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Somali government offers amnesty to rival rebels

Somalia’s embattled government offered an open amnesty on Tuesday to Islamist Shebab fighters after the rebels made a surprise withdrawal from the famine-struck capital over the weekend. The Al-Qaeda affiliated insurgents have waged a bloody war since 2007 to topple the Western-backed transitional government, which they had hemmed in to…

Libyan rebels report town under siege

Residents of a small Libyan town, just 100 kilometres (60 miles) from Tripoli, who took up arms against Moamer Kadhafi’s regime were said to be under siege on Saturday. A representative from Al-Qusbat’s rebel military committee told AFP that the town was now surrounded by Kadhafi’s forces and fears are…