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A sports stadium in Mogadishu became a key base for al-Shabaab in Somalia as their influence expanded across eastern Africa. Photographer Johnnie Shand Kydd visited the arena after it was reclaimed by African Union forces

Mo Farah hails Britain’s multicultural society for helping him win double Olympic gold

Mo Farah today hailed the role of Britain’s multicultural society in helping him to his double gold medal Olympic performance, saying it had provided him with the opportunity to shine.

Mo Farah seeks a peaceful haven as he prepares for second date with Olympic destiny

The Olympic Village is not far from the clamouring crowd that throngs London 2012. But for Mo Farah it is just far away enough to provide a haven in which he can prepare for his second date with destiny in a week.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: So, is Britain too multicultural now?

Jesus! More multicultural crap! More bleedin' foreigners winning our medals! Even cheering with indecent enthusiasm for Team GB! Who the hell do they think they are? And what the hell happened to this great nation? Tory MP Aidan Burley, an immigrant from New Zealand, dissed Danny Boyle's inclusive opening ceremony in a tweet. By now he must be spitting his (probably whitened) teeth. So too the risible journos who've been whinging about "plastic Brits" in the team, an obnoxious term invented for competitors not born in the UK. Like the South African Zola Budd, a white athlete who, during Apartheid, was given British nationality so she could run for Britain. The Daily Mail made it all happen for that "plastic Brit". But today intolerant right-wingers question the motives of non-indigenous sportspeople and are furious they have been chosen to represent the UK.

Farah awaits the 5,000m

Farah enjoys long-distance journey to perfection – and now for 5,000m

It could have all been so very different. When Mo Farah moved to Europe as an eight-year-old, Britain was not his only possible destination. "Yes, I almost went to the Netherlands instead of coming to Britain," he recalled. "My grandmother mother lives there."

Greg Rutherford of Great Britain celebrates winning gold in the Men's Long Jump Final

Kevin Garside: These Games are writing a parable for modern Britain, of equality and opportunity

The point has been to be part of this national rite, to bathe in the holy water of Olympic congress

Golden mo-ment: Farah crosses the line to win the 10,000 metres and the emotion begins to show

Farah kicks to glory and seals our finest day

10,000m winner embraces pregnant wife after securing Team GB's sixth gold on Super Saturday

Mo Farah was encouraged to run by his PE teacher Alan Watkinson

Team GB's Mo Farah's inspirational former PE teacher to cheer him at London 2012

Out of the 80,000-strong crowd who will see Mo Farah compete tomorrow the proudest spectator will be his best man and former PE teacher Alan Watkinson.

Mo Farah

Team Mo Farah get ready for Somali joy

When a Conservative MP derided Danny Boyle's Olympics opening ceremony as "multicultural crap" he was met with a cascade of criticism from people who knew that he could not be more wrong.

Somalia: Comic shot dead after mocking Islamist militants

A popular Somali comic and playwright who mocked Islamist militants for brainwashing children and killing civilians has been shot dead.

Somali comedian Abdi Jeylani Malaq who dared mock militants is killed

On one of his recent radio shows, a popular Somali comedian ridiculed commanders of a ruthless Islamist insurgent group that is notorious for forcibly recruiting boys into its ranks and making them fight.

Twins jailed for terrorism fundraising

Identical twins who raised thousands of pounds for their brother while he was undergoing terrorism training in Somalia were jailed for three years each today.

Bombers killed at Somali summit

Security forces shot and killed two suicide bombers trying to infiltrate a meeting of Somali elders debating a new constitution today, setting off their explosives in two blasts, officials said.

Somalian athletes Zamzam Mohamed Farah and Mohamed Mohamed. Mohamed Mohamed said, “As an athlete it can get difficult, but I am ready to fast and train and to get through this difficult month.”

London 2012: Islamic Olympians embrace Ramadan fasting despite UK's long summer days making it a gruelling ordeal

More than 3,000 Muslim sporting stars are expected to fast from sunrise until sunset.

Team GB medal hopefuls in action today: August 8

Your one-stop guide to the Team GB medal hopes in action at the Olympics today...

Pirates kept at bay as attacks halve

Sea piracy fell 54 per cent worldwide in the first half of 2012, led by a dramatic drop in Somali piracy, an international maritime watchdog said yesterday.

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Lost in translation: Western monikers

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KidZania: It's a small world

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