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A new, dangerous job in Mogadishu: tax collector

The Somali traders in Mogadishu's markets have long faced down Islamist rebels and warlords demanding money. Now they say there is a new predator: the government tax man. Full story

Bomber hits peacekeepers in Somalia, 8 civilians dead

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A suicide bomber rammed a vehicle packed with explosives into an African peacekeeping convoy in the Somali capital on Friday, officials said, killing eight civilians but no soldiers in the latest attack to expose the fragility of recent security gains. Full story

Somalia's media revival braves old dangers

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Experience has taught Somali journalist Mohamed Hassan how to spot a suicide bomber, which neighborhoods to avoid and how to cope with the loss of colleagues - his own brother was killed. Full story

Five police wounded in Somali bombing by Islamists

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Five policemen were wounded when their vehicle was blown up in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Tuesday, a police officer said, in an attack claimed by the Islamist militant group al Shabaab. Full story

US slowly steps up diplomacy in Somalia

Twenty years after the U.S. military's "Black Hawk Down" disaster, the Obama administration is slowly stepping up relations with Somalia even though security requires American officials to be sheltered behind blast walls and unable to see nearly any of the chaotic country. Full story

Somalia clan leader tightens grip on strategic port city

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A clan leader opposed by Somalia's federal government has strengthened his grip on Kismayu after three days of fighting against rival militias battling for control of the strategic southern port city, residents said on Sunday. Full story

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