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Somalia

Somalia, officially the Republic of Somalia, and formerly known as the Somali Democratic Republic under communist rule, is a country located in the Horn of Africa. It is bordered by Djibouti to the northwest, Kenya to the southwest, the Gulf of Aden with Yemen to the north, the Indian Ocean to the east, and Ethiopia to the west.

In antiquity, Somalia was an important center for commerce with the rest of the ancient world. Its sailors and merchants were the main suppliers of frankincense, myrrh and spices, items which were considered valuable luxuries by the Ancient Egyptians, Phoenicians, Mycenaeans and Babylonians with whom the Somali people traded.  Read More

Headlines Around the Web

French Connection falls on profit warning

May 18, 2012 - Financial Times

War-torn Somalia stages TEDx conference

May 18, 2012 - France24

Somalia's capital enjoys building boom

May 06, 2012 - France24

Small-caps: Red Emperor soars on oil find

Mar 08, 2012 - Financial Times

Somalia: Piracy Driving Economic Boom

Jan 23, 2012 - AllAfrica News

Somalia: Pirates Attack Spanish Warship

Jan 13, 2012 - AllAfrica News

Kenya: Local Firm to Map Out Somalia Crisis

Jan 10, 2012 - AllAfrica News

Articles About Somalia

World Cup 2014: Al Shabaab Claims Responsibility for Death of 49 Singles Watching Soccer Games in Kenyan Hotel

By IBTimes AU

The Al Shabaab, a Sunni Islamist militia based in Somalia and believed to have links with al-Qaeda, has claimed responsibility for attacks on Sunday that killed 49 single men and women watching the World Cup matches in a Kenyan hotel. (Jun 17)

MORE TOPICS: AL-QAEDA, GERMANY, ORACLE, UGANDA

Migrants are seen aboard of the Italian frigate "Grecale" as it arrives at the Catania harbour in the Italian island of Sicily May 13, 2014. Italian naval and coast guard vessels recovered 14 bodies and rescued around 200 people after a migrant
Libya Migrant Shipwreck: Death Toll Near Italy Reaches 17, 200 Rescued

By IBTimes AU

A migrant ship carrying at least 400 people sank 100 nautical miles south of the island of Lampedusa, in Southern Italy. At least 17 people died while 200 have been rescued, according to the Italian Navy. (May 14)

MORE TOPICS: EUROPEAN UNION, COAST GUARD, LIBYA

State of the World's Mothers 2014: Australia in Top 10 Best Countries for Mothers, New Zealand in 16th Place

By IBTimes AU

New Zealand has climbed one place higher in the annual State of the World's Mothers report by London-based aid agency, Save the Children. Out of 178 countries, New Zealand was ranked 16th from 15th place in 2013. (May 07)

MORE TOPICS: AUSTRALIA, LONDON, GERMANY, ICELAND

Three Killed in Bus Blasts on Second Day of Violence in Kenya
Three Killed in Bus Blasts on Second Day of Violence in Kenya

By Reuters

At least three people were killed when two buses driving on a busy highway in the Kenyan capital Nairobi were struck by explosive devices on Sunday, the day after attacks in Mombasa. (May 05)

MORE TOPICS: AL-QAEDA, TWITTER, KENYA

UN Set to Lift Ivory Coast Diamond Ban, Tweak Arms Embargo
UN Set to Lift Ivory Coast Diamond Ban, Tweak Arms Embargo

By Reuters

The U.N. Security Council is set to partially ease a decade-long arms embargo on Ivory Coast and lift a ban on diamond exports, diplomats said on Friday, despite claims by U.N. experts the measure failed to stop illicit trafficking of rough diamonds. (Apr 26)

MORE TOPICS: HUMAN RIGHTS, DIAMONDS

Execution Worldwide Up by 15%, Amnesty International Reports

By IBTimes AU

The latest report from Amnesty International showed that execution rose by 15 per cent in 2013 (Mar 28)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, IRAQ, AUSTRALIA, INTERNATIONAL LAW

A South Australian policeman offers a drink of water to a koala at the side of the road near Christies Beach on the outskirts of Adelaide, in this handout picture taken January 16, 2014.
World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index: New Zealand in Top 6, Australia in 8th Place

By IBTimes AU

New Zealand has placed sixth overall in the World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index. The global index measured 99 countries based on eight categories which include crime, government accountability, corruption, basic rights, security and access to justice and order. (Mar 07)

MORE TOPICS: AFGHANISTAN, GERMANY, AUSTRALIA, AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK

'12 Years a Slave' Oscar Winner Lupita Nyong'o Boyfriend: Somali Musician K'Naan, Not Dating Jared Leto

By IBTimes AU

Jared Leto has been the subject of rumours all throughout the awards season. After being spotted in deep conversation at the Mui Mui show during Paris Fashion Week, rumour has it that the 42-year-old actor and Lupita Nyong'o are dating. (Mar 07)

MORE TOPICS: UNITED NATIONS, HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES, FASHION WEEK, THE OSCARS

Polio
India makes Oral Polio Vaccination (OPV) Must for Visitors

By IBTimes IN

India has made oral polio vaccine (OPV) mandatory for all travellers visiting or going out of the country. The new regulation, which came into effect from 1 March 1, is aimed at preventing re-entry of polio virus from countries like Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Syria, Kenya, Somalia, Nigeria and Pakistan. (Mar 04)

MORE TOPICS: AFGHANISTAN, PAKISTAN, INDIA, NIGERIA, ETHIOPIA, CAMEROON

Ugandan President Signs Anti-gay Bill, Defying the West
Ugandan President Signs Anti-gay Bill, Defying the West

By Reuters

Uganda's president signed a law imposing harsh penalties for homosexuality on Monday, defying protests from rights groups, criticism from Western donors and a U.S. warning that it will complicate relations. (Feb 25)

MORE TOPICS: AL-QAEDA, HUMAN RIGHTS, TWITTER, COURT, ELECTIONS, UGANDA