Five killed in al-Shabab attack on Mogadishu checkpoint

World Jul 9, 2019

Five killed in al-Shabab attack on Mogadishu checkpoint

Five people, including three civilians, were killed in a gun battle in Somalia on Monday after al-Shabab militants opened fire on a checkpoint in the capital Mogadishu, officials said. Al-Qaida-linked Shabab fighters have been fighting for more than a decade to topple the government. They ...

Two million Somalis could die of starvation amid drought, U.N. warns

World Jun 6, 2019

Two million Somalis could die of starvation amid drought, U.N. warns

A United Nations emergency relief coordinator says more than 2 million men, women and children could die of starvation in Somalia by summer's end if international aid is not sent quickly to the drought-stricken African country. U.N. Undersecretary-General Mark Lowcock says about $700 million is ...

Al-Shabab and Somali soldiers battle in Mogadishu

World Mar 1, 2019

Al-Shabab and Somali soldiers battle in Mogadishu

A gunbattle raged in Mogadishu on Friday between Somali soldiers and al-Shabab fighters, holed up in a building next to a hotel they had hit with a suicide car bomb the previous evening. Heavy gunfire resounded across the Somali capital through the night and as ...

World Jan 2, 2019

U.K. forced marriage victims charged repatriation costs

Britain is charging young women rescued from forced marriages abroad for the cost of their repatriation, The Times newspaper revealed Wednesday. Four British women who were liberated from a punishment institution in Somalia were each charged £740 ($940), the daily said. Victims are told they have ...

Al-Shabab admits Somali blast that killed two generals and seven guards

World Dec 7, 2018

Al-Shabab admits Somali blast that killed two generals and seven guards

Nine Somali soldiers including two generals were killed on Thursday by a blast just outside the capital Mogadishu, militants and an army official said. Islamist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility, saying it had destroyed a military pickup truck carrying the generals and their seven bodyguards near ...

World Oct 14, 2018

Ethiopia and Somalia linked by first commercial flight in 40 years

An Ethiopian airline on Saturday made the first commercial flight between Addis Ababa and Mogadishu in 41 years, in yet another sign of warming ties between neighboring Horn of Africa nations Ethiopia and Somalia. A plane from the private airline Ethiopia National Airways landed at ...