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Britain to Send Troops to Somalia for Training

Britain is to send dozens of troops to Somalia and possibly South Sudan to train soldiers and boost security in the region, Downing Street said Monday.

Around 70 troops will go to Somalia, where the al-Qaida-affiliated Shebab is fighting to overthrow the internationally-backed government in Mogadishu protected by 22,000 African Union troops from Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.

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5 Killed by Car Bomb near Somalia Presidential Palace

Five people were killed and 13 wounded on Monday when a car bomb exploded near a heavily-guarded complex housing the offices of Somalia's president and its prime minister in Mogadishu, a security official said.

There were no immediate reports of anyone attempting to enter the complex, and there was no claim of responsibility.

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Somali Islamists Claim to be Holding Uganda Soldiers Hostage

Somalia's Islamist Shebab insurgents claimed Wednesday to be holding Ugandan troops hostage after an attack last week, although Kampala has said all its troops are accounted for.

"The soldiers are in the mujahedeen jail," Shebab spokesman Abdiaziz Abu Musab said in a statement broadcast on the Al-Qaeda-linked group's Radio Andalus, but gave no further details on the alleged hostages.

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Western Sources: 'At Least 50 Dead' in Shebab Attack on AU Base

At least 50 African Union soldiers are believed to have been killed and another 50 are missing after Shebab militants overran a military camp in southern Somalia on Tuesday, according to Western military officials.

"It is assessed that at least 50 AMISOM troops died," said a briefing note sent to diplomats by Western military officials and seen by Agence France Presse. It said that in total around 100 soldiers were "unaccounted for" after the attack.

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Shebab Attack African Union Base in Somalia

Somalia's Al-Qaida-affiliated Shebab militants rammed a suicide car bomb into an African Union base Tuesday before storming the compound, with witnesses reporting many dead, although the AU insisted it had fought off the attack.

Eye-witnesses said the Shebab had taken over the camp and were looting the weapons stores, but the AU force in Somalia (AMISOM) insisted it was in control of the base.

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Somalia Aid Crisis 'Critical', Says U.N.

War-torn Somalia remains in a "critical" state four years after a devastating famine, the U.N. warned on Monday, noting a sharp rise in those needing food aid.

"The levels of food insecurity and malnutrition are critical. Humanitarian actors and donors have prevented the situation being a lot worse than it is, but we all need to do more," U.N. aid chief for Somalia Peter de Clercq said in a statement.

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Government: Dozens Killed as Somali Shebab Ambush Troops

Dozens have been killed in Somalia after Shebab gunmen ambushed an army convoy, officials and local elders said Thursday, the latest battles with the al-Qaida-linked insurgents.

Shebab fighters launched attacks on the army convoy near the village of Tulo-Barwao in the southwestern Gedo district of Somalia on Wednesday, a region bordering Ethiopia and Kenya, sparking intense gun battles.

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At Least 18 Killed in Somalia Bombings

At least 18 people were killed in Somalia on Saturday in two bomb attacks carried out by suspected Shebab militants in the south of the country and the capital Mogadishu, officials said.

In the first attack, a suicide bomber drove a vehicle laden with explosives into a base on the outskirts of the southern city of Kismayo, where African Union peacekeepers from Kenya as well as Somali government soldiers are stationed.

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Thousands of Somalis Flee Home from Yemen War, Says U.N.

Tens of thousands of Somali refugees have fled back home from war-torn Yemen since an upsurge in fighting in March, the U.N. said Tuesday, adding to three million already in need.

The refugees, who originally fled hunger and conflict in Somalia before being caught up in war in Yemen, have largely crossed the Gulf of Aden by boat to the Horn of Africa country's northern Somaliland and Puntland regions.

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Somalia Unable to Hold Full Elections in 2016

War-torn Somalia will not be able to hold full elections due next year, lawmakers said Tuesday, although it remained unclear whether some kind of voting process would still be held.

The current President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and parliament were appointed by clan elders in 2012 with foreign backers promising full democracy in 2016, signaling an end to decades of chaos and instability.

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