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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

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From Somaliland's bitter past blooms a moving and mature novel of conflict and survival

Médecins Sans Frontières pulls out of Somalia over staff deaths

The medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières has said it is pulling out of Somalia after 22 years there because of attacks on its staff. The decision underscores the continued security risks despite military gains against Islamist insurgents and accompanying political progress.

Medical aid group Doctors Without Borders quits Somalia

Aid group Doctors Without Borders is pulling out of Somalia after 22 years because of attacks on staff.

Mo Farah sprints clear of rival Ibrahim Jeilan

Mo-ving in the right direction on Somalia

With UK aid stolen by jihadis, a campaign supported by Mo Farah grows in importance

African Union peacekeepers take position outside the UN compound in Somalia

British foreign aid for Somalia falls into hands of al-Qa'ida

Almost £500,000 of goods and equipment "confiscated" by terror group as aid budget row continues

Ethiopian military plane crash lands in Somalia

A military plane that crash-landed in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Friday belonged to Ethiopia and was carrying ammunition, two security sources said.

Mo Farah backs campaign to save Barclays money transfer service

A petition signed by 20,000 people is to be handed in to Downing Street urging Barclays to keep a service that allows people living in Britain to send small amounts of money to family and friends in developing nations.

Usain Bolt and Mo Farah pictured at London 2012

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The two stars of the track look set to battle it out for charity

Somalia: Five police wounded in bombing by Islamists

Al-Shabaab says it used remote-controlled bomb

A Boko Haram attack in Nigeria

Two extremist groups including Nigeria-based Boko Haram face UK membership and support ban

UK-based Minbar Ansar Deen and Boko Haram to be proscribed in the UK under terrorism laws

Jihadists from many countries – these are from Iraq – are travelling to Syria

Theresa May urges action on 'jihad tourism'

Home Secretary leads EU discussions on how to tackle terror threat from extremists returning from combat in Syria

An injured person is carried away following the blast

Somalia: Al-Shabaab militants claim three Britons dead after bomb attack on UN compound

Twenty killed during gun battle with Somali militants as staff try to flee to secure bunker

Al-Shabaab: The key to support of Islamist rebels was their navigation of Somalia's competing complex of clans

Ultimate defeat militants will only come with a comprehensive political settlement for war-torn country

A Syrian boy refugee in the Bab al-Salam refugee camp in Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border in June 2013

'Truly alarming': Syria conflict boosts worldwide refugee numbers to highest number for almost two decades

UN reports that more than 7m fled homes in last year, many from Syria crisis

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