The pirates gather on a ragged beach and sail toward shipping lanes, scanning for freighters, the prey of their craft. Rifles drawn, scarves blowing, they troll East African waters, where the deeds of desperate men collide with the precarious rhythms of global finance. An oil tanker appears on the horizon; the hunt quickens.
African troops in Somalia are planning a surge to free areas still controlled by al-Qaeda-linked militants, with more than two-thirds of the country already liberated, government and African Union officials said.
Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on Somalia
The initial report of the United Nations Independent Expert on Somalia highlights the need for the Somali government to convert positive rhetoric and plans - notably in the areas of justice and security sector reform - into concrete action.
Six killed in gunfight in Somalia over claimed ransom payment
Six people were killed in central Somalia in a gunfight over a supposed ransom payment tied to the release this week of a German-U.S. journalist held hostage in Somalia for more than two years, police said on Thursday.
Swedish Prosecutor Abandons Journalist Imprisoned in Eritrea
Reporters Without Borders is appalled that the Swedish judicial authorities are abandoning Dawit Isaak, a journalist with dual Eritrean and Swedish citizenship arrested exactly 13 years ago today in Eritrea and held without charge or trial every since.
President holds high level meeting before the opening of the UN General Assembly
President of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and his delegation held high level talks with key stakeholders and international partners in New York, before the official opening of the 69th UN General Assembly.