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Gunmen Kill Somali Journalist in Mogadishu

Posted January 18th, 2013 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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Gunmen have shot and killed a Somali journalist working for an independent media outlet in the capital, Mogadishu. The Shabelle Media Network says broadcast journalist Abdihared Osman Adan was shot several times as he was leaving for work early Friday. He is the first journalist to be killed in 2013 in Somalia, Africa’s deadliest country […]

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U.S. Set to Recognize Somali Government

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States is set to officially recognize the government in Somalia, opening formal diplomatic relations for the first time since 1993. Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are set to exchange diplomatic notes Thursday to confirm the new relationship. In an interview Thursday with VOA’s Somali Service, President […]

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US to Recognize Somalia’s New Government

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A senior U.S. diplomat says the United States is officially recognizing the government in Somalia, opening formal diplomatic relations for the first time since militants shot down two U.S. military helicopters in Mogadishu in 1993. Assistant Secretary of State Johnnie Carson says visiting Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will […]

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New Somali President Visits US

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud is on a trip to the United States, seeking support as his country tries to bounce back from 20 years of conflict. The trip marks the president’s first U.S. tour since he was elected in September. Mr. Mohamud is expected to seek American assistance on security, humanitarian, and development matters. […]

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Somali Rebels Declare ‘Death Sentence’ for French Hostage

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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Somalia’s Islamist rebel group al-Shabab says it has decided to kill a French hostage, days after France carried out an unsuccessful rescue operation and presumed the man dead. In a statement Wednesday, the militants said they reached a unanimous decision to execute Denis Allex. He has been held since being kidnapped from a Mogadishu hotel […]

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French Hostage Killed in Rescue Attempt in Somalia

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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French officials say a military agent held hostage in Somalia since 2009 is believed to have been killed during an overnight raid by French troops trying to rescue him. The French Defense Ministry said Saturday Denis Allex was apparently killed during a rescue attempt, along with a French soldier. Another soldier is missing. The Ministry […]

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French Hostage Killed in Rescue Attempt in Somalia

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 6:15 am (UTC-5)
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French officials say a military agent held hostage in Somalia since 2009 is believed to have been killed during an overnight raid by French troops trying to rescue him. The French Defense Ministry said Saturday Denis Allex was apparently killed during a rescue attempt, along a French soldiers. Another soldier is missing. The Ministry says […]

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French Hostage Killed in Rescue Attempt in Somalia

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 5:40 am (UTC-5)
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French officials say a military agent held hostage in Somalia since 2009 has been killed during an overnight raid by French troops trying to rescue him. The French Defense Ministry said Saturday Denis Allex was killed by his captors along with two French soldiers who died in the rescue attempt. The Ministry says 17 Somalian […]

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Somali Islamists Say French Fail in Hostage Rescue Attempt

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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Reports from southern Somalia say French commandos have attempted to rescue a French security advisor who had been kidnapped in Mogadishu in 2009. Residents in the town of Boulmarer say they heard gunfire and explosions shortly after spotting helicopters in the air. They also report seeing a number of casualties after the clash, although the […]

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AU, Somali Troops Capture Rebel Stronghold

Posted December 9th, 2012 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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African Union forces and Somali government troops have captured the town of Jowhar from al-Shabab militants. Witnesses say troops entered the town Sunday morning and briefly fought with militants before gaining control. Several al-Shabab members have confirmed that their forces have pulled out of Jowhar. The town is about 90 kilometers north of the capital, […]

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