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  • Somalia: UN mission pledges support for new President
    09 february 2017 07:42:15
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – Congratulating former Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on his election as Somalia’s new President, the United Nations Assistance Mission in the country (UNSOM) has said the UN and the wider international community are ready to assist him in addressing the myriad challenges that await his Government. Full text...

  • US: US congratulates Somalia on conclusion of electoral process
    08 february 2017 20:17:22
    Washington DC, US (PANA) - The United States on Wednesday congratulated the people of Somalia on the successful conclusion of their national electoral process. Full text...

  • Kenya: Police expose Kenya-Somalia cross-border terror cell
    08 february 2017 19:20:27
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Police in Kenya have exposed a cross-border terrorist cell comprising seven suspects who, it said, carried out recent terror attacks on a hotel and a lodge in the northeastern town of Mandera as well as attacks on a police camp in the region. Full text...

  • Somalia: Somali diplomat Mohamed Farmajo wins Presidential election
    08 february 2017 18:57:16
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Newly-elected Federal President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo of Somalia was sworn in late Wednesday in the capital, Mogadishu.Full text...

  • Somalia: First round of Somalia presidential poll produces no winner
    08 february 2017 17:40:33
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Somalia's Federal President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud emerged as the front-runner in the first round of the presidential voting by members of the Federal Parliament on Wednesday but fell far short of the required two-thirds majority to win outright, forcing a second round of balloting among the top four recipients of the ballots cast. Full text...

  • UN: UN official urges more funding to stave off famine in Somalia
    02 february 2017 19:36:44
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mr. Peter de Clercq, on Thursday warned that without a massive and urgent scale up of funding and humanitarian assistance in the coming weeks, famine could soon be a reality in some of the worst drought-affected areas in the country. Full text...

  • US: Stage ‘gradually being set’ for Somalia to move to new phase in sustaining peace – Envoy
    28 january 2017 12:11:03
    New York, US (PANA) - Briefing the Security Council in New York on the situation in Somalia, the United Nations envoy for the country noted on Friday that the recently concluded election was a “mirror” to Somalis, showing them the good and the bad regarding how power is exercised, relations between elders, clan power brokers, politicians, business, ordinary citizens, women and men. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says journalists among wounded in Mogadishu hotel attack
    26 january 2017 18:39:54
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - At least four journalists were wounded in Wednesday attack on a hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission condemns Al-Shabaab attack on Mogadishu hotel
    25 january 2017 18:37:15
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) has condemned the coordinated suicide bombing attack on Wednesday at a hotel in Mogadishu for which Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility and which reportedly killed dozens of people. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU seeks funding for its overburdened mission in Somalia
    23 january 2017 17:47:25
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Funding challenges facing the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have prompted the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the AU to call for a high level meeting, involving the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN), in order to explore modalities for addressing the problem.Full text...

  • UN: UN wants US$864 million for humanitarian needs in Somalia
    17 january 2017 15:18:07
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN and its humanitarian partners on Tuesday launched a US$864 million appeal to reach 3.9 million Somalis with urgent life-saving assistance. Full text...

  • Somalia: Somalia's int'l partners concerned over dispute in Galmudug region
    13 january 2017 15:12:51
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - International partners supporting Somalia's transition to democratic governance have expressed concern about the unfolding dispute within the Galmudug regional assembly and between members of the assembly and President Abdikarim Guled.Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR says 1 million displaced Somali refugees stranded
    10 january 2017 18:40:38
    New York, US (PANA) - More than one million Somali refugees who have been displaced from their homes for decades are becoming despondent as they continue to be unable to return home and donor support is growing fatigued, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). Full text...

  • Somalia: UNSOM welcomes Puntland, Galmudug leaders' commitment to peace in Gaalkacyo
    02 january 2017 18:02:50
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) has welcomed the renewed commitments reached Monday by regional Presidents Abdiweli Mohamed Ali “Gaas” of Puntland and Abdikarim Hussein Guled of Galmudug state to build peace and confidence in the Somali city of Gaalkacyo. Full text...

  • UN: UN welcomes new Somalia Federal Parliament
    29 december 2016 14:50:08
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Thursday welcomed the inauguration of the new Federal Parliament of Somalia on 27 December and warmly congratulated the people of Somalia on the historic achievement in their quest for universal suffrage by 2020. Full text...

  • Somalia: Somalia inaugurates 10th parliament by swearing in 283 lawmakers
    28 december 2016 10:08:38
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Somalia's 10th Parliament was inaugurated on Tuesday in a ceremony that saw 283 members of the House take their oaths of office by placing their right hand on the Holy Quran. Full text...

  • Somalia: Intl partners concerned over decisions of Somalia's leadership forum on electoral process
    27 december 2016 17:43:27
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Inauguration of the Federal Parliament of Somalia on Tuesday represented a step forward in the electoral process, international partners supporting the country's transition to democratic rule said in a joint statement. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy in Somalia expresses concern over violence in Gaalkacyo
    25 december 2016 18:17:45
    New York, US (PANA) - UN envoy in Somalia, Michael Keating has expressed concern over renewed violence in the Somali city of Gaalkacyo, and called on all parties to honour the ceasefire agreement. Full text...

  • UN: UN allocates US$3 million to Somali refugees for pilot project
    22 december 2016 20:57:59
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Peacebuilding Fund on Thursday allocated US$3 million on a pilot project that will provide peacebuilding and professional skills to Somali refugees volunteering to return from Kenya to Somalia. Full text...

  • Somalia: Intl community urges Somalia's IEDRM to uphold transparency in electoral process
    22 december 2016 15:07:03
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - For the sake of accountability, transparency and credibility, international partners have called upon the Independent Electoral Dispute Resolution Mechanism (IEDRM) of Somalia to publicize public complaints about the ongoing electoral process and how it processed them. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF, partners begin mass measles' vaccinations in Somalia
    19 december 2016 17:28:42
    New York, US (PANA) - Following a major measles outbreak in Somalia, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners have supported a swift delivery of 55,000 doses of measles vaccine to Kismayo along with Vitamin A supplementation to boost the immunity of some 54,000 children under the age of 10 that are expected to be vaccinated. Full text...

  • Somalia: AMISOM embarks on operation to rehabilitate HirShabelle State roads
    17 december 2016 17:15:17
    Jowhar, Somalia (PANA) - Burundi's contingent under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has embarked on an operation code named ‘Antelope’ to open up key supply routes in the HirShabelle state, the Peace and Security Department of the African Union Commission (AUC) said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Senegal: TI decries corruption in delivery of aid to Somalia
    13 december 2016 15:45:15
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Transparency International (TI) on Tuesday called on the Somali government, donor agencies and humanitarian agencies to take critical steps to address corruption in the delivery of aid to ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches those most in need in southern Somalia.Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy condemns terrorist attack in Mogadishu
    11 december 2016 21:37:37
    New York, US (PANA) - UN envoy in Somalia, Michael Keating, on Sunday condemned a terrorist attack outside the seaport in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu. Full text...

  • UN: UN official urges more humanitarian support for Somalia
    02 december 2016 17:27:00
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia Peter de Clercq on Friday appealed for an urgent scale-up in humanitarian assistance in the Horn of Africa country facing severe drought and food shortage.Full text...

  • Sudan: Eleven young Somalis freed from human traffickers
    29 november 2016 09:15:53
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese police have freed 11 young Somali nationals, comprising eight young women and three boys, from human traffickers in Sudan's north Kordofan, near the border with Libya.Full text...

  • Tanzania: EU extends mandate of Somalia Operation Atalanta
    28 november 2016 15:52:24
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The European Council on Monday announced extension of the mandate of its Naval Force operation, known as EUNAVFOR Somalia Operation Atalanta, until 31 December, 2018, and also allocated to the operation a budget of slightly over Euro 11 million.Full text...

  • Somalia: UN, global community back Somalia’s electoral bodies to ensure credible polls
    26 november 2016 05:05:00
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – The United Nations and other members of the international community have commended the efforts of Somalia’s electoral bodies to ensure a credible and legitimate electoral process and supported the bodies’ decisions to disqualify candidates who engaged in corruption, intimidation and manipulation in the ongoing parliamentary elections. Full text...

  • Somalia: IMF mission tips Somalia on development planning, institution building
    22 november 2016 19:58:30
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Striving to normalize relations with international financial institutions, it is essential for authorities in Somalia to continue with preparation of a coherent national development plan with a roadmap for institution building and strong programme for social safety nets, an International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission said in a statement released Tuesday.Full text...

  • UN: UN, partners task Somalia electoral body on credible elections
    21 november 2016 15:28:50
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN envoy in Somalia, Michael Keating, has stressed the need to ensure that the legitimacy of the electoral process in the country is preserved and called on the electoral body to investigate any credible reports of violations of rules and regulations.Full text...

  • Somalia: UNSOM welcomes ceasefire deal in Gaalkacyo city
    19 november 2016 19:40:53
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) has welcomed the agreement reached Friday by Presidents Abdiweli Mohamed Ali “Gaas” of Puntland and Abdikarim Hussein Guled of Galmudug state and brokered by Prime Minister Abdirashid Ali Omar Sharmarke to extend the current ceasefire in Gaalkacyo and establish a two-kilometre-wide buffer zone between their security forces stationed in the city. Full text...

  • US: UN Welcomes Kenya’s decision on Dadaab camp
    17 november 2016 05:51:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The Office of the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) has welcomed Wednesday's statement from the Government of Kenya in which it reiterated its continued search for solutions for refugees at the Dadaab camp, where it has been hosting and protecting refugees from Somalia for many years. Full text...

  • 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...

Special File - Somalia

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