Confounded by deteriorating conditions in Somalia, a US-backed international panel is to meet here this week in a bid to salvage peace talks between the weak government and powerful Islamists, officials said. Amid rising tensions and fears of regional conflict, senior diplomats from the 11 members of the International Contact Group on Somalia will gather in Nairobi on Thursday to urge the two sides to go ahead with a third round of talks in Sudan at the end of the month, they said. Full Story
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