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Somalia swears in new MPs amid vote criticism

Mugadishu - Somalia on Tuesday swore in new lawmakers after weeks of voting in a complex political process seen as its most democratic election in nearly five decades, despite significant flaws.

Report points to Iran arms 'pipeline' to Yemen

Riyadh - International investigators have found a suspected "weapon pipeline" from Iran through Somalia to Yemen where Shiite rebels are battling the government, according to a report released on Wednesday.

Mogadishu market car bomb kills at least eight

Mugadishu - A car bomb exploded near a busy market in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Saturday killing at least eight people, police said, as medical sources warned the toll could be far higher.

Men made a mess of Somalia, now women want to fix it

Mugadishu - Raped, abused and subjected to genital mutilation, many women suffer terribly in Somalia, an unrepentantly patriarchal country shown by successive surveys as one of the worst places to be female.

In Somalia, voting under way but democracy delayed

Afgooye - With its security-sealed plastic boxes and cardboard polling booths, Somalia's election –- under way since last month and still ongoing –- has the trappings of democracy, but few of the functions.

Kenya suspends Dadaab refugee camp closure for six months

Nairobi - Kenya on Wednesday agreed to suspend the closure of Dabaab refugee camp, the world's largest, for six months after coming under fire over the fate of its 280,000 inhabitants, most of them Somalis.

Somalia's Shabaab still potent threat, UN report warns

New York - Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab group remains capable of launching large-scale attacks despite claims that the insurgency is weakening, a UN report warned Friday.

Freed Indonesians recall Somali kidnap ordeal

Jakarta - Four Indonesian fishermen had an emotional reunion with their families Monday after returning home following a kidnap ordeal at the hands of Somali pirates, recalling the horrors they endured.

Freed Indonesians recall Somali kidnap ordeal

Jakarta - Four Indonesian fishermen had an emotional reunion with their families Monday after returning home following a kidnap ordeal at the hands of Somali pirates, recalling the horrors they endured.

Freed Indonesians recall Somali kidnap ordeal

Jakarta - Four Indonesian fishermen had an emotional reunion with their families Monday after returning home following a kidnap ordeal at the hands of Somali pirates, recalling the horrors they endured.

Shabaab 'takes Somali town' after Ethiopia troop pullout

Mugadishu - Fighters from the Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab group said Sunday they had retaken control of a town in central Somalia after hundreds of Ethiopian troops serving with the African Union's AMISOM force withdrew.

Somali pirates free 26 hostages held for nearly five years

Nairobi - Somali pirates have freed 26 Asian hostages held for nearly five years after the hijacking of their fishing vessel, the last commercial ship seized at the height of the country's piracy scourge, negotiators said Saturday.

Fierce clashes in key Somali town close to Mogadishu

Mugadishu - Fighting between Somali troops and Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab fighters was ongoing Tuesday in the key town of Afgoye, some 30 kilometres (18 miles) northwest of the capital Mogadishu, a security source and a witness said.

Kenya forcing refugees back to Somalia: NGO

Nairobi - Kenya is violating international law by forcing residents of the world's largest refugee camp to return to Somalia, an aid agency said Monday.

Six killed in suspected Shabaab attack in northeast Kenya

Nairobi - Six people were killed in a suspected attack by Shabaab militants on a residential compound in the restive northeastern Kenyan town of Mandera, police and local authorities said Thursday.

Somalia slams Kenya for dragging out maritime border row

Den Haag - Somalia accused Kenya on Tuesday of unnecessarily prolonging a battle over lucrative Indian Ocean oil and gas reserves, saying "both impoverished nations" had an interest in swiftly resolving the dispute.

Minnesota attacker was high-achieving student

Minneapolis - Dahir Ahmed Adan, the Somali American named as the perpetrator of the weekend stabbing rampage in Minnesota, was a high-achieving student with no known history of violence.

Somali border claims 'absurd, hurtful', Kenya tells top UN court

Den Haag - Kenya on Monday rebuked Somalia for dragging it before the UN's top court to defend a maritime border dispute that could decide the fate of potentially lucrative Indian Ocean oil and gas reserves.

Somali general killed in suicide car bomb attack

Mugadishu - A top Somalia general known for fighting the jihadist Shabaab group, was killed on Sunday when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-packed car into his vehicle, officials and witnesses said.

Kenya refugee return scheme 'flouts international law'

Nairobi - The repatriation of Somali refugees from Kenya's Dadaab, the world's largest refugee camp, breaks international standards as many returns are motivated by fear, a Human Rights Watch report said Thursday.

Who is the US-designated 'terrorist' leading IS in Somalia?

Nairobi - A middle-aged Somali-born cleric with a bright orange beard was this week put on a US terror list, accused of heading the Islamic State group in East Africa.

Five dead in Shabaab suicide car bomb at Somalia hotel

Mugadishu - At least five people were killed and 28 injured when jihadists exploded a suicide car bomb outside a popular hotel close to the presidential palace in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Tuesday.

Seven killed in Mogadishu beach restaurant attack

Mugadishu - Seven people were killed in an attack by Shabaab jihadists on a popular beachfront restaurant in the Somali capital Mogadishu, city authorities said on Friday.

Shabaab gunmen attack beach restaurant in Mogadishu

Mugadishu - Shabaab jihadists attacked a beachfront restaurant in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Thursday, setting off a car bomb before exchanging fire with 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.
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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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Abdifatah Warsame  wife Aziza and their children  son Hanad  8 months old and daughters Samia  3 (le...
Abdifatah Warsame, wife Aziza and their children, son Hanad, 8 months old and daughters Samia, 3 (left) and Istar, 5, (right) get ready for the eight -day,Toronto-Ottawa Walk. At the tender age of 8 months, Hanad has made Canadian history by becoming the youngest member ever of a major, trans-cities walk in recent memory.
Photo: Awesame Mohamed
Somali school in Dadaab  Kenya refugee camp
Somali school in Dadaab, Kenya refugee camp
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Mogadishu Sea Port.
Mogadishu Sea Port.
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Hodan Yusuf brings refreshments. Standing right is Noordin  an aspiring young journalist.
Hodan Yusuf brings refreshments. Standing right is Noordin, an aspiring young journalist.
Photo: Awesame Mohamed
A Feed Somalia  volunteer collects a donation from a Toronto commuter during the rush hour subway fu...
A Feed Somalia volunteer collects a donation from a Toronto commuter during the rush hour subway funds drive.
Photo: Omar Nur
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
A commuter reaching out for change chats with a volunteer during the subway funds drive.
A commuter reaching out for change chats with a volunteer during the subway funds drive.
Photo: Omar Nur
Sexual abuse of women in Somalia is a growing problem
Sexual abuse of women in Somalia is a growing problem
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Walk for Somalia members  Istar (5) and Samia (3)  reading during a short break.
Walk for Somalia members, Istar (5) and Samia (3), reading during a short break.
Photo: Walk for Somalia
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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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.
Saado Ali Warsame was driven to tears by the appalling conditions Somali refugees endure each day in...
Saado Ali Warsame was driven to tears by the appalling conditions Somali refugees endure each day in Dadaab camp.
Photo: Somali Refugee Awareness Project
Somali Prime Minister briefing members of the international community in Nairobi  2007.
Somali Prime Minister briefing members of the international community in Nairobi, 2007.
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
Ajax High School students walking with the team.
Ajax High School students walking with the team.
Photo: Walk for Somalia
Professor Togane is mobbed on stage by the ever enthusiastic crowd.
Professor Togane is mobbed on stage by the ever enthusiastic crowd.
Photo: Hodan Yusuf
Walkers make a brief stopover at Dundas Square  Toronto.
Walkers make a brief stopover at Dundas Square, Toronto.
Photo: Awesame Mohamed
Stretching for muscle pain before heading out to the road.
Stretching for muscle pain before heading out to the road.
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Dadaab Refugee Camp  Dadaab  Kenya.
Dadaab Refugee Camp, Dadaab, Kenya.
Photo: Somali Refugee Awareness Project

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