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Somalia's future is discussed at London conference

World leaders are attending a major conference on the future of Somalia in London to focus on finding peace and ending threats of terrorism and piracy.

(BBC NEWS) London - As it opened, UK Prime Minister David Cameron said he hoped the process would generate "new momentum".

Somalia has endured more than two decades of civil war and famine.

Representatives from many Somali factions are also attending, but not the Islamist group which controls much of the centre and south of the country.

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made an unannounced trip to Ukraine on Thursday, his second visit to the country since the start of the war on February 24, annoucing that the U.S. intends to provide an additional $2 billion aid package to Ukraine and 18 other countries in and around the region.

This new aid package is in addition to the latest $675 million package to Ukraine, announced by U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. It will include rounds for HIMARS, as well as military vehicles, and other equipment.

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