Somali pirate kingpin finally arrested

2014-08-20 08:29

Somali security forces have arrested one of the country's most powerful pirate chiefs, who once hijacked giant vessels earning him multi-million dollar ransoms, security sources say.

Ebola stops peacekeepers

2014-08-05 05:00

Sierra Leone, which is battling to contain the deadly Ebola virus, will stop new rotations of its UN-led forces into Somalia for now as authorities move to establish safeguards.

Somali MPs demand president quit

2014-05-08 22:30

More than 100 Somali lawmakers have signed a letter demanding the president resign for failing to improve security and meet other promises.

Somalia: Al-Shabaab flees 5 towns

2014-03-11 16:26

Columns of AU and Somalia troops are moving deeper into land controlled by al-Qaeda-linked militants, forcing fighters to flee five towns in quick succession in a further squeezing of al-Shabaab’s strongholds.

Our enemy has suffered a great deal of harm – Shabaab

2014-02-21 15:26

A military spokesperson for al-Shabaab says government troops have "suffered a great deal of harm but I don't have the exact casualty figures", after the militants attacked the presidential palace.

Somali president appoints new PM

2013-12-13 07:08

The Somali president has appointed a new prime minister following the fall-out with Abdi Farah Shirdon.

Somali leader says threat of al-Shabaab is global

2013-09-23 19:32

The president of Somalia says the group claiming responsibility for the terrorist attack at a Kenyan mall presents a threat not just to Africa, but to the entire world.

Somalia: Donors meet to approve 'new deal'

2013-09-16 12:30

International donors have met to approve a "New Deal" for Somalia to drive its economic and political recovery after two decades of bloody civil war.

Somali president safe after attack

2013-09-03 12:48

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has escaped unhurt from an ambush on his heavily armoured convoy claimed by Al-Shabaab.

Tough times for fragile Somalia govt

2013-08-23 10:09

Hopes that Somalia may soon turn the page on decades of anarchy have been dealt a string of blows, giving the internationally-backed government little to cheer as it marks its first birthday.

Somali warlord tightens control of port

2013-06-10 11:29

Fighters loyal to Somali warlord Ahmed Madobe have strengthened control of the key southern port of Kismayo, residents say, after days of clashes between rival militia forces for control of the city.

Somalia asks for cash

2013-05-07 16:32

Somalia has asked for more funds at a London conference to aid its recent gains in security and justice.

UK opens new embassy in Mogadishu

2013-04-25 14:44

British Secretary William Hague has opened a new embassy in Mogadishu, 22 years after London pulled its diplomats from conflict-torn Somalia.

Somali court death toll climbing

2013-04-14 18:30

The assault on the Somali Supreme Court has resulted in at least 16 killed, including 9 Islamic extremist attackers.

Somali president offers amnesty to pirates

2013-02-28 14:22

Somalia's president has offered an amnesty to young pirates in a bid to end attacks off the Horn of Africa nation’s coast as he seeks to rebuild the war-torn country.

Somalia returns to international fold

2013-01-30 09:28

Somalia has taken a fresh step in its return to the international fold with a high-profile EU visit by its leader that comes days after finally winning US recognition.

Somalia must free rape journo – group

2013-01-28 10:24

Somalia must release a journalist held by police for over two weeks after interviewing a woman who said she was raped by government troops, a press freedom group says.

US to recognise Somali government

2013-01-17 11:38

The US is set to recognise the first Somali government in two decades, heralding a significant shift in ties since the deadly 1993 attack on US helicopter over Mogadishu.

Somali parliament endorses new government

2012-11-13 21:13

Somalia's new parliament has endorsed all 10 ministers appointed by the prime minister, approving one of the smallest ever cabinets for the war-ravaged nation.

For most Somalis, the only answer is flee

2012-10-01 15:17

Half of Somalia's population wants out of the impoverished, conflict-stricken nation even as it takes the first steps to shed its reputation as the world’s most failed state, the UN says.

US slams attack on new Somali leader

2012-09-14 09:14

The US has condemned an assassination bid against Somalia’s new president, just days after voicing hopes his election would usher in a new era for the war-torn country.

Somalia urged to appoint new govt

2012-09-12 12:59

The UN leader Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the election Hassan Sheikh Mohamud but says he must quickly appoint a government.

Somalia election an important step – UK

2012-09-11 12:25

British PM David Cameron has hailed as a "significant moment" Somalia’s election of Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as president but warned the country faces a long road to democracy.

Somalia gets new president

2012-09-10 20:36

Lawmakers have elected Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as Somalia's new president.


UN Security Council envoys visit war-torn Somalia

2014-08-13 14:30

UN Security Council ambassadors met with Somalia's president under heavy security in the war-ravaged capital Mogadishu, the presidency said in a statement.

Somalia sacks security chiefs

2014-07-09 18:34

Somalia's president has sacked his security chiefs after Shabaab fighters strike the heart of government.

Al-Shabaab: We'll keep killing politicians

2014-04-22 12:26

Islamist rebels in Somalia have vowed to keep killing politicians and wreck efforts to secure the country. This comes after a lawmaker was shot dead in Mogadishu.

Attackers wanted to abduct or kill president

2014-02-22 20:28

Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked militants say they had planned to either assassinate or abduct President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud when they attacked the presidential compound .

Somali president 'unharmed' in suicide attack

2014-02-21 12:51

Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has not been harmed by a car bombing and suicide attack against the presidential palace in Mogadishu, the UN's special envoy to Somalia says.

Somali president resolute after bombing

2013-11-09 14:28

Somalia's president has vowed he would not halt efforts to restore peace and security to the country in the wake of a car bomb attack in central Mogadishu by al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab rebels.

Somali central bank governor 'was clean'

2013-09-22 11:31

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has defended the country's former central bank governor, Abdusalam Omer.

Somalia’s al-Shabaab back on Twitter

2013-09-10 16:16

Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab insurgents have turned to Twitter after their account last week was shut for a second time this year.

Somali president 'ambushed' - militants

2013-09-03 11:33

Somalia's al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabaab insurgents have ambushed President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the militants say.

Death toll hits 18 in UN compound attack

2013-06-20 10:12

At least three Somali civilians have died in the al-Shabaab assault on a UN compound in Mogadishu, medics say, bringing the confirmed death toll to 18.

Efforts to free kidnapped couple

2013-06-07 17:29

Government has taken steps in a bid to have a kidnapped South African couple freed in Yemen, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane says.

Somalia's 2 decades of chaos

2013-05-07 13:36

An international conference is being held in London to boost political stability in Somalia and to prevent the Horn of Africa nation from slipping back into abject lawlessness.

Slow recovery: Somalia eyes global support

2013-04-15 13:40

Somalia's finance minister has his eye on conferences in London in the next six months to shore up international support for a slow recovery whose fragility has been exposed by recent bombings.

Mogadishu attack kills ten

2013-03-18 22:23

At least ten people have been killed by a car bomb in central Mogadishu in one of the bloodiest attacks in the war-ravaged capital in recent months.

UN set to ease Somalia arms embargo

2013-02-28 07:44

The UN Security Council is set to ease a two decade old arms embargo against Somalia to help the new government in its battle against Islamist militants, diplomats say.

Bomber kills 2 at Somali president's villa

2013-01-29 13:57

A suicide bomber has detonated explosives outside the prime minister's home in Somalia's presidential palace compound, killing two people, an official says.

Somalia president speaks to thousands in US

2013-01-19 09:00

Somalia's president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has alled on Somalis living in the US state of Minnesota to help rebuild their war-torn homeland.

Ethiopia troops in Somalia till AU arrives

2012-11-28 17:30

Ethiopian troops will remain in Somalia until African Union forces fighting Islamists can take over, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn says.

EU gives €158m to Somalia

2012-11-03 19:00

The European Union has given Somalia €158m to improve education, the legal system and security, its new envoy says.

Kenya navy shells Somali town

2012-10-01 07:45

Kenyan warships have shelled the southern Somali port of Kismayu after al-Qaeda linked rebels said they had abandoned the city, residents say.

New Somali leader escapes bomb attack

2012-09-12 18:00

Somalia’s new president and the visiting Kenyan foreign minister have escaped unharmed from an apparent suicide bomb attack on a Mogadishu hotel where they were holding a news conference.

US voices hope for new era in Somalia

2012-09-12 10:04

The US has congratulated the new president of Somalia, voicing hope the election of Hassan Sheikh Mohamud will mark a new era for the African nation torn by two decades of war.

'Little known about Somalia's new leader'

2012-09-11 09:30

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, a 56-year-old university lecturer chosen by lawmakers as Somalia’s new president, is something of an unknown quantity, a western dipolmat says.

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