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Monday 27 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Somalia

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# Mogadishu
16 dead following al-Shabab attack in Somalia's main court complex
The preliminary death includes all nine attackers.
# Aid
9 striking photos from some of the worst crises of the past 40 years
From famine in North Korea to the genocide in Rwanda, these photographs offer an insight into global crises – and how the world has dealt with them.
# Denmark
Danish brothers charged with plotting terror attack
Two brothers with links to Somalia’s Islamist Shebab rebels have been formally charged over suspicions of plotting a terror attack.
# rescue attempt
Captors kill hostage in Somalia during French raid
The hostage, known as Denis Allex, had been captured in 2009.
# Somalia
Shebab Islamists abandon last stronghold in Somalia
Kismayu has been a vital lifeline for the Shebab in their five year revolt against African Union and Somali government troops.
# Ethiopia
Ethiopia's long-time ruler Meles Zenawi dies aged 57
Zenawi was an ally of the US in its counter-terrorism fight but his leadership raised many human rights concerns. He won his last election two years ago with 99 per cent of the vote.
# Aid
Ireland to provide €3 million in vital aid to Somalia
Eamon Gilmore announced the funding during a trip to the capital Mogadishu today.
# spirit
Running from war: Somali athletes defeat hardship for shot at glory
From Mogadishu, the road to the London Olympics is fraught with more uncertainty than most.
# Kenya
Aid workers kidnapped in Kenya safely released
The four were working with the Norwegian Refugee Council when they were abducted and one of their colleagues was killed during an ambush last week.
# Kenya
Grenade and gun attacks on Kenyan churches kill 10
Two churches were targeted in what officials believe were attacks mounted by Somali militants.
# reward
Al-Qaeda affiliate offers 10 camels as bounty on Obama
The Somalian group also offered up 10 hens and 10 roosters for Hillary Clinton.
# Piracy
EU carries out air strikes on Somali pirates
Attack helicopters took part in the attacks early this morning along the coastline of Somalia.
# Death Penalty
China is the world's 'number one executioner' - Amnesty report
A new report says that the number of countries who have the death penalty is declining but there has been a surge in the number of executions in the Middle East.
# Free
Kidnapped British woman freed by Somali pirates
Judith Tebbutt and her husband David were kidnapped in September. David was killed during the attack – a fact Judith, who spent six months in captivity, did not find out until weeks after.
# Somali Pirates
Two hostages dead after pirates hijack ship off Somali coast
The Danish warship had been following the hijacked vessel for several days before attempting to board it.
# Somalia
World leaders threaten sanctions over Somalia
Those who hamper the troubled state’s political progress will face serious sanctions, leaders attending today’s major international conference in London warned.
# Child Soldiers
‘For children in Somalia, nowhere is safe’ – HRW report
The rights group has criticised all sides of the Somali conflict of recruiting child soldiers and failing to adequately protect children.
# Somalia
UN: Somali famine is over, but action still needed
The UN said that long-awaited rains, coupled with substantial agricultural inputs and the humanitarian response are the main reasons for the improvement.
# Rescue
Praise for Special Forces after Somalia hostage rescue
Two hostages – a man from Denmark and an American woman – were freed after the operation.
# Somalia
Bomb attack targets packed refugee camp in Somali capital
Two people have died in the explosion which occurred shortly after a UN and media visit.
# Famine
Failure to respond led to thousands of needless deaths in Africa - aid agencies
“Many donors wanted proof of a humanitarian catastrophe before acting to prevent one” – Oxfam, Save the Children.
# Somalia
MSF "deeply shocked" by staff killings
The staff members were killed in Mogadishu yesterday. MSF has said today that some staff members are to be relocated from the compound there for security reasons.
# Somalia
Two Doctors Without Borders staff "shot by fellow employee"
The incident involved a disgruntled former employee and took place in the Somali capital of Mogadishu today.
# Review 2011
In pictures: the natural disasters of 2011
Last year saw a number of major natural disasters strike, including earthquakes in Japan, New Zealand and Turkey, volcanic eruptions in Chile and Iceland, and severe tropical storms in Asia.
# Somalia
Concerns raised for humanitarian work after Somali militants ban aid agencies
UNICEF says it fears for the lives of malnourished children who have been receiving food from its workers, who have been banned by al-Shabab fighters.
# Somalia
Somali militants ban 16 aid groups and UN agencies
The Islamist group has banned Concern, UNICEF, the World Health Organization and UNHCR – amongst others – from operating in the country, where 250,000 people face the immediate risk of starvation.
# Somalia
Ethiopian troops spotted in Somalia: report
Has Ethiopia followed Kenya in sending its troops to tackle Somali insurgents?
# Al Shabab donkeys
Kenya warns of 'Al Shabab donkeys' in Somalia
Tensions on the Kenya-Somalia border follows a spate of recent kidnappings and the imposition of a Kenyan military force in the region.
# Somalia
Somali gunmen kidnap US, Danish aid workers
The two colleagues work for a Danish organisation which works to remove unexploded mines.
# Kenya
France to supply troops fighting Somalia militants
But French authorities have denied reports that French naval vessels had carried out attacks near an al-Shabab stronghold.
# Kenya
14 injured in grenade attack at Kenyan nightclub
Kenyan police say they believe Somali militant group al-Shabab is behind the attack, which comes after the group’s recent warning of “bloody battles” which would endanger the lives of civilians.
# Somalia
Al-Shabab display bodies of African Union peacekeepers
The fighters displayed around 70 bodies of the troops after a battle in Mogadishu yesterday.
# Hostage
Frenchwoman abducted in Kenya dies weeks after kidnapping
The 66-year-old woman was taken from her rented house on a Kenyan island earlier this month by suspected Somali militants.
# Somalia
Car bomb hits Somali capital Mogadishu
This is the second bombing in Mogadishu in the past month. People have been leaving the city in droves (pictured) in recent weeks.
# Somalia
Kenyan military is moved into Somalia
The move comes after a spate of abductions in Kenya that are suspected to involve Somalia’s al-Shabab militants.
# Abducted
Vehicle found during search for Spanish aid workers
The MSF employees were kidnapped from the world’s largest refugee camp in Kenya by gunmen believed to be part of Somalia’s al-Shabab militant group.