Somalia marks 58 years of independence

Somalia is marking 58 years of freedom from European colonialist rule as the Horn of Africa country recovers from decades of war and inches towards stability. Celebrations for Sunday's s anniversary began at midnight, with the Somali flag raised in Mogadishu and other big towns. On 1 July 1960, British and Italian

Somaliland: Democratic and stable but unrecognised

Somaliland, a break-away region in northwest Somalia, celebrates 27 years of "independence" from the rest of Somalia this week. The former British protectorate declared independence from Somalia in 1991 when the last effective Somali central government collapsed after a coalition of clan militias overthrew military president Siyad Bare. It joined Somalia