Food aid need in Somali capital - UN

2014-07-26 13:21

Over 350 000 people in Somalia's war-ravaged capital are in acute need of food aid as government and charities struggle to cope, the UN has warned, with other cities also in crisis.

How our animals are dying

2014-07-25 07:26

As the number of humans on Earth has nearly doubled over the past four decades, the number of bugs, slugs, worms and crustaceans has declined by 45%, researchers say.

Gunmen kill 3 in Kenyan coast – police

2014-07-21 10:10

Police says three more people have been killed by unknown gunmen on the Kenyan coast where 94 people have so far perished in less than a month in attacks claimed by al-Shabaab.

2 killed in Somalia attacks

2014-07-17 14:54

At least two people have been killed in Somalia in separate attacks, including a car bombing in the capital Mogadishu, officials and witnesses say.

Court gets urgent bid to give girl surgery

2014-07-16 16:10

An urgent application has been brought before the North Gauteng High Court to ensure a 12-year-old Somali girl receives life-saving surgery, Lawyers for Human Rights says.

Hundreds arrested in Somalia

2014-07-15 17:42

More than 200 suspects have been arrested in a security sweep to stop militant attacks in the Somali capital.

Legal trade needed to end Somali piracy

2014-07-10 20:22

A new study says local infrastructure, especially roads are the key to ending Somalia's piracy problem.

Somali leader fires police, intelligence chiefs

2014-07-09 11:45

Somalia's government has fired police and intelligence chiefs, a day after Islamic militants attacked and entered the heavily guarded presidential palace in the capital Mogadishu.

Militants attack Somalia presidential palace

2014-07-08 20:04

Militants have stormed the presidential palace in the Somali capital Mogadishu, police say, sparking heavy gunfire as government troops and guards tried to repel them.

Somalia drought looms after poor, erratic rains

2014-07-07 20:17

The UN food agency says drought is looming in violence-prone Somalia after poor and erratic rains.

Somali lawmaker assassinated

2014-07-03 12:54

Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab has claimed responsibility for shooting dead a lawmaker and wounding another, the latest in a surge of attacks in Mogadishu.

China to reopen Somalia embassy, sees strong ties

2014-06-30 12:34

China will open its embassy in Somalia after signs the East African country is making progress in its efforts to restore peace decades after the end of its civil war, an official says.

Shabaab warn of attacks during Ramadan

2014-06-30 07:42

Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab militants have warned they will step up attacks in the Somali capital Mogadishu during the holy month of Ramadan.

Hotel attack: Shabaab hurled grenades

2014-06-26 11:09

Islamist militants hurled grenades at the gate of a hotel in central Somalia, then opened fire as they burst into the building used by Somali soldiers and Amisom, residents say.

Kenyan jets kill 80 Shabaab militants – AU force

2014-06-23 14:12

At least 80 militants have been killed after Kenyan fighter jets attacked two bases belonging to Islamist al-Shabaab insurgents, AU peacekeepers say.

At least 20 killed in Kenyan tribal clashes

2014-06-23 07:48

At least 20 people have been killed in inter-clan violence in northern Kenya, police say, further destabilising one of the country’s most volatile regions.

Over 50m driven from homes by war, crisis

2014-06-20 14:35

The number of people driven from their homes by conflict and crisis has topped 50 million for the first time since World War II, with Syria hardest hit, the UN refugee agency says.

Kenyan cops fire teargas to disperse protest

2014-06-19 14:34

Police have fired teargas in Kenya’s main port city of Mombasa to disperse a demonstration about poor security called after gunmen killed dozens of people in attacks on the coast this week.

Tensions mount in Kenya after coast massacres

2014-06-18 15:02

Political tensions and anger over worsening insecurity have mounted in Kenya in the wake of twin massacres on the coast, claimed by Somalia’s Islamist Shabaab.

1 killed in Somalia hospital car bomb blast

2014-06-18 11:41

A doctor has been killed and two others wounded after a car bomb exploded at a hospital in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, staff and witnesses say.

Kenya attack: Witness says gunmen spared Muslims

2014-06-16 17:11

Officials say the gunman who attacked a Kenyan coastal town killed those who couldn’t answer questions about Islam and those who didn’t know the Somali language.

Kenya massacre: Bodies on the road

2014-06-16 12:08

Kenya's army spokesperson has described how gunmen attacked a coastal town and launched a major assault, with witnesses saying bodies were seen lying on the road.

Rival Somali forces set for clash

2014-06-14 14:24

Rival Somali regions have sent troops into disputed flashpoint zones in the north of the war-torn nation.

UK: Shabaab plotting Djibouti attack

2014-06-12 14:31

Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab insurgents are planning further attacks in the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti, Britain warns after suicide bombers last month attacked a crowded restaurant.

Measles threatens children in Somalia

2014-06-10 16:35

Thousands of children in war-torn Somalia are facing death or disability due to an outbreak of highly contagious measles.


'Shabaab commanders' killed in AU offensive

2014-07-25 13:14

AU troops in Somalia say they have killed two “senior” commanders of the al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab insurgents, in the latest push of an offensive against the extremist fighters.

Somali woman MP shot dead by Islamists

2014-07-24 05:00

A Somali member of parliament famed for political and patriotic songs she sang over decades was shot dead in Mogadishu by Islamist gunmen.

3 years after devastating famine, Somalia faces new threat

2014-07-20 13:31

Three years to the day since a famine that eventually killed more than a quarter of a million people was declared in Somalia, aid agencies have warned the country faced a new catastrophe.

Defeat of Somalia's Shabaab 'matter of time'

2014-07-17 09:49

A former UN envoy says Somalia’s al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab rebels will be defeated if foreign governments stay in the course in backing the fragile government in Mogadishu.

Kenya govt not serious on Islamist threat – Odinga

2014-07-16 12:12

Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga has accused the government of failing to safeguard national security in the face of a wave of Islamist attacks.

Raiders steal police guns in attack at Kenya coast

2014-07-11 13:27

An official says armed gunmen have attacked a Kenyan coastal village, the latest of a series of attacks that have killed more than 80 people and displaced thousands.

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.

Troops retake stormed Somali presidential palace

2014-07-09 07:54

Somali troops have retaken the presidential palace in the capital Mogadishu after militants forced their way in and exchanged heavy gunfire with troops and guards.

Gunmen hurl grenade in Kenyan restaurant

2014-07-08 10:32

At least one person has been killed and several others injured after gunmen hurled a grenade in a restaurant in Kenya’s restive north-eastern town of Wajir, police say.

Somali capital one step short of famine

2014-07-07 14:38

War-torn Somalia is sliding back into an acute hunger crisis with parts of the capital facing emergency just short of famine, the UN says.

Stay out of streets, Shabaab warn troops

2014-07-01 12:24

Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab has claimed responsibility for a string of attacks in the capital Mogadishu and warned that violence will intensify during Islam's holy month of Ramadan.

At least 2 killed in Somali market bomb blast

2014-06-30 10:11

At least two people have been killed and seven wounded after a bomb ripped through a busy market in the Somali capital, a government official says.

Soldier, police officers die in Mogadishu attacks

2014-06-29 16:34

One soldier and two police officers have been gunned down in the Somali capital despite security forces saying they had beefed up security in the face of militant threats.

Al-Shabaab attack hotel in central Somalia

2014-06-26 10:08

Explosions and gunfire have been heard at a hotel in central Somalia used by Somali soldiers and Djibouti peacekeepers working for the African Union, residents say.

Kenya air strikes pound Somali Shabaab bases

2014-06-23 10:12

Kenyan fighter jets have bombed bases of Somalia’s al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab with scores of fighters killed, the AU force fighting the extremists says.

Somali journalist killed in bomb attack

2014-06-22 09:00

A Somali journalist has died in Mogadishu after a bomb believed to have been attached to his car was remotely detonated, police and witnesses say.

Kenyan troops kill five suspects

2014-06-19 22:41

Kenyan security forces killed five people suspected of involvement in massacres earlier this week in the country's coastal Lamu region.

Mogadishu car bomb kills doctor

2014-06-18 19:04

A Somali medical doctor has been killed when a bomb hidden in the car of his colleague exploded in a hospital parking lot.

Shabaab urge Muslim uprising in Kenya

2014-06-18 13:57

Somalia's Shabaab rebels have repeated claims they are responsible for two consecutive massacres in Kenya, the day after President Uhuru Kenyatta insisted that "local political networks" were to blame.

Kenya: Back-to-back attacks 'underscore weak security'

2014-06-17 10:51

The back-to-back attacks in Kenya underscore the weak security around the Lamu area, which lies just south of the Somali border.

Kenya attacks: All dead are men, police say

2014-06-16 14:02

Kenyan police say more bodies have been found after gunmen attacked a coastal town, adding that all the dead are men.

Kenya attack: Women ordered to watch as men killed

2014-06-16 10:00

Kenyan authorities have blamed Somalia’s al-Shabaab for the attack on a small coastal town, with police saying the gunmen pulled men aside and ordered women to watch as they killed them.

Bangladesh sailors finally home after kidnapping

2014-06-12 14:41

Seven Bangladeshi sailors, held hostage by Somali pirates for almost four years have finally returned home, saying it was 'unbelievable' to be alive and describing their ordeal as 'like hell'.

Several dead in Somali heavy fighting

2014-06-11 11:08

At least 12 people have died in heavy fighting between rival militia in central Somalia, the latest surge of violence amid warning of a worsening humanitarian crisis.

Top Kenyan Muslim preacher shot dead

2014-06-10 10:08

Gunmen have shot dead an influential Kenyan moderate Muslim preacher in the port city of Mombasa, a vocal opponent of the radical preachings of Somalia’s al-Shabaab insurgents, police say.

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