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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...

Al-Qaida linked al-Shabab group claims large blast in Somalia's capital near school killing at least 5

Nov. 25, 2021 01:17 AM EST
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Al-Qaida linked al-Shabab group claims large blast in Somalia's capital near school killing at least 5.

UN condemns arms supply to Somalia's al-Shabab, keeps UN ban

Nov. 15, 2021 19:21 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council condemned the supply of weapons and ammunition to al-Shabab extremists and others in Somalia in violation of a U.N. arms embargo and voted Monday to extend the ban for a year, saying the al-Qaida affiliate's terrorist activities continue to...

Critics: Greece criminalizes migration, prosecutes helpers

Nov. 15, 2021 02:52 AM EST

CHIOS, Greece (AP) — Among the prison inmates of the Greek island of Chios, three young men from Afghanistan and Somalia are serving dramatically long sentences: 50 years for two of them, a staggering 142 for the third. But these are not violent criminals, even...

Blinken headed to Africa to address various crises

Nov. 11, 2021 20:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to Africa next week as the Biden administration intensifies diplomatic efforts to resolve crises in Ethiopia and Sudan and seeks to boost counterterrorism cooperation, the State Department said Thursday. ...

Greek minister: Aegean deaths show flaws in EU-Turkey deal

Oct. 27, 2021 12:33 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The fatal sinking of a migrant boat in the Aegean Sea that cost the lives of four people shows up the flaws of a deal between the European Union and Turkey to stem unchecked westward migratory flows, Greece's migration minister said Wednesday. ...

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...

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...