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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.

Spain takes over EU anti-piracy mission from Britain due to Brexit

Rota - Spain on Friday took over from Britain command of a European Union maritime mission that combats piracy off the coast of Somalia as Britain's planned departure from the bloc nears.

15 killed as Shabaab bomb busy Somali restaurant

Mugadishu - At least 15 people died when a car bomb exploded on a busy street and ripped into a nearby restaurant in Somalia's capital on Thursday, medics said.

Civilian deaths mount as US drone strikes in Somalia escalate: Amnesty

Nairobi - US forces have "dramatically increased" the number of air strikes in Somalia with several civilians killed by the powerful missiles, Amnesty International said Wednesday, reports denied by the military.

UN environment talks open under shadow of Ethiopian plane crash

Nairobi - A world forum on addressing the planet's environmental crisis opened in Nairobi on Monday, the mood darkened by the Ethiopian Airlines tragedy that killed 157 people a day earlier, including at least 22 UN staff, many headed for the event.

At least 19 dead as Somali siege ends

Mugadishu - Security forces on Friday ended a siege by Al-Shabaab insurgents nearly 24 hours after jihadists mounted an attack in the Somali capital Mogadishu that left at least 19 dead.

Five killed by Al-Shabaab car bomb in Somalia

Mugadishu - At least five people were killed on Thursday when a car bomb exploded close to a major hotel in the capital of Somalia, medics said.

US strike in Somalia kills 35 'terrorists': Pentagon

Washington - US forces have conducted an air strike in Somalia that killed 35 Al-Shabaab militants, officials said Monday, in the latest in a string of attacks against the Al-Qaeda affiliate.

Somalia port boss killed, car bomb leaves 9 dead in Shabaab attacks

Mugadishu - Somalia's Al-Shabaab militants shot dead the Maltese manager of a major northern port and detonated a car bomb in the capital on Monday, killing nine people, in a deadly day for the restive nation.

Nine killed in Somali market car bombing: police

Mugadishu - At least nine people were killed and several wounded when a car loaded with explosives blew up near a mall in a busy market in the Somali capital on Monday, police said.

US military says 52 Somali Islamists killed in airstrike

Nairobi - United States military forces carried out an airstrike Saturday against Islamist group Al-Shabaab, killing 52 militants, according to a statement from US Africa Command.

UN council regrets Somalia's decision to expel envoy

New York - The UN Security Council on Saturday expressed regret after Somalia expelled a UN envoy but added that it expected "full cooperation" between Somalia and the United Nations.

Somalia refuses to take back expelled UN envoy

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday agreed to appoint a new UN envoy to Somalia after its president refused to reverse a decision to expel a representative for raising human rights concerns.

Somalia tells UN not to interfere after expelling envoy

New York - Somalia on Thursday told the UN Security Council not to interfere in its national affairs after expelling a UN envoy who questioned the government's decision to arrest an al-Shabaab defector running for election.

Somalia orders top UN envoy to leave

Mugadishu - Somalia's government has ordered the UN top envoy to the troubled country to leave, accusing him of "deliberately interfering with the country's sovereignty.

Air strikes kill 62 Shabaab militants in Somalia: US military

Washington - The US military said Monday it has killed 62 militants from the jihadist Shabaab movement in six air strikes in Somalia.Four strikes on Saturday killed 34 militants and another two on Sunday killed 28, the US Africa Command said in a statement.

US reestablishes permanent diplomatic presence in Somalia

Washington - The United States has reestablished a permanent diplomatic presence in Somalia nearly three decades after it closed its Mogadishu embassy in January 1991, the State Department said Tuesday.

Death toll from Mogadishu bombings jumps to over 40

Mugadishu - The death toll from a string of car bombings near a popular hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu has jumped to at least 41, police said on Saturday.

Death toll from Mogadishu bombings jumps to over 40

Mugadishu - The death toll from a series of car bombings near a popular hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu has jumped to at least 41, police said on Saturday.

US strike in Somalia killed 60 militants: Pentagon

Washington - The United States conducted its largest air strike in nearly two years against militants in Somalia, killing about 60 Al-Shabaab fighters, the US military said Tuesday.
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Somali boy receives a polio vaccination at the Tunisian hospital in Mogadishu.
Somali boy receives a polio vaccination at the Tunisian hospital in Mogadishu.
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Somali Prime Minister briefing members of the international community in Nairobi  2007.
Somali Prime Minister briefing members of the international community in Nairobi, 2007.
Saado Ali Warsame receiving the Lifetime Gold Record Award at the June 4  2011 Toronto Ceremony.
Saado Ali Warsame receiving the Lifetime Gold Record Award at the June 4, 2011 Toronto Ceremony.
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Toronto commuters enter a TTC subway station during rush hours.
Toronto commuters enter a TTC subway station during rush hours.
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Participants at the community consultation meeting in Toronto pose for a photo at the Jane Jane Alli...
Participants at the community consultation meeting in Toronto pose for a photo at the Jane Jane Alliance Neighbourhood Services.
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Protesters chanting during the Somalia Rally in downtown Toronto.
Protesters chanting during the Somalia Rally in downtown Toronto.
Photo: Samir Tulloch.
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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Somalia: Army of African Union soldiers.
Somalia: Army of African Union soldiers.
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Volunteers at a TTC Subway Station.
Volunteers at a TTC Subway Station.
Photo: Omar Nur
Walkers on their way to Ajax City Hall.
Walkers on their way to Ajax City Hall.
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Women at the Dadaab refugee camp.
Women at the Dadaab refugee camp.
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Participants at the Toronto community consultation meeting to discuss the Somali famine.
Participants at the Toronto community consultation meeting to discuss the Somali famine.
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Walkers getting ready to hit the long road to Ottawa. Antar  the much celebrated former Somali inter...
Walkers getting ready to hit the long road to Ottawa. Antar, the much celebrated former Somali international soccer star (in blue shirt), holds Hanad, the 8 months old infant who has made history by becoming the youngest member ever of a major trans-cities walk in Canada.
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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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clan water holes and watering cattle
Shadya Yasin energizes the crowd with  Power to the People  chants.
Shadya Yasin energizes the crowd with "Power to the People" chants.
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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.
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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.
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Demonstrators holding placards during the downtown Toronto rally.
Demonstrators holding placards during the downtown Toronto rally.
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Jubilant scenes as the Walk for Somalia team arrives in Ottawa.
Jubilant scenes as the Walk for Somalia team arrives in Ottawa.
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