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At least 10 killed in Shebab raid on Somalia hotel

Mugadishu - At least 10 people have died in an attack by Somalia's Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab militants on a hotel in the capital Mogadishu, Somali security officials said Friday.

Somalia's Shebab stages suicide attack in key central town

Mugadishu - Somalia's Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab militants on Thursday attacked a fortified area in the central town of Baidoa, home to a key regional government headquarters, United Nations compound and airport, security officials said.

Firing squads, blast walls and dangerous diplomacy in Somalia

Mugadishu - A navy flak jacket over his sky-blue shirt, Neil Wigan peered through the bulletproof glass window at six uneven wooden poles in front of a sand dune.

At least 11 killed in Somalia hotel attack: police

Mugadishu - Somalia's Shebab insurgents killed at least 11 people and wounded many others Friday in an attack on a Mogadishu hotel while senior government officials were inside, police said.

Somali lawmakers approve new cabinet as Shebab kills MP

Mugadishu - Somali lawmakers approved a new cabinet on Monday, hours after Shebab insurgents assassinated a colleague as he made his way to parliament.

Somalia says Shebab commander killed in US drone strike

Mugadishu - Somalia on Friday confirmed the death of Shebab commander Yusuf Dheeq in a US drone strike south of Mogadishu last week.

Several killed in Somalia airstrike

Mugadishu - Several people are believed to have been killed in an airstrike in southern Somalia apparently targetting a house used by members of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab militia, officials and witnesses said Sunday.

Somali PM issues new cabinet list after MP veto

Mugadishu - Somalia's new prime minister proposed a new cabinet after parliament rejected his last list of candidates, prompting international concerns political power struggles were stalling progress.

Suicide attack in Somali capital ahead of Erdogan visit

Mugadishu - At least five people were killed Thursday in a suicide car bombing against a hotel in Mogadishu on the eve of a visit to the Somali capital by Turkey's president, police said.

East Africa ministers meet in Somalia for peace push

Mugadishu - East African foreign ministers met in Mogadishu on Saturday to push peace efforts in war-torn Somalia, the first time the regional bloc has met in the country for almost three decades.

East Africa ministers meet in Somalia for peace push

Mugadishu - East African foreign ministers met in Mogadishu on Saturday to push peace efforts in war-torn Somalia, the first time the regional bloc has met in the country for almost three decades.

Somalia's Shebab militants 'execute informers'

Mugadishu - Somalia's Shebab militants have executed four people accused of spying for the United States, Ethiopia and the country's internationally-backed government, officials and witnesses said.

Somalia's Shebab militants 'execute informers'

Mugadishu - Somalia's Shebab militants have executed four people accused of spying for the United States, Ethiopia and the country's internationally-backed government, officials and witnesses said.

Four killed in Mogadishu suicide car bombing

Mugadishu - A huge suicide car bomb blast shook Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Sunday near the heavily-fortified international airport, killing four people, officials said.

Seven die in Shebab attacks in Somalia

Mugadishu - Six Somali soldiers and one civilian were killed on Friday in an attack by Shebab militants on a military checkpoint in Baidoa and in a car bombing in the capital Mogadishu, officials said.

Senior Shebab official surrenders in Somalia: officials

Mugadishu - A top leader of Somalia's Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab rebels, intelligence chief Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi, has surrendered to government and African Union forces and is now in custody, officials said Saturday.

Three AU soldiers, civilian killed in Shebab attack on base

Mugadishu - Three African Union soldiers and a civilian were killed Thursday after Shebab militants staged a brazen attack on the force's heavily fortified headquarters in Somalia.

Shebab stage daring attack on AU Somalia base, 4 injured

Mugadishu - Three African Union soldiers and a civilian were injured Thursday after the Shebab staged a brazen attack on the heavily-fortified headquarters of the force in Somalia.

Somali Shebab journalist 'killer' to face trial: govt

Mugadishu - A Somali journalist accused of murdering colleagues and working for the Al-Qaeda linked Shebab and arrested in Kenya has been extradited to Mogadishu to stand trial, Somalia's information minister said Saturday.

Seven Somali women killed in 'barbaric' attacks

Mugadishu - At least seven women have been killed in "barbaric" attacks in Somalia after Shebab insurgents beheaded a soldier's wife, prompting revenge executions of women close to the Islamists, elders said Thursday.

Somali premier loses confidence vote in parliament

Mugadishu - Somalia's prime minister lost a confidence vote in parliament on Saturday after months of dispute with the country's president and international concern that the turmoil was harming rebuilding efforts.

Four killed in Somali Shebab suicide attack on UN convoy

Mogadishu - Four people were killed and nine wounded in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Wednesday when a suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into a UN convoy, police and rebels said.

Kenya security chiefs ousted after new Shebab massacre

Nairobi - Kenya's interior minister and police chief were removed from their posts on Tuesday, hours after Somalia's Shebab rebels carried out a fresh massacre in the northeast of the country.

Somalia's Shebab massacre 36 in Kenya, vow more attacks

Nairobi - Somalia's Shebab Islamists on Tuesday massacred 36 quarry workers in a fresh attack in northeastern Kenya, with the group vowing to conduct more "uncompromising, relentless and ruthless" operations.

At least 36 feared dead in northeast Kenya attack: Red Cross

Nairobi - At least 36 people are feared dead after gunmen staged a fresh attack on a quarry in northeast Kenya, the Red Cross said Tuesday, the latest in a series of attacks.

Thousands warned to leave Kenya's north after insurgent attacks

Mogadishu - Thousands of Kenyan civil servants were urged Tuesday to leave troubled northeast regions hit by a wave of insurgent attacks, as protesters in the capital demanded greater security.

U.S. forces conduct operation in Somalia: Pentagon

Washington - U.S. military forces carried out an operation against Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants in Somalia, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said.

Uganda suspends officers over Somalia conduct, sex abuse

Kampala - Uganda has suspended 15 of its senior military commanders over their conduct in Somalia including allegations of sexual exploitation, the army said Thursday.

Somali, African troops recapture key port from Shebab

Mogadishu - Somali troops backed by African peacekeepers on Sunday recaptured the last major port in Somalia held by the Shebab, removing a key source of revenue for the Islamist militia, officials told AFP.

Abla Elmi's Mogadishu Diaries Cast Somalia in Different Light Special

Toronto - Initially designated as a school project, the Mogadishu Diaries developed into a much sought after video series as it caught the attention of the Somali public, especially its youthful fraternity starved off original Somali stories.
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Supporters arrive early to welcome their Walk for Somalia heroes.
Supporters arrive early to welcome their Walk for Somalia heroes.
Photo: Walk for Somalia
Suad (second right)  leads the chanting during the Toronto rally.
Suad (second right), leads the chanting during the Toronto rally.
Photo: Samir Tulloch.
Abla Elmi (second left)  posing with Diaspora youth from England  Finland and America.
Abla Elmi (second left), posing with Diaspora youth from England, Finland and America.
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Samia  3  donning her Walk for Somalia T-Shirt  gets ready for the kick off  at Toronto s Nathan Phi...
Samia, 3, donning her Walk for Somalia T-Shirt, gets ready for the kick off at Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square.
Photo: Awesame Mohamed
Jubilant scenes as the Walk for Somalia team arrives in Ottawa.
Jubilant scenes as the Walk for Somalia team arrives in Ottawa.
Photo: Walk for Somalia
Left to Right: Aisha  Suad  Leila  Nasro  Nawal  Fahima  Mohamed  Dr. Cadigia  Unidentified proteste...
Left to Right: Aisha, Suad, Leila, Nasro, Nawal, Fahima, Mohamed, Dr. Cadigia, Unidentified protester. Sitting front, a youngster holding a placard.
Photo: Samir Tulloch.
Canadian youth walkers  including the Warsame family  pose for a group photo in Port Hope.
Canadian youth walkers including the Warsame family, pose for a group photo in Port Hope.
Photo: Walk for Somalia
Shadya Yasin addressing the public during the pro-Farmajo Toronto event.
Shadya Yasin addressing the public during the pro-Farmajo Toronto event.
Photo: Hodan Yusuf
clan water holes and watering cattle
clan water holes and watering cattle
Dadaab Refugee Camp  Dadaab  Kenya.
Dadaab Refugee Camp, Dadaab, Kenya.
Photo: Somali Refugee Awareness Project
Dr. Augustine Mahiga  the UN Special Envoy for Somalia (right)  responds to tough questions from Bil...
Dr. Augustine Mahiga, the UN Special Envoy for Somalia (right), responds to tough questions from Bilan Hassan (middle), during his recent visit in Toronto while Hassan "Karate", the anchor of Ogaal Radio,88.9FM (left) looks on.
Photo: Ogaal Radio, 88.9FM
A Toronto commuter digs into her bag ready to donate.
A Toronto commuter digs into her bag ready to donate.
Photo: Omar Nur
Abla (left)  with SNA Lieutenant  Iman  (right).
Abla (left), with SNA Lieutenant, Iman, (right).
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Faduma (right)  Dr. Cadigia (second right)  Hodan Yusuf (background in blue head scarf) and Hanan.
Faduma (right), Dr. Cadigia (second right), Hodan Yusuf (background in blue head scarf) and Hanan.
Photo: Awesame Mohamed
Somali Prime Minister briefing members of the international community in Nairobi  2007.
Somali Prime Minister briefing members of the international community in Nairobi, 2007.
From Left: Nasro  Dr. Cadigia and Hassan Sheikh.
From Left: Nasro, Dr. Cadigia and Hassan Sheikh.
Photo: Samir Tulloch.
Left to Right  Aisha  Suad  Leila  Nasro and Nawal  during the rally and march in downtown Toronto.
Left to Right, Aisha, Suad, Leila, Nasro and Nawal during the rally and march in downtown Toronto.
Photo: Samir Tulloch.
Abla taking landscape pictures of Mogadishu  on board a ship docked in the Sea Port.
Abla taking landscape pictures of Mogadishu, on board a ship docked in the Sea Port.
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Somali painters featured in the Mogadishu Diaries.
Somali painters featured in the Mogadishu Diaries.
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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