U.K. holds first trial over female genital mutilation

Jan 20, 2015

U.K. holds first trial over female genital mutilation

A London doctor went on trial on Monday for carrying out female genital mutilation in only the first such case to be prosecuted in Britain despite pressure from campaigners. Dhanuson Dharmasena, 32, is accused of performing an FGM procedure on a woman who gave ...

Dec 30, 2014

Pentagon: Airstrike targeted a terror leader in Somalia

A U.S. airstrike in Somalia targeted a senior leader of the al-Shabab extremist group, the Pentagon said Monday. It did not identify the leader or say whether the strike was successful. A senior defense official said the strike did not target Ahmad Umar, who ...

Dec 28, 2014

Extremist al-Shabab leader surrenders in Somalia

A leader with the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, who had a $3 million bounty on his head, surrendered in Somalia, a Somali intelligence official said Saturday. Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi surrendered to Somali police in the Gedo region, said the intelligence officer, who insisted ...

Dec 26, 2014

Al-Shabab militants attack AU Somalia base; at least five dead

Gunmen attacked the African Union’s main base in Mogadishu on Thursday, leading to an exchange of gunfire between militants and soldiers that left at least five militants dead, an official with the mission in Somalia said. Somali extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the ...

Nov 24, 2014

Kenya kills over 100 al-Shabab rebels behind attack that left 28 dead

Kenyan security forces have pursued and killed more than 100 militants and destroyed their camp in Somalia after the ambush of a Nairobi-bound bus that left 28 people dead, Deputy President William Ruto said Sunday. Somalia’s Islamist al-Shabab militants have claimed responsibility for the ...

Kenya kills over 100 al-Shabab rebels behind attack that left 28 dead

Nov 24, 2014

Kenya kills over 100 al-Shabab rebels behind attack that left 28 dead

Kenyan security forces have pursued and killed more than 100 militants and destroyed their camp in Somalia after the ambush of a Nairobi-bound bus that left 28 people dead, Deputy President William Ruto said Sunday. Somalia’s Islamist al-Shabab militants have claimed responsibility for the ...

Somali, African troops recapture key port from al-Shabab

Oct 6, 2014

Somali, African troops recapture key port from al-Shabab

Somali troops backed by African peacekeepers on Sunday recaptured the last major port in Somalia held by al-Shabab, removing a key source of revenue for the Islamist militia. The move was another blow for al-Qaida’s main affiliate in Africa and came just a month ...