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Somalia-Somaliland Talks Begin Outside London

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 7:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Representatives from the Somali Transitional Government and the breakaway region of Somaliland began two days of talks outside London Wednesday on a wide range of issues, including the future of the self-declared republic. Ten officials — five from each side — are taking part in the closed-door discussions organized by Britain and the European Union. […]

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Survey Offers Rare Glimpse of Somalis’ Political Views

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 3:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A new VOA survey offers a rare look at the political views of people in war-torn Somalia. More than 3,000 people throughout Somalia responded to an unprecedented survey about the country’s proposed constitution. More than three-quarters of the respondents supported the draft constitution. The vast majority backed a provision calling for Islamic law, or Sharia. […]

Survey Offers Rare Glimpse of Somalis’ Political Views

Posted June 20th, 2012 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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A new VOA survey offers a rare look at the political views of people in war-torn Somalia. More than 3,000 people throughout Somalia responded to an unprecedented survey about the country’s proposed constitution. More than three-quarters of the respondents supported the draft constitution. The vast majority backed a provision calling for Islamic law, or Sharia. […]

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Casualties Reported After Suicide Bombing of Somali Military Base

Posted June 16th, 2012 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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Casualties are reported after a suicide bomber in Somalia attacked a military base housing African Union soldiers and Somali security forces. Somali officials say a car laden with explosives blew up Saturday outside the military base in the town of Afgoye, about 30 kilometers west of the capital, Mogadishu. Officials are investigating further details of […]

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Kenya Seeks US Aid to Seize Somali Port From Al-Shabab

Posted June 12th, 2012 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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Kenya has asked the United States to help fund a military operation to seize a key Somali port from al-Shabab militants. Prime Minister Raila Odinga told reporters in Nairobi on Tuesday that Kenya’s military hopes to capture the town of Kismayo by August. “Our aim is to get to Kismayo by August because Kismayo is […]

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Kenya Seeks US Aid to Seize Somali Port From Al-Shabab

Posted June 12th, 2012 at 8:50 am (UTC-5)
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Kenya has asked the United States to help fund a military operation to seize a key Somali port from al-Shabab militants. Prime Minister Raila Odinga told reporters in Nairobi on Tuesday that Kenya’s military hopes to capture the town of Kismayo by August. “Our aim is to get to Kismayo by August because Kismayo is […]

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US Threatens Peace Plan Opponents in Somalia with Sanctions

Posted June 10th, 2012 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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A senior U.S. State Department official is threatening sanctions against any Somalis who work against the peace process in Somalia. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Johnnie Carson, said after a day-long visit to Somalia Sunday that the United States will take action against those he calls “spoilers” who impede efforts to draw up […]

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High-Level US Envoy Visits Somalia

Posted June 10th, 2012 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The Somali government says the top U.S. envoy to Africa has met with leaders in Mogadishu, marking the highest-profile visit by a U.S. official since the early 1990s. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson met on Sunday with President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali. President Ahmed said […]

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High-Level US Envoy Visits Somalia

Posted June 10th, 2012 at 8:15 am (UTC-5)
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The Somali government says the top U.S. envoy to Africa has met with leaders in Mogadishu, marking the highest-profile visit by a U.S. official since the early 1990s. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson met on Sunday with President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali. The one-day visit […]

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UN Chief Urges International Support for Somalia

Posted June 1st, 2012 at 7:50 am (UTC-5)
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United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon is urging the international community to strengthen security in Somalia as the country tries to move beyond its transitional government. Mr. Ban spoke Friday at a conference on Somalia held in Istanbul, focusing on helping the east African country establish a stable government and elect a new president by August […]

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