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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Saturday 07 July 2012
The latest novel by Somalia's great story-teller sends exiles back to a nation in free-fall
Monday 02 July 2012
Scores injured in gun and grenade strikes in remote Kenyan town near Somali border
Wednesday 27 June 2012
The blue-and-white uniform looks new and its wearer seems small and uncertain amid the mayhem of a Mogadishu rush hour. The drivers, many of whom are armed, are not yet used to the sight of a traffic policeman. It's something most Somalis haven't seen in their city for 20 years.
Friday 08 June 2012
Washington has offered up to $33m (£21m) in rewards for information about top members of the extremist group al-Shabab, which has links to al-Qa'ida.
Friday 01 June 2012
The families of merchant seamen held by Somali pirates for more than 18 months have said the hostages are being forced to call home with warnings they could suffer further abuses unless a $2.85m (£1.85m) ransom is paid.
Monday 28 May 2012
An explosion ripped through a building full of small shops in the downtown area of Kenyan capital Nairobi today, wounding an unknown number of people.
Friday 25 May 2012
African Union troops seized a rebel stronghold near Mogadishu from al-Qa'ida-linked insurgents today, marking a major blow against the al Shabaab rebels who have used the town to stage sporadic attacks on the capital.
Thursday 24 May 2012
A radio station producer says that gunmen in Somalia have killed a Somali journalist, the sixth to be slain in the country this year.
Thursday 17 May 2012
A military court in Somalia's breakaway region of Somaliland has sentenced 17 people to death for attacking a military base over a land dispute one day earlier, an official today.
Wednesday 16 May 2012
Gunmen detonated grenades outside a night club in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa yesterday, killing one person and wounding several others in the latest attack since Kenya sent troops into Somalia to crush Islamist militants.
Wednesday 16 May 2012
The European Union's anti-piracy force attacked pirate bases along the Somali coast for the first time yesterday, using helicopters to destroy suspect boats.
Tuesday 15 May 2012
A Somali pirate says an airstrike by the European Union naval force patrolling the Indian Ocean has destroyed speed boats, fuel deports and an arms store.
Tuesday 08 May 2012
Islamist rebels armed with mortars and machine guns attacked African Union forces in Somalia's capital Mogadishu overnight, sparking a battle that killed at least nine people, officials and residents said today.
Wednesday 02 May 2012
At least two Somali MPs and three civilians were killed yesterday in two separate attacks.
Wednesday 18 April 2012
Germans who claimed to be catching butterflies in pre-war Kenya caught the attention of British officials who feared the Nazis were plotting to invade East Africa, previously secret files reveal.
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