The U.S. has recognized Somalia’s government for the first time in more than two decades. Calling it a milestone in the country’s fight against Islamist extremists, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made the announcement Thursday alongside Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. President Barack Obama later met privately with the Somali leader at the White House. The U.S. 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.
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich.
Police kill rape suspect
Authorities said a man abducted and raped a Central Michigan University student Wednesday night and set fire to a house off campus where she fled. Isabella County Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski (MED’-ah-shess-kee) said 30-year-old Eric Ramsey was later killed by a deputy. Ramsey was shot early Thursday by a deputy in Crawford County, more than 70 miles away.
14 years in terror case
A Chicago businessman was sentenced to 14 years in prison Thursday for providing material support to overseas terrorism, including a Pakistani group whose 2008 attacks in Mumbai, India, left more than 160 people dead. Attorneys for Tahawwur Rana said U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber was right to reject prosecutors’ arguments that Rana deserved a stiffer sentence. Jurors in 2011 convicted Rana of providing support for the Pakistani group Lashkar-e-Taiba.
UPPER MARLBORO, Md.
Officer guilty in deaths
A jury on Thursday convicted a District of Columbia police officer of killing his mistress and leaving their baby daughter to die in a hot car. The Prince George’s County jury returned the verdict against Richmond Phillips on two counts of first-degree murder. Phillips was arrested in June 2011 after police found the body of Wynetta Wright, 20, in a park. Her 1-year-old daughter, Jaylin, was found dead nearby in a car seat in Wright’s car.
Compiled from wire reports.