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3 guilty in Kenya Garissa University attack that killed 148

Jun. 19, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan court Wednesday found three people guilty of conspiracy to commit a terror attack after phone records and handwriting linked them to the 2015 Garissa University assault that killed 148 people. Mohamed Abdi Abikar, Hassan Aden Hassan and Rashid Charles Mberesero will be...

11 killed, 25 hurt as explosions rock Somalia's capital

Jun. 15, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A pair of explosions rocked Somalia's capital and left 11 people dead, the country's police chief said Saturday, as the al-Qaida-linked extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility. Another 25 people were wounded, Gen. Bashir Abdi Mohamed told reporters in Mogadishu. He said...

8 killed, at least 16 wounded as explosions rock Somalia's capital

Jun. 15, 2019 10:56 AM EDT
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — 8 killed, at least 16 wounded as explosions rock Somalia's capital.

10 Kenyan police officers killed in blast near Somalia

Jun. 15, 2019 9:18 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — At least 10 Kenyan police officers died after their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device near the Somali border in a suspected extremist attack on Saturday, officials said. Those killed in the Wajir County blast were among 13 officers who had been pursuing suspected...

UN: 2 million Somalis could die of starvation amid drought

Jun. 5, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A United Nations emergency relief coordinator says more than 2 million men, women and children could die of starvation in Somalia by summer's end if international aid is not sent quickly to the drought-stricken African country. U.N. Undersecretary-General Mark Lowcock says about $700...

UN moves 149 refugees, asylum seekers from Tripoli to Rome

May. 30, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says 149 refugees and asylum seekers have been safely evacuated from the Libyan capital to Rome. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said the evacuees — nearly half of them children — were moved Thursday from a U.N. refugee agency facility in Tripoli...

Ethiopia apologizes for map that erased neighboring Somalia

May. 28, 2019 7:21 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's foreign affairs ministry has apologized for a map of Africa that erased neighboring Somalia. Spokesman Nebiat Getachew said in a statement on Tuesday an investigation had begun into how the map was posted on the ministry's website over the weekend. He said the map...

Correction: Torture Lawsuit-Somalia story

May. 23, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — In a story May 13 about a civil lawsuit alleging a former Somali colonel now living in Virginia engaged in torture, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the plaintiff's lawyer, Ben Klein, works for the Center for Justice and Accountability. He works for DLA Piper, which...

Suicide car bomb kills at least 9 in Somalia's capital

May. 22, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Islamic extremists exploded a suicide car bomb near the presidential palace in Somalia's capital Wednesday, killing at least nine people, including former Foreign Minister Hussein Elabe Fahiye, who was an adviser to the current president. Capt. Mohamed Hussein told The Associated...

Jury finds former Somali colonel responsible for torture

May. 21, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A jury on Tuesday found a northern Virginia man who once served as a colonel in the Somali Army responsible for torturing a man more than 30 years ago under a government campaign against its perceived enemies. After more than three days of deliberations, the civil jury in the...