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UN council urges Somalia's feuding leaders to settle dispute

Sep. 18, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council urged Somalia’s feuding government leaders on Saturday to resolve their disagreements through dialogue and give top priority to holding long-delayed national elections this year. The U.N.’s most powerful body also...

UN holds emergency session on Somalia's political crisis

Sep. 17, 2021 23:08 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council held emergency consultations Friday on Somalia’s worsening political crisis, which could threaten long-delayed national elections and further destabilize the east Africa region Britain’s U.N. Ambassador Barbara...

Somalia accuses Djibouti of detaining ex-intelligence chief

Sep. 17, 2021 11:07 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A tense political dispute between Somalia's president and prime minister threatened to broaden into a regional crisis on Friday after the president accused neighboring Djibouti of unlawfully detaining his former national intelligence chief. ...

In conservative Somalia, a rare woman presidential candidate

Sep. 12, 2021 04:14 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The woman who broke barriers as the first female foreign minister and deputy prime minister in culturally conservative Somalia now aims for the country's top office as the Horn of Africa nation moves toward a long-delayed presidential election. ...

Delta Force sniper memorialized for heroism in Somalia

Aug. 30, 2021 22:18 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Maine (AP) — A U.S. Army special forces soldier who died while performing a rescue of a downed helicopter crew in Somalia was immortalized Monday with a memorial in his hometown. Master Sgt. Gary Gordon, a native of Lincoln, Maine, pleaded to be allowed to...

UN reports `significant progress' toward Somalia elections

Aug. 12, 2021 19:24 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Somalia reported “significant progress” Thursday in implementing an agreement between the federal government and regional states aimed at holding long-delayed national elections but said greater efforts are needed to ensure electoral...

At small Serbia border village, migrants describe pushbacks

Jul. 31, 2021 03:51 AM EDT

MAJDAN, Serbia (AP) — At first sight, this tiny village in Serbia seems sleepy and almost abandoned, like many others across the Balkan country. But a closer look reveals a parallel reality lived by its temporary migrant residents, who are struggling to cross from...

UN warns hunger is expected to rise in 23 global hotspots

Jul. 30, 2021 19:47 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Hunger is expected to rise in 23 global hotspots in the next three months with the highest alerts for “catastrophic" situations in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region, southern Madagascar, Yemen, South Sudan and northern Nigeria, two U.N. agencies warned Friday. ...

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...

US extends temporary status for Somalis, citing civil strife

Jul. 19, 2021 14:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas extended temporary legal status to hundreds of Somalis on Monday to allow them to remain in the United States for an additional 18 months during civil strife in the African nation. It is the 25th extension...