A French secret agent held hostage in Somalia urged President Francois Hollande to negotiate his release in a video shot by his Islamist militia captors, a US monitoring group said on Thursday.
Unemployment and poverty in Somalia have forced many young people to emigrate in search of a better life through perilous journeys across deserts and seas.
MOGADISHU, Oct 2 (Reuters) - African Union troops and tanks occupied al Shabaab's former stronghold of Kismayu on Tuesday, but the Somali Islamist militants gave notice of their intention to fight back, saying they detonated a bomb in the port city.
A day after he made his first tour outside of the capital, to Badioa, south-west of Somalia, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamed headed to the flood ravaged city of Beledweyne in central Somalia.
Kenyan police on Sunday dispersed dozens of people throwing stones at Somalis in Nairobi after a blast at a church killed one child and wounded nine.