Waiting In Darjeeling

Our Pic-of-the-Day today is a candid shot of some locals from Darjeeling waiting for something to happen. What, we don’t know, but the woman above seems to know what’s going on. Click the link or image to see the large version and let us know what you think!

Read more...

Bomb misses AU force in Mogadishu, kills woman

Bomb misses AU force in Mogadishu, kills woman MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A roadside bomb apparently targeting a convoy of African Union peacekeepers killed a woman on Sunday in the Somali capital Mogadishu, witnesses said.

Read more...

Somali police seize explosive-laden car in Mogadishu

Somali police seize explosive-laden car in Mogadishu MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somali police seized a car laden with explosives in a busy junction of Mogadishu on Saturday, a sign of the unstable security situation despite the withdrawal of Islamist militants from the capital earlier this month.

Read more...

Piracy off west Africa increases sharply

Piracy off west Africa increases sharply Number of incidents in waters of Nigeria and Benin fuel fears region’s pirates could pose similar risk to shipping as Somalia’s Pirate attacks off the coast of west Africa have increased sharply, figures show, raising fears that the region could emulate Somalia as a menace to shipping. Nigeria and Benin have reported 22 piracy … Read More

Read more...

Piracy hampers delivery of aid to Somalia | Mark Tran

Piracy hampers delivery of aid to Somalia | Mark Tran Humanitarian aid agencies forced to use costly air delivery or ship food to less convenient ports that lengthen delivery time Piracy is hampering the delivery of food aid to Somalia, forcing relief agencies to use aircraft or less convenient ports that lengthen delivery time, the African Development Bank’s chief economist … Read More

Read more...

Jodhpur: The Blue City In Photographs

It’s summertime and no one wants to read a whole bunch of words, so how about we whisk you off to Jodhpur and introduce you to the streets and the people of The Blue City? For your viewing pleasure, some of our best pics from this wonderful city in Rajasthan…

Read more...

Bad Boy Indian

As our blog moves into the Blue City of Jodhpur, we thought we’d post up our Pic Of The Day: a little bad boy, his home-girl and his wheels, taken in one of the back-streets of this amazing city. Kids, eh? Same the world over. [Click to see the full image]

Read more...

Jodhpur Crowded And Dirty?

Our copy of the Lonely Planet describes Jodhpur as “crowded and dirty”. What utter tosh. Being in India ‘crowded’ is a given but The Blue City is by far the cleanest place we have visited so far (and certainly cleaner than London right now). Its smart clock tower in the centre gives it a friendly market-town ambiance and the streets between our niwas (home-stay) and the centre were wide, airy and populated by some rather grand houses. The wonderful tight back-streets are in stark contrast, but all daubed in a bright blue paint and bustling with locals at work and play. We have three (yes, three!) slide shows to illustrate the grandeur of The Blue City to take your mind off the horror of the London riots.

Read more...

Fighting erupts in Somali capital after rebels say leaving

Fighting erupts in Somali capital after rebels say leaving MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Fighting erupted on Sunday in Mogadishu between government troops and al Shabaab insurgents a day after the rebels said they were leaving the Somali capital and the government declared it controlled most of the city, residents and officials said.

Read more...

Somali rebels pull out of capital

Somali rebels pull out of capital Somalia’s al-Shabab Islamist rebels leave their positions in Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu, calling it a change of military tactics.

Read more...

Witness: 7 dead in fight over food in Somalia

Witness: 7 dead in fight over food in Somalia At least seven Somali civilians were killed Friday morning when people trying to take food clashed with government troops at the Badbaado refugee camp in Mogadishu, a witness told CNN.

Read more...

U.N. report: Al-Shabaab is raising millions illegally in Somalia

U.N. report: Al-Shabaab is raising millions illegally in Somalia The once ragtag Somalia-based al Qaeda affiliate group known as Al-Shabaab has grown into an economic powerhouse, raising tens of millions of dollars in cash every year from a variety of schemes involving extortion, illegal taxation and other “fees,” according to a United Nations report.

Read more...