Somalia urged to unite behind stable government

Somalia urged to unite behind stable government London conference seeking solution to 20-year conflict calls for dissolution of weak transitional regime in Mogadishu World leaders have pledged more help to combat terrorism and piracy in Somalia, but demanded that its politicians form a stable government and backed this up with a threat of sanctions against anyone deemed to be stalling … Read More

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In "failed state" Somalia, instability is lucrative for some

In "failed state" Somalia, instability is lucrative for some MOGADISHU/NAIROBI (Reuters) – Life got easier for trader Siad Hussein when Somali Islamist militants pulled out the capital. He no longer pays a Jihad tax nor does he have to watch mortars kill his customers. Related Stories Romania ruling party up in polls after government change Vandals scrawl graffiti on Jerusalem … Read More

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A Murder of Crows

For all their jingoism and arrogance, I felt humbled by their intrepidness. We call ourselves travellers today, but catching a flight over to the other side of the world for a quick jaunt up to Machu Picchu, or a guided tour round a wildlife park, doesn’t compare to the terrifying adventure into the unknown these individuals must have endured for the sake of commerce.

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