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  • Kenya: Rights group says government officials coercing refugees back to Somalia
    15 november 2016 06:02:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International says just two weeks before the deadline given to close the Dadaab refugee camp, Kenyan government officials are deliberately coercing refugees to return to Somalia, where they risk being injured or killed in the ongoing armed conflict. Full text...

  • Somalia: Displacement continues amid recurrent clashes in north-central Somalia – UN
    12 november 2016 06:22:10
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Nearly 90,000 people in the city of Gaalkacyo, Somalia, remain displaced due to increased tensions and the recurrent clashes between forces allied to Galmudug on the one hand and Puntland administrations on the other hand, according to an update from the UN relief wing. Full text...

  • Somalia: UN concerned by ceasefire in Somalia's Gaalkacyo state
    07 november 2016 17:52:15
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The United Nations office in Somalia said Monday it was "deeply concerned" by the breakdown of the ceasefire in Gaalkacyo and the continuing failure of the Puntland and Galmudug administrations to implement agreements, including the one signed on 2 December 2015 and again on 1 November 2016. Full text...

  • UN: Kenyan High Court to hear petition on Dadaab refugee camp closure on Monday
    04 november 2016 14:44:45
    New York, US (PANA) - The High Court in Kenya will on 7 November hear a petition filed by two civil society organizations challenging the government’s decision to close down Dadaab refugee camp and disband the Department of Refugee Affairs (DRA).Full text...

  • UN: UN says 18 people killed, 60 injured in north-central Somalia
    24 october 2016 18:45:11
    New York, US (PANA) - Some 18 people have been killed and 60 injured in the ongoing fighting in Gaalkacyo, Somalia, in the last two weeks, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Monday.Full text...

  • Somalia: New head of UNSOS takes up office in Mogadishu
    20 october 2016 19:49:05
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG) Michael Keating, and Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira, on Thursday welcomed Hubert Price to the Somali capital as he took up his new responsibilities as Head of the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS). Full text...

  • Somalia: International partners welcome Somalia's new HirShabelle state administration
    20 october 2016 19:34:55
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The international community on Thursday welcomed the conclusion of the state-formation process for the newly-formed HirShabelle Administration in Somalia and congratulated President Ali Abdullahi Osoble and Vice President Ali Abdullahi Hussein as they took up their responsibilities.Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan govt forcing Somali refugees to abandon Dadaab camp
    10 october 2016 18:28:28
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -The Kenyan government is forcing Somali refugees to return home but the resettlement process remains far from voluntary, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said Monday in a report.Full text...

  • US: Ban names Hubert Price as head of UN support office in Somalia
    04 october 2016 06:17:06
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday announced the appointment of Hubert Price of the United States as Head of the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS). Full text...

  • UN: Security Council urges Somali parties to address political challenges
    29 september 2016 18:49:47
    New York, US (PANA) - Regretting an extension to the 2016 electoral process in Somalia by the country’s electoral body, the UN Security Council has called on all parties in the country to upload their commitments on the elections and to come to an agreement on the remaining political challenges without further delay.Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ wants thorough investigation into killing of Somali journalist
    28 september 2016 13:08:05
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Somali authorities should thoroughly and credibly investigate the fatal shooting of radio journalist, Abdiaziz Ali, and swiftly bring his killers to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said.Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy cautions on Somali election delay
    27 september 2016 19:57:37
    New York, US (PANA) - UN envoy and Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), Michael Keating, on Tuesday expressed concern with a new delay in Somalia’s elections, describing it as "a matter of immediate concern". Full text...

  • US: Somalia calls for unity to address global challenges
    25 september 2016 06:42:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Speaking at the general debate of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Somalia has underscored that no one nation, no matter how big or powerful, can address global climate change, terrorism, poverty or mass population displacement on its own.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU receives more cash to bolster Somali peacekeeping
    23 september 2016 15:59:14
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has received nearly half of the 360 million Euros it expects from the European Union (EU) to finance the peace enforcement operation in Somalia, a senior AU official said Friday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya asks UN Court to dismiss Somali maritime border challenge
    22 september 2016 18:55:24
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya has maintained that relations with Somalia remain warm even as Attorney-General Githu Muigai took to the stand to oppose a maritime border case filed by the Somali government at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), a UN court. Full text...

  • UN: Kenyan VP tasks UN Security Council on Somalia
    21 september 2016 20:34:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Addressing the UN General Assembly, Kenya's Vice-President William Ruto on Wednesday implored the UN Security Council to align the mandate of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to the threat levels in that neighbouring country, and to provide adequate, predictable funding and other support for the AU mission. Full text...

  • Somalia: Intl community calls for speedy, transparent, credible electoral process in Somalia
    18 september 2016 18:28:06
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The international community has welcomed the progress made in clarifying the electoral model for Somalia, taking note of the details set out in the National Leadership Forum (NLF) communiqué and called for the speedy implementation of a transparent and credible process.Full text...

  • Somalia: IGAD Summit resolves new measures to stabilise Somalia
    13 september 2016 17:57:05
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Horn of Africa leaders on Tuesday rose from a historic daylong Summit in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, calling on the UN to urgently intervene on a humanitarian crisis in the region and resolved to hold an emergency Summit on the resettlement of Somali refugees.Full text...

  • Somalia: IGAD leaders hold summit in Mogadishu
    13 september 2016 14:34:43
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - East African leaders on Tuesday converged on Mogadishu, the Somali capital, under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to discuss security, elections and regional development in the region.Full text...

  • UN: UN releases US$7 million to strengthen protection of IDPs in Somalia
    09 september 2016 18:11:42
    New York, US (PANA) - To strengthen protection services to internally displaced people in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, the UN Humanitarian Fund for Somalia has released US$7 million to scale up life-saving and life sustaining assistance.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU reiterates call to UN Security Council to lift arms embargo on Somalia
    09 september 2016 09:32:08
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - While pondering the exit strategy for the African peacekeeping force in Somalia, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has reiterated its call to the UN Security Council to consider lifting the arms embargo imposed on Somalia as contained in UNSC resolution 2244 (2015).Full text...

  • UN: UN urges more women participation in Somalia's political process
    06 september 2016 15:07:53
    New York, US (PANA) - UN envoy in Somalia, Michael Keating has vowed to press for the full participation of Somali women in the 2016 electoral process following a meeting with prominent women leaders headed by Federal Minister of Women and Human Rights Development, Ms. Zahra Samatar.Full text...

  • UN: UN report urges Somalia to ensure freedom of expression
    04 september 2016 19:42:47
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN report on freedom of expression in Somalia released on Sunday has noted progress in state-building in Somalia, but showed the very challenging environment that continues to confront journalists, human rights defenders and political leaders, including numerous killings, arrests, intimidation and closure of critical media outlets.Full text...

  • Somalia: International community reiterates support for timely, credible Somali electoral process
    02 september 2016 18:45:35
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The United Nations, African Union, European Union, Inter-governmental Authority on Development, United Kingdom, the United States of America, Sweden and Italy have welcomed the preparations underway for the implementation of Somalia’s 2016 electoral process. Full text...

  • Somalia: SRSG Keating condemns terrorist attack at Mogadishu hotel
    30 august 2016 18:55:38
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) in Somalia, Michael Keating, has strongly condemned the truck bombing of the SYL Hotel in Mogadishu that early Tuesday killed at least 13 people and injured over 20. Full text...

  • US: US gives US$146 million for humanitarian support in Kenya, Somalia
    22 august 2016 19:50:12
    New York, US (PANA) - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday in Nairobi, Kenya announced that the US is providing more than US$146 million in additional humanitarian assistance to support refugees, voluntary returnees, and drought victims in Kenya and Somalia. Full text...

  • Kenya: IGAD condemns Al Shabab terror attack in Somalia
    22 august 2016 18:59:40
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has condemned the terror attack in Somalia, which killed 20 people on Sunday in Galkayo city of Puntland state and wounded 20 people.Full text...

  • US: US government condemns terrorist attacks in Somalia
    22 august 2016 14:31:09
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government has condemned the terrorist attacks carried out on Sunday against the Ministry of Transport in Mogadishu and government offices in Galkaayo, capital of the north-central Mudug region of Somalia. Full text...

  • Somalia: Keating condemns terrorist attack in north-central Somalia
    21 august 2016 17:58:41
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) in Somalia, Michael Keating, has strongly condemned the twin explosions in the city of Gaalkacyo, capital of the north-central Mudug region of Somalia, early Sunday that killed at least 12 people and injured over 25. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council unhappy with postponed elections in Somalia
    19 august 2016 18:47:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Friday expressed regret over a postponed timeline for this year’s parliamentary and presidential elections in Somalia, calling on all stakeholders to follow the revised 2016 electoral calendar "without further delay". Full text...

  • Somalia: UN rep welcomes enactment of Somalia’s human rights commission law
    15 august 2016 07:12:36
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – After decades of conflict, the Federal Government of Somalia and its partners have a duty to put in place effective human rights protection institutions, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative (SRSG) for Somalia, Michael Keating, has said. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief welcomes election timetable in Somalia
    10 august 2016 15:15:36
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday welcomed the announcement by Somali electoral authorities of a timetable for the 2016 electoral process, noting that the process for the upcoming polls, which sets October for presidential elections, is an important milestone in the country’s journey towards democracy.Full text...

  • US: US condemns Mogadishu suicide bombings
    27 july 2016 05:45:16
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has condemned Tuesday's terrorist attack in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, which took place near the international airport, and restated its commitment to the country's progress towards peace. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR appeals for US$115.4 million to support returning Somali refugees
    26 july 2016 18:39:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday appealed to donors for an additional US$115.4 million to fund the voluntary return and reintegration of Somali refugees from Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp. Full text...

  • Somali: AMISOM condemns terror attack in Mogadishu
    26 july 2016 18:24:03
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – The African Union Mission in Somalia has strongly condemned the terrorist attack that occurred early Tuesday near the Mogadishu International Airport (MIA). Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy condemns terrorist attack near Mogadishu airport
    26 july 2016 13:56:48
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN envoy in Somalia, Michael Keating, has strongly condemned Tuesday's terrorist attack in the vicinity of Mogadishu International Airport that killed dozens of people. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU names head of maritime capacity building in Horn of Africa
    26 july 2016 11:38:33
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Commission on Tuesday announced the appointment of Ms Maria-Cristina Stepanescu, a senior police officer from Romania, as Head of the European Union (EU) mission on regional maritime capacity building in the Horn of Africa, EUCAP Nestor. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy urges better protection for children affected by armed conflict in Somalia
    23 july 2016 09:07:17
    New York, US (PANA) - Concluding a six-day visit to Somalia late Friday, UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui called for better protection of children caught up in armed conflict and urged the country's authorities to treat former child soldiers as victims in need of protection rather than as criminals.Full text...

  • Tanzania: European Council calls for credible polls in Somalia
    18 july 2016 12:06:27
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The European Council on Monday adopted conclusions on Somalia, calling for a credible and accountable electoral process, which will ensure the necessary legitimacy for the elected leadership of the Horn of Africa country. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council extends mandate of AU mission in Somalia
    07 july 2016 18:39:03
    New York, US (APAN) - The UN Security Council on Thursday extended the mandate of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to 31 May 2017, and mandated the mission to reduce the threat posed by Al-Shabaab and other armed opposition groups in the country.Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council condemns Al-Shabaab attack on Mogadishu hotel
    27 june 2016 21:33:33
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Security Council late Monday condemned in the strongest terms a recent deadly attack by Al-Shabaab on a hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu that killed several people, including a serving government minister. Full text...

  • Somalia: 43 Shebab militants sentenced to death in Somalia
    19 june 2016 19:53:54
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The military court of the semi-autonomous government of Puntland, Somalia, has sentenced 43 Shebab jihadists to death for carrying out attacks earlier this year in the north-east, Somali News Agency reported. Full text...

  • Somalia: Somali Shebab jihadists confirm death of prominent leader
    19 june 2016 19:05:01
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Somali jihadist movement Shebab has confirmed the death of Mohamed Dhouyadeyni, one of its most preeminent leaders.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU says Al Shabaab attack against Ethiopian troops repulsed
    09 june 2016 15:31:46
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) said on Thursday troops under the command of its Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) repulsed an attack by terror elements, capturing fighters and destroying weaponry during an attack on its base in Halgan, in the Hiran region of Somalia.Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO chief denounces killing of journalist in Somalia
    08 june 2016 22:48:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says Somali govt. must investigate killing of journalist
    07 june 2016 13:16:09
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said Somali authorities should thoroughly investigate the killing on Sunday of journalist Sagal Salad Osman and bring those responsible to justice. Full text...

  • Somalia: UN envoy condemns assassination of Somali female journalist
    07 june 2016 10:53:32
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Michael Keating, has condemned the assassination of a female Somali journalist, Sagal Salad Osman, on Monday afternoon in Mogadishu and described the murder as "very distressing". Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council condemns Al-Shabaab attack on Mogadishu hotel
    03 june 2016 06:55:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Thursday strongly condemned the deadly attack on 1 June perpetrated by Al-Shabaab militants on the Ambassador Hotel, Mogadishu, Somalia's capital city.Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council approves two-month extension for AU mission in Somalia
    28 may 2016 07:44:14
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Security Council has approved a two-month extension of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), allowing adequate time for the Council to consider the outcome of its recently concluded visit to the Horn of Africa country.Full text...

  • Somalia: IMF Managing Director approves Staff-Monitored Programme for Somalia
    27 may 2016 18:02:08
    Washington, D.C., US (PANA) - As Somalia slowly recovers from nearly 25 years of civil war, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Friday announced approval of a Staff-Monitored Programme (SMP) for the Horn of Africa country covering the period of May 2016–April 2017. Full text...

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