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Death toll rises to 39 in Mogadishu bombing

Mugadishu - The toll has climbed to 39 dead in an unusually deadly suicide bombing at the weekend in the Somali capital Mogadishu, rescue workers said Monday, the first since a new president was chosen this month.

Somalia hails a new president with joy -- and gunfire

Mugadishu - Holding high portraits of the man who pledges to bring the nation together, Somalis in the capital hailed their new president Thursday, singing in joy while soldiers fired weapons skyward in celebration.

Somalia's ex-PM elected president

Mugadishu - Former Somali prime minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, who holds joint American citizenship, was elected president on Wednesday, vowing to crack down on corruption and Al-Shabaab militants.

Somali capital on lockdown ahead of presidential vote

Mugadishu - Somalia's capital Mogadishu was under security lockdown Tuesday, with roads and schools closed and residents urged to remain indoors a day before the country holds a long-delayed presidential election.

Somalia to elect president amid security, drought woes

Mugadishu - Somalia is to hold its presidential election on Wednesday after numerous delays, with ongoing security concerns and warnings of famine topping the agenda for the new administration.

Border agents defy federal courts on Trump travel ban

Washington - In what one congressman called a "constitutional crisis," U.S. border agents are reportedly defying federal court rulings, detaining people from seven majority Muslim countries —including green card holders —and denying them access to attorneys.

Trump's immigration ban begins, permanent U.S. residents included

Washington - Permanent U.S. residents — holders of so-called green cards — are included in President Donald Trump's executive order banning immigrants, refugees and travelers from seven majority Muslim nations, the Department of Homeland Security said on Saturday.

Shabaab attacks Kenya army base in Somalia

Mugadishu - Islamist Shabaab fighters attacked a Kenyan military base in southern Somalia on Friday in the second assault by the Al-Qaeda linked group this week.

Somalia sets presidential election for February 8

Mugadishu - Somalia will hold its presidential election on February 8, its electoral commission said Wednesday, after months of delays in a tortuous process for the conflict-torn country.

28 killed in Shabaab attack on Mogadishu hotel

Mugadishu - Twenty-eight people were killed Wednesday when Al-Shabaab fighters attacked a popular Mogadishu hotel, setting off two car bombs and opening fire on security guards, according to the city's main ambulance service.

Op-Ed: Barack Obama's criminal legacy on war, torture and Guantánamo

President Barack Obama leaves behind a criminal legacy on war, torture and Guantánamo Bay. This isn't hyperbole, it's legal fact, as what follows will amply demonstrate.

Somalia swears in new MPs amid vote criticism

Mugadishu - Somalia on Tuesday swore in new lawmakers after weeks of voting in a complex political process seen as its most democratic election in nearly five decades, despite significant flaws.

Mogadishu market car bomb kills at least eight

Mugadishu - A car bomb exploded near a busy market in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Saturday killing at least eight people, police said, as medical sources warned the toll could be far higher.

Men made a mess of Somalia, now women want to fix it

Mugadishu - Raped, abused and subjected to genital mutilation, many women suffer terribly in Somalia, an unrepentantly patriarchal country shown by successive surveys as one of the worst places to be female.

In Somalia, voting under way but democracy delayed

Afgooye - With its security-sealed plastic boxes and cardboard polling booths, Somalia's election –- under way since last month and still ongoing –- has the trappings of democracy, but few of the functions.

Shabaab 'takes Somali town' after Ethiopia troop pullout

Mugadishu - Fighters from the Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab group said Sunday they had retaken control of a town in central Somalia after hundreds of Ethiopian troops serving with the African Union's AMISOM force withdrew.

Fierce clashes in key Somali town close to Mogadishu

Mugadishu - Fighting between Somali troops and Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab fighters was ongoing Tuesday in the key town of Afgoye, some 30 kilometres (18 miles) northwest of the capital Mogadishu, a security source and a witness said.

Somali general killed in suicide car bomb attack

Mugadishu - A top Somalia general known for fighting the jihadist Shabaab group, was killed on Sunday when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-packed car into his vehicle, officials and witnesses said.

Five dead in Shabaab suicide car bomb at Somalia hotel

Mugadishu - At least five people were killed and 28 injured when jihadists exploded a suicide car bomb outside a popular hotel close to the presidential palace in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Tuesday.

Seven killed in Mogadishu beach restaurant attack

Mugadishu - Seven people were killed in an attack by Shabaab jihadists on a popular beachfront restaurant in the Somali capital Mogadishu, city authorities said on Friday.
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