-09-2013 07:50 AM

    Kenya's foreign minister says "two or three Americans" and "one Brit" were among those who attacked a Nairobi shopping mall. More than 60 people have been killed in the assault on the upscale mall, which has lasted for three days. The foreign minister, Amina Mohamed, said in an interview with...
  • Kenya mall attack: 59 killed, 30 people still in hostage 22-09-2013 10:45 PM

    Nairobi: A day after the Nairobi attack took place, 30 people are still in hostage inside the Nairobi shopping mall where gunmen had killed at least 59 people on Saturday and injured 200 others. The casualties of the mall attack poured into hospitals hour on hour. The Kenyan Police are...
  • Two Indians among 43 killed in Kenya mall attack 22-09-2013 08:24 AM

    Nairobi: Two Indians were amongst 43 killed in an attack on an upmarket shopping mall in Kenya's national capital on Saturday, raising concern and drawing global condemnation. The two Indians have been identified as 40-year-old IT professional Sridhar Natarajan and an eight-year-old child Paramshu Jain. Around 150 people have been...
  • 39 killed in Kenya mall attack claimed by militants 22-09-2013 07:22 AM

    As many as 39 people were killed in an attack on an upmarket shopping mall in Kenya's national capital on Saturday, raising concern and drawing global condemnation. A security operation to rescue people from the popular mall, frequented by wealthy Kenyans and foreigners, was still underway till last report, Xinhua...
  • IMF recognises Somalia after 22 years of chaos 13-04-2013 10:30 AM

    Washington: The International Monetary Fund has announced that it is recognising Somalia's new government after a 22-year break in relations with the once-chaotic country, part of a general push by the United States, United Nations and the West toward encouraging rehabilitation there. The US formally recognised the African nation's new...
  • MV Iceberg: ship owner-pirates negotiations fail 05-01-2012 01:01 PM

    Mumbai: The families of MV Iceberg hostages have said that they want to meet the ship owner and the government is considering facilitating a meeting with the Dubai-based owner. The negotiations between the ship owner and pirates have failed. Six Indian hostages have been in the pirates' captivity for almost...
  • Suicide bomber hits Somali capital, dozens killed 07-12-2011 01:27 AM

    Nairobi: A suicide bomber struck the Somali capital on Tuesday, the latest in a wave of deadly attacks in Mogadishu, and dozens of Islamist rebels and Somali government troops have been killed in fighting in the south. The car bomb exploded 50 metres from the recently reopened Turkish embassy, near...
  • Al Qaeda says it is holding US hostage in Pak 02-12-2011 03:22 AM

    Islamabad: Al Qaeda claimed responsibility on Thursday for the kidnapping of a 70-year-old American aid worker in Pakistan in August, and issued a series of demands for his release. In a video message posted on militant websites, al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri said Warren Weinstein would be released if the...
  • India drops 11 places to 95th in corruption index 01-12-2011 09:57 AM

    New Delhi: The latest Transparency International corruption index is out and predictably India has slipped lower on the list. India is now ranked 95th on the list - worse than China, but better than Pakistan that's ranked way below at 134th. India is perceived to be more corrupt than China...
  • Somali pirates jailed for 10 years in Yemen 20-11-2011 09:58 AM

    Sana'a: A Yemeni criminal court has sentenced 10 Somalis to 10 years in prison after convicting them of piracy in Yemen's territorial waters, the state-run Saba news agency reported. The court based in Mukalla, the provincial capital city in Yemen's southeast province of Hadramout, said that the convicts were arrested...
  • UNSC adopts India-backed resolution on piracy 25-10-2011 10:47 AM

    United Nations: UN Security Council on Tuesday unanimously adopted an India-co-sponsored resolution on piracy in Somalia, taking on board, at India's initiative, the issue of prosecution of convicted pirates not only for acts of piracy but also for hostage taking. Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed attended the...
  • Kerala: mobiles in jails hint at terror links 21-10-2011 01:21 PM

    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Police have submitted an alarming report to the state government on the seizure of 120 mobile phones from the state's prisons. The reports hints that there could be a terror link to Kerala's jails and some prisoners may be orchestrating terror from jail. The report, submitted by Additional...
  • Somali militants threaten suicide attacks in Kenya 18-10-2011 03:58 AM

    Mogadishu: Somali militants on Monday threatened to bring down Nairobi skyscrapers after Kenya sent hundreds of troops into Somalia. The threat emanated from the same lawless country in which the al-Qaida masterminds behind 1998 bombings of two US embassies sought refuge. The Kenyan invasion comes at a time when al-Shabab...
  • British, US forces storm hijacked ship off Somalia 11-10-2011 07:40 PM

    Rome: British and the US forces on Tuesday stormed an Italian cargo ship in the Indian Ocean in an operation to free the crew including six Indians that was hijacked by Somali pirates on Monday, an Italian defense ministry spokesman said. The 11 pirates who hijacked the Montecristo have all...
  • Italian ship attacked by pirates off Somalia 11-10-2011 12:47 AM

    Rome: An Italian ship came under attack by five pirates off the coast of Somalia on Monday, its owner said, and one pirate said the vessel was under their control. The company, D'Alesio Group, said it had lost contact with the Montecristo after the attack at 6:45 am Italian time...
  • Truck bomb in Somalia kills 70: sources 05-10-2011 02:05 AM

    Mogadishu, Somalia: Islamist militants detonated a truck bomb on Tuesday in front of the education ministry in Somalia's capital, killing at least 70 people and wounding dozens including students and parents who were awaiting the results of scholarships. It was the biggest attack in Somalia's capital since the al Qaeda-linked...
  • Truck bomb in Somalia kills 70: Rescue official 04-10-2011 05:13 PM

    Mogadishu: Islamist militants detonated a truck bomb on Tuesday in front of the education ministry in Somalia's capital, killing at least 70 people and wounding dozens including students and parents who were awaiting the results of scholarships. It was the biggest attack in Somalia's capital since the al Qaeda-linked group...
  • WFP expands relief work in famine-hit Somalia 14-08-2011 07:04 AM

    Mogadishu: The World Food Program (WFP) said on Saturday that it is expanding its food distribution efforts in famine-struck Somalia, where the UN estimates that only 20 per cent of people needing aid are getting it. Some of those from the outlying regions have walked for days to the capital...
  • UN says cholera epidemic in Somalia 13-08-2011 02:47 AM

    Geneva: World Health Organization officials said on Friday that famine-hit Somalia faces a cholera epidemic as dirty water and poor sanitation are leading to an increase in outbreaks of the disease. Officials say cases of acute watery diarrhea, an important indicator of the risk of cholera are now at 4,272...
  • All south Somalia slipping into famine: UN 30-07-2011 04:34 PM

    Liboi: The whole of drought-and conflict-wracked southern Somalia is heading into famine as the Horn of Africa food crisis deepens, the United Nations said on Friday. In a report for countries sending aid, the UN's umbrella humanitarian agency OCHA said the "crisis in southern Somalia is expected to continue to...
  • World must help famine-stricken Somalia: Ban 23-07-2011 01:41 AM

    United Nations: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday made a plea to the international community to help famine-stricken Somalia, as the drought has affected 11 million people across the Horn of Africa. "To save the lives of the people at risk the vast majority of them women and children we...
  • UN declares famine in pockets of southern Somalia 21-07-2011 11:37 AM

    Nairobi: The United Nations said on Wednesday two regions of southern Somalia had been hit by the worst famine in the area for 20 years and that 3.7 million people in the anarchic Horn of Africa nation risked starvation. "If we don't act now, famine will spread to all eight...
  • Somalia is world's worst humanitarian disaster: UN 12-07-2011 01:35 AM

    Nairobi: Somali refugees seeking shelter in Kenya from extreme drought and hunger are the poorest of the poor and the most vulnerable in the world, the head of the UN refugee agency said. Increasing numbers of malnourished young children are dying after trekking for weeks to receive emergency aid in...
  • 'Pak posing problems in Indo-Afghan trade' 09-07-2011 09:57 PM

    New Delhi: Afghanistan on Saturday suggested that Pakistan was posing "problems" in its trade and transit with India, and asked Islamabad to address it. In an apparent reference to Pakistan, Afghanistan also said "external interference" on its territory and sought "frank cooperation" from SAARC Speakers' forum in solving problems of...
  • Germany calls for prosecution of Somali pirates 22-06-2011 07:24 AM

    United Nations: Somali pirates must be prosecuted and imprisoned, and "adequate structures" need to be established to reach that goal, the deputy permanent representative of Germany to the United Nations has said. Miguel Berger said this while addressing a Security Council meeting on piracy off the coast of Somalia, Xinhua...