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  • UN: Envoy reaffirms world body's support to boost peace in Somalia
    23 april 2014 23:02:40
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Nicholas Kay, UN envoy in Somalia on Wednesday called on the country’s international partners to boost support to aid peacebuilding and humanitarian efforts there, while reaffirming that the world body has no plans to withdraw amid attacks by Al-Shabaab militants. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy condemns murder of second Somali lawmaker
    22 april 2014 20:57:11
    New York, US (PANA) - Following the murder on Tuesday of Somali parliamentarian, Mr. Abdiaziz Isaaq Mursal, the second lawmaker to be killed in less than 48 hours in Mogadishu, the UN envoy in the country strongly condemned the incident.Full text...

  • Burundi: President Nkurunziza leaves for Somalia
    22 april 2014 14:17:43
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza Tuesday left Bujumbura for Mogadishu on a working visit to Somalia, the state radio reported. Full text...

  • Somalia: MP shot dead
    22 april 2014 11:24:26
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Somali Member of Parliament Abdiaziz Isaak Mursal was shot dead Tuesday near his home in the Dharkenley district of the capital city of Mogadishu, near a spot where another MP was killed in a car bomb attack Monday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU condemns killing of Somali MP
    21 april 2014 18:00:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has condemned Monday’s assassination of Somali Member of Parliament, Issak Mohamed, in Mogadishu, the Somali capital. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy condemns murder of Somali parliamentarian
    21 april 2014 17:04:28
    New York,US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, on Monday condemned the murder of parliamentarian, Mr. Isaak Mohamed Rino, and called for the perpetrators of the attack to be brought to justice. Full text...

  • Kenya: Somali police urged to release Sky FM journo
    01 april 2014 12:44:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Somali authorities to release a radio journalist who has been held without charge in the capital, Mogadishu, since Sunday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU joint military operation advance continues
    20 march 2014 18:51:51
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union (AU) troops fighting alongside the Somali National Army (SNA) advanced further out of Mogadishu, capturing Qurulow town in the Middle Shebelle region. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy welcomes progress in regaining key towns in Somalia
    19 march 2014 15:51:34
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN envoy in Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, has welcomed progress made by the national army and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in regaining control of key towns from Al Shabaab insurgents. Full text...

  • Somalia: Drugs, women prison discovered at al-Shabaab stronghold
    17 march 2014 19:42:18
    Buula Burde, Somalia (PANA) - The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), assisted by the Somali National Army (SNA), has recovered an assortment of drugs and discovered a women prison in the former al-Shabaab stronghold of Buula Burde in Somalia’s Hiran region after liberating the town. Full text...

  • US: Joint AMISOM-Somali National Army efforts against al-Shabaab will restore peace, security
    13 march 2014 09:36:54
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has expressed the hope that the joint efforts by the African Union (AU) Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Somali National Army against the terrorist group al-Shabaab will help restore peace and security to the Horn of Africa nation. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy urges more int'l support for Somalia's stability
    12 march 2014 17:26:08
    New York, US (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, says the best hope for peace and stability in the country, the Horn of Africa and beyond remains a united, secure and federal Somalia.Full text...

  • Somalia: New initiative enables Somali farmers to produce high-quality food
    07 march 2014 14:01:51
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - For the first time, Somali farmers are turning themselves into suppliers of high-quality food assistance for their compatriots. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council extends partial arms embargo on Somalia
    05 march 2014 22:40:27
    New Yrk, US (PANA) - The 15-member UN Security Council on Wednesday unanimously agreed to extend a partial weapons ban on Somalia for eight months amid reports that Full text...

  • US: Amnesty Int'l tasks UN Security Council on Somalia
    04 march 2014 19:08:18
    New York, US (PANA) - Amnesty International says the UN Security Council’s relaxing of the international arms embargo on Somalia last year appears to have contributed to a rise in insecurity and human rights abuses that have resulted in hundreds of civilian deaths each month. Full text...

  • UN: 'Envoy closely monitoring development in Somali region'
    03 march 2014 19:17:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN envoy in Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, says he is closely Full text...

  • Belgium: EU condemns Mogadishu attack
    26 february 2014 12:33:09
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has firmly condemned last week's attack on the Presidential Palace in Mogadishu, Somalia. Full text...

  • UN: Ban condemns attack on Somali presidential compound
    21 february 2014 22:07:54
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday condemned in the strongest terms an attack on the seat of the Somali Government in the capital, Mogadishu, and urged the authorities and people to fight against extremism.Full text...

  • UN: Ban, envoy condemn attack in Mogadishu
    13 february 2014 18:31:01
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), Mr. Nicholas Kay, have strongly condemned an attack near the airport in Mogadishu that resulted in a number of deaths and injuries, as well as damage to a UN vehicle. Full text...

  • US: UN envoy urges calm in Somali region
    31 january 2014 21:52:34
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN envoy in Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, has voiced concern over escalating tensions in Baidoa region in the country and called for calm and dialogue by all parties as they address legitimate concerns.Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR urges protection for asylum seekers from southern, central Somalia
    28 january 2014 20:48:27
    New York, US (PANA) -The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday it has released updated guidelines on the needs of people fleeing southern and central Somalia that underscore the need for governments to assess applications for protection on the basis of reliable, up-to-date information about the situation in Mogadishu and other areas. Full text...

  • Somalia: Ethiopian forces in Somalia formally join AMISOM
    23 january 2014 14:40:22
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian troops in Somalia have been formally re-hatted as part of the African Union (AU) Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), Ethiopia’s Foreign Affairs ministry said here Thursday.Full text...

  • UN envoy cogratulates new political leadership in southern Somalia
    20 january 2014 22:55:36
    New York, US (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, on Monday welcomed new leadership in the Interim Jubba Administration and described the establishment of the Executive Council a "milestone" in the country’s political process. Full text...

  • Special Security: Al Shabaab changes tactics in readiness for protracted war (News Analysis by Kennedy Abwao)
    12 january 2014 15:08:41
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Mogadishu, the war-battered Somali capital, can easily pick signs of an impending terrorist strike, especially after a lull in fierce fighting off the streets, a PANA Correspondent reported from here, quoting security experts. Full text...

  • US military advisers deployed in Somalia
    10 january 2014 22:06:35
    New York, US (PANA) - The US has deployed a small number of uniformed trainers and advisers to Somalia to facilitate security and stability in the country, the American media reported on Friday. Full text...

  • UN envoy welcomes election of new president in Puntland
    08 january 2014 21:45:01
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative in Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, on Wednesday hailed the election of a new president of the semi-autonomous region of Puntland as "the harbinger of a peaceful and federal solution for the entire Horn of Africa country".Full text...

  • EU takes over Contact Group on Piracy chair off Somalia the coast
    06 january 2014 22:19:09
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has taken over the chairmanship of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) from 1 January 2014. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council, Ban deplore Mogadishu bombings
    03 january 2014 15:59:53
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Security Council and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have stressed the need for global efforts aimed at ending the threat posed by Al-Shabaab and to support all measures to restore peace in the long-troubled Somalia. Full text...

  • UN expert tasks Somalia on human rights roadmap
    26 december 2013 16:01:21
    New York, US (PANA) – UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, Mr. Shamsul Bari, on Thursday urged the Somali government to finalize and carry out a human rights roadmap endorsed by the cabinet in August.Full text...

  • Somalia: UN envoy calls for credible electoral process in Puntland
    24 december 2013 18:52:17
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), Mr. Nicholas Kay, on Tuesday renewed his call for a timely and credible political process that should lead to a new Puntland parliament this year and regional presidential elections next month. Full text...

  • UN envoy welcomes appointment of new Somali's PM
    22 december 2013 09:29:21
    New York, US (PANA) – Mr. Nicholas Kay, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Somalia, has congratulated Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, who was appointed on Saturday following a vote in the Federal Parliament, describing the process as a key step heading into 2014. Full text...

  • AU, UN Special Representatives condemn ambush on aid workers in Somalia
    19 december 2013 14:04:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Cowardly acts of ambushing humanitarian workers will not discourage them to carry on with their mission, according to the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Mahamet Saleh Annadif. Full text...

  • UN envoy calls for more action to tackle terrorism in Somalia
    11 december 2013 16:27:38
    New York, US (PANA) – The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, said that a comprehensive political, military and development approach is needed to tackle terrorism in the African country. Full text...

  • UN envoy in Somalia deplores deadly attack against Puntland forces
    05 december 2013 22:17:06
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), Mr. Nicholas Kay, on Thursday strongly condemned a violent and cowardly attack on Puntland government forces that reportedly killed several people and injured dozens of others. Full text...

  • “Operation Atalanta” now to end 2016
    05 december 2013 14:14:13
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Rear Admiral Bob Tarrant, Operations Commander of the EU Naval Force Somalia (EUNAVFOR), has said that following a recent strategic review exercise, the EU has decided that “Operation Atalanta” would be extended up to end in 2016. Full text...

  • UN envoy stresses need to appoint new Somali PM
    02 december 2013 18:45:13
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, on Monday stressed the urgent need to appoint a new Somali Prime Minister "as soon as possible" to maintain the progress made so far in the Horn of Africa nation, after incumbent Abdi Farah Shirdon lost a confidence vote in parliament. Full text...

  • UN envoy appeals for calm following clashes in Somalia region
    30 november 2013 18:10:58
    New York, US (PANA) – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, on Saturday said he is deeply concerned by the recent outbreak of violence in Somalia's northern Sool region, and called for calm. Full text...

  • UN agency says Somali repatriation process must be voluntary
    27 november 2013 07:07:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has said the agreement signed earlier this month between the agency and the Governments of Somalia and Kenya supports the voluntary repatriation of Somali refugees. Full text...

  • CPJ wants detained Somali journalists released
    22 november 2013 15:48:08
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based global press freedom watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Friday called for the release of two detained Somali journalists, Mohamed Bashir and an unnamed female reporter who alleged she was raped. Full text...

  • Sudanese authorities arrest Somali infiltrators
    21 november 2013 12:52:39
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese authorities have arrested 24 Somalis, including women, for attempting to enter the Sudan, via the Red Sea, illegally, the Sudanese Media Centre (SMC) said Thursday. Full text...

  • Ban condemns attack against Somali police station
    20 november 2013 21:27:43
    New York, US (PANA) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the deadly attacks on Tuesday against a police station in Beledweyne, Somalia, which followed a number of similar attacks on the Somali people in recent weeks. Full text...

  • AU Special Representative monitors situation in flooded Puntland region
    15 november 2013 10:53:09
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Following days of heavy storm and flooding this week in Somalia’s Puntland region, the Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson for Somalia, Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif, said Friday that he was closely monitoring the situation in which at least 300 people are feared to have lost their lives. Full text...

  • Zuma expresses condolences over Puntland cyclone
    14 november 2013 14:02:38
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African President, Jacob Zuma, on Thursday conveyed his condolences following the loss of lives in a tropical cyclone that hit the Somali region of Puntland at the weekend. Full text...

  • AU welcomes UN Security Council resolution on strengthening AMISOM
    14 november 2013 09:12:39
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has welcomed the adoption of resolution 2124 (2013) on Somalia by the UN Security Council authorising an increase in the strength of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Full text...

  • UN Security Council authorizes temporary boost for AU force in Somalia
    12 november 2013 21:39:35
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Security Council on Tuesday authorized a temporary boost for the African Union (AU) peacekeeping force in Somalia of over 4,000 troops and an expanded logistical package so it can maintain basic security and respond to the evolving threat from Al-Shabaab insurgents. Full text...

  • Kenya, Somalia reach pact with UN agency on dignified return of refugees
    12 november 2013 16:54:15
    New York, US (PAN) – The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Governments of Kenya and Somalia have signed an agreement laying out the framework by which Somali refugees in Kenya could return to their homeland. Full text...

  • UN Security Council 'outraged' by deadly bomb attack in Mogadishu
    10 november 2013 21:50:26
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has expressed outrage at the deadly bomb attack in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, which caused numerous deaths and injuries, and reiterated its determination to combat all forms of terrorism. Full text...

  • UN deputy scribe urges support for African forces in Somalia
    30 october 2013 19:56:08
    New York, US (PANA) – UN Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Jan Eliasson, on Wednesday called on the UN Security Council to support a 'temporary boost' to national and international forces aiming to maintain basic security in Somalia. Full text...

  • UNESCO chief deplores murder of Somali journalist
    30 october 2013 08:21:52
    New York, US (PANA) - The Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Ms. Irina Bokova, on Wednesday denounced the murder of Somali television journalist Mohamed Mohamud, who was gunned down in the capital, Mogadishu. Full text...

  • AU Special Rep slams attempted assassination of Somali journalist
    23 october 2013 16:39:43
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) said it was appalled by the attempted assassination of a Somali journalist working for the London-based, Somali Channel Universal TV.Full text...

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