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UNICEF Warns Horn of Africa Drought to ‘Worsen’

The plight of millions of people left hungry by a harsh drought across the Horn of Africa is set to worsen, with the rains not expected soon and harvests months away, a top U.N. official warned Saturday.

Scanty or failed rainfall in the region over the past two years has already forced thousands of Somalis to flee their country and ruined the livelihoods of millions in parts of Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti.

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UNHCR Says Many Dying en Route While Fleeing Somalia Drought

Many people are dying of hunger while fleeing serious drought in Somalia, the U.N. refugee agency said Friday, warning that aid efforts could be overwhelmed by large numbers of malnourished refugees.

"Many people are dying en route from what we hear," said Melissa Fleming, spokeswoman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva.

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Report: U.S. Drone Wounds Top Islamists in Somalia

A U.S. drone fired on two senior commanders of Somalia's Shebab Islamist insurgency after they were found to have ties to al-Qaida, the Washington Post reported late Wednesday, citing U.S. officials.

The strike last week is believed to have wounded the two leading militants and came amid increasing concern among U.S. officials about growing ties between Shebab and the global terror network, the Post said.

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Somali President Appoints New PM

Somali President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed on Thursday appointed Abdiweli Mohamed Ali as prime minister, replacing Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed who resigned under a reconciliation accord.

"He has the personality and the kind of knowledge that makes him fit to become the prime minister," the president said in announcing Ali's appointment.

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Somali Premier Resigns under Kampala Accord

Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on Sunday announced he was resigning following an agreement ending the troubled country's transitional administration.

"Considering the interest of the society and in compliance with the Kampala accord, I decided to quit to compromise for the national interest", Abdullahi Mohamed told reporters in Mogadishu, thanking those who supported him.

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Egypt Boat Held by Somali Pirates Freed after 10 Months

An Egyptian boat seized with its 22-member crew by pirates off the coast of Somalia in August 2010 has been freed, an Egyptian foreign ministry official said on Friday.

The Pakistani government helped Egypt secure the release of the Suez which docked in Oman, the official news agency MENA reported quoting Mohammed Abdel Hakam.

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Suspected Suicide Bomb Hits Nigeria Police HQ

A powerful bomb blew up inside the Nigerian police headquarters in the capital on Thursday, killing a suspected suicide bomber although other casualties were not immediately clear, officials said.

"The police force headquarters has been bombed, everywhere is bombed," deputy national police spokesman Yemi Ajayi told Agence France Presse from Abuja.

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Somali Interior Minister Dies in Suicide Attack, Allegedly by Niece

An explosion Friday in the home of Somalia's interior minister killed him and a woman suspected of being a bomber as violent demonstrations swept the capital.

Interior Minister Abdishakur Sheik Hassan, who also was minister for national security, died after shrapnel hit his legs and other parts of his body, said Ministry of Information spokesman Abdifatah Abdinur.

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17 Killed in Clashes between Somali Forces, Islamists

Clashes pitting Somali government forces and their African Union allies against Islamist rebels for control of Mogadishu's main market left at least 17 civilians dead on Thursday, officials said.

Many of the victims died when stray artillery fire hit a bus station where people were waiting.

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India Captures 61 Somali Pirates After Clash

The Indian navy has captured 61 suspected Somali pirates and rescued 13 fishermen after a firefight with a pirate mother ship in the Arabian Sea, a navy spokesman said Monday.

"A total of 74 men have been apprehended of which 61 are suspected to be Somali pirates," Indian navy spokesman P.V.S Satish said, adding the incident happened on Saturday night within Indian waters.

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