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Study: Facebook fails to catch East Africa extremist content

Jun. 15, 2022 03:00 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A new study has found that Facebook has failed to catch Islamic State group and al-Shabab extremist content in posts aimed at East Africa as the region remains under threat from violent attacks and Kenya prepares to vote in a closely contested national election. ...

For new Somalia government, al-Shabab a threat to authority

May. 25, 2022 09:11 AM EDT

A Somali police officer recently received an unexpected summons from the enemy. An unknown caller ordered him to report to a town outside the capital, Mogadishu, where the extremist group al-Shabab would settle a dispute between him and his brother. The caller assured the officer he would be safe...

UN envoy urges Somalia's new leaders to tackle urgent issues

May. 23, 2022 21:19 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Somalia urged the country Monday to build on last week's election of a new president and work on national reconciliation, improve relations between the central government and states, and confront the growing threat from the al-Shabab extremist group. ...

Reversing Trump, Biden acts to deploy US troops to Somalia

May. 16, 2022 15:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden signed an order Monday to redeploy hundreds of U.S. troops to Somalia to counter the Islamic extremist rebel group al-Shabab, an effort that American military leaders said had been hampered by President Donald Trump's late-term decision to withdraw forces...

Reversing Trump, Biden signs order to deploy US troops to Somalia amid heightened concerns about al-Shabab extremists

May. 16, 2022 11:02 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Reversing Trump, Biden signs order to deploy US troops to Somalia amid heightened concerns about al-Shabab extremists.

Somali lawmakers elect president voted out 5 years ago

May. 15, 2022 19:30 PM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A former Somali president voted out of power in 2017 has been returned to the nation's top office after defeating the incumbent leader in a protracted contest decided by legislators in a third round of voting late Sunday. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who served...

Somalia set to elect new president amid growing insecurity

May. 12, 2022 05:15 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia is set to hold its long-delayed presidential vote on Sunday, ending the convoluted electoral process that raised tensions in the country when the president's term expired last year without a successor in place. Authorities have registered 39...

Police: 4 killed in Somalia blast ahead of presidential vote

May. 11, 2022 06:30 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somali police say at least four people have been killed by a suicide explosion that targeted a checkpoint near the airport in the capital, Mogadishu. “I saw four people dead at the scene. Two of them were government soldiers who died immediately after...

Dutch woman convicted in US of al-Shabab fundraising

May. 04, 2022 10:33 AM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Dutch woman has been convicted of raising money for the Somali terrorist group al-Shabab, according to a federal prosecutor. Farhia Hassan, 38, was convicted Tuesday of conspiring to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization,...

Burundian peacekeepers in Somalia killed in jihadi attack

May. 04, 2022 08:33 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The African Union says a number of Burundian peacekeepers were killed in Tuesday's attack by Islamic extremist rebels who targeted a remote military base in Somalia. The African Union condemned the attack and paid “tribute to the Burundian peacekeepers...