Somalia's Islamist militant group Al Shabab now controls much of the country, and it has made viable threats against neighbors Uganda, Burundi, Ethiopia, and Kenya.
Somalia is set to get 100 EU forces to help train the fledgling UN-backed government counter insurgents. On Tuesday, Islamist militants stoned a woman to death for adultery.
The United Arab Emirates' Dubai is known for indoor ski slopes and seven-star hotels. But its tin-roofed Afghan consulate shows the boom city's other side.
Reports that pirates may want to swap a British couple they captured last week for fellow pirates detained by foreign navies have fueled speculation that the pirates are linking up with Islamist militants.
Venezuela's fans cheer during their U-20 World Cup Group B soccer match against Spain at the al-Salam Stadium in al-Obour, Egypt, on Thursday.
A Times of London story charges that Italy paid Taliban not to attack Italian forces, and that its lack of disclosure of the practice had catastrophic consequences for French replacements.
France says it will continute to support the Western-backed Mogadishu government as legitimate. At least eight Western workers are held hostage in the country.
US commandos killed Kenyan national Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan in a helicopter raid against Mr. Nabhan's convoy, as it traveled through the Barawe district in southern Somalia.
The Somali enclave of Eastleigh in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, is now a recruiting and financial center for hardline Islamists fighting in neighboring Somalia.