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    1. By Katy Migiro NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Somalia has made "remarkable" progress in the last two years and has reached a "tipping point" where it can secure peace, the chief United Nations official in Somalia said on Thursday. Philippe Lazzarini spoke to reporters in Nairobi as he stepped down after 2-1/2 years as U.N. Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, which has been...

    2. Somalia's football revival lures foreign players

      Al Jazeera via Yahoo Maktoob NewsJul 01 06:28 AM

      Chasing dreams in an unlikely place, foreign footballers play in Somalia as country rebuilds from decades of conflict.

    3. Philippe Lazzarini, outgoing United Nations humanitarian chief for Somalia, said the country is on the right development trajectory following years of chaos but worries donor fatigue and insecurity continue to threaten its fragile progress. For the past two years as humanitarian coordinator for Somalia, Lazzarini helped guide aid efforts to the country as it recovered from famine, and solidified...

    4. Somalia's Shebab insurgents killed at least six people Wednesday in a suicide attack on a diplomatic convoy from the United Arab Emirates in the Somali capital Mogadishu, police and the Islamists said. "We have confirmed the death of six people, four of them civilians, while six others were also wounded, some seriously," police officer Abdukadir Hassan told AFP. The Shebab said they carried out...

    5. Extremists storm AU base in Somalia, leaving many dead

      Associated Press via Yahoo! NewsJun 26 01:03 PM

      MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Islamic militants from the Al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab group attacked a remote African Union base in Somalia on Friday, causing many casualties, the AU mission and a local official said.

    6. [Al Jazeera] Mogadishu -Mustapha Izekor left his home in Nigeria's Kano State to pursue his childhood dream of playing football in a professional league. This dream of playing in a big stadium in front of thousands of cheering fans brought him to the opposite side of the continent to Somalia, at the Horn of Africa.

    7. Ed Adamczyk MOGADISHU, Somalia, June 26 (UPI) -- At least 30 people were killed Friday in a morning attack, blamed on the militant Islamist group al-Shabab, on an African Union military base in Somalia.

    8. Somalia soldier, 4 militants killed in training site attack

      Associated Press via Yahoo! NewsJun 21 01:57 AM

      MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A Somali soldier and four militants were killed Sunday as an al-Qaida-linked extremist group tried to attack a training compound used for intelligence officials in Mogadishu, a police officer said.

    9. Africa Energy Withdraws From Puntland, Somalia Blocks

      Marketwired via Yahoo! FinanceJun 29 01:30 PM

      Africa Energy Corp. reports that it has provided notice to the Puntland State of Somalia advising of its intention to withdraw from the January 2007 productions sharing agreements in respect of the Nugaal ...

    10. [Shabelle] Kenya and Somalia are seeking an out-of-court settlement over the long-running border dispute linked to lucrative oil and gas reserves in the Indian Ocean.

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