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Kenya terror attack highlights security challenges

Kenya's security agencies are under scrutiny following the latest attack on a hotel compound

Somalia orders top UN envoy to leave

The order comes days after the official raised concerns at the action of Somalia's UN-backed security services in recent violence

How Bush Snr’s failed Somalia intervention shaped US-Africa ties

As the US bids farewell to former US President George H.W. Bush, in Africa he is remembered most for his failed bid to stabilise Somalia

Somalia executes man on anniversary of deadly Mogadishu bombing

A man involved in the attack that killed hundreds in Somalia’s capital was executed as the country commemorated the first anniversary of the blast

East Africa’s heroin coast

There are thousands of kilometres of coastline in Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and South Africa. Drug traffickers are taking advantage

Somalia’s illicit charcoal trade threatens security, the environment and livelihoods

The country is losing trees at an alarming rate to an illicit charcoal trade that partly bankrolls its Islamist insurgency

Why blaming conflicts in Africa on climate change is misguided

It is misguided to blame armed conflict and violence on climate change alone

Somaliland’s independence bid boosted by geostrategic shakeup

But is Hargeisa sacrificing its values in its quest for independence?

Somalia’s new regime flounders

Infighting has plunged the federal government into disarray and exposed its dysfunction

Somali women sidestep taboos to play football

'The sight of young women playing football is highly unusual in Somalia, owing to societal pressures as well as fear of al-Shabab'

Djibouti’s greatest threat may come from within

Military superpowers, which now include China, rely on Djibouti’s increasingly fragile stability

Turkey’s foray into Somalia is a huge success, but there are risks

Turkey’s presence in Somalia certainly embodies one of the most interesting regional geopolitical developments in the past decade.

A Trump decree is killing innocent civilians in Somalia

Trump's new relaxed rules of engagement are killing civilians and breeding the next generation of anti-US fighters.

Sudan’s state-supported smugglers

The Sudanese government has received money from the EU to stem the flow of migrants, but officials are colluding with smugglers and human traffickers

What needs to be done to make Africa politically stable

In the long term only rapid, inclusive economic growth combined with good governance can make the continent less volatile.

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