Somalis scramble to escape fighting in capital

Associated Press: “The continuous fighting started Aug. 23 after the militant group al-Shabab threatened a ‘massive’ war against government forces, who are backed by African Union peacekeepers . . . . Militants, some of whom have pledged allegiance to al-Qaida, are trying to overthrow Somalia’s weak, U.N.-backed government and install a harsh interpretation of Islamic law.”