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  • US: CPJ wants death of Somali Journo in car explosion probed
    24 june 2014 12:06:16
    New York, US (PANA) - Authorities in Somalia must immediately investigate the murder of a Somali journalist in Mogadishu on Saturday, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said.Full text...

  • UN: Envoy denounces killing of journalist in Somalia
    22 june 2014 06:16:36
    New York, US (PANA) - UN envoy in Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, has condemned the killing on Saturday of radio journalist Yusuf Keynan in the capital, Mogadishu, and urged that the perpetrators of the crime be brought to justice. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body urges SA police to stop attacks on Somalia refugees
    12 june 2014 14:21:24
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Attacks on Somali-owned shops in and around Mamelodi township over the last six days have cost lives and livelihoods and are part of a disturbing trend of violence against refugees and migrants which the police and government are failing to address, Amnesty International said Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: Immediate action needed to curb measles outbreaks in Somalia
    11 june 2014 15:45:24
    New York, US (PANA) - UN agencies operating in Somalia on Wednesday expressed deep concern that outbreaks of measles have left thousands of children in Somalia at risk of disability or death, calling for urgent vaccination to tackle the highly-contagious disease.Full text...

  • UN: Envoy appeals for end to clan-based fighting in Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region
    09 june 2014 17:26:18
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), Mr. Nicholas Kay, on Monday appealed to all parties in Somalia's Lower Shabelle region to refrain from violent actions, make immediate efforts to de-escalate the situation and resolve their differences through peaceful dialogue and compromise.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Somali pirates free crew of sunken ship after three years
    08 june 2014 08:27:56
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somali pirates have freed 11 crew members of a sunken ship, MV Albedo, seized in 2010, UN Special Envoy for Somalia Nicholas Kay has said.Full text...

  • UN: Envoy welcomes release of crew held by pirates in Somalia
    07 june 2014 20:12:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN envoy in Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, has welcomed the release on Saturday of sailors on a ship hijacked by Somali pirates nearly four years ago, and has called for the release of all remaining captives they are still holding.Full text...

  • US: UN relief chief calls for US$60 million emergency funding for Somalia
    04 june 2014 22:49:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Ms. Valerie Amos, on Wednesday called for US$60 million for the next three months to prevent Somalia from slipping back into a major humanitarian crisis as it did during the 2011 famine. Full text...

  • Somalia: Late, erratic rainfall raises concerns about harvest prospects, food security
    02 june 2014 11:51:03
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - A new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said late rains and erratic weather patterns in Somalia have raised concerns over a worsening of the food security situation, as food stocks from the last, poor harvest become depleted and prices continue to rise sharply.Full text...

  • UN: Paucity of funds threatens UNICEF services in Somalia
    28 may 2014 15:19:48
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned that it will have to suspend essential health services in Somalia unless it receives additional funding within one month, delivering a major blow to millions of women and children who depend on the agency and its partners for help. Full text...

  • Kenya: CAF decries landmine explosion at Somalia football field
    28 may 2014 12:00:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - President Issa Hayatou of African soccer's governing body, CAF, has expressed sadness at the death of a child following a landmine explosion at a football field in Somalia earlier in the week.Full text...

  • US: UN, international partners call for resolution of Somali political crisis
    27 may 2014 20:47:07
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN, European Union (EU) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on Tuesday issued a joint appeal for a resolution of the political crisis in Somalia, saying that they stand ready to hold to account anyone who poses an obstacle to progress in the Horn of Africa nation. Full text...

  • Kenya: 'Somalis scapegoated in counter-terror crackdown'
    27 may 2014 12:14:12
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya’s Somali community is being scapegoated in a counter-terror operation which has seen thousands subjected to arbitrary arrest, harassment, extortion, ill-treatment, forcible relocation and expulsion, Amnesty International said Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban, Security Council condemn attack on Somali parliament
    25 may 2014 14:49:30
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his special representative Full text...

  • UN: Envoy warns on challenges ahead in Somalia
    22 may 2014 22:13:43
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Nicholas Kay, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), says despite political, economic and security progress in the last 12 months, the country is approaching a "danger zone" in a number of areas.Full text...

  • US: UN deploys special force to protect staff in Mogadishu
    18 may 2014 19:26:35
    New York, US (PANA) - A special UN defensive military force recommended by the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to protect UN staff and facilities in Mogadishu, Somalia, was deployed on Sunday to shore up the world body's operations in the country. Full text...

  • Kenya: CPJ seeks release of detained journos in Somalia
    13 may 2014 12:35:56
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has demanded the release of two journalists who were ordered to be detained by a regional court in the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland on Saturday, after charging them with libel, false publication, and anti-state propaganda.Full text...

  • UN: Relief official appeals for urgent funding for Somalia
    09 may 2014 21:06:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Somalia, Mr. Philippe Lazzarini, says poor rains, high food prices and ongoing conflict have intersected to push Somalia once gain to the brink of crisis. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya rules out Somalia troop withdrawal
    05 may 2014 16:55:07
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto on Monday stated categorical that Kenya would not withdraw its troops from Somalia, until the war against the Al-Shabaab militia is won. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council condemns latest terrorist bombing in Mogadishu
    05 may 2014 14:17:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the latest terrorist bomb attack in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, for which the Islamic insurgent group, Al-Shabaab, has claimed responsibility and which has caused numerous deaths and injuries.Full text...

  • 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...

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