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U.S. commando killed, 4 wounded in Somalia attack

Jun 09, 2018 - 10:48 AM

The attack has occurred in Jubaland, where a large force comprising about 800 Somali, Kenyan and US troops were working to clear a large area of Al-Qaeda-aligned Al-Shabaab fighters

Hundreds dead as floods wreak havoc in East Africa

May 04, 2018 - 10:45 PM

Kenya Red Cross says 112 people have lost their lives countrywide since early March

LONG RAINY SEASON. Scenes like this truck falling off the road are typical in Nairobi now that unusually heavy showers have heralded the beginning of Kenya's long rainy season. Photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

Death toll rises to 38 in Mogadishu bombings

Feb 24, 2018 - 7:17 PM

The Shabaab Islamist militant group claims the attacks, saying it was targeting the government and security services

Somalia's Shabaab forcing civilians to hand over children – HRW

Jan 15, 2018 - 6:42 PM

Human Rights Watch says an aggressive campaign to recruit children began in mid-2017, with the jihadists taking reprisals against communities who refuse to cooperate

Report finds 512 died in deadliest Somalia bombing

Dec 02, 2017 - 7:27 PM

An earlier death toll of 358 already makes the October 14 bombing the deadliest terrorist attack in Somalia's history

A picture taken on October 20, 2017 in Mogadishu shows destroyed cars on the scene of a massive truck bomb attack in which at least 276 people were killed and 300 injured on October 14 in the deadliest ever attack to hit the conflict-torn nation.  File photo by Mohamed Abdowahab

Breakaway Somaliland to elect new president

Nov 11, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Incumbent Ahmed Mohamud Silaanyo is not seeking reelection in Somaliland, which has been striving to attain international recognition ever since it broke away from Somalia

Islamic State thriving in Somalia – UN report

Nov 11, 2017 - 8:45 AM

The UN report raises concerns that the Bari region could become a potential haven for foreign ISIS fighters, as the extremists are driven out of their strongholds in Syria and Iraq

U.S. strikes ISIS in Somalia for first time

Nov 04, 2017 - 9:09 AM

The strikes occurred in northeastern Somalia and killed 'several terrorists,' the US military's Africa Command says in a statement

U.S. to resume refugee admissions; 11 countries still blocked

Oct 25, 2017 - 7:43 AM

The United States will resume accepting refugees after a 120-day ban, but arrivals from 11 'high-risk' countries, most of them home to Muslim majorities, will still be blocked

WELCOME. In this file photo, people look over the arrivals board at JFK International Airport's Terminal 4, February 4, 2017 in New York. Bryan R. Smith/AFP

Somalia truck bomb death toll jumps to 358 dead

Oct 21, 2017 - 10:51 AM

Several experts say the truck was probably carrying at least 500 kilos or 1,100 pounds of explosives

'DEADLIEST ATTACK.' Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed vowed on October 18, 2017 to step up the war against Al-Shabaab, as he addressed thousands at a rally in Mogadishu for the victims of the city's worst-ever bombing. Photo by Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP

Somalia truck bomb toll hits 276, 300 others injured

Oct 16, 2017 - 3:53 PM

Desperate residents of the capital search for news of missing relatives after the monster explosion on Saturday afternoon, October 14, destroyed several nearby buildings, leaving victims burned beyond recognition

AFTERMATH. A man and woman look at the damage on the site of the explosion of a truck bomb in the center of Mogadishu, on October 14, 2017. Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP

Mogadishu reels as truck bomb toll hits 137

Oct 15, 2017 - 11:50 PM

Authorities say the death toll is expected to rise further as some of the injured are seriously wounded

Men and Somalian soldiers arrive on the site to rescue victims of the explosion of a truck bomb in the centre of Mogadishu, on October 14, 2017. A truck bomb exploded outside a hotel at a busy junction in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on October 14, 2017 causing widespread devastation that left at least 20 dead, with the toll likely to rise. / AFP PHOTO / Mohamed ABDIWAHAB

At least 20 dead in 'huge' Mogadishu blast – police

Oct 14, 2017 - 10:26 PM

(UPDATED) Witnesses say the blast badly damaged a nearby hotel and left scenes of devastation on the busy road

CAR BOMB. A car bomb exploded outside a hotel at a busy junction in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Saturday, October 14.

North Korea, Venezuela, Chad among 8 countries on new U.S. travel ban

Sep 25, 2017 - 7:42 AM

(UPDATED) Sudan, one of 6 majority-Muslim countries on the original travel ban, is removed from the list, leaving 8 nations with complete or partial blocks on travel to the United States

AIRPORT ARRIVALS. People walk through international arrivals at terminal four at John F. Kennedy (JFK) airport on June 26, 2017 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Federal judge weakens Trump travel ban

Jul 14, 2017 - 3:29 PM

UPDATED The decision by Judge Derrick Watson is a victory for opponents of the ban which the Trump administration says is necessary to keep out terrorists

Donald Trump file photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images/AFP; Airport file photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. 6-country travel ban takes effect with few exceptions for relatives

Jun 30, 2017 - 8:21 AM

UPDATED Hawaii has asked federal district Judge Derrick Watson to clarify the scope of the travel and refugee bans in the Pacific island state

TRAVEL BAN. Tareq Aquel Mohammed Aziz holds travel documents after arriving from Yemen at Dulles International airport on February 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Shabaab restaurant assault leaves 18 dead in Mogadishu

Jun 15, 2017 - 4:25 PM

A suicide car bombing hits the Posh Treats restaurant and club followed by a shooting inside the nearby Pizza House restaurant

A woman reacts as helpers carry a stretcher with a body bag from the site of an attack at the Pizza House restaurant in Mogadishu on June 15, 2017. A suicide car bombing and assault by Shabaab militants on two neighbouring restaurants in Somalia's capital Mogadishu ended Thursday morning with 18 dead, a government spokesman said. The attack began at around 8pm (17.00GMT) on the evening of June 14 with a suicide car bombing at the Post Treats restaurant and club, after which gunmen stormed inside the nearby Pizza House restaurant. / AFP PHOTO / Mohamed ABDIWAHAB

U.S. appeals court upholds block on Trump travel ban

Jun 13, 2017 - 7:48 AM

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit keeps in place a lower court injunction on the ban arguing the president has overstepped his authority and his executive order discriminated against travelers based on their nationality

WELCOME TO THE USA. This file photo taken on February 8, 2017 shows Yemenis who were among those stranded in Djibouti when US President Donald Trump ordered his travel ban, arrive to Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. David McNew/File/AFP

Trump's travel ban faces new test

May 08, 2017 - 2:01 PM

A US appeals court is set to take on a case that has stymied the administration s controversial efforts to bar travelers from 6 Muslim majority countries

WELCOME? Travelers arrive at the international terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport, March 6, 2017 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Somalia sacks senior official over minister's shooting

May 05, 2017 - 6:12 PM

The shooting occurs as bodyguards tasked with protecting auditor general Nur Jimale Farah mistook the minister driving himself in a following vehicle for an assailant

3 killed in Mogadishu army camp attack – military

Apr 10, 2017 - 5:03 PM

UPDATED A suicide bomber disguised as a member of the military was able to enter the training camp Lieutenant Colonel Mohamed Abdirahman says

Somali pirates seize Indian ship, 11 crew members – owner

Apr 03, 2017 - 10:10 PM

The Indian cargo ship was carrying items such as wheat and sugar from Dubai via Yemen to Somalia s Bossaso port when it came under attack owner Isaak Them says

Mengulurkan tangan kepada warga Somalia yang alami kekeringan dan kelaparan

Mar 27, 2017 - 4:56 PM

Kelaparan terburuk terjadi di Somalia Mereka butuh uluran tangan kita

UNICEF menyebutkan kekeringan di Somalia dapat menyebabkan hingga 270.000 anak menderita kekurangan gizi akut berat tahun ini. Foto dari

Somali president pleads to UN for aid to avert famine

Mar 24, 2017 - 9:40 AM

Almost half of our people are facing acute food shortages and about 15 are facing famine amid a severe drought says Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed

WATER CRISIS. A file photo taken in July 2011 shows Somali refugees fetching water during a period of drought when the United Nations declared a famine in several parts of Somalia. File photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

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Hawaii judge freezes Trump's revamped travel ban

Mar 16, 2017 - 7:22 AM

4th UPDATE The court in Honolulu is the first to rule in a trio of legal challenges against the ban which was set to go into effect March 16

LEGAL ENTRY. In this file photo, traveler Tareq Aquel Mohammed Aziz holds travel documents after arriving from Yemen at Dulles International airport on February 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

World faces worst humanitarian crisis since WWII – UN

Mar 11, 2017 - 8:59 PM

UN s humanitarian chief Stephen O Brien calls for an urgent mobilization of funds for northeastern Nigeria Somalia South Sudan and Yemen to avert a catastrophe

This file photo taken on October 11, 2016 shows a mother breastfeeding her child who suffers acute malnutrition at the clinic run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Aweil, northern Bahr al-Ghazal, South Sudan. Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP

Decried as Muslim ban, will Trump decree pass legal muster?

Mar 08, 2017 - 3:56 PM

Can challengers succeed in overturning a measure that was deliberately crafted to remove the red flags raised by US courts over the first attempt? That may be more difficult

Yemenis who were among those stranded in Djibouti when President Trump ordered his travel ban, arrive to Los Angeles International Airport on February 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. David McNew/AFP

Trump signs revised travel ban, exempts Iraqis

Mar 06, 2017 - 10:31 PM

UPDATED Legal permanent residents and current visa holders would be explicitly exempt from the order Iraq would also no longer be on the list of countries affected

REVISING AN ORDER. This file photo taken on February 14, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump during a meeting with teachers, school administrators and parents in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Saul Loeb/ AFP

1.4 million children face famine in 4 countries – UNICEF

Feb 21, 2017 - 11:00 AM

These children in Nigeria Somalia South Sudan and Yemen could die from severe malnutrition this year

This file photo taken on October 11, 2016 shows Agop Manut (11 months), who suffers acute malnutrition and respiratory distress, assisting at the clinic run by Doctors without Borders (MSF) in Aweil, Northern Bahr al Ghazal, South Sudan. Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP

Faces of despair: Refugees wait years with no promise of resettlement

Feb 10, 2017 - 12:41 PM

In Indonesia a transit country many refugees wait years to start a new life On the bottom of that waitlist are single men who unable to work are unable to live decent lives

U.S. judge deals severe legal blow to Trump travel ban

Feb 04, 2017 - 10:07 AM

3rd UPDATE The restraining order issued by Seattle US District Judge James Robart is valid nationwide pending a full review of a complaint filed by Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson

LEGAL BATTLE. Patrick Wicklund, from Seattle, stands outside the U.S. District Court, Western Washington, on February 3, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a state lawsuit challenging key sections of President Trump's immigration Executive Order as illegal and unconstitutional. Wicklund says he wanted to show support for refugees and immigrants who are his neighbors and to Bob Ferguson for standing up for an executive order he thinks is unconstitutional. Karen Ducey/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. revokes 60,000 visas after Trump order

Feb 04, 2017 - 8:07 AM

To put that number in context we issued over 11 million immigrant and non immigrant visas in fiscal year 2015 says Will Cocks spokesman for the US State Department s bureau of consular affairs

PROTESTS. Demonstrators chant slogans during an interfaith solidarity protest against President Donald Trump's executive immigration ban outside the Downtown Islamic Center on February 3, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Joshua LOTT / AFP

Trump downplays travel ban impact as fallout deepens

Jan 31, 2017 - 8:14 AM

UPDATED After a weekend of chaos at airports mass protests and diplomatic outcries criticism of Trump s proposal even came from his predecessor Barack Obama

Protesters gather at the Los Angeles International airport's Tom Bradley terminal, to demonstrate against President Trump's executive order effectively banning citizens from 7 Muslim majority countries, January 30, 2017. Konrad Fiedler/AFP

Trump's first major test is U.S. travel ban uproar

Jan 30, 2017 - 8:48 AM

UPDATED The ban is criticized by allies sparks confusion over its implementation and galvanizes Democrats looking for a lightning rod to beat Trump

Demonstrators at Philadelphia International Airport protest against President Donald Trump's executive order banning Muslim immigration on January 29, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images/AFP

Malacañang: We respect U.S. immigration ban

Jan 29, 2017 - 8:50 PM

Palace spokesperson: We respect the policy of the United States of America if they have prohibitions or they would be banning people from entering their country because that is their right

Protestors rally at a demonstration against the new ban on immigration issued by President Donald Trump at Logan International Airport on January 28, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. Scott Eisen/Getty Images/AFP

Muslim world shocked, outraged at U.S. visa ban

Jan 29, 2017 - 7:16 PM

Families split a father unable to reach his son s wedding and officials warning of a gift to extremists – the visa ban triggers shock and confusion among those affected

'NO MUSLIM BAN' Protesters gather to denounce President Donald Trump's executive order that bans certain immigration, at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on January 28, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. G. Morty Ortega/Getty Images/AFP

Trump originally asked for 'Muslim ban' says Giuliani

Jan 29, 2017 - 5:32 PM

Show me the right way to do it legally ex New York mayor Rudy Giuliani says Trump told him

Demonstrators protest against President Trump's executive immigration ban at Chicago O'Hare International Airport on January 28, 2017. Joshua Lott/AFP

Trump immigration ban loses first legal battle

Jan 29, 2017 - 11:05 AM

UPDATED A federal judge blocks part of President Donald Trump s temporary immigration ban ordering authorities to stop deporting refugees and other travelers stuck at US airports

Demonstrators block traffic at the international arrival terminal as they protest against muslim immigration ban at San Francisco International Airport on January 28, 2017 in San Francisco, California. Stephen Lam/Getty Images/AFP

Trump vows better Russia ties, reassures NATO allies

Jan 29, 2017 - 7:33 AM

The conversations gives the US president an early opportunity to explain new policies that have baffled and unnerved much of the rest of the world – particularly his order to temporarily halt all refugee arrivals and those of travelers from 7 Muslim majority nations

US President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Russia's President Vladimir Putin from the Oval Office of the White House on January 28, 2017, in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Muslims barred from flights to U.S., as others detained

Jan 28, 2017 - 10:38 PM

UPDATED US President Donald Trump s order to ban entry into the US travelers from Iran Iraq Libya Somalia Sudan Syria and Yemen sparks widespread international criticism and personal heartache

'LET THEM IN' Protestors rally during a demonstration against the Muslim immigration ban at John F. Kennedy International Airport on January 28, 2017 in New York City. Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP

28 killed in Shabaab attack on Mogadishu hotel

Jan 25, 2017 - 5:33 PM

3rd UPDATE The attack claimed by the Al Qaeda aligned Shabaab insurgents begins when a car loaded with explosives rams the gate of the Dayah Hotel near the Somali parliament and state house

MOGADISHU HOTEL ATTACK. Residents carry an injured man wounded during a complex attack targeting Mogadishu hotel on 25 January 2017. Photo by Mohamed Abdiwahab/ AFP

6 killed in blast at Mogadishu army checkpoint – official

Dec 15, 2016 - 10:46 PM

Witnesses say the area was bustling with soldiers and civilians when the explosion occurred

Somalia suicide truck bombing kills more than 20

Dec 11, 2016 - 3:23 PM

UPDATED The Shabaab group claims responsibility for the attack in the seaport area saying the target was a nearby military base

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / People carry the body of a victim at the scene of a car bomb attack near the port of the capital Mogadishu, on December 11, 2016.  More than 20 people were killed on December 11 in a suicide truck bombing in the Somali capital Mogadishu, police said, in a fresh strike claimed by the Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab group. / AFP PHOTO / Mohamed ABDIWAHAB

Kenya suspends Dadaab refugee camp closure for 6 months

Nov 17, 2016 - 7:59 AM

The decision to push the deadline back to May 2017 comes just two weeks before the camp is scheduled to close amid mounting concern that Somali refugees are being forced to leave

An overview of the part of the eastern sector of the IFO-2 camp in the sprawling Dadaab refugee camp, north of the Kenyan capital Nairobi seen on April 28, 2015. Tony Karumba/AFP

FOTO: Reuni mengharukan 4 ABK Indonesia saat bertemu keluarga

Nov 01, 2016 - 11:24 AM

Keluarga tak sanggup menahan tangis dan haru ketika bertemu kembali 4 ABK yang disandera selama hampir 5 tahun

SERAH TERIMA. Salah satu Anak Buah Kapal (ABK) korban penyanderaan Elson Pesireron (kiri) memeluk anggota keluarganya disaksikan oleh Menteri Luar Negeri Retno LP Marsudi (kanan) saat serah terima korban penyanderaan perompak Somalia di Jakarta, Senin, 31 Oktober. Foto oleh Rivan Awal Lingga/ANTARA

Kisah 4 ABK Indonesia disekap perompak Somalia: Disajikan makanan basi hingga sakit tak diobati

Oct 31, 2016 - 10:39 PM

Satu ABK Indonesia bernama Nasirin meninggal dunia selama disekap oleh perompak di Somalia akibat sakit

Rumitnya pembebasan 4 ABK Indonesia dari perompak Somalia

Oct 31, 2016 - 5:51 PM

Perompak Somalia sempat meminta uang tebusan pertama kali kepada Indonesia sebesar US 4 5 juta atau setara Rp 59 miliar Pemerintah membantah memberikan uang tebusan

TIGHT EMBRACE. A hostage reunites with his family after 5 years under captivity. Photo by Antara

Taiwanese hostage freed by Somali pirates ate mice, scorpions

Oct 26, 2016 - 6:40 PM

Every day was nerve wracking with the pirates pointing their AK 47 rifles at me 24 hours a day recounts Shen Jui chang

This photo by Taiwan agency CNA Photo taken on October 26, 2016 shows Shen Jui-chang (C), who was the chief engineer on a fishing boat that was seized south of the Seychelles in March 2012, praying at Hsing Tian Kong temple in Taipei City to give thanks, upon his return back to the island. The Taiwanese seafarer held by Somali pirates for nearly five years returned home on October 26, saying he and the other hostages had eaten mice, scorpions and centipedes throughout the ordeal. / AFP PHOTO / CNA PHOTO / CNA PHOTO / - Taiwan OUT - China OUT - Hong Kong OUT - Macau OUT / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / CNA PHOTO" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Menlu Retno: 4 ABK Indonesia yang dibebaskan perompak Somalia berhasil dievakuasi ke Kenya

Oct 24, 2016 - 3:37 PM

Keempat ABK masih akan tinggal di Nairobi Kenya sementara waktu untuk dilakukan proses pemulihan sebelum kembali ke Indonesia

EVAKUASI. Menteri Luar Negeri Retno Marsudi mengatakan empat ABK Indonesia yang dibebaskan oleh perompak Somalia berhasil dievakuasi ke Nairobi, Kenya. Foto oleh Puspa Perwitasari/ANTARA