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Italy: Illegal immigrant jumps into river, saves drowning woman

Rome - An illegal immigrant in Italy jumped into the Tiber river and successfully saved a drowning woman. The immigrant has been rewarded with a one-year permit to live in Rome.

Blaming the victims of rape in Somalia

Mugadishu - After 14-year-old Fatima was raped by a tuk-tuk driver, she was arrested, detained for a month and raped repeatedly by a police officer, according to the child and her aunt.Sexual violence is widespread in Somalia and rarely prosecuted.

War-torn Somalia 'turning around', Kerry says in landmark visit

Mugadishu - US Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that war-torn Somalia was facing a better future, as he made a landmark visit as the most senior US official to visit since Washington's doomed military intervention more than two decades ago.

John Kerry in surprise Somalia visit

Mugadishu - John Kerry made a surprise trip to Somalia on Tuesday, becoming the first US secretary of state to visit the war-ravaged Horn of Africa nation.

Islamic State or Al-Qaeda? Somalia's Shebab mulls future

Mugadishu - Somalia's Shebab militants are divided over whether to maintain their allegiance to Al-Qaeda or shift to Islamic State, according to militant and security sources, analysts and clan elders.

Somali Shebab bomb attack on UN bus kills at least six

Garowe - Somalia's Shebab Islamists killed at least six UN workers on Monday when they set off a huge bomb which ripped through a staff bus in the northeastern town of Garowe, police said.

Somali Shebab kill 15 in education ministry attack

Mugadishu - Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants on Tuesday blasted their way into the higher education ministry with a car bomb before storming the building, killing 15 people.

Somalia issues bounties for top Shebab leaders

Mugadishu - Somalia's government has issued bounties for 11 top leaders of the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants, with $250,000 offered for the extremist's chief, Ahmad Umar.

Somalia's Shebab warn Kenyan public of 'long, gruesome war'

Mugadishu - Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab Islamists threatened Kenyan citizens with "another bloodbath" on Saturday, two days after their gunmen slaughtered 148 people at a university.

At least 10 killed in Shebab raid on Somalia hotel

Mugadishu - At least 10 people have died in an attack by Somalia's Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab militants on a hotel in the capital Mogadishu, Somali security officials said Friday.

Somalia's Shebab stages suicide attack in key central town

Mugadishu - Somalia's Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab militants on Thursday attacked a fortified area in the central town of Baidoa, home to a key regional government headquarters, United Nations compound and airport, security officials said.

Parents take daughters home during Christmas for FGM rituals

Nairobi - Since 2011, female genital mutilations in Kenya have been an internationally condemned practice. Yet, Somalian families from U.S. and Britain secretly travel to Kenya to have FGM done over the holidays, allowing for healing time for the girls or newborns.

WUSC sponsorship program changing lives of refugee students Special

Regina - Refugee students from around the world are now finding hard-to-obtain quality post-secondary education in Canada. Many such students hail from war zones; in countries engulfed in protracted conflicts or mired in perpetual political instability.

Firing squads, blast walls and dangerous diplomacy in Somalia

Mugadishu - A navy flak jacket over his sky-blue shirt, Neil Wigan peered through the bulletproof glass window at six uneven wooden poles in front of a sand dune.

At least 11 killed in Somalia hotel attack: police

Mugadishu - Somalia's Shebab insurgents killed at least 11 people and wounded many others Friday in an attack on a Mogadishu hotel while senior government officials were inside, police said.

Famine from droughts? Never again, says Calvince Okello

In 2010, a severe drought devasted the Eastern part of Kenya, Ethiopia and some parts of of Somalia. It created one of the most severe food security emergencies that humanity had ever seen.

Somali lawmakers approve new cabinet as Shebab kills MP

Mugadishu - Somali lawmakers approved a new cabinet on Monday, hours after Shebab insurgents assassinated a colleague as he made his way to parliament.

Somalia says Shebab commander killed in US drone strike

Mugadishu - Somalia on Friday confirmed the death of Shebab commander Yusuf Dheeq in a US drone strike south of Mogadishu last week.

Op-Ed: Lessons from the EU’s unlikely success in the war against piracy

Brussels - Remember how just a few years ago one of the most pressing issue to world peace and security seemed to be the sundry band of pirates off the coast of Somalia that was wreaking havoc across the Gulf of Aden by pillaging and plundering trade lanes?

Several killed in Somalia airstrike

Mugadishu - Several people are believed to have been killed in an airstrike in southern Somalia apparently targetting a house used by members of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab militia, officials and witnesses said Sunday.
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