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Kenya police clash with Shebab in Garissa

Garissa - Kenyan police have fought a fierce battle with Shebab militants after an ambush near the border with Somalia, officials said Tuesday.

Islamist Shebab gunmen storm Kenya village

Nairobi - Islamist gunmen raided a village in northeastern Kenya, the interior ministry said Friday, the latest in a string of brazen attacks by the Somali-led, Al-Qaeda affiliated insurgents.

Kerry in Djibouti to discuss security, aid to Yemen and Somalia

Djibouti - US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti Wednesday, home to the main US military base on the continent and just across the sea from war-torn Yemen.

Blaming the victims of rape in Somalia

Mugadishu - After 14-year-old Fatima was raped by a tuk-tuk driver, she was arrested, detained for a month and raped repeatedly by a police officer, according to the child and her aunt.Sexual violence is widespread in Somalia and rarely prosecuted.

War-torn Somalia 'turning around', Kerry says in landmark visit

Mugadishu - US Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that war-torn Somalia was facing a better future, as he made a landmark visit as the most senior US official to visit since Washington's doomed military intervention more than two decades ago.

John Kerry in surprise Somalia visit

Mugadishu - John Kerry made a surprise trip to Somalia on Tuesday, becoming the first US secretary of state to visit the war-ravaged Horn of Africa nation.

Islamic State or Al-Qaeda? Somalia's Shebab mulls future

Mugadishu - Somalia's Shebab militants are divided over whether to maintain their allegiance to Al-Qaeda or shift to Islamic State, according to militant and security sources, analysts and clan elders.

Somali Shebab bomb attack on UN bus kills at least six

Garowe - Somalia's Shebab Islamists killed at least six UN workers on Monday when they set off a huge bomb which ripped through a staff bus in the northeastern town of Garowe, police said.

Somali Shebab kill 15 in education ministry attack

Mugadishu - Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants on Tuesday blasted their way into the higher education ministry with a car bomb before storming the building, killing 15 people.

Kenya starts to bury its massacre dead

Nairobi - The funerals began Friday of students killed in a university massacre of almost 150 people, as some parents still waited to receive the remains of their loved ones.

Somalia issues bounties for top Shebab leaders

Mugadishu - Somalia's government has issued bounties for 11 top leaders of the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants, with $250,000 offered for the extremist's chief, Ahmad Umar.

Kenya freezes key money transfers to Somalia over terror suspicion

Nairobi - Kenya froze key money transfer companies vital for Somalia Wednesday after the police chief issued a list of 85 people and businesses with suspected links to the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab.

Five Kenyans, one Tanzanian held over university massacre: Court

Nairobi - A Nairobi court on Tuesday ordered five Kenyans and a Tanzanian to be detained for 30 days while police investigate possible connections to last week's university massacre.

Kenyans demand better security as they mourn massacre victims

Nairobi - Hundreds of Kenyans took to the streets Tuesday demanding greater security following last week's massacre by Somalia's Shebab Islamists, on the final day of mourning for the 148 people killed by the militants.

Kenyan airstrikes target Shebab after university massacre

Nairobi - Kenyan fighter jets pounded Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgent camps in southern Somalia on Monday, the army said, days after the Islamists killed 148 people in their worst ever massacre in Kenya.

Kenyans mourn massacre dead, wait in anguish at morgue

Nairobi - They came in their hundreds, fearful of attacks but determined to honour the victims of one of Kenya's worst ever massacres.

'Gentle' ex-teacher accused of masterminding Kenya massacre

Nairobi - Kenyan police have named homegrown militant Islamist Mohamed Mohamud, a soft-spoken former teacher, as the alleged mastermind of the massacre of 148 people in a university in Garissa.

Kenya vows retaliation against Shebab after university massacre

Nairobi - Kenya's president vowed Saturday to retaliate in the "severest way" against Somalia's Shebab Islamists after they massacred nearly 150 people in a university.

Somalia's Shebab warn Kenyan public of 'long, gruesome war'

Mugadishu - Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab Islamists threatened Kenyan citizens with "another bloodbath" on Saturday, two days after their gunmen slaughtered 148 people at a university.

Kenya's sleeping students prove easy prey for Shebab

Nairobi - Islamist gunmen who massacred sleeping students in Kenya's Garissa university knew what they were doing: they picked a soft target put further at risk by crippling corruption and mismanaged security, analysts say.

Shock, defiance in Kenya after Shebab massacre 148 at university

Garissa - The bodies of the 148 students and security officers massacred by Somalia's Shebab Islamists in a Kenyan university were flown Friday to Nairobi and their desperate and grieving loved ones.

Somalia calls for closer security ties after 'barbaric' Kenya massacre

Garissa - Somalia and Kenya must boost security cooperation between them, Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said Friday, as he offered his condolences a day after "barbaric" Islamist gunmen massacred 147 students.

Somali Islamists kill 70 as troops end Kenya university massacre

Garissa - Masked gunmen from Somalia's Shebab Islamist group massacred at least 70 Kenyan students Thursday in a day-long college campus siege, the deadliest attack in the country since US embassy bombings in 1998.

Shebab seize hostages, kill 15, in Kenya university attack

Garissa - Shebab gunmen on Thursday seized Christian hostages at a Kenya university near the border with Somalia, in a pre-dawn attack that killed at least 15 people and wounded scores more.

Uganda bombing trial stalls after top prosecutor assassinated

Kanpala - A key trial in Uganda of 13 men accused of taking part in Al-Shebab bombings that killed 76 people in 2010 was postponed Tuesday after the top prosecutor was shot dead.

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.
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Abla (left)  with SNA Lieutenant  Iman  (right).
Abla (left), with SNA Lieutenant, Iman, (right).
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Boys walking back home after chores near the Djibouti AMISOM base in Belet-Weyne  Somalia.
Boys walking back home after chores near the Djibouti AMISOM base in Belet-Weyne, Somalia.
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File photo: George H. W. Bush  left and wearing a desert camouflage visited Somalia to witness first...
File photo: George H. W. Bush, left and wearing a desert camouflage visited Somalia to witness first hand the efforts of Task Force Somalia that was in direct support of Operation Restore Hope, 01 January 1993
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Walk for Somalia members gather at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto for the kick off ceremony.
Walk for Somalia members gather at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto for the kick off ceremony.
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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
Members of EU NAVFOR take over a pirate skiff.
Members of EU NAVFOR take over a pirate skiff.
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Crisis in Somalia-Pictures from Mr Solheim s visit
Crisis in Somalia-Pictures from Mr Solheim's visit
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Stretching for muscle pain before heading out to the road.
Stretching for muscle pain before heading out to the road.
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Time for refreshments.
Time for refreshments.
Photo: Awesame Mohamed
A student in a duxi  reciting her Quranic assignment to her teacher.
A student in a duxi, reciting her Quranic assignment to her teacher.
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Ottawa residents line up at the finish line to welcome the Walk for Somalia heroes.
Ottawa residents line up at the finish line to welcome the Walk for Somalia heroes.
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Crisis in Somalia-Pictures from Mr Solheim s visit
Crisis in Somalia-Pictures from Mr Solheim's visit
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Arrest of Somali pirates by the French Protection Brigade  off the coast of Somalia.
Arrest of Somali pirates by the French Protection Brigade, off the coast of Somalia.
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Activist Aisha Mohamed speaking on behalf of the Toronto youth during the Jubaland State event.
Activist Aisha Mohamed speaking on behalf of the Toronto youth during the Jubaland State event.
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Day 5 in Brighton.
Day 5 in Brighton.
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Somali school in Dadaab  Kenya refugee camp
Somali school in Dadaab, Kenya refugee camp
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A volunteer holds the donation box as a commuter donates.
A volunteer holds the donation box as a commuter donates.
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Halima Hussein of the Somali Tenant Association is one of the community leaders working with Toronto...
Halima Hussein of the Somali Tenant Association is one of the community leaders working with Toronto's Somali-Canadian youth.
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Kids holding placards during the Toronto rally.
Kids holding placards during the Toronto rally.
Photo: Samir Tulloch.
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