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Ties between Canada and Somalia have been practically non-existent since the Canadian soldiers departed the country under a cloud of controversy after torturing and killing a Somali teenager in 1993. The situation wasn’t helped by the fact Somalia had no functioning government between then and last year, during which time the country was gripped by civil war and chaos. But the combination of a new government appointed in September 2012, and last week’s deadly mall attack in Nairobi, have injected both optimism and urgency into Canada’s approach to Somalia. On Tuesday, Baird appeared alongside his Somali counterpart, Fawzia Yusuf Adam, to herald what he described as not just a new page in the relationship, but a “new volume.” Canada had been wary of engaging the new Somali government too soon as previous iterations have succumbed to corruption and infighting. But he praised the new government, even as he pledged $6 million to help bring peace and stability to Somalia. At the same time, Baird promised to consider other ways in which Canada can help fight the terrorist group responsible for the Kenya attack, al-Shabab. Al-Shabab controlled much of Somalia for years, but has since been forced out of the country’s major urban areas following the African Union’s involvement. It has claimed responsibility for last week’s attack on a highend shopping mall in Nairobi, which killed at least 65 people, including two Canadians. Some analysts have seen the mall attack as a sign the group has shifted tactics to more insurgency-type activities following those losses as well as a bout of internal fighting. Baird acknowledged the gains that have made against al-Shabab in recent years, but added the work is not finished and “in the face of such attacks of despicable terror, we must strengthen our resolve.” Meanwhile, Adam, who is the first Somali foreign minister to visit Canada in recent memory, sought to dispel perceptions her country remains gripped by war and instability. In addition to al-Shabab’s shrunken influence, she noted there have not been any incidents of piracy off Somalia’s cost in more than a year. Somali pirates were considered a scourge in the Indian Ocean several years ago, when they seized several large vessels and held them for ransom, prompting an international military response. “This is a new Somalia,” Adam said. “A Somalia with hope.

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7event By Shaun Al-Shatti @shaunalshatti on Oct 2 2013, 6:06p 3 WSOF Less than a year into its existence, World Series of Fighting is taking the next step towards global expansion. The promotion announced its acquisition of Canada’s Aggression Fighting Championship on Wednesday. AFC, which has staged 29 events since its inception in 2009 and been home to several current UFC fighters including Jesse Ronson and Sarah Kaufman , is expected to re-launch as World Series of Fighting Canada on December 7, 2013 with a show at Vancouver’s PNE Agrodome . Light heavyweight bruisers Anthony Johnson (15-4) and Mike Kyle (20-10-1, 2 NC) have been tapped to headline the event, which will also feature a rescheduled middleweight tourney bout between Elvis Mutapcic (13-2) and Jesse Taylor (26-9). “The launch of World Series of Fighting Canada is an incredibly exciting announcement for our promotion,” WSOF President Ray Sefo said in a statement. “From the beginning, we have maintained our desire to bring our elite-level mixed martial arts action to Canada and the great MMA fans that live there, as well as markets around the globe. We embrace this new division of our company that will allow us to make great strides into Canada, which has long proven to have one of the most passionate and knowledgeable MMA fan bases in the world.” As with prior events, WSOF 7 will air live on NBC Sports Network. In addition to the two announced bouts, promotion officials vowed to line WSOF 7’s card with “some of Canada’s brightest prospects.” “This is an incredible opportunity for us to showcase our Canadian fighters on a massive platform with NBC Sports Network as well as other network partners,” said WSOF Canada COO Darren Owen. “Our fans will be getting the chance to see world-class MMA fights, and they will be able to enjoy exciting events across our great country. We couldn’t be more excited for both our fighters and fight fans across Canada. We are thrilled to become part something as big as the World Series of Fighting Canada.” Latest From MMA Warehouse

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