October 7, 2013 Al-Qaida operative Abu Anas al-Libi reportedly was snatched from a street in Libya, while a U.S. Navy SEAL team in Somalia met stiff resistance; it's not yet clear whether their target — a top al-Shabab leader — was killed.
August 14, 2013 After suffering dozens of attacks against staff members, including kidnappings and murders, the nonprofit is closing all operations in Somalia. In many parts of the country, the aid group was the only source of health care.
July 31, 2013 In the 1970s, Ali Maow Maalin, a Somali hospital worker, was the last member of the general public to catch smallpox — worldwide. Once recovered, he worked for years to wipe out polio in Somalia. Maalin, called "an inspiration" by world health leaders, died unexpectedly last week.
January 13, 2013 A French soldier and 17 Islamist rebels were killed in the raid to rescue a French hostage in Somalia, who is also believed to have died. The president's acknowledgment of the U.S. role in the raid came the same day as France said the U.S. provided "communications and transport" support for the ongoing French military action against Islamist rebels in Mali.
April 4, 2012 The blast killed at least six and was a stark reminder of the country's fragile security situation.
February 27, 2012 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the future of affirmative action, and the opinion page looks at single parenting. In the second hour, the author of Am I My Genes?, and what could work for Somalia.
October 4, 2011 A spokesman for the Islamist militant group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility.
July 22, 2011 As they flee famine, drought and conflict in their own country, Somalis are streaming to an "inhospitable land" in Kenya where life is marginally better. International efforts are underway to get help to them.
July 6, 2011 They were likely fleeing the war in their country and the severe drought in the region, and were trying to get to Saudi Arabia. Human trafficking is common in the largely lawless region.