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Somali government forces on Sunday secure the scene of an explosion in  the Hodan district of Mogadishu. Photograph: Feisal Omar/Reuters

More than 300 people were killed by twin bomb explosions in Mogadishu, an official said on Monday, as locals packed hospitals in search of friends and(...)

 Swimmers among boats in Mogadishu, Somalia. The country’s  upcoming presidential election has been billed as a milestone by UN officials, but analysts say the election is really a milestone of corruption. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/New York Times

Politicians have been peeling off wads of hundred dollar bills to buy votes. Others have shown up for parliamentary races standing next to a political(...)

A screenshot  posted on the US Department of State website shows a portrait of Al-Shabaab’s head of intelligence Mahad Karate, next to a €5 million bounty.  Kenya’s army said on Thursday it had killed Karate. Photograph: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images

Kenya has killed the commander of an elite unit within Somalia’s al-Shabaab Islamist insurgency, a man blamed for masterminding a deadly attack on a K(...)

A man takes a photograph with his smartphone of a painting depicting US president Barack Obama and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta at the Pre-Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi on Thursday, on the eve of Obama’s visit to Kenya. Photograph: Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images

When Air Force One touches down in Nairobi today and US president Barack Obama springs down the steps to meet his counterpart, Uhuru Kenyatta, he will(...)

Police officers look on in front of a burned truck at Gamba police station, in Gamba, Tana River county, eastern Kenya. Photograph: EPA/STR

Gunmen have killed at least 29 people near a popular tourist destination in Kenya, while a dispute over who was responsible looks set to fuel politica(...)

Volunteers at the MP Shah hospital help a man overcome with grief after learning one of his relatives had been  killed in yesterday’s attack at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi. Photograph: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

Kenyan security forces remain locked in a stand-off with terrorists in a Nairobi shopping centre, nearly 24 hours after the gang opened fire in the bu(...)