Islamist fighters in southern Somalia say Western forces have launched a raid from the sea on a militant base.
Italy is holding a day of national mourning, after a boat carrying about 500 African migrants sank off the island of Lampedusa. At least 103 bodies were recovered and scores more are trapped in the vessel, which sank less than 1 km (half-a-mile) offshore.
A welcoming reception for Deputy Prime Minister Fawzia Yusuf H. Adam and her delegation at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre last night saw hundreds of Somali-Canadians uniting in support of a common goal—for individuals living abroad to return to a safe Somalia and to congratulate the beginning of women in politics. For the first time in twenty-two years, official delegation from Somalia is in Canada striving to establish international relations that will elevate the country on the world stage.
After more than 20 years of limited diplomatic relations, Canada and Somalia are hoping to trade embassies in the near future.
Some 67 people were killed and many injured after al-Shabab militants attacked the Westgate centre in Kenya on 21 September. A number of those killed were people of South Asian origin. The BBC Hindi's Nitin Srivastava reports from Nairobi.