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  • Somali govt., Jubba Interim Administration reach agreement
    29 august 2013 11:29:34
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Talks between the Somali Federal Government and Jubba Interim Administration have successfully concluded here, with the two sides signing an agreement establishing the modalities of administration and governance in the Lower Jubba, Middle Jubba and Gedo for the coming period. Full text...

  • UN envoy calls for collective efforts to achieve progress in Somalia
    27 august 2013 14:25:45
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, has stressed that collective and coordinated efforts from the government as well as regional and international organisations are needed to achieve progress in the east African country. Full text...

  • 'Somalia reconstruction needs international community's support'
    27 august 2013 13:24:14
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Efforts being made by the government of Somalia to restore peace and rebuild effective state institutions need support from the international community, Somali Ambassador to Ethiopia Ahmed Abduselam has told a consultative meeting underway here on the reconstruction of the war-torn Horn of Africa country. Full text...

  • UNESCO boss deplores murder of Somali radio journalist
    22 august 2013 18:30:40
    New York, US (PANA) - The head of the UN agency tasked with defending press freedom on Thursday denounced the murder of Somali journalist Ahmed Sharif in Mogadishu. Full text...

  • UN envoy voices concern over rape allegations at AU facility in Somalia
    19 august 2013 16:54:40
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, has expressed grave concern over allegations of rape at a facility of the African Union Mission in the country (AMISOM), and welcomed the government's Full text...

  • UN says sexual, gender-based violence pervasive in Somalia
    16 august 2013 19:50:46
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Friday said about 800 cases of sexual and gender-based violence had been reported in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, during the first six months of the year. Full text...

  • 12 Somalis to be tried in Mauritius for piracy
    16 august 2013 13:06:38
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Twelve Somali nationals arrested for alleged acts of piracy in January off their country's coast are to tried 7-27 Oct. in Mauritius, according to judiciary sources. Full text...

  • UNICEF steps up efforts to stop polio outbreak in Somalia
    05 august 2013 21:58:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Monday said an emergency contribution from Japan would enable the agency and its partners to tackle a polio outbreak in Somalia that has already paralyzed nearly 100 children and threatens hundreds of thousands more who are not vaccinated.Full text...

  • UN envoy condemns suicide attack on Turkish staff building in Mogadishu
    28 july 2013 19:00:43
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia Nicholas Kay has strongly condemned a suicide attack on an office housing Turkish diplomatic staff on Saturday in Mogadishu, which left two dead and several others injured. Full text...

  • US condemns attack on Turkish diplomatic residences in Somalia
    28 july 2013 10:04:14
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on the Turkish diplomatic residences in Mogadishu, Somalia. Full text...

  • UN Security Council extends mandate of monitoring group for Somalia, Eritrea
    24 july 2013 20:54:19
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Wednesday extended for 16 months the mandate of the UN expert panel monitoring compliance with sanctions against Somalia and Eritrea, while further easing funding and equipment restrictions on the UN and European Union missions in the region. Full text...

  • UN rights office 'concerned' over draft law on press freedom in Somalia
    20 july 2013 19:12:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has expressed concern over a draft law in Somalia that would require journalists to reveal their sources and prevent them from disseminating information against Islam or Somali traditions. Full text...

  • UN humanitarian official lauds additional funding for Somali
    20 july 2013 17:41:51
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Somalia, Mr. Philippe Lazzarini, has said that an additional US$20 million in crisis funding has come at an opportune time to support the country’s most vulnerable people, particularly children. Full text...

  • WFP distributes cash, food rations to Somali refugees in Ethiopia
    15 july 2013 21:12:45
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Monday said more than 12,000 Somali refugees in Ethiopia are receiving monthly cash entitlements in addition to food rations.Full text...

  • 'Humanitarian needs in Somalia remain immense'
    13 july 2013 07:54:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. John Ging, Director of Operations in the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), says despite gradual improvements in the humanitarian situation in Somalia, the needs remain immense.Full text...

  • UN envoy decries journalist’s murder in Somalia
    08 july 2013 20:08:06
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Nicholas Kay, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative Full text...

  • EU condemns inter-militia clashes in Somalia
    02 july 2013 13:07:06
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) on Tuesday condemned Friday's clashes between two rival armed militias in Kismayo, Somalia, that left at least five people dead. Full text...

  • UN envoy calls for halt to fighting in Somali port city of Kismayo
    29 june 2013 19:34:33
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Nicholas Kay, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative in Somalia, on Saturday called for an immediate halt to armed clashes that have flared up again in the southern port city of Kismayo among groups claiming leadership over the "Jubaland" regional administration. Full text...

  • UN political affairs chief visits Somalia
    28 june 2013 06:37:22
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman Thursday visited Somalia to express solidarity in the aftermath of the recent attack Full text...

  • Kenya condemns terrorist attack on UN compound in Somalia
    20 june 2013 14:47:07
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya has strongly condemned Wednesday's terrorist attack on the UN compound for humanitarian and development activities in Mogadishu, Somalia. Full text...

  • UN condemns deadly attack on its compound in Mogadishu
    19 june 2013 18:57:16
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN has expressed outrage at Wednesday's deadly attack on its compound in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, reiterating that the attack will not deter the organisation from helping the country as it proceeds on the path to stability and development. Full text...

  • UN envoy in Somalia calls for immediate end to fighting
    09 june 2013 12:56:41
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, on Sunday called for an immediate end to the fighting in the southern port city of Kismayo, where clashes have reportedly led to civilian deaths. Full text...

  • UN Security Council urges support for Somalia's stability
    06 june 2013 21:00:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Thursday urged the international community to support the efforts of the Somali government to tackle outstanding issues vital for the county’s long-term stability. Full text...

  • UN envoy pledges support to people, govt. of Somalia
    03 june 2013 16:32:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Full text...

  • Mahama, Kenya deputy president discuss Somalia peacekeepers
    19 may 2013 15:39:43
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama has agreed to a request from Kenya to champion its quest for an expansion of African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) at this week's African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • UN deputy scribe calls for more support for Somali government
    09 may 2013 21:47:00
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General, Mr. Jan Eliasson, on Thursday stressed the need for widespread support from the international community for the new Somali government to help it succeed in its reform efforts. Full text...

  • US says it supports Somalia to ensure stable government
    09 may 2013 20:24:06
    New York, US (PANA) - The US State Department on Thursday said that US assistance to Somalia was aimed at helping to ensure a stable government and to prevent terrorists from establishing a safe haven in the country.Full text...

  • UN Security Council approves new UN political mission in Somalia
    03 may 2013 17:04:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has voted unanimously to establish the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia, to be known as UNSOM and based in the country’s capital, Mogadishu, from 3 June for an initial period of 12 months. Full text...

  • Contact Group on piracy off Somali coast meets in New York
    30 april 2013 13:17:06
    New York, US (PANA) - Representatives of over 85 countries, international organisations, and the private sector, under the aegis of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, will meet at the UN headquarters in New York Wednesday (1May) Full text...

  • Somalia faces setbacks rebuilding national police from scratch, By Kennedy Abwao
    21 april 2013 11:52:41
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Somali police are increasingly playing a more prominent role in keeping their country back on its feet after 22 years of conflict. But peace in Somalia is still a long shot. Full text...

  • Somali President vows no amnesty for piracy kingpins
    16 april 2013 19:22:59
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Somali President Sheikh Hassan Mohamud, said Tuesday his government’s efforts to pardon some 900 Somali youth engaged in piracy would not be extended to the piracy kingpins. Full text...

  • UN Human Rights Office condemns Somali bombings
    16 april 2013 17:07:33
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said Sunday attacks on Mogadishu, the Somali capital, are regrettable signs of a prevailing climate of insecurity and violence, a statement said on Tuesday.Full text...

  • Burundi soldiers tackle disease burden off Somali battlefield, By Kennedy Abwao
    15 april 2013 19:46:29
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The war inside Somalia, which has raged for more than 22 years, has taken its toll on the health of the population, forced to live without any semblance of a national health infrastructure for a better part of over two decades. Full text...

  • 22 killed in Al Shabaab attack in Somalia
    14 april 2013 17:39:07
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - At least 22 people, including nine Al Shabaab attackers who raided a courthouse in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, were killed while over 50 others were injured in the attack, government officials said Sunday. Full text...

  • IMF resumes relations with Somalia after 22-year break
    13 april 2013 16:53:06
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has resumed relations with Somalia after a 22-year interval following the prolonged civil war in the Horn of Africa country. Full text...

  • President Obama okays military support for Somalia
    09 april 2013 17:35:33
    New York, US (PANA) - US President Barack Obama, has said Somalia will receive military assistance from the US in order to bolster security and stability in the Horn of African nation. Full text...

  • UN envoy happy with Somalia's efforts to combat sexual violence
    03 april 2013 17:21:33
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Mrs. Zainab Bangura, has praised the Somali government's efforts to enhance the protection of women against sexual violence. Full text...

  • UK plans Somali trade, investment meeting
    28 march 2013 16:54:20
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The United Kingdom has announced plans to host a trade and investment conference for Somalia in London during a planned security meeting to be held there in May, the UK Minister for Africa, Mark Simmonds, said Thursday. Full text...

  • EU grants 30 million euros to AMISOM
    19 march 2013 21:29:42
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) is to grant an additional aid of 33 million Euros to the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to play its key peacekeeping role in Somalia, a statement issued in Brussels said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN envoy saddened by Somali bomb attack
    18 march 2013 14:55:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - UN Special Envoy to Somalia, Augustine Mahiga, said Monday’s explosion near the Somali Presidential Palace, which killed at least seven people, was shocking and saddening. Full text...

  • UN partially lifts arms embargo on Somalia
    07 march 2013 10:21:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council Wednesday evening in New York partially lifted the decades-old arms embargo on Somalia for one year to help the country in its fight against the armed al-Shabab group. Full text...

  • Don't lift arms embargo on Somalia yet, Amnesty International urges UN
    05 march 2013 12:32:37
    New York, US (PANA) - Amnesty International on Tuesday said it is premature for the UN Security Council to consider lifting the arms embargo on Somalia, warning that such a move could see armed groups like Al-Shabab laying their hands on even more weapons, while removing existing mechanisms of transparency and accountability. Full text...

  • HRW condemns Somali journo's conviction for interviewing woman alleging rape
    04 march 2013 09:44:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Human Rights Watch (HRW) has described as a major setback for freedom of the media in Somalia Sunday's upholding, by the appeal's court, of the conviction of a journalist who interviewed a woman alleging rape by government forces. Full text...

  • Kenyan military condemns Al Shabaab executions
    15 february 2013 14:11:26
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) said Friday claims by the Somali militant group that it had executed one of the six hostages in its custody was a “blatant disregard for human life and dignity”. Full text...

  • US expresses concern over Somalia rape case verdict
    06 february 2013 09:40:30
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has expressed deep concern over a Mogadishu court’s decision to convict and sentence to one year in prison a 27-year-old alleged rape victim and the journalist who interviewed her. Full text...

  • EU officials, Somali president discuss security, humanitarian aid in Brussels
    30 january 2013 15:42:54
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The EU Commission has indicated that security issues and humanitarian aid to Somalia will dominate talks involving the president of the Commission, Manuel Durao Barroso, the EU parliament's Speaker, Martin Schulz, and president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somali, due here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Twelve suspected pirates arrive in Mauritius for prosecution
    26 january 2013 09:17:31
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Twelve men, captured off the coast of Somalia on 5 Jan. over alleged piracy, were transferred Friday night by EU Naval Force warship FS Surcouf to the Mauritian authorities for prosecution, PANA reported from here Saturday. Full text...

  • EU extends training of Somali security forces till 2015
    25 january 2013 12:53:23
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has extended until March 2015 the training mission of the armed forces of Somalia, EUTM/Somalia, the European Commission said in a statement received by PANA here Friday. Full text...

  • Trial of 12 Somali pirates opens on Friday in Mauritius
    23 january 2013 22:13:56
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The trial opens in Port-Louis on Friday of 12 Somali pirates captured by US forces on 5 January, official sources told PANA on Wednesday In Port-Louis.Full text...

  • Al Shabaab says captured French soldier dies in captivity
    14 january 2013 16:15:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somali militant group, Al Shabaab, said Monday a French operations commander, who was amongst a group of 50 French troops on a hostage rescue mission in Bulo Marer, had died in captivity. Full text...

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