Fresh violence, political turmoil in Somalia

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Fresh violence in Somalia killed at least eight people and the prime minister was fighting for his job Wednesday ahead of a no-confidence vote scheduled for later this week.

The latest violence in Mogadishu, which is wracked by a bloody insurgency, started Tuesday night when gunmen attacked a police station, witnesses said. An ensuing gunbattle and two other firefights killed at least six people…Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991, when a group of powerful clan leaders overthrew dictator Mohamed Siad Barre and then turned on each other. The arid Horn of Africa nation is deeply impoverished and split by clan rivalries.

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