Somalia: Mogadishu's artistic rebirth

“Before the law, all people are equal,” says this billboard art going up near the airportWith hope and transformation in the air as Somalia experiences its first sustained period of peace for two decades, a group of veteran Somalian artists have taken up their brushes again to send out a message for a better future that can be seen large and clear all around the city.

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s and Militant tendencies

Photo/ReutersDiplomats and mediators working along the band of conflict from Nouakchott to Mogadishu face an intense few months of diplomacy. Regional organisations are trying to tackle what they call a transmission belt of jihadism and secessionism across the Sahel.

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Somalia: Life without al-Shabab in Mogadishu

Somali team are expected to travel to Uganda to play in a tournament/Photo/ReutersRescued from the hands of Islamist militants, Al-Shabab, Somalia's capital city of Mogadishu has become a vista of life, excitement and civility as the country's blue flag replaces the black banner of the militants.

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On the African Union offensive

altFrom the battle lines in Somalia where troops from five East African countries are pushing back the Al-Shabaab, but with little prospect of a political settlement.

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Burundian soldier killed as AMISOM defuses Al Shabab bomb

Map of SomaliaAn African Union peacekeeper from Burundi was killed on Monday afternoon as AMISOM forces defused a bomb believed to have been planted by militant group, Al Shabab, northwest of Mogadishu, Somalia.

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Ethiopia arrests suspected al-Qaeda militants

Map of EthiopiaEthiopian police on Monday said they had arrested eight suspected al-Qaeda members who were planning terrorist attacks.

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Somalia police getting ready for post war service

Earlier this month, AMISOM forces pushed Al-Shabaab out and secured a large portion of Mogadishu/Photo/ReutersIn Somalia 97 junior police officers are undergoing a refresher training programme in Mogadishu in an effort to buttress law and order after peace is secured in the country.

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Markets continue to Reopen in Mogadishu

Markets continue to Reopen in Mogadishu

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Somalia / Police raid union office, briefly arrest journalist union leader

Somalia / Police raid union office, briefly arrest journalist union leader

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Somalia: Looking for a foothold

An injured man is carried from the scene of the suicide bombing on 4 October/OMAR FARUK/REUTERSAfrican Union forces argue that they could soon control all of Mogadishu, but Islamic militants Al Shabaab may just be regrouping 

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Somali president in Ethiopia to discuss crisis

Somalian President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed is in Ethiopia to discuss the famine in his country, which has forced thousands of people to seek refuge in neighbouring countries.

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AMISOM frees 41 Al Shabaab civilian detainees

The African Union mission in Somalia (AMISOM) on Thursday said its peacekeeping forces together with those of Somalia undertook a military operation against Al Shabab in Mogadishu, which resulted in the release of 41 civilian detainees held by the Islamist group.

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WFP ponders a return to Somalia

The World Food Programme (WFP) on Wednesday said it is considering resuming humanitarian operations in Somalia a year after it was forced out of the war torn country.

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Somali refugees fleeing femine flood Ethiopia

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR) on Thursday said it has opened a new camp inside Ethiopia to accommodate thousands of refugees fleeing drought and infighting in Somalia.

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Country Profile: SOMALIA

Flag SomaliaFragile government faces deadline
Instability in the Horn of Africa will continue as neither the AU-backed transitional government nor the Islamist Al Shabaab rebels have the support and resources to win a decisive military victory.

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