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News: Somalia

We have started to collect the most important news related to Somalia in November 2005. By default, most recent news are listed first.

World news related to Somalia – overview

Somalia: news

Pirates release German cargo ship

Monday, August 3rd 2009, 18:48
related countries: Germany Germany

Somali pirates free a German-flagged cargo vessel held for four months after a multi-million dollar ransom is paid.
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Sailors freed after eight months

Monday, August 3rd 2009, 8:01
related countries: Indonesia Indonesia

Eleven Indonesian sailors are released by Somali pirates, almost eight months after their ship was hijacked.
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Expelled Dutchmen held in Belgium

Thursday, July 30th 2009, 14:31
related countries: Netherlands Netherlands

Four Dutch nationals expelled from Kenya on suspicion of aiding insurgents in Somalia are arrested in Belgium.
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US threatens Eritrea over Somalia

Thursday, July 30th 2009, 11:00
related countries: Eritrea Eritrea, United States United States

The US warns Eritrea it could face sanctions for supporting Islamist insurgents in Somalia.
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EU to train Somali piracy force

Tuesday, July 28th 2009, 9:37

The EU announces plans to train the Somali security forces to fight the pirates which operate off the country's coast.
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Kenya boosts Somali border force

Tuesday, July 21st 2009, 19:12
related countries: Kenya Kenya

Kenya says it will bolster security on its border with Somalia, following recent incursions by Somali militants.
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Somali Islamists ban UN agencies

Tuesday, July 21st 2009, 7:44

Somali militants accused of links to al-Qaeda ban three United Nations agencies from two southern towns they control.
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Bike off! Somali police halt Chinese cyclist's world tour

Monday, July 20th 2009, 10:09
related countries: China China

A Chinese cyclist on a 12-year world tour is deported from Somalia because he does not have a visa.
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Sharia trial for Somalia hostages

Saturday, July 18th 2009, 13:55
related countries: France France

Two French security advisers kidnapped in Somalia will be tried under Sharia law, an official of the Islamic al-Shabab militia says.
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German freighter freed for ransom

Saturday, July 18th 2009, 13:10
related countries: Germany Germany

Somali pirates release a German-owned vessel and its crew of 11 Romanians for hefty ransom payment.
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Somalis kidnap Kenya aid workers

Saturday, July 18th 2009, 8:18
related countries: Kenya Kenya

Three foreign aid workers are kidnapped in Kenya and taken across the border into Somalia, officials say.
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Extremists 'have French hostages'

Friday, July 17th 2009, 11:01
related countries: France France

A second French hostage is handed to a Somali hard-line Islamist group, government sources tell the BBC.
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Islamists 'share French hostages'

Thursday, July 16th 2009, 16:18
related countries: France France

Two French security advisers snatched in Somalia are now being held by two different Islamist groups, officials say.
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French advisers seized in Somalia

Tuesday, July 14th 2009, 13:33
related places: Mogadishu

Gunmen in the Somali capital Mogadishu kidnap two French security advisers who were helping the interim government.
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Turkish ship seized off Somalia

Wednesday, July 8th 2009, 8:53
related countries: Turkey Turkey

A Turkish freight company says one of its tankers with a crew of 23 has been seized by pirates off Somalia.
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Somali civilians killed by shells

Sunday, July 5th 2009, 16:16

Twelve civilians die in the Somali capital as soldiers retaliate to mortars fired at the presidential palace by insurgents.
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Danger zone

Friday, July 3rd 2009, 16:41

BBC visits Somalia's radical guerrillas al-Shabab
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'Fighter influx' for Somali group

Friday, July 3rd 2009, 9:36

An Islamist commander in Somalia tells the BBC there has been a recent influx of fighters from overseas joining their battle.
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Somali 'killer' stoned to death

Sunday, June 28th 2009, 22:43
related places: Mogadishu

Islamist militiamen in Somalia stone to death a man accused of raping and murdering a woman in a town south of Mogadishu.
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Somali pirates free Belgian ship

Sunday, June 28th 2009, 15:07
related countries: Belgium Belgium

Somali pirates release a Belgian dredger and its crew two, months after they were captured, the Belgian prime minister says.
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US says weapons sent to Somalia

Thursday, June 25th 2009, 21:40
related countries: United States United States

The US confirms it has sent weapons to help Somalia's UN-backed transitional government in its fight against Islamist militias.
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Somalis watch double amputations

Thursday, June 25th 2009, 14:47

Some 300 people watch as four men have their hands and feet cut off in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
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Somalia MPs flee assassinations

Wednesday, June 24th 2009, 17:24

Scores of Somali MPs flee political assassinations and escalating insecurity in the Horn of Africa nation.
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Somali 'thieves' face amputation

Monday, June 22nd 2009, 16:46

Hardline Islamists condemn four young Somali men to have a hand and a leg cut off each for stealing mobile phones and guns.
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Ethiopia rejects Somali request

Sunday, June 21st 2009, 2:18
related countries: Ethiopia Ethiopia

Ethiopia says it will not provide military support requested by Somalia without an international mandate for such an intervention.
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Somali appeal for foreign troops

Saturday, June 20th 2009, 11:07
related places: Mogadishu

A Somali official calls for foreign military assistance within 24 hours, as fighting rages in the north of the capital.
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Somali MP gunned down in capital

Friday, June 19th 2009, 18:40
related places: Mogadishu

A Somali politician is shot dead in Mogadishu, the government says, the third killing of a public figure in as many days.
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Pirates expand to Oman's waters

Friday, June 12th 2009, 23:28
related countries: Oman Oman

A cargo vessel is hijacked by suspected Somali pirates off Oman - the first such attack in the area, Nato says.
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Lost innocents

Wednesday, June 10th 2009, 12:44

How Mogadishu mayhem is destroying families
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Somali pirates 'expanding reach'

Wednesday, June 10th 2009, 12:23
related countries: United States United States

Somali pirates are expanding their range of operations far beyond the East African coast, the US Navy warns.
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Somali Islamist leader not killed

Monday, June 8th 2009, 12:25

A hardline Islamist opposition leader mocks reports he was killed in fighting.
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Grave error?

Monday, June 8th 2009, 7:00

Somali fury as Islamists desecrate 'idolatrous' graves
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Gunmen kill Somali radio director

Sunday, June 7th 2009, 13:41
related places: Mogadishu

The director of one of the largest radio broadcasters in Somalia is shot and killed in the capital, Mogadishu.
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'Dozens dead' in Somalia fighting

Friday, June 5th 2009, 18:39

At least 36 people die in fighting in Somalia between pro-government fighters and Islamist hardliners, reports say.
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Ethiopia admits Somalia presence

Thursday, June 4th 2009, 15:59
related countries: Ethiopia Ethiopia

Ethiopia says it has "reconnaissance missions" in Somalia but denies it is re-deploying its troops there.
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Seized by pirates

Thursday, June 4th 2009, 9:06

The inside story of an attack off Somali coast
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Somalia crisis 'Africa's worst'

Tuesday, June 2nd 2009, 15:47

The "very dire" humanitarian crisis in Somalia is the worst in Africa for many years, the aid agency Oxfam warns.
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Roadside bomb kills Somali police

Monday, June 1st 2009, 13:07
related places: Mogadishu

At least five Somali policemen are killed in a roadside bomb blast in Mogadishu, while the government retakes a police station.
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Mogadishu victims swamp hospitals

Wednesday, May 27th 2009, 16:07

One of the Somali capital's main hospitals says it is swamped with patients, as a radical cleric takes over an armed rebel group.
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Yemen fishing boat 'sunk by warship'

Wednesday, May 27th 2009, 11:35
related countries: Yemen Yemen

Yemen says an international vessel on patrol against Somali pirates in the Red Sea opened fire on local fishermen, killing two.
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Troops reinforce Somalia airport

Tuesday, May 26th 2009, 13:04
related places: Mogadishu

Somalia's transitional government sends 600 extra troops to reinforce Mogadishu's airport.
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Somali gunmen 'renounce piracy'

Monday, May 25th 2009, 13:22

Around 200 Somali pirates reportedly renounce piracy at a meeting in north Somalia, after pressure from local leaders.
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Rebels claim Somali suicide bomb

Monday, May 25th 2009, 11:12

Somalia's militant group al-Shabab says it carried out Sunday's suicide bombing in the capital.
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