The attack began at around 8 p.m. (1700 GMT) on Wednesday evening with a suicide car bombing at the Posh Treats restaurant and club, after which gunmen stormed inside the nearby Pizza House restaurant. The Syrian national is believed to have been a chef at Pizza House.
Next week a new CD will come out by an Italy-based singer named Saba. Saba taps into the music of the horn of Africa. But as The World's Marco Werman explains, one geographic location doesn't fully reflect Saba's own story.
Aid groups say Somalia is in the midst of a humanitarian crisis, due to renewed fighting between Islamic insurgents and Ethiopia-backed government forces, and Anchor Lisa Mullins finds out more from Christian Balslev-Olesen
Somalia's Islamist insurgents have ordered a number of radio stations throughout the country to stop playing music. The BBC's Mohammed Olad Hassan is in Mogadishu ? and Mogadishu is one of the answers to our geo quiz today.
Today, an Islamist Somali militia has seized control of a town near the border with Ethiopia following days of fighting in the Somali capital of Mogadishu that has left dozens dead and over a hundred injured. Guest: BBC Africa Editor Martin Plaut.
What was a serious problem with the weather has become a humanitarian crisis in Somalia where much of the country is controlled by militias. Because relief can't reach them, famished Somalians are trying to get to aid.
In Somalia, there are renewed hopes that victims of the country's famine may at last receive much needed aid. Over the weekend African peacekeepers forced Somalia's al-Shabab Islamist rebels out of the capital, Mogadishu.