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Saturday, March 24, 2007

The Week in Review

Look for the 'The Week in Review' segment below

Weekend news:
[Mogadishu ceasefire broken, meeting ends in failure] - [DR Congo-Ethiopia tie postponed ]

Armed Somali insurgents stand at Shiirkole neighbourhood in Mogadishu, March 23, 2007. Heavy fighting broke out for a third day on Friday in the Somali capital Mogadishu between insurgents and Ethiopian troops supporting the interim government. REUTERS/Shabelle Media (SOMALIA)


The “New Breed” of African Leaders and the Future of Human Rights and Democracy in Africa

Friday, April 6, 2007
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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(by Birkayehu Mekecha, a former Kinijit Official)


Mogadishu ceasefire broken, meeting ends in failure

the Somali capital have reached an impasse, threatening a two-day truce, one of the elders involved in the negotiations said.

Mogadishu has remained calm since Friday when a truce between Ethiopian military officials who had come to bolster the government and elders of Mogadishu's dominant clan, the Hawiye, took effect.

The truce halted much of this week's violence, during which dozens of people killed, most of them civilians. Most dramatic was the shooting down Friday - after the truce had begun - of a cargo plane during takeoff after it delivered equipment and supplies for African Union peacekeepers. The 11 Belarusian crew members all died.

Saturday's talks reached an impasse because the Hawiye elders want first to have discussions with President Abdullahi Yusuf and other transitional government officials before there are any further efforts to disarm people in Mogadishu, said Abdi Iman Omer, a spokesman for the elders late Saturday.(More...)

Also see:
-Somalia: 300 wounded in Somali battle

DR Congo-Ethiopia tie postponed

DR Congo's Nations Cup qualifier against Ethiopia, scheduled to be played on Sunday, has been indefinitely postponed because of last week's deadly clashes in Kinshasa.

"We'll set another date after we're in a more secure situation," said Constant Omari, president of DR Congo's football federation.

Street fighting broke out on Thursday in DR Congo between army forces and members of the military guard of a failed presidential candidate - clashes that aid groups say left more than 100 dead.(More...)

The Week in Review

  • Monday - March 19, 2007

  • [ARDUF Rebels claim responsibility for kidnapping says Eritrea TV] - [ION: "En route" for Asmara?] - [Somali gunmen step up attacks after police commander slain] - [BoBo blog from Ethiopia] - [ION: The fallout over the kidnapping ]

  • Tuesday - March 20, 2007

  • [Afar rebel leader says Ethiopian hostages safe] - [The IMF: Friend or Foe?] - [Ethiopia to assemble Ladas] - [Five killed in motar attacks in Mogadishu] - [WTO Member States Begin Grilling Ethiopia]

  • Wednesday, March 21, 2007

  • [Political, Civic, Media and Religious groups call for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia ] - [Members of the U.S congress ask the state department to Intervene in Ethiopia] - [Mogadishu clash kills 7, body dragged in streets]

  • Friday - March 23, 2007

  • [A Mockery of Justice: Court Adjourned again ] - [U.S. Presses for Release of American Held in Ethiopia ] - [Tinton Falls man being held as POW by Ethiopia ] - - [Somalia silences Al-Jazeera]- [More Than 100 Deported From Kenya] - [Al-Qaeda names cell leader for Somalia]