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Ugandan troops in Somalia say 189 extremists killed in raid

Jan. 22, 2021 12:29 PM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's military says it killed 189 suspected Islamic extremists with al-Shabab in Somalia in a “surprise, swift” attack that targeted a meeting of members of the armed group. The army said in a statement Friday that its contingent of African Union troops in Somalia...

Fadumo Moalim Abdulle speaks, during an interview with the Associated Press in Mogadishu, Somalia, Monday, Jan, 18, 2021. The mother of eight has heard that her twenty year old son,  Ahmed Ibrahim  Jumaleh is one of the soldiers sent to Eritrea for military training in preparation to fight alongside Ethiopian troops. Pressure is growing on Somalia’s government amid allegations that Somali soldiers have been sent to fight in neighboring Ethiopia’s deadly Tigray conflict. Mothers have held rare protests in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, and elsewhere, demanding to know the fate of their children who originally were sent to Eritrea for military training.  (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

In Somalia, mothers fear sons were sent to Ethiopia conflict

Jan. 22, 2021 4:03 AM EST

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Pressure is growing on Somalia’s government amid allegations that Somali soldiers have been sent to fight in neighboring Ethiopia’s deadly Tigray conflict. Mothers have held rare protests in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, and elsewhere, demanding to know the...

US military says its troop removal from Somalia is complete

Jan. 17, 2021 10:42 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The U.S. military says its troop withdrawal from Somalia is complete, in one of the last actions of President Donald Trump’s presidency. Some experts have warned that the withdrawal of an estimated 700 U.S. military personnel comes at the worst possible time for Somalia, as the...

Hassan Mohamed Yusuf, 45 year old father, sits with his family at their make shift shelter at the Dayniile camp, in Mogadishu, Somalia on Thursday Dec. 17, 2020. As richer countries race to distribute COVID-19 vaccines, Somalia remains the rare place where much of the population hasn't taken the coronavirus seriously. Some fear that’s proven to be deadlier than anyone knows. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

In Somalia, COVID-19 vaccines are distant as virus spreads

Jan. 3, 2021 8:06 PM EST

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — As richer countries race to distribute COVID-19 vaccines, Somalia remains the rare place where much of the population hasn't taken the coronavirus seriously. Some fear that’s proven to be deadlier than anyone knows. “Certainly our people don’t use any form of...

Somali immigrants closer to owning 30-acre farm in Lewiston

Jan. 3, 2021 3:18 PM EST

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A group of African immigrants that leased 30 acres of land to operate a cooperative farm in Lewiston is one step closer to owning the land. The group that leases the land off Outer College Street is the recipient of two grants totaling $80,000. That means the New Roots Cooperative...

5 killed, 14 wounded in suicide attack in Somali capital

Jan. 2, 2021 11:17 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — A suicide bombing near the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on Saturday killed five people including two Turks, Turkish and Somali officials said. The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group claimed responsibility for the attack in a post by its Shahada News Agency. The Somalia-based group...

Kenya: Al-Shabab kills man taking pregnant wife to hospital

Dec. 30, 2020 10:14 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A police report says extremist gunmen ambushed an ambulance carrying a pregnant woman and killed her husband before setting the vehicle ablaze in northern Kenya, as such attacks are again on the rise. The report seen by The Associated Press said the attack took place just before...

Today in History

Dec. 28, 2020 12:02 AM EST

Today in History Today is Monday, Dec. 28, the 363rd day of 2020. There are three days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 28, 1612, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei observed the planet Neptune, but mistook it for a star. (Neptune wasn’t officially discovered until 1846 by...

Somalia suicide bombing kills 15, misses prime minister

Dec. 18, 2020 1:41 PM EST

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A suicide bomber attacked a stadium in Somalia's central city of Galkayo Friday, killing 15 people shortly before the arrival of the country's new prime minister, according to police. Ali Hassan, a police officer in Galkayo, said others were injured in the blast, which occurred at...

Somalia cuts diplomatic ties with Kenya amid rising tensions

Dec. 15, 2020 8:52 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somalia's government says it has severed ties with strategic neighbor Kenya "to safeguard the unity, sovereignty, stability of the country.” The announcement Tuesday came as the leader of the breakaway territory of Somaliland ended a three-day visit to Kenya where he was given...