A Kenyan soldier serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) stands near the back of a vehicle at their sector headquarters in the town of Dhobley, in southern Somalia, Sept. 30, 2012. On Friday Kenyan troops invaded the southern Somali port city of Kismayo. The militant Islamist group al-Shabab announced soon after that their forces were leaving the lucrative port town behind. AU-UN IST/AP
Dockworkers load sacks of imported cement inside the seaport of the Somali capital of Mogadishu August 6, 2012. Somalia has been mired in civil strife, grinding poverty, Islamist militancy, and maritime piracy since warlords toppled military dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991, leaving the nation without an effective central government. African Union-United Nations Information Support Team/Reuters
A Somali flag is seen in front of new parliamentarians ahead of their inauguration ceremony for members of Somalia's first parliament in 20 years in Mogadishu, August 20, 2012. Out of a total of 275 parliamentarians, 211 were sworn-in at an open-air ceremony at Aden Abdulle International Airport in the Somali capital of Mogadishu. AU-UN IST/Reuters
Members of al Qaeda-linked militant group al Shabab are paraded by African Union troops at Maslah square after their surrender to the authorities in the north of Somalia's capital Mogadishu, September 24, 2012. More than 200 members of the militant group surrendered to African Union and Somali government soldiers. The move will likely bolster government and Africa Union preparations for an onslaught on the southern city of Kismayu - currently the last bastion of the militant group. Omar Faruk/Reuters
Ugandan troops serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) walk up a staircase inside the parliament building in the Somali capital Mogadishu, August 6, 2012. African Union-United Nations Information Support Team/Reuters
Community leader Halima Harun Ismail inspects the destruction of the clinic run by the NGO Goal in Kassab camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in Sudan that was looted by armed militias. Civilians are beginning to return to their camps for the internally displaced following several weeks of unrest that began with the killing of a local official and his driver by a group of armed men. United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur/AP
A Ugandan soldier serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) occupies a machine-gun post along the frontline of a defensive box position straddling the main road on the northern edge of Maslah Town, north-west of the Somali capital Mogadishu, April 29, 2012. African Union-United Nations Information Support Team/Reuters
Men sit on a beach in front of a building destroyed during a fight between al Shabaab militants against African Union and Somali Government forces in Mogadishu, June 26, 2012. Goran Tomasevic/Reuters
The 18th African Union (AU) Summit opens at the African Union Conference Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Jan. 29, 2012. On the day before, African leaders inaugurated the new $200 million headquarters – funded by China, as a gift – and they said the massive complex is a symbol of the Asian power's rapidly changing role in Africa. Ding Haitao/Xinhua/AP
Ivory Coast traditional chiefs gather to discuss the country's leadership crisis, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Jan. 5, 2011. Rebecca Blackwell/AP
A pet bird sits in a cage hung on a wall painted with the Libyan rebel flag in the rebel-held Benghazi, Libya, July 2, 2011. At that time the African Union called on member states to disregard the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court against Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi. The AU said the warrant against the Libyan leader 'seriously complicates efforts to find a solution to the Libyan crisis.' Gadhafi was later killed. Hassan Ammar/AP
A suicide bomber rammed an SUV loaded with explosives into a Catholic church holding Mass on Sunday in northern Nigeria, killing at least seven people and wounding more than 100 others.
Godwin Attah and Jon Gambrell, Associated Press /
October 28, 2012
A suicide bomber rammed an SUV loaded with explosives into a Catholic church holding Mass on Sunday in northern Nigeria, killing at least seven people and wounding more than 100 others in an attack that sparked reprisal killings in the city, authorities and witnesses said.