Somali talks open with appeal for aid drive

Somalia needs a global reconstruction effort to back up ongoing stabilisation efforts and stop the Horn of Africa's 20-year descent into chaos, leaders have said at the start of a meeting in Turkey.

Somali pirates free Italian tanker ship

An Italian chemical tanker ship captured by Somali pirates off the coast of Oman in December with 18 crew members has been released, the foreign ministry in Rome says.

Somalia PM says Shabaab fleeing north

Somalia's prime minister says al-Shabaab leaders and fighters are fleeing north to the Galgala area.

Somali woman blows herself up, kills 2

A young woman strapped with explosives has blown herself up at a ceremony in the Somali national theatre attended by the country’s prime minister and other officials, killing at least two people.
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Somali problems affect us all – Cameron

World powers have met in London for a major conference on the future of Somalia aimed at ending two decades of unrest and tackling al-Qaeda-linked militants and pirates.

PM: Somalia would welcome air strikes

Somali PM Abdiweli Mohamed Ali says he would welcome European air strikes against al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab insurgents in Somalia, as long as they don’t hurt civilians.
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Somali PM wants 'Marshall Plan'

Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali is hoping an upcoming conference in London on the war-torn country will produce a "Marshall Plan" to end two decades of chaos.
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Italy asks Somali PM's help in freeing ship

Italian PM Mario Monti has asked his Somali counterpart Abdiweli Mohamed Ali for help in freeing an Italian ship hijacked by pirates in December with 18 crew members on board.
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UN chief appeals for calm in Somalia

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has urged Somalia's insurgents to end violence during a surprise visit to war-torn Mogadishu.
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