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Placing these tragic events in a wider context, suggests a need to reassess the 'war on terror' in the horn of Africa.
The blame for Somalia's devastating famine should not be levelled at the weather, but at geopolitics and armed militia.
A leading member of the US-backed Somali commanders alliance has defected to the Islamic courts, dealing a blow to the weakened coalition that was routed from the capital Mogadishu.
At least 12 people have been reported killed as Islamist fighters seized a town north of Mogadishu in clashes with a secular alliance.
A fourth day of fighting between rival militias in Mogadishu saw the toll rise to at least 94, after armed men broke a brief ceasefire to the worst street combat in the Somali capital in years.

Warring Somali factions have clinched a ceasefire agreement to end days of fighting in Mogadishu that has killed at least 33 people, mostly civilians, and left hundreds others wounded, elders said.

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Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Muslims and Arabs in the US say they face discrimination in many areas of life, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks.
At one UN site alone, approximately four children below the age of five are dying each day.
 
 
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