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Women left behind: Gender gap emerges in Africa's vaccines

Oct. 14, 2021 04:33 AM EDT

SARE GIBEL, Gambia (AP) — The health outreach workers who drove past Lama Mballow's village with a megaphone handed out T-shirts emblazoned with the words: “I GOT MY COVID-19 VACCINE!” By then, the women in Sare Gibel already had heard the rumors on social media:...

International court backs Somalia in sea dispute with Kenya

Oct. 12, 2021 13:04 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The International Court of Justice has sided with Somalia in its dispute with neighboring Kenya over a maritime boundary in a case affecting a territory potentially rich in oil and gas. The ruling on Tuesday by the United Nations’ highest court...

Somalia opens nation's 1st public oxygen plant amid pandemic

Oct. 01, 2021 06:38 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia has opened the country’s first public oxygen plant as the Horn of Africa nation with one of the world’s weakest health systems combats COVID-19. The oxygen plant was installed Thursday at a hospital in the capital, Mogadishu. It is...

8 dead as al-Shabab claims blast in Somalia’s capital

Sep. 25, 2021 07:31 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A vehicle laden with explosives rammed into cars and trucks at a checkpoint leading to the entrance of the Presidential Palace in Somalia, killing at least eight people, police said Saturday. The checkpoint is the one used by Somalia’s...

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...