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Somalia

Deadly explosion rocks Somali capital Mogadishu (Al Jazeera)

At least eight people have been killed and 17 injured, including school students, in Somalia’s capital in a car bombing that targeted a United Nations security convoy, officials and witnesses said.

The armed group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the huge blast that came in the early hours of Thursday, rocking Mogadishu and sending a column of smoke above the city. Gunfire echoed around the scene, witnesses said.

Deadly explosion rocks Somali capital Mogadishu | Al-Shabab News | Al Jazeera

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Somalia

Al-Shabab suicide bomber kills prominent journalist in Mogadishu (Al Jazeera)

A prominent Somali journalist who was a critic of the al-Shabab armed group was killed by a suicide bomber as he was leaving a restaurant in the capital, Mogadishu, relatives and officials said.

Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the blast, which killed Radio Mogadishu director Abdiaziz Mohamud Guled, commonly known as Abdiaziz Afrika. The attack wounded several other people, including the director of Somali National Television and a driver.

Al-Shabab suicide bomber kills prominent journalist in Mogadishu | News | Al Jazeera

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Somalia

Worsening drought affects 2.3 million people in Somalia (UN News)

With about 2.3 million people already suffering with serious water, food and pasture shortages in Somalia, a rapidly worsening drought could lead to an “extreme situation” by April next year.

Worsening drought affects 2.3 million people in Somalia  | | UN News

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Top UN court sides with Somalia in sea border dispute with Kenya (Al Jazeera)

The United Nations’ top court has awarded Somalia control of most of a potentially oil- and gas-rich chunk of the Indian Ocean after a bitter legal battle with neighbouring Kenya over their sea border.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled on Tuesday that there was “no agreed maritime boundary” and drew a new border close to the one claimed by Somalia, although Kenya kept a part of the 100,000 square-kilometre (39,000-square-mile) area, chief judge Joan Donoghue said.

Top UN court sides with Somalia in sea border dispute with Kenya | Border Disputes News | Al Jazeera

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Somalia UNSC

UNSC urges Somalia’s feuding leaders to settle dispute (Al Jazeera)

The pressure on President Mohamed (pictured) to hold elections has intensified since scheduled elections on February 8 failed to take place [File: Said Yusef Warsame/EPA-EFE]

The pressure on President Mohamed (pictured) to hold elections has intensified since scheduled elections on February 8 failed to take place [File: Said Yusef Warsame/EPA-EFE]

The United Nations Security Council has urged Somalia’s feuding government leaders to resolve their disagreements through dialogue and give top priority to holding long-delayed national elections this year.

The 15-member body in a statement on Saturday also called on the federal government and regional states “to ensure that any political differences do not divert from united action against al-Shabab and other militant groups”.

UNSC urges Somalia’s feuding leaders to settle dispute | United Nations News | Al Jazeera

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Somalia

Somalia crisis deepens as president withdraws PM’s powers (Al Jazeera)

Somalia's Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble [File: Feisal Omar/Reuters]

Somalia’s Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble [File: Feisal Omar/Reuters]

Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has suspended Prime Minister Mohammed Hussein Roble’s power to hire and fire officials, the latest development in a destabilising feud that has plunged the country into fresh crisis.

The dispute between the two leaders marks an escalation of months of tension, threatening to throw an already fragile electoral process into deeper peril.

Somalia crisis deepens as president withdraws PM’s powers | Somalia News | Al Jazeera