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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.

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.
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Walkers make a brief stopover at Dundas Square, Toronto.
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Demonstrators holding placards during the Toronto rally.
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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.
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A student in a duxi, reciting her Quranic assignment to her teacher.
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Somali boy receives a polio vaccination at the Tunisian hospital in Mogadishu.
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