Somalia is a shattered nation, the most dangerous place on earth for aid workers and the scene of horrific abuses by combatants on all sides of the conflict, a US-based human rights group said on Monday. Human Rights Watch (HRW) said fresh thinking was needed by Barack Obama's incoming US administration towards the Horn of Africa nation since policy under President George W. Bush had exacerbated the threat from militants. "Somalia is a nation in ruins, mired in one of the world's most brutal armed conflicts," HRW said. (Reuters)

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