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US commando killed, four wounded in Somalia attack

Washington - An American commando was killed Friday in an attack in southern Somalia that also wounded four US military personnel along with a Somali soldier, officials said.

Hundreds dead as floods wreak havoc in East Africa

Nairobi - Weeks of torrential rain after a long drought have turned from blessing to curse in East Africa, killing hundreds of people and displacing hundreds of thousands of others.

Gunmen kidnap German nurse in Somalia capital

Mugadishu - Armed men abducted a German nurse working for the International Committee of the Red Cross on Wednesday evening from a compound in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, the aid group said Thursday.

Gunmen kidnap German nurse in Somalia capital

Mugadishu - Armed men abducted a German nurse working for the International Committee of the Red Cross on Wednesday evening from a compound in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, the aid group said Thursday.

Five Shabaab killed in US strike in Somalia: US military

Washington - A US air strike against Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia has killed five "terrorists," the US military announced Monday.

Four Ugandans killed in Shabaab attack on AU base in Somalia

Mugadishu - Heavily-armed Al-Shabaab militants attacked an African Union military camp outside Mogadishu on Sunday, killing four Ugandan peacekeepers, their army said.

At least 14 killed in Mogadishu car bombing

Mugadishu - At least 14 people were killed and several others wounded on Thursday when a car bomb blew up outside a popular hotel in Somalia's capital Mogadishu.

Death toll rises to 38 in Mogadishu bombings

Mugadishu - Two car bombings killed 38 people in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Friday, the city's main ambulance service told AFP on Saturday.

Two car bombings strike Somalia capital

Mugadishu - At least 18 people were killed and 20 wounded on Friday when two car bombs exploded in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, the city's main ambulance service said.Jihadist rebels claimed the attack.

Somalia's first forensic lab targets rape impunity

Garowe - The new freezers at Somalia's only forensic laboratory can store thousands of DNA samples, although for now there are just five.

Death sentence for man convicted of Somalia's deadliest bombing

Mugadishu - A Somali military court on Tuesday sentenced a man to death after finding him guilty of carrying out an October truck bombing that killed over 500 people, the deadliest attack in the nation's history.

Somali forces kill boys in anti-Shabaab operation: US

Washington - US forces operating in Somalia took part in a mission in which their Somali counterparts killed fighters who appeared to be under 18, the US military's Africa Command said Wednesday.

US says four Shabaab militants killed in Somalia strike

Washington - US forces in Somalia said Friday that four Al-Shabaab militants were killed in an airstrike as part of the ongoing offensive against the jihadist rebels.

Somalia's Shabaab forcing civilians to hand over children: HRW

Nairobi - Somalia's Al-Qaeda linked Shabaab insurgents are increasingly threatening civilians to force them to hand over young children for "indoctrination and military training", Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Monday.

US strike targets vehicle bomb in Somalia

Washington - US forces in Somalia have conducted a strike against a bomb-laden vehicle that was going to be used against civilians in Mogadishu, the US military's Africa Command said Wednesday.

US forces kill 13 Shabaab militants in air strike

Nairobi - The United States carried out an air strike on Christmas Eve against the Shabaab Islamist group that left 13 dead, according to a statement released Wednesday.

US forces kill eight in Somalia strike

Washington - US forces in Somalia have carried out another air strike against Al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab militants, killing eight, military officials said Monday.

Somalia's Shabaab kill 18 police in academy bombing

Mugadishu - A suicide bomber from Somalia's Shabaab insurgents killed 18 police officers and wounded 15 others on Thursday when he blew himself up inside the country's main police academy, the force's chief said.

Somalia's Shabaab kill 13 police in academy bombing

Mugadishu - A suicide bomber from Somalia's Shabaab insurgents killed 13 policemen and wounded 15 others on Thursday when he blew himself up inside the country's main police academy, officers said.

Report finds 512 died in deadliest Somalia bombing

Mugadishu - As many as 512 died in an October truck bombing in the Somali capital Mogadishu, an emergency committee investigating the terrorist atrocity has found.

US strike in Somalia kills more than 100 Shabaab fighters

Washington - US forces conducted an air strike against the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab group in Somalia on Tuesday, killing more than 100 jihadists, military officials said.

Pentagon steps up Somalia drone strikes

Washington - The US military has quietly upped the tempo of its operations in Somalia, conducting a growing number of drone strikes against Al-Qaeda affiliated Shabaab militants and other jihadists.

Breakaway Somaliland votes for new president

Mugadishu - Residents of the self-proclaimed state of Somaliland voted Monday in its third presidential poll, hoping to prove its democratic credentials and strengthen the case for independence from troubled Somalia.

Three US strikes in Somalia kill 'several' militants

Washington - US forces have carried out three strikes in the past two days in Somalia against both the Al-Qaeda affiliated Shabaab group and Islamic State group jihadists, killing several, the military announced Sunday.

Islamic State thriving in Somalia: UN report

New York - An Islamic State faction in Somalia has grown significantly over the past year, carrying out attacks in Puntland and receiving some funding from Syria and Iraq, a report by UN sanctions monitors said Friday.

US kills 'several militants' in Somalia air strike

Washington - The US military announced Thursday it had killed "several militants" in an airstrike against Al-Shabaab jihadists in Somalia.

AU to reduce troops in Somalia by 1,000 this year

Nairobi - The African Union's mission in Somalia has said it will withdraw 1,000 troops fighting jihadists in the country this year, as part of plans to pull out all soldiers by December 2020.

US warns diplomatic staff of 'specific threat' at Mogadishu airport

Mugadishu - The US mission to Somalia on Saturday urged all of its non-essential staff to leave Mogadishu immediately following a specific threat against them at the capital's international airport.

The deadliest attacks in Somalia since 2010

Mugadishu - A weekend attack claimed by the Al-Qaeda aligned Shabaab on a hotel in Mogadishu has killed at least 27 people, just two weeks after the deadliest attack in Somalia's history killed 358 people in the capital.

Somalia sacks security chiefs as attack toll hits 27

Mugadishu - The death toll from a deadly attack on a hotel in Mogadishu rose to 27 on Sunday, prompting the Somali government to sack its police and intelligence chiefs.
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Somali Foreign Minister, Fawzia Adan. meets her Canadian counterpart, Mr. John Baird, in Ottawa, Canada.
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A congratulatory message hangs on the wall as the Walk for Somalia team gets seated during the community reception in Ottawa.
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Mogadishu Sea Port.
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Crisis in Somalia-Pictures from Mr Solheim's visit
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Dr. Kirsty Duncan, the Etobicoke North MP speaks passionately about Jubaland State and the Somali community in general. Looking on is Somali Diva, Faduma Ali Nakruma.
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A large crowd gathers at the Bayshore Park in Ottawa to receive the Walk for Somalia team.
A large crowd gathers at the Bayshore Park in Ottawa to receive the Walk for Somalia team.
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Councillor Joe Mihevc of Ward 21, St. Paul's West, waves as he arrives at the Walk for Somalia kick off ceremony at Nathan Phillips Square.
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Stretching for muscle pain before heading out to the road.
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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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Professor Togane, 2nd right and Abdi'qani Farmajo, left, pose with youth participants at the Days Inn Hotel.
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Somali refugees in Dadaab camp.
Somali refugees in Dadaab camp.
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Women rush to a feeding centre in Mogadishu. The UN has declared famine throughout Somalia's southern regions and UN agencies have stepped up their support as drought and insecurity have led to a massive displacement of people.
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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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Dadaab Refugee Camp, Dadaab, Kenya.
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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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A portrait of Queen Ceebla Caraweela, taken from the collection of a Somali painter.
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Protesters chanting during the Somalia Rally in downtown Toronto.
Protesters chanting during the Somalia Rally in downtown Toronto.
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Supporters waving Canadian and Somali flags converge at the Bayshore Park in Ottawa to welcome Walk for Somalia heroes.
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