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  • 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...

  • Pirates hamper aid delivery to Somalia - WFP
    03 november 2005 11:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The World Food Programme (WFP), says the spate of ship hijackings off the coast of Somalia is impeding delivery of food to the needy, with more than half a million people at risk in the drought-stricken and war-torn south of the country. Full text...

  • Self-proclaimed Somaliland expels EU official
    02 november 2005 18:47:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Authorities in the self-declared Republic of Somaliland on Wednesday expelled the European Union Liaison Officer based in Hargeysa, the capital on claims that he was meddling with the unrecognised country's internal affairs. Full text...

  • UN envoy meets Somaliland leader
    31 october 2005 10:04:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- UN Secretary General's special representative to Somalia, Francois Lonseny Fall, met Monday in Hargeysa with Dahir Rayalle Kahin, President of the self-declared republic of Somaliland, official sources said. Full text...

  • Somali warlords threaten to down planes
    30 october 2005 10:04:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Former Somali warlords turned cabinet ministers have threatened to shoot down any plane which obey new orders from the transitional federal government (TFG) that ordered the closure of two main airport controlled by the warlords in an effort to boost the TFG tax revenues. Full text...

  • Civilians register small arms in Somaliland
    29 october 2005 15:01:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Registration of small arms by civilians in Somalia's self-declared republic of Somaliland is underway in Burao, headquarters of Togdheer region, after a workshop jointly organised by local authorities and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Full text...

  • Drought-hit Somalia facing famine, water shortage
    28 october 2005 19:59:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Thousands of Somalis are suffering from a shortage of water and food due to drought which has hit large areas of southern Somalia, Information Minister Mohammed Abdi Hayir said Friday here. Full text...

  • UN envoy meets Somali leaders over political wrangling
    26 october 2005 21:23:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- UN Secretary General's special representative to Somalia, François Lonseny Fall has met with President Abdulahi Yussuf and other senior officials of the country's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) as part of efforts to end months of political wrangling within the administration. Full text...

  • Somaliland opposition parties form parliamentary coalition
    25 october 2005 20:31:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- The two opposition parties in Somalia's self-declared republic of Somaliland have agreed to co-operate in parliament, especially during the votes for the Speaker and his two deputies. Full text...

  • Somaliland releases polls results
    15 october 2005 16:08:00
    Hargeisa- Somalia (PANA) -- The National Electoral Commission (NEC) in the self-declared Republic of Somaliland on Saturday released the results of the 29 September legislative election held in the breakaway region of Somalia. Full text...

  • WFP welcomes release of aid vessel hijacked by Somali pirates
    14 october 2005 19:29:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed the release of a food aid-laden Kenya-registered ship "MV Miltzow," detained by Somali pirates for 32 hours. Full text...

  • Somaliand election body withholds poll results
    14 october 2005 18:31:00
    Hargeysa- Somalia (PANA) -- The National Electoral Commission (NEC) in the self-declared Republic of Somaliland has indefinitely postponed announcement of the overall results of the 29 September legislative election, citing "technical problems" for the delay. Full text...

  • Kenya warns sailors to avoid Somali waters
    14 october 2005 09:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan authorities have warned sailors to avoid sailing in Somali territorial waters following the hijacking of a third vessel, with nine hostages, bringing the number of its citizen held by suspected Somali warlords to 16. Full text...

  • Somali tipped to win Nobel Literature Prize
    12 october 2005 17:23:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Somali writer Nuruddin Farah is among the favourites to win the 2005 Nobel Prize for Literature to be awarded Thursday by members of the Swedish Academy, reliable sources said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN envoy consults Moscow, Stockholm over Somalia
    12 october 2005 15:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN secretary general's Special Representative for Somalia, Francois Lonseny Fall, travels to Moscow and Stockholm this week to consult Russian and Swedish authorities on ways to find a peaceful solution to differences within the Somali Transitional Federal Institutions (TFIs), the UN said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN probe finds no toxic waste along Somali coast
    07 october 2005 17:08:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A United Nations technical fact-finding mission to Somalia has found no traces of toxic waste along the shores of the Horn of Africa nation, a senior UN official disclosed here Friday. Full text...

  • UN condemns killing of staff in Somalia, evacuates 12 others
    04 october 2005 16:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The United Nations has strongly condemned the killing of its staff member Monday night in Kismayo, and evacuated 12 others from the Lower Juba region of Somalia, the UN said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Observers issue preliminary report on Somaliland poll
    02 october 2005 18:37:00
    Hargeysa- Somalia (PANA) -- Parliamentary election in the self-declared Republic of Somaliland was generally conducted "in a peaceful and free and fair manner," an international observer mission said in a preliminary report. Full text...

  • Voting ends in Somalia's breakaway region
    29 september 2005 20:14:00
    Hargeysa- Somalia (PANA) -- Some 800,000 voters in Somalia's self-declared Republic of Somaliland on Thursday went to the polls across the region to elect 82 MPs from the 246 candidates contesting the legislative elections. Full text...

  • Somaliland voters to elect MPs in Thursday poll
    28 september 2005 20:44:00
    Hargeysa- Somalia (PANA) -- Somaliland Republic holds legislative polls on Thursday, where 800,000 voters are expected to elect 82 lawmakers for the breakaway region of Somalia. Full text...

  • Somali journalist arrested for Puntland prison reports
    28 september 2005 15:24:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Authorities in the Puntland city of Bossasso arrested an STN radio editor Monday in connection with his reporting on prison conditions, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said in a statement Wednesday. Full text...

  • CPJ demands release of detained Somali radio journalist
    27 september 2005 22:40:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Tuesday called on authorities in the Somali autonomous north-eastern region of Puntland to free radio journalist Awale Jama Salad being held over his report on prison conditions. Full text...

  • Somali pirates sail off with hostages
    23 september 2005 11:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The fate of eight Kenyan hostages hijacked by Somali pirates remained in mystery Friday after a UN-chartered ship where they are being held left a Somali port without unloading its cargo and sailed off to an unknown destination. Full text...

  • Somalia's premier cautions Somali warlords
    23 september 2005 10:08:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Ghedi Thursday termed as "totally unhelpful and unacceptable" plans by Mogadishu-based warlords to destabilise reconciliation efforts aimed at restoring peace and stability to the Horn of Africa country. Full text...

  • Ballot scam mars Somaliland poll
    23 september 2005 09:02:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Police in Hargeysa, capital of the self-declared republic of Somaliland, Thursday evening seized fake ballot papers at the main airport as authorities expanded their crackdown on reported fraud in the run-up to the 29 September legislative election. Full text...

  • EU backs Somali premier over cabinet sessions
    22 september 2005 21:57:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union has expressed "unconditional support" to the initiative by the Prime Minister of the Transitional Government in Somalia to hold regular cabinet session in Mogadishu, official sources revealed here Thursday. Full text...

  • Somalis mark international day of peace in style
    21 september 2005 18:58:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Responding to a call by the United Nation General Assembly, tens of thousands of Somalis on Wednesday put aside their differences and spoke with one voice of peace. Full text...

  • Somalia's crisis dominates World Peace Day
    21 september 2005 13:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somalia's slow return to civilisation and reports that warlords were planning new attacks against the fledgling administration marred the International Day of Peace celebrations marked in Nairobi Wednesday. Full text...

  • Somaliland launches commission to fight HIV/AIDS
    15 september 2005 19:49:00
    Hargeysa- Somalia (PANA) -- Somalia's breakaway region of Somaliland Thursday launched a National AIDS Commission to oversee, plan and coordinate a multisectoral effort to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS in the self-styled republic. Full text...

  • UN envoy welcomes plan to hold cabinet session in Mogadishu
    15 september 2005 14:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN secretary general's special representative for Somalia, Francois Lonseny Fall, Thursday welcomed a move by Somali Prime Minister Mohammed Ghedi to convene a cabinet meeting in the country's volatile capital, Mogadishu. Full text...

  • Danish ship rescues 39 Somalis in Gulf of Aden
    09 september 2005 23:40:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (HCR) Friday commended the skipper and crewmembers of the Danish ship "Eli Maersk" for rescuing 39 Somalis after their vessel broke down in the Gulf of Aden on Wednesday night. Full text...

  • UN envoy worried by military build-up in Somalia
    09 september 2005 10:14:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UN Secretary General's Special Representative to Somalia, Francois Lonseny Fall has expressed concern over military build-ups in the Somali provisional capital of Jowhar and appealed for restraint as tension escalates in the war-torn country. Full text...

  • Burundi police arrest 39 Ethiopian and Somali citizens
    07 september 2005 21:08:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundian border police officers revealed here Wednesday that they arrested 39 illegal immigrants from Ethiopia and Somalia who were on transit without valid papers in the central African country. Full text...

  • UN envoy seeks govt help to resolve hostage crisis in Somalia
    06 september 2005 14:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN Secretary General's Special Representative for Somalia, Francois Lonseny Fall, Tuesday urged Somali leaders to intervene and help end the crisis over the hijacking of a carrying humanitarian supplies to starving Somalis. Full text...

  • UN envoy seeking advice on Somali's problems
    01 september 2005 17:35:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A special envoy of the UN secretary-general to Somalia, Francois Fall, is set to meet key political figures, including officials of the Arab League and the African Union, in efforts to broker the deadlock facing the fledgling Somali administration this weekend, the UN said Thursday here. Full text...

  • Attacks on human rights in Somalia irk envoy
    01 september 2005 15:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UN independent expert on the human rights in Somalia, Ghanim Alnajjar, said here Thursday he was heartened by the crucial and increasingly visible role played by civil society in the promotion and protection of human rights there. Full text...

Special File - Somalia

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