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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

Police seal off the area outside the Washwood Heath Muslim Centre

Man arrested over stabbings at Birmingham mosque

Police say no information suggests attack was a hate crime

Political correctness resulting in female circumcision being ignored in UK, say MPs

They warn that 20,000 girls in Britain are at risk of being subjected to the highly painful procedure

Firefighters tackle the blaze at the Somali Bravanese Welfare Association and the Al-Rahma Islamic Centre

Police make fresh appeal over English Defence League graffiti on destroyed Islamic centre

The letters EDL were spotted on the wall of the community centre

Right-wing arson attack? 'EDL' graffiti found after Muswell Hill mosque is burnt down amid fears of Woolwich link

Right-wing group denies involvement as police investigate potential connection to Woolwich attack

Michael Adebolajo, centre, was one of seven men arrested by Kenyan police on an island close to the Somali border

Terror in Woolwich: MI5 ‘tried to recruit suspect in Kenyan jail’

Woolwich suspect may have struck a deal with MI5 to secure release by the African country

Stuart Hazell before his arrest in August last year

Stuart Hazell: The man who robbed a woman of her daughter – and her trust in everyone

His own lawyer remarken on his 'extraordinary capacity for living through lies that he has made up'

Prime Minister David Cameron shakes hands with Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud

British military team will be sent to Somalia to train troops and help combat human rights abuses

UK will also contribute to a £50 million international fund for the state

Al-Shabaab still threatens security

World Focus: Fragile gains for Somalia as world gathers in London to discuss the country's future

Peace has returned to the Somali capital Mogadishu – but progress is elusive

Car bomber kills 5 in Somali capital

Five people were killed Sunday morning when a suicide bomber attempted to ram a car laden with explosives into a military convoy escorting a four-member Qatari delegation, an official said.

The use of armed guards has been credited with bringing down the number of successful hijackings off the Somali coast

Huge decline in hijackings by Somali pirates

Next Sunday will mark the one-year anniversary of the last successful hijacking off the troubled African country's coast

A young girl stands amid the burned ruins of Baga, Nigeria

Voices in Danger: Nigeria added to list of most dangerous countries for journalists

Nigeria has been added to the Committee for the Protection of Journalists' annual list of most dangerous countries

A malnourished Somali baby at the Banadir hospital in Mogadishu. Almost 260,000 Somali people, half of them children, died of dire hunger from 2010 to 2012, greatly more than was feared at the time

Somalia: UN’s late declaration of famine in 2011 cost lives

The United Nations has admitted that a delay in declaring a famine in Somalia in 2011 cost additional lives, after a new report revealed that more than a quarter of a million people died, half of them young children.

Nigeria joins journalist danger list on World Press Freedom day

Nigeria today joined the list of countries where journalists are routinely murdered and assaulted without any convictions for their attackers.

My life in travel: Rageh Omaar

'On safari in Kruger National Park, we ate breakfast beside a pod of hippos'

Britons living in Somalia urged to leave country amid fears of 'imminent terrorist attacks'

Britons living in Somalia have been urged by the Government to leave the African country amid fears of “imminent terrorist attacks”.

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