The contrast between Mogadishu and the Somaliland capital of Hargeisa is striking. In Hargeisa, people wave at foreigners, but in Mogadishu, foreigners are more likely to be shot or kidnapped. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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In East Africa, A Bright Spot Amid The Anarchy

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Few Traces Of Past Glory In Mogadishu

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Eastleigh, an area in Nairobi, Kenya, is known as "Little Mogadishu." It's a Somali neighborhood of mud roads, open sewers and intrigue where the militant group al-Shabab is trying to recruit people to its efforts to create a strict Islamist state in Somalia. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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Somalia's Al-Shabab Spreads Its Message In Kenya

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European soldiers are training 2,000 Somalis to help build a national army to defend a weak, Western-backed government in Mogadishu, Somalia. Here, a European soldier participates in the training of a Somali recruit at a training camp in remote Uganda. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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Building An Army In Somalia, Teaching It To Fight

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African Union troops are trying to bring stability to war-ravaged Somalia. They are locked in battle with al-Shabab, Islamist militants who claim ties with al-Qaida. Here, militiamen in Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, ride in a "technical" -- a pickup truck outfitted with weapons. This militia supports the African Union and local government troops. Frank Langfitt/NPR hide caption

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Peacekeepers, Islamists Battle For The Soul Of Somalia

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Somalia's Prime Minster Resigns Amid Tensions

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Insurgents Step Up Fight Against Somali Government

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GM says it will launch the Chevy Volt in a few months. It will go for $41,000 -- and owners can apply for up to $7,500 in tax credits. Ethan Miller/Getty Images hide caption

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Will Consumers Buy The Chevy Volt And Nissan Leaf?

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Data Show Driver Error In Toyota Acceleration Cases

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Mine Official Urges Passage Of Safety Bill

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Unemployment Rate Fell, 125,000 Jobs Cut In June

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We Were Hoping For More From The Job Market

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Ex-Miners Say Massey Skirted Inspection Rules

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Clay Mullins (left), brother of mine disaster victim Rex Mullins, listens as Upper Big Branch miner Stanley "Goose" Stewart tells the House Education and Labor Committee that the mine "was a ticking time bomb" because of problems with ventilation and explosive methane and coal dust. Jon C. Hancock/AP hide caption

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Mine Victims' Families Recall Fear, Safety Issues

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