World leaders are gathering in London to map out Somalia's future. After more than 20 years since the country's central government collapsed, war, terrorism, piracy and famine remain. The international community is trying to bolster Somalian efforts to rebuild the fragile nation. A set of ambitious goals were set in London, but it remains to be seen whether militant Islamist group Al-Shabaab will hamper efforts to forge a path to a more stable and secure Somalia.
World leaders from some 50 nations and organisations met in London Thursday, vowing to help Somalia tackle al Shabaab Islamist insurgents, pirates and grinding poverty. The country has had only a weak nominal government since 1991.
There's widespread sympathy for Greece in today's international papers - and fears the new bailout has at best put default off by a couple of months. We also look at reports the UK plans to attack al-Qaeda training camps in Somalia.
As diplomats gather in London to seek a solution to Somalia’s crisis, a Somali hip-hop group is daringly rapping their opposition to al Shabaab. Unlike the conference attendees, their message is in Somali for Somalis by Somalis.
The UN Somalia Food Security Nutrition Analysis Unit and the US famine warning network FEWS NET said in a statement Friday that famine conditions have ended in Somalia, but that humanitarian conditions are still dire.
US special forces rescued two foreign hostages from Somali pirates in a Tuesday raid. American Jessica Buchanan and Danish national Poul Thisted were working for a Danish demining group when they were kidnapped in October.
A suicide bomber from the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab movement rammed a minibus filled with explosives into a government building in Beledweyne, near the Ethiopian border. A Shabaab source said 33 Ethiopians were killed in the blast.
Somalia is hardly an attractive destination, but a former US soldier has just joined the ranks of foreigners trying to join the al Shabaab Islamist group. Why is Somalia gathering so many of the world’s wannabe jihadists?
The International Committee of the Red Cross said it had suspended food aid to 1.1 million people in southern and central Somalia on Thursday after local militia blocked deliveries in certain parts of the famine-hit country.