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Somali News Update -Thursday - December 13, 2012

NAIROBI, Kenya,Dec 13 – Bustling with business, the Kenyan capital’s Eastleigh district is dubbed “little Mogadishu” after the anarchic capital of Somalia, where so many here fled from for a new, more peaceful life. But the largely ethnic Somali and vibrant economic hub faces tough times after a string of attacks blamed on Islamist militants, with the community battered by a harsh police crackdown to root out a hard core of insurgents.

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Somali News Update -Wednesday - December 12, 2012

German police have freed two men who were taken into custody over a suspected attempt to set off a bomb at the main train station in Bonn. Authorities are still looking for a third man.

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Somali News Update -Tuesday - December 11, 2012

The East African nation of Somalia is the definition of a failed state. It has been without a central government since 1991, when the country's dictator Mohamed Siad Barre was overthrown. What followed were two decades of civil war, anarchy, failed Western intervention, Islamic fundamentalism and famine. Somali-born IDEAS contributor Hassan Ghedi Santur returns to his home-land to explore, "Things We Lost in the War." Part 2 airs Tuesday, December 11.

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Somali News Update -Monday - December 10, 2012

More than 300 suspects, most of whom are Somalis, are expected to be taken to court later today after they were arrested in a massive operation launched after the attack that left 5 killed and the area MP Yusuf Hassan hospitalized with fractured legs among 38 others with serious injuries.

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Somali News Update -Sunday - December 9, 2012

Nairobi: African Union troops and Somali forces seized the formerly Islamist-held town of Jowhar on Sunday, wresting control of one of the largest remaining towns held by the Al Qaida linked Al Shabab, officials said.

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