Somalia -
  • Canadian MP urges more international aid for Somalia
    08 august 2005 17:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Visiting Canadian MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj Monday called on the international community to increase its support for the new Somali government. Full text...

  • WFP, Somali govt, local leaders strike deal for release of hijacked ship
    08 august 2005 16:29:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) said Monday it had reached an agreement with local leaders and the Somali government for the release of the UN agency-chartered ship, crew members and cargo, hijacked by militias off the country's coast six weeks ago. Full text...

  • Somali Prime Minister pledges national reconciliation
    19 july 2005 22:23:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Ghedi promised in Tripoli Tuesday to work towards reconciliation of the warring parties and the reconstruction of his war-torn country. Full text...

  • Kenya seeks release of hostages from Somali pirates
    19 july 2005 15:59:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan government Tuesday announced it has directed its ambassador to Somalia, Mohammed Affey, to begin direct negotiations on Wednesday with pirates who hijacked a UN- chartered vessel en route to the tsunami-hit region with tonnes of relief food. Full text...

  • UN agencies prepare shelter for Tsunami-affected Somalis
    19 july 2005 13:01:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UNICEF and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) are working on a project to provide shelter in August for over 2,400 people living in the Tsunami- affected town of Hafun in northeastern Somalia, they affirmed in a joint media release here Tuesday. Full text...

  • EU condemns Somali activist's murder
    18 july 2005 19:40:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union has condemned the 10 July assassination of Somali activist, Abdulkadir Yahya Ali, saying his death had deprive the country of a relentless campaigner for peace and stability in the war-torn nation. Full text...

  • Libya, Somalia consider security cooperation
    17 july 2005 17:46:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Visiting Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Ghedi met here Sunday with Libyan Public Security Secretary Nasr Al-Mabrouk, on the strengthening of bilateral co-operation especially on security, official sources said. Full text...

  • UN to partially lift arms ban on Somalia
    14 july 2005 07:47:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The UN Security Council is expected to ease its arms embargo against Somalia in order to facilitate the deployment of IGAD peacekeepers into the war-ravaged Horn of Africa country, an African Union (AU) source here told PANA Thursday. Full text...

  • CPJ demands stop to harassment of media in Somalia
    13 july 2005 23:23:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists on Wednesday welcomed the release of two radio journalists who were jailed for nearly two weeks in Bossasso, a city in the self-declared autonomous region of Puntland. Full text...

  • Libyan, Somali officials review reconciliation in Somalia
    11 july 2005 21:01:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Visiting Somali deputy Prime Minister and co-operation minister, Ismael Mahmoud Herra and Libya's deputy foreign minister, Said Hefyana, on Monday reviewed efforts aimed at consolidating reconciliation and stability in the Horn of Africa nation based on a plan devised by the transitional federal government. Full text...

  • UN condemns killing of Somali activist
    11 july 2005 11:44:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN has strongly condemned the murder of a key Somali activist-cum-aid worker who was gunned down by unknown militiamen in the capital Mogadishu in the early hours of Monday. Full text...

  • Hijackers oblige WFP to suspend shipment to Somalia
    06 july 2005 16:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- World Food Programme (WFP) on Wednesday suspended all shipments of humanitarian assistance to Somalia following the hijacking of a chartered vessel carrying food aid for 28,000 tsunami survivors. Full text...

  • CPJ protests jailing of journalists, shutting of radio station in Somalia
    05 july 2005 22:28:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Tuesday expressed deep concern over the detention of two radio journalists and closure of their station in Bossasso, a city in Somalia's self-declared autonomous region of Puntland. Full text...

  • AU puts in place mechanism for Somali peace
    05 july 2005 21:29:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The African Union's Peace and Security Council (PSC) has decided to put in place, as quickly as possible, a follow-up mechanism for the socio- economic reconstruction of Somalia. Full text...

  • UN panel warns over military tension in Somalia
    05 july 2005 15:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A United Nations monitoring team in Somalia Tuesday issued a warning to Somalis against violating a decade-old UN arms embargo and called for urgent end to rising military tension in the Horn of Africa nation. Full text...

  • WFP seeks US$6.7m to feed refugees in Kenya
    30 june 2005 11:02:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- With the number of refugees in Kenya rising despite peace moves in Somalia and Sudan, the World Food Programme WFP is appealing for 6. Full text...

  • Somali pirates hijack ship carrying WFP relief aid
    30 june 2005 10:01:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- A ship chattered by the World Food Programme (WFP) to deliver food aid to more than 28,000 Tsunami-affected people in the Somali region of Hafun, has been hijacked by armed Somali pirates between Haradhere and Hobyo, some 300-km from Mogadishu, WFP sources said here Thursday. Full text...

  • CPJ joins call for release of Somali journalist
    28 june 2005 20:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Tuesday joined five local and international press freedom and human rights groups demanding the immediate release of Abdi Farah Nur, editor of Puntland's leading independent newspaper, Shacab (Voice of the People). Full text...

  • 2,000 rendered homeless by Puntland fire
    27 june 2005 09:56:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- More than 250 houses were destroyed and over 2,000 people rendered homeless after a fire Sunday swept through Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in Buulo Eelaay, on the outskirts of Bosaso in Somalia's self-declared autonomous region of Puntland, witnesses said Monday. Full text...

  • Somali transitional govt sets up base in Jowhar
    23 june 2005 17:13:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Somalia's exiled transitional government has started establishing its fledging administration temporarily in the town of Jowhar, 90 km from Mogadishu, until the Somali capital is pacified. Full text...

  • US cheers Somali govt's relocation
    22 june 2005 17:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The United States has praised the relocation of the Somali government and efforts to pacify the capital, Mogadishu, saying a Somali-led initiative to demilitarize the war-torn nation was the best way to ensure peace prevails. Full text...

  • Puntland editor jailed after resuming publication
    21 june 2005 08:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned authorities in the autonomous Puntland region of northeast Somalia for arresting Abdi Farah Nur, editor of the weekly Shacab (Voice of the People) on Sunday "Puntland authorities are acting in an arbitrary and autocratic way toward this independent newspaper and its journalists," said Ann Cooper, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists. Full text...

  • Polio immunisation kicks off in Somaliland, Puntland
    20 june 2005 09:41:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- A five-day emergency day polio immunisation campaign targeting an estimated 500,00 children kicked off last Friday and Saturday, respectively in the self- autonomous region of Puntland and the self-declared Republic of Somaliland. Full text...

  • Somali govt embarks on reconstruction, disarmament
    19 june 2005 10:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali reconstruction and reconciliation will start next week following the reconstitution of 92 administrative districts, which will also spearhead a voluntary disarmament process, Prime Minister Mohamed Ghedi said here on Saturday. Full text...

  • Somali Premier moves government to Jowhar
    18 june 2005 13:44:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali Prime Minister Mohammed Ghedi Saturday left the relative safety of neighbouring Kenya for Jowhar, optimistic that his arrival will be timely to welcome exiled President Abdullahi Yusuf. Full text...

  • Inter-clan fighting kills 18 in Somalia
    17 june 2005 21:14:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- At least 18 people were killed and more than 50 others wounded since inter-clan fighting erupted on Thursday in the border town of Aato in Bakool region in Somalia. Full text...

  • Somali warlord blocks govt relocation in Jowhar
    16 june 2005 19:28:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Somali warlord, Mohamed Omar Habeb alias Mohamed Dhere who controls the town of Jowhar, has suddenly refused the transitional government to settle there after President Abdilahi Yusuf and government members vacated Nairobi, Kenya on Monday. Full text...

  • Somalia polio immunisation begins Friday
    15 june 2005 21:42:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A nation-wide polio immunisation campaign begins in Somalia Friday to protect the country's children from life-long paralysis caused by the disease, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) announced here Wednesday. Full text...

  • UNICEF resumes operations in Somalia's Puntland
    15 june 2005 16:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN children's agency, UNICEF has resumed operations in Somalia's autonomous north-eastern region of Puntland after a three-week suspension, the agency's Somalia Representative Jesper Morch, announced in Nairobi Wednesday. Full text...

  • 'Stranded' Somalis seek UN help to relocate
    15 june 2005 11:05:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali legislators and delegates who are expected to relocate to Mogadishu from Nairobi have requested the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to facilitate their return to Somalia. Full text...

  • Yusuf upbeat over stability as exiled Somali govt relocates
    13 june 2005 14:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Interim president Abdullahi Yusuf Monday led his exiled government back to Somalia, confident that the move would set off the "rebirth and restoration" of the Somali state. Full text...

  • Somali govt finally goes home Monday
    12 june 2005 16:21:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Somali government, which is expected to quit the relative safety of neighbouring Kenya on Monday afternoon, is going to a country with no formal police force, no organised army and a rundown infrastructure which it is expected to build from scratch. Full text...

  • Somali farmers to benefit from rehabilitated canal
    11 june 2005 16:47:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- More than 55,000 farmers in Somalia's central region of Shabelle will benefit from a rehabilitated canal located in the town of Jowhar, 90 km from Mogadishu. Full text...

  • African ministers to meet in Nairobi on Somalia
    11 june 2005 14:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Regional Foreign Ministers meet in Nairobi Sunday to discuss the deployment of an African peacekeeping force to Somalia, a Kenyan official has said here. Full text...

  • Somali MPs, officials check out of Nairobi hotels
    08 june 2005 20:35:00
    Nairobi- Kenya, (PANA) -- Somali MPs and officials serving in the Transitional National Government (TNG) based in Nairobi, have started checking out of their hotels ahead of their planned relocation to Somalia by 21 June. Full text...

  • 20 killed in Somali inter-clan fighting
    07 june 2005 16:11:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- At least 20 people were killed and more than 50 others wounded in fresh inter-clan fighting the erupted Monday in Beledweyn town, the regional capital of Hiraan, central Somalia, 320 kms from Mogadishu. Full text...

  • CPJ condemns killing of journalist in Mogadishu
    07 june 2005 13:51:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the killing of radio journalist Duniya Muhyadin Nur, who was shot to death on Sunday while covering a protest in Afgoye, about 30 km from outside Mogadishu. Full text...

  • Torrential rains kill seven in Somalia's Juba
    06 june 2005 13:29:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Last Saturday night's torrential rains killed at least seven persons, swept away hundreds of huts and displaced thousands of peasants from their devastated farmlands in south-western Somalia'a Boaale district of middle Juba region. Full text...

  • Mental health situation alarming in Somaliland
    03 june 2005 16:34:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Health is universally defined as a state of complete physical, mental and social well being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Full text...

  • Housing project for Somali IDPs gets boost
    02 june 2005 10:03:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- The municipality of Garowe in Somalia's self- proclaimed autonomous region of Puntland has approved the UN-HABITAT proposal on resettlement sites to construct low-cost housing for internally displaced persons (IDPs), according to Garowe mayor Mohamud Omar. Full text...

  • Somaliland, Ethiopia sign trade pact
    01 june 2005 16:03:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Somaliland and Ethiopia have signed an agreement for the latter to use Berbera port during a ceremony held in Hargeisa, the Somaliland capital. Full text...

  • Medics confirm 14 killed in Somalia's Baidoa fighting
    31 may 2005 18:05:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- At least 14 persons were killed and over 30 others wounded in factional fighting Monday in Baidoa town, about 230km outside here, medical sources confirmed Tuesday. Full text...

  • New UN envoy to Somalia assures support as fighting breaks out
    30 may 2005 17:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- François Lonseny Fall, the new Special Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan to Somalia, Monday assumed duties assuring the Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of the full support of the United Nations. Full text...

  • UNICEF suspends operations in Tsunami-hit Somali region
    28 may 2005 10:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Following death threats to its staff, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has announced the suspension of its operations in Somalia's north-eastern town of Bosasso in Puntland State, hit by last December's devastating Tsunami sea quake. Full text...

  • Somali govt extends stay despite Kenyan quit ultimatum
    21 may 2005 11:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali officials confirmed here Saturday they would only move the Somali interim government in exile by 28 June instead of 1 June 2005 as directed by a notice issued by the Kenyan government. Full text...

  • Somali govt to relocate by next month
    20 may 2005 11:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan authorities expect the Transitional National Government of Somalia based in Nairobi to relocate to Somalia in two weeks, official sources said here on Friday. Full text...

  • Somali Speaker leads controversial delegation to Mogadishu
    16 may 2005 17:34:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The rift in Somalia's Transitional Federal Government widened further Sunday when the Speaker of parliament lived up to his threat and led a delegation of about 40 lawmakers to the war- shattered Horn of Africa nation. Full text...

  • Washington, EU nudge Somalis towards peace
    14 may 2005 15:15:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) and the United States have urged Somali parties to step up efforts on reconciliation and dialogue towards an agreement for the restoration of transitional federal institutions in the war-wracked Horn of Africa nation. Full text...

  • New hitches in Somali reconciliation process
    13 may 2005 15:44:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A decision by Somalia's exiled parliament to endorse two contentious motions strongly opposed by Mogadishu- based faction leaders has deeply divided legislators in the Horn of African nation. Full text...

  • AU authorises peace support mission for Somalia
    13 may 2005 08:02:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union has authorised the deployment of the first phase of a peace support mission to facilitate the relocation of government institutions in Somalia. Full text...

Special File - Somalia

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