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  • 26 fishermen freed after being held by Somali pirates since 2012

    The crew of a fishing vessel hijacked by Somali pirates in March 2012 was freed after payment of a ransom, officials said.

  • European ships rescue thousands of migrants off Libyan coast

    Italian naval ships and vessels from non-government groups rescued thousands of migrants off the Libyan coast on Monday, the latest surge in desperate attempts to flee to Europe driven by …

  • Somalia bombings kill 17 at local government HQ, market

    MOGADISHU, Somalia – A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the gates of a local government headquarters in Somalia while another bomber targeted a nearby marketplace, killing at least …

  • Two suicide car bombs near U.N. offices kill 13 in Somalia

    Two suicide bombers detonated explosives-laden cars Tuesday outside the office of the U.N.’s mine-clearing agency and a Somali army checkpoint in Mogadishu, killing 13 people, including seven guards, Somali police …

  • At least 14 killed in Somalia hotel attack, police say

    Gunmen stormed a hotel in Somalia’s seaside capital Saturday, taking guests hostage and “shooting at everyone they could see,” before security forces pursued the grenade-throwing assailants to the top floor …

  • Somalia hotel attack kills 2 parliament members, 4 others

    Somalia’s Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, stormed a hotel in the capital Wednesday evening, killing at least six people and taking a number of hostages, police said.

  • Trudy Rubin: Next president must avoid nation-building trap

    Nation-building has failed in the Middle East, but America still needs a Plan B.

  • Police: 14 dead as al-Shabab gunmen attack hotel in Somalia

    A Somali police official says gunmen have forced their way into a hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu.

  • Somali president: Attack killed nearly 200 Kenyan soldiers

    Somalia’s president says at least 180 Kenyan soldiers were killed in Somalia in an extremist attack on their base in January by al-Qaida affiliate al-Shabab.

  • Explosion forces plane to make emergency landing in Somalia

    An explosion and fire blew a gaping hole in a commercial airliner, forcing it to make an emergency landing at Mogadishu’s international airport late Tuesday, officials and witnesses said.

  • Islamic rebel group kills at least 24 at hotel in Somalia

    MOGADISHU, Somalia — Blood spattered utensils, bullet-pocked walls and overturned chairs mark the reception area of a prominent hotel in the Somali capital following an attack by Islamic extremists that …

  • Somalia polio outbreak spreads; 105 recorded cases

    NAIROBI, Kenya — Somalia is suffering an “explosive” outbreak of polio and now has more cases than the rest of the world combined, an official said Friday.

  • 4 American hostages killed by pirates, U.S. says

    Four Americans taken hostage by Somali pirates off East Africa were shot and killed by their captors Monday, the U.S. military said, marking the first time U.S. citizens have been …

  • Terrorism suspects appear in court

    NEWARK, N.J. – Two New Jersey men accused of trying to join a terrorist group in Somalia intended to commit acts of violence even though their plans appeared haphazard, a …

  • Agents tracked pair for 4 years

    WASHINGTON – Two U.S. citizens were arrested at JFK International Airport as they tried to leave the country to join an Islamic terrorist group in Somalia and plot attacks against …

  • Eight more face terror charges

    WASHINGTON – Federal authorities unsealed criminal charges Monday against eight suspects alleged to be part of a U.S. recruiting network that sent young men to fight in Somalia – one …

  • Somali president blasts terror recruiting

    ST. PAUL, Minn. – The president of Somalia on Sunday denounced the recruiting of young men from Minnesota’s huge Somali community for terrorist activity in his war-ravaged homeland, and said …

  • U.S. has begun sending weapons to help Somalia

    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration has begun sending arms to the government of Somalia, officials said Thursday, in an escalation of its commitment to one of the world’s most troubled …

  • Somali extremists may be radicalizing Americans

    WASHINGTON – Senior U.S. counterterrorism officials are stepping up warnings that Islamist extremists in Somalia are radicalizing Americans to their cause, citing their successful recruitment of the first U.S. citizen …

  • World in brief: Hamas says longer truce acceptable

    The deputy leader of Hamas said Thursday night that the Islamic militant group agreed to an 18-month truce with Israel for the Gaza Strip, the official Egyptian news agency reported. …

  • Islamist cleric sworn in as Somalia’s president

    NAIROBI, Kenya – A moderate Islamist cleric was sworn in Saturday as Somalia’s new president, a widely popular choice that could mark a turning point for the troubled Horn of …

  • Somalia’s president planning to resign

    NAIROBI, Kenya – The embattled president of Somalia, Abdullahi Yusuf, is expected to resign after a bitter struggle for control of his country’s interim government, Western diplomats said Wednesday. Yusuf’s …

  • U.N. vote allows raids on pirates

    UNITED NATIONS – The U.N. Security Council unanimously voted Tuesday to authorize nations to conduct military raids, on land and by air, against pirates plying the waters off the Somalia …



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