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Somali News Update -Saturday - June 16, 2012

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - An al Shabaab suicide bomber rammed a vehicle packed with explosives into the gate of a government base in Afgoye outside the Somali capital on Saturday causing casualties, the police and rebels said.

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Somali News Update -Friday - June 15, 2012

Running away to get married is part and parcel of Somali culture and society, though Islamic clerics have different opinions regarding the legality of this type of marriage.Wahabis and other Muslim radicals believe that eloping is against the teaching of Islam.

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Somali News Update -Thursday - June 14, 2012

The swearing in of the new International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, comes at a time when expectations for international justice are growing, Human Rights Watch said today.

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Somali News Update -Wednesday - June 13, 2012

Witnesses say that hundreds of gun-toting al-Shabab fighters have moved back into central Somali towns abandoned over the last week by Ethiopian troops.

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Somali News Update -Tuesday - June 12, 2012

Kenya has asked the United States to help fund a military operation to seize a key Somali port from al-Shabab militants.

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Somali News Update -Monday - June 11, 2012

The Islamist group al-Shabab, that controls large parts of central and southern Somalia, has recently suffered significant defeats at the hands of Amisom, the African Union force that has been fighting the al-Qaeda-allied militants. The BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse is in Mogadishu and has been travelling with them.

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