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Somali journalists in Mogadishu protest as they demand for the release of a colleague Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim

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Outcry as reporter she spoke to is also sentenced to a year for ‘offending institutions’

Britons urged to leave Somaliland over 'specific threat'

A "specific threat" has been identified to westerners in Somaliland, the Foreign Office said in a warning to all Britons who have ignored previous warnings they should flee immediately.

Twitter suspends account of Islamic militants al-Shabaab

After losing Somalia's cities to African Union forces and scores of fighters to defections, Islamic militants al-Shabaab lost their online platform today as Twitter suspended their account.

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Keep on chewing: Tom Peck chews the khat with British-Somalis, as the Government’s official drugs advisory body rejects calls to ban the herbal stimulant

ACMD says there is not enough evidence to say khat is linked to ill-health, social problems or terror groups

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France yesterday sent more troops and warplanes to Mali and stepped up anti-terror measures at home

Technical fault delays British military plane bound to assist French efforts to halt al-Qa’ida-linked rebels in Mali, just minutes after David Cameron hails its capabilities

Downing Street said UK troops will not engage in combat operations in Mali  but transport planes will provide logistical assistance

Britain to assist French operations in Mali

Britain is to transport foreign troops and equipment to Mali amid efforts to halt an advance by rebels.

Inhabitants of Bamako, the capital of Mali, wave a French flag following the military intervention

Britain helps France in Mali conflict

UK sends aircraft to support military campaign against Islamist rebels

Somali Islamists deny death of French spy hostage as commando is killed in botched raid

A French commando raid in Somalia to free a captive intelligence agent ended in the deaths of 17 Islamists and a French soldier. France said the hostage also died in the failed rescue, but the man's captors denied he had been killed and claimed today to have seized a second soldier.

Terror suspect escaped in cab

The missing terror suspect Ibrahim Magag escaped surveillance by simply ringing for a black cab, the shadow Home Secretary said today.

Ibrahim Magag is said to have links with al-Qa’ida

Terror suspect Ibrahim Magag 'jumped into cab' to escape, claims Yvette Cooper

Missing terror suspect Ibrahim Magag escaped surveillance by simply ringing for a black cab, the shadow home secretary claimed today.

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Ibrahim Magag was said to have links with al-Qa’ida

Terror suspect goes on run while under police surveillance

Disappearance of Ibrahim Magag puts pressure on Home Secretary's latest anti-terror measures

Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah has revealed how he was detained by US border guards on suspicion of being a terrorist, despite showing them his two gold medals.

Mo Farah reveals he was detained in 'terror bungle' at US airport

The 29-year-old runner, who was awarded a CBE in the New Year's Honours list, has said he was detained by authorities while entering the US

Mahdi Hashi, 23, had disappeared in Somalia when Home Secretary Theresa May issued a rare order withdrawing his citizenship earlier this year. Only a handful of such orders are issued each year

UK accused of role in rendition as missing 'Briton' faces US charges

Government ministers were facing questions last night about whether they were complicit in the rendition of a former UK citizen who has unexpectedly appeared before a US court months after disappearing in Africa.

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