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Seemingly unfazed at being ousted from the Asian Athletics Association, scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi on Monday said losing the presidential re-election bid to Qatar’s Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad has actually given him a chance to work at the “grassroots” level.
“I have no issues today and I congratulate Mr Al-Hamad for being elected as President. I am rather relieved that I will be able to work at the grassroots level in athletics,” Mr. Kalmadi said after losing the vote during the ongoing AAA Congress in Pune.

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US gives recognition to Somali govt. after over 2 decades

Friday - Jan 18, 2013, 03:24pm (GMT+5.5)
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Washington - The United States has recognized Somalia's government for the first time in more than two decades.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made the announcement alongside Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, reports Fox News.
The US hadn't recognized a Somali government since warlords toppled dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991. American intervention failed two years later after militants shot down two U.S. helicopters and killed 18 American servicemen.

Clinton said times have changed, citing the militant group Al-Shabab's retreat from every major Somali city. The US provided 780 million dollars to African forces to help that effort.

Recognition will help Somalia receive greater assistance from U.S. and international aid agencies.
Clinton also spoke about re-establishing an embassy in Somalia in future.


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