300 feared dead after tropical cyclone slams into Somalia

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The death toll from a tropical cyclone that hit Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region at the weekend has risen to 140 but the final figure could total 300, the government said on Wednesday.

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Exclusive: How the SEAL raid on Somalia went bad

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The Navy SEALs Somalia assault was a carefully orchestrated affair. But when things went south, contingency planning became a necessity. 

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Two raids in two countries net two of the worlds most-wanted terrorists

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Couple held hostage by pirates for 388 days to set sail on new journey

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DARTMOUTH, England — Almost three years after Paul and Rachel Chandler were snatched at gunpoint and taken hostage by Somali pirates, they are returning to the high seas - in the same yacht.

The British pair were taken prisoner for 388 days while sailing in the Indian Ocean in October 2009 with the pirates demanding a $7-million ransom, a sum the Chandlers knew was far beyond what their family and friends could raise. Hidden in Somalia, they faced the risk of disease and feared getting caught in the cross-fire between multiple gangs or being sold to al-Qaida.

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Reports: Somali Olympic sprinter died when migrant boat sank

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A woman from war-torn Somalia who rose to fame by running in the 200 meters at the Beijing Olympics drowned while trying to reach Europe ahead of the London 2012 Games, it has emerged.

Samia Yusuf Omar died when a boat carrying migrants from Libya to Italy sank in April, according to a report in Italian by the Pubblico blog and other Italian media.

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