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AU mission apologises for killing 4 Somalis taken for Shebab

Mugadishu - The African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM) apologised for accidentally killing four civilians Saturday after soldiers mistook them for Shebab fighters when they failed to stop at a roadblock.

Somali pirates jailed by French court for fatal hijacking

Paris - Seven Somali pirates were sentenced to between six and 15 years in prison by a French court for the hijacking of a French yacht and killing of its owner in the Gulf of Aden in 2011.

Somali piracy is down, not out

Nairobi - The pirates who once ruled the seas off Somalia are little more than a memory now, but while they are forgotten they are not gone.

Djibouti's strategic position draws world's armies

Arta - A French warship ploughs through the sparkling waters between Africa and Arabia on a joint training drill with the US that highlights Djibouti's growing strategic role for the world's militaries.

Kenya marks Garissa university massacre anniversary

Garissa - Kenyans on Saturday commemorated the first anniversary of a terrorist attack that killed 148 people, mostly students, at a university in Garissa in the country's worst massacre since 1998.

Drought-hit Somalia at 'tipping point': UN

Nairobi - The United Nations' aid chief for Somalia begged for cash Thursday to stave off starvation amid intense drought affecting a million people and to pull the war-torn country "back from the tipping point.""Urgent action is required right now.

Six killed in Somalia Shebab hotel suicide attack

Mugadishu - Somalia's Shebab insurgents said they carried out a suicide attack at a hotel in the central town of Galkayo Thursday in which six people died, including a senior local government official.

Rivers turn to dust as drought bites Somalia

Mugadishu - Somalia's bread basket has become a dust bowl as the life-giving waters of the mighty Shabelle river run dry amid intense drought in the war-torn country.

Somali pirates in French court over fatal hijacking

Paris - Seven suspected Somali pirates accused of hijacking a French yacht, killing its owner and putting his wife through a hellish kidnapping ordeal, appeared in a Paris court on Tuesday.

Kenyan teacher eyes $1 mn prize for campaign against extremism

Nairobi - Using chalk and a blackboard, Kenyan teacher Ayub Mohamud writes out a simple lesson in front of the packed classroom: "Islam versus violent extremism.

An elephant returns to Somalia for first time in 20 years

Nairobi - An elephant marched hundreds of kilometres and briefly crossed into Somalia this month marking the first time the animal has been seen in the country in 20 years, conservationists said Wednesday.

Special forces stage helicopter raid on Somalia's Shebab

Mugadishu - Special forces operatives in two helicopters staged an overnight raid on Somalia's Shebab insurgents, government officials and the Al-Qaeda-linked gunmen said on Wednesday.

US strike kills at least 150 Shebab fighters in Somalia

Washington - An American air strike on a Shebab training camp in Somalia killed more than 150 fighters planning an imminent attack on forces from the United States and its regional allies, the Pentagon said Monday.

East Africa's Shebab 'can survive for 30 years'

Nairobi - On a Sunday afternoon in late February a car exploded outside a crowded restaurant in Baidoa, Somalia, and moments later a suicide bomber blew himself up among fleeing survivors.

At least 30 killed in Somalia restaurant bombings claimed by Islamists

Mugadishu - At least 30 people have been killed in twin bomb attacks claimed by Shebab Islamists at a busy restaurant in the Somali city of Baidoa, the regional governor said Monday.

12 dead as twin blasts and gunfire rock Mogadishu hotel

Mugadishu - At least 12 people were killed Friday as twin blasts and gunfire rocked a hotel and neighbouring park in central Mogadishu, police said, in an attack claimed by the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants.

Kenya 'kills' Shebab intelligence chief

Nairobi - Kenya's army said Thursday it had killed the intelligence chief of the Shebab insurgents and 10 other commanders in an air strike in Somalia.

Shebab claims bomb attack on Somalia plane

Mugadishu - Somalia's Shebab insurgents on Saturday claimed responsibility for a bomb attack which ripped a hole in a passenger plane shortly after takeoff from the capital Mogadishu earlier this month.

Passengers on bombed Somalia plane 'meant for Turkish Airlines'

Nairobi - A man suspected of detonating a bomb on a Somali passenger plane had initially intended to board a Turkish Airlines flight, the company's chief said Monday.

Children in Somalia starving amid 'alarming' drought: UN

Mugadishu - Over 58,000 children will starve to death in Somalia without urgent support, the United Nations warned Monday, amid severe drought in the impoverished and war-torn Horn of Africa country.

Somali plane bomb 'was hidden in laptop': Intelligence officials

Mugadishu - Somali intelligence officials investigating a bomb blast on a commercial jet released surveillance footage Sunday appearing to show a passenger being given a laptop in which the bomb was concealed.

Somali, AU troops retake key port from Shebab: Army, witnesses

Mugadishu - Somali government troops backed by African Union peacekeepers on Saturday recaptured the key port of Merka from Shebab insurgents, just one day after the Islamists swept into the city, the army and residents said.

Blast on Somalia airplane Tuesday 'was caused by bomb'

Mugadishu - A bomb caused the explosion that ripped a hole in the fuselage of a passenger plane shortly after it took off from Somalia's main airport on Tuesday, killing one person, the government said.

One passenger missing after mystery Somalia plane blast: airline

Mugadishu - One passenger is missing after a blast on a commercial airliner that ripped a hole in its fuselage shortly after take-off from Somalia's capital, the airline said Thursday.

Blast on Somalia airliner points to bomb: pilot, expert

Mugadishu - A blast that ripped a hole in a commercial airliner shortly after take-off from Somalia's capital was probably caused by a bomb, aviation experts and the pilot who landed it safely said Wednesday.

Explosion aboard Somalian airliner forces plane to land

Mogadisho - A jet passenger plane in route to Djibouti on the Horn of Africa, a mostly French-and Arabic-speaking country bordered by Red Sea beaches, had to make an emergency landing today after something blew a large hole in the side of the plane.

Shebab Islamists kill 'nearly 20' in Somalia as Kenya mourns war dead

Mugadishu - Islamist Shebab gunmen killed around 20 people in a popular beachside restaurant in Somalia, police said Friday, as neighbouring Kenya mourned soldiers killed by the Al Qaeda-linked group last week.

Kenya brings back bodies of troops killed in Somalia attack

Nairobi - The bodies of Kenyan soldiers killed when Al-Qaeda-linked militants overran their base in Somalia were flown home late Monday draped in the national flag as a rescue operation was underway for survivors.

Kenya in 'search and rescue' as Shebab claims 100 soldiers killed

Nairobi - Kenya said a search and rescue operation was underway in Somalia on Sunday as Al-Qaeda-linked militants claimed to have killed over 100 Kenyan soldiers in Friday's attack on an African Union base.

Shebab storm African Union base in Somalia, casualties reported

Mugadishu - Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants stormed an African Union base Friday in the country's southwest, the Somali army said, with witnesses reporting several dead.
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Faduma speaking to a young walker at the Nathan Phillips Square.
Faduma speaking to a young walker at the Nathan Phillips Square.
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Somali boy receives a polio vaccination at the Tunisian hospital in Mogadishu.
Somali boy receives a polio vaccination at the Tunisian hospital in Mogadishu.
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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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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.
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Kids displaying placards in support of the children of Horn of Africa.
Kids displaying placards in support of the children of Horn of Africa.
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Councillor Joe Mihevc is greeted by Abdiqani Farmajo  a Walk for Somalia organizer as he joins the p...
Councillor Joe Mihevc is greeted by Abdiqani Farmajo, a Walk for Somalia organizer as he joins the public at the Kick off ceremony.
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Even volunteers  took time out to donate.
Even volunteers, took time out to donate.
Photo: Omar Nur
Demonstrators holding placards during the Toronto rally.
Demonstrators holding placards during the Toronto rally.
Photo: Samir Tulloch.
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.
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A calf (foreground) at a Somali Camel farm.
A calf (foreground) at a Somali Camel farm.
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Professor Mohamed Siyyad Togane addressing the public during the event.
Professor Mohamed Siyyad Togane addressing the public during the event.
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Left to Right  Aisha  Suad  Leila  Nasro and Nawal  during the rally and march in downtown Toronto.
Left to Right, Aisha, Suad, Leila, Nasro and Nawal during the rally and march in downtown Toronto.
Photo: Samir Tulloch.
Somali Prime Minister briefing members of the international community in Nairobi  2007.
Somali Prime Minister briefing members of the international community in Nairobi, 2007.
Abdifatah Warsame Maroyare   co-ordinator for the Centre for Youth Mentoring and Development Service...
Abdifatah Warsame Maroyare, co-ordinator for the Centre for Youth Mentoring and Development Services applauds during the proceedings.
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Abla taking landscape pictures of Mogadishu  on board a ship docked in the Sea Port.
Abla taking landscape pictures of Mogadishu, on board a ship docked in the Sea Port.
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A commuter reaching out for change chats with a volunteer during the subway funds drive.
A commuter reaching out for change chats with a volunteer during the subway funds drive.
Photo: Omar Nur
Shadya Yasin energizes the crowd with  Power to the People  chants.
Shadya Yasin energizes the crowd with "Power to the People" chants.
Photo: Hodan Yusuf
Behind the Scenes shot from Episode 0.5 -  The Fresh Prince of Mogadishu  (a parody of the theme son...
Behind the Scenes shot from Episode 0.5 - 'The Fresh Prince of Mogadishu' (a parody of the theme song from the TV show 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'.
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Outraged Farmajo supporters  proclaim  Mahiga does not rule us .
Outraged Farmajo supporters proclaim "Mahiga does not rule us".
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Suad (second right)  leads the chanting during the Toronto rally.
Suad (second right), leads the chanting during the Toronto rally.
Photo: Samir Tulloch.