News of the World: famine in Mogadishu, diplomatic maneuvers in Middle East

Laura Rozen

• "Somali soldiers beat back desperate families with gun butts Thursday as they fought for food supplies in front of a weeping diplomat, a day after the United Nations declared parts of the country were suffering from the worst famine in a generation." (Associated Press)

• A spokesman for Somalia's al-Shabab says the group has reversed a pledge to allow aid workers in. (CNN)

• Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu gives rare interview to Arab media outlet, Al-Arabiya. (Associated Press)

• The Obama administration contemplates a post-Assad roadmap for Syria. (David Ignatius/Washington Post)

• UN plan envisages a unity government in Libya. (Reuters)