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Dying of hunger: What is a famine?

Nairobi - From ancient Rome to modern times, mankind has suffered devastating periods of hunger caused by drought, war or misguided politics.Last week South Sudan was declared the site of the world's first famine in six years, affecting about 100,000 people.

Op-Ed: Pentagon wants to expand involvement in Somalia

One of the recommendations of the Pentagon to the new Trump administration is to expand the battle in Somalia against the Al-Shabab, Al-Qaeda-linked militants.

Famine inches closer as drought and hunger in Somalia worsens

Mogadishu - International aid on a large scale is needed to avert an imminent disaster unfolding in Somalia. With two years of drought in an already arid region, food insecurity, and internal violence and conflict, Somalia is sinking into famine.

UN needs $4.4 bn for famine relief in four countries

New York - UN aid agencies need $4.4 billion in emergency funding to address famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday.

Somali president says no quick fix for nation's woes

Mugadishu - Somalia's new President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed sought to downplay high expectations of his new administration at his inauguration Wednesday, saying it would take decades to fix the nation's many problems.

Mogadishu on lockdown for president's inauguration

Mugadishu - Somalia's capital Mogadishu was under security lockdown Wednesday, with roads closed and commercial flights cancelled ahead of the inauguration of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.

1.4 million children face famine in four countries: UNICEF

New York - Almost 1.4 million children suffering from severe malnutrition could die this year from famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, the UN children's agency said Monday.

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.

World's biggest refugee camp in Kenya to stay open

Nairobi - Kenya's High Court on Thursday blocked the government's decision to close the Dadaab refugee camp -- the world's largest -- and force Somali refugees to return home.

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.

US judge rules in favor of Yemenis hit by Trump travel ban

Los Angeles - In yet another challenge to President Donald Trump's travel ban, a California federal judge has issued a court order barring the US government from preventing more than two dozen Yemenis with valid visas from flying to Los Angeles.

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.

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.

Report points to Iran arms 'pipeline' to Yemen

Riyadh - International investigators have found a suspected "weapon pipeline" from Iran through Somalia to Yemen where Shiite rebels are battling the government, according to a report released on Wednesday.

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.

Kenya suspends Dadaab refugee camp closure for six months

Nairobi - Kenya on Wednesday agreed to suspend the closure of Dabaab refugee camp, the world's largest, for six months after coming under fire over the fate of its 280,000 inhabitants, most of them Somalis.

Somalia's Shabaab still potent threat, UN report warns

New York - Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab group remains capable of launching large-scale attacks despite claims that the insurgency is weakening, a UN report warned Friday.

Freed Indonesians recall Somali kidnap ordeal

Jakarta - Four Indonesian fishermen had an emotional reunion with their families Monday after returning home following a kidnap ordeal at the hands of Somali pirates, recalling the horrors they endured.

Freed Indonesians recall Somali kidnap ordeal

Jakarta - Four Indonesian fishermen had an emotional reunion with their families Monday after returning home following a kidnap ordeal at the hands of Somali pirates, recalling the horrors they endured.

Freed Indonesians recall Somali kidnap ordeal

Jakarta - Four Indonesian fishermen had an emotional reunion with their families Monday after returning home following a kidnap ordeal at the hands of Somali pirates, recalling the horrors they endured.

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.

Somali pirates free 26 hostages held for nearly five years

Nairobi - Somali pirates have freed 26 Asian hostages held for nearly five years after the hijacking of their fishing vessel, the last commercial ship seized at the height of the country's piracy scourge, negotiators said Saturday.

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.
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A large crowd gathers at the Bayshore Park in Ottawa to receive the Walk for Somalia team.
A large crowd gathers at the Bayshore Park in Ottawa to receive the Walk for Somalia team.
Photo: Walk for Somalia
From Left: Ige  Shadya and Abdiqani strategize as the walk goes through downtown Toronto streets.
From Left: Ige, Shadya and Abdiqani strategize as the walk goes through downtown Toronto streets.
Photo: Awesame Mohamed
Walk for Somalia team members conduct a video presentation at the Toronto City Hall on the eight-day...
Walk for Somalia team members conduct a video presentation at the Toronto City Hall on the eight-day, Toronto-Ottawa walk.
Photo: Ige Egal
Sagal (front left)  leads the march through downtown Toronto streets.
Sagal (front left), leads the march through downtown Toronto streets.
Photo: Samir Tulloch.
Jubilant scenes as the Walk for Somalia team arrives in Ottawa.
Jubilant scenes as the Walk for Somalia team arrives in Ottawa.
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A female AMISON official debriefing the heads of the Djibouti forces based in Belet-  Weyne  Somalia...
A female AMISON official debriefing the heads of the Djibouti forces based in Belet- Weyne, Somalia.
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Crisis in Somalia-Pictures from Mr Solheim s visit
Crisis in Somalia-Pictures from Mr Solheim's visit
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Walkers getting ready to hit the long road to Ottawa. Antar  the much celebrated former Somali inter...
Walkers getting ready to hit the long road to Ottawa. Antar, the much celebrated former Somali international soccer star (in blue shirt), holds Hanad, the 8 months old infant who has made history by becoming the youngest member ever of a major trans-cities walk in Canada.
Photo: Awesame Mohamed
Coping with the famine in Somalia.
Coping with the famine in Somalia.
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Kids holding placards during the Toronto rally.
Kids holding placards during the Toronto rally.
Photo: Samir Tulloch.
Refugees in attentive mood during Saado Ali s speech at the Dadaab camp.
Refugees in attentive mood during Saado Ali's speech at the Dadaab camp.
Photo: Somali Refugee Awareness Project
Shadya Yasin  youth activist  poet and community organizer addressing the public during the event.
Shadya Yasin, youth activist, poet and community organizer addressing the public during the event.
Photo: Hodan Yusuf
Samia  3  donning her Walk for Somalia T-Shirt  gets ready for the kick off  at Toronto s Nathan Phi...
Samia, 3, donning her Walk for Somalia T-Shirt, gets ready for the kick off at Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square.
Photo: Awesame Mohamed
Mogadishu Diaries filmmaker  Abla Elmi  sifting through sands at the Jazeera Beach on the outskirts ...
Mogadishu Diaries filmmaker, Abla Elmi, sifting through sands at the Jazeera Beach on the outskirts of the Somali Capital..
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Shadya Yasin and Aziza at Nathan Phillips Sqaure.
Shadya Yasin and Aziza at Nathan Phillips Sqaure.
Photo: Awesame Mohamed
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Feed Somalia volunteers raising funds at a a busy Toronto  subway station.
Feed Somalia volunteers raising funds at a a busy Toronto subway station.
Photo: Omar Nur
Setting up camp in Day 3.
Setting up camp in Day 3.
Photo: Walk for Somalia
Walk for Somalia members gather at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto for the kick off ceremony.
Walk for Somalia members gather at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto for the kick off ceremony.
Photo: Awesame Mohamed
Supporters gather at the Bayshore Park to welcome their Walk for Somalia heroes.
Supporters gather at the Bayshore Park to welcome their Walk for Somalia heroes.
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