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Nations declare support to Somalia

ISTANBUL - (AP) Dozens of nations pledged Saturday to help Somalia build a strong police and military, achieve peace and stability and eradicate piracy that has plagued international maritime trade. The countries, meeting at a U.N.-sponsored conference for Somalia, said that strengthening law enforcement...

The Arab Spring: Revolution and Shifting Geopolitics - Somalia: Where a State Isn't a State

By: J. Peter Pham J. Peter Pham is director of the Michael S. Ansari Africa Center at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC. A prolific scholar of African politics and security, Dr. Pham is also editor-in-chief of the refereed Journal of the Middle East and Africa, published by the Association for...

Rights group: Children pressed to fight in Somalia

MOGADISHU Somalia (AP) - An international rights group says Somalia's militants and government forces are recruiting children to fight and in some cases to serve as "cannon fodder" for adult fighters. Human Rights Watch said in a Tuesday report that Full version (available to lexis...

US judge: Somali colonel responsible for torture

COLUMBUS Ohio (AP) - A former military colonel with a Somali security force dubbed the "Gestapo of Somalia" by its critics was responsible for the torture of a human rights advocate in the 1980s, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in a decision that opens the door for a hearing on Full version...