A delegation of United Nations officials visited the Somali town of Beledweyne on Monday (October 8th) to assess the extent of damage from recent floods and the subsequent humanitarian needs, UN-funded Radio Bar-Kulan reported.
Al-Shabab fighters are preparing to make a desperate last stand in the Mogadishu area, sources close to the militant group have told Press TV.
Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohammad Monday afternoon arrived in the country for Uganda's Golden Jubilee Independence celebrations slated for Tuesday.
"Somali government forces with the support of African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops have secured the strategic town of Wanlaweyn on the Afgoye to Baidoa corridor [in Somalia's Shabelle region]," AFP quoted commander of the 17,000 AMISOM force, Andrew Gutti as saying on Sunday.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has named Abdi Farah Shirdon Saaid as the country's new prime minister, diplomats and a government source said, the first major decision by an administration installed after over 20 years of conflict.
A French secret agent held hostage in Somalia urged President Francois Hollande to negotiate his release in a video shot by his Islamist militia captors, a US monitoring group said on Thursday.