Shabaab takes two towns in central Somalia

2015-10-02 22:19

The radical Islamist group al-Shabaab has taken two towns in central Somalia, officials and witnesses have said.

Somali ratification leaves only US outside child-rights treaty

2015-10-02 08:38

Somalia has ratified a UN convention ensuring the rights of children, becoming the 196th party of the world’s most widely ratified treaty – leaving the US as the only member of the UN yet to join.

British troops to join UN missions in Somalia, South Sudan

2015-09-28 12:38

British troops are set to join peacekeeping missions in Somalia and South Sudan, the government says.

Somalia parliament speaker drops impeachment motion against president

2015-09-26 12:49

Somalia's parliamentary speaker has withdrawn an impeachment motion brought against President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud - the latest crisis to threaten the country's stability

Car bomb attack near Somalia's presidential palace

2015-09-21 21:12

At least five people were killed when a car bomb exploded close to the presidential palace in Somalia's capital Mogadishu.

Shabaab retakes town in Somalia after African forces quit

2015-09-18 09:14

Islamist militant group al-Shabaab has retaken another town in Somalia from African troops, adding to a string of settlements it has seized this month, the group and an official say.

Kenya's wildlife flees al-Shabaab conflict into Somalia

2015-09-16 20:00

Buffaloes, elephants, giraffes, lions and leopards have been spotted for first time in decades in Somalia as they flee security operations in Kenya.

Ugandan leader says Somali rebels may be holding his troops

2015-09-12 09:20

The leader of Uganda has conceded that Islamic extremists in Somalia may have taken some of his country's troops as prisoners, and blamed his own commanders for being 'asleep' in allowing a recent attack on an African Union base.

Boats carrying Indians bombed between Yemen and Somalia

2015-09-10 07:37

Warplanes bombed two boats carrying 20 Indian crew members as the vessels travelled between Somalia and Yemen, India's Foreign Ministry says, a day after the Yemeni coast guard says a Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemeni Shi'ite rebels bombed boats off the war-torn country's coast.

Somali Islamists claim to be holding Uganda soldiers hostage

2015-09-09 13:10

Somalia's Islamist Shebab insurgents claimed to be holding Ugandan troops hostage after an attack last week, although Kampala has said all its troops are accounted for.


Ethiopia plans to export natural gas in 3 to 5 years

2015-10-02 19:22

A government official in Ethiopia says his country will begin exporting natural gas in three to five years following the discovery of huge reserves in the country’s Somali region.

Doubts grow about AU mission to Somalia as Shabaab mounts attacks

2015-09-28 17:58

African Union troops have helped Somalia battle radical Islamists for nearly a decade, but victory is still not in sight. Doubts are growing over the peacekeepers' military capacity and strategy.

Somali parliament ends impeachment motion against president

2015-09-26 20:02

Somalia's parliamentary speaker says he will drop an impeachment motion against the president in favour of talks to end the country's political crisis.

11 dead after suicide car bomb attack on Somali state house

2015-09-22 11:20

At least 11 people have been killed after a suicide car bomber rammed into the gate of Somalia's presidential compound, a government official said.

Al-Shabaab attack on Somali military base kills 10

2015-09-18 14:01

At least 10 people have been killed after al-Shabaab fighters attacked a Somali military base, a military commander says.

Blast in Somalia's Kismayu port city kills 3 soldiers

2015-09-17 18:01

A blast claimed by the Somali Islamist militant group al-Shabaab has killed at least three soldiers who were waiting to collect their salaries at a military camp in the port city of Kismayu, police say.

Illegal fishing off Somalia risks piracy return - report

2015-09-15 12:22

Rampant illegal fishing by foreign trawlers off Somalia’s once pirate-infested coastline is threatening economic gains in the Horn of Africa nation and could push communities back to maritime crime, a report warns.

Kenya launches operation against extremists on Somali border

2015-09-11 21:23

Kenya has announced a new security operation aimed at ousting Islamic extremists from a forest along the border with Somalia.

Somalia welcomes reopening of US embassy

2015-09-09 19:00

Somalia has welcomed the reopening of a US diplomatic mission in the Horn of Africa country, more than two decades after it withdrew from there.

US reopens Somalia mission - in Kenya

2015-09-08 18:33

The US mission to war-torn Somalia has begun work without an ambassador or an embassy and based in a neighboring country, the State Department says.

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