October 7, 2013 |
It's a moment rife with dread, surprise, panic, suspense. In Captain Phillips , Paul Greengrass' white-knuckle reenactment of the 2009 hijacking of a U.S.-flagged freighter in the Arabian Sea, four Somali pirates take the bridge of the Maersk Alabama. It is the first time that Muse , the lean, stone-eyed leader of the marauders, and Richard Phillips , the mariner in charge of the giant container vessel, meet. And for Greengrass, it was a doubly crucial moment.
July 4, 2013
Somali Lemonade rallied from the middle of the pack and held off Miz Ida through the final sixteenth of a mile to win the $250,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial Handicap by a half-length Tuesday at Parx Racing. The winner finished the 1 1/16-mile test in 1 minute, 47.83 seconds. Under jockey Joel Rosario, Somali Lemonade paid $15.40, $6.20 and $3.20 in the Grade III race. Miz Ida paid $4.60 and $2.80. Pianist won in a photo finish over last year's runner-up, Hessonite, and paid $2.20 to show.
April 30, 2013 |
NAIROBI, Kenya - The 2011 Somali famine killed an estimated 260,000 people, according to a new report to be published this week, officials told the Associated Press. The total more than doubles previous estimates, and half of the victims were age 5 and younger. The aid community believes tens of thousands of people died needlessly because the international community was slow to respond to early signs of approaching hunger in East Africa in late 2010 and early 2011. The toll was also exacerbated by extremist militants from al-Shabab who banned food-aid deliveries to the areas of south-central Somalia that they controlled.
September 2, 2012 |
MOGADISHU, Somalia - When she was 17, Samia Yusuf Omar experienced a brief moment in the international spotlight when she ran a 200-meter race representing Somalia at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Omar finished far behind other sprinters in her qualifying heat, but as a female athlete competing in the Olympics for Somalia, a country known mainly for being a failed state, she made headlines. She also got hooked on a dream: Omar wanted to train as a runner and compete internationally for her country, and to earn money to support her family.
July 12, 2012 |
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Defections from the al-Qaeda-linked extremist group al-Shabab are accelerating as Somalian and African Union troops take new territory around the capital, officials in Somalia say. Extremists who abandon al-Shabab risk retaliatory assassinations from fighters still loyal to the militia, but a government-run program in Mogadishu houses several hundred former fighters, many of them teenagers. It provides meals, housing, and courses on patriotism, religion, and antiviolence.
December 24, 2011
Prince Philip, 90, gets heart stent LONDON - Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, underwent surgery Friday for a blocked coronary artery, royal officials said. A spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace said Philip, 90, would remain in the hospital for "a short time" for observation after the "very minimally invasive procedure" to implant a coronary stent. She would not say whether other members of the royal family were with the Duke of Edinburgh and declined to comment further, speaking on customary condition of anonymity.
October 18, 2011 |
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Somali militants on Monday threatened to bring down Nairobi skyscrapers after Kenya sent hundreds of troops into Somalia. The threat emanated from the same lawless country in which the al-Qaeda masterminds behind 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies sought refuge. The Kenyan invasion comes at a time when al-Shabab has been weakened by famine in its strongholds, pushed from the capital of Mogadishu by African Union troops and finds itself increasingly challenged by clan militias.
August 23, 2011 |
NORFOLK, Va. - A pair of Somalian men were sentenced to life in prison Monday for their roles in the hijacking of a yacht that left all four Americans on board dead. One of the men argued he had unsuccessfully tried to persuade his fellow pirates that the two women on board should be released. The owners of the Quest, Jean and Scott Adam of Marina del Rey, Calif., along with friends Bob Riggle and Phyllis Macay of Seattle, were shot to death in February several days after being taken hostage several hundred miles south of Oman.
August 16, 2011 |
MOGADISHU, SOMALIA - Sacks of grain, peanut-butter snacks and other food staples meant for starving Somalis are being stolen and sold in markets, an Associated Press investigation has found, raising concerns that thieving businessmen are undermining international famine-relief efforts in this nearly lawless country. The U.N.'s World Food Program acknowledged for the first time that it has been investigating food theft in Somalia for two months. The WFP strongly condemned any diversion of "even the smallest amount of food from starving and vulnerable Somalis.