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Somalia: Federal republic in Africa
Somalia, officially the Federal Republic of Somalia, is a sovereign country located in the Horn of Africa. It is bordered by Ethiopia to the west, Djibouti to the northwest, the Gulf of Aden to the north, the Guardafui Channel and Somali Sea to the east, and Kenya to the southwest. Somalia has the longest coastline on Africa's mainland, and its terrain consists mainly of plateaus, plains and highlands. Climatically, hot conditions prevail year-round, with periodic monsoon winds and irregular rainfall.

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Kenya, Somalia agree to restore ties after spat over oil rights

Kenya and Somalia agreed to restore ties on Thursday after a months-long spat over oil rights that led the neighbors to halt the issuance of visas on arrival for each other's citizens.
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Somalia's Islamic State affiliate vows support for group's new leader

Somalia's Islamic State affiliate, one of the most important outposts of the militant group, swore allegiance in a statement on Sunday to the new leader named by the organization following the death of..
Reuters - Published

Videos for Somalia


Somalia strikes: Amnesty says US behind civilian deaths [Video]Somalia strikes: Amnesty says US behind civilian deaths

US air raids targeting Al-Shabab are killing a growing number of civilians, rights groups say.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:21Published

French police clear migrant tent camps in northern Paris [Video]French police clear migrant tent camps in northern Paris

French police cleared two huge migrant tent camps in northern Paris on Thursday and authorities vowed to clear other camps, a day after the government announced tighter immigration policies. Emily..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:32Published

More than 270,000 displaced by deadly Somalia floods [Video]More than 270,000 displaced by deadly Somalia floods

Deaths reported as severe floods could be worsened by another tropical storm that could affect about one million people in east Africa.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:33Published

A family in limbo as U.S. slows refugee admissions [Video]A family in limbo as U.S. slows refugee admissions

Somali refugee Ramlo Ali Noor will never be reunited with her 16-year-old son Abdiaziz - the youngest of her three teenaged boys - who died while waiting for their resettlement cases to be processed by..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:32Published

Somalia security meeting: Delegates discuss AU troop withdrawal [Video]Somalia security meeting: Delegates discuss AU troop withdrawal

Meeting to discuss security roadmap in the run-up to 2020 elections marred by two recent al-Shabab attacks.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:50Published

Planet SOS: Millions displaced as Somalis flee widespread drought [Video]Planet SOS: Millions displaced as Somalis flee widespread drought

Two years after the previous drought ended, Somalia is again facing one of the driest rainy seasons in more than three decades.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:29Published

 

Floods in Somalia displace more than 250,000 people: U.N.

Heavy rains have killed at least 10 people and displaced more than 270,000 in Somalia, destroying infrastructure and livelihoods in the Horn of Africa nation, the United Nations said on Friday.
Reuters - Published

Somalia aims to reduce poverty, pump up infrastructure after debt erased

Somalia will press ahead with poverty reduction efforts and a major regional ports and corridors initiative if international creditors forgive the country's $5 billion debt this February, as expected,..
Reuters - Published

Mortar bombs strike Somalia's Mogadishu airport, six injured: source

At least three mortar bombs were fired on Sunday at Mogadishu’s international airport, injuring at least six people in the compound where several embassies are located, a diplomatic source said.
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At least 10 Kenyan police killed by bomb near Somali border: police

At least ten Kenyan police were killed when their vehicle struck a homemade bomb near the border with Somalia on Saturday, according to a police report seen by Reuters.
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Somalia auditor general slams government finances

The Somali government is keeping some donor funds offshore and none of the ministries have completed last year's accounts, the auditor general said in a report published on Wednesday.
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U.S. re-opens embassy in Somali capital amid persisting Islamist violence

The United States announced on Wednesday it had re-opened its embassy in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, nearly three decades after it was shut down, underscoring deepening ties between the two nations..
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Somali commandos, U.S. air strike repel Islamist insurgent attack

Cameras picked up the two white trucks carrying bombs and fighters through the bush towards Somalia's most secure military base, home to U.S. special forces, foreign trainers and the Somali special..
Reuters - Published

Somalia fights to standardize schools with first new curriculum since civil war began

Every school day, Shuayb Muhidin travels Mogadishu's battle-scarred streets to get to Banadir Zone School. For years, the government has battled Islamist insurgents but now authorities are also turning..
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Ten militants killed after Somalia attack: U.S. military

The U.S. military said on Monday that U.S. and partnered forces had killed 10 militants and destroyed a vehicle after Somali insurgents mounted an ambitious attack on a base where U.S. special forces..
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Twin Somali attacks hit U.S. special forces base, Italian convoy

Somali insurgents mounted their most ambitious attack yet on Monday on a U.S. special forces base used to train Somali commandos and launch drone strikes, while an Italian military convoy was hit in a..
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Italian military convoy hit by explosion in Somalia: defense ministry

An Italian military convoy was hit by an explosion in Somalia on Monday, the defense ministry said, adding that no injuries have been reported so far.
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Twin attacks hit EU military convoy in Somali capital and U.S. base in Baledogle

Separate attacks hit a U.S. military base in the Somali town of Baledogle and a European military convoy in the Somali capital on Monday, a Reuters witness and a security source said.
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Somalia’s al Shabaab raid military base, loot weapons

Fighters belonging to Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab stormed an army base near the capital Mogadishu on Sunday, looted it for weapons and then withdrew, a military source, residents and the..
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Ethiopia says it detains suspected Islamist militants planning attacks

Ethiopia said on Saturday it had arrested an unspecified number of Islamist militant members of the Somali group al Shabaab and Islamic State who were planning to carry out attacks in the country on..
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Iranian held by Somali pirates since 2015 freed

An Iranian sailor held hostage by Somali pirates for more than four years has been released with the help of the United Nations and a humanitarian group, Iran's Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.
Reuters - Published

Leader of Somalia's Jubbaland, at odds with Mogadishu, wins new term

The president of Jubbaland, a Somali region critical to East Africa's fight against the Islamist militants of al Shabaab, won a new term on Thursday, highlighting a growing rift between the federal..
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Somali president replaces security chiefs and Mogadishu mayor

Somalia's president announced on Thursday a major shake-up of the country's security chiefs as well as a replacement for the mayor of Mogadishu after Abdirahman Omar Osman died of his wounds following..
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Somalia's Jubbaland president wins new term amid rift with central government

The president of Jubbaland, a Somali region critical to East Africa's fight against al Shabaab militants, won a fresh term on Thursday, the parliamentary speaker said, amid a growing rift between the..
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President of Somali state of Jubbaland re-elected in divisive vote

The president of Somalia's southern Jubbaland state, a region still partly held by al Shabaab, won a fresh term in office on Thursday, the parliamentary speaker said, amid heightened strains between..
Reuters - Published

Southern Somali state shutters main city, airport ahead of election: senior local official

The southern Somali state of Jubbaland has blocked access to the capital city Kismayo and its main airport ahead of Thursday's vote to elect a president of the semi-autonomous region, a senior regional..
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Regional Somali airport refuses to allow Ethiopian plane to land

Kismayo airport in southern Somalia refused to allow an Ethiopian plane to land on Monday, a witness said, amid heightened tensions between the federal government and the regional leadership ahead of..
Reuters - Published

Car bombs shake Somali military base, deaths reported

A government military base in south Somalia was struck by car bombs and gunfire on Wednesday, residents and military officers said, with the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab group claiming responsibility and..
Reuters - Published

Car bombs, gunfire hit government military base in southern Somalia: residents, officer

A government military base in the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia was struck by car bombs and gunfire on Wednesday, residents and a military officer said, and the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab group..
Reuters - Published

Somalia says blind female suicide bomber killed Mogadishu mayor

The suicide bomber who killed the mayor of Mogadishu and six other people last month was a blind, female employee of the municipal government who was assisted by a fellow worker, Somalia's internal..
Reuters - Published

Mogadishu's mayor dies in Qatar while getting treatment for wounds

The mayor of Somalia's capital Mogadishu has died of wounds sustained in a suicide bomb attack on his office, government officials said on Thursday. He died in Qatar where he had gone for treatment..
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Kenya's dusitD2 hotel reopens after January attack that killed 21

The five-star dusitD2 Hotel in Nairobi will reopen its doors to guests on Thursday, six months after 21 people were killed in an attack on a hotel and office complex by Somalia's al Shabaab militants.
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U.S. air strike kills suspected IS coordinator in Somalia

A U.S. air strike killed a facilitator for an Islamic State-aligned militia in northern Somalia, a statement from the American military's Africa Command said on Sunday.
Reuters - Published

Mogadishu mayor, once a London councillor, wounded in a blast

The mayor of Mogadishu had fled Somalia for Britain as a refugee and earned a master's degree, citizenship and years of experience as a councillor in London before deciding to return home to help..
Reuters - Published

Suicide attack kills six at Mogadishu government headquarters: official

A suicide bombing at municipal government headquarters in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Wednesday killed six people including district commissioners and local government chiefs, the country's..
Reuters - Published

Mayor of Mogadishu, others hurt in Somalia suicide blast: relative

A suicide bomb attack on the local government headquarters injured the mayor of Mogadishu and several other Somali officials on Wednesday, a relative of one of the victims told Reuters.
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At least 17 killed in bomb attack in Somalia capital

At least 17 people were killed and 28 others wounded when a bomb went off outside a hotel near the international airport in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Monday, medical officials said.
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Loud explosion and gunfire heard in Somali capital Mogadishu

A loud explosion was heard in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Monday morning, followed by heavy gunfire.
Reuters - Published

Car bomb and all-night hotel siege kill 26 in Somalia's Kismayo

Islamist gunmen killed 26 people, including Kenyans, Americans, a Briton and Tanzanians, when they stormed a hotel in Somalia's southern port city of Kismayo, a regional state president said on..
Reuters - Published

Death toll in hotel attack in Somalia's Kismayo jumps to 26: regional president

Islamist gunmen killed 26 people, including Kenyans, Americans, a Briton and Tanzanians, when they stormed a hotel in Somalia's southern port city of Kismayo, a regional state president said on..
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Somalia security forces end militant attack on hotel that killed 13 - police officer

Somalia's security forces on Saturday ended an overnight attack by the al Shabaab Islamist militant group on a hotel in the southern port city of Kismayu that killed at least 13, a police officer said.
Reuters - Published

Suicide car bomb targets hotel in Somali port city, two journalists confirmed dead

A car bomb went off on Friday at a hotel in Somalia's port city of Kismayu where local elders and lawmakers had been discussing an upcoming regional election and was followed by gunfire, police said,..
Reuters - Published

Suicide car bomb targets hotel in Somali port city, death toll may be high: police

A car bomb went off on Friday at a hotel in Somalia's port city of Kismayu where local elders and lawmakers had been discussing an upcoming regional election and was followed by gunfire, police said,..
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Huge blast in hotel in Somalia's Kismayu, followed by gunfire: police

A car bomb went off in a hotel in Somalia's port city of Kismayu where local elders and lawmakers were meeting, followed by gunfire, a police officer said on Friday.
Reuters - Published

Somalia executes three al Shabaab members over 2017 hotel attack

Somalia executed three men on Wednesday convicted of participating in the bombing of a Mogadishu hotel that killed 18 people in 2017 as members of the insurgent group al Shabaab, the state-run news..
Reuters - Published

Limited U.S. military assistance to resume to some Somali troops

The United States is resuming some assistance to a unit of the Somali military that is not working directly with U.S. forces, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, around 18 months after aid was suspended to..
Reuters - Published

Three al Shabaab fighters killed in Kenya after attack on police

Security forces in Kenya killed three suspected militants from Somalia's Islamist group al Shabaab after they attacked a police outpost in Garissa county near the border, police said on Saturday.
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Al Shabaab kill 16 in Kenya and Somalia blasts

Somali militants killed eight Kenyan police with a roadside bomb near the border between the two countries on Saturday, officials said, while another eight died in a bombing the same group carried out..
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Bomb kills Kenyan policemen near Somali border

A roadside bomb hit a police vehicle patrolling near Kenya's border with Somalia on Saturday, killing several of the 11 officers inside, a police spokesman said.
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