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Oil tanker hijacked by pirates near Togolese capital has been releasedupdated: Thu Aug 30 2012 13:42:00

An oil tanker seized by pirates off the west coast of Africa has been released by the hijackers, the operators of the vessel said.

Kenyan kids lured to join Somalia fightupdated: Wed Aug 29 2012 08:26:00

The al Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab terror group in Somalia is recruiting Kenyan teens to fight. David McKenzie reports.

Pirates hijack Greek-operated tanker off Togo coastupdated: Tue Aug 28 2012 15:33:00

Pirates traded gunfire with Togo security forces early Tuesday from a hijacked oil tanker off the west coast of Africa, the International Maritime Bureau said.

Islamic cleric facing terrorism charges killed in Kenyaupdated: Mon Aug 27 2012 11:20:00

A radical Islamic cleric who faced charges relating to terrorism was killed in a daylight ambush Monday morning in Kenya's main coastal city, Mombasa, Kenya Police said.

Meles Zenawi, Ethiopia's premier and key U.S. ally, dies at 57updated: Tue Aug 21 2012 14:22:00

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, a strongman in the troubled Horn of Africa and a key United States ally, has died, his government announced Tuesday.

Ethiopia's mysterious PM dies abroadupdated: Tue Aug 21 2012 14:22:00

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi dies after contracting a sudden infection while undergoing medical treatment.

Combating threats in Somaliaupdated: Wed Aug 15 2012 05:59:00

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi discusses contending with militants, extremists and pirates in Somalia.

Ethiopian leader's absence grips nation, fuels speculationupdated: Wed Aug 15 2012 05:59:00

Ethiopia's prime minister is "recovering well," a spokesman said Wednesday, amid frenzied speculation about the health of the usually visible leader, who has not appeared in public for two months.

Man described as high-ranking Somali pirate gets multiple life sentences updated: Mon Aug 13 2012 19:24:00

A Somali man who authorities say is the highest-ranking pirate ever brought to the United States for prosecution was given 12 life sentences Monday by a federal judge in Norfolk, Virginia.

Ugandan military helicopters go missing on trip to Somaliaupdated: Mon Aug 13 2012 09:57:00

Two military helicopters on their way to deployment in Somalia are missing and one has crash-landed, a Ugandan military spokesman said Monday.

The battle against al-Shabaab in Somaliaupdated: Tue Jul 31 2012 12:23:00

African Union and Somali forces launch a new offensive against al-Shabaab militants in the war torn African nation.

Abducted aid workers freed in Kenya updated: Mon Jul 02 2012 14:30:00

Four aid workers, who were abducted from Kenya's vast Dadaab refugee complex near the Somali border last week, were freed late Sunday during a shootout with kidnappers, a military official said..

Freed aid worker: Happy to be aliveupdated: Mon Jul 02 2012 14:30:00

Four aid workers are free after a shoot-out in southern Somalia. CNN's David McKenzie reports.

Red Cross: Kenya church attacks kill 17 near Somali border updated: Sun Jul 01 2012 19:38:00

Explosions targeting two churches in Kenya near the Somali border killed at least 17 people, the Red Cross said, in the latest spate of attacks on the East African nation.

Red Cross: Kenya church attacks kill 17updated: Sun Jul 01 2012 19:38:00

CNN's David McKenzie reports on the attacks on two churches in Garissa, Kenya.

Aid workers abducted from Kenyan refugee complexupdated: Sat Jun 30 2012 06:15:00

Five aid workers -- four Europeans and a Kenyan -- were kidnapped from Kenya's vast Dadaab refugee complex near the Somali border, police said Friday.

African man tied to Somali terror group pleads guiltyupdated: Wed Jun 13 2012 20:41:00

A man from the Horn of Africa has pleaded guilty to conspiring with al-Shabaab, an al Qaeda-linked terror organization, and traveling to Somalia to receive military training from the group, federal officials announced Wednesday.

Somali Islamists offer 10 camels as bounty for Obamaupdated: Sat Jun 09 2012 10:45:00

The United States offers millions for information leading to the capture of the world's most wanted terrorists.

U.S. puts bounties on 7 key members of Somali terror groupupdated: Fri Jun 08 2012 09:40:00

The United States is offering millions of dollars for the whereabouts of seven key members of the al Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab, a Somalia-based terror group behind bombings and attacks in the region.

Ethiopia powers on with controversial dam projectupdated: Fri Jun 08 2012 06:28:00

The waters of the Blue Nile have for millennia flowed down from the Ethiopian highlands enriching the countries on its banks.

Ethiopia upsets neighbours with Dam planupdated: Fri Jun 08 2012 06:28:00

Nima Elbagir reports on the Ethiopia's controversial Renaissance Dam, the largest hydro-electric dam on the continent.

Kenyan forces take Somali town from militantsupdated: Wed May 30 2012 11:57:00

Kenyan soldiers, as part of African Union forces in Somalia, captured the key Al-Shabaab-controlled town of Afmadow on Wednesday, according to a Kenyan Defence Force spokesman.

Anti-terror police arrest 2 in Denmarkupdated: Tue May 29 2012 05:37:00

Anti-terror police in Denmark say they have arrested two brothers, one of whom trained at a terror camp in Somalia.

Somali, AU troops target militant strongholdupdated: Wed May 23 2012 11:40:00

African Union and Somali troops launched an offensive against militants in a densely populated enclave near the volatile Somali capital of Mogadishu, the AU mission said Tuesday.

Al-Shabaab: Terror on the looseupdated: Wed May 23 2012 11:40:00

The Somalia-based Islamist terrorist group Al-Shabaab is recruiting U.S. citizens. CNN's Nic Robertson reports.

Somali man found guilty of piracy and hostage-takingupdated: Fri Apr 27 2012 19:06:00

A Somali pirate was convicted Friday for his role in last year's seizure of the U.S. yacht Quest and the hostage-taking of the four Americans aboard who were killed during their ordeal.

K'Naan: Somalia's hip-hop sensationupdated: Tue Apr 24 2012 11:51:00

Somali hip-hop sensation Abdi Warsame, better known as K'Naan, has been compared to Eminem and Bob Marley.

Somali rapper K'naan makes songs in the key of loveupdated: Tue Apr 24 2012 11:51:00

His name means "traveler" and Somali-born poet, rapper and musician K'naan has certainly come a long way.

Bomb kills top Somali sports officialsupdated: Wed Apr 04 2012 16:16:00

A young Somali woman set off a bomb blast that rocked Somalia's newly reopened national theater in the capital city Wednesday, killing two top sports officials, a Somali U.N. official said.

Bomb kills top Somali sports officialsupdated: Wed Apr 04 2012 16:16:00

CNN's Nima Elbagir reports on the bomb that killed top Somali sports officials in Somalia.

Official: British man arrested in Somaliaupdated: Tue Mar 27 2012 11:47:00

A 45-year-old British man has been arrested in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, for suspected ties to al Qaeda, a spokesman for Somalia's president said Tuesday.

Somali pirates release British hostageupdated: Wed Mar 21 2012 19:48:00

CNN's David McKenzie reports on Somali pirates releasing a British hostage who is mourning her murdered husband.

Somali pirates release British hostageupdated: Wed Mar 21 2012 19:48:00

Somali pirates freed a British hostage Wednesday, nearly seven months after she was taken captive in a raid at a Kenyan beach resort in which her husband was killed.

Car bomb hits Somali capital updated: Wed Mar 21 2012 06:38:00

A car loaded with explosives rocked the Somali capital Wednesday, leaving one injured and damaging a house nearby, authorities said.

#Pirate? Tracking modern buccaneers through Twitterupdated: Thu Mar 15 2012 02:09:00

Shipping companies may have found a new tool to fight piracy: It turns out, pirates like to tweet.

Suicide bomber kills 2 in Mogadishu, official saysupdated: Wed Mar 14 2012 08:15:00

Flesh and blood covered the ground near Somalia's presidential palace Wednesday after a suicide bomber detonated his explosive belt, killing two people and wounding four, a law enforcement official said.

Scores dead as Ethiopian forces clash with militants in Somaliaupdated: Sun Mar 11 2012 05:28:00

Islamic militants ambushed Ethiopian forces in southern Somalia Saturday and hours-long fighting left scores of people dead.

Kenyan farmers hit by khat banupdated: Thu Mar 08 2012 11:12:00

CNN's David McKenzie reports on how farmers in Kenya are being affected by a ban on imports of khat.

Somali, AU forces seize Al-Shabaab base in Mogadishuupdated: Sat Mar 03 2012 17:02:00

Somali government forces backed by forces from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces took over a base used by al Qaeda-backed Al-Shabaab militants on the northern outskirts of Mogadishu, AMISOM said in a statement.

Danish navy frees pirates' hostages off Somali coast; 2 hostages deadupdated: Tue Feb 28 2012 13:44:00

Two hostages of suspected Somali pirates died after a rescue effort by the Danish navy, an operation that freed 16 other hostages, the Danish military said Tuesday.

London conference over Somalia warupdated: Thu Feb 23 2012 13:30:00

Representatives from around the world are meeting in London to discuss Somalia's war. CNN's Nima Elbagir reports.

Kenya's military fighting in Somaliaupdated: Thu Feb 23 2012 11:05:00

Kenya's military marched into Somalia and have been there for months. CNN's David McKenzie reports.

Somali militants target addicts in UK's 'khat cafes'updated: Thu Feb 23 2012 11:05:00

Turn down any rundown street in any one of the "mini-Mogadishus" that now pepper Britain's cities, and you'll see young men congregating outside what look like shuttered shop fronts. But look closer. There are no signs and no distinguishing features to help those who don't know what lies on the other side of these battered doorways.

Fertile territory for Al-Shabaab in chaos of Somaliaupdated: Thu Feb 23 2012 11:03:00

Representatives from more than 40 governments and humanitarian groups were holding talks Thursday in London on Somalia, which is in the grip of an insurgency. The gathering will try to agree a common approach to tackling the political turmoil, terrorism, poor security, while providing humanitarian aid.

Somali PM: 'We need billions of dollars'updated: Thu Feb 23 2012 11:03:00

Somalia's prime minister tells CNN the country needs up to $10 billion from the international community.

Somalia conference opens with Al-Shabaab under pressureupdated: Thu Feb 23 2012 05:35:00

Ahead of a key international conference on beleaguered Somalia, transitional government forces, backed by Ethiopian allies, seized a key southern town that was once a strategic stronghold for Islamic militants.

Kenyan teens groomed to fight for Somali terroristsupdated: Wed Feb 22 2012 12:40:00

Asha Mohamed sits in her cramped room in Pumwani slum clutching a tiny photo of her son, Harun. He's dressed in a blue-striped tie framed by a crisp white T-shirt -- a typical 15-year-old Kenyan high school student.

Somali Islamist militia defends recruiting teen soldiersupdated: Wed Feb 22 2012 11:54:00

Somalia's Al-Shabaab has brushed aside accusations from Human Rights Watch that the Islamist militia recruits child soldiers, saying that Islam considers people to be adults from the age of 15.

More child soldiers in Somalia fightingupdated: Tue Feb 21 2012 21:22:00

Children as young as 10 years old increasingly face horrific abuse in war-torn Somalia as the Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab has targeted them to replenish its diminishing ranks of fighters, according to a Human Rights Watch report released Tuesday.

Rapper 50 Cent visits impoverished areas in Kenya, Somalia updated: Sat Feb 11 2012 08:30:00

Rap star Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson visited Kenya and famine-hit Somalia this week to raise awareness on hunger and poverty issues.

At least 11 dead, 34 missing after boat with Somali migrants capsizesupdated: Fri Feb 10 2012 15:12:00

A boat carrying Somalis fleeing violence in their homeland capsized this week in the Gulf of Aden, leaving at least 11 people dead and another 34 missing, a U.N. agency said.

Al-Shabaab joining al Qaeda, monitor group saysupdated: Fri Feb 10 2012 01:07:00

Somalia's Al-Shabaab rebel movement has tightened its ties to the al Qaeda terror network, with its leader pledging loyalty to al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

AU claims success against Al-Shabaabupdated: Fri Feb 10 2012 01:07:00

The man commanding the AMISOM mission in Somalia describes efforts to root out Al-Shabaab militants.

British foreign secretary visits Somaliaupdated: Thu Feb 02 2012 08:22:00

British Foreign Secretary William Hague visited Somalia's capital Mogadishu Thursday, the Foreign Office announced, saying it was the first trip there by a British foreign secretary since 1992.

Militant group kicks aid group out of regions in Somaliaupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 11:00:00

The Somali militant group Al-Shabaab says it has banned the International Committee of the Red Cross from operating in the regions it controls, accusing the organization of distributing expired food.

Kidnapped, freed aid workers head back home updated: Tue Jan 31 2012 04:59:00

An American aid worker freed in Somalia last week after three months in captivity has left for the United States, a senior U.S. official said, as a fellow kidnapped aid worker headed home to see his family.

Guard "sold out" hostages to piratesupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 04:59:00

The kidnapping of two aid workers in Somalia was an inside job. CNN's Brian Todd has this exclusive report.

Somalia president decries journalist killingupdated: Sun Jan 29 2012 11:33:00

Somalia's president strongly condemned the killing of a leading journalist as a "senseless murder," suggesting Sunday that the country's al Qaeda-linked Islamist militia Al-Shabaab may have been responsible.

Gunmen kill journalist in Somaliaupdated: Sat Jan 28 2012 21:57:00

A leading Somalia journalist was shot outside him home in Mogadishu on Saturday and died on the way to the hospital, according to other journalists.

Help Somalia fight roots of piracyupdated: Fri Jan 27 2012 08:24:00

The U.S. Navy Seals' dramatic rescue of Poul Hagen Thisted and Jessica Buchanan early Wednesday ended the hostages' three-month ordeal in Somalia. But why was it left to the United States to conduct this operation in a country thousands of miles away?

Crooked guard led to aid workers' kidnapping in Somalia, group saysupdated: Fri Jan 27 2012 07:32:00

A crooked Somali cop may have been the one who made the kidnapping of two foreign aid workers in October possible, the safety adviser for their employer told CNN.

Former hostage to reunite with dadupdated: Fri Jan 27 2012 07:32:00

CNN's Jill Dougherty talks about medical treatments and tries to pinpoint how many Americans are currently in Somalia.

Freed aid workers arrive at U.S. military base in Italyupdated: Thu Jan 26 2012 21:47:00

Freed hostages Jessica Buchanan and Poul Thisted arrived at a U.S. base in Sicily Thursday, a day after being rescued in a U.S. military raid in Somalia, a spokesman for the base said.

Daring mission saves aid workersupdated: Thu Jan 26 2012 21:47:00

CNN's Chris Lawrence reports on the U.S. Navy SEAL mission that rescued aid workers in Somalia.

Aid workers rescued in Somaliaupdated: Wed Jan 25 2012 22:36:00

U.S. forces in military helicopters freed two hostages from pirates in a nighttime raid in Somalia.

Who are the SEALs?updated: Wed Jan 25 2012 22:36:00

The same elite Navy SEAL unit that killed Osama bin Laden took part in a daring nighttime rescue in Somalia of two American and Danish foreign aid workers, a U.S. official said Wednesday.

U.N. rep returns to Somalia after 17 yearsupdated: Tue Jan 24 2012 10:38:00

A top U.N. representative for Somalia will be based in that country -- for the first time in 17 years.

State media: Gunmen kill 5 foreign tourists in Ethiopia updated: Wed Jan 18 2012 10:17:00

Two tourists from Germany and one from Austria were among five people killed in an attack in Ethiopia, near the border with Eritrea, officials said Wednesday.

ICRC suspends aid distribution in Somaliaupdated: Fri Jan 13 2012 05:34:00

Distribution of food, seed and medical relief intended for drought victims in Somalia has been suspended, the International Committee of the Red Cross announced Thursday.

Terror group claims to kill 7, capture others in Kenyan police raidupdated: Thu Jan 12 2012 15:03:00

Al-Shabaab members raided a Kenyan police camp, killing seven and taking others prisoner, the al Qaeda-linked militant Islamist group said Thursday.

Pirate loot aids Somali economy, report findsupdated: Thu Jan 12 2012 10:08:00

Somali pirates are not building palaces with swimming pools with the ransoms they collect from international shipping companies and hostages, but they are helping the local economy, a new report finds.

Former U.S. soldier who allegedly tried to join Somali terrorist group denied bailupdated: Wed Jan 11 2012 19:25:00

A former U.S. Army soldier charged with attempting to travel to Somalia to join a terrorist group was denied bail Wednesday and will remain in jail pending trial.

Swedish journalists held in Ethiopia will not seek appeal; hope for pardonupdated: Wed Jan 11 2012 06:28:00

The two Swedish journalists convicted as terrorists in Ethiopia have opted to seek a pardon rather than appeal the verdict and their 11-year sentences, a Swedish official said Tuesday.

The cost of piracyupdated: Thu Jan 05 2012 06:22:00

African Development Bank's Mthuli Ncube discusses the detrimental affect of increased piracy off the coast of Somalia.

Somali, Ethiopian forces take control of trade townupdated: Sat Dec 31 2011 13:01:00

Backed by Ethiopian forces, Somali troops have wrested control of a key trading town after fierce fighting with Islamic militants, officials with Somalia's transitional government and witnesses said Saturday.

Two aid workers killed in Somalia capitalupdated: Fri Dec 30 2011 10:52:00

A man who was fired by an international aid group in Somalia this week returned to the office and shot dead two aid workers, a government official and the aid agency said Friday.

AU claims success against Al-Shabaabupdated: Thu Dec 29 2011 09:54:00

African Union forces in Somalia have successfully pushed the Islamic militant group Al-Shabaab out of the capital Mogadishu, a commander told CNN Thursday.

3 humanitarian workers killed in Somaliaupdated: Fri Dec 23 2011 14:33:00

Two U.N. World Food Programme workers and a third colleague from a local agency were shot to death in Somalia Friday, the organization said.

Somali women defy danger to write basketball historyupdated: Thu Dec 22 2011 07:01:00

It's just a few minutes after the final whistle has blown and the shiny basketball court of the Al Gharafa Sports Hall in Doha is filled with shouts and cheers.

Ethiopian court convicts 2 Swedish journalists on terrorism chargesupdated: Wed Dec 21 2011 11:43:00

Sweden's prime minister wants two Swedish journalists who were found guilty Wednesday of supporting terrorism in Ethiopia to be freed and returned home as soon as possible, saying they were on a "journalistic mission."

2 Swedish journalists await Ethiopian court's verdict on terrorism chargesupdated: Tue Dec 20 2011 21:01:00

Two Swedish journalists charged with terrorism in Ethiopia will hear their verdict Wednesday, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. If they are found guilty they could face up to 15 years in prison.

Inside Kenya's war with Al Shabaab updated: Fri Dec 16 2011 05:34:00

We had tried for weeks to get access to Kenya's incursion into lawless Somalia. The go finally came from the Kenyan military in a text message late one Saturday night. We're told to be at the Nairobi's military airbase before dawn.

Kenya's war with Al-Shabaab militantsupdated: Fri Dec 16 2011 05:34:00

CNN's David McKenzie has rare access to the front line of Kenya's war with Al-Shabaab, an al Qaeda-linked militant group.

Tension between Somalia, Kenyaupdated: Fri Dec 09 2011 06:59:00

Kenya is drawn into Somalia's two-decade long civil war as border tensions escalate. CNN's Nkepile Mabuse reports.

Why we should care about Yemenupdated: Wed Nov 23 2011 07:03:00

At first glance, it might seem that Yemen -- like Somalia -- is a place we should best forget about. It has few proven natural resources, its hinterland is largely barren and inaccessible, and it has a long history of being virtually impossible to govern. But first impressions can be misleading, and if Yemen were to sink into a state of anarchy, the implications for the Gulf region and beyond would be profound.

African leaders: Al-Shabaab operation 'historic opportunity' for securityupdated: Wed Nov 16 2011 12:06:00

The leaders of Kenya, Somalia and Uganda held a closed-door meeting in Nairobi Wednesday, reaffirming their commitment to military operations against the Islamic militant group Al-Shabaab in Somalia.

Kenya's Somalia foray could be quagmireupdated: Wed Nov 16 2011 12:06:00

Kenya makes a military foray into Somalia to pursue armed militants. CNN's David McKenzie reports.

Accused Somali pirates on trial in Franceupdated: Tue Nov 15 2011 14:03:00

Six alleged Somali pirates went on trial Tuesday in Paris for hijacking a yacht and taking a French couple hostage off the coast of Somalia in 2008.

Conflict along Kenya-Somalia border raises danger on both sidesupdated: Tue Nov 15 2011 13:26:00

Two Kenyan police officers were injured in Dadaab refugee camp in Northern Kenya when their vehicle struck a land mine on Tuesday, according to a senior official.

Bachmann: CIA interrogation is lackingupdated: Sun Nov 13 2011 01:34:00

During Saturday night's Republican candidates' debate on national security issues, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota said the United States has nowhere to take terrorists for interrogation and said the CIA does not interrogate anymore.

2 Swedish journalists face terrorism charges in Ethiopiaupdated: Fri Nov 04 2011 07:21:00

Two Swedish journalists charged with terrorism in Ethiopia face years in prison after their arrest in a prohibited region along the nation's border with Somalia.

Piracy 'delaying vital food aid from reaching Somalia'updated: Thu Nov 03 2011 10:37:00

Somali pirates are notorious for being behind a spate hijackings on the high seas but their activities have also exacerbated food shortages in the Horn of Africa, a senior official from the African Development Bank has said.

Will Kenya's battle with Islamists in Somalia succeed?updated: Thu Nov 03 2011 06:33:00

Kenyan troops are battling the Islamic extremist group Al-Shabaab in neighboring Somalia, westerners are being targeted at Kenyan tourist resorts and fears are high of terror attacks in Nairobi. What are the reasons behind the unrest and what is likely to happen next?

Aid workers kidnapped in Somalia are alive and wellupdated: Sun Oct 30 2011 21:06:00

Two foreign aid workers kidnapped last week in Somalia are alive and well, a Danish aid group said Sunday.

Airstrike hits displaced Somalis, kills 3, aid group saysupdated: Sun Oct 30 2011 19:18:00

An airstrike hit a camp for people displaced by Somalia's humanitarian crisis Sunday, leaving three dead and dozens of people injured, the aid group Doctors Without Borders reported.

American carried out Somalia suicide bombing, Islamists claimupdated: Sun Oct 30 2011 13:08:00

A suicide bomber who carried out an attack in Somalia this weekend was an American citizen of Somali descent, a website associated with the Al-Shabaab Islamist movement claimed Sunday.

Aid group names American, Dane kidnapped in Somaliaupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 10:25:00

Two foreign aid workers kidnapped two days ago in Somalia were named Thursday as American Jessica Buchanan and Dane Poul Hagen Thisted.

Somalia thanks Kenya after president's criticismupdated: Wed Oct 26 2011 15:11:00

Somalia praised Kenya Wednesday, thanking it for helping battle the Islamic extremist group Al-Shabaab, in an apparent effort to heal tensions sparked by the Somali president's criticism of Kenya earlier this week.

2 still missing in Somalia kidnapping; one arrestedupdated: Wed Oct 26 2011 10:38:00

Two foreign aid workers kidnapped in Somalia remain missing but a Somali man who was believed abducted with them has been arrested, a Danish aid organization said Wednesday.

3 aid workers kidnapped in Somalia, Danish group saysupdated: Tue Oct 25 2011 15:50:00

Three aid workers -- an American woman, a Danish man and a Somali man -- have been kidnapped in Somalia, the Danish Demining Group said Tuesday.

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