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Restricted Hajj hits Somalia's livestock economy

Mugadishu - The annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca is a time for celebration, not least among Somalia's livestock herders and traders who export millions of livestock to feed pilgrims.

Faithful undeterred at Ramadan, even as virus spreads in Somalia

Mugadishu - Adan Abdullahi knows that visiting the mosque for evening prayers is forbidden. There is a curfew in place in the Somali capital, and authorities have pleaded with worshippers to stay home as coronavirus infections rise.

Locals and MP claim that US Somalia attack kills 6 civilians

US African Command (AFRICOM) promises to investigate after an airstrike in Somalia struck a minibus full of people was accused by Somali MP Mahad Dhoore and locals of killing six civilians all the occupants of the vehicle.

Locusts the latest curse of East Africa weather extremes

Nairobi - Billions of locusts swarming through East Africa are the result of extreme weather swings and could prove catastrophic for a region still reeling from drought and deadly floods, experts said Friday.

Swarms of locusts threaten food security in Kenya: govt

Nairobi - Large swarms of desert locusts are spreading through Kenya, after wreaking havoc in Somalia and Ethiopia, posing a significant threat to food security, the agriculture minister said Friday.

Four killed in car bombing near Somalia parliament

Mugadishu - At least four people were killed, including a senior government official, when a car bomb exploded close to a checkpoint near Somalia's parliament in the capital Mogadishu on Wednesday, police said.

US carries out 63 airstrikes on Somalia this year 3 on Sunday

Three airstrikes on Somalia by the US on Sunday bring the total number of attacks so far this year to 63 the most ever by US forces in Somalia and a significant increase from the 47 of last year.

Al-Shabaab militants claim huge Mogadishu bomb attack

Mugadishu - Al-Shabaab Islamist militants have claimed responsibility for Saturday's massive car bomb in the Somali capital Mogadishu that killed 81 people, including two Turkish citizens.

Al-Shabaab militants claim huge Mogadishu bomb attack

Mugadishu - Al-Shabaab Islamist militants have claimed responsibility for Saturday's massive car bomb in the Somali capital Mogadishu that killed 81 people, including two Turkish citizens.

Death toll in Somalia bombing climbs to 81: govt

Mugadishu - The death toll from a massive car bomb in the Somali capital has risen to 81, a government spokesman said Monday, as rescue workers pursued their search for the missing.

US strikes in Somalia kill four militants

Washington - The United States military said it killed four "terrorists" in airstrikes against the Al-Shabaab militant group in Somalia on Sunday, a day after the country's deadliest attack in two years.

Turkish military plane evacuates Somalia bomb victims

Mugadishu - A Turkish military plane on Sunday evacuated 16 gravely wounded victims of a devastating bombing that killed 79 people and overwhelmed local health services, in the latest attack on a city dogged by insecurity.

Massive car bomb kills at least 79 in Mogadishu

Mugadishu - A massive car bomb exploded in a busy area of Mogadishu on Saturday, leaving at least 79 people dead and scores injured in Somalia's deadliest attack in two years.

After drought, floods compound Somalia's year of climate misery

Beledweyne - As Somalia withered from drought early this year, and her goats dropped dead from thirst, Maka Abdi Ali begged for rain. When the skies finally opened, nature was unmerciful.

Al-Shabaab jihadists attack hotel in Somali capital

Mugadishu - Somali security forces on Tuesday killed two jihadist fighters who were part of a group that stormed a hotel in the capital Mogadishu popular with politicians and army officers.

East Africa reels from deadly floods in extreme weather

Nairobi - A powerful climate phenomenon in the Indian Ocean stronger than any seen in years is unleashing destructive rains and flooding across East Africa -- and scientists say worse could be coming.

Al-Shabaab attacks US base, EU convoy in Somalia

Mugadishu - The Al-Shabaab militant group claimed responsibility for an attack on a US base in Somalia on Monday, as the European Union confirmed a separate strike against a convoy of Italian advisers.

Aid groups warn against Kenya's UN bid to sanction Al-Shabaab

Nairobi - Kenya is urging the UN to list Al-Shabaab under the same sanctions as Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, but foreign donors say the move could leave millions in drought-stricken Somalia without aid.

Somali army base hit by suspected Al-Shabaab attack

Mugadishu - An army base in southern Somalia was struck by car bombs and gunfire on Wednesday, a military official and witnesses said, in an attack claimed by the Al-Shabaab militant group.

Mogadishu mayor wounded in blast at his office: official

Mugadishu - Mogadishu's mayor and other top government officials were wounded in an explosion at his offices in the Somali capital, his deputy told state radio Wednesday."The mayor was wounded in the blast and he is currently being treated.

26 killed in deadly Somalia hotel siege

Mugadishu - Twenty-six people were killed and 56 injured in a 12-hour attack by Al-Shabaab jihadists on a popular hotel that ended early Saturday in the southern Somali port city of Kismayo.

Three accomplices given long sentences for Kenya university attack

Nairobi - A Nairobi court Wednesday sentenced three men to terms ranging from 41 years to life in prison for abetting the massacre of 148 people by Somali jihadists at Garissa University in northeast Kenya in 2015.

UN to cut 1,000 troops from Somalia force

New York - The United Nations Security Council decided Friday to cut 1,000 troops from a regional peacekeeping force in Somalia, despite a rise in attacks by the Al-Shabaab militia in Mogadishu.

US diplomat to succeed ousted UN envoy for Somalia

New York - A former US special representative to Somalia who also served as Washington's ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo has been tapped to be the next United Nations envoy to Somalia, replacing an emissary who was expelled four months ago.

At least three die in Somali auto-rickshaw protest

Mugadishu - At least three protesters died in Mogadishu when hundreds of auto-rickshaw taxi drivers took to the streets Saturday after an officer shot and killed a driver.

Two Cuban doctors in Kenya kidnapped by suspected jihadists

Nairobi - Suspected Somali Al-Shabaab jihadis kidnapped two Cuban doctors in northeastern Kenya on Friday and killed their police escort officer, officials said.

Spain takes over EU anti-piracy mission from Britain due to Brexit

Rota - Spain on Friday took over from Britain command of a European Union maritime mission that combats piracy off the coast of Somalia as Britain's planned departure from the bloc nears.

15 killed as Shabaab bomb busy Somali restaurant

Mugadishu - At least 15 people died when a car bomb exploded on a busy street and ripped into a nearby restaurant in Somalia's capital on Thursday, medics said.

Civilian deaths mount as US drone strikes in Somalia escalate: Amnesty

Nairobi - US forces have "dramatically increased" the number of air strikes in Somalia with several civilians killed by the powerful missiles, Amnesty International said Wednesday, reports denied by the military.

UN environment talks open under shadow of Ethiopian plane crash

Nairobi - A world forum on addressing the planet's environmental crisis opened in Nairobi on Monday, the mood darkened by the Ethiopian Airlines tragedy that killed 157 people a day earlier, including at least 22 UN staff, many headed for the event.
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Councillor Mihevc chats with community leaders  Dr. Cadigia Ali  right and Faduma Mohamed  second ri...
Councillor Mihevc chats with community leaders, Dr. Cadigia Ali, right and Faduma Mohamed, second right and youth from the Walk for Somalia campaign.
Photo: Awesame Mohamed
Faduma (right)  Dr. Cadigia (second right)  Hodan Yusuf (background in blue head scarf) and Hanan.
Faduma (right), Dr. Cadigia (second right), Hodan Yusuf (background in blue head scarf) and Hanan.
Photo: Awesame Mohamed
Community members chat with walkers at the Toronto City Hall. From left are Somali divas Fadumo Nakr...
Community members chat with walkers at the Toronto City Hall. From left are Somali divas Fadumo Nakruma and Batullo, Abdifatah Warsame, Walk for Somalia team member and Somali diva, Khadija Daleys (background).
Photo: Ige Egal
Community well wishers holding flags and balloons wait early as the Walk for Somalia team makes its ...
Community well wishers holding flags and balloons wait early as the Walk for Somalia team makes its way to the Bayshore Park in Ottawa.
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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
A wave of patriotism sweeps across the room as participants wave the Somali national flag.
A wave of patriotism sweeps across the room as participants wave the Somali national flag.
Photo: Hodan Yusuf
Supporters waving Canadian and Somali flags converge at the Bayshore Park in Ottawa to welcome Walk ...
Supporters waving Canadian and Somali flags converge at the Bayshore Park in Ottawa to welcome Walk for Somalia heroes.
Photo: Walk for Somalia
Dadaab Refugee Camp  Dadaab  Kenya.
Dadaab Refugee Camp, Dadaab, Kenya.
Photo: Somali Refugee Awareness Project
Walkers in day 5 in Brighton  Ontario.
Walkers in day 5 in Brighton, Ontario.
Photo: Walk for Somalia
Baby in Somalia.
Baby in Somalia.
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Little girl ( front)  and Nasro ( right ) at the downtown rally.
Little girl ( front), and Nasro ( right,) at the downtown rally.
Photo: Samir Tulloch.
Puntland State Emblem
Puntland State Emblem
Sambuza Village in Ottawa hosts Walk for Somalia team during a lunch reception.
Sambuza Village in Ottawa hosts Walk for Somalia team during a lunch reception.
Photo: Ige Egal
A portrait of Queen Ceebla Caraweela  taken from the collection of a Somali painter.
A portrait of Queen Ceebla Caraweela, taken from the collection of a Somali painter.
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Coping with the famine in Somalia.
Coping with the famine in Somalia.
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Women at the Dadaab refugee camp.
Women at the Dadaab refugee camp.
Photo: Somali Refugee Awareness Project
Arrest of Somali pirates by the French Protection Brigade  off the coast of Somalia.
Arrest of Somali pirates by the French Protection Brigade, off the coast of Somalia.
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Setting up camp in Day 3.
Setting up camp in Day 3.
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