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US airstrike in Somalia is 2nd this week against al-Shabab

Jul. 23, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the second time this week, U.S. forces on Friday conducted an airstrike against the al-Shabab extremist group in Somalia. The earlier strike, on Tuesday, was the first in Somalia since President Joe Biden took office in January. In a brief...

Somalia minister says agreement reached on delayed elections

May. 25, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Somalia’s foreign minister told the U.N. Security Council Tuesday that an agreement has been reached between the federal government and regional states that will lead to long-delayed national elections. Mohamed Abdirizak said agreement on the...

Somalia says it has resumed diplomatic ties with Kenya

May. 06, 2021 11:21 AM EDT

Mogadishu, Somalia (AP) — Somalia says it has resumed diplomatic ties with neighboring Kenya after severing relations late last year. A government statement on Thursday thanked Qatar for its mediation efforts. Kenya's presidency tweeted only that President Uhuru...

Somali lawmakers reverse president's extended stay in power

May. 01, 2021 13:23 PM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The controversial two-year term extension for Somalia’s president evaporated Saturday after intense public pressure, as the lower house of parliament approved his request to instead support efforts to organize the country’s long-delayed national election. ...

At least 7 killed in suicide bombing in Somalia's capital

Apr. 28, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — At least seven people were killed and more than 11 others wounded when a vehicle exploded outside a police headquarters in Somalia’s capital, police and health officials said Wednesday. The al-Shabab extremist group claimed responsibility. ...

Somalia's president drops bid for extended term after chaos

Apr. 27, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia’s president early Wednesday bowed to growing opposition to his extended stay in office, urging a return to negotiations on the country's delayed election and vowing that the sight of rival soldiers clashing in the streets of the capital would not happen...

Somalia's unrest continues over president's stay in power

Apr. 26, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Soldiers angry over the president’s extended stay in power took up key positions across Somalia's tense capital on Monday, but there was none of the gunfire that shattered the previous night in Mogadishu. As the mutinous soldiers stationed...