Somalia's proposed new cabinet challenged by lawmakers

2017-03-26 20:00

Somalia's parliament speaker is urging the new prime minister to review his proposed cabinet after 105 lawmakers presented a petition calling for changes.

General favours more aggressive approach in Somalia

2017-03-25 15:40

The commander of US Africa Command says he would like to be granted more authority to battle al-Qaeda-linked militants in Somalia.

Somali pirates seize trawler, likely for hijackings: Police

2017-03-24 17:31

Police say Somali pirates have seized a fishing trawler owned by a local businessman and forced the mostly foreign crew to disembark.

Africa has worst hunger crisis in 70 years amid budget cuts

2017-03-23 21:01

Africa faces the world's largest humanitarian crisis since 1945, with more than 20 million people facing starvation, and any cut in funding to humanitarian agencies working in famine-affected areas will cause untold suffering, says a WFP spokesperson.

UN: $864m appeal for Somalia only 31 percent funded

2017-03-23 10:12

The United Nations says the $864 million UN humanitarian appeal for Somalia where a worsening drought threatens millions of people with famine is only 31% funded.

UN wants probe into refugee boat attack off Yemen

2017-03-20 22:35

The United Nations has called for an inquiry into last week's attack on a boat off Yemen's coast that killed 42 people, mostly Somali refugees.

Somalia blames Saudi-led coalition for 'horrorific' deadly strike on boat

2017-03-19 14:02

Somalia's government has blamed the Saudi-led coalition for Friday's attack on a boat that killed at least 42 Somali refugees, calling the assault by a military vessel and a helicopter gunship "horrific".

At least 33 Somali refugees shot dead on Red Sea: Yemen officials

2017-03-17 14:15

At least 33 Somali refugees, including women and children have been shot dead aboard a boat on the Red Sea, officials in Yemen's rebel-held Hodeida says.

Somali coastguard in gunfight near hijacked ship

2017-03-16 19:21

Coastguards in northern Somalia exchanged gunfire with armed men aboard a boat heading towards a hijacked oil tanker where pirates are holding eight hostages, says an official.

Kenya govt abusing rights to privacy in counter-terrorism

2017-03-16 18:19

An international human rights organisation says security agencies are violating the rights of privacy of Kenyans in counter terrorism operations


East African bloc: Members to allow Somali refugees to work

2017-03-26 18:11

East Africa's regional bloc says it gradually will allow the hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees sheltering in its countries to work and will include them in planning efforts.

Car bomb near Somalia presidential palace kills 1, hurts 2

2017-03-24 18:31

A police official says a car bomb blast near a restaurant and hotel in Somalia's capital has killed at least one person and wounded two others.

Al-Shabaab claims to kill 17 soldiers in Somalia attack

2017-03-24 06:06

An organisation that monitors extremist groups says al-Shabaab has claimed to have killed at least 17 soldiers and wounded 22 in an attack in southwestern Somalia.

Somali leader urges help to avert famine

2017-03-23 20:06

Somalia's president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed is urging the world to help avert a massive famine saying almost half the population is facing acute food shortages and 15% are facing famine now

Car bomb near Somalia's presidential palace kills 5: Police

2017-03-21 21:33

Police in Somalia say a car bomb has exploded at a military checkpoint near the presidential palace in the capital, killing at least five people.

Somalia wants Saudi probe of refugee boat attack

2017-03-19 16:04

Somalia has called on the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen to investigate an incident in which dozens of Somali refugees were shot dead on board a boat.

Military attack kills 42 Somali refugees off Yemen's coast

2017-03-17 19:29

A military vessel and a helicopter gunship have attacked a boat packed with Somali refugees off the coast of Yemen, killing at least 42 people in the dead of night

Somali pirates who seized oil tanker release it: Officials

2017-03-16 22:24

A Somalia official says pirates who seized a Comoros-flagged oil tanker have released the ship without conditions.

Top Africa stories: Zim, Nigeria, Somalia

2017-03-16 19:21

A crocodile has killed and eaten an 8-year-old child in Zimbabwe, and a Nigerian lawmaker says the "good relations" between President Zuma and his Nigerian counterpart President Buhari should "rub off" onto the citizens

Families plead for Somali pirates to release ship's crew

2017-03-15 21:01

Families of the eight Sri Lankan crew members held captive by Somali pirates on an oil tanker have tearfully pleaded for the men to be released unharmed, while the pirates demanded a ransom.

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