More die in Mogadishu fighting

At least 12 are killed in shelling near presidential palace in Somali capital.

    Up to 35 people have been killed in last
    two days of fighting in Mogadishu [AFP]

    "The hospital is over crowded with injured people," he said.

    Somali forces and the anti-government fighters, who intend to install an Islamic state in Somalia, blamed each other for sparking the violence.

    AU troops

    More than 4,000 African Union peacekeepers are in Somalia, but they often come under attack and are ultimately confined to protecting key government institutions.

    A surge of violence that erupted in Mogadishu in May has killed about 200 people and forced tens of thousands to flee the capital.

    Somalia has been without an effective government since 1991 when the overthrow of the government at the time plunged the country into chaos.

    A UN-backed government is currently in place in Mogadishu, but it is struggling to restore order with anti-government fighters controlling large patches of the country.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and Agencies


    Gender violence in India: 'Daughters are not a burden'

    Gender violence in India: 'Daughters are not a burden'

    With female foeticide still widespread, one woman tells her story of being mutilated for giving birth to her daughters.

    The Muslims of South Korea

    The Muslims of South Korea

    The number of Muslims in South Korea is estimated to be around 100,000, including foreigners.

    Aamir Khan: The Snake Charmer

    Aamir Khan: The Snake Charmer

    Can Aamir Khan create lasting change in Indian society or is he just another Bollywood star playing the role of a hero?