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UN: Al-Shabab remains 'potent threat' in Somalia and region

Nov. 13, 2019 8:55 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Al-Shabab extremists in Somalia remain "a potent threat" to regional peace and are now manufacturing home-made explosives, expanding their revenue sources and infiltrating government institutions, U.N. experts say. The panel of experts' report to the Security Council, circulated...

UN: Al-Shabab remains 'potent threat' in Somalia and region

Nov. 12, 2019 6:44 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Al-Shabab extremists in Somalia remain "a potent threat" to regional peace and are now manufacturing home-made explosives, expanding their revenue sources and infiltrating government institutions, U.N. experts say. The panel of experts' report to the Security Council, circulated...

Somali who was target of threats wins US municipal election

Nov. 7, 2019 9:57 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The second-largest city in Maine, home to thousands of African newcomers, has elected a Somali American to its city council following a campaign that was marred by racist attacks and threats fueled by social media. Safiya Khalid, 23, soundly defeated a fellow Democrat on Tuesday for...

Flooding in East Africa affects more than 1 million people

Nov. 1, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — More than 1 million people in East Africa are affected by flooding after higher than normal rainfall, an aid group said Friday. Parts of the region are bracing for a tropical storm, Kyarr, that could worsen an already dire humanitarian situation. The International Rescue Committee...

2 killed in suspected al-Shabab attack on Kenya police post

Oct. 30, 2019 9:08 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan police say suspected al-Shabab extremists raided a police post during an attempt to free two suspects who ended up dead in the melee. North Eastern regional police chief Paul Soi said Wednesday there had been plans to transfer the suspects from the Dadajabula police post in...

North Dakota Democrats urge resignation over fake Omar photo

Oct. 25, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Senate Democrats have joined the call for a state senator to resign his leadership position in the wake of his Facebook posts targeting a Muslim congresswoman from Minnesota. The Bismarck Tribune reported that Democratic senators wrote a letter Thursday to Sen. Oley...

US airstrike in Somalia kills 3 IS-linked senior officers

Oct. 25, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somali intelligence officials say an airstrike by a U.S. drone has killed three senior officers with Islamic State group-affiliated fighters in northern Somalia. Friday's airstrike targeted their vehicle while the men were travelling in Golis, a mountainous area controlled by the...

Rep. Ilhan Omar condemns GOP state lawmaker's Facebook post

Oct. 22, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rep. Ilhan Omar has condemned a Republican state senator from North Dakota who posted a long-debunked photo on his Facebook page that purports to show the Minnesota Democrat holding a weapon at an al-Qaida training camp. Omar, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Somalia and is one...

Several wounded as mortars hit UN compound in Mogadishu

Oct. 13, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United Nations mission in Somalia says several people were wounded when mortar rounds landed inside the U.N. and African Union compounds in Mogadishu. The statement says the mortar rounds landed early afternoon Sunday. It cites U.N. special representative James Swan as saying he is...

Kenya: Police chief says roadside bomb kills 11 officers

Oct. 12, 2019 3:59 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's police chief says a roadside bomb has killed 11 officers on the country's southern border with Somalia. Inspector General Hillary Mutyambai said Saturday the officers' patrol car was blown up on Damajale Hare Hare road near the town of Liboi. No one has claimed responsibility...