From: Berhane Habtemariam (Berhane.Habtemariam@gmx.de)
Date: Mon Nov 03 2008 - 11:42:17 EST
Fresh violence claims 7 in Somalia
Mon, 03 Nov 2008 15:23:31 GMT
Violence in Somalia is now at its worst since 1991.
Fresh violence has killed seven people including six Somali soldiers and one civilian, only a week after the signing of a peace pact.
In north Mogadishu, three Somali government soldiers were shot dead by armed gunmen, as they were looting shops, Press TV correspondent in Somalia reported on Monday.
In a similar incident in south Mogadishu three other soldiers were also killed by unidentified gunmen, eyewitnesses said.
Meanwhile a civilian has also been shot dead in Sarkusta government checkpoint in Mogadishu, after government soldiers allegedly suspected him of carrying out an attack.
Violence in Somalia is now at its worst since the 1991 ouster of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre. Clashes and internal displacement have prompted aid groups to describe the situation as Africa's worst humanitarian crisis.
Libya: Tripoli, Moscow sign nuclear deal
Mon, 03 Nov 2008 00:01:59 GMT
Vladimir Putin (L) and Moamer Gaddafi (R) meet in a tent, set up for Libyan officials, on the grounds of the Kremlin in Moscow.
The Libyan foreign minister claims Moscow and Tripoli have signed a civilian nuclear deal during Gaddafi's first visit to Russia in 23 years.
Abdelrahman Chalgham, Libya's foreign minister, who has accompanied Libyan leader Moamar Gaddafi in his three-day visit to Russia, said the two sides were also expected to discuss oil, gas and arms deals.
"A cooperation agreement was signed in the area of the peaceful use of civilian nuclear," Chalgham said on Saturday in Moscow.
He added that the deal includes the design and construction of reactors as well as nuclear fuel supply and the management of nuclear waste.
Libyan officials said the accord was signed by the head of Russia's atomic energy agency, Rosatom, and Libya's head of nuclear energy management.
This is while the Kremlin has not commented on the issue, and Russian government spokesman Dmitry Peskov has denied that such a deal had been reached.
Russia has been reportedly eyeing to build nuclear power plants in Libya for some time. It is believed that the nuclear talks were initiated during an April visit by the then Russian president, Vladimir Putin, to Libya.
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