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UN-sponsored reconciliation talks to open in Somalia

MOGADISHU — Somali leaders began gathering Sunday for a three-day national reconciliation conference under UN auspices amid high security in war-shattered Mogadishu. African Union peacekeepers deployed around the parliament talks venue in the capital only recently vacated by Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents seeking to overthrow the fragile UN-backed Transitional Federal Government (TFG).…

Somali rebels claim responsibility for Uganda cafe bombings

Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-inspired Shebab rebels claimed responsibility Monday for bombings in Kampala that killed 74 people as they watched the World Cup final, in the region’s worst attacks in 12 years. The twin attacks in the Ugandan capital dampened Africa’s post World Cup euphoria, drew a barrage of global condemnation and marked an unprecedented…