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Somalia Focus

Former freelance journalist Amanda Lindhout, who endured beatings, starvation and sexual assaults by Islamic rebels after being kidnapped in 2008, will appear live on TODAY Friday after giving her first extensive interview about her horrific ordeal. In her new book, “A House in the Sky,’’ Lindhout shares deeply personal details from the 15 and a half months she spent...

Somalia continues to make progress in its recovery from the 2011 famine, but some 870,000 people – most of them internally displaced persons (IDPs) – are predicted to require food assistance up to December 2013, according to new data from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) for Somalia. Many parts...

Government troops who are still under training match to Villa Somalia protesting that the federal government has neglected them at all. The young unarmed soldiers who wore military dresses were spotted in large numbers walking along the airport road. Shabelle reporters questioned several young soldiers who informed them that the government has only paid them once for 9...

Six years after Somalia was declared free of polio, the disease is back. Just this week doctors have treated 20 new cases, raising the total number of victims to 80. Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Adow reports from Mogadishu. ...

Abukar Abdulle Mohamed is a busy man. His three phones keep beeping away as he negotiates and shakes hands with a group of mainly middle-aged men. Fifty-four-year-old Mohamed is a livestock trader with more than thirty years experience and has just sold his tenth goat of the day at Hawl Wadaag livestock market in Mogadishu. But he isn’t holding wads of cash in his hands...

British newspaper readers were greeted by a simple but bold apology as they flipped through the morning headlines. In a letter placed by News International and donning the signature – and tone – of News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch, News of the World apologized for its wrongdoing and pledged to go forward with a new (albeit unmentioned) mission. The apology came in the...

In November 2009, an anonymous solitary entrepreneur hacked together a service that randomly paired up strangers in video chats. The phenomenon, known as Chatroulette, was bizarre, often sexually explicit, and always fascinating. Within a matter of months, Chatroulette had tens of thousands of daily users and was a media sensation in the U.S. What no one knew was that...

 Calvin Klein doesn’t want you to buy counterfeit goods. Nor do Tommy Hilfiger, Diane von Furstenberg and Donna Karan, for that matter. Those are just a few of the fashion industry luminaries who partnered with eBay (EBAY) to send a message to consumers to “just say no” to counterfeit merchandise via the “You Can’t Fake Fashion” campaign. The...