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allAfrica.com: Djibouti: Somaliland Rejects Djibouti Peace Process (Page 1 of 1)

allAfrica.com: Djibouti: Somaliland Rejects Djibouti Peace Process (Page 1 of 1): "Authorities in Somalia's breakaway republic of Somaliland say they are not involved in the ongoing Djibouti peace process, where the next Somali president is expected to be elected, Radio Garowe reports.

Abdullahi Mohamed Du'ale, Somaliland's foreign minister, told a Tuesday press conference in the regional capital Hargeisa that the Somaliland government has no delegates at the Djibouti conference."

BBC NEWS | Europe | Eight held over Chechen killing

BBC NEWS | Europe | Eight held over Chechen killing: "Police in Austria have arrested eight Chechens in connection with the murder of a ninth man, who was a critic of Chechnya's Moscow-backed leadership.

Elite commandos seized seven men in raids across the country on Wednesday. The eighth was detained just after Umar Israilov was shot two weeks ago."

What Happened to Hassan - by Ran HaCohen

What Happened to Hassan - by Ran HaCohen
Hassan, an 8-year-old Gazan boy, could consider himself lucky. Last year, thanks to his serious illness, Israel let him in to be treated in a Tel Aviv hospital. Israel boasts of its generosity: after four decades of occupation, which has left Gaza's hospitals on a Third World level, followed by years of siege, which has exhausted the little equipment and medicine arsenal those wretched hospitals had acquired, Israel grants treatment to a small number of mostly terminal Palestinian patients, provided the full cost is paid by the Palestinian National Authority. How very generous indeed.Since every Arab is a terrorist until the opposite is proven, Israel lets at best just one adult, usually a woman, accompany a sick child into Israel. Hassan's mother could go with him. But no Palestinian vehicles are allowed in. Having crossed the checkpoint into Israel, how would the ill child and his mother make the 45 mil…

NATO Dramatically Underreports How Many Civilians It Has Killed | News From Antiwar.com

NATO Dramatically Underreports How Many Civilians It Has Killed | News From Antiwar.com
NATO spokesman James Appathurai told reporters today that the international forces were responsible for killing 97 Afghan civilians in 2008 based on what he referred to as their “new tracking system.”The number is just the latest in an ongoing trend of dramatic underreporting of civilian killings by international forces during the war on terror, yet stands along among such incidents for being so transparently obvious an undercount.One needs only to recall two incidents: The August US air strike in Herat which killed 90 civilians and the November killings of 37 civilians when the United States attacked a wedding party in Kandahar, before it becomes readily apparent that NATO is missing a few people. Indeed, reports from human rights groups suggest they are missing over a thousand.Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been complaining about the civilian killings for years, and his government has issued an…

‘Hamas would recognise Israel within 1967 borders’

‘Hamas would recognise Israel within 1967 borders’: "Hamas would recognise Israel if it withdraws to its pre-1967 borders, a French Jewish writer said this week after meeting the exiled leader of the Palestinian Islamist movement, Khaled Meshaal.

“He told me that Hamas was prepared to recognise Israel on the lines of June 4, 1967. He told me so several times,” Marek Halter told AFP on Monday.

The date refers to Palestinian demands for an end to Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, captured in the 1967 war."

At least five killed in Somali fighting - Yahoo! News

At least five killed in Somali fighting - Yahoo! News
MOGADISHU (AFP) – At least five people were killed and 15 wounded Thursday in fighting between rival Somali militia groups over a town near the border with Ethiopia, local elders and witnesses told AFP. The fighting erupted when militiamen loyal to the Sufi religious group Ahlu Sunna wal Jamaa launched an attack to wrest control of the town of Dhusamareb back from the hardline Islamist group Al-Shebab. "We saw five people killed in the clashes and 15 others who were wounded. It seems most of the victims are combatants," local elder Abdullahi Adan Hussein said by phone from the town.