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Al-Shabab blast by school in Somali capital kills at least 8

Nov. 25, 2021 11:14 AM EST

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A large explosion outside a school in Somalia's capital on Thursday killed at least eight people, including students, witnesses said. The extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack. The al-Qaida-linked group controls large...

In Somalia, a rare female artist promotes images of peace

Oct. 27, 2021 04:09 AM EDT

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Among the once-taboo professions emerging from Somalia’s decades of conflict and Islamic extremism is the world of arts, and a 21-year-old female painter has faced more opposition than most. A rare woman artist in the highly conservative Horn...

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...

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. ...