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Obama warns African leaders who refuse to step down

Jul 29, 2015 - 11:08 AM

Obama says the rest of the world also needs to change its approach to Africa by boosting fair trade and not just providing aid handouts

TALKING TO AFRICA. US President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa on July 28, 2015. Saul Loeb/AFP

Obama challenges Ethiopia on democracy but praises Shebab fight

Jul 28, 2015 - 9:44 AM

Rights groups have complained that Obama s visit to Addis Ababa could add credibility to a government they accuse of suppressing democratic rights

CHALLENGE TO ETHIOPIA. US President Barack Obama speaks during a joint news conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (not pictured) at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, July 27, 2015. Stringer/EPA

Obama in Ethiopia, focus on South Sudan peace bid

Jul 27, 2015 - 12:13 PM

UPDATED US President Barack Obama heads to Ethiopia the first American president to visit Africa s second most populous nation and a key but much maligned ally in the fight against terrorism

OBAMA IN KENYA. US President Barack Obama smiles during the official opening of the 6th Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, July 25, 2015. Daniel Irungu/EPA

Somalia's Shebab kill at least 6 in Mogadishu hotel car bombing

Jul 27, 2015 - 8:35 AM

The suicide attack the latest in a string of bomb blasts and killings in the war torn Horn of Africa nation comes as US President Barack Obama left neighboring Kenya and headed to Ethiopia

GUTTED. Somali security officers gather around Jazeera Palace Hotel which was attacked by Islamist militant group Shebab in Mogadishu, Somalia, July 26, 2015. Said Yusuf Warsame/EPA

Suffocating security ahead of Obama's Kenya visit

Jul 23, 2015 - 12:49 PM

US and Kenyan officials are fixated on making sure Al Qaeda s Somali led affiliate the Shebab cannot violently disrupt the US presidential visit this week

WAITING FOR OBAMA. A handout photograph provided by the Kenyan Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism (MEAACT) on July 22, 2015 shows an artist holding a depiction of US President Barack Obama during the Pre-Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) Expo being held at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, July 22, 2015, ahead of US President Barack Obama's much-anticipated visit to the east African nation this weekend. Stuart Price/MEACCT/Handout/EPA

Somalia's Shebab leader outlines plans for East Africa terror expansion

Jul 17, 2015 - 9:13 PM

The leader of Somalia s Al Qaeda affiliated Shebab rebels issues an Eid message calling for a wave of new recruits in order to lift the pain of Muslims across East Africa

MOURNING. A Kenyan woman uses her mobile phone as she attends a candlelight vigil held for the 148 people killed in an attack on Garissa University College in Garissa town, in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, 07 April 2015. Photo by Dai Kurokawa / EPA

Suspected Shebab kill 14 in northern Kenya attack

Jul 07, 2015 - 1:47 PM

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Somali led Shebab militants have carried out a string of attacks in the region highlighting the insecurity that plagues parts of the country

Kenya officials suspended over university massacre

Apr 22, 2015 - 10:43 AM

The suspended officials are under investigation and will face formal criminal charges if evidence of negligence is uncovered

MOURNING. Kenya Red Cross team members light candles among crosses on the ground as they attend a candlelight vigil held for the 148 people killed in an attack on Garissa University College in Garissa town, in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, April 8, 2015. Daniel Irungu/EPA

Kenya warned over closing world's biggest refugee camp

Apr 15, 2015 - 8:26 AM

The UNHCR is deeply concerned that abruptly closing Dadaab which houses 350 000 refugees and is considered the world s biggest camp and forcing refugees to return to Somalia could have dire consequences

HUMANITARIAN CRISIS. A file photograph dated 17 June 2011 shows a general view of the self-settled area just outside of Dagahaley camp, one of three camps that make up sprawling Dadaab refugee camp in Dadaab, northeastern Kenya. Dai Kurokawa/EPA

Somali Shebab kill 15 in education ministry attack

Apr 14, 2015 - 8:19 PM

2nd UPDATE Somalia s Al Qaeda linked Shebab militants blast their way into the higher education ministry with a car bomb before storming the building killing at least 15 people

AFTERMATH. Somali security officers take a peek through a hole on the wall caused by explosion at a government builidng that was attacked by militants from Islamist group al-Shabab in Mogadishu, Somalia, 14 April 2015. Photo by Yusuf Warsame / EPA

Kenya freezes key money transfers to Somalia over suspected terrorist links

Apr 09, 2015 - 9:48 AM

But the freeze also includes money transfer companies that provide a crucial way for relatives to send remittances from abroad to war torn Somalia

A man displays 1,000 Kenyan shillings notes in Nairobi, Kenya, 03 June 2014. Daniel Irungu/EPA

Kenyans hold march for national security after massacre

Apr 07, 2015 - 10:41 AM

The march is scheduled ahead of a candlelit vigil on the final day of mourning for the 148 people killed by the militants

Kenyan Christians offer prayers for the 148 people killed in an attack on Garissa University College by Islamist militant group al-Shebab from Somalia, at an Anglican church in Garissa town, some 370km northeast of the capital Nairobi, Kenya, 05 April 2015. Dai Kurokawa/EPA

Kenya names law graduate as gunman in student massacre

Apr 05, 2015 - 7:37 PM

UPDATED Kenya enters the second of 3 days of national mourning on Monday April 6 for those killed in last week s massacre the vast majority of whom were students

Kenya rejects university massacre 'slow response' criticism

Apr 05, 2015 - 4:16 PM

Kenyan special forces took at least 7 hours to deploy at a university massacre in which almost 150 people were killed scathing reports say

SECURITY. Kenyan soldiers walk toward a mortuary to guard it from local residents trying to have a peek of the bodies of slain terror suspects at Garissa Level 5 Hospital in Garissa, Kenya, 04 April 2015. Stringer/EPA

Kenya vows retaliation against Shebab after university massacre

Apr 05, 2015 - 8:15 AM

President Uhuru Kenyatta declares 3 days of national mourning beginning Sunday April 5 calling for the killings to unite and not divide the country

SAFE AND SOUND. One of the university students (C) who were rescued, is overwhelmed by grief as she speaks on phone inside a bus provided by the government as they wait to be transported home, from the Garissa military camp, in Garissa town, located near the border with Somalia, some 370km northeast of the capital Nairobi, Kenya, 04 April 2015. Daniel Irungu/EPA

Top Muslim body condemns Kenya massacre

Apr 05, 2015 - 6:24 AM

Al Azhar condemns the terrorist act committed by Somalia s Shebab terrorist group in the Kenyan university of Garissa the prestigious seat of Sunni Islamic learning says in a statement on its Facebook page

HUNDREDS KILLED. A survivor of the Garissa University attack (C) talks to fellow students, at the Garissa military camp, in Garissa town. Photo by Daniel Irungu/EPA

Survivor of Kenya massacre emerges after hiding in wardrobe

Apr 04, 2015 - 9:51 PM

The student is rescued 50 hours after the attack began

UN: Over 38,000 Somali children facing starvation

Jan 29, 2015 - 11:15 PM

Malnutrition rates remain stubbornly high says UN aid chief for Somalia Philippe Lazzarini highlighting a worrisome outlook for 2015

Senior Shebab official surrenders in Somalia – officials

Dec 27, 2014 - 10:19 PM

2ND UPDATE The militant is the subject of a 3 million bounty as part of the US State Department s Rewards for Justice program and officials say he surrendered in the Gedo region

3 AU soldiers, civilian killed in Shebab attack on base

Dec 25, 2014 - 9:47 PM

UPDATED The African Union force says all of its personnel as well as UN staff are unharmed disputing claims from a Shebab spokesman

Gunmen slaughter 36 in fresh northeast Kenya attack

Dec 02, 2014 - 2:48 PM

The attackers reportedly spray gunfire at tents where the workers are sleeping in the early hours of Tuesday morning near the town of Mandera

Kenyan unions warn thousands of workers to leave restive north

Nov 25, 2014 - 3:36 PM

The call follows attacks over the weekend claimed by Somalia s Al Qaeda affiliated Shebab in which 28 non Muslims were executed on a bus

A picture taken on November 22, 2014 shows a medical worker and security forces walking near a bus attacked by Shebab rebels, 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the town of Mandera near Kenya's border with Somalia. Stringer/AFP

Kenya police seize weapons in fresh mosque raids

Nov 19, 2014 - 3:51 PM

It comes just two days after police raided and closed the Musa and Sakina mosques in the same city in a search for weapons and radical supporters of the Al Qaeda affiliated Shebab

A Muslim woman and her children cross the Majengo area of Mombasa, after police secured the area in a major security operation on November 17, 2014. Ivan Lieman/AFP

Uganda arrests Somali Shebab bombers – police

Sep 14, 2014 - 6:26 PM

Police raids come two weeks after Ugandan troops fighting in Somalia reportedly provided intelligence that helped US special forces kill the Shebab s chief in a devastating air strike

Shebab rebels in car bomb, gun attack on Somalia intelligence HQ

Aug 31, 2014 - 6:28 PM

UPDATED The facility which contains a high security prison is located close the Villa Somalia the complex that houses the office of Somalia s internationally backed President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud

UN Security Council envoys visit war-torn Somalia – presidency

Aug 13, 2014 - 8:13 PM

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and top government officials met the UN envoys to discuss progress in Somalia the presidency said in a statement

Militants storm Somalia presidential palace

Jul 09, 2014 - 9:31 AM

Islamist Shebab rebels carry out a major bomb and armed attack on Somalia s presidential palace penetrating the heavily fortified complex in the capital Mogadishu before blowing themselves up

Shebab commandos attack Somali parliament

May 25, 2014 - 12:34 AM

The complex attack involves bombs and gunmen with suicide vests

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Kenya charges four over Westgate mall attack

Nov 05, 2013 - 8:02 AM

All pleaded not guilty to the charges which also included entering Kenya illegally and obtaining false identification documents

SUSPECTS. (L-R) Adan Mohamed Ibrahim (alias Adan Abdikadir Adan), Mohamed Abdi Ahmed, Hussein Hassan and Liban Abdullah Omar appear for a hearing at a courtroom in Nairobi, Kenya, 04 November 2013. A Kenyan court has charged the four people over the Westgate shopping mall attack in September which left at least 67 people dead. All four deny terrorism charges. EPA/Stringer

Kenya probes into mall massacre amid looting anger

Oct 02, 2013 - 11:47 AM

UPDATED Meanwhile rights groups condemned comments by the lawmakers that they would also rethink Kenya s hosting of some half a million Somali refugees

AFTER THE SIEGE. Smoke rises from the Westgate mall on September 24, 2013 in Nairobi. AFP/Carl de Souza

Pressure mounts on Kenyan government over mall attack

Sep 29, 2013 - 8:52 AM

Kenya s government face tough questions after the leaking of an intelligence report dated September 13 that warned of an elevated risk

AFTER THE SIEGE. Smoke rises from the Westgate mall on September 24, 2013 in Nairobi. AFP/Carl de Souza

Shebab say more attacks after Nairobi mall siege

Sep 27, 2013 - 8:02 PM

Kenya meanwhile entered its third and final day of official mourning with flags at half mast across the country

AFTER THE SIEGE. Smoke rises from the Westgate mall on September 24, 2013 in Nairobi. AFP/Carl de Souza

Foreign forensic teams join Kenyan mall carnage probe

Sep 26, 2013 - 5:05 PM

Across Kenya flags flew at half mast at the start of 3 days of official mourning

AFTER THE SIEGE. Smoke rises from the Westgate mall on September 24, 2013 in Nairobi. AFP/Carl de Souza

Kenya mall massacre 'message to Westerners' – Shebab chief

Sep 26, 2013 - 8:50 AM

The Nairobi mall carnage was a message to Westerners who supported Kenya

UNDER ATTACK. Smoke rises from the Westgate mall in Nairobi on September 23, 2013. AFP / Carl de Souza

Kenyan president: Nairobi mall siege over

Sep 25, 2013 - 8:27 AM

Uhuru Kenyatta: We have ashamed and defeated our attackers that part of our task is completed

ATTACK OVER. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (C) speaking during a press conference in Nairobi in front of Kenyan Vice President William Ruto (L) following an attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, September 24, 2013. AFP / Kenya Presidential Press Service

Day 3: Kenya troops have besieged mall 'under control'

Sep 24, 2013 - 8:11 AM

UPDATED Kenyan Interior Ministry: We re in control of Westgate

UNDER ATTACK. Smoke rises from the Westgate mall in Nairobi on September 23, 2013. AFP / Carl de Souza

Explosions, gunfire as Kenya launches assault to end mall bloodbath

Sep 23, 2013 - 6:44 PM

2nd Update The Westgate Mall in the capital Nairobi has been under siege by Al Qaeda linked Somali gunmen since Saturday in an attack that has killed at least 69 people

TAKING COVER. Armed Kenyan policemen take cover outside the Westgate mall in Nairobi, on September 23, 2013. AFP/Simon Maina

2B euros for Somalia 'New Deal'

Sep 17, 2013 - 10:32 AM

The New Deal Compact commits the government and its international partners to a series of political security and development goals

NEW SOMALIA DEAL. (L-R) European Council Pres Jose Manuel Barroso, European Union foreign affairs head Catherine Ashton, Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Somali Deputy Prime Minister Fawzia Yusuf Adam during the International conference on Somalia held in Brussels, Belgium, September 16, 2013. Photo (C) European Union