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A sports stadium in Mogadishu became a key base for al-Shabaab in Somalia as their influence expanded across eastern Africa. Photographer Johnnie Shand Kydd visited the arena after it was reclaimed by African Union forces

First smoking, football, films and bras – now al-Shabaab has banned the internet

The Somalian militant group – which frequently uses Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to disseminate its views – says those who do not comply will be dealt with in accordance with Islamic law

Somalia: At least six killed in double 'suicide bombing' at Mogadishu hotel

Two bombers among dead after police shoot and kill attackers as they try to make their way into the hotel

The coastal resort of Mombasa is popular with tourists

Kenya: Grenade attack on Mombasa tourist nightclub leaves 10 injured

Area police chief says 'it cannot be anything else but a terrorist attack'

Children displaced by the fighting in South Sudan

South Sudan: Are we helping to create a country or merely creating ravenous clients for an army of Western experts and consultants?

World View: Is collective hatred of a bully enough to make a nation?

A US Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan

David Cameron to oppose EU 'drones club' on visit to Brussels

A plan for the European Union to develop its own drone programme will be strongly opposed by David Cameron at a summit of EU leaders in Brussels today.

A mural depicting Nelson Mandela in Soweto. Many claim the township has been turned into a tourist site

The death of Nelson Mandela: ‘The politicians live in their palaces; the rest of us do not see any of this wealth’

In Johannesburg’s townships, citizens lament the betrayal of their former leader’s legacy

Right to choose: the young women of Somaliland need education as well as better health care

The importance of health care: Blind choices

Many women in developing countries don't realise that they have a right to healthcare and to make decisions about their own bodies. This has to change, says Edna Adan ssmail

Books of the year 2013: Poetry

The Selected Poems of Robert Graves (1895-1985) (Faber, £15.99), edited by Michael Longley, is a superb re-introduction to a vastly influential poet who has become almost a secret to the young. War poet, lover, servant of the pitiless muse, comedian – Robert Graves was all these, and blessed with the finest poetic ear of his time.

Somalia woman arrested after saying she was raped by a colleague at gunpoint

The alleged victim remains in police custody after telling a radio station she had been sexually assaulted and held captive overnight

Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed is believed to have links to the Somali group al-Shabaab

TPim restrictions on terror suspects to be tightened after burka escape

The restrictions on terror suspects are to be tightened after an Islamist extremist escaped from the security services when he walked out of a mosque disguised in a burka.

Somali Islamists take responsibility for Mogadishu hotel bombing

Islamist al Shabaab rebels have claimed responsibility for a bomb that killed six people outside a popular Mogadishu hotel on Friday, and said they deliberately targetted government officials and security forces.

Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed: Warrant issued for burka terror suspect

Old Bailey judge has issued a warrant for 27-year-old

Terror suspect Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed who is being hunted by counter-terrorism officers from Scotland Yard after breaching his terrorism prevention and investigation measures notice

Burka terror suspect Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed claiming damages in human rights challenge

Anonymity lifted as it emerges he used a sharp object to cut away security tag before escape

Terror suspect Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed who is being hunted by counter-terrorism officers

Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed: Taskforce launched to track down terrorist suspect who escaped wearing burka

MI5, Met Police Counter Terrorism Command and UK Border Agency join forces in manhunt

Mohamed Abdi Hassan commanded dozens of bandits in the Arabian Sea

The pirate who fell into a movie trap: Kingpin Mohamed 'Big Mouth' Abdi Hassan arrested in Belgium after being tricked into thinking he was going to appear in a documentary

The ringleader had been lured to Europe over promises to work as an expert adviser on a documentary about high-seas crime

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