World's last wild frankincense forests are under threat

Dec 25, 2016

World's last wild frankincense forests are under threat

In a tradition dating to Biblical times, men rise at dawn in the rugged Cal Madow mountains of Somaliland in the Horn of Africa to scale rocky outcrops in search of the prized sap of wild frankincense trees. Bracing against high winds, Musse Ismail ...

Oct 31, 2016

Shabab fighters wrest town from Somali forces

The Islamist group al-Shabab seized a town northwest of Somalia’s capital from government forces on Sunday, the latest small center taken by the militant group trying to topple the country’s Western-backed government. Shabab, which once ruled much of Somalia, has been fighting for years ...

Sep 11, 2016

Three women killed while staging attack on Mombasa police station

Three women were killed while staging a knife and firebomb attack on the main police station in the Kenyan city of Mombasa on Sunday in what officers said was “an apparent terror attack.” Mombasa County police chief Peterson Maelo said the three women had ...

Somalian forces end extremist siege of hotel; 15 killed

Jun 3, 2016

Somalian forces end extremist siege of hotel; 15 killed

Somali security forces Thursday ended an overnight siege by extremist gunmen at a hotel in the capital which killed least 15 people, including two members of parliament, officials said. The assault started when a vehicle laden with explosives detonated outside the Ambassador Hotel Wednesday ...

U.S. advisers call in drone strike against Somalia Shabab roadblock

May 13, 2016

U.S. advisers call in drone strike against Somalia Shabab roadblock

U.S. special operations forces working with African partners called in an airstrike against the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab group in Somalia on Thursday, killing five, the Pentagon said. Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said U.S. troops were advising and assisting Ugandan troops from the African ...

Kenya to close world's biggest refugee camp

May 12, 2016

Kenya to close world's biggest refugee camp

The Kenyan government will close Dadaab refugee camp, which has hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees and is often referred to as the world’s largest camp, the East African country’s interior security minister said Wednesday. The decision has been condemned by domestic and international ...