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Somalia Contact Group meets for first time

A U.S.-organized group of nations concerned about the rise of Islamic factions in Somalia lent its support Thursday to the country’s weak interim government and demanded free access so aid groups can help the impoverished Somali people. The first meeting of the International Somalia Contact Group was one of the few major international initiatives toward the nation in the years since U.N. peacekeepers withdrew in 1995. The United States pushed to find a new solution as the Islamic groups gained the upper hand over secular warlords Washington has reportedly backed. Full Story

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