Somalia celebrates 60th anniversary of independence | AFP

Somalia celebrates the 60th anniversary of its independence from Italy, with celebrations and performances at the National Theatre in Mogadishu attended by President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo. IMAGES

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U.S. Airstrikes Are Killing Civilians in Somalia

In this VICE News exclusive, correspondent Seb Walker combs through cell phone footage and photos of weapons fragments to understand the details of several contested attacks. He speaks to a man whose family was targeted in an attack earlier this year, and interviews Representative Ilhan Omar about what it will take to hold the government accountable.

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Faithful undeterred this Ramadan, even as virus soars in Somalia | AFP

There is a curfew in place in the Somali capital, and authorities have pleaded with worshippers to stay home as coronavirus infections rise. But many carry on with normal life.

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Uganda military fights back against destructive locust swarms | AFP

Soldiers take on the locust infestation which recently reached Uganda. The locusts have devastated food supplies in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia, with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) describing the situation as the worst in 25 years.

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Somali refugees rediscover lost arts and crafts skills in an East London workshop | AFP

Textile designer and founder of Hazfa Studio Hafza Yusuf runs a weekly textile and art workshop with a number of elderly women in East London. Originally from Somalia, Hafza wants to bring her country’s culture back to the women from the community, and bring them back to the skills they left behind when fleeing Somalia.

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Swarms of locusts threaten food security in Kenya: govt | AFP

Large swarms of desert locusts are spreading through Kenya, after wreaking havoc in Somalia and Ethiopia, posing a significant threat to food security, the agriculture minister says.Ken

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Ambulances leave car bombing scene near Somalia parliament | AFP

Ambulances leave the scene of a car bomb explosion that killed at least four people close to a checkpoint near Somalia’s parliament in the capital Mogadishu.

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Large blast near Somalia parliament: security source | AFP

Plumes of thick black smoke are seen over the city after a suspected car bomb exploded near the parliament in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Wednesday, witnesses and a security official said. IMAGES

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A round up of news and features | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly, we head to to Guinea, where for the past two months, opposition supporters have been protesting a new draft of the constitution that could allow President Alpha Conde to remain in power for a third term. Then we head to Somalia where the African Union Mission is due to withdraw in 2021, but many are worried that local forces will not be ready to take on this role in time for the withdrawal deadline.

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Today in History for December 4th

Associated Press Correspondent Terry Anderson is released from captivity; American troops head to Somalia; General George Washington says farewell to his officers in New York; Frank Zappa dies. (Dec. 4)

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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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Zimbabwe’s all-female anti-poachers and Somalia’s floating restaurants: Africa Weekly 22/11/19 | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly, we head to Zimbabwe, where a unique all-female anti-poaching unit is revolutionising the way the world looks at conservation. And then we head to Somali capital Mogadishu, where innovative restaurant owners are attempting to breathe life into the war-torn country and bolster its small but growing tourism sector. And we bring you all the stories that made the headlines this week.

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Floods in Somalia: Red Crescent carries out rescue operations | AFP

A member of rescue operation with Somalia Red Crescent in the capital city of Mogadishu says they have found five dead bodies following floods in the African nation.

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Today in History for October 4th

Highlights of this day in history: Sputnik, the first man-made satellite, is launched into orbit; U.S. Blackhawk helicopters shot down in Somalia; Silent movie comedy star Buster Keaton born; Rock singer Janis Joplin dies of drug overdose. (Oct. 4)

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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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Cut from a different cloth: Somalia’s young fashion designers | AFP

Somalia is a country that has been in the grip of a deadly civil war for nearly three decades. There is also the ever-present threat of attacks from radical Islamist groups. Despite all this, some young people are managing to find solace in the fashion industry.

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Somalia forces register with biometric system to end corruption | AFP

Somali troops are biometrically registered in Dhusamareb, Somalia. The process is being carried out to ensure the disbursement of soldier’s salaries directly in their bank accounts, which helps to fight against corruption.

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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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Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features from Africa | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly we focus on Somalia, where designers are finding refuge in fashion, and we take a look at the Karenjy, Madagascar’s distinctive, home-grown, automobile.FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

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