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Somalia Leaders Fail to Reach Deal on Elections

Emergency talks between Somalia's divided political leaders have ended without agreement on how to proceed with elections, a government minister has announced just days before the president's mandate expires.

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Somalia Cuts Diplomatic Ties with Kenya, Citing 'Interference'

Somalia announced on Tuesday it was severing diplomatic ties with Kenya, accusing Nairobi of "recurring" interference in its political affairs as Mogadishu prepares long-awaited elections scheduled for early 2021.

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Trump Orders Most American Troops to Leave Somalia

The Pentagon said Friday it is pulling most U.S. troops out of Somalia on President Donald Trump's orders, continuing a post-election push by Trump to shrink U.S. involvement in counterterrorism missions abroad.

Without providing details, the Pentagon said in a short statement that "a majority" of U.S. troops and assets in Somalia will be withdrawn in early 2021. There are currently about 700 troops in that Horn of Africa nation, training and advising local forces in an extended fight against the extremist group al-Shabab, an affiliate of al-Qaida.

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Somalia Names New PM, Announces Plan for National Elections

Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has appointed a new prime minister hours after brokering an agreement with regional leaders for elections next year that abandons a promised one-person, one-vote model.

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Suspected Car Bomb Explodes near Somalia Parliament

A suspected car bomb exploded close to a checkpoint near Somalia's parliament in the capital Mogadishu on Wednesday, witnesses and a security official said.

A plume of thick black smoke was seen over the city and witnesses said a number of vehicles were on fire.

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Death Toll in Somalia Bombing Climbs to 81

The death toll from a massive car bomb in the Somali capital has risen to 81, a government spokesman said Monday, as rescue workers pursued their search for the missing.

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Six Countries Block UN Sanctions against Somalia's Al-Shabaab

Six UN Security Council members on Wednesday blocked a move to include Somali jihadist group Al-Shabaab on a list of organizations such as Al-Qaeda that are under international sanctions, diplomatic sources said.

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At Least Five Dead in Somalia Car Bomb Attack

At least five people were killed and several wounded when a car bomb was detonated Monday outside a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu, a security officer and witnesses said.

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26 Killed in Deadly Somalia Hotel Siege

At least 26 people, including several foreigners, were killed and 56 injured in a suicide bomb and gun attack claimed by Al-Shabaab militants on a popular hotel in southern Somalia, a top regional official said Saturday. 

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15 Killed as Somalia Bomb Hits Restaurant at Lunchtime

At least 15 people died when a bomb exploded on a busy street and ripped into a nearby restaurant in Somalia's capital on Thursday, medics said.

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