Ethiopia crushes Muslim Somalia
The last city controlled by Islamic warlords in Somalia fell to Ethiopian troops backing the legitimate Somali government. What a way to ring in the new year. BBC, Somali Islamic stronghold falls:
Somalia's Ethiopian-backed government says it controls the southern port city of Kismayo - which was the last stronghold of Islamist militiamen.
The Islamists retreated as the army, supported by Ethiopian aircraft, tanks and artillery advanced on the city.
The Somali prime minister urged the African Union to send peacekeepers and offered an amnesty to Islamic fighters.
The Islamists had swept through Somalia last year, and their retreat from Kismayo is seen as a major reversal.
Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Ghedi told AFP news agency: "Kismayo is already in the hands of the government. The Islamists have run away."
Happy New Year – this is yet another victory to add to