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Gunmen storm beach restaurant in Mogadishu: AFP

Mugadishu - Several gunman attacked a beachfront restaurant in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Thursday, prompting an exchange of fire with the security forces, an AFP correspondent said.

At least 10 dead in twin blasts in Somalia town: official

Mugadishu - At least 10 people were killed Sunday in two explosions in a town in central Somalia, police said.The Shabaab militant group claimed responsibilty for the blasts in the town of Galkayo, some 700 kilometers (440 miles) northeast of Mogadishu.

Ugandan AU soldiers convicted for running fuel racket

Kanpala - Nine Ugandan soldiers have been jailed for illegally selling fuel meant for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), an army spokesman said Wednesday.

Somalia sets presidential vote for October 30

Mugadishu - Somalia will hold a delayed presidential vote on October 30 with parliamentary polls starting next month, an official statement sent to AFP Monday said, in what international backers hope will signal a long-awaited return to stability.

Car bomb attackers kill 6 in assault on Somali police building

Mugadishu - Six people were killed Sunday in a gun and car-bomb assault on a police building in the centre of the Somali capital that also left seven assailants dead, Security Minister Abdirasak Omar Mohamed said.

Suicide bomber was former Somali MP: Shabaab

Mugadishu - A former Somali MP who joined the Shabaab group in 2010 was one of two suicide bombers who killed 13 people near a United Nations and African Union base, the militants announced Wednesday.

Twin suicide bombs kill 13 near Mogadishu airport

Mugadishu - At least 13 people were killed on Tuesday in twin bombings near UN and African Union buildings by Mogadishu's airport, police said, in what the jihadist Shabaab group claimed as a suicide attack.

New Shabaab leader labels Turkey Somalia's 'enemy'

Mugadishu - The leader of Somalia's Shabaab jihadist group Ahmed Diriye described Turkey as "the enemy of the nation" and accused foreign peacekeeping forces of plundering the country, in an audio message published Tuesday.

African Union's troops in Somalia to be withdrawn by 2020

Nairobi - The African Union said it plans to pull its soldiers out of Somalia where they are fighting jihadists by December 2020, according to a statement issued Wednesday.

Roadside bomb 'kills eight' on Somalia minibus

Mugadishu - A roadside bomb ripped apart a minibus just outside Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Thursday, killing at least eight people and injuring several others, a witness said.

Islamic State makes inroads into Kenya

Nairobi - Recent arrests show the Islamic State's growing presence in East Africa, where they are recruiting young Kenyans for jihad abroad and raising fears some of them will return to threaten the country.

Somalia minister among 11 killed in Mogadishu hotel attack

Mugadishu - A junior minister was among 11 people killed in an attack by Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab militants on a hotel in the Somali capital, the foreign ministry said Sunday.

Eleven dead in Mogadishu hotel attack claimed by Shabaab

Mugadishu - At least 11 people were killed Saturday in an attack on a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu that was swiftly claimed by Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab militants.

'Massive explosion', attack under way at Mogadishu hotel

Mugadishu - A huge blast followed by heavy gunfire rocked a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday, a resident and AFP reporters said, the latest in a string of attacks targeting hotels and restaurants.

Shebab confirms death of Garissa attack leader

Mugadishu - Somalia's Shebab jihadists have confirmed the death of a commander suspected of organising the 2015 attack on Kenya's Garissa University that left 148 people dead.

Shabaab jihadists raid Ethiopian base in Somalia

Mugadishu - Shabaab fighters attacked an Ethiopian army base in central Somalia early Thursday, in the latest raid targeting foreign soldiers deployed as part of an African Union force in the country.

Leader of Garissa University attack killed in Somalia raid

Mugadishu - A senior Shabaab commander suspected of organising the 2015 attack on Kenya's Garissa University has been killed in a special forces raid in southern Somalia, a local official said Wednesday, as the Al-Qaeda-linked group launched a deadly assault on a ...

Somalia hotel attack over, 10 dead: minister

Mugadishu - An attack on a Mogadishu hotel by jihadist gunmen has ended with at least 10 dead, Somalia's security minister said Thursday.

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.
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Feed Somalia volunteers at the Dundas Station getting ready to hand out pamphlets to commuters.
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Canadian youth walkers including the Warsame family, pose for a group photo in Port Hope.
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Somali refugees in Dadaab camp.
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Somali Prime Minister briefing members of the international community in Nairobi, 2007.
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Saado Ali puts smiles on the faces of young Somali refugees.
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