We have not conducted airstrikes against al-Shabab, says US military

The US Africa Command (Africom) has denied conducting airstrikes against Somalia's al-Shabab, days after the group attacked a Somali military base in the south of the country. "US Africa Command has not conducted a strike within the past 24 hours," Africom spokesman Karl J. Wiest told Xinhua following local media reports

What it’s like to be held hostage by Somali pirates for 2 1/2 years

A masked Somali pirate stands near a Taiwanese fishing vessel that washed up in 2012 after the pirates were paid a ransom and released the crew. The image appears on the cover of Michael Scott Moore's new book The Desert and the Sea. Farah Abdi Warsameh/AP Michael Scott Moore is a

US renews special status for hundreds of Somalis until 2020

The Trump administration has allowed some 500 Somalis who escaped war from their home country to remain in the US until at least March 2020. The US homeland security department announced on Thursday that it granted the Somalis permission to stay in the country due to the “ongoing armed conflict and

US government to decide on special immigration status for Somalis

Hundreds of Somalis who fled violence and famine in their home country could be forced to leave if the Trump administration ends a special immigration program that has allowed them to live and work here legally. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will decide by Thursday whether it will extend temporary

Iran sues US for ‘unlawful re-imposition of unilateral sanctions’

Iran has sued the United States at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for "its unlawful re-imposition of unilateral sanctions," foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said on Twitter. "Iran is committed to the rule of law in the face of US contempt for diplomacy & legal obligations. It's imperative to

Trump nominates Yamamoto as new US ambassador to Somalia

President Donald Trump has nominated Donald Yamamoto to be the new US ambassador to Somalia as the American leader aims to reduce the number of vacant ambassador positions. Yamamoto is currently the acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs within the US State Department. He was the US ambassador to Ethiopia from

US issues yet another travel alert for Somalia

The US State Department has urged American citizens not to travel to Somalia "due to crime, terrorism and piracy". In a travel alert issued on Monday, the US government said it has "limited ability to provide emergency services to US citizens in Somalia due to the lack of permanent consular presence"

Somali man loses Mandela Washington Fellowship to Ethiopian woman

A Somali man who had been accepted to join the Mandela Washington Fellowship in the US has lost the opportunity to an Ethiopian woman. Abdiwasa Idiris Jelle, the founder of the Somali Youth Civic Organization, lost his place to Ethiopian Wengel Tessema Ayalew because he could not get a visa to

Trump wishes Somalis ‘joyous’ Independence Day

US President Donald Trump has wished the people of Somalia "a joyous 58th anniversary of independence" as they celebrate more than half a century of freedom from European colonialist rule. In a letter to Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, President Trump said it is in the "interest of both [Somalia and

84 Somalis deported from US arrive in Mogadishu

Eighty-four Somalis deported from the United States have arrived in Mogadishu. Two planes carrying the 84 landed at the Somali capital's Aden Adde International Airport on Friday. The deportees were taken in for "further questioning" by Somali intelligence agents, officials said. Somalis in the US are facing increasing deportation. In March, more than 100

Gunman kills five in attack on US newsroom

A gunman has killed five staff members at a community newspaper in the US state of Maryland after storming its newsroom with deadly weapons. Police say Jarrod Ramos, the suspect who has been arrested, sued the Capital Gazette in 2012 for defamation. At least two other staff members were wounded, police said. Those

Somalia is now the 4th most dangerous country in the world for women

Somalia has been ranked the fourth most dangerous country for women in a Thomson Reuters Foundation survey poll of global experts. India, Afghanistan and Syria ranked first, second and third respectively in the survey which involved more than 550 experts on women’s issues. Saudi Arabia became fifth. Somalia, mired in conflict since 1991, was

US judges uphold Trump travel ban on countries including Somalia

The US Supreme Court has upheld President Donald Trump's ban on people from five Muslim-majority countries entering the United States. The highly-anticipated ruling came as the court is winding down its nine-month term. In a 5-4 decision, US Supreme Court judges said the ban was "squarely within" the authority of President Trump. In

Somalis get a glimpse of rare artefacts as exhibit opens opens in US

A collection of artefacts from Somalia has gone on display in Minnesota, US, to showcase Somali culture, heritage and daily life. The "Somalis + Minnesota" exhibit opened on Saturday, 23 June, at the Minnesota history museum. The US state is home to the largest Somali population in America, with at least 57,000

Chinese military ‘injures’ US pilot in Djibouti laser incidents

Chinese military personnel at a base in Djibouti have injured United States army pilots after using lasers 'to interfere' with American planes at a US base in the east African country, officials said on Thursday. Pentagon spokeswoman Dana W. White said on Thursday that the US formally complained to China over

George Bush hospitalised day after wife’s funeral

Former US President George H.W. Bush has been admitted to a hospital intensive care unit in Houston, Texas, a day after a funeral was held for his wife, Barbara Bush. Bush, who served as 41st President of the united States, was admitted to the Houston Methodist Hospital after contracting an infection