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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.

At least 19 dead as Somali siege ends

Mugadishu - Security forces on Friday ended a siege by Al-Shabaab insurgents nearly 24 hours after jihadists mounted an attack in the Somali capital Mogadishu that left at least 19 dead.

Five killed by Al-Shabaab car bomb in Somalia

Mugadishu - At least five people were killed on Thursday when a car bomb exploded close to a major hotel in the capital of Somalia, medics said.

US strike in Somalia kills 35 'terrorists': Pentagon

Washington - US forces have conducted an air strike in Somalia that killed 35 Al-Shabaab militants, officials said Monday, in the latest in a string of attacks against the Al-Qaeda affiliate.
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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
Walk for Somalia members  Istar (5) and Samia (3)  reading during a short break.
Walk for Somalia members, Istar (5) and Samia (3), reading during a short break.
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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
A team of smiling volunteers holding donation boxes  photos and placards.
A team of smiling volunteers holding donation boxes, photos and placards.
Photo: Omar Nur
Crisis in Somalia-Pictures from Mr Solheim s visit
Crisis in Somalia-Pictures from Mr Solheim's visit
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The 400 Kilometre route covered by the Walk for Somalia team spanning 20 cities and towns during the...
The 400 Kilometre route covered by the Walk for Somalia team spanning 20 cities and towns during their September 19-26 walk from Toronto to Ottawa.
Image: Google/Walk for Somalia
Saado Ali speaks to Somali refugees in the Dadaab camp.
Saado Ali speaks to Somali refugees in the Dadaab camp.
Photo: Somali Refugee Awareness Project
Some traditional elders of Somalia in Baran  Puntland  Somalia
Some traditional elders of Somalia in Baran, Puntland, Somalia
Sagal (left)  Aisha (right) and Leila (middle)  lead a pro-Somalia march along University Avenue.
Sagal (left), Aisha (right) and Leila (middle), lead a pro-Somalia march along University Avenue.
Photo: Samir Tulloch.
Shadya Yasin addressing the public during the pro-Farmajo Toronto event.
Shadya Yasin addressing the public during the pro-Farmajo Toronto event.
Photo: Hodan Yusuf
Author introducing Somali Needs Assessment Program and working with members of the international com...
Author introducing Somali Needs Assessment Program and working with members of the international community, Garowe, Puntland, Somalia, 2006.
Camping in Brighton  Ontario.
Camping in Brighton, Ontario.
Photo: Walk for Somalia
Arrival at Pickering.
Arrival at Pickering.
Photo: Awesame Mohamed
Toronto commuters enter a TTC subway station during rush hours.
Toronto commuters enter a TTC subway station during rush hours.
Photo: Omar Nur
H.E. Fawzia Adan is greeted by Somali-Canadians at a colourful welcoming ceremony in Toronto.
H.E. Fawzia Adan is greeted by Somali-Canadians at a colourful welcoming ceremony in Toronto.
Photo: Anthony Berot
Supporters arrive early to welcome their Walk for Somalia heroes.
Supporters arrive early to welcome their Walk for Somalia heroes.
Photo: Walk for Somalia
Feed Somalia volunteers at the Dundas Station getting ready to hand out pamphlets to commuters.
Feed Somalia volunteers at the Dundas Station getting ready to hand out pamphlets to commuters.
Photo: Omar Nur
Youth activist Hibaq Gelle has been busy organizing and facilitating youth events.
Youth activist Hibaq Gelle has been busy organizing and facilitating youth events.
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Abdi qani Farmajo waves the   NO TO MAHIGA  portrait.
Abdi'qani Farmajo waves the " NO TO MAHIGA" portrait.
Photo: Hodan Yusuf
Saado Ali Warsame was driven to tears by the appalling conditions Somali refugees endure each day in...
Saado Ali Warsame was driven to tears by the appalling conditions Somali refugees endure each day in Dadaab camp.
Photo: Somali Refugee Awareness Project

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