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November 19, 2018 4:07 AM Rescued migrants refuse to leave ship taking them to Libya

Dozens of increasingly desperate migrants rescued by a cargo ship in the Mediterranean have been refusing to leave after it docked in a Libyan port. Some told journalists they would rather die than be forced to disembark in Libya where they say they were held captive and tortured by smugglers. The ship brought them to Misrata on 10 November after picking 14

November 14, 2018 5:50 PM Eritrea sanctions lifted after nine years

The UN Security Council has unanimously agreed to lift sanctions against Eritrea after nine years. An arms embargo, asset freeze, and travel ban were imposed in 2009 amid claims Eritrea supported al-Shabab militants in Somalia. The resolution, drafted by the UK, was backed by the US and its Western allies. The UN vote comes amid a thaw in relations between 11

November 13, 2018 3:15 PM Tafi Mhaka: Are anti-gay witch hunts really protecting ‘African values’?

Homophobia, not homosexuality, is a western import to Africa. On October 29, governor of Tanzania’s largest city Dar-es-Salaam, Paul Makonda, announced that he formed an anti-gay unit to hunt down “suspected” homosexuals. Makonda is an ardent Christian and close ally of Tanzanian President John Magufuli, a traditionalist who believes “even cows disapprove 11

October 26, 2018 12:29 PM Key al-Shabaab commander killed, says AU force

The African Union force in Somalia says it has killed a “chief finance controller” for the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab extremist group. The AU force in a series of tweets on Thursday says the commander, the head of tax collection in Lower Shabelle region, was killed after an ambush on Monday on an al-Shabaab meeting in Bariire. The extremists bring in funding 19

October 11, 2018 3:21 AM Somalia’s al-Shabab says it has killed British spy

Somali militant group al-Shabab says it has killed five men it accuses of spying – one of them for the UK. According to a jihadi website, he had admitted giving information to British intelligence services about al-Shabab supporters living in the UK. The five men, aged between 22 and 36, were shot dead in a public execution on Tuesday in an area under 23

September 21, 2018 5:29 AM Girl, 9, shot dead as troops clear traffic

Four soldiers have been arrested in Somalia after a nine-year-old schoolgirl was shot dead in the capital, Mogadishu, police say. Deqa Dahir died and another girl was wounded when bullets hit their school bus while it was stuck in a traffic jam, Amnesty International said. Soldiers opened fire in an apparent attempt to clear the road for their vehicle 14

June 9, 2018 6:06 PM Somalia conflict: One US soldier killed, four wounded in firefight

A US special forces soldier has been killed in an attack by suspected al-Shabab militants in southern Somalia, officials say. Four other US soldiers and a Somali soldier were wounded in what appears to have been an ambush north of the port of Kismayo, US defence officials added. The US military says its forces operate on an “advise and assist” mission 17

May 3, 2018 12:14 PM Somali gunmen abduct German ICRC nurse in Mogadishu

A German nurse working for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was kidnapped in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, the aid group said. She was seized by unknown armed men from inside the ICRC compound at 20:00 local time (17:00 GMT) on Wednesday. The 10 remaining international staff are being evacuated to Nairobi until further notice, the ICRC told the BBC. A Somali 63

February 24, 2018 3:06 PM Somalia al-Shabab: Deadly double car bombing near presidential palace

Two car-bomb attacks have killed at least 38 people in the Somali capital Mogadishu, officials say. The first took place outside the presidential palace late on Friday. The second hit a nearby hotel. Dozens of people were wounded. The Islamist militant group al-Shabab, which has been trying to oust Somalia’s government, says it was behind both. A gun battle 26

October 26, 2017 5:21 PM Kenyan opposition protester shot dead in Kisumu

The young man was reportedly one of four people admitted to the hospital on Thursday with gunshot wounds that occurred during clashes between police and protesters. KISUMU - One man was shot dead and three others injured during protests in the western city of Kisumu, as opposition supporters tried to stop Thursday’s elections, a nurse at the main government 85