The top United Nations representative to Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, urged the African nation’s lawmakers to set aside differences over issues such as their own salaries and address more urgent matters, including the implementation of an agreement between the transitional federal government and the opposition Ahlu Sunna wal Jama. The U.N.-backed International Contact Group on Somalia praised the transitional government’s initial steps to reach out to opposition blocs keen on supporting the peace process.

Meanwhile, the U.S. government charged 11 suspected Somali pirates for attacking two U.S. Navy ships off the African coast on March 31. The suspects were brought to U.S. after being held on U.S. ships for weeks off the Somali coast.

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  • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.