URGENT ¥¥¥ UN eases oldest arms embargo to help Somali government

The UN Security Council on Wednesday eased the arms embargo on Somalia, agreeing on a one year lifting of the oldest international weapons blockade to help the new government.

The 15-member council unanimously passed a resolution allowing light arms to be sold to the Somali armed forces, seeking to rebuild and spread the government's authority in territory held by Islamist militants.