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  • CPJ petitions Somali president over detained newsman
    22 march 2005 08:16:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has petitioned Somali President Colonel Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, urging him to investigate the continuing detention of a journalist, Abdirisak Ahmed Absuge by forces loyal to faction leader Mohamed Dhere. Full text...

  • Somali cabinet holds emergency meeting over troops crisis
    21 march 2005 15:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Somali government based in Nairobi, Monday held an emergency cabinet meeting on a deepening crisis over the deployment of foreign peacekeeping troops to the country. Full text...

  • Somali Minister, MPs arrested over parliament fracas
    19 march 2005 16:20:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Three Somali MPs including a former Mogadishu warlord and current Commerce and Industry Minister Muse Sudi Yallahow, were arrested Saturday in Nairobi over Thursday's brawl at the Somali parliament, sitting in the Kenyan capital. Full text...

  • Somalis march against peacekeepers' deployment
    19 march 2005 15:49:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Hundreds of Somalis in Baalad town, 30 km from Mogadishu, on Saturday demonstrated in support of lawmakers, including warlords-turned-ministers, who are against the deployment of peacekeeping troops from the frontline states to Somalia in an effort to end the country's 14-year conflict. Full text...

  • Somali leader appeals for calm after parliamentary brawl
    19 march 2005 13:42:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Interim President Abdullahi Yusuf Saturday appealed to Somali lawmakers to use dialogue in settling political disputes after a brawl in the Somali parliament sitting in the Kenyan capital left a score of MPs injured. Full text...

  • IGAD approves Ugandan, Sudanese peacekeepers for Somalia
    18 march 2005 18:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Foreign ministers of the seven-nation Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Friday approved the deployment of troops from Uganda and Sudan for peacekeeping duties in troubled Somalia. Full text...

  • Kenya to tighten security along Somalia border
    18 march 2005 15:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A senior Kenyan police officer has promised to secure its porous border with Somalia to prevent incidents like this week's killing of 22 people during fighting between two rival clans on both sides of the frontier. Full text...

  • Somali MPs fight over vote to block troops
    18 march 2005 15:35:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A section of Somali members of parliament have been injured after engaging in fistfights as the House voted 156-55 to block Kenyan, Ethiopian and Eritrean troops from going into Somalia to keep the peace there. Full text...

  • UNHCR closing down Somali refugee camps in Ethiopia
    17 march 2005 13:38:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, announced Thursday that it was winding down its operation in eastern Ethiopia as the remaining few thousand refugees from neighbouring Somalia would go home in the next two months. Full text...

  • US opposes Somalia troops deployment, threatens veto
    17 march 2005 11:41:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The US has launched a stiff opposition to the planned deployment of a regional peacekeeping force to the war-torn Somalia and indicated it would veto any UN Security Council mandate on the same. Full text...

  • Somali MPs oppose involvement of frontline states in peacekeeping
    15 march 2005 20:14:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali MPs warned Tuesday they would oppose the inclusion of troops from the frontline states of Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti in an international peacekeeping force envisaged for the troubled country. Full text...

  • 100 Ethiopians, Somalis drown in Gulf of Aden
    11 march 2005 08:24:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- At least a hundred people, reportedly Ethiopians and Somalis died at sea in the past week while attempting to reach Yemen aboard smugglers' boats from Somalia, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) disclosed Friday, quoting witnesses. Full text...

  • Somalis, Ethiopians feared drowned in Yemeni boat mishap
    10 march 2005 17:14:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, Thursday expressed fears that over 100 mainly Somalis and Ethiopians may have died at sea in the past week while attempting to reach Yemen aboard boats operated by smugglers of illegal immigrants. Full text...

  • Somali MPs call for international help against toxic waste dumping
    05 march 2005 13:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali MPs Saturday in Nairobi appealed to the international community to act against the dumping of toxic wastes along their country's coastlines by some European companies and in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean Tsunami disaster. Full text...

  • Somali faction leaders, MPs reject neighbours' troops
    28 february 2005 08:56:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Prominent Mogadishu-based warlords and legislators from the populous Hawiye clan have rejected the inclusion of troops from neighbouring Ethiopia and Djibouti in a regional force planned for the strife-torn country. Full text...

  • Somali Premier due in Mogadishu Wednesday for talks
    22 february 2005 19:05:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Ghedi will set foot in Mogadishu Wednesday for the first time since his appointment last November in Nairobi, Kenya, where the Transitional Federal Government was formed. Full text...

  • Somali ministers to review Mogadishu security
    21 february 2005 20:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A high-powered delegation from the Somali government based here travels to Mogadishu Tuesday to take pulse of public opinion about the new government ahead of its official relocation. Full text...

  • Somali blast kills three, severely wounds six
    18 february 2005 14:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Three persons were killed and six others received severe injuries in the Thursday explosion in Mogadishu, Somali government officials confirmed here Friday. Full text...

  • Somali premier optimistic over peacekeeping operation
    15 february 2005 13:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Ghedi of Somalia has expressed optimism that the peacekeeping operations in his country would be a success, pointing out that the new government would offer the ex- fighters jobs in the national army. Full text...

  • Kenya, Somalia to sign economic cooperation pact
    15 february 2005 11:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya and Somalia are fine-tuning an economic cooperation strategy which is expected to culminate in the creation of a joint commission to explore areas of advancing economic development in the Horn of Africa nation, officials said here on Tuesday. Full text...

  • AU fact-finding mission due in Mogadishu Monday
    14 february 2005 12:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The African Union's fact-finding mission is due in Somalia on Monday to assess the security situation in the capital Mogadishu, ahead of the planned deployment of 7,500 troops, AU officials have confirmed here. Full text...

  • US group warns on choice of peacekeepers to Somalia
    10 february 2005 21:51:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) needs to avoid sending peacekeeping troops from neighbouring states with a history of involvement in Somalia, the US-based International Crisis Group (ICG) has warned the continental body. Full text...

  • IFJ mourns death of BBC reporter, calls for caution
    10 february 2005 10:02:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) on Thursday warned of "a new targeting threat" to journalists following the killing on Wednesday of a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reporter, Kate Payton, in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. Full text...

  • Kenya declines peacekeeping role in Somalia
    08 february 2005 14:40:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya will not send troops to join the African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission in war-ravished Somalia, fearing that probable combat with Somali militias could compromise its mediatory role, foreign minister Chirau Ali Mwakwere said. Full text...

  • AU approves IGAD troop deployment in Somalia
    08 february 2005 11:59:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The African Union's Peace and Security Council has authorised the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to deploy a peace support mission in Somalia to provide security support to the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) which is in the process of moving from Kenya to Somalia. Full text...

  • UN expert wants Somalia protected from illegal trawlers
    07 february 2005 17:39:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN independent expert on Somalia's rights situation, Ghanim Alnajjar, on Monday expressed concern over the abuse of the Horn of Africa nation's territorial boundaries and called for the setting up of a coastguard unit. Full text...

  • Somali lawmakers in Mogadishu to kick-start relocation
    02 february 2005 17:38:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Plans for relocating the Nairobi-based Somali transitional government got a boost Wednesday with a 30- member delegation of lawmakers travelling to the embattled Somali capital Mogadishu on an assessment mission. Full text...

  • Somali govt to discuss security officer's killing
    01 february 2005 18:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Gunmen in Somalia have killed a fifth senior security official in a new wave of attacks on officials seen to be co-operating with the newly established central authority currently based in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital. Full text...

  • Somalia's "back to school" plan gets European backing
    31 january 2005 14:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The European Commission has given a 4. Full text...

  • Somalia's 'back to school' plan gets European backing
    31 january 2005 14:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The European Commission has given a 4. Full text...

  • Somali govt elaborates relocation plan
    27 january 2005 15:05:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Ghedi Thursday released a three-month relocation plan split into three phases for the interim Somali government to leave Nairobi and take seat in Mogadishu, the Somali capital. Full text...

  • Somali govt abhors destruction of Italian graves in Mogadishu
    22 january 2005 13:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Somali government offered its apologies to Italy Saturday following the destruction of a colonial cemetery in Mogadishu by Islamic fundamentalists. Full text...

  • Indian Ocean tsunami affects 54,000 Somalis
    20 january 2005 15:25:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- About 54,000 Somalis were affected by the giant tidal waves that hit south-east Asia on 26 December 2004. Full text...

  • African Peace Facility to support war-torn Somalia
    20 january 2005 10:05:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- War-devastated Somalia may benefit from the Africa Peace Facility in restructuring its state apparatus, according to sources at the African Union (AU) Commission here. Full text...

  • Anglican Archbishop meets Somali leader on tsunami disaster
    19 january 2005 11:04:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, Njongonkulu Ndungane, will Wednesday hold talks with Somali president Ahmed Yusuf in Nairobi, Kenya on prevailing conditions in Somalia following the 26 December tsunamis that hit Asia and East Africa. Full text...

  • Gen. Morgan says early disarmament will stabilise Somalia
    17 january 2005 14:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali warlord Mohammed Hersi Said alias General Morgan, who was responsible for the latest insurgency in the Horn of Africa country, has expressed willingness to disarm his militias "for the sake of unity in the war torn nation". Full text...

  • SA church delegation to assess tsunami impact in Somalia
    17 january 2005 13:08:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Anglican Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane of Cape Town leaves the country Tuesday for Somalia to assess the needs of survivors of the 26 December tidal waves and make a financial donation to the affected communities. Full text...

  • Parliament approves Somali cabinet, national development programme
    13 january 2005 16:41:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Somali parliament sitting in Nairobi Thursday voted 168-79 to approve Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Ghedi's new cabinet and a five-year development programme, in a move expected to quicken the relocation of the government to Mogadishu. Full text...

  • UNICEF reaches out to Somali tsunami victims
    13 january 2005 08:21:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) is providing crucial support to help alleviate the suffering of village communities along Somalia's northeastern coastline otherwise known as Puntland, following the havoc wreaked there by tsunamis last 26 December. Full text...

  • Somali govt to debate development plan
    12 january 2005 15:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Somali parliament will on Thursday begin debating Prime Minister Ali Ghedi's detailed five-year development plan for the country, with the disarmament of the various militias as a first step to reconstructing the Horn of Africa nation. Full text...

  • Somali Premier retains key warlords in new cabinet
    07 january 2005 15:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Ghedi Friday re-appointed an expanded cabinet of 42 ministers and 42 deputies, retaining all the former powerful warlords who constituted a previously disbanded government. Full text...

  • Somali PM to name new cabinet Friday
    06 january 2005 18:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somalia's re-appointed Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Ghedi is expected Friday to name a reconstituted cabinet after a previous one dominated by former Mogadishu warlords was rejected by parliament, official sources said Thursday in the Kenyan capital. Full text...

  • Kenya pressures Somali govt to hasten relocation
    04 january 2005 14:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan government has heightened pressure on the exiled Somali interim leadership based in Nairobi to quickly form a new cabinet and move to Mogadishu in this month, a Kenyan official said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • US, German soldiers rescue 27 Somali Tsunami victims
    01 january 2005 16:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- German and US marines have rescued 27 Somalis affected by the deadly tidal waves that hit the country's shores last Sunday triggered by an earthquake in the Indian Ocean, a Somali government spokesman said here Saturday. Full text...

  • 34 feared drowned in Somali boat tragedy
    01 january 2005 13:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- At least 34 people including a Kenyan sailor are feared dead after a boat exporting 1,200 livestock from Somalia to Yemen sank in the Gulf of Eden due to heavy sea waves and bad weather, Somali officials told journalists here Saturday. Full text...

  • WFP encounters problems in Tsunami relief efforts in Somalia
    31 december 2004 08:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) conceded Friday it was facing serious difficulties in taking relief food to Hafun, an island in northern Somalia battered by last Sunday's Indian Ocean tsunami. Full text...

  • WFP reaches out to tsunami victims in Somalia
    29 december 2004 08:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In the aftermath of last Sunday's tsunami tidal waves that wreaked havoc along the coasts of several Asian and African countries, the World Food Programme (WFP) has begun moving some 31 metric tones of food to assist 2,000 affected people in the northern Somali island of Hafun. Full text...

  • ICG says Somalia needs genuine unitary government
    23 december 2004 15:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Despite the apparent progress indicated by the formation of a Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) last October, the peace process in Somalia risks collapse unless a genuine government of national unity can emerge, the International Crisis Group suggests in a new report. Full text...

  • Somali Parliament passes vote of no confidence on new govt
    11 december 2004 15:25:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The newly formed Somali Parliament has passed a vote of no confidence calling for the government of Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Ghedi to be disbanded. Full text...

  • Somali rights activists demand panel to probe war crimes
    10 december 2004 17:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali human rights groups have urged the interim government to "immediately" put an end to atrocities and ongoing violence in the country and embark on the tedious process of prosecuting "war criminals". Full text...

Special File - Somalia

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