| Oct 14, 2013
If the world needs another reason to get serious about combating elephant poaching, here's one: The attack by terrorists on Westgate Mall in Nairobi. Income from illegal ivory trafficking is a substantial funding source for the Shabab, the group that...
| Feb 16, 2014
For decades, one golden rule has guided America's military involvement in Africa: Stay out.
Generally speaking, the reason was a sense that the strategic stakes did not justify the risk. When we deviated from this rule, we often learned lessons the hard...
| Jan 3, 2014
Once virtually eradicated, polio again stalks the Horn of Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. The innocent victims are mostly young children. The perpetrators are insurgents and indifferent governments. The polio resurgence is preventable and it is...
| Jan 1, 2014
| 5:03 PM
Fourteen people were hurt, at least three critically, when an explosion and fire rocked a three-story apartment building in Minneapolis on Wednesday morning, forcing residents to jump from windows and flee into subzero temperatures.
The explosion in the...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 7:00 AM
It may not be factual, but it's truthful.
It's an argument that wouldn't survive in a court of law and would spark derision in a presidential debate.
But when it comes to movies, it's vital guidance, especially when so many of 2013's Oscar-...
| Nov 18, 2013
| 6:35 PM
SAN DIEGO — Three Somali immigrants — an imam, a cabdriver and an employee of a money transmitting business — were sentenced Monday to federal prison for aiding a terrorist group in their homeland.
Basaaly Saeed Moalin, 36, the...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 6:31 PM
SAN DIEGO - A cabdriver from Anaheim on Friday became the 4th Somali national to be sentenced to prison for providing money and other support to a terrorist group in their native country.
Ahmed Nasir Taalil Mohamud, 38, was sentenced to six years in...
| Feb 8, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Producer-directors Femke Wolting and Tommy Pallotta, both with impressive credits in features and docus, team up for "Last Hijack," a semi-animated "nonfiction narrative" that reps a rare cinematic attempt to deal with Somali piracy from a pirate's side...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 1:30 PM
When Tom Hanks first encountered his "Captain Phillips" co-stars Barkhad Abdi, Faysal Ahmed, Mahat M. Ali and Barkhad Abdirahman, he didn't get to shake their hands or exchange pleasantries; instead, he found himself staring down the barrels of their AK-...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 12:59 PM
Director and former documentarian Paul Greengrass has consistently demonstrated a knack for fact-based dramas, including "Bloody Sunday," "United 93" and his latest film, "Captain Phillips."
The latter film, starring Tom Hanks and based on the real-life...
| Feb 21, 2014
| 7:03 AM
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - A suicide car bomber attacked the Somali presidential palace in Mogadishu on Friday, triggering a massive explosion, before about 10 heavily armed gunmen jumped out of two more vehicles and opened fire.