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  • Rights group says use of lethal force to quell protests in Baidoa unjustifiable
    14 december 2018 22:01:49
    Baidoa, Somalia (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, has said Somali and Ethiopian security forces in Baidoa must refrain from using lethal force against protestors, including ahead of, during and after the South West regional presidential election scheduled for 19 December. Full text...

  • Good rains support Somalia’s economic activity
    10 december 2018 19:39:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Thanks to a favourable rainy season that is supporting Somalia’s economic activity in 2018 is recovering from the 2016–17 drought, particularly in the agricultural and livestock sectors, according to an International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team that has completed the first review of the country’s recovery programme. Full text...

  • EU extends mandate of its support mission in Somalia
    10 december 2018 18:06:22
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Council on Monday extended the mandate of the EU capacity building mission in Somalia, EUCAP Somalia, until 31 December 2020 and also agreed on a budget of €66.1 million for the period 1 January 2019 until 31 December 2020. Full text...

  • Media watchdog condemns assassination attempt on chairman Somalia journalists
    06 december 2018 12:04:44
    Paris, France (PANA) - Media watchdog Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) has condemned the attempted assassination of Ismail Sheikh Khalifa, the president of the network of journalists and human rights in Somalia (HRJ), and called on the authorities to immediately "open serious and independent investigation" to identify the perpetrators. Full text...

  • UN Somali mission head condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Mogadishu, Galkayo
    27 november 2018 03:35:09
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The top United Nations official in Somalia has “strongly condemned” terrorist attacks in the north-central city of Galkayo and in the Somali capital on Monday, which left a prominent cleric and a number of other civilians dead. Full text...

  • EU extends military training mission in Somalia to December 2020
    19 november 2018 18:16:08
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union has extended the mandate of its military training mission (EUTM) in Somalia until 31 December 2020 and agreed on a budget of €22.9 million for the period 1 January 2019 until 31 December 2020. Full text...

  • UN Security Council condemns Somalia terrorist attack in which dozens were killed or injured
    12 november 2018 00:28:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The members of the United Nations Security Council have condemned “in the strongest possible terms” Friday’s car bomb attack in Somalia, in which dozens of innocent women, children and men were killed or injured, and reiterated that any acts of terrorism are "criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed". Full text...

  • Somalis will not be deterred by Friday’s terror attacks – UN chief
    10 november 2018 19:31:35
    Mogadishu, Somali (PANA) - Following Friday’s bomb attacks and gunfire in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, UN Chief António Guterres has expressed his faith that Somalis “will not be deterred” in their pursuit of lasting peace and political stability. Full text...

  • Somali protests after "friendly fire" kills four civilians in Mogadishu
    07 november 2018 18:46:48
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has admitted the death of civilians in Tuesday's attack in Mogadishu and promised to carry out an investigation.Full text...

  • ‘Stand-off’ between Somalia’s federal, state authorities could ‘paralyse’ progress – UN envoy
    01 november 2018 18:47:15
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Ongoing tensions between the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and the country’s state authorities were centre stage, as the United Nations top envoy for the country visited the South West State on Wednesday. Full text...

  • 'Spike in violence in Somalia forces 21,000 people to flee their homes'
    01 november 2018 12:03:44
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Multiple regions in Somalia have seen a rise in fighting in October, pushing thousands of families into crisis, a humanitarian charity said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Ethiopian Airlines to resume flights to Somalia in November
    17 october 2018 11:55:44
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - Ethiopian airlines will on 2 November resume flights to the Somali capital, Mogadishu, 41 years after the interruption of its flights to that destination. Full text...

  • Private Ethiopian airline undertakes first commercial to Somalia in 41 years
    15 october 2018 09:19:38
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - A private Ethiopian airline, National Airways, on Saturday undertook the first commercial flight between Ethiopia and Somalia in 41 years, signalling the further warming of relations between the two neighbouring countries of the Horn of Africa. Full text...

  • Violence will not deter Somali people in their pursuit of peace, says UN chief
    14 october 2018 16:11:27
    New York, US (PANA) - Strongly condemning twin suicide attacks in Baidoa, southwestern Somalia, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has reiterated the Organization’s support and solidarity with the country’s people and Government. Full text...

  • EU signs financing agreement to bolster Somalia govt Treasury
    14 october 2018 14:39:49
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has signed a budget support agreement with Somalia for US$116 million (€100 million) to be released over the next two-and-a-half years. Full text...

  • UN Mission in Somalia condemns Baidoa twin bomb blast
    14 october 2018 06:44:04
    Baidoa, Somalia (PANA) - The UN Assistance Mission in Somalia has condemned the Baidoa terror attack on Saturday that killed 18 people and wounded 40 others. Full text...

  • At least 15 killed in twin terror strike in Somalia
    13 october 2018 20:01:04
    Baidoa, Somalia (PANA) - At least 15 people have been killed in twin bomb explosions in Baidoa, Somalia, the headquarters of the South West regional administration, local media on Saturday. Full text...

  • Norway donates US $54 million for Somalia reconstruction
    13 october 2018 11:40:00
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) -Somalia will benefit from a US$54.3 million contribution by the Norwegian government to a World Bank-managed reconstruction fund, the Bank announced on Saturday. Full text...

  • British think-tank slates debate on Somalia's fragile political transition
    03 october 2018 18:58:18
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Britain's royal political and economic think-tank, Chatham House, has invited Somalia's former president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on 16 Oct. to speak about the Horn of Africa nation's ongoing political transition. Full text...

  • Somali President's popularity rating drops to 67% on economic woes
    02 october 2018 17:57:56
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo's popularity rating has dropped by a massive 19% to 67% within one year, according to a new opinion poll conducted by Ipsos and Farsight Africa Research. Full text...

  • Somali minister outlines country’s ongoing transformation; urges new partnerships
    30 september 2018 08:52:27
    New York, US (PANA) - Even though Somalia has made “huge strides” in political and economic transformation, the country continues to grapple with terrorism, the nation’s Foreign Minister told world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday.Full text...

  • 30 AU Police Officers leave Somalia on completion of tour of duty
    28 september 2018 18:58:43
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – A total of 30 Police Officers deployed in Somalia under the AU Mission, will leave the Horn of Africa country this weekend, after a year-long tour of duty, the Mission said on Friday. Full text...

  • IMF says Somalia on good track of policy reform
    23 september 2018 10:56:51
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Despite a difficult economic and political environment, the authorities in Somalia are building a good track record of policy and reform implementation, according to an International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team that met with senior Somali government officials as well as representatives of bilateral and multilateral donors in Nairobi, Kenya, this week. Full text...

  • Somalia’s destiny lies in the hands of the people, highlights outgoing UN envoy
    14 september 2018 06:36:52
    New York, US (PANA) - Despite remarkable achievements in Somalia in the recent past, structural challenges remain and continue to undermine the country’s security and political stability, the United Nations envoy for the country has warned. Full text...

  • WB says Somalia outpaces mobile money markets in Africa
    13 september 2018 17:34:21
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somalia’s economy is projected to grow at an annual rate of 3–4 percent, according to the third Somalia Economic Update (SEU) published on Thursday by the World Bank. Full text...

  • World Bank launches flagship infrastructure project in Somalia
    07 september 2018 15:44:11
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and the World Bank have launched a flagship infrastructure project in the Horn of Africa country, Somali Urban Resilience Project (SURP), worth US$ 9 million, stating that it will be the first national test case for municipal infrastructure delivery. Full text...

  • Over 204 people evicted from their homes in Mogadishu this year - NRC
    29 august 2018 07:04:11
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Over 204,000 people were forcibly removed from their homes this year, nearly double the same period last year, with many people made homeless multiple times, humanitarian charity, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has said. Full text...

  • Somalia has 'once in generation’ gender equality opportunity – UN Women chief
    21 august 2018 07:24:40
    Baidoa, Somalia (PANA) - Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Executive Director of the United Nations entity dealing with issues related to gender, UN Women, has encouraged Somalia to continue making progress in the areas of gender equality and women’s empowerment. Full text...

  • UN says future Somalia elections must not be ‘marred’ by rights abuses seen in recent polls
    14 august 2018 06:31:36
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - In a report released on Monday, the United Nations has urged Somalia to take steps to ensure future elections are not marred by the human rights violations and abuses committed during the 2016-2017 electoral process. Full text...

  • Young Somali making inroads in digital space to transform the youth (Feature by UNSOM)
    12 august 2018 10:01:25
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - By his own account, Salad Yusuf Adow had an epiphany in 2015 that convinced him to launch his digital startup company, Danleey. Full text...

  • Former Somali goalkeeper, Mohamed, passes on
    30 july 2018 16:44:29
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Former Somali national football team goalkeeper, Ahmed Abdalla Moalim Mohamed, has died after a protracted illness, the Somali Football Federation has confirmed. Full text...

  • Somalia is opening a 'new chapter of its history', declares UN official
    18 july 2018 06:46:06
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - A high-level gathering of representatives from the Somali government and the international community, including the United Nations, ended in Brussels on Tuesday with renewed commitment to support the Horn of Africa country’s progress in a range of areas, such as state and peace-building efforts. Full text...

  • UN officials highlight need for continued support for Somalia
    17 july 2018 06:37:58
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Speaking at the first day of the Somalia Partnership Forum in Brussels on Monday, senior United Nations officials commended the country’s government for its efforts in political reform, security, economic development, and recovery and humanitarian assistance – while flagging the need for further progress and international support for these efforts. Full text...

  • U.S. soldier killed, five wounded in ‘enemy attack’ in Somalia
    09 june 2018 13:03:36
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – A US special operations soldier has been killed and five military personnel – including four American service members – wounded in an enemy attack in southwestern Somalia, according to US officials. Full text...

  • From drought to floods in Somalia; displacement and hunger worsen, says UN
    09 june 2018 07:44:14
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - After four consecutive poor rainy seasons that brought Somalia to the brink of famine, the country is now seeing near-record rainfall, and with it, flooding that has already displaced hundreds of thousands of people, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo meets President Farmaajo in Mogadishu
    07 june 2018 19:56:38
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo on Thursday expressed satisfaction with the progress Somalia has achieved on the political and security fronts and noted recent efforts to expedite the constitutional review process. Full text...

  • International partners welcome results of Somalia’s National Security Council meeting
    07 june 2018 19:42:10
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – International partners supporting Somalia on Thursday welcomed what they described as “the significant outcomes” of the June 3-5 National Security Council meeting in Baidoa, capital of South West State. Full text...

  • Getting medicine to flood victims in Somalia, no matter what
    29 may 2018 19:58:02
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – Recent flash and river flooding in Somalia has affected an estimated 772,000 people and displaced nearly 230,000 people from their homes, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN and partners call for ceasefire in northern Somalia
    25 may 2018 05:11:41
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The United Nations and its partners on Thursday expressed grave concern over armed clashes which have broken out in northern Somalia, urging all parties to immediately halt the violence. Full text...

  • UN, Somali Gov't seek $80 million in immediate relief for flood-affected populations
    21 may 2018 04:30:20
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations and the Somali Government on Sunday launched a joint appeal for $80 million to provide immediate help for the people affected by recent flooding in the country’s centre and south. Full text...

  • Somali President promises to deliver new constitution before 2020 elections
    16 may 2018 18:00:09
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – A three-day gathering on a new constitution for Somalia ended on Wednesday in Mogadishu with assurance from President Mohamed Abdullahi ‘Farmaajo’ that the Horn of Africa country will have a new constitution ahead of schedule – before the end of next year. Full text...

  • Security Council extends support for African Union force in Somalia
    16 may 2018 03:57:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The Security Council on Tuesday gave its backing to the African Union force in Somalia, AMISOM, extending its deployment until at least the end of July. Full text...

  • Somalia prepares to launch new national currency
    15 may 2018 18:26:22
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Somalia has obtained backing of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to launch a new national currency which will replace the Somali Shilling currently in circulation, it was confirmed here on Tuesday. Full text...

  • AMISOM trains Somali Police officers on communication skills
    08 may 2018 19:37:28
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) –Somali Police officers should have skills, knowledge and capabilities to make people know what the force stands for and they can do this by speaking out, Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia, Simon Mulongo has said. Full text...

  • UN envoy praises courage, dedication of Somali journalists on World Press Freedom Day
    03 may 2018 18:58:32
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Marking World Press Freedom Day, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Michael Keating, on Thursday commended the courage and dedication of the country’s journalists who operate in one of the world’s most dangerous environments for media workers. Full text...

  • Almost 500,000 affected as devastating floods inundate central Somalia – UN mission
    01 may 2018 19:16:20
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - United Nations agencies in Somalia have stepped up their response in the wake of devastating flash floods across large parts of the country that have impacted nearly 500,000 people and displaced close to 175,000 from their homes. Full text...

  • UN Mission condemns suicide bombing in central Somalia
    30 april 2018 04:51:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) has condemned the suicide bombing on Saturday that reportedly killed government security officers and civilians in the city of Gaalkacyo. Full text...

  • Somalia’s electoral officials say ‘set to redraw electoral boundaries’
    26 april 2018 14:40:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somalia’s National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC) officials are now set to embark on the electoral boundary delimitation exercise following intensive three-day training in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. Full text...

  • AUC organizes training workshop on electoral boundaries delimitation for Somalia
    23 april 2018 13:33:42
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Department of Political Affairs (DPA) of the African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is showcasing a training workshop on electoral boundaries delimitation for the Somali National Independent Electoral Commission (NIEC) from 23 to 25 April, 2018, in Nairobi, Kenya. Full text...

  • Breakaway Somaliland region jails female poet for Somalia unity calls
    15 april 2018 18:12:19
    Hargeisa, Somalia – A court in Somalia’s northern breakaway region of Somaliland on Sunday sentenced a female activist and poet to three years in jail for what it said was “endangering the region’s bid for independence”. ) Full text...

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