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At least 6 killed in suicide bombing in Somalia's capital

May. 10, 2021 01:40 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Police in Somalia say at least six people were killed when a suicide bomber attacked a police station in the capital, Mogadishu. Spokesman Sadiq Ali Aden told reporters that another six people were wounded in Sunday night’s attack 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...

Suspected extremist in Kenya's east blow up truck killing 2

May. 04, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — At least two people were killed near Kenya's eastern border with Somalia when the vehicle they were travelling in ran over an explosive device suspected to have been planted by the extremist al-Shabab rebels, officials said Tuesday. It is the...

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. ...

Kenya camps with 400,000 refugees to be closed next year

Apr. 29, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya wants two refugee camps which hosts hundreds of thousands of refugees from war-torn countries closed by June 30 next year, the government said Thursday. The announcement followed a meeting between Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and U.N. High...

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...

Gunfire erupts in Somali capital amid president's standoff

Apr. 25, 2021 15:36 PM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Gunfire erupted in Somalia’s capital on Sunday between soldiers loyal to the government and others angry at the country’s leader as tensions spiked over President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed’s extended stay in power. The gunfire heard...

Somalia's president OKs mandate extension, alarming US, EU

Apr. 14, 2021 13:10 PM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia’s president has defiantly signed into law an extension of his mandate and that of his government as the United States and others threatened sanctions and warned of further instability in one of the world’s most fragile countries. ...