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A Somalia transitional federal soldier stands guard during a visit of Somalia's President to Afgoye on July 30, 2012. The head of Somalia's corruption-riddled government said on July 23 he expects to be re-selected as president of the war-torn Horn of Africa nation when his current mandate expires next month. "I am a strong candidate and I am very confident that I will win," President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed told reporters last week. AFP PHOTO / Mohamed Abdiwahab

US citizen admits to supporting Somali terrorist group

  A US citizen arrested in 2010 has plead guilty to charges that he attempted to join the Al-Shabaab jihadist movement in Somalia and raised funds to support the group. Shaker Masri, a 28 year old Chicago resident, was arrested in 2010 just hours before leaving for Somalia where he planned on engaging in Jihad …

Nouran El-Behairy

Regional Briefs: Iraq, UAE, Israel, Yemen, Somalia

Iraq An adviser to the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki said the recently defected Syrian Ambassador to Iraq made a confession of complicity in regards to several attacks launched by Al-Qaeda within Iraq some years ago, according to the BBC. The former Syrian Ambassador, Nawaf Fares, told media sources that his government had formed an …

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An African Horn of plenty

By José Graziano da Silva ROME: After six months and the deaths of tens of thousands of people, the famine in Somalia — caused by the worst drought in 60 years — is over. But a wider crisis in Africa continues. In the Horn of Africa — Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, and Sudan – …

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Somalia, world powers meet to map out future

By Danny Kemp / AFP LONDON: World powers met in London Thursday for a major conference on the future of Somalia aimed at ending two decades of unrest and tackling Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents and pirates. British Prime Minister David Cameron opened the meeting of Somali leaders plus representatives from around 50 countries and organizations with an impassioned …

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Waging peace in Somalia

By Augustin P. Mahiga MOGADISHU: Later this week, an important high-level conference on Somalia in London, sponsored by the British government and attended by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, will present an unprecedented opportunity to take stock of — and reinvigorate — the international community’s engagement in Somalia. The meeting could not come at a better …

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Emerging donors chip away at aid industry’s status quo

By Alex Whiting / AlertNet MOGADISHU: Where most expat aid workers fear to tread in Mogadishu, recently arrived Turkish aid workers have been driving in the streets, swimming in the sea and praying in local mosques. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan visited Somalia in August, the first head of a non-African state to do so for …

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Mogadishu fighting kills at least 9 Somalis

MOGADISHU: Somali militants firing vehicle-mounted anti-aircraft guns clashed with African Union forces for a second night in Mogadishu, killing at least nine people including women and children, an ambulance official said on Sunday. African Union (AU) troops launched a new offensive against Al Shabaab on Friday, seizing rebel positions just outside the capital for the …

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UN hosts emergency meeting on Somalia famine

ROME: The World Bank promised to provide more than $500 million to help drought victims in East Africa as a UN agency hosted an emergency meeting Monday aimed at fighting famine in Somalia and nearby countries. The money would be spent on projects in Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti and Somalia, including the worst-stricken areas in that …

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