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'A few dozen' US troops deployed to Somalia: Pentagon

Washington - The United States is deploying "a few dozen" troops to Somalia to assist the national army and conduct unspecified security operations, a US military spokeswoman said Saturday.

Diarrhoea kills more than 500 in Somalia since January: UN

Geneva - Cholera and acute diarrhoea have killed more than 500 people and left tens of thousands of others sick in drought-hit parts of Somalia since January, the United Nations said Thursday.

Somali security forces free hostages held by pirates

Mugadishu - Somalia security forces on Wednesday freed eight sailors who had been taken ashore by pirates after they were chased off a hijacked Indian ship earlier this week, a coast guard official said."The eight hostages were freed without fighting.

10 dead as new Somali army chief escapes car bombing

Mugadishu - Somalia's new army chief escaped a car bombing Sunday that killed at least 10 people in a bloody response by Shabaab militants to the president's declaration of war on the group.

India, Chinese navies rescue ship hijacked by Somali pirates

New Delhi - The navies of India and China carried out a joint operation Sunday to rescue a merchant ship hijacked by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden, the Indian defence ministry said.

India, Chinese navies rescue ship hijacked by Somali pirates

New Delhi - The navies of India and China carried out a joint operation Sunday to rescue a merchant ship hijacked by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden, the Indian defence ministry said.

India, Chinese navies rescue ship hijacked by Somali pirates

New Delhi - The navies of India and China carried out a joint operation Sunday to rescue a merchant ship hijacked by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden, the Indian defence ministry said.

Somali pirates seize Indian ship, 11 crew members

Mugadishu - Somali pirates have seized an Indian cargo ship and 11 crew members, the ship's owner said Monday, as a recent series of hijackings raises fears of a resurgence in piracy.

Five dead in Mogadishu bombing as PM unveils new lineup

Mugadishu - At least five people were killed when a minibus laden with explosives blew up in Mogadishu on Tuesday, a local official said, the latest attack in the troubled Somali capital.

Cloaked in rags and dust, Somalis flee looming famine

Afgooye - Mariam Ibrahim, her seven children and two neighbouring families were the last to leave their village in southwestern Somalia.

More than 40 refugees dead in attack on boat off Yemen

Aden - More than 40 people including women and children have been shot dead aboard a boat carrying Somali refugees in the Red Sea off war-torn Yemen, officials said on Friday.It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack.

More than 40 refugees dead in attack on boat off Yemen

Aden - More than 40 people including women and children have been shot dead aboard a boat carrying Somali refugees in the Red Sea off war-torn Yemen, officials said on Friday.It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack.

More than 40 refugees dead in attack on boat off Yemen

Aden - More than 40 people including women and children have been shot dead aboard a boat carrying Somali refugees in the Red Sea off war-torn Yemen, officials said on Friday.It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack.

Somali pirates release hijacked oil tanker, hostages

Mugadishu - Somali pirates on Thursday handed over an oil tanker and eight Sri Lankan hostages captured just days ago, the Oceans Beyond Piracy NGO told AFP, bringing to a close the first such attack since 2012."The Puntland maritime police force freed the ship.

Somali coastguard in gunfight near hijacked ship

Mugadishu - Coastguards in northern Somalia exchanged gunfire Thursday with armed men aboard a boat heading towards a hijacked oil tanker where pirates are holding eight hostages, an official said.

Somali pirates suspected of staging first attack since 2012

Nairobi - Suspected pirates have boarded a tanker and forced its Sri Lankan crew to change course towards the northeastern Somali coast, in what could be the first such attack since 2012.

World faces worst humanitarian crisis since WWII: UN

New York - The United Nations is warning that the world is facing its worst humanitarian crisis since the end of World War II, with more than 20 million people facing starvation and famine in four countries.

UN chief urges 'massive response' to avert Somali famine

Mugadishu - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday urged the international community to take action to avert famine in Somalia where a biting drought has left three million people going hungry.

UN chief Guterres in Somalia to discuss famine threat

Mugadishu - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres arrived in Somalia Tuesday to discuss a hunger crisis which has pushed the country to the verge of famine with new President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.

Somali president declares 'national disaster' over drought

Mugadishu - Somali's newly elected President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on Tuesday declared a "national disaster" due to severe drought which aid agencies say has left some three million in crisis.

Dying of hunger: What is a famine?

Nairobi - From ancient Rome to modern times, mankind has suffered devastating periods of hunger caused by drought, war or misguided politics.Last week South Sudan was declared the site of the world's first famine in six years, affecting about 100,000 people.

Op-Ed: Pentagon wants to expand involvement in Somalia

One of the recommendations of the Pentagon to the new Trump administration is to expand the battle in Somalia against the Al-Shabab, Al-Qaeda-linked militants.

Famine inches closer as drought and hunger in Somalia worsens

Mogadishu - International aid on a large scale is needed to avert an imminent disaster unfolding in Somalia. With two years of drought in an already arid region, food insecurity, and internal violence and conflict, Somalia is sinking into famine.

UN needs $4.4 bn for famine relief in four countries

New York - UN aid agencies need $4.4 billion in emergency funding to address famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday.

Somali president says no quick fix for nation's woes

Mugadishu - Somalia's new President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed sought to downplay high expectations of his new administration at his inauguration Wednesday, saying it would take decades to fix the nation's many problems.

Mogadishu on lockdown for president's inauguration

Mugadishu - Somalia's capital Mogadishu was under security lockdown Wednesday, with roads closed and commercial flights cancelled ahead of the inauguration of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.

1.4 million children face famine in four countries: UNICEF

New York - Almost 1.4 million children suffering from severe malnutrition could die this year from famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, the UN children's agency said Monday.

Death toll rises to 39 in Mogadishu bombing

Mugadishu - The toll has climbed to 39 dead in an unusually deadly suicide bombing at the weekend in the Somali capital Mogadishu, rescue workers said Monday, the first since a new president was chosen this month.

Somalia hails a new president with joy -- and gunfire

Mugadishu - Holding high portraits of the man who pledges to bring the nation together, Somalis in the capital hailed their new president Thursday, singing in joy while soldiers fired weapons skyward in celebration.

World's biggest refugee camp in Kenya to stay open

Nairobi - Kenya's High Court on Thursday blocked the government's decision to close the Dadaab refugee camp -- the world's largest -- and force Somali refugees to return home.
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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.
Photo: Walk for Somalia
From Left: Leila  Suad  Nawal  Sagal and Nasro.
From Left: Leila, Suad, Nawal, Sagal and Nasro.
Photo: Rob Campbell
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
The Walk for Somalia team is flanked by supporters as they recount their heroic eight-day trans-citi...
The Walk for Somalia team is flanked by supporters as they recount their heroic eight-day trans-cities trek. Sitting (second left), is Abdifatah, holding son Hanad, 8 months old, who has made history by becoming the youngest member ever in a long distance, trans-cities walk in Canada.
Photo: Walk for Somalia
Hodan Yusuf posing with little Samia  3.
Hodan Yusuf posing with little Samia, 3.
Photo: Awesame Mohamed
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
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.
Photo: Hodan Yusuf
Walk for Somalia team members Abdirahman and Abdikarim share experiences from the walk during the me...
Walk for Somalia team members Abdirahman and Abdikarim share experiences from the walk during the meet and greet session at Toronto City Hall.
Photo: Ige Egal
Volunteers at a TTC Subway Station.
Volunteers at a TTC Subway Station.
Photo: Omar Nur
Walkers hit downtown Toronto streets at the start of the historic Toronto-Ottawa Walk.
Walkers hit downtown Toronto streets at the start of the historic Toronto-Ottawa Walk.
Photo: Awesame Mohamed
Refugees in attentive mood during Saado Ali s speech at the Dadaab camp.
Refugees in attentive mood during Saado Ali's speech at the Dadaab camp.
Photo: Somali Refugee Awareness Project
NDP foreign critic Paul Dewar joins members of the Walk for Somalia team at the Parliament Hill Pres...
NDP foreign critic Paul Dewar joins members of the Walk for Somalia team at the Parliament Hill Press Gallery.
Photo: Ige Egal
Demonstrators holding placards during the Toronto rally.
Demonstrators holding placards during the Toronto rally.
Photo: Samir Tulloch.
A rooftop view of Mogadishu  Somalia.
A rooftop view of Mogadishu, Somalia.
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Dr. Kirsty Duncan  MP for Etobicoke North and Somali Diva  Faduma Ali Nakruma (background) react to ...
Dr. Kirsty Duncan, MP for Etobicoke North and Somali Diva, Faduma Ali Nakruma (background) react to chants from a festive crowd.
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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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Somali artists entertain a festive crowd that turned out to welcome H.E. Fawzia Adan in Toronto.
Somali artists entertain a festive crowd that turned out to welcome H.E. Fawzia Adan in Toronto.
Photo: Anthony Berot
Participants at the Toronto community consultation meeting.
Participants at the Toronto community consultation meeting.
Photo:Ogaal Radio, 88.9FM
Jubilant scenes as the Walk for Somalia team arrives in Ottawa.
Jubilant scenes as the Walk for Somalia team arrives in Ottawa.
Photo: Walk for Somalia
Project ARAN Canada organizers  Nawal (left)  and Hassan waving placards during the downtown  Toront...
Project ARAN Canada organizers, Nawal (left) and Hassan waving placards during the downtown, Toronto, rally.
Photo: Samir Tulloch.

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