Rally of hope in Mogadishu

Associated Press
In this photo taken Saturday, March 31, 2012, customers drink coffee at an outdoor cafeteria in Mogadishu, Somalia. The seaside capital of Mogadishu is full of life for the first time in 20 years after African Union and Somali troops pushed Islamist militants out of the city last year. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

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This seaside capital is full of life for the first time in 20 years. Since African Union and Somali troops pushed Islamist militants out of the city last year, schools, shops and markets have reopened. The city government has repaired potholed streets and installed streetlights. Mogadishu's citizens are once again cheering for a return to peace and calm after years of violence and warfare.

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