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Somalia’s president has signed a bill extending his mandate for a further two years, a move which has been heavily criticised.

Somalia's ongoing political turmoil deepened on Monday as the country's lower house approved a two-year extension to the president's four-year term.

Jihadist suicide bomber kills six at Somali cafe: police

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Jihadist suicide bomber kills six at Somali cafe: police

An Al-Shabaab suicide bomber killed seven civilians in an attack outside a cafe in the Somali town of Baido, 250 kilometres northwest of the capital Mogadishu.

Veteran ruler Guelleh re-elected Djibouti president for fifth term

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Veteran ruler Guelleh re-elected Djibouti president for fifth term

73-year-old Ismail Omar Guelleh, who has controlled Djibouti with an iron fist since 1999, is set to start a fifth term after winning over 98 ...

Polls open in Djibouti as Guelleh seeks fifth term

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Polls open in Djibouti as Guelleh seeks fifth term

Some 215,000 citizens are registered to vote in the ballot pitting Guelleh, 73, against a little-known businessman widely seen to pose little ...

Tessa Fox

Why the EU-Turkey migration deal needs to be reassessed

In-depth: Five years after the EU-Turkey migration deal was reached, the agreement desperately needs to be reassessed for the sake of millions of Syrian refugees in Turkey.

Faisal Ali

Somalia's political deadlock: Why have elections been delayed?

Analysis: International pressure is growing on Somalia's leaders to hold elections but talks to end the political impasse have repeatedly ...

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Child among dead in attack on Mogadishu tea shop

An attack on a tea shop in the Somali capital left at least five civilians dead on Saturday, including a child.

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Al-Shabaab attacks two key Somali bases: army

Somalia's army chief said the army is in control of both sites in the country's south after troops engaged the militants in an intense gun ...

US couple arrested over plan to join IS

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US couple arrested over plan to join IS

James Bradley, 20, of New York and Arwa Muthana, 29, from Alabama were stopped on Wednesday as they stepped onto the gangplank of a cargo ship ...

Diana Alghoul

Somalia jihadist group bans AstraZeneca vaccine over 'safety fears'

The Al-Qaeda affiliated group Al-Shabab has called on the government to 'repent to Allah' for administering the vaccine.

<em>Somalia</em> jihadists ban AstraZeneca 'deadly and unsafe' AstraZeneca vaccine

Diana Alghoul

Somalia jihadists ban AstraZeneca 'deadly and unsafe' AstraZeneca vaccine

The Al-Qaeda affiliated group has called on the government to 'repent to Allah' for administering the vaccine.

Al-Shabaab wants attacks on US, French interests in Djibouti

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Al-Shabaab wants attacks on US, French interests in Djibouti

Leader of jihadist group Al-Shabaab Abou Obaida Ahmad Omar has called for "attacks" against French and American interests in Djibouti a few ...

Turkey's growing influence in the Horn of Africa

Faisal Ali

Turkey's growing influence in the Horn of Africa

Analysis: In the last decade, Turkey has moved from being a peripheral country with little presence in the Horn of Africa to one of the region's ...

Is there a space race in the Middle East?

Stasa Salacanin

Is there a space race in the Middle East?

In-depth: Space has become a new frontier in the competition for political power and economic development in the Middle East.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

US calls on Somalia to hold elections immediately

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Washington is "deeply concerned" by the electoral impasse, which threatens the already-fragile state.

Brooke Anderson

In Georgia, community members work to combat Covid-19

Home to immigrants from more than 50 countries, the city of Clarkston is known as 'the most diverse square mile in America', but it has been hit ...

Charlie Faulkner and Rick Findler

Assassination campaign targets intellectuals in Afghanistan

An increasing threat against judges, journalists, intellectuals and human rights defenders has generated a powerful climate of fear among the ...

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UN urges Somalia elections, extends peacekeeping mission

A resolution extending the mandate of the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia until December was unanimously approved by all ...

How the UK became an accomplice in Yemen's famine

Aniqah Choudhri

How the UK became an accomplice in Yemen's famine

Comment: Taking away over half of Yemen's aid budget while still providing the weapons of war is beyond contempt, writes Aniqah Choudhri.

The New Arab Staff

Applicants denied visa under 'Muslim ban' can reapply: US

The US travel ban on mostly Muslim-majority and African nationals was lifted by President Joe Biden.

Biden halts drone strikes outside of war zones

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Biden halts drone strikes outside of war zones

The Biden administration will halt drone strikes in areas where US forces are not present, changing course from the pervious administration.

Egypt 'trying to counter Turkish influence' in the Sahel

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Egypt 'trying to counter Turkish influence' in the Sahel

Egyptian security officials have paid visits to Niger and Chad in recent months.

Turkey 'opens political arms' to Egypt, Gulf

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Turkey 'opens political arms' to Egypt, Gulf

A new interview shows a shift in Turkey's policy towards Arab nations, indicating an attempt to strengthen the line of communication.

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