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Somalia’s first cash machine opens in Mogadishu

Somalia's first-ever cash withdrawal machine has been installed in the capital, Mogadishu. Some people are confused about how the machine works because they have never used one before, reports the
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Somalia’s ‘Mr Cheese’ president has a lot on his plate

Somalia has a new, apparently popular president. His main challenges include making federalism work, reducing corruption and improving security. Somalia's complicated electoral process is finally c
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Somalia’s Premier Bank to bring ATMs, debit cards to Mogadishu

DUBAI, April 22 (Reuters) - Somalia’s Premier Bank has struck a deal with Mastercard and will issue debit cards and install ATM machines in the capital of the war-ravaged country, the Islamic lender
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Why does al-Shabab target hotels?

On 1 November, al-Shabab militants attacked a hotel in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, killing 15 people. It was the latest in a series of attacks on hotels by the Islamist group. The BBC's Mary Harper
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The shadowy centre helping former al-Shabab members quit

In a small, heavily guarded compound on the bullet-riddled outskirts of Baidoa, a secretive team is working to undermine Somalia's Islamist militant group, al-Shabab, from the inside. "We can't jus
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Mogadishu’s Lido beach: Sun, surf and… grenades?

Abdullah Mohammed Hassan climbed down from his perch, and strolled purposefully into the sea to rescue yet another bather who appeared to be struggling against big waves and a rocky, barbed-wire-infes
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New questions for African force in Somalia

The African Union force in Somalia is facing new questions following last month's attack on a Kenyan military base, which al-Shabab says killed more than 100 soldiers. Kenya's military has not yet sai
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Somalia hopes for better future despite attacks

The cool new rooftop pizza joint was buzzing with the hip kids snapping selfies and watching the sun set over Mogadishu when the deep crunch of an explosion made everyone jump. A thick and acrid plume
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Somalia’s rocky road to democracy

Somalis were promised that 2016 would see the country's first democratic poll in nearly 50 years, but the reality is much more complicated. In the heady days of 2012, when two decades of political
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