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Somali pirates convicted of attacking Spanish warship

Six Somali men have been convicted of piracy by a Spanish court after they attempted to board a Spanish warship off the Somali coast in January 2012. One of the men was sentenced to 12-and-a-half years in prison, while the...

Pentagon Says Shabab Bomb Specialist Is Killed in Missile Strike in Somalia

WASHINGTON — The United States military carried out a missile strike against a top Shabab operative in Somalia on Monday, according to Defense Department officials, three weeks after a Navy SEAL raid in another part of the country failed...

Somali Militants Mixing Business and Terror

NAIROBI, Kenya — Illicit ivory, kidnappings, piracy ransoms, smuggled charcoal, extorted payments from aid organizations and even fake charity drives pretending to collect money for the poor — the Shabab militant group has shifted from one illegal business to...

Combating Corruption in Somalia

In the wake of the barbarous attack on Kenya’s Westgate shopping mall last month, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wants decisive action against the group responsible for at least 67 deaths, the Somalia-based al-Shabaab. He proposes adding 4,000 African Union...

Deputy UN Chief visits Somalia to show solidarity with people, gov”t – UN

UN Deputy Secretary General, Jan Eliasson, arrived in the Somali capital Mogadishu earlier today to show solidarity with the people and Government at this crucial time, the UN press office said in a statement. He held meetings in Villa Somalia,...

Somali radio station raided by army

Somali government security forces have raided Shabelle Radio station in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, Al Jazeera has learned. The Somali-owned private station, considered the most popular and influential domestic station in the country, went off air shortly after the raid...

Somali al-Shabab commander Ikrima ‘spent time in UK’

An al-Shabab commander who was the target of a recent abortive US special forces raid in Somalia had spent time in the UK, the BBC has learned. Abdukadir Mohamed Abdukadir, also known as Ikrima, has been linked to alleged terror...

British links to al-Shabab revealed

The names of almost 50 people from Britain who have links to al-Shabab - and related organisations - have been established by the BBC Most of those on the list travelled to Somalia to fight or attempted to do so. Somali-based...

One month after Westgate attack, Kenya police still abusing Somali Muslims

NAIROBI, Kenya — In the middle of a crowded downtown street stand two hundred men and women, listening to a religious debate between a Muslim cleric and a Christian priest. The two take turns shouting into a microphone that amplifies...

AU cites war on terror in plea for Kenya deferral

The African Union on Tuesday cited Kenya's status as "a frontline state in the fight against terrorism" in a formal plea to the United Nations Security Council for deferral of the International Criminal Court cases against Kenya's leaders. The proceedings...

Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum opens in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS - A new museum showcasing Somali art and culture is now open in the Twin Cities. The Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum opened Saturday and features paintings of nomadic life and photos of Somalia's capital Mogadishu along with traditional...

Meet the British al-Qaeda ‘supergrass’ dishing the dirt on terrorists

A British man with connections to al-Qaeda terrorist branches has been revealed as the “supergrass” who is helping British and U.S. intelligence officials fight terrorism across the Middle East and North Africa. Ahmed Warsame, 27, reportedly has links to an...

One suspect in Kenya mall attack identified as Norwegian-Somali national

NAIROBI, Kenya -- Almost one month after gunmen attacked an upscale mall in Kenya, one of them has been identified as a Norwegian-Somali, officials said Friday, as charred body parts taken from a collapsed portion of the shopping centre...

Somali actors get a shot at the big-time

When Barkhad Abdi and three other amateur Somali actors from Minnesota learned they had won major roles in a Tom Hanks movie they tore off their clothes and jumped into the Pacific Ocean. "It was exciting," Abdi recalls of that...

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