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A top official said Friday that forces from the United Arab Emirates could soon be flying fighter jets from a new base in the breakaway republic of Somaliland. Somaliland Foreign Minister Saad Ali Shire said the UAE could use the base in the town of Berbera for any purpose, including “training, surveillance and military operations.” Berbera is about 250 kilometers...

BOSASO, Somalia — A Somali police officer says a suicide bomber has blown himself up at a military checkpoint in northern Somalia’s semiautonomous state of Puntland, killing at least four people. Col. Ahmed Hussein says the bomber approached soldiers at a checkpoint Tuesday and detonated explosives strapped to his waist in Bossaso, the region’s commercial hub. Hussein...

May 20 (NugaalPost)-Somali authorities in central town of the Beledwayne said they have captured explosive devices which suspected militants wanted to harm locals, KNN reports on Saturday. No arrests have been made in connection with the captured items. Security has been beefed up in and around Beledwayne of the Hiiraan region a head of holy month of Ramadan. Al-Shabaab...

The US president is expected to announce a $100bn arms deal with the kingdom and give a speech on Islam. US President Donald Trump has arrived in Saudi Arabia on the first leg of his first foreign trip since taking office, in a crucial test abroad as political scandals mount at home. Trump will be meeting with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and other Arab and Muslim...

With more than half of votes counted, incumbent president appears set to beat conservative challenger Ebrahim Raisi Iran’s reformist President Hassan Rouhani appeared to have a strong lead on Saturday as results poured in from a crucial election that could significantly influence the country’s future. Rouhani had 14.6 million out of 25.9 million votes counted...

World leaders have pledged to support Somalia’s new government and its security and economic reforms. However, the government has been tasked with using its support from citizens to deliver on its promises. The three-day Somalia International Conference in London saw President Mohammed Abdullahi Farmajo’s government get new pledges of more than $1.3 billion to help...

White House denies Washington Post report that US president shared classified info with Russian FM Sergey Lavrov. US President Donald Trump disclosed highly classified information to Russian officials during a meeting last week, potentially jeopardising a source of intelligence about ISIL, The Washington Post reported on Monday, citing current and former US officials. The...

Centrist candidate beats out far-right rival Marine Le Pen, just one year after establishing En Marche! movement. Emmanuel Macron was elected president of France on Sunday with a business-friendly vision of European integration, resoundingly defeating Marine Le Pen, the far-right nationalist who threatened to pull out of the European Union. The centrist’s emphatic...

Kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls in Nigeria’s Chibok in 2014 spurred worldwide Bring Back Our Girls campaign At least 82 of the nearly 200 schoolgirls who were still missing after a mass Boko Haram abduction in northeast Nigeria in 2014 have been freed, a government official has told Al Jazeera. The girls were in the town of Banki, close to the Nigerian-Cameroonian...

Opposition reportedly to return to talks in Astana, Kazakhstan after walking out on Wednesday over air strikes in Syria The presidents of Russia and Turkey are pushing for the creation of safe-zones in war-torn Syria as talks were expected to resume on Thursday in Kazakhstan between the government and the opposition. Meeting in the Russian resort town of Sochi, Recep Tayyip...