A worsening drought hitting Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya has left more than 11 million people facing severe hunger, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said Friday.
Somalia's newly elected parliament started voting Wednesday to elect the country's next president at Mogadishu airport, regarded as the safest place in the capital which has been targeted by the radical Islamist group al-Shabaab.
Six people were killed Wednesday when suspected al-Shabaab militants stormed a hotel in the northern Somali port city of Bosaso, just as the Horn of Africa country's parliament was preparing to elect its next president, regional officials said.
Burundi will withdraw its 5,400 troops serving as part of an African Union contingent in Somalia because the European Union has stopped paying their salaries, according to inter-governmental correspondence seen by dpa on Monday.
Somalia's new parliament Wednesday held its first session after weeks-long elections, re-electing veteran legal expert Mohamed Osman Jawari as its speaker in a session broadcast live on Somali National Television.
At least seven people, among them four Somali government soldiers, were killed and several others were wounded in double blasts at a restaurant in Mogadishu on Saturday evening, police and witnesses told dpa.
Al Jazeera journalists arrested in Somalia on suspicion of researching for a "one-sided story" in support of radical Islamists were released on Thursday after two days under arrest, the National Union of Somali Journalists said.
A senior Somali commander and six other soldiers died Sunday after a suicide car bomber rammed his car into their military convoy as it travelled through the capital, Mogadishu, a military source said.
Islamist militants rammed an explosives-laden car into a beachside restaurant in Mogadishu before moving inside the building and opening fire, killing at least six people, officials and witnesses said on Thursday.
A former member of Somalia's parliament was one of two suicide bombers behind a recent attack on international troops near Mogadishu's international airport, Islamist terrorist group al-Shabaab claimed Wednesday
Somalia's special forces killed 16 members of Islamist insurgent group al-Shabaab, including the alleged mastermind behind a terrorist attack in neighbouring Kenya that left 148 dead, officials said on Wednesday.
One year after al-Shabaab Islamic militants stormed a Kenyan university campus in the movement's deadliest attack in the east African country, the surviving students are struggling to rebuild their lives.
A top al-Shabaab commander believed to have been killed in a US airstrike in Somalia six days ago is still alive, pro-insurgent media reported Friday, while a witness said he saw the man make a public appearance.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday vowed to defeat al-Shabaab, while the Kenyan air force bombed parts of southern Somalia in retaliation for an attack by the Islamist group which killed Kenyan peacekeepers last week.