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  • Kenya sends 91 Somalis to Mogadishu amid crackdown

    If you have a beard or wear loose-fitting clothing associated with Muslims, you will be targeted, says Omar bin Omar as police carried out a security sweep of Somali neighborhoods amid alleged police abuses.

  • A Somali soldier walks near the wreckage of a car bomb that went off near the gate of one of Mogadishu's most popular hotels. Saturday, March, 15, 2014, A Somali police officer says a suicide car bomber accidentally detonated his explosives near a popular hotel in the Somali capital. Capt. Mohamed Hussein said the bomber appeared to have prematurely detonated his explosives-laden car Saturday as he tried to park near a hotel. No others were hurt or killed in the blast. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    Somali Suicide bomber kills self prematurely with accidental explosion

    A Somali police officer says a suicide car bomber accidentally detonated his explosives near a popular hotel in the Somali capital.

  • North Dakota bank dumps money service businesses

    A North Dakota bank is the latest financial institution in the United States and elsewhere that has decided to close the accounts of companies that transfer or convert money, a trend that has upset Somalis who want to send money home.

  • Somaliland leaders want female genitals to be cut

    The 30 Somali teenagers - both boys and girls - all agreed: Female genital mutilation is harmful and the practice should be abandoned. But what they really meant, they revealed moments later, is that girls should have their genitalia cut - just not sewn shut.

  • EDS NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT. A Somali soldier, left, walks past the dead bodies of some of the attackers following a militant attack on the presidential palace in Mogadishu, Somalia Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. Nine al-Shabab militants wearing military fatigues and carrying guns and grenades died after attacking the presidential palace with two car bombs on Friday, in an assault the president called a "media spectacular" by a "dying animal." President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was unharmed, but two government officials were killed, the interior ministry said. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    9 attackers dead: Somalia president palace attack

    Nine al-Shabab militants wearing military fatigues and carrying guns and grenades died after attacking the presidential palace with two car bombs on Friday, in an assault the president called a "media spectacular" by a "dying animal."

  • A Somali woman stands by the bedside of her husband who was wounded in a mortar attack, as he receives treatment at the Madina Hospital in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. Mortar fire from Islamic extremists has pummeled large parts of the Somali capital two nights this week, raising fears among residents of a return to the days of constant conflict and prompting government and security officials to spring into action. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    New barrages of mortar fire rattle Mogadishu

    Mortar fire from Islamic extremists has pummeled large parts of the Somali capital two nights this week, raising fears among residents of a return to the days of constant conflict and prompting government and security officials to spring into action.

  • Somali militants coming under deadly US pressure

    A U.S. missile strike that killed a high-ranking intelligence officer for al-Shabab has illustrated the stepped-up pressure on the al-Qaida-linked militants, both from American attacks and from African Union ground troops.

  • A U.S. drone tracks a target in this screen shot from a PBS program.

    U.S. missile strike unleashed in Somalia; al-Shabab terror leader targeted

    The Pentagon has carried out a missile strike on Somalia, targeting a vehicle that was believed to be carrying a suspected leader of the al-Shabab terrorist network with ties to al Qaeda.

  • Somali militant killed in missile attack

    A member of Somali rebel group al-Shabab was killed Sunday by a missile fired by a suspected drone, a rebel commander said, blaming the U.S. for the strike.

  • Defense: Deportation 'potential death sentence'

    Deportation to Somalia could be "a potential death sentence" for a young woman who lied to a grand jury about raising money for men who left Minnesota to join a terrorist group in Somalia, her attorney argued in documents unsealed during her sentencing hearing Tuesday.

  • US dropping case against man accused of piracy

    Federal prosecutors are dropping their case against a Somali translator accused of being a pirate and playing an illegal role in the hostage siege aboard a Danish merchant ship off the coast of Somalia in 2008.

  • Former soldier gets 7 years in terrorism case

    A former Army soldier accused of trying to provide support to a terrorist organization in Somalia after he left the military has been sentenced to seven years in prison in connection with the case.

  • FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 file photo, Muslim men organized in militias with machetes rough up a Christian man while checking him for weapons in the Miskine neighbourhood of Bangui, Central African Republic. Sub-Saharan Africa has seen a very violent start to 2014 with raging conflicts in South Sudan and Central African Republic - the death tolls are huge and the individual incidents gruesome, with one estimate saying nearly 10,000 have been killed in South Sudan in a month of warfare. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

    Africa sees violent, deadly start to 2014

    The death tolls are huge and the individual incidents gruesome. One estimate says nearly 10,000 people have been killed in South Sudan in a month of warfare, while in neighboring Central African Republic combatants in Muslim-vs.-Christian battles have beheaded children.

  • ** FILE ** North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaks at a banquet for rocket scientists in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, in this image made from video. (AP Photo/KRT via AP Video)

    KELLNER: 'Failed' states among most dangerous lands for Christians

    Three weeks ago in this space, you read about the difficulties with which Christians contend in nations around the world. This week, an international ministry that has long supported the persecuted church has released a "watch list" documenting even more issues.

  • Terrorists slaughter African elephants, use ivory to finance operations

    A growing number of terrorist groups in Africa are turning to the illegal trade of elephant tusks to finance their operations, cashing in on a massive demand for ivory spurred by a burgeoning, wealthier middle class in Asia.

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