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TWO BLASTS ROCK POPULAR BEACH IN SOMALI CAPITAL-POLICE

Twin explosions at Somali capital beach cafe, casualties feared: police nur-pjm/mfp

EXCLUSIVE- Somali president offers amnesty to pirates bb/pjm/jz

At least 11 dead in clashes in southern Somalia: witnesses nur-bb/gd/jmm

URGENT ¥¥¥ One killed in car-bomb in Somali capital restaurant

At least one person was killed Saturday by a car bomb in the latest of a string of attacks in Somalia's war-ravaged capital, set off outside a popular beachside restaurant, police said. "We have reports that one person was killed and another was injured in the blast," said police officer Hussein Ali, who was nearby when the car exploded. nur-pjm/yad

One killed by car bomb in Somali capital beach restaurant: police nur-pjm/yad

US Christmas tree bomb plot suspect found guilty

A Somali-US man was found guilty Thursday of plotting to blow up a crowded US Christmas tree ceremony attended by thousands, despite his claims that he was trapped by an FBI sting operation. A jury returned its verdict on Mohamed Mohamud, 21, after deliberating for less than a day following the nearly three-week long trial over the attempted 2010 attack in the northwestern US state of Oregon.

US Christmas bomb plot suspect found guilty: reports

A Somali-American was found guilty Thursday over an alleged plot to blow up a Christmas tree ceremony in the US state of Oregon in 2010, reports said. The jury returned its verdict on Mohamed Mohamud less than a day after retiring to deliberate after his trial over the attempted attack on November 26, 2010, the Oregonian newspaper and KATU television reported. The 21-year-old, whose lawyers claimed he was tricked into the attempted bombing by undercover FBI agents, faces up to life in prison for plotting to use a weapon of mass destruction. str-mt/adm

Suicide bomber strikes near Somali presidential palace -guard

MOGADISHU, Jan 29 (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew himself up near the Somali presidential palace on Tuesday, killing at least one soldier and wounding two, a palace guard at the scene said. "The bomber killed one soldier and injured two others," the guard told Reuters. "The man blew up himself near a wall between the Ethiopian embassy and the Somali PM's residence."

U.S. to formally recognize Somali government Thursday-official

WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - The United States will on Thursday officially recognize the Somali government in Mogadishu, ending a hiatus of more than 20 years and opening the door to increased U.S. and international economic help for the violence-plagued African nation, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday.
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