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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

55 feared killed in Somali boat tragedy

Fifty-five people were drowned, or missing and presumed to have drowned, after an overcrowded boat capsized off the Somali coast, the UN said yesterday.

Fifty-five drown off Somali coast after boat capsizes

Fifty-five people were drowned, or missing and presumed to have drowned, after an overcrowded boat capsized off the Somali coast, the UN refugee agency said today.

Why British Muslims are surrounded by fear and suspicion

The recent cases of Abu Hamza and Abu Qatada have put the place of British Muslims in our society front and centre of public debate again. Indeed, we've covered it at length on independentvoices.com. Writing in the Sun today, Trevor Kavanagh, the Australian who for many years was Political Editor of the paper and a reliable indicator of the views of Rupert Murdoch, says that Britain's Muslims urgently need some better PR.

30 protesters held after cleric’s arrest

Muslim protesters clashed with police in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, today during a protest over the arrest of an Islamic cleric. Police fired tear gas and at least 30 people were arrested.

Money goes towards recruiting gunmen and to foreign investors in the pirates' lucrative enterprise

Worldwide sea piracy falls to lowest level in four years following international warship patrols in the Gulf of Aden

Attempted hijackings fell from more than 350 to 233 in the first nine months of this year

Somalia: Al-Shabaab arms boat seized

The semi-autonomous Somali region of Puntland has captured a Yemeni boat carrying heavy weapons destined for al-Shabaab rebels, who are linked to al-Qa'ida.

Somalia names a new prime minister

Somalia's president has appointed a new prime minister, a businessman who worked as a government economist in the 1980s.

Kenyan soldiers on the outskirts of the port city of Kismayu

Troops delay entering Kismayu over fear that rebels set trap

African Union and Somali government troops are in no rush to move deeper into Kismayu, the southern stronghold abandoned by Islamist militants, a military spokesman said yesterday, as anxiety over revenge attacks gripped many in the port city.

Islamists accused of revenge attack

There was widespread anger and disbelief in the Kenyan capital yesterday after a grenade was thrown into a Sunday school, leaving one child dead and several injured.

Somalia's Al-Shabaab rebels pull out of Kismayu bastion

Somalia's Al-Shabaab rebels withdrew from their last major bastion of Kismayu overnight, the group and residents said, a day after Kenyan and Somali government forces attacked the southern port.

Islamist group may lose its final Somalian stronghold

Militants with the Islamist group Al-Shabaab were fighting a losing battle yesterday to hold on to their last bastion in Somalia after Kenyan forces launched an amphibious assault on the port city.

Piracy in Somalia has become a major cause for British concern

Fresh attack as pirate season off coast of Somalia begins

The season for pirate attacks in the Arabian Sea has begun with an attack on a dhow, according to a UK maritime security company.

Samia Yusuf Omar hoped to compete in London

Somali Olympian drowns trying to reach Europe by boat

A Somali Olympian whose determination to compete, despite the violence and chaos in her home country, had taken her to Beijing four years ago has drowned while attempting to reach Europe on a migrant boat.

Main candidates - Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed: The only recent Prime Minister credited with doing any-thing after he got the army and police paid on time. Now campaigns in Somali diaspora

Few signs of progress as Somalia's new MPs are sworn in

Parliamentary placemen are set to pick president in campaign dogged by violence and corruption

Meles Zenawi has not been seen in public since June

Mystery of Ethiopia's missing prime minister

Ethiopia's missing prime minister has been taking part in diplomatic efforts to resolve the Sudan crisis from his sick bed, according to African Union officials.

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