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A conference that was to discuss the repatriation of Somalia refugees has been deferred to a later date. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the decision was made to give the Somalia government time to consult and build consensus on the exercise. The government had organised the conference to seek modalities on the safe return of hundreds of thousands of refugees from...

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...

“I am appalled by this act of savagery and condemn it in the strongest terms. I offer my sincere condolences to the families and friends of those killed and wish a speedy recovery to the injured” said SRSG Kay. “Such cruel and cowardly acts of terrorism serve to remind us that the people of Somalia desperately need peace. Terrorism is a threat to Somalis, the...

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...