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News Summary: As Somalia mends, so does dining

The Associated Press

ANARCHY OUT, ANTIPASTA IN: Beachfront dining, fresh lobster, and a European clientele: Somalia's restaurant scene is quickly changing for the better after decades of unchecked warfare.

A CAPITAL CAPITAL: Mogadishu has blossomed in recent months in a way few could imagine even a year ago. It was only last August that African Union troops kicked al-Shabab militants out of the city. Since then, sports, arts and good food have returned.

SHIFTING SANDS: On the beachfront, Somali businessman Ahmed Jama recently returned to open one hotel and restaurant, the other in downtown Mogadishu. His beachfront spot is the go-to place on Fridays, even while Mogadishu still sees insurgent suicide attacks and roadside bombs. Customers must go through two security sweeps. The grounds are protected by armed guards. The beach location has a Somali army base on one side and an African Union military base on the other, both only a few kilometers away.