Eighteen months ago, central Mogadishu was like an African Stalingrad. The heat may have been equatorial but everything else seemed strangely familiar: a dirty cat-and-mouse war, often fought hand to hand among the spectacularly bombed-out ruins of a once-thriving city centre.
PARIS/MOGADISHU (Reuters) - France sent commandos into Somalia to rescue a secret agent who had been held by insurgents since 2009, but said on Saturday it believed he had been killed by his captors along with a French soldier during the raid.
British taxpayers could be used to fund a group of Ethiopian paramilitaries who stand accused of murder, rape and torture. The Department for International Development will dole out up to £15 million in foreign aid to train security forces in Ogaden, a Somali region within Ethiopia.
Miraa farmers, traders and consumers have expressed anger with Kenyan authorities for failing to lobby the Dutch government to reverse a decision to ban it despite a one year window before the effective date. The ban was effected as scheduled on January 5.
Turkish doctors who provide voluntary healthcare service in Somalia will start training medical specialists at the only training and research hospital in capital Mogadishu built by Turkish charity donations.