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May 4, 2012 | By Abdi Guled and Jason Straziuso, Associated Press
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Dozens of Somalian journalists met Thursday in somber silence to celebrate World Press Freedom Day, a meeting that came only hours after the killing of the fifth Somalian journalist this year. Two armed men shadowed radio journalist Farhan Abdulle after he left his station late Wednesday, then shot him dead. His death is the latest in a string of what appear to be targeted killings of reporters in Somalia, where journalists must watch their backs for attacks from militants and criminals and fight through judicial inaction and even outright hostility from the government.
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April 14, 2009 | By Fred C. Ikle
With the rescue of American Richard Phillips from the hands of pirates Sunday, there was a blip of good news from the Indian Ocean. But it remains a scandal that Somali pirates routinely defeat the world's naval powers. And worse than this ongoing demonstration of cowardice is the financing of terrorists that results from the huge ransom payments pirates are allowed to collect. It is naive to assume that the millions paid annually in ransom to pirates merely enables them to purchase villas and fancy automobiles.
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October 6, 2011 | By Abdi Guled and Malkhadir M. Muhumed, Associated Press
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Al-Qaeda-linked extremists threatened more terror attacks that will "increase day by day" after a suicide bomber killed 72 people. Mourners transported coffins atop cars Wednesday to funerals for those who perished in al-Shabab's deadliest bomb attack in Somalia. A truck loaded with drums of fuel exploded Tuesday at the gate of a building housing several government ministries in a busy street in the capital, where tens of thousands of famine victims have fled.
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August 19, 2012 | By Abdi Guled, Associated Press
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Somalian leaders are on the verge of naming a new parliament that is supposed to elect a president by Monday, but it's hard to find any ordinary Somalis excited by the political changes: They don't have the right to vote. Monday marks the end of eight years of rule by a U.N.-backed leadership structure known as the Transitional Federal Government. Somalian leaders this weekend are finalizing the names on a new 275-member parliament, whose members are supposed to vote in a new president.
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July 7, 2011 | By Donna Cassata, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The Senate Republican leader Wednesday accused the Obama administration of undermining U.S. national security by bringing a Somalian man facing terrorism charges to New York for trial. In a speech on the Senate floor, Sen. Mitch McConnell assailed the administration's decision, arguing that the Somalian citizen - Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame - belonged at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he could be tried by a military tribunal. "The administration has purposefully imported a terrorist into the U.S. and is providing him all the rights of U.S. citizens in court," McConnell said.
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July 20, 2011 | By Donna Cassata, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration lacks a coherent policy for handling terror suspects captured outside of Afghanistan, the Republican leaders of five House committees told President Obama on Tuesday. The lawmakers signed a letter questioning why the administration decided to try a suspected Somalian terrorist in a civilian court in New York rather than in a military commission setting at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The military captured Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame on April 19 and then put him on a Navy warship, where he was interrogated at sea by intelligence officials.
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October 5, 2011 | By Abdi Guled, Associated Press
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Al-Qaeda-linked extremists on Tuesday launched their deadliest single bombing in Somalia, killing at least 70 people and demonstrating how the group that blocked aid to famine victims can still mount devastating violence even after most of its fighters fled the capital in August. A truck loaded with drums of fuel exploded outside the Ministry of Education on one of central Mogadishu's busiest streets, where students and their parents were registering for scholarships offered by the Turkish government.
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October 1, 2012 | By Amy Forliti, Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS - A Minnesota man accused of helping to recruit and finance U.S. fighters for an overseas terror group heads to trial Monday in a case that's expected to show how some young Somalian expatriates in Minneapolis were persuaded to risk their lives for insurgents back home. Mahamud Said Omar, 46, faces five terror-related counts as part of an investigation into recruiting by al-Shabab, a U.S.-designated terror group linked to al-Qaeda at the center of much of the violence in Somalia.
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March 18, 2002 | By Andrew Maykuth INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Undeterred by a nonexistent government, charcoal producers are stripping Somalia of its trees in a frenzy to feed a ravenous export market. The exploitation is rapidly denuding Somalia, compounding the misery of this broken-down country with complications of soil erosion and desertification, where arable land turns to arid moonscape. Charcoal exports, prohibited before the collapse of President Mohamed Siad Barre's government in 1991 and even banned by some warlords during the civil war, have gone out of control in Somalia's unregulated economy.
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July 17, 2012 | By Jason Straziuso, Associated Press
NAIROBI, Kenya - A scathing report written for the U.N. Security Council says that systematic misappropriation, embezzlement, and outright theft of taxpayer funds have become a system of governance in Somalia. The nearly 200-page report lists numerous examples of money intended for Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) going missing, saying that for every $10 received, $7 never made it into state coffers. The report, written by the U.N. Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea and obtained Monday by the Associated Press, says government revenues aren't even clear: The Ministry of Finance reported revenues of $72 million in fiscal year 2011, while the accountant general reported revenues of $55 million.
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March 19, 2013
Israeli: Ready for compromise JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that Israel was ready for a "historic compromise" in talks with the Palestinians as he presented a new government that is a mix of centrists and hawkish supporters of Jewish settlement in the West Bank. Speaking in parliament before the 22 ministers were sworn in, Netanyahu said that, while the cabinet would work to carry out domestic reforms that were the focus of Israel's election, the government's top priority would be "protecting the security of the state and its citizens.
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October 1, 2012 | By Amy Forliti, Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS - A Minnesota man accused of helping to recruit and finance U.S. fighters for an overseas terror group heads to trial Monday in a case that's expected to show how some young Somalian expatriates in Minneapolis were persuaded to risk their lives for insurgents back home. Mahamud Said Omar, 46, faces five terror-related counts as part of an investigation into recruiting by al-Shabab, a U.S.-designated terror group linked to al-Qaeda at the center of much of the violence in Somalia.
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September 13, 2012 | By Abdi Guled, Associated Press
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Somalia's new president survived an assassination attempt on his second day in office when two suicide bombers blew themselves up Wednesday while trying to gain access into a heavily guarded hotel that is his temporary residence, officials and witnesses said. The attack highlights the challenge that insecurity caused by an Islamist insurgency poses to Somalia's fledgling government, which is expected to help transform the east African country from being a failed state to one with functioning government.
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August 19, 2012 | By Abdi Guled, Associated Press
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Somalian leaders are on the verge of naming a new parliament that is supposed to elect a president by Monday, but it's hard to find any ordinary Somalis excited by the political changes: They don't have the right to vote. Monday marks the end of eight years of rule by a U.N.-backed leadership structure known as the Transitional Federal Government. Somalian leaders this weekend are finalizing the names on a new 275-member parliament, whose members are supposed to vote in a new president.
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July 17, 2012 | By Jason Straziuso, Associated Press
NAIROBI, Kenya - A scathing report written for the U.N. Security Council says that systematic misappropriation, embezzlement, and outright theft of taxpayer funds have become a system of governance in Somalia. The nearly 200-page report lists numerous examples of money intended for Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) going missing, saying that for every $10 received, $7 never made it into state coffers. The report, written by the U.N. Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea and obtained Monday by the Associated Press, says government revenues aren't even clear: The Ministry of Finance reported revenues of $72 million in fiscal year 2011, while the accountant general reported revenues of $55 million.
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July 17, 2012 | Associated Press
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Sea piracy worldwide fell 54 percent in the first half of 2012, led by a dramatic drop in Somalian piracy, a maritime watchdog said Monday. The International Maritime Bureau attributed the sharp drop to "preemptive and disruptive counter piracy tactics" by international navies patrolling in seas off Somalia as well as increased vigilance by ships including hiring private armed personnel on board. The bureau said 177 attacks were reported worldwide from January to June, down from 266 in the period last year.
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July 12, 2012 | By Abdi Guled, Associated Press
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Defections from the al-Qaeda-linked extremist group al-Shabab are accelerating as Somalian and African Union troops take new territory around the capital, officials in Somalia say. Extremists who abandon al-Shabab risk retaliatory assassinations from fighters still loyal to the militia, but a government-run program in Mogadishu houses several hundred former fighters, many of them teenagers. It provides meals, housing, and courses on patriotism, religion, and antiviolence.
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May 26, 2012 | By Abdi Guled and Jason Straziuso, Associated Press
MOGADISHU, Somalia - African Union and Somalian troops seized a town on the outskirts of Mogadishu on Friday from Islamist militants after three days of fighting, marking the biggest victory over al-Shabab since the pro-government forces took control of the capital last August. A top U.N. official, meanwhile, announced that a presidential election in Somalia will be held Aug. 20 - with votes cast by lawmakers instead of ordinary citizens because of continued insecurity in the country.
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May 4, 2012 | By Abdi Guled and Jason Straziuso, Associated Press
MOGADISHU, Somalia - Dozens of Somalian journalists met Thursday in somber silence to celebrate World Press Freedom Day, a meeting that came only hours after the killing of the fifth Somalian journalist this year. Two armed men shadowed radio journalist Farhan Abdulle after he left his station late Wednesday, then shot him dead. His death is the latest in a string of what appear to be targeted killings of reporters in Somalia, where journalists must watch their backs for attacks from militants and criminals and fight through judicial inaction and even outright hostility from the government.
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March 24, 2012
Abdullahi Yusuf, 78, who rose from a guerrilla warrior to president of Somalia only to watch his administration crumble under a ferocious Islamic insurgency, died Friday in Dubai. Mr. Yusuf was president of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia from 2004-2008. The Somali government announced a three-day mourning period for Mr. Yusuf, government spokesman Abdirahman Omar Osman said. Osman said Mr. Yusuf died Friday morning at a hospital in Dubai. The family said the death was caused by complications from pneumonia.
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