Somalia -
  • Somalia is top priority for UN, says General Assembly President
    04 may 2006 17:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somalia will be the first African country to benefit from the UN reforms on the strengthening of institutions in post-conflict reconstruction, the UN General Assembly President Jan Eliasson, said here Thursday. Full text...

  • UN prepares Somali lawmakers for new legislative agenda
    04 may 2006 13:05:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The United Nations has convened weeklong talks for 250 Somali MPs in Baidoa (Somalia) to prepare them to handle the task of legislating laws for the Horn of Africa nation emerging from 15 years of political turmoil, a UN spokesperson said here on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN agencies launch appeal fund to reverse polio resurgence in Somalia
    02 may 2006 17:04:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UN aid agencies Tuesday launched a new appeal for US$10 million to combat the resurgence of poliovirus in Somalia, blaming the return of the infectious disease on the failure to step up immunisation programmes. Full text...

  • Refugees face new restrictions in northern Kenya
    29 april 2006 11:19:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan authorities have put in place tough new travel restrictions on refugees housed in the three northern Kenya-based UN High Commissioner for Refugees camps, who wish to seek advanced treatment outside the North Eastern administrative region. Full text...

  • Somali's first post war police offers graduate
    24 april 2006 19:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The first police officers from northeast and south Somalia to be trained in decades graduated from the recently established Armo Police Academy in Puntland on Monday, the UN said in a statement here. Full text...

  • Somalia reopens embassy in Ethiopia
    05 april 2006 09:40:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi has described the reopening of his country's embassy in Ethiopia on Tuesday as a sign of success of the leadership of the two neighbouring nations. Full text...

  • Kenya holds 20 illegal aliens from Somalia
    30 march 2006 19:59:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan marine security patrol on Thursday arrested 20 Somalis sailing in a boat within the country's territorial waters, off the tourist resort town of Malindi, as they reportedly tried to gain illegal entry into Kenya. Full text...

  • Somalia, EU sign a memorandum of understanding
    29 march 2006 20:52:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Somalia and the European Union have signed a memorandum of understanding to intensify cooperation between Brussels and Mogadishu, a communiqué issued in Brussels said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Somalia's fragile peace could flop, warns mediator
    27 march 2006 20:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somalia could relapse to full-scale civil disorder unless the UN Security Council and the regional InterGovernmental Authority on Development urgently moves to deploy a protection force there, Kenya's Somali peace mediator, Bethwel Kiplagat, said on Monday. Full text...

  • Somali Premier off to meet EU officials
    27 march 2006 17:32:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Ghedi, began a working visit here Monday during which he is expected to meet José Durao Barroso, the president of the European Commission, as well Louis Michel, the European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Assistance. Full text...

  • Fresh fighting uproots 3000 Somalis
    21 march 2006 21:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) – The number of Somalis flee-ing renewed fighting between the Transitional government and Mogadishu-based warlords has risen to some 3000, relief agencies and Kenya government officials confirmed here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Hundreds of Somali refugees flee into Kenya
    20 march 2006 11:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- More than 500 Somalis have entered Kenya in the past five days, after fleeing heavy fighting between the Somali transitional government forces and militia of local warlords, according to refuge agencies here. Full text...

  • IGAD censured over failure to deploy peacekeepers to Somalia
    13 march 2006 19:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A top Kenyan government official on Monday censured the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the regional body, for failing to deploy peacekeepers in Somalia a year after it was mandated to act. Full text...

  • Somali gunmen free abducted UN worker
    03 march 2006 16:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN has confirmed the release of a UNICEF staff, Robert McCarthy, who was abducted by Somali gunmen 1 March. Full text...

  • UN envoy appeals for end to Somali fighting
    23 february 2006 14:42:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The United Nations has appealed for calm in Somalia after four days of heavy fighting between gunmen loyal to warlords controlling the Somali capital and Islamic Court's security militia. Full text...

  • EU hails plan for Somali parliamentary session
    20 february 2006 20:54:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) Monday welcomed the announcement that the Somali federal parliament would meet 26 February in Baidoa at an extraordinary session. Full text...

  • Australia donates to tackle starvation in Kenya, Somalia
    16 february 2006 19:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Australia will provide 5 million Australian dollars for urgent humanitarian aid to Kenya and Somalia where millions of people are facing starvation, an official sources announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • ICRC intensifies drought relief operations in Ethiopia, Somalia
    15 february 2006 02:01:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) announced Wednesday that it was stepping up emergency operation to assist more than half a million famished people in areas hit by severe drought and armed violence in southern Ethiopia and Somalia. Full text...

  • Somali leaders agree to meet in Baidoa
    13 february 2006 19:43:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Following three days of closed doors meetings, Somali President Abdilahi Yusuf, his Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Gedi and Speaker of Parliament Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan indicated on Monday that they have mended fences by agreeing to hold the first session of parliament in Somalia's south-central town of Baidoa. Full text...

  • Somali foreign minister on diplomatic offensive
    06 february 2006 17:30:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Foreign minister Abdullahi Sheikh Ismail of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia on Monday expressed hope that his country, with the assistance of members of the African Union and the international community, would soon emerge from its current state of disorder with a well-entrenched government. Full text...

  • UN welcomes moves to open Somali parliament in Baidoa
    30 january 2006 21:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The United Nations said Monday that it welcomed rival Somali leaders' announcement to hold Somalia's first parliamentary sitting in Baidoa, a southwestern town seen as a neutral ground for parties to the conflict. Full text...

  • Somalia's first parliamentary session set for Baidoa
    30 january 2006 20:49:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somalia's long-term hope for peace received a major boost Monday with rival leaders setting a tentative date for Parliament to convene inside the country for the first time on 26 February, Somali officials said here. Full text...

  • UN envoy urges donors to avert catastrophe in Somalia
    20 january 2006 13:30:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- United Nations secretary general's special representative for Somalia Francois Lonseny Fall on Friday appealed to international donors to respond quickly and generously to the humanitarian drought crisis now engulfing Somali communities. Full text...

  • Somalis prepare first parliamentary session
    17 january 2006 12:05:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali leaders have agreed to shortly convene the first session of the Transitional Federal Parliament within Somalia to iron out issues that are hindering national unity, media reports said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • US pats Somali rivals over 'unity accord'
    09 january 2006 18:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The United States Monday said it was "heartened" by the 'Aden Declaration' rival Somali factions reached last week, the first concrete political truce reached by the rival Somali leaders since stepping into the country. Full text...

  • Kenyan former Foreign Minister sets up peace Foundation
    07 january 2006 13:19:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Former Kenyan Foreign Minister Kalonzo Musyoka, who mediated the Sudanese and Somali crises for nearly 10 years, has established a foundation to foster conflict resolution and democratic ideals in Africa. Full text...

  • Somali's famine disaster to hit 2 million - FAO
    28 december 2005 15:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somalia faces an acute famine following lower than expected harvests and continuing resource-based conflicts which might worsen the humanitarian crisis there, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has said. Full text...

  • Somalia gets first post-war police academy
    21 december 2005 14:39:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Efforts to restore full security to war-ravished Somalia got a boost Tuesday with the opening of the first post-war police academy at Armo, 100km south of Bossaso, in the northeast of the country, built by UN agencies in collaboration with neighbouring states. Full text...

  • UNICEF pleads for Somalia's stability
    20 december 2005 09:07:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UNICEF Somalia office based here has appealed for international backing for ongoing efforts to restore stability in the horn African country and ensure that children, who are currently "excluded and invisible" from the development agenda, are put back on the map to reap the benefits of education, health and protection. Full text...

  • South African general to head Somalia peacekeeping force
    16 december 2005 19:34:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- South Africa army Major General Derrick Mgwebi, who heads the UN Operation in Burundi (ONUB), announced here Friday that he would shortly take up assignment as head of an international peacekeeping force in Somalia. Full text...

  • UN official warns Somali warlords against blocking food aid
    15 december 2005 18:58:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia, Francois Lonseny Fall, Thursday warned Somali warlords against interfering with the delivery of aid to starving populations in Central and Southern Somalia. Full text...

  • UN agencies seek US$85m for mine clearance in Africa
    15 december 2005 16:14:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UN agencies Thursday launched an an appeal here for 85. Full text...

  • Somaliland, Puntland free 36 prisoners
    06 december 2005 19:39:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Regional authorities in Somalia's self- declared Republic of Somaliland and the self-autonomous region of Puntland have exchanged 36 prisoners captured a year ago during fighting over the disputed border territory of Sool. Full text...

  • WFP trucks in relief aid to avoid Somali pirates
    05 december 2005 14:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) has reached its first convoy of relief food in Somalia on trucks following several pirate attacks on ships carrying relief aid on Somali waters, WFP officials said Monday. Full text...

  • UN hopeful Somalia can avert HIV/AIDS catastrophe
    05 december 2005 08:39:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somalia still has an opportunity to be one of the few sub-Saharan African countries to avert an HIV/AIDS epidemic of major proportions, three United Nations agencies said here Monday. Full text...

  • Faction jails Somali journalist for 'arms deal' report
    01 december 2005 22:24:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Jubba Valley Alliance, a Somali warring faction, has detained a local journalist since Monday for a story claiming it has been importing arms in violation of the 2004 peace agreement and a UN arms embargo, according to the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ). Full text...

  • Somalis launch online distance learning initiative
    30 november 2005 17:32:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Six Somali tertiary academic institutions Wednesday launched an Online Distance Learning Initiative to enable students attain internationally accredited university qualifications through expanded access to global learning in partnerships with schools in other countries. Full text...

  • Opening of Somaliland parliament marred by confusion
    30 november 2005 09:10:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Uneasy calm prevailed Wednesday in Hargeysa, capital of Somalia's self-proclaimed Somaliland republic after the opening of the first-elected parliament was marred by student riots and fist fights among MPs Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya urges more action against piracy on Somali coasts
    17 november 2005 16:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya has called for an aggressive action against escalating activities of pirates along the Somali coastline, to protect shipping in the region. Full text...

  • Landmine kills 3 in Somaliland
    17 november 2005 16:14:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- A landmine explosion Wednesday killed three lives and wounded four others seriously in Burao, some 350 kilometres from Hargeysa, capital of the self-declared republic of Somaliland, sources confirmed here Thursday. Full text...

  • Somali warlords reach truce after months of rifts
    16 november 2005 20:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Main Somali warlords based in Mogadishu, the capital, have decided to reconcile with the Jowhar-based transitional government after a long spell of quarrelling over where the seat of government should be located. Full text...

  • Somaliland court condemns 8 to death for killing aid workers
    14 november 2005 20:14:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- A court in the self-declared republic of Somaliland on Monday sentenced eight persons to death after being found guilty of killing three foreign aid workers between 2003 and 2004, while seven other convicts were given life imprisonment for the same crime. Full text...

  • Somali Prime Minister due in Brussels
    14 november 2005 19:17:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Somali Prime Minister Ali Muhammad Ghadi is expected in Brussels Tuesday on a two-day working visit, the European Union (EU) said in a statement in the Belgian capital Monday. Full text...

  • Measles kills 13 in Somaliland's Awdal region
    13 november 2005 16:27:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Measles killed 13 persons in Awdal region of the self-proclaimed Republic of Somaliland, while symptoms were detected in 23 others, medical sources confirmed. Full text...

  • Kenyan officials, ship-owners to meet on hijacked ship in Somalia
    12 november 2005 12:56:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Officials of the Kenyan government, ship-owners and other stakeholders in the shipping industry are to meet next week to push for the release of a ship and its crew members hijacked off the Somali coast 8 October, industry sources said here Saturday. Full text...

  • Somalia warlords snub Prime Minister's meeting
    10 november 2005 10:51:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Key warlords who control a sizeable part of Mogadishu city have snubbed a meeting called by the Prime Minister, Ali Mohamed Ghedi, in a bid to solve a deepening rift within his transitional government. Full text...

  • Huge amounts of weapons still entering Somalia, UN official
    09 november 2005 23:13:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Despite a UN arms embargo imposed on it, Somalians continue to witness huge amounts of weapons flowing into the country, Francois Fall, the Special Representative of UN Secretary-General on Somalia, said Wednesday in New York City. Full text...

  • Puntland reduces police force
    09 november 2005 18:21:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Authorities in the self-declared autonomous region of Puntland has embarked on its first ever disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) programme, designed to reduce the number of its military personnel. Full text...

  • Explosion against Somali PM's convoy kills nine
    07 november 2005 17:27:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- At least nine people were killed and more than 15 others got wounded on Sunday evening after a landmine and grenade explosions targeted a convoy carrying Somalia's Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi from the Mogadishu Airport to the city, an official source affirmed here Monday. Full text...

  • UN envoy condemns assassination bid on Somali PM
    07 november 2005 15:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- An official of the UN Political Office for Somalia has condemned the assassination attempt against Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Ghedi on Sunday in Mogadishu, which left five of his bodyguards dead and 12 others critically injured. Full text...

Special File - Somalia

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