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  • US: US Mission in Somalia commences operation
    09 september 2015 09:17:30
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US Mission to Somalia has commenced operation, the US State Department announced in a statement obtained by PANA here Wednesday.Full text...

  • UN: OIC condemns attack on AMISOM military base in Somalia
    03 september 2015 18:08:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has strongly condemned Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy in Somalia condemns attack on African Union base
    02 september 2015 14:35:50
    New York, US (PANA) - UN envoy in Somalia, Nicholas Kay, has strongly condemned Tuesday's Full text...

  • Somalia: UN study shows over 850,000 people face acute food insecurity in Somalia
    31 august 2015 16:31:49
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – Somalia’s humanitarian situation remains “alarming” four years after a devastating famine with the number of people requiring emergency aid rising 17 per cent to more than 850,000 and those in “food-stressed” situations still at 2.3 million, according to the latest UN-managed food assessment study released Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya: UN relief supplies reach Somali towns seized from Al Shabaab
    21 august 2015 20:45:30
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Relief supplies from aid organisations have reached Baardheere and Diinsoor, two towns in southern Somalia recovered from the control of the Al Shabaab militants, allowing hundreds of residents to receive medical and education services for the first time in a decade. Full text...

  • Kenya: AU indicts Ugandan troops for civilian killings in Somalia
    21 august 2015 18:36:01
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -Three Ugandan soldiers have been indicted for the killing of civilians in Somalia’s southern port town of Marka in July ahead of their trial by an African Union-appointed military tribunal, the head of the AU peacekeeping Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Maman Sidikou said on Friday. Full text...

  • Kenya: UN warns El Nino to hit Somalia worse than famine
    20 august 2015 15:24:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Heavy rains leading to an El Nino climate event will affect nearly a million people in Southern Somalia, leading to a humanitarian crisis worse than the 2011 drought that attracted worldwide attention, UN officials warned Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UN, partners urge resolution of Somali President's impeachment crisis
    20 august 2015 13:36:37
    New York, US (PANA) - Envoys from the UN and other international organizations have expressed deep concern that a parliamentary motion to impeach Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud would impede progress on the country’s peace and state-building goals. Full text...

  • UN: Somali refugees helped to return home from Kenya
    05 august 2015 17:37:01
    New York, US (PANA) - One hundred Somali refugees living in Kenya have been voluntarily Full text...

  • UN: UN-backed international forum delivers roadmap for Somalia’s future
    03 august 2015 19:00:40
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN and its partners have welcomed the significant commitments made at a recent high-level forum in Somalia that will be critical to the future of the Horn of Africa nation, including the holding of inclusive elections, a joint statement said on Monday. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council authorizes ongoing AU deployment in Somalia
    29 july 2015 00:23:37
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has authorized the member states of the Full text...

  • UN: UN officials condemn deadly Al Shabaab attack in Mogadishu
    28 july 2015 06:47:31
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the attack perpetrated by Al-Shabaab on Saturday on the Al-Jazeera Hotel in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu. Full text...

  • UN: WHO says health needs on rise in Somalia, as funding hits new low
    24 july 2015 21:54:25
    New York, US (PANA) - Somalia, a country where every two hours a mother dies due to pregnancy complications, is facing cuts in life-saving health services because of the lowest funding levels in seven years, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan military hails capture of key Al Shabaab stronghold in Somalia
    24 july 2015 17:10:18
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -The Kenyan military celebrated the capture of a key military stronghold of the Al Shabaab in Dinsoor town,Somalia, shortly after the militants fled another stronghold of Bardhere, near the Kenyan border, a military spokesperson said Friday.Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan forces kill 24 Al Shabab militants in Somalia
    23 july 2015 14:23:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Twenty Four Al Shabaab militants have been killed in an offensive by Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) in Somalia, Military Spokesman Col. David Obonyo, said here Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: 'Full-fledged UN mission in Somalia would be high-risk undertaking'
    16 july 2015 21:35:11
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Mr. Edmond Mulet, says a UN peacekeeping mission in Somalia would be a "high-risk undertaking", considering the threats posed by Al-Shabaab militants despite advances made by the African Union Mission in the country (AMISOM).Full text...

  • UN: Somalia diplomat stresses need to develop police service
    16 july 2015 20:31:43
    New York, US (PANA) - The charge d'affaires of the Permanent Mission of Somalia to the UN, Mr. Awale Ali Kullane, on Thursday in New York said it was time for the government to step-up the work to develop its police sector to facilitate security duties.Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan soldier, 7 Al Shabaab terrorists killed in AMISOM convoy attack
    15 july 2015 19:22:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Kenyan soldier and seven Al Shabaab fighters were killed Wednesday when the militants attacked an African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) convoy on routine patrol in Somalia’s Gedo region in the latest flare-up of fighting, a military spokesperson said. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy in Somalia condemns latest terrorist attacks in Mogadishu
    11 july 2015 18:15:10
    New York, US (PANA) - UN envoy in Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay on Saturday condemned in the strongest terms a series of deadly terrorist attacks against an African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) base and two hotels in the country capital of Mogadishu which resulted in numerous casualties.Full text...

  • Burundi: Authorities bury 20 Burundian peacekeeping soldiers killed in Somalia
    03 july 2015 13:45:15
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The bodies of the 20 Burundian soldiers, killed in Somalia within the framework of the African Union peacekeeping mission (AMISOM), were interred on Friday at a cemetery in northwest of the capital, Bujumbura, Burundian national radio reported. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AU-UN Mission says ground not ready for blue berets to land in Somalia
    30 june 2015 20:46:15
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Conditions are not yet met for the deployment of a UN peacekeeping operation in Somalia, according to the Joint AU-UN Mission which has reviewed the benchmarks for deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission and operations of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy in Somalia commends election of speaker of regional assembly
    29 june 2015 18:18:35
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Full text...

  • Burundi: Somali Al Shabab attack kills 8 Burundian peacekeepers
    27 june 2015 16:46:59
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The attack on Friday on the position of Burundian contingent of the African peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM) claimed the lives of 8 soldiers and injured 19 others, a senior Burundian military officer has said. Full text...

  • UN: UN condemns Al-Shabaab attack against AU mission base in Somalia
    27 june 2015 06:52:12
    New York, US (PANA) - UN officials have condemned Friday's attack perpetrated by Al-Shabaab militants against an African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) base. Full text...

  • Kenya: Dozens of Burundi soldiers killed in Somali AU military base attack
    26 june 2015 17:17:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Dozens of African Union (AU) troops were killed Friday in a dawn raid on the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Base situated in Leego town, 130 km south of Mogadishu, when an Al Shabaab terror group attacked the camp using a car bomb, an AU official confirmed. Full text...

  • UN: UN Somalia envoy condemns latest terrorist attack in Mogadishu
    24 june 2015 18:11:00
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Full text...

  • US: OIC scribe, Somali FM hold talks
    19 june 2015 16:43:22
    New York, US (PANA) - Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Iyad Ameen Madani and Foreign Minister of Somalia Abdusalam Hadliye Omar have held bilateral talks to enhance relations between them, an OIC statement said on Friday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya to build 700-km barrier along Somali border
    19 june 2015 10:29:07
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - To enhance security and keep away cross-border terrorists, Kenya is to build a 700-km wire fence, tagged the Great Wall, along its common border with Somalia, the home of Al Shabaab terrorists who have been wreaking havoc in Kenya, PANA reported from here Friday.Full text...

  • Tanzania: IMF team holds first talks with Somalia in 25 years
    18 june 2015 19:17:56
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team Thursday concluded discussions on the Article IV Consultation with Somalia, the first such discussions held in over 25 years. Full text...

  • Burundi: 210 Burundian soldiers leave for peacekeeping mission in Somalia
    11 june 2015 14:17:49
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - A first batch of 210 Burundian soldiers left here Thursday for Mogadiscio as part of the new team that will take over from the Burundian contingent who is ending a peacekeeping mission in Somalia shortly, sources at the National defence and former combatants Force (FDNAC) said. Full text...

  • Kenya: Dubai-based airline launches direct flights to Somaliland
    10 june 2015 10:18:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Dubai-based flydubai’s inaugural flight to Hargeisa, in Somaliland, landed Tuesday at Hargeisa Egal International Airport, marking the launch of a direct four-time weekly service to Hargeisa.Full text...

  • Somalia: Dubai-based flydubai launches direct flights to Somaliland
    09 june 2015 20:37:04
    Hargeisa, Somalia (PANA) - Dubai-based carrier, flydubai, has become the first airline outside of Africa to launch direct flights to Hargeisa in Somalia.Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy applauds successes, progress in Somalia
    08 june 2015 19:51:59
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative for Somalia and head of the UN Assistance Full text...

  • UN: UN expert tasks Somalia government on freedom of expression, death penalty
    02 june 2015 18:08:15
    New York, US (PANA) - Somalia must put in place a legal framework that guarantees freedom Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council extends UN mission in Somalia to August 2015
    26 may 2015 20:03:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Tuesday adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), as the Horn of Africa country continues down its road towards political recovery and increased security. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy in Somalia condemns attacks on parliamentarians
    24 may 2015 20:10:55
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative for Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, on Sunday condemned a deadly attack against two Somali members of parliament and reiterated the UN support for the country's democratic process.Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy says Al-Shabaab poses threat to political process in Somalia
    19 may 2015 21:19:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Nicholas Kay, UN Special Representative for Somalia and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), on Tuesday in New York, said Al-Shabaab terrorist group is expected to do everything it can to "derail" the political process in Somalia.Full text...

  • UN: UN official says Somalia remains one of the largest, most complex emergencies
    09 may 2015 05:37:34
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mr. Philippe Lazzarini, says the "multi-faceted" challenge presented by Somalia is different to that posed in other countries, noting that the country remains one of the largest and most complex emergencies. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says gunmen kill radio journalist in Somalia
    04 may 2015 15:55:50
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA ) - The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has disclosed that unidentified armed men killed Somali journalist, Daud Ali Omar, and his wife while calling on authorities to identify the motive in the murders and apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators. Full text...

  • 2015 AFCON U-23 qualifiers: Rwanda names squad for Somalia clash
    01 may 2015 20:25:34
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – Rwanda's football coach, Irishman Jonathan McKinstry, has named 24 players for the second leg of the 2015 Confederation of African Football U-23 championship match against Somalia to be played in Nairobi, Kenya, on Sunday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Somalia registers record export of livestock in 2014
    29 april 2015 19:06:20
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Somalia in 2014 exported a record five million livestock to markets in the Gulf of Arabia thanks to heavy investments in animal disease prevention backed by the European Union and the United Kingdom, the Rome-based UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tanzania:UN condemns ‘horrific’ attack on UNICEF staff in Somalia
    20 april 2015 16:10:26
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The United Nations has strongly condemned early Monday’s attack on a UN vehicle in north-eastern Somalia, which killed four UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) workers and seriously injured four others when a roadside bomb exploded alongside the minibus in which they were riding. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy condemns terrorist attack against Somalia's Ministry of Education
    15 april 2015 15:51:18
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative for Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, has condemned Tuesday's terrorist attack against the Ministry of Culture and Higher Education in Mogadishu city that resulted in the death and injuries of civilians, members of the security forces and government workers.Full text...

  • Kenya: Somali journo shot by gunmen
    15 april 2015 11:06:46
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the shooting attack on a Somali photographer in Mogadishu and called on authorities to thoroughly investigate the case and ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice.Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNHCR asks Kenya to reconsider decision on closing Daadab refugee camps
    14 april 2015 15:42:52
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Tuesday urged the authorities in Kenya to give further consideration to their decision to close Dadaab refugee camps within three months and send 350,000 Somali refugees living there back to their home country. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire: IMO launches second phase of MIDA-Women Programme in Somalia
    31 march 2015 21:42:29
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The International Organization for Migration (IOM), with funding from the Italian Development Cooperation has launched the “MIDA Women Somalia II” project.Full text...

  • UN: UN Somalia envoy condemns deadly terrorist attack on Mogadishu hotel
    28 march 2015 16:34:01
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), Mr. Nicholas Kay, has strongly condemned Friday's terrorist attack on a hotel in Mogadishu city that resulted in the death of many civilians, including the Somali Federal Government's Permanent Representative to the UN Office in Geneva, Ambassador Yusuf Bari-Bari. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy in Somalia condemns attacks in Baidoa town
    12 march 2015 21:25:59
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative in Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, has strongly condemned Thursday's attack in Baidoa town in the Interim South West Administration, which resulted in the death and injury of security personnel and civilian bystanders. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy welcomes progress in efforts to form assembly in Kismayo
    08 march 2015 07:59:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN envoy for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, has welcomed the Interim Juba Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says journalist detained, three others fined in Somalia
    04 march 2015 15:10:07
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ) has said that Mohamed Bashir Hashi, a journalist in Somalia, is being detained while three others faced heavy fines. Full text...

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