Somalia -
  • Somalia's moderate opposition leader elected president (Corrected)
    31 january 2009 10:54:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Somalia's prominent opposition leader Sharif Sheikh Ahmed was elected the country's new President on Saturday. Full text...

  • 16,000 internally-displaced Somalis return home
    30 january 2009 18:42:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Sixteen thousand Somalis, displaced in some of th e worst fighting in the capital, Mogadishu, are beginning to return to their dev a stated neighborhoods, UN Nairobi-based refugee agency UNHCR said in a statement P ANA received here Friday. Full text...

  • UN agency tasks Kenya on Somali refugees
    29 january 2009 15:41:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency has asked Kenya to stop the forcible return of Somalis seeking asylum after three people who crossed the Kenyan bord e r were sent back. Full text...

  • 'Ethiopia ready send troops back to Somalia'
    27 january 2009 15:03:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia is ready to send its troops back to Somalia if the occupation of the seat of parliament in Baidoa by Islamic group Al Shabab continues over the next few months, African Union Commission chief Jean Ping said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN envoy calls for unity government, stability in Somalia
    21 january 2009 21:06:00
    New York- US (PANA) --The UN secretary-general's special representative for Somal ia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, has called for a unity government and stability in th e war-torn country. Full text...

  • African Union force effectively in control of Somalia
    16 january 2009 17:45:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) Mission in Somalia has eff ectively taken control of areas vacated by the Ethiopian troops and is in effect i ve control, the force said Friday. Full text...

  • Contact group on Somali piracy meets
    14 january 2009 08:24:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The Contact Group on Somali Piracy (CGSP) was scheduled to hold its inaugural meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York Wednesday (14Jan). Full text...

  • US calls for UN force in Somalia
    13 january 2009 21:52:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The U. Full text...

  • Somalia's enlarged parliament to elect President in Djibouti
    12 january 2009 13:22:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Somalia's expanded parliament is to be created after which an election of the president, to replace Abdullahi Yusuf who resigned late last year, will be conducted on 26 January in Djibouti, officials have announced. Full text...

  • Ghana's new leader considers sending 2 battalions to Somalia
    09 january 2009 10:59:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ghana's new President John Atta Mills has pledged to the African Union that his country will urgently consider sending two battalions to the stretched African force in Somalia. Full text...

  • UN Security Council to consider Somali peacekeeping force
    09 january 2009 10:14:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon is to make a formal plea to the Security Council to approve a peacekeeping force for Somalia soon, Africa's chief diplomat, Jean Ping, announced here Friday. Full text...

  • Burundan, Ugandan troops threaten to withdraw from Somalia
    05 january 2009 08:20:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi and Uganda have threatened to withdraw their troops from Somalia, if the African Union (AU) fails to urgently strengthen its peacekeeping mission in Horn of Africa nation, security sources told PANA in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • UN envoy says Somalia faces leadership problem
    01 january 2009 08:09:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The ongoing instability in Somalia is the result of a vacuum of leadership in the country, according to a United Nations envoy, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah. Full text...

  • UNICEF moves to rescue starving Somali children
    31 december 2008 15:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) – In a new approach meant to- prevent child malnutrition in Somalia, the UNICEF Wednesday announced the introduction of a new emergency nutrition intervention measure to cater for the over 100,000 most vulnerable chi ldren in the war-torn horn of Africa country. Full text...

  • AU upbeat on Somalia after president quits
    29 december 2008 13:17:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) appeared upbeat on a quick solution to the political deadlock in Somalia on Monday, hours after President Abdullahi Yusuf tendered his resignation to the speaker after four years at the helm. Full text...

  • AU welcomes Somali President's resignation
    29 december 2008 09:59:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) has welcomed Monday's resignation of Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf, saying it should allow for a faster implementation of the Djibouti peace accord on an expanded Somali government and Parliament. Full text...

  • UN urges stronger enforcement of Somali arms embargo
    21 december 2008 09:53:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The UN Security Council has called for an enhanced monitoring of the arms embargo in Somalia, saying strict enforcement would improve security in the Horn of Africa nation. Full text...

  • UN-led group to hold critical talks on Somalia
    19 december 2008 17:32:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- A UN-led international group of countries and organizations supporting the consolidation of peace in war-ravaged Somalia is sl ated to hold a high-level meeting on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN adopts US-draft resolution on Somali piracy
    17 december 2008 16:38:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN Security Council Wednesday unanimously adopted a re solution calling on the international community to actively take part in the fig h t against pirates operating in waters off the Somalian coast. Full text...

  • UN-led group to hold critical talks on Somalia
    15 december 2008 23:18:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- A UN-led international group of countries and organisation s supporting the consolidation of peace in war-ravaged Somalia is slated to hold a high-level meeting on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Somalia's political feud to dominate Contact Group meeting
    15 december 2008 23:06:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf's sacking of his Prime Minister Hassan Hussein will be condemned on Tuesday as an unwelcome dist r action to the efforts to save the country from its crisis at a UN meeting. Full text...

  • EU worried about the political situation in Somalia
    15 december 2008 18:33:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The French presidency of European Union (PFUE) declared M onday it was "highly worried" by the decision of the president of the Somali Tra n sition Federal government (GFT), Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, to dismiss his Prime Min i ster, Nur Hassan Hussein Adde. Full text...

  • Burundi promises to retain, increase
    15 december 2008 17:47:00
    peacekeepers in Somalia Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The Burundian army does not plan to fall in behind E thiopia by withdrawing hurriedly from Somalia. Full text...

  • AU rejects Somali PM sacking
    15 december 2008 09:20:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf's decision to sack Prime Minister Hassan Hussein is a further setback to the efforts to clinch a political agreement in Somalia and will widen the rift there, African Union Commission (AUC) chairperson Jean Ping said here Ping said in a statement Sunday that the sacking of the Somali Prime Minister was contrary to the expectations of the international community, which had faithfully awaited the implementation of a power-sharing accord for Somalia. Full text...

  • Ethiopian troops to evacuate AU peacekeepers before exit
    11 december 2008 16:48:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopian troops in Somalia will secure the safe exit of the African Union (AU) peacekeeping troops in the country before eventua l ly pulling out at the end of this year, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, said. Full text...

  • African diplomat to press UN for Somali peacekeeping force
    10 december 2008 19:17:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African Union Commission Chairperson Jean Ping We dnesday dispatched the continent's security chief to New York for urgent negotia t ions with the United Nations Security Council to press for the authorisation of a Somali force. Full text...

  • Somali's top opposition figure returns to Mogadishu
    10 december 2008 18:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Sharif Sheikh Ahmed Aden, Somali's former Speaker and th e leader of the opposition Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia (ARS), retu r ned to Mogadishu Wednesday after a two-year absence in what a UN envoy hailed as a "major development". Full text...

  • Arab League supports joint African force for Somalia
    06 december 2008 12:14:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) --Diplomats assigned to the Arab League Saturday agr eed to immediately work on the rehabilitation of Somalia's non-existent national army and called for sanctions against Islamist militants spearheading the killin g s of civilians there. Full text...

  • Europe to station naval force off Somalia
    02 december 2008 16:51:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European naval force to fight maritime piracy off Somalia, will be launched 8 December, PANA was informed Tuesday by official sou r ces here. Full text...

  • Ethiopian PM restates Somali troops' pullout plan
    01 december 2008 16:21:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has reitera ted his government's determination to withdraw its ground forces from the war-ra v aged Somalia as an African Union (AU) panel seeks an urgent move to prevent a se c urity vacuum. Full text...

  • Somali rivals unveil details of power-sharing government
    28 november 2008 15:07:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali rival factions opened talks here Friday on the mo dels of a power-sharing cabinet and parliament expected to be formed in the Horn of African country, with two UN agencies backing the talks. Full text...

  • European parliament slams execution by stoning of Somali girl
    24 november 2008 18:04:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European parliament has strongly condemned the ex ecution, on 27 October, of the 13-year-old Somali girl, Aïsha Ibrahim Duhulow, f o r adultery. Full text...

  • Suez Canal under threat from Somali piracy
    23 november 2008 09:37:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) – The increase in piracy off t-he coast of Somalia that has l eft dozens of ships hijacked this year is threatening one of Egypt's main source s of income, the Suez Canal. Full text...

  • Nigeria explains delay in troops deployment to Somalia
    21 november 2008 07:46:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's delay in sending troops to the tottering African peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is due to the non-arrival of the military hardware to be used by the troops, President Umaru Yar'Adua has explained. Full text...

  • AU chief says Somali leaders' wrangling heightening piracy
    20 november 2008 11:56:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African Union Commission Chairperson Jean Ping Thursday attributed the deteriorating acts of piracy along the coast of Somalia to the growing political deadlock among the country's top politicians. Full text...

  • AU Chairperson talks with Somalia's Abdallah Youssef
    19 november 2008 23:20:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) – The current chairman of th-e African Union (AU), Tanzania n President Jakaya Kikwete, on Wednesday held talks in Tripoli with his Somali counterpart, Abdallah Youssef Ahmed, on the latest developments in the situation in Somalia and bilateral relations between their countries. Full text...

  • US warns citizens against travel to Somalia, Eritrea
    18 november 2008 19:40:00
    Washington DC- US (PANA) -- The US State Department has warned American citizens against travelling to Somalia and Eritrea. Full text...

  • Kenya scales up security along Somalia border
    18 november 2008 10:29:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan government has strengthened security along its border with Somalia, following the escalation of clashes between Islamists and government troops. Full text...

  • US official: We're concerned about terror attacks in Somalia
    15 november 2008 09:54:00
    Washington- US (PANA) – A US State Department offi-cial has said they are concern ed about terror attacks being carried out by Islamic forces in Somalia and there is the need to bring peace and stability to the war-ravaged country. Full text...

  • HRW urges Kenya, donors to intervene in Somalia refugee crisis
    14 november 2008 15:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- International human rights organisation, the Human Right s Watch (HRW) has charged the Kenyan government, foreign donors and UN agencies t o urgently respond seriously to the worsening Somali refugee crisis in Kenya. Full text...

  • EU grants 212 million euros to Somalia
    12 november 2008 19:47:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) Wednesday announced a grant o f 212 million euros to Somalia to enable the African country finance programmes a imed at reinforcing its institutions and economy, PANA gathered from Belgian official so urces here. Full text...

  • EU to deploy naval force off Somalia
    11 november 2008 10:33:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The deployment of the European anti-piracy naval force 'ATLANTA' was approved on Monday in Brussels by the European Union's joint council of defence and foreign ministers. Full text...

  • African leaders agree to restore Somali peace effort
    29 october 2008 17:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- African leaders gathered here under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) have tasked the Somali governm e nt to form a new cabinet within two weeks and finalise a raft of new reform meas u res as part of a new peace roadmap for the country. Full text...

  • UN envoy welcomes peace deal in Somalia
    27 october 2008 19:33:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN envoy to Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, has welcom ed the agreement between the Somali transitional government and Islamic rebels f o r a ceasefire to end their deadly conflict. Full text...

  • 104 children released from Somaliland prisons
    26 october 2008 17:49:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- One hundred and four children, aged 15–18, have been rel eased from eight prisons in Somaliland (North-west Somalia). Full text...

  • Somalia welcomes foreign warships in territorial waters
    20 october 2008 11:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Somali transitional government has welcomed the presence of foreign warships guarding the country's pirate-infested waters, Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein said. Full text...

  • UN prepares new Somali peace support plan
    17 october 2008 12:34:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The United Nations and the World Bank have planned an international fund-raising conference in early 2009 to seek more financial assistance for Somalia to help implement a year-long recovery programme. Full text...

  • Somali pirates seize Greek ship
    18 september 2008 12:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Greek ship with 25 crew members on board has been seiz ed by armed pirates off the coast of Somalia in the latest attacks at the world' s most-dangerous waters, a regional maritime official said Thursday. Full text...

  • Somali pirates seize Greek ship
    18 september 2008 12:01:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Greek ship with 25 crew members on board has been seiz ed by armed pirates off the coast of Somalia in the latest attacks at the world' s most-dangerous waters, a regional maritime official said Thursday. Full text...

  • Kibaki wants global intervention in Somali crisis
    11 september 2008 18:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki Wednesday urged the interna tional community to intervene to avert further degeneration of the current situa t ion in Somalia. Full text...

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