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Firing squads, blast walls and dangerous diplomacy in Somalia

Mugadishu - A navy flak jacket over his sky-blue shirt, Neil Wigan peered through the bulletproof glass window at six uneven wooden poles in front of a sand dune.

At least 11 killed in Somalia hotel attack: police

Mugadishu - Somalia's Shebab insurgents killed at least 11 people and wounded many others Friday in an attack on a Mogadishu hotel while senior government officials were inside, police said.

Somali lawmakers approve new cabinet as Shebab kills MP

Mugadishu - Somali lawmakers approved a new cabinet on Monday, hours after Shebab insurgents assassinated a colleague as he made his way to parliament.

Somalia says Shebab commander killed in US drone strike

Mugadishu - Somalia on Friday confirmed the death of Shebab commander Yusuf Dheeq in a US drone strike south of Mogadishu last week.

Several killed in Somalia airstrike

Mugadishu - Several people are believed to have been killed in an airstrike in southern Somalia apparently targetting a house used by members of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab militia, officials and witnesses said Sunday.

Somali PM issues new cabinet list after MP veto

Mugadishu - Somalia's new prime minister proposed a new cabinet after parliament rejected his last list of candidates, prompting international concerns political power struggles were stalling progress.

Suicide attack in Somali capital ahead of Erdogan visit

Mugadishu - At least five people were killed Thursday in a suicide car bombing against a hotel in Mogadishu on the eve of a visit to the Somali capital by Turkey's president, police said.

East Africa ministers meet in Somalia for peace push

Mugadishu - East African foreign ministers met in Mogadishu on Saturday to push peace efforts in war-torn Somalia, the first time the regional bloc has met in the country for almost three decades.

East Africa ministers meet in Somalia for peace push

Mugadishu - East African foreign ministers met in Mogadishu on Saturday to push peace efforts in war-torn Somalia, the first time the regional bloc has met in the country for almost three decades.

Somalia's Shebab militants 'execute informers'

Mugadishu - Somalia's Shebab militants have executed four people accused of spying for the United States, Ethiopia and the country's internationally-backed government, officials and witnesses said.

Somalia's Shebab militants 'execute informers'

Mugadishu - Somalia's Shebab militants have executed four people accused of spying for the United States, Ethiopia and the country's internationally-backed government, officials and witnesses said.

Four killed in Mogadishu suicide car bombing

Mugadishu - A huge suicide car bomb blast shook Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Sunday near the heavily-fortified international airport, killing four people, officials said.

Seven die in Shebab attacks in Somalia

Mugadishu - Six Somali soldiers and one civilian were killed on Friday in an attack by Shebab militants on a military checkpoint in Baidoa and in a car bombing in the capital Mogadishu, officials said.

Senior Shebab official surrenders in Somalia: officials

Mugadishu - A top leader of Somalia's Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab rebels, intelligence chief Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi, has surrendered to government and African Union forces and is now in custody, officials said Saturday.

Three AU soldiers, civilian killed in Shebab attack on base

Mugadishu - Three African Union soldiers and a civilian were killed Thursday after Shebab militants staged a brazen attack on the force's heavily fortified headquarters in Somalia.

Shebab stage daring attack on AU Somalia base, 4 injured

Mugadishu - Three African Union soldiers and a civilian were injured Thursday after the Shebab staged a brazen attack on the heavily-fortified headquarters of the force in Somalia.

Somali Shebab journalist 'killer' to face trial: govt

Mugadishu - A Somali journalist accused of murdering colleagues and working for the Al-Qaeda linked Shebab and arrested in Kenya has been extradited to Mogadishu to stand trial, Somalia's information minister said Saturday.

Seven Somali women killed in 'barbaric' attacks

Mugadishu - At least seven women have been killed in "barbaric" attacks in Somalia after Shebab insurgents beheaded a soldier's wife, prompting revenge executions of women close to the Islamists, elders said Thursday.

Somali premier loses confidence vote in parliament

Mugadishu - Somalia's prime minister lost a confidence vote in parliament on Saturday after months of dispute with the country's president and international concern that the turmoil was harming rebuilding efforts.

Four killed in Somali Shebab suicide attack on UN convoy

Mogadishu - Four people were killed and nine wounded in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Wednesday when a suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into a UN convoy, police and rebels said.

Kenya security chiefs ousted after new Shebab massacre

Nairobi - Kenya's interior minister and police chief were removed from their posts on Tuesday, hours after Somalia's Shebab rebels carried out a fresh massacre in the northeast of the country.

Somalia's Shebab massacre 36 in Kenya, vow more attacks

Nairobi - Somalia's Shebab Islamists on Tuesday massacred 36 quarry workers in a fresh attack in northeastern Kenya, with the group vowing to conduct more "uncompromising, relentless and ruthless" operations.

At least 36 feared dead in northeast Kenya attack: Red Cross

Nairobi - At least 36 people are feared dead after gunmen staged a fresh attack on a quarry in northeast Kenya, the Red Cross said Tuesday, the latest in a series of attacks.

Thousands warned to leave Kenya's north after insurgent attacks

Mogadishu - Thousands of Kenyan civil servants were urged Tuesday to leave troubled northeast regions hit by a wave of insurgent attacks, as protesters in the capital demanded greater security.

U.S. forces conduct operation in Somalia: Pentagon

Washington - U.S. military forces carried out an operation against Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants in Somalia, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said.

Uganda suspends officers over Somalia conduct, sex abuse

Kampala - Uganda has suspended 15 of its senior military commanders over their conduct in Somalia including allegations of sexual exploitation, the army said Thursday.

Somali, African troops recapture key port from Shebab

Mogadishu - Somali troops backed by African peacekeepers on Sunday recaptured the last major port in Somalia held by the Shebab, removing a key source of revenue for the Islamist militia, officials told AFP.

Abla Elmi's Mogadishu Diaries Cast Somalia in Different Light Special

Toronto - Initially designated as a school project, the Mogadishu Diaries developed into a much sought after video series as it caught the attention of the Somali public, especially its youthful fraternity starved off original Somali stories.

Kenya grieves one year after Westgate mall attack

Nairobi - Thousands of mourners gathered in Kenya's capital on Sunday for emotional commemorations marking a year since Somali Islamist gunmen attacked Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall and massacred at least 67 people.

Solemn commemorations in Kenya one year on from mall massacre

Nairobi - Kenya began emotional commemorations on Tuesday to mark the first anniversary of Nairobi's Westgate mall massacre, remembering the 67 people killed by Somali Islamist gunmen and those who risked their lives to stop them.
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Professor Mohamed Siyyad Togane addressing the public during the event.
Professor Mohamed Siyyad Togane addressing the public during the event.
Photo: Hodan Yusuf
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
Time for refreshments.
Time for refreshments.
Photo: Awesame Mohamed
Camp Mogadishu. This large-scale population displacement is the result of poor agricultural producti...
Camp Mogadishu. This large-scale population displacement is the result of poor agricultural production, loss of livestock because of drought, increasing prices, and perpetual insecurity.
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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
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
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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Project ARAN Canada banner in display during the rally.
Project ARAN Canada banner in display during the rally.
Photo: Samir Tulloch.
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
Baby in Somalia.
Baby in Somalia.
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Participants at the Toronto community consultation meeting.
Participants at the Toronto community consultation meeting.
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From Left: Leila  Suad  Nawal  Sagal and Nasro.
From Left: Leila, Suad, Nawal, Sagal and Nasro.
Photo: Rob Campbell
Participants at the Toronto community consultation meeting to discuss the Somali famine.
Participants at the Toronto community consultation meeting to discuss the Somali famine.
Photo: Ogaal Radio, 88.9FM
A volunteer co-ordinator raising public awareness on the plight of the victims of the Horn of Africa...
A volunteer co-ordinator raising public awareness on the plight of the victims of the Horn of Africa disaster.
Photo: Omar Nur
The Warsame family: Abdifatah  holding son  Hanad  8 months old and wife Aziza  with daughters Samia...
The Warsame family: Abdifatah, holding son, Hanad, 8 months old and wife Aziza, with daughters Samia 3, (left) and Istar 5 (right).
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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Celebrated artist  Nakruma  addressing the public during the event.
Celebrated artist, Nakruma, addressing the public during the event.
Photo: Hodan Yusuf
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.
Photo: Hodan Yusuf
Somali-Canadian demonstrators holding placards during the rally outside the US Consulate in downtown...
Somali-Canadian demonstrators holding placards during the rally outside the US Consulate in downtown Toronto.
Photo: Samir Tulloch.