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By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Homo naledi, the ancient human ancestor whose fossils have been retrieved from a South African cave, may have been handy with tools and walked much like a person, according to scientists who examined its well-preserved foot and hand bones. Its foot and hand anatomy shared many characteristics with our species but possessed some primitive traits useful for tree climbing, the researchers said on Tuesday. The new research offers fresh insight into a creature that is providing valuable clues about human evolution.
By Feisal Omar MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia's militant Islamist group al Shabaab pledged on Tuesday to greet British troops "with fire" when they arrive to provide support to a peacekeeping force in the conflict-ravaged country. Last week Prime Minister David Cameron announced plans to deploy up to 70 troops and experts to provide logistical, medical and engineering support to the African Union-led peacekeeping force in Somalia, which is struggling to emerge from two decades of chaos and is also battling the Islamist insurgency of the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab. "We hope we shall see the beheaded bodies of whites," Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage, al Shabaab’s spokesman, said in a radio broadcast.