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Kampala bombings mastermind gets life term

Kanpala - A Ugandan court on Friday handed down a life sentence for the mastermind of twin bombings targeting football fans in Kampala that killed 76 people.

Uganda bombing mastermind and six accomplices found guilty

Kanpala - The Ugandan ringleader of a 2010 bombing by the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab that killed 76 people in Kampala was found guilty along with six accomplices on Thursday of masterminding one of the region's worst attacks in decades.

No silver lining for Somaliland'a 25 years of 'independence'

Neither the forest of red, white and green flags, nor the ululating women nor the presidential fanfare could mask the bitterness of Somaliland's 25th independence celebrations on Wednesday.

Police, civilians killed in Mogadishu attack

Mugadishu - Islamic jihadists killed three police officers in a bomb and gun attack on a police station in the Somali capital on Monday, city authorities said.

Kenya to stop hosting Somali refugees: govt

Nairobi - Refugees from Somalia will no longer be accepted in Kenya, the government said Friday, citing security fears.

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.
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Ajax High School students walking with the team.
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Shadya Yasin and Aziza at Nathan Phillips Sqaure.
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3.2 million people in Somalia require immediate food assistance. Most were internally displaced people; the rest were affected either by the conflict, by drought and an underlying livelihoods crisis, or both.
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Samia, 3, donning her Walk for Somalia T-Shirt, gets ready for the kick off at Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square.
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A Feed Somalia volunteer collects a donation from a Toronto commuter during the rush hour subway funds drive.
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Somali artists entertain a festive crowd that turned out to welcome H.E. Fawzia Adan in Toronto.
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H.E. Fawzia Adan is greeted by Somali-Canadians at a colourful welcoming ceremony in Toronto.
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Somali painters featured in the Mogadishu Diaries.
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Youth activist Aisha Mohamed addressing the public during the event.
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From Left: Ige, Shadya and Abdiqani strategize as the walk goes through downtown Toronto streets.
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A wave of patriotism sweeps across the room as participants wave the Somali national flag.
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Abdi'qani Farmajo waves the " NO TO MAHIGA" portrait.
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Crisis in Somalia-Pictures from Mr Solheim's visit
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Stretching for muscle pain before heading out to the road.
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Project ARAN Canada banner in display during the rally.
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Councillor Mihevc chats with community leaders, Dr. Cadigia Ali, right and Faduma Mohamed, second right and youth from the Walk for Somalia campaign.
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Arrival at Pickering.
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