The old flag was the product of attempts to unify white South Africa, to the exclusion of black South Africans, writes Pieter du Toit.
Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has renounced his American citizenship, his office announced, without elaborating on why the dual citizen chose to give up his adopted passport.
Eritrea and Somalia have agreed to restore diplomatic relations, both countries have announced in another thaw in the restive Horn of Africa region, while Somalia's leader called for sanctions on Eritrea to be removed.
The presidents of Somalia and Eritrea have signed an agreement to establish diplomatic ties after over a decade of animosity, in the latest fast-track rapprochement in the Horn of Africa.
A Minnesota teenager who became the first American to win a prestigious Qur'an recitation contest will travel to Somalia to meet the country's president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.
Youths from Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF are reportedly divided over plans to amend the party's constitution, and Togo's security minister says at least five people have been killed in clashes between security forces and opposition supporters
Somalia has struck a new stability pact with the international community, aimed at steadying the fragile state by bolstering its security, staving off famine and rebooting its economy.
A police officer says bodyguards for Somalia's auditor general have shot dead a government minister near the presidential palace.
The Somalia-based al-Shabaab claims that its escalation of deadly attacks is in "doubled response" to President Donald Trump's approval of expanded US military efforts against it, an organization that monitors extremist groups says.
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.
A Somali presidential aide has confirmed that British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has arrived in Mogadishu for a surprise visit and is holding talks with Somalia's new president.
Ethiopian, Eritrean and Somalia leaders are set to meet in Eritrea's capital Asmara, furthering the diplomatic thaw in the strategic Horn of Africa region.
Eritrea, which signed a deal with Somalia to establish diplomatic ties, has long been accused of supporting Islamic militants who are seeking to topple the interim government in Mogadishu.
Eritrea says Somalia's president will be visiting the country as yet another rivalry in the Horn of Africa region may be coming to an end.
Somalia's president has fired the mayor of the capital Mogadishu, in an apparent bid to defuse moves towards greater autonomy for the city.
Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has vowed to step up the war against al-Shabaab, as he addressed thousands at a rally in Mogadishu for the victims of the city's worst-ever bombing.
Britain is hosting a high-level conference to address the deepening humanitarian crisis and security situation in Somalia.
The Kenyan army says it killed a number of al-Shabaab fighters in a dawn raid in neighbouring Somalia.
Somalia's new president has declared the country a war zone and replaced its military and intelligence chiefs while instructing the army to prepare a new offensive against al-Shabaab extremists.
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
If Al-Shabaab maintains its hard stance, the possibility for dialogue will continue to be remote and Somalia's government will be forced to intensify the war on terror through new strategies, writes Fatuma Ahmed Ali.
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