Somalia -
  • Somali govt negotiates release of hostages with pirates - envoy
    07 march 2007 20:25:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Somali transitional federal government is negotiating with the pirates who hijacked a World Food Programme (WFP) ship to release the vessel's 12-member crew, the Somali Ambassador to Kenya, Mohammed Ali Noor, said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Uganda military dismiss reports on Mogadishu troops attack
    07 march 2007 17:00:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A spokesman for the Ugandan contingent of the African Peacekeeping force in Somalia has dismissed as pure rumours reports that the contingent came under attack upon landing at Mogadishu airport on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Uganda military dismiss reports on Mogadishu troops attack
    07 march 2007 16:58:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A spokesman for the Ugandan contingent of the African Peacekeeping force in Somalia has dismissed as pure rumours reports that the contingent came coming under attack upon landing at Mogadishu airport on Tuesday. Full text...

  • AU, Somalia sign deal on African peacekeeping status
    07 march 2007 10:34:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Somalia's population is committed to cooperate with peacekeeping troops of the African Union (AU) in order to create a conducive environment for reconstruction and development of the war-ravaged country, Somali Ambassador to the AU, Abdikarin Farah, has said. Full text...

  • Four Somaliland journalists sentenced to jail
    06 march 2007 13:06:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Four journalists from the leading independent Haatuf daily in the northern breakaway republic of Somaliland were on Sunday sent to jail and their paper's license indefinitely revoked after publishing stories that were allegedly critical of President Dahir Rayale Kahin, according to the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), Tuesday. Full text...

  • Uganda's Museveni downplays threat by Somali Islamists
    27 february 2007 19:46:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni Tuesday down played threats by Somali Islamists, saying his country's participation in the Africa Union (AU) peacekeeping mission in Somalia was to help rebuild the war-torn country. Full text...

  • UN Security Council approves AU peacekeeping mission for Somalia
    21 february 2007 09:17:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- UN Security Council has authorised an African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission for Somalia for an initial six months. Full text...

  • Burundi to send two battalions of peacekeepers to Somalia
    16 february 2007 16:22:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi plans to send two batallions of 1,700 troops, as part of the estimated 8,000-strong African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission to Somalia, National Defence Minister Germain Niyoyankana said here Friday. Full text...

  • 42 die from diarrhoea in Somalia
    13 february 2007 17:43:00
    Nairobi Kenya (PANA) -- Some 42 people have died from diarrhoea, with more than 200,000 are at risk of contracting the disease and malaria in southern and central Somalia, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). Full text...

  • Ugandan parliament approves troops for Somalia
    13 february 2007 16:05:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandan MPs voted Tuesday to approve the deployment of troops to Somalia, ending weeks of speculation on the matter. Full text...

  • Ugandan parliament fails to fast-track Somali troop deployment
    31 january 2007 22:30:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) – The expected deployment o-f 1,500 troops to Somalia by Uganda has been delayed indefinitely after the country's parliament Wednesday failed to fast-track debate on the issue. Full text...

  • Malawi not yet decided on troops to Somalia
    31 january 2007 22:14:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi president Bingu wa Mutharika has said that, despite last week's announcement that Malawi was sending troops to Somalia, "a formal decision has not been made yet". Full text...

  • Mozambique studies troops request for Somalia
    31 january 2007 18:16:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican government has not yet decided whether it will send troops to join an African Union peace keeping force in Somalia, Defence Minister Tobias Dai indicated here Wednesday, defence authorities were studying the matter. Full text...

  • UN chief hails talks on Darfur hybrid force
    30 january 2007 11:00:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon Tuesday expressed optimism at the progress made in resolving the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region, saying talks with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir had yielded good results. Full text...

  • Nigerian battalion ready for deployment to Somalia
    28 january 2007 16:53:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A battalion of Nigerian soldiers is on standby for deployment to Somalia as part of an African Union Peace Support Mission in the East African nation, according to Nigerian defence spokesman, Colonel Mohammed Yussuf. Full text...

  • IGAD ministers meet over Somalia
    27 january 2007 20:00:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) – The Inter--Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Executive Secretary Dr Atallah Bashir Saturday met foreign ministers from the seven member countries of the regional body to discuss the security situation in Somalia. Full text...

  • Meles announces Ethiopian troops pullout from Somalia
    24 january 2007 15:20:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia has started withdrawing its troops from neighbouring Somalia after waging a brief war in defence of its own security, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi announced here Wednesday. Full text...

  • EU hinges assistance to Somalia on open dialogue
    23 january 2007 19:05:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) - – The European Union says its assistance to the African force in Somalia will depend on the progress achieved in political dialogue, according to a decision taken by the 27 foreign ministers Monday in Brussels. Full text...

  • UN launches $237m humanitarian appeal for Somalia
    14 december 2006 11:00:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Eric Laroche, Thursday launched a US$237 million appeal for Somalia, seeking to alleviate the suffering of an estimated 1. Full text...

  • PM Ghedi hails UN troops approval for Somalia
    07 december 2006 16:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Ghedi Thursday welcomed the passing of a UN Security Council resolution authorising the deployment of troops to the war-charred Horn of Africa nation. Full text...

  • UN shops for US$18 million to help Somali flood victims
    07 december 2006 10:52:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN has launched an appeal for US$18 million to assist hundreds of thousands of people affected by severe floods in Somalia. Full text...

  • UN Security Council approves African force for Somalia
    07 december 2006 09:18:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN Security Council has endorsed the deployment of an African protection and training mission in Somalia to help defend the country's embattled Transitional Federal Institutions (TFIs). Full text...

  • CECAFA Challenge Cup: Sudan knocks out Somalia 3-0
    30 november 2006 20:53:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somalia, coached by Kenyan Dino Kitavi, has taken an early exit from the regional CECAFA Senior Challenge soccer Cup tournament after losing its second game 0-3 to Sudan in Addis Ababa late Wednesday. Full text...

  • Minister explains Ethiopian troops' presence in Somalia
    28 november 2006 22:34:00
    Paris- France (PANA) – Ismaël Mohammoud Hurreh, Fo-reign Minister in the Somali Transitional Government, Tuesday in Paris explained that Ethiopian troops were in his country, based on an accord accepted by the international community. Full text...

  • Crisis group urges caution on Somali troops deployment
    27 november 2006 16:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Brussels-based conflict think-tank Monday warned that a draft resolution the United States intends to present to the UN Security Council on 29 November could trigger an all-out war in Somalia and destabilise the entire Horn of Africa region. Full text...

  • UN official says political differences impeding relief efforts in Somalia
    24 november 2006 22:21:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) – Political dispute between -the Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the Supreme Council of Islamic Courts (SCIC), is hampering efforts to reach thousands of flood victims with relief supplies, a UN humanitarian official said here Friday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia ready for war against Somali jihadists
    23 november 2006 11:39:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Prime Minister Meles Zenawi declared Thursday Ethiopia was ready to go to war against the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) of Somalia that has repeatedly stated it would fight a jihad against his country. Full text...

  • UN envoy appeals for urgent relief for Somali flood victims
    21 november 2006 19:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative to Somalia, Francois Lonseny Fall, has called on the international community to urgently assist Somali communities affected by flood. Full text...

  • WFP brings succour to Kenya, Somalia flood victims
    20 november 2006 20:14:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN World Food Programme (WFP) Monday launched air operations to provide humanitarian assistance to more than one million flood victims in Kenya and Somalia, according to a UN statement here. Full text...

  • Egypt denies backing Islamic Courts Union in Somalia
    20 november 2006 19:38:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Egypt Monday dismissed as "fallacious," reports that it was supporting the Islamic Courts Union that is opposed to the internationally recognised transitional federal government in war-ravaged Somalia. Full text...

  • Libya rejects UN arms report on Somalia
    17 november 2006 13:26:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya has rejected as "baseless," a UN report listing the nation among countries that have allegedly supplied weapons to Somali warring groups in violation of the 1992 UN arms embargo. Full text...

  • Speaker pledges to revive faltering Somali peace talks
    03 november 2006 19:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The leader of Somali government's delegation to the stalled peace talks in Khartoum with the Union of Islamic Courts, pledged Friday to press on with efforts toward the restoration of peace in the war-wracked country. Full text...

  • Kenyan court jails 10 Somali men for piracy
    01 november 2006 17:01:00
    Mombasa- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenya Magistrate's Court Wednesday sentenced 10 Somali men to seven years in jail each for piracy. Full text...

  • RSF urges Somali govt to release detained journalists
    27 october 2006 11:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Paris-based Reporters Without Borders with the French acronym RSF, has called for the immediate release of three private radio journalists arrested Tuesday near Somali southern city of Baidoa. Full text...

  • US to join IGAD Somali suicide bomb probe
    26 october 2006 23:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The United States would be allowed to join investigation into the suicide bomb attack which targeted Somali interim leader Abdullahi Yusuf, a Kenyan official affirmed here Thursday. Full text...

  • UN aid agencies face tougher options in Somali
    26 october 2006 10:51:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- United Nations aid agencies have pulled out their foreign staff from hostile regions of Somalia but would continue to support local employees in the delivery of essential humanitarian services to the needy population, a senior UN official said here Thursday. Full text...

  • UNHCR seeks emergency relief for Somali refugees
    19 october 2006 11:00:00
    Paris- France (PANA) - – The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, on Thursday put out an emergency appeal for US$35 million to enable it meet the needs, within the next six months, of Somali refugees flooding into northeastern Kenya. Full text...

  • RSF tackles Somali Islamists on "draconian" press law
    12 october 2006 14:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Paris-based international press freedom watchdog, Reporters Without Borders, with the French acronym RSF, has condemned the set of "draconian" rules proposed by Islamist leaders in Somalia to control the press. Full text...

  • UN envoy on 7-nation tour ahead of Somali peace talks
    04 october 2006 12:30:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The Special Representative of UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Francois Fall, has begun a tour of seven States in the Horn of Africa region for consultations preparatory to the next round of Somali peace talks. Full text...

  • UN envoy begins 7-nation Somali peace mission
    03 october 2006 19:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- United Nations Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia, Francois Lonseny Fall, Tuesday begun a seven- nation mission to promote peace and reconciliation in Somalia, with a visit to Ethiopia where he held talk s with Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, UN officials said here. Full text...

  • Meles supports Somali govt's right to self-defence
    01 october 2006 13:45:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Affirming that Ethiopia had not sent troops to Somalia, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has said that the Transitional Federal Government of President Abdullahi Yusuf, temporarily seated in Baidoa town, has the right to seek external assistance to defend itself. Full text...

  • Somali police arrest suspects in Baidoa bomb attack
    28 september 2006 18:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali cops made a breakthrough in their efforts to probe the attempt to kill the country's interim President Abdullahi Yusuf 10 days ago with Thursday's arrest of three Islamic leaders suspected to have masterminded the attack. Full text...

  • Somali refugees swell numbers in Kenyan camps
    27 september 2006 10:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali refugees escaping the conflict between the Union of Islamic Courts and the Transitional Federal Government have pushed the number of refugees in Kenya to the highest level in a decade, threatening to exhaust food aid stocks unless urgent donations are made, WFP has alarmed. Full text...

  • Ethiopia blasts attempt on Somali leader's life
    20 september 2006 09:03:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Expressing relief over the failure of Monday's assassination bid on Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf, Ethiopia has said the act was aimed at wreaking havoc on the entire region of the Horn of Africa. Full text...

  • Somali refugees flood Kenya fearing renewed fighting
    19 september 2006 17:34:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Hundreds of Somali refugees have been flocking into Kenya amid reports of an advance on the Somali port of Kismayo by Islamic Courts Union fighters, according to aid agency officials. Full text...

  • EU demands justice for Italian nun's killers in Mogadishu
    19 september 2006 16:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The European Commission (EC) Tuesday expressed shock and outrage at the murder of a Catholic nun in Mogadishu on Sunday and called for speedy trial of the perpetrators of the "cowardly and beastly act". Full text...

  • UNHCR fears the future of Somali refugees in Kenya
    19 september 2006 13:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, has recorded an influx of Somali refugees into Kenya over the last nine months, with some 26,000 asylum seekers arriving in Kenya since the beginning of the year, the UN agency said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN, EU condemn attempt on life of Somali President
    18 september 2006 21:01:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Ambassador Francois Lonseny Fall, special representative of the UN Secretary-General to Somalia, has promptly condemned an apparent assassination attempt on the life of Somali President Abdulahi Yusuf in Baidoa on Monday. Full text...

  • UN envoy in Somalia condemns murder of Catholic nun
    18 september 2006 20:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Ambassador Francois Lonseny Fall, special representative of the UN Secretary-General to Somalia, on Monday condemned the assassination of a Catholic nun in Northern Mogadishu. Full text...

  • UN envoy condemns assassination of Italian nun in Mogadishu
    18 september 2006 14:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UN Special Representative to Somalia, Francois Fall, has condemned Sunday's assassination of a Catholic nun in northern Mogadishu in a suspected reaction to last week's remarks by Pope Benedict XVI linking Islam with violence. Full text...

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