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U.S. set to name first ambassador to Somalia in two decades

Wendy Sherman: "...decision a reflection both of our deepening relationship with the country and of our faith that better times are ahead."

President Barack Obama plans to nominate the first U.S. ambassador to Somalia in more than two decades, a top State Department official says. Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman called the decision “a reflection both of our deepening relationship with the country and of our faith that better times are ahead.” Sherman said the United States has no plans in the immediate future to open an embassy in Mogadishu, the Somali capital wracked by violence from al Qaeda-linked extremist group Al-Shabaab. Last month, the group launched a deadly attack on the nation’s parliament. The new ambassador would work out of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, with another dozen or so … Continue reading

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Mohamed Osman Mohamud guilty in Christmas tree bomb plot

A Somali-American man has been found guilty of trying to bomb a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in the state of Oregon. Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 21, was given a fake bomb by undercover agents posing as Islamist militants, lawyers said. Mohamud was arrested after he tried to use his phone to detonate the fake car bomb near a crowded square in Portland. He will be sentenced on 14 May and may face a life sentence for attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. The Central Square in Portland was crowded with thousands of people attending the ceremony in December 2010 but the public was never in danger, authorities have said. … Continue reading

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World must not let up pressure on Somali pirates – NATO

Pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia have dropped sharply this year but piracy remains a viable “business model” and could bounce back if international naval forces in the region are cut back, the outgoing commander of the NATO mission said on Monday. Hijackings of ships in a vast area of the Indian Ocean off Somalia have dropped to seven in the first 11 months of this year compared to 24 in the whole of 2011, although Dutch Commodore Ben Bekkering said 136 hostages were still being held. Pirates operating from the Somali coast have raked in hundreds of millions of dollars in ransoms from hijacking ships, leading NATO, the … Continue reading

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