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Mohamed Aboutrika: Egypt adds ex-footballer to terror list

Mohamed Aboutrika: Egypt adds ex-footballer to terror list

Egypt has added ex-football star Mohamed Aboutrika to a terror list for his alleged links with the banned Muslim Brotherhood, his lawyer says. Mr Aboutrika is accused of financially supporting the Brotherhood, which Egypt considers a terrorist organisation. In 2012, he endorsed the successful presidential bid by Mohamed Morsi, a Brotherhood member. The move by […]

Outrage over Somali gang-rape video

Outrage over Somali gang-rape video

The gang rape of a 16-year-old girl has caused outrage in Somalia after pictures and a video of the incident began circulating on social media. Campaigners have set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to help the girl and her family have had to flee their home “for fear of being ostracised”. She remains […]

Crisis in the Horn of Africa: Somalia’s Famine

Crisis in the Horn of Africa: Somalia’s Famine

In 2011, the worst drought in 60 years threw some 13 million people across the Horn of Africa into crisis. In Somalia, ravaged by two decades of conflict, the consequences were disastrous. Hundreds of thousands starved to death, many of them children. In the midst of this human catastrophe Fault Lines travelled to Mogadishu to […]

Somalia: 9 killed in collision with AMISOM convoy

Somalia: 9 killed in collision with AMISOM convoy

At least nine people were killed and 15 others wounded after a truck belonging to the African Union mission in Somalia (AMISOM) rammed into a civilian minibus on the outskirts of the Somali capital Mogadishu on Sunday night, officials said. Omar Mahmoud Ilmi, deputy governor of the Lower Shabelle region, confirmed to Anadolu Agency that […]

Somalia speaker election narrows field for presidency

Somalia speaker election narrows field for presidency

Mogadishu – Somalia’s newly-installed lawmakers chose a speaker of parliament on Wednesday in a vote that, according to the country’s clan-based politics, rules out at least one leading presidential candidate. The re-election of former speaker Mohamed Osman Jawari took place at a heavily-guarded police academy in the capital Mogadishu where he won 141 votes from […]

Al-Shabab militants in Somalia announce public execution of homosexuals

Al-Shabab militants in Somalia announce public execution of homosexuals

The al-Shabab extremist group announced Tuesday it has killed a teenage boy and a young man for engaging in sexual conduct. This is the first known time that al-Shabab has carried out what it calls executions over homosexuality. The Somalia-based extremist group announced the killings via its Andalus radio, saying they were carried out in […]

Three killed in Somalia tea shop blast, soldiers among casualties

Three killed in Somalia tea shop blast, soldiers among casualties

At least three people were killed and 11 others injured when an explosion ripped a small restaurant popular with soldiers in the Somali capital on Saturday evening, police and local officials said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Al Shabaab militants have launched similar attacks in the past in a campaign to topple the […]

Somalia to Delay Election for 4th Time, Official Says

Somalia to Delay Election for 4th Time, Official Says

Somalia has decided to delay its presidential election for a fourth time amid allegations of fraud and intimidation, an electoral official said Monday. The vote had been set for Wednesday, but the official said it likely will be Jan. 24 instead, though leaders were discussing the specific timing. The official spoke on condition of anonymity […]

Al-Shabab kills prosecutor in Somalia

Al-Shabab kills prosecutor in Somalia

Al-Shabab Islamist militants shot dead a military prosecutor in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland regioN, witnesses and officials say, the type of targeted killing that al-Qaeda-allied gunmen frequently commit throughout Somalia. Al-Shabab’s insurgency aims to drive out African Union peacekeepers, topple Somalia’s Western-backed government and impose its strict version of Islam on the Horn of Africa state. […]

3 Killed in Mogadishu Explosion

3 Killed in Mogadishu Explosion

Somali government officials say two civilians and a government solider were killed after an explosion near one of Mogadishu’s busiest junctions known as Black Sea, late Thursday. Spokesman for the Mogadishu administration Abdifatah Omar Halane told VOA Somali that the explosion was the result of an Improvised Explosive Devise “IED” which was detonated near a […]

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