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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

Somali remittances: It's about justice, not charity

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24 September 2013: Kenya Defence Forces soldiers take their position at the Westgate shopping centre, on the fourth day since militants stormed into the mall, in Nairobi

Kenya shopping mall attack: Hero former Royal Marine re-entered Westgate shopping centre 12 times to save 100 people from terrorists

Ex-soldier emerges as one of the heroes of the shopping mall terror attack

A Kenyan soldier gives the thumbs up after clearing the top floor balcony and interior of the Westgate mall in Nairobi

'We have defeated our enemies': President Uhuru Kenyatta declares Kenya shopping mall attack is over but death toll continues to rise

Uhuru Kenyatta declares three days of national mourning after 61 civilians killed and 240 injured in terror

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Update 26/09/13: Interpol has issued a Red Notice, or internationally wanted persons alert, for Samantha Lewthwaite at the request of authorities in Kenya. Here's what we know so far about the so-called 'White Widow'...

Samantha Lewthwaite, widow of 7/7 suicide bomber Germaine Lindsay, has been linked to the Nairobi attack, although it is not clear whether she is the British woman that Amina Mohamed was referring to

Kenya shopping mall attack: Was British 'White Widow' Samantha Lewthwaite among militants killed in Nairobi massacre?

Kenyan foreign minister says British woman experienced in terrorist activities was among attackers at Nairobi shopping centre

Victims of a multinational terror force, clockwise from top left: Elif Yavuz; Ross Langdon; Kofi Awoonor; Ruhila Adatia Sood; Juan Ortiz-Iruri; Naguib-Damji; Anne-Marie Desloges;

Kenya shopping mall attack: Who are al-Shabaab, the multinational force of terror at the heart of the Nairobi shopping centre massacre?

International jihad emerges from terrorist 'spectacular' with which al-Shabaab sought to demonstrate that it was not confined to Somalia

Kenya shopping mall attack: Uganda steps up security after Nairobi attack

Uganda, which like Kenya has sent troops to fight Islamist militants in Somalia, said on Monday it had stepped up security after the raid in Nairobi.

Kenya shopping mall attack: More security, less tourism, loss of freedoms - our way of life will have to change

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Many of the al-Shabaab fighters are teenagers tempted by money

Kenya shopping mall attack: Hostage-taking breaks the pattern of youthful Islamist attacks

For those familiar with the methods of the Somali Islamists, Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen [or Mujahedin Youth Movement], the attack on Nairobi’s Westgate mall initially appeared to be a textbook operation. A team of gunmen had blasted its way into a high-value target using assault rifles and grenades and proceeded to inflict as many casualties as possible.

HMS Somerset's merlin helicopter putting shots across the bow of the dhow, believed to be the mother ship of the pirate group that failed to take the MV Montecristo, RFA Fort Victoria, in the Indian Ocean

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Shipping is coming under attack off West Africa and even in the Suez Canal, even as the trouble off Somalia eases

American born al-Amriki addresses a press conference in Mogadishu in 2011.

American jihadist rapper and British Islamist militant killed in Somalia

Two western-born Islamists killed in Somali al-Qa'ida squabble

Oddly pedagogic: Ed Miliband speaking in Bournemouth

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Miliband enters the lions den and gets away with it - just about

True, there was no standing ovation. The TUC doesn’t do ecstatic. But in a speech sandwiched between debates on low paid youth - enlivened by the fact that the speakers were mostly young workers on low pay - and on rail privatisation, Miliband repeated that he was “absolutely determined” to reform the way union members donate to Labour. And survived.

The scene of yesterday’s bombing

Al-Shabaab bombers kill 15 in Mogadishu diner

The Islamist militant group al-Shabaab detonated two bombs at a packed restaurant in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, yesterday, killing at least 15 people and wounding 23 more.

For the sake of Somalia, Barclays must not close its money transfer system

To do so could herald a humanitarian crisis in the long-suffering region

British teenage girl loses leg in failed assassination of Egyptian minister

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