June 24, 2019 4:19 pm
Three previous presidential elections in 2009, 2012 and 2017 were decided in a system where lawmakers were voted in by about 14,000 clan delegates. The lawmakers then in turn elected a president.
March 23, 2019 7:08 pm
The large explosion shook the centre of Mogadishu and a large plume of smoke rose above the scene of the blast, a building that houses Somalia's ministries of labour and works.
March 01, 2019 8:44 pm
Al-Shabaab has imposed a strict Wahhabi version of Islam in the areas under its control, and its fighters have stoned to death women accused of adultery, and punished alleged thieves by cut off their limbs.
October 30, 2018 6:41 pm
Stunned, Somalia's federal government is in an awkward spot. If Mukhtar Robow's campaign for a regional presidency goes forward, observers say the man who once praised Osama bin Laden and tried to impose an Islamic state has a good chance at winning next month's election.
October 16, 2018 9:05 pm
The US military has carried out more than two dozen airstrikes, including drone strikes, this year against the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab, the deadliest Islamic extremist group in sub-Saharan Africa.
April 01, 2018 7:56 pm
Since withdrawing from Mogadishu in 2011, the al Qaeda-linked group has lost control of most of Somalia's cities and towns. But it still retains a strong presence in regions outside the capital.
November 12, 2017 11:27 pm
"US forces will continue to use all authorized and appropriate measures to protect Americans and to disable terrorist threats,'' said the spokeswoman for the US military command in Africa
October 26, 2017 11:18 pm
Members of al Shabaab have in the past handed out harsh punishments for religious infractions including hacking off of limbs for alleged thieves and public executions.
June 11, 2016 2:37 pm
The Islamist group wants to topple Somalia's Western-backed government and rule the country according to sharia law.
September 01, 2015 11:36 am
Al Shabaab said 50 African peacekeepers were killed in the attack on Janale base, about 90 km (55 miles) south of the Somali capital.