Large explosion, gunfire at Somalia's intelligence HQ

Suspected Shebab militants attacked Somalia's intelligence headquarters and detention facility in central Mogadishu on Sunday, setting off a bomb and opening fire on the complex, police and witnesses said.

Troops 'liberate' Islamist stronghold in Somalia offensive

African Union forces claimed to have liberated a former Shebab stronghold in Somalia today as part of a joint offensive with government troops aimed at capturing key ports from the Islamist fighters.

British terror suspect Jermaine Grant no `monster`: Lawyer

Mombasa: A British terrorism suspect in Kenya is no "monster" and has been falsely linked with a fugitive jihadist from the UK dubbed the "White Widow", his lawyer told a court on Thursday.

Somali child soldiers `punished` in foreign-funded camps: UN

War-torn Somalia is awash with guns after more than two decades of conflict, with a 22,000-strong African Union force battling alongside government troops against the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab.

Heavy fighting in Mogadishu as troops try to disarm warlord`s militia

Heavy fighting broke out in Mogadishu on Friday as Somali government and African Union troops battled a powerful militia warlord in a bid to disarm him, security officials said, reporting a number of casualties.

Backchannel efforts on to defuse political tension in Pakistan

Bracing for Thursday`s massive rallies by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and a Canada-based cleric, the Nawaz Sharif government has launched backchannel efforts to avoid a confrontation even as it warned that Pakistan will not be allowed to "become Somalia, Iraq or Libya".

UN Security Council envoys visit war-torn Somalia: Presidency

UN Security Council ambassadors met with Somalia`s president Wednesday under heavy security in the war-ravaged capital Mogadishu, the presidency said in a statement.

US warns Africa that extremists threaten economic rise

US Secretary of State John Kerry warned African leaders Tuesday that extremists threaten the continent`s economic boom, with African youth particularly vulnerable to their pull.

War-torn Somalia appeals for urgent aid amid drought

Somalia`s government begged for help Tuesday, warning the war-torn nation once again faced a hunger and drought catastrophe three years after famine killed more than a quarter of a million people.

Somalia executes three Shebab militants

Three suspected Shebab Islamic militants were executed by firing squad in Mogadishu on Sunday, Somali police said.

Roadside bomb kills three women, wounds seven in Somali capital

Three women were killed in the Somali capital on Sunday, and seven others were wounded when a remotely detonated bomb exploded in a busy market, police and witnesses said.

Somali `Shebab commanders` killed in African Union offensive: AU

African Union troops in Somalia said Friday they had killed two "senior" commanders of the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents, in the latest push of an offensive against the extremist fighters.

Indian-American pleads guilty to funding al Qaeda groups

A 31-year-old Indian-American, caught in a FBI sting operation, faces up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to providing thousands of dollars in material support to three terror groups operating under al Qaeda in war-torn Syria and Somalia.

Nine attackers killed in assault on Somalia presidential palace: Official

An attack by Shebab rebels against Somalia`s presidential palace has ended with at least nine of the attackers killed, a security official told AFP.

Somalia`s presidential palace attacked by Islamist Shabab: Police

Somalia`s Islamist Shabab rebels launched a major bomb attack and armed assault against the country`s presidential palace late Tuesday, penetrating the heavily-fortified complex and fighting a major gunbattle with security guards.

Somali capital one step short of famine: UN

War-torn Somalia is sliding back into an acute hunger crisis with parts of the capital facing emergency levels just short of famine, the United Nations warned Monday.

US military admits secret presence in Somalia

The US military has secretly maintained forces in Somalia since 2007, despite earlier public statements claiming it had no presence in the country until last October, defense officials said Thursday.

Somali lawmaker assassinated, Shebab claim responsibility

Somalia`s al Qaeda-linked Shebab claimed responsibility for shooting dead a lawmaker and wounding another today, the latest in a surge of attacks in Mogadishu during Islam`s holy month of Ramadan.

Somali Shebab claim attacks, vow more Ramadan violence

Somalia`s al Qaeda-linked Shebab has claimed responsibility for a string of attacks in the capital Mogadishu and warned that violence will intensify during Islam`s holy month of Ramadan.

China to re-open embassy in Somalia closed in 1991

China is re-opening its embassy in Somalia some 23 years after evacuating its diplomats as the East African nation plunged into civil war.