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Roadside bomb near Somalia's capital kills 8 civilians

May. 31, 2020 6:42 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Somali police officer says at least eight civilians were killed when a minibus hit a roadside bomb outside the capital on Sunday morning. Abdullahi Ahmed says the minibus hit the bomb in the Hawa Abdi area near Mogadishu. The death toll may rise because many of the surviving...

Somalia says 8 'very young' aid workers abducted, killed

May. 29, 2020 10:43 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somalia’s government says eight “very young” aid workers have been abducted and killed by an armed group outside the capital, Mogadishu. A statement Friday by the minister of humanitarian affairs, Hamza Said Hamza, condemned the “brutal execution” in...

FILE - In this Feb. 29, 2020 file photo, U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., speaks at a rally in Springfield, Mass. At a young age, Rep. Omar earned a reputation as a fighter -- a bit of a misfit who saw fighting as a way to survive and earn respect. In her new memoir being released Tuesday, May, 26, 2020. Omar provides details about her life, as she went from a refugee and immigrant to congresswoman for Minnesota. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh File)

Omar describes life as a fearless fighter in new memoir

May. 23, 2020 11:40 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar's metamorphosis from refugee to the first Somali-American in Congress has been well-documented. Now, Omar is out with a new memoir that offers her own spin on her path to prominence, starting with her childhood in Mogadishu. “This is What America Looks...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020, file photo, thousands of Afghan refugees walk as they enter Afghanistan at the Islam Qala border crossing with Iran, in the western Herat Province. An international aid group says Friday, May 22, 2020 that some 661,000 people in 19 countries have been displaced by armed conflict in the two months since the U.N. secretary general called for a global cease-fire to help curb the coronavirus pandemic. The Norwegian Refugee Council says in a report Friday that the bulk of the newly displaced were in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but that large numbers were also uprooted in Yemen, Afghanistan, Chad and Niger. (AP Photo/Hamed Sarfarazi)

The Latest: UN again urges global cease-fire to fight virus

May. 22, 2020 1:28 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — U.N. again urges global cease-fire to help tackle COVID-19...

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 file photo, a farmer's son raises his arms as he is surrounded by desert locusts while trying to chase them away from his crops, in Katitika village, Kitui county, Kenya. Locusts, COVID-19 and deadly flooding pose a

Locusts, COVID-19, flooding pose 'triple threat' in Africa

May. 21, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Locusts, COVID-19 and deadly flooding pose a “triple threat” to millions of people across East Africa, officials warned Thursday, while the World Bank announced a $500 million program for countries affected by the historic desert locust swarms. A new and larger...

In this image made from video taken Sunday, May 17, 2020, people wade through a flooded street in Beledweyne, central Somalia. Flooding in central Somalia has affected nearly 1 million people, displacing about 400,000, the United Nations said Monday, May 18, 2020 warning of possible disease outbreaks because of crowding where the displaced are seeking temporary shelter. (AP Photo)

UN: Floods in central Somalia hit nearly 1 million people

May. 18, 2020 9:53 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Flooding in central Somalia has affected nearly 1 million people, displacing about 400,000 people, the United Nations said Monday, warning of possible disease outbreaks because of crowding where the displaced are seeking temporary shelter. At least 24 people have died in the flash...

Suicide bomber kills governor in Somalia's Puntland region

May. 17, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Somali police officer says a suicide bomber driving explosives-laden motorized cycle-taxi killed a regional governor in central Somalia. Mumin Abdi, the police chief of Galkayo town in Somalia’s central Mudug region, told The Associated Press on Sunday that the bomber rammed...

In this photo taken Wednesday, May, 13, 2020, a doctor tends to a patient in a ward for coronavirus patients at the Martini Hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia. Years of conflict, instability and poverty have left Somalia ill-equipped to handle a health crisis like the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Years of conflict leave Somalia ill-equipped to fight virus

May. 15, 2020 3:41 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Years of conflict, instability and poverty have left Somalia ill-equipped to handle a health crisis like the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, no one really knows how many cases of COVID-19 it has. The uncertainty has led to fear, confusion and panic even after authorities have tried...

FILE -  In this Monday, May 11, 2020 file photo, Silvia Romano waves from a window of her home, in Milan, Italy. A right-wing lawmaker was reprimanded Wednesday for having called a young Italian woman held hostage in Somalia by Muslim extremists a “neo-terrorist” after she returned home having apparently converted to Islam. Silvia Romano, 24, stepped off an Italian government jet on Sunday wearing the green hijab typical of Somali Muslim women. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File )

Italian lawmaker sorry for calling hostage a 'neo-terrorist'

May. 14, 2020 7:06 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — A right-wing lawmaker apologized Thursday for calling a young Italian woman who converted to Islam while held hostage in Somalia a “neo-terrorist.” Alessandro Pagano of the anti-migrant League party said in a Facebook post that he had intended to criticize the government, not...

FILE -  In this Monday, May 11, 2020 file photo, Silvia Romano waves from a window of her home, in Milan, Italy. A right-wing lawmaker was reprimanded Wednesday for having called a young Italian woman held hostage in Somalia by Muslim extremists a “neo-terrorist” after she returned home having apparently converted to Islam. Silvia Romano, 24, stepped off an Italian government jet on Sunday wearing the green hijab typical of Somali Muslim women. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File )

Bigotry mars return of Italy hostage who converted to Islam

May. 13, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A right-wing lawmaker in Italy was reprimanded Wednesday after he called a young Italian woman who converted to Islam while being held hostage in Somalia a “neo-terrorist.” Silvia Romano, 24, stepped off an Italian government jet Sunday wearing the green hijab typical of Somali...