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Somalia names new PM, announces plan for national elections

Mugadishu - Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has appointed a new prime minister hours after brokering an agreement with regional leaders for elections next year that abandons a promised one-person, one-vote model.

Somaliland launches representative office in Taiwan

Taipei - Somaliland opened a representative office in Taiwan Wednesday as the unrecognised but de facto sovereign territories deepen a relationship that has sparked angry rebukes from both China and Somalia.

Three Somali soldiers killed in south Somalia terror attack

The terror group al-Shabaab in a car bomb attack outside of a military base in southern Somalia's Jubbaland resulted in the deaths of three members of Somali special forces, as well as wounding an American officer.

11 killed in Somali hotel attack claimed by Al-Shabaab

Mugadishu - Ten civilians and one police officer were killed in a gun and bomb attack by Al-Shabaab fighters on an upscale beachfront hotel in Somalia's capital on Sunday, an official told AFP.

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.
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Somalia's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs at Toronto's welcoming reception held in her honour.
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A team of smiling volunteers holding donation boxes, photos and placards.
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Somali-Canadian youth during the public forum at Elmbank Community Centre.
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The smile of heroes: The Walk for Somalia team in a celebratory mood at the end of their eight-day Toronto to Ottawa walk.
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Toronto commuters enter a TTC subway station during rush hours.
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A large crowd gathers at the Bayshore Park in Ottawa to receive the Walk for Somalia team.
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Dadaab Refugee Camp, Dadaab, Kenya.
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A volunteer holds the donation box as a commuter donates.
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Even volunteers, took time out to donate.
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A Feed Somalia volunteer holding a donation box stands beside a giant poster depicting the images of the famine.
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Somali-Canadian demonstrators holding placards during the rally outside the US Consulate in downtown Toronto.
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Toronto's Somali-Canadian community turned out in large numbers to welcome H.E. Fawzia Adan.
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Women at the Dadaab refugee camp.
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Outraged Farmajo supporters proclaim "Mahiga does not rule us".
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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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From Left: Ige, Shadya and Abdiqani strategize as the walk goes through downtown Toronto streets.
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Councillor Joe Mihevc of Ward 21, St. Paul's West, waves as he arrives at the Walk for Somalia kick off ceremony at Nathan Phillips Square.
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