Africa Weekly: Mali insurgents free hostages | AFP

Malian opposition leader Soumaila Cisse and French and Italian hostages have been freed by jihadist insurgents in Mali after they were kidnapped and held captive — for as long as four years in the case of French aid worker Sophie Petronin. A Kenyan court found two men guilty for their part in aiding Al-Shabaab gunmen who attacked the Westgate mall in Nairobi in 2013 and athletes Joshua Cheptegei and Letesenbet Gidey both smash track records in Valencia, wearing Nike’s controversial Vaporfly shoes.

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Kenya: two defendants guilty, one acquitted, over Westgate mall attack | AFP

A Kenyan court finds two men guilty for their part in aiding Al-Shabaab gunmen who attacked the Westgate mall in Nairobi in 2013, killing 67 people. After a trial that began in January 2014, Magistrate Francis Andayi found that Mohamed Ahmed Abdi and Hassan Hussein Mustafa conspired with and assisted the four attackers, who died in a siege claimed by the Somalia-based Al-Qaeda-aligned group. The third accused, Liban Abdullahi Omar, was acquitted of all charges. A fourth accused was previously acquitted in January 2019.

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Somali hotel attack claimed by Al-Shabaab leaves eleven victims dead | AFP

Police examine the site where ten civilians and one police officer were killed in a gun and bomb attack by Al-Shabaab fighters, according to officials, at an upscale beachfront hotel in Somalia’s capital. AND SOUNDBITEN°1WJ9V8

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FBI seeks help in finding US terrorist suspect

A U.S. citizen on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List has been charged with additional crimes involving ties to Somalia’s al-Shabaab rebel group, according to a federal indictment unsealed Monday. (Dec. 2)

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Aftermath of al-Shabaab attack on EU convoy in Somalia (2) | AFP

People gather on the scene of an attack claimed by the Al-Shabaab militant group against an EU convoy of Italian advisers in Mogadishu.

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Aftermath of al-Shabaab attack on EU convoy in Somalia | AFP

People gather on the scene of an attack claimed by the Al-Shabaab militant group against an EU convoy of Italian advisers in Mogadishu. IMAGES

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Aftermath of deadly Somalia hotel siege | AFP

Twenty-six people were killed and 56 injured in a 12-hour attack by Al-Shabaab jihadists on a popular hotel in the southern Somali port city of Kismayo. IMAGES of aftermath and Somali local leader

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Families of Nairobi terror victims bury their loved ones

Families of two Kenyans killed in a Nairobi hotel attack that killed 21 people bury their loved ones. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has confirmed that all five gunmen behind the attack are now dead. The attack has been claimed by the Al-Qaeda-linked Somali group Al-Shabaab, which has targeted Kenya since it sent its army into Somalia in October 2011 to fight the jihadist group.

Kenya terror attack: death toll rises to 21

The Kenyan Chief of Police reveals that the death toll from the Nairobi hotel complex terrorist attack has risen to 21. The attack has been claimed by the Al-Qaeda-linked Somali group Al-Shabaab, which has targeted Kenya since it sent its army into Somalia in October 2011 to fight the jihadist group.

Somalia attack: Gunmen storm luxury hotel in Mogadishu, at least 12 killed

Al Shabaab terrorists claim responsibility for an attack on a luxury hotel in the Somalian capital of Mogadishu. First, a car bomb was detonated at the hotel’s gates. Then, another explosive went off outside the building. Reports suggest several journalists were injured in one of the explosions. The hotel’s located near the Somali Parliament.

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Al-Shabaab terrorist group claims responsibility as blast kills almost 30 in Somalia

At least 29 people have been killed, and dozens more injured in a suicide blast that has hit the port area of Somali capital Mogadishu, Reuters reports citing police. Al-Shabaab, an Al-Qaeda-linked militant group, has claimed responsibility.

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VICE News Daily: Al Shabaab Attacks Diplomatic Convoy in Mogadishu

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Residents of a Shanghai suburb don’t want petrochemicals in their neighborhood, Al-Shabaab targets a vehicle carrying Emirati diplomats in Mogadishu, Russia’s retaliation for extended sanctions, and how drought is affecting animals in northern Chile.

CHINA
Thousands Protest Petrochemical Plant
Residents of Jinshan are concerned over reports a plant that produces paraxylene will be relocated to their district.

SOMALIA
Car Bomb Targets Military Trainers from the United Arab Emirates
At least 12 people were killed, but the diplomats survived the attack.

RUSSIA
President Putin Extends Ban on Western Food Imports
It’s his response to an agreement by the EU to prolong sanctions on the country for its annexation of Crimea and involvement in the Ukraine conflict.

CHILE
Drought Decimates Livestock Population in Northern Region
Thousands have died since conditions began in 2007, and ranchers say they’re losing more animals this year than ever before.

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Saving Timbuktu’s Crumbling Culture: VICE News Capsule, January 29

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Some 3,000 child soldiers to be freed in South Sudan, former Al-Shabaab intelligence chief says the Somali militant group is on the brink of total collapse, Shell to build $11 billion petrochemicals plant in southern Iraq, and Mali struggles to preserve ancient texts from Timbuktu.

SOUTH SUDAN
Child Soldiers To Be Released in Peace Deal
One militia group has freed hundreds of underage fighters, and the UN says a total of 3,000 will be allowed to return to civilian life in the coming weeks.

SOMALIA
Former Al-Shabaab Intelligence Chief Explains Defection
Zakariya Ismail Hersi says he surrendered to the government because of the group’s distorted interpretation of Islam and its disregard for human rights.

IRAQ
Shell to Invest Billions in Basra Petrochemical Plant
Government officials say the $11 billion complex will be the largest producer of petrochemicals in the Middle East.

MALI
Ongoing Efforts to Save 13th Century Manuscripts
A group of library custodians secretly transported thousands of documents after the city of Timbuktu was overran by Islamic militants two years ago. Now they face the threat of humidity, dust, and poor storage conditions.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – January 1, 2015

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Dozens of Mexican vigilantes surrender in Michoacan State, Turkey’s government expands rights of Syrian refugees, terrorism causing Kenya’s tourism industry to decline, and researchers at Oxford University develop breath test device to diagnose juvenile diabetes.

MEXICO
Vigilantes Surrender Following December Clashes
Thirty-seven men, including two leaders, surrendered to authorities in Michoacan after a shootout between rival groups last month left 11 dead.

TURKEY
Syrian Refugees Granted Greater Rights
The government is distributing identification cards to 1.6 million refugees under a new plan that would provide them access to basic services like healthcare and education.

KENYA
Militant Attacks Drive Tourism Down
An increase in attacks by the Somali militant group Al-Shabaab has put visitors off, and it’s hurting the economy.

HEALTH
Breath Test Could Help Diagnose Type 1 Diabetes
Oxford University researchers identified the relationship between high levels of the chemical acetone and blood ketones, which lead to a dangerous complication. They hope to have the device ready by mid-year.

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Militant Somalia: The Fight Against al Shabaab

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Al Shabaab has been a threat to Somalia for almost a decade. In 2013, the group claimed responsibility for the Westgate Mall attacks in Nairobi, Kenya, where 67 people were killed. This signaled a shift in the scope of al Shabaab’s tactics, which until this point had been focused within Somalia, where the group was in control of much of the country.

Over the past few years, with help from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), many cities that were once al Shabaab strongholds were taken back by Somali forces.

VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky traveled to Somalia in the wake of AMISOM taking back the coastal city of Barawe — where Ikrima, the man believed to be behind the Westgate attacks, resided — to investigate how al Shabaab evolved from a localized threat to a regional one.

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Militant Somalia: The Fight Against al Shabaab (Trailer)

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Al Shabaab has been a threat to Somalia for almost a decade. In 2013, the group claimed responsibility for the Westgate Mall attacks in Nairobi, Kenya, where 67 people were killed. This signaled a shift in the scope of al Shabaab’s tactics, which until this point had been focused within Somalia, where the group was in control of much of the country.

Over the past few years, with help from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), many cities that were once al Shabaab strongholds were taken back by Somali forces.

VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky traveled to Somalia in the wake of AMISOM taking back the coastal city of Barawe — where Ikrima, the man believed to be behind the Westgate attacks, resided — to investigate how al Shabaab evolved from a localized threat to a regional one.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – October 6, 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: tens of thousands rally against IVF and surrogacy in France, Mexican authorities discover mass graves in Guerrero state, Somali troops recapture coastal town from Al Shabaab, and former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier dies of a heart attack aged 63.

FRANCE
Thousands Protest in Two Cities for ‘Traditional Family Values’
Group ‘La Manif Pour Tous’ organized rallies in Paris and Bordeaux against surrogacy and medically assisted conception for gay and lesbian couples.

MEXICO
Mass Graves Found in Guerrero State
DNA tests will determine if the remains belong to some or all of the university students who went missing in the area more than a week ago.

SOMALIA
Coastal Town Recaptured From Militants
Soldiers backed by African Union forces seized control of the town, which served as a key supply route for Al Shabaab fighters.

HAITI
Ex-Dictator ‘Baby Doc’ Dies Aged 63
After 25 years in exile, Jean-Claude Duvalier returned to the country in 2011, where he was accused of human rights crimes during his brutal 15-year rule.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – September, 1 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the
headlines. Today: Al Shabaab militants attack Mogadishu prison,
Pakistan army chiefs meet over violent protests, Panamanian police
arrest wanted former Colombian paramilitary commander, and El
Salvador’s gangs want to salvage a broken truce.

SOMALIA
Al Shabaab Attack Intelligence Center in the Capital
Armed attack failed to free prisoners held in underground cells.

PAKISTAN
Army Chiefs Meet Over Unrest
Clashes between police and protesters left at least three dead and
hundreds injured over the weekend.

PANAMA
Fugitive Colombian Warlord Arrested
Armando Perez is accused of ordering the deaths of more than 5,000
people in the 1990s.

EL SALVADOR
Gangs Give Truce a Second Chance
Five powerful gangs have agreed not to attack police and military, but want the government to meet them half-way.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – July, 07 2014

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Egypt sentences Muslim Brotherhood leader, the Taliban sets oil tankers ablaze in Afghanistan, Al-Shabaab kills 29 on Kenya’s coast and Bolivia to allow 10 year-olds into the workforce.

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EGYPT
An Egyptian court has sentenced the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood to life in prison for inciting violence in protests last year.

AFGHANISTAN
On Saturday, Taliban fighters set fire to about 200 oil tanker trucks that were supplying fuel for US-led NATO forces.

KENYA
Two raids by Al-Shabaab on Kenya’s coast left 29 people dead, including one foreign tourist and one police officer.

BOLIVIA
Bolivia has passed a new law, allowing child workers as young as 10 years old to enter the workforce.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – June, 17 2014

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Al Shabaab gunmen massacre at least 48 people in coastal Kenyan town, Spanish police arrest eight men accused of recruiting ISIS fighters, India opens first crisis center for female rape and abuse victims, and Japanese whalers complete first hunt since an earlier ruling on its legality.

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KENYA
Dozens Killed in Suspected Al Shabaab Attack on Coastal Town
Some of the victims were shop owners and patrons gathered to watch a World Cup match.

SPAIN
Police Arrest Alleged ISIS Recruiters
One of the men is a former Guantanamo Bay prison detainee.

INDIA
First Women’s Crisis Center Opens
The facility will provide medical and legal assistance to victims of rape, domestic abuse, and others.

JAPAN
First Hunt Since UN Court Ruling on Whaling Legality
The International Court of Justice’s March decision only forbade Japan from whaling in the Antarctic region.

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Al Shabaab and the Rise of Jihad in Kenya

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A series of bloody attacks has rocked Kenya since the September 2013 Westgate mall massacre in Nairobi that left 67 people dead. Curiously, some recent victims in these attacks have been Muslim sheiks that were associated with al Shabaab, the jihadi group that took credit for the deadly Westgate attack. Even more curiously, all of the high-profile sheik murders have taken place in the same area in Mombasa, Kenya’s second largest city.

VICE News headed to Mombasa to speak with Abubaker Shariff Ahmed, the highest profile radical sheik in Kenya, before he was assassinated in April, and to get a close-up view of those living and dying in the crosshairs of a holy war being fought on Kenya’s streets.

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