2 dead as al-Shabab claims mortar attack near Somalia palace

2017-02-16 20:28

Two civilians have been killed in an al-Shabaab mortar attack outside Somalia's presidential palace during a handover ceremony for the country's new leader, says the police, a sign of the enormous challenges facing the man who has promised his government will make security a priority.

Somalia's quarter century of chaos

2017-02-09 18:48

Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo was elected Somali president, in the second presidential election since 1991 held amid tight security due to clashes between Al-Qaeda-linked fighters and African Union peacekeepers.

Gunmen kidnap Colombian nun in southern Mali

2017-02-08 18:33

A Colombian nun has been kidnapped by gunmen in southern Mali, a Malian security source and a local official have said.

Graft, threats as Somalia faces historic presidential vote

2017-02-07 16:17

Suicide bombings aren't the biggest threat as Somalia, after a quarter-century without a functioning central government, holds a presidential election under strong international pressure.

Mortar attack kills UN peacekeeper in Mali

2017-01-24 21:29

A mortar attack in restive northern Mali has killed one United Nations peacekeeper and seriously wounded two others in their camp near the Algerian border, the UN has said.

Five soldiers killed in Niger attack

2016-11-08 20:32

Five soldiers have been killed and four others missing following an attack in southwest Niger close to the border with Mali, a security source has said.

Canada security agencies helped Syria in torture cases - documents

2016-09-19 22:08

Canada's spy agency and federal police quietly cooperated with Syrian military intelligence in the post 9/11 torture of three Canadians, documents revealed by public broadcaster CBC showed.

Two explosions kill 8 near Mogadishu airport

2016-07-26 09:47

At least eight people were killed when two huge bombs went off near Mogadishu's airport, including one close to the UN's political office in the Somali capital, a security source told AFP.

Bin Laden's son threatens revenge against US

2016-07-10 15:43

Al-Qaeda's media arm has released an audio in which the purported son of the late al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden threatens revenge against the US for assassinating his father.

3 killed in Somalia market blast - security officer

2016-04-13 17:00

At least three people have been killed and six others wounded in a blast at a busy livestock market in Somalia.


Searches across Mali and Burkina Faso for kidnapped nun

2017-02-09 20:22

Security forces were searching territory in Mali and Burkina Faso for a Colombian nun kidnapped by self-declared jihadists, a Malian security ministry source has said.

Wary Somali refugees pack for trip to US ... again

2017-02-08 19:28

When Aden Bare Farah, 23, first boarded a bus taking him away from the bleak rows of dust-coloured tents where he was born and raised a refugee, there was no looking back.

Somali capital on lockdown ahead of presidential vote

2017-02-07 19:35

Somalia's capital Mogadishu was under security lockdown, with roads and schools closed and residents urged to remain indoors a day before the country holds a long-delayed presidential election.

Organisers lament cancellation of Timbuktu music festival

2017-02-02 21:13

Organisers say the last-minute cancellation of a well-known music festival in Timbuktu marks a missed opportunity to bring hope to a former tourist hub struggling to recover after years of extremist threats.

Kenya police kill 4 suspected extremists at Somali border

2016-11-20 19:01

A Kenyan official says police officers killed four suspected extremists at the Somali border, a region hard-hit by recent attacks by the Somali extremist group al-Shabab

Two 'foreign fighters' arrested in Australia

2016-11-03 13:42

Two men have been arrested in Australia on suspicion of breaching the country's foreign fighter laws, with one to be charged with joining the Al-Nusra Front in Syria.

'Two killed' in attack on Niger refugee camp

2016-09-12 07:20

At least two civilians have been killed and several wounded in an attack by unidentified assailants on a UN refugee camp in Niger near the Malian border, sources told AFP Sunday.

Mali renews state of emergency after deadly attack

2016-07-21 07:05

The Malian government declared a state of emergency, a day after an attack in the centre of the country left 17 soldiers dead and 35 wounded.

US Senate votes to allow 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia

2016-05-18 10:29

The US Senate approved legislation that would allow 9/11 victims and their relatives to sue Saudi Arabia over its possible role in the 2001 attacks, a bill which could trigger a diplomatic firestorm.

Qaeda stones Yemeni woman for adultery

2016-01-04 18:00

Al-Qaeda militants have stoned a woman to death in Yemen after accusing her of adultery and prostitution, several witnesses say.

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