Here is a timeline of changes, intervention, and mediation in 5 bite-sized bits.
The first US ambassador to Somalia in decades will start off based in neighboring Kenya. Dedicating a US official to Somalia is expected to give the US more say in regional security issues.
A Jubaland warlord backed by Kenya flew to another semi-autonomous region in Somalia and was hailed this weekend as Jubaland's president.
Mogadishu says Nairobi is creating an autonomous state of Jubaland on its border and backing a hand-picked warlord to run it. It's asking Kenyan troops to leave.
Al Shabab fighters launch one of worst attacks since being largely driven out of the Somali capitol two years ago. 'We knew it was dangerous here,' says UN spokesman in country.
At a conference in London, international donors said they'd give $350 million to Somalia's new government. Most of the money would go toward beefing up the feeble security sector.
The suicide bomber detonated a car filled with explosives near the convoy in Mogadishu on Sunday morning, killing seven. The Qataris were unharmed.
For the first time since 1991, the United States has recognized a government in the war-torn East African nation, setting the stage for strengthening political ties between the two countries.
The European Union began a new aid program for Somalia Saturday. The goal is to restore a central government, improve the legal system, education, and security in a country that recently saw an end to more than two decades of conflict.
Somalia's parliament elected Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as the new leader for the African nation on Monday.
The past year's offensive against Islamist militia Al Shabab should have opened territory for aid groups to operate in. But security and funding shortages remain problems.