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# somalia - Tuesday 21 August, 2012

Ethiopia's long-time ruler Meles Zenawi dies aged 57

Zenawi was an ally of the US in its counter-terrorism fight but his leadership raised many human rights concerns. He won his last election two years ago with 99 per cent of the vote.

# somalia - Sunday 29 July, 2012

Ireland to provide €3 million in vital aid to Somalia Aid

Ireland to provide €3 million in vital aid to Somalia

Eamon Gilmore announced the funding during a trip to the capital Mogadishu today.

# somalia - Sunday 15 July, 2012

From The42 Running from war: Somali athletes defeat hardship for shot at glory Spirit

Running from war: Somali athletes defeat hardship for shot at glory

From Mogadishu, the road to the London Olympics is fraught with more uncertainty than most.

# somalia - Monday 2 July, 2012

Aid workers kidnapped in Kenya safely released

The four were working with the Norwegian Refugee Council when they were abducted and one of their colleagues was killed during an ambush last week.

# somalia - Sunday 1 July, 2012

Grenade and gun attacks on Kenyan churches kill 10

Two churches were targeted in what officials believe were attacks mounted by Somali militants.

# somalia - Sunday 10 June, 2012

Al-Qaeda affiliate offers 10 camels as bounty on Obama

The Somalian group also offered up 10 hens and 10 roosters for Hillary Clinton.

# somalia - Tuesday 15 May, 2012

The 5 at 5: Tuesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

EU carries out air strikes on Somali pirates

Attack helicopters took part in the attacks early this morning along the coastline of Somalia.

# somalia - Monday 2 April, 2012

The 9 at 9: Monday 9 At 9 This post contains videos

The 9 at 9: Monday

Nine things to know this morning…

# somalia - Tuesday 27 March, 2012

China is the world's 'number one executioner' - Amnesty report Death Penalty This post contains videos

China is the world's 'number one executioner' - Amnesty report

A new report says that the number of countries who have the death penalty is declining but there has been a surge in the number of executions in the Middle East.

# somalia - Thursday 22 March, 2012

Kidnapped British woman freed by Somali pirates

Judith Tebbutt and her husband David were kidnapped in September. David was killed during the attack – a fact Judith, who spent six months in captivity, did not find out until weeks after.

# somalia - Wednesday 29 February, 2012

Two hostages dead after pirates hijack ship off Somali coast

The Danish warship had been following the hijacked vessel for several days before attempting to board it.

# somalia - Thursday 23 February, 2012

World leaders threaten sanctions over Somalia

Those who hamper the troubled state’s political progress will face serious sanctions, leaders attending today’s major international conference in London warned.

# somalia - Tuesday 21 February, 2012

‘For children in Somalia, nowhere is safe’ – HRW report Child Soldiers This post contains videos

‘For children in Somalia, nowhere is safe’ – HRW report

The rights group has criticised all sides of the Somali conflict of recruiting child soldiers and failing to adequately protect children.

# somalia - Monday 6 February, 2012

UN: Somali famine is over, but action still needed

The UN said that long-awaited rains, coupled with substantial agricultural inputs and the humanitarian response are the main reasons for the improvement.

# somalia - Wednesday 25 January, 2012

Praise for Special Forces after Somalia hostage rescue

Two hostages – a man from Denmark and an American woman – were freed after the operation.

# somalia - Thursday 19 January, 2012

Bomb attack targets packed refugee camp in Somali capital

Two people have died in the explosion which occurred shortly after a UN and media visit.

# somalia - Wednesday 18 January, 2012

Failure to respond led to thousands of needless deaths in Africa - aid agencies

“Many donors wanted proof of a humanitarian catastrophe before acting to prevent one” – Oxfam, Save the Children.

# somalia - Friday 30 December, 2011

MSF "deeply shocked" by staff killings

The staff members were killed in Mogadishu yesterday. MSF has said today that some staff members are to be relocated from the compound there for security reasons.

# somalia - Thursday 29 December, 2011

Two Doctors Without Borders staff "shot by fellow employee"

The incident involved a disgruntled former employee and took place in the Somali capital of Mogadishu today.

# somalia - Wednesday 28 December, 2011

In pictures: the natural disasters of 2011 Review 2011 This post contains images

In pictures: the natural disasters of 2011

Last year saw a number of major natural disasters strike, including earthquakes in Japan, New Zealand and Turkey, volcanic eruptions in Chile and Iceland, and severe tropical storms in Asia.

# somalia - Tuesday 29 November, 2011

Concerns raised for humanitarian work after Somali militants ban aid agencies

UNICEF says it fears for the lives of malnourished children who have been receiving food from its workers, who have been banned by al-Shabab fighters.

Somali militants ban 16 aid groups and UN agencies

The Islamist group has banned Concern, UNICEF, the World Health Organization and UNHCR – amongst others – from operating in the country, where 250,000 people face the immediate risk of starvation.

# somalia - Saturday 19 November, 2011

Ethiopian troops spotted in Somalia: report

Has Ethiopia followed Kenya in sending its troops to tackle Somali insurgents?

# somalia - Friday 4 November, 2011

Kenya warns of 'Al Shabab donkeys' in Somalia Al Shabab Donkeys This post contains images

Kenya warns of 'Al Shabab donkeys' in Somalia

Tensions on the Kenya-Somalia border follows a spate of recent kidnappings and the imposition of a Kenyan military force in the region.

# somalia - Tuesday 25 October, 2011

Somali gunmen kidnap US, Danish aid workers

The two colleagues work for a Danish organisation which works to remove unexploded mines.

# somalia - Monday 24 October, 2011

France to supply troops fighting Somalia militants

But French authorities have denied reports that French naval vessels had carried out attacks near an al-Shabab stronghold.

14 injured in grenade attack at Kenyan nightclub Kenya This post contains videos

14 injured in grenade attack at Kenyan nightclub

Kenyan police say they believe Somali militant group al-Shabab is behind the attack, which comes after the group’s recent warning of “bloody battles” which would endanger the lives of civilians.

# somalia - Friday 21 October, 2011

Al-Shabab display bodies of African Union peacekeepers

The fighters displayed around 70 bodies of the troops after a battle in Mogadishu yesterday.

The 9 at 9: Friday

Nine things to know this morning…

# somalia - Wednesday 19 October, 2011

Frenchwoman abducted in Kenya dies weeks after kidnapping

The 66-year-old woman was taken from her rented house on a Kenyan island earlier this month by suspected Somali militants.

# somalia - Tuesday 18 October, 2011

Car bomb hits Somali capital Mogadishu

This is the second bombing in Mogadishu in the past month. People have been leaving the city in droves (pictured) in recent weeks.

# somalia - Monday 17 October, 2011

Kenyan military is moved into Somalia

The move comes after a spate of abductions in Kenya that are suspected to involve Somalia’s al-Shabab militants.

The 9 at 9: Monday 9 At 9 This post contains videos

The 9 at 9: Monday

Nine things to know this morning…

# somalia - Friday 14 October, 2011

Vehicle found during search for Spanish aid workers

The MSF employees were kidnapped from the world’s largest refugee camp in Kenya by gunmen believed to be part of Somalia’s al-Shabab militant group.

The 9 at 9: Friday

Nine things to know this morning…

# somalia - Wednesday 12 October, 2011

The Daily Fix: Wednesday

In tonight’s Fix: The latest in the Áras race; sparks fly between RTÉ and TV3; and can we tell what babies are thinking?

# somalia - Monday 10 October, 2011

Pirates attack Italian ship near Somalian coast

Some 23 crew members were aboard the vessel, which was reportedly attacked by five armed men.

# somalia - Tuesday 4 October, 2011

The Daily Fix: Tuesday Daily Fix This post contains videos

The Daily Fix: Tuesday

In tonight’s Fix: All the latest from #Aras11 ahead of tonight’s debate; why the Universal Social Charge has been good for the government; and has Robbie Williams left Take That?

Mogadishu bomb attack kills 70 people

“It is the most awful tragedy I have ever seen,” a doctor dealing with the stream of maimed and dead being brought to hospital in Mogadishu has told the media.