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  • Kibaki urges formation of all-inclusive govt. in Somalia
    09 march 2009 18:35:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki Monday urged the newly-elec ted Somali leader, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, to reach out to all groups and in c lude them in his government. Full text...

  • International Contact Group on Somalia meets in Brussels
    01 march 2009 18:56:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The International Contact Group on Somalia, meeting i n Brussels, gave serious thought to ways and means to help the new Somalian gove r nment bring stability to the country. Full text...

  • Large crowd witness burial of Burundi peacekeepers killed in
    26 february 2009 09:24:00
    Somalia Mpanda- Burundi (PANA) -- About 2,500 people Tuesday witnessed the funeral ceremony of the 12 soldiers killed last Sunday in Mogadishu in a suicide attack blamed on the Islamist insurgents on the Burundian contingent of the African Union Peacekeeping Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), PANA reports from here. Full text...

  • Large crowd witness burial of Burundi peacekeepers killed in Somalia
    25 february 2009 20:16:00
    Mpanda- Burundi (PANA) -- About 2,500 people Tuesday witnessed the funeral ceremo ny of the 12 soldiers killed last Sunday in Mogadishu in a suicide attack blamed on the Islamist insurgents on the Burundian contingent of the African Union Peac e keeping Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), PANA reports from here. Full text...

  • Large crowd witness burial of Burundi peacekeepers killed in Somalia
    25 february 2009 20:13:00
    Mpanda- Burundi (PANA) -- About 2,500 people Tuesday witnessed the funeral ceremo ny of the 12 soldiers killed last Sunday in Mogadishu in a suicide attack blamed on the Islamist insurgents on the Burundian contingent of the African Union Peac e keeping Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), PANA reports from here. Full text...

  • AU chief vows to speed up formation of Somali army
    23 february 2009 14:04:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) has vowed to speed up the setting up of a police force and an army for war-scarred Somalia, a day after a deadly suicide bomb attack killed 11 Burundian soldiers and wounded dozens. Full text...

  • Somali militants kill 11 Burundian soldiers in Mogadishu
    23 february 2009 11:25:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- At least 11 Burundian soldiers have been killed and 15 others seriously wounded in the latest attacks against the African Union Peacekeeping Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the organization said on Monday. Full text...

  • Somali's new cabinet expected in Mogadishu
    21 february 2009 13:34:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Somalia's new cabinet appointed in neighbouring Djibouti on Friday is expected to return home in volatile Mogadishu on Sunday to begin the work of putting the country back on track after years of turmoil, a UN source said. Full text...

  • African ministers urge UN to urgently bolster Somali force
    17 february 2009 18:45:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African defence ministers whose countries contribute troops to the weak African Union army in Somalia (AMISOM) Tuesday asked the United Nations Security Council to speed up the release of funds it pledged to finance the peacekeeping operations in the Horn of Africa nation. Full text...

  • African ministers urge UN to urgently bolster Somali force
    17 february 2009 18:06:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African defence ministers whose countries contribute troops to the weak African Union army in Somalia (AMISOM) Tuesday asked the United Nations Security Council to speed up the release of funds it pledged to finance the peacekeeping operations in the Horn of Africa nation. Full text...

  • Ethiopia says US provided intelligence for Somali military offensive
    13 february 2009 19:39:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The United States distanced itself from Ethiopia ’s military involvement in Somalia but helped to provide intelligence to Ethiopi a n government during its military operation in Somalia , Ethiopia’s Premier Meles Zenawi has revealed. Full text...

  • IFJ condemns escalating attacks on Somali journalists
    10 february 2009 13:20:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has condemned the violent knife attack on journalist Hassan Bulhan Ali, director of Radio Abudwaq station in Central Somalia, who was stabbed five times at the weekend and has been in a critical condition, the federation said in a statement made available to PANA Tuesday. Full text...

  • UNESCO pays tribute to slain Somali journalist
    09 february 2009 20:04:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UNESCO's Director-General Kochiro Matsuura on Monday conde mned the assassination of Somali journalist Said Tahlil Ahmed, who was killed on 4 February. Full text...

  • IFJ warns against Somalia news blackout
    06 february 2009 15:08:00
    Nairobi- Kenya, (PANA) -- The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) warne d on Friday against calls by United Nations Special Envoy in Somalia, Ahmed Ould Abdallh, to suspend news reporting from Somalia, saying the move could be counte r productive. Full text...

  • IFJ condemns killing of Somali journalist
    06 february 2009 14:34:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has co ndemned the murder of Said Tahliil Ahmed, the director of HornAfrik - a radio an d television station in the Somali Capital Mogadishu, a statement PANA received h e re on Friday disclosed. Full text...

  • Hunger: Nearly four million Somalis risk death
    03 february 2009 18:51:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Half of Somalia's population of eight million people is now in dire need of emergency aid, international non-governmental organization, Oxfam, said in a new report obtained by PANA here Tuesday. Full text...

  • 9 countries endorse pact to combat Somali pirates
    03 february 2009 18:51:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Nine countries in the Indian Ocean and Red Sea region have announced plans to cooperate on countering the threat of piracy off the coast of Somalia. Full text...

  • UN applauds Somalia on new government
    03 february 2009 03:06:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended the new Somali parliament for a successful vote that saw the election of Sheikh Sharif Ahmed as the new president. Full text...

  • New Somali leader attends AU summit
    01 february 2009 09:04:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Hours after being sworn into office, newly-elected President of Somalia Sheikh Sharrif Sheikh Ahmed arrived here on Sunday to attend the 1-3 February, 12th ordinary summit of the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • 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...

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