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  • Pirate attacks surge in West Africa, Singapore and Peru

  • It was just seven years ago that Tom Hanks starred in “Captain Phillips” — a harrowing movie about a Somali pirate attack off the Horn of Africa. Since then, piracy in the Gulf of Aden and the Sea of Somalia has all but disappeared — there were no reported attacks in 2019 — but piracy...
  • Somalia commission to probe killing of seven health workers

  • Somalia will set up a regional commission to probe the killing of seven health workers and report publicly within a month, the head of Hirshabelle state told Reuters on Friday, as the United Nations condemned what it called an outrage.
  • Blast rocks Somalian Eid festival, killing 5 and injuring 20

  • At least five people were killed and more than 20 injured Sunday when a blast ripped through a festival marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, police said. The explosion struck as crowds were singing and dancing at the Eid al-Fitr festival in Baidoa, which is about 150 miles west of the...
  • East Africa fears ‘triple threat’ from coronavirus, floods and locusts

  • Countries across East Africa and the Horn of Africa are witnessing a “triple threat” from overlapping disasters as the coronavirus, locusts and flooding inundate communities across the region. The International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) said that widespread flooding across Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda has led to the displacement of...
  • Somalia sees ‘massive’ uptick in female genital mutilation during lockdown

  • Somalia has witnessed a “massive” rise in female genital mutilation (FGM) as girls are kept home from school due to lockdown restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic, a report said Monday. The charity Plan International, which advocates for children’s rights and equal opportunities for girls, said so-called circumcisers are going door to door offering to cut...

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