Somalia -
  • 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...

  • Somali premier appoints three deputies
    07 december 2004 13:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- One of Somalia's leading warlords and key powerbroker in Mogadishu Hussein Farah Aideed and two others have been appointed deputy Prime Ministers in a new national unity cabinet announced in Nairobi Tuesday, officials said. Full text...

  • UN seeking $164m for relief operations in Somalia
    07 december 2004 11:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The United Nations has launched its 2005 humanitarian appeal for Somalia, seeking 164 million US dollars to address growing insecurity and the worsening drought in the country. Full text...

  • Somalia braces for catastrophe as experts warn of flooding
    03 december 2004 15:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia are likely to experience heavy flooding following the citing of a tropical cyclone off the Somali coast in the northern Indian Ocean, UN weather experts warned here Friday. Full text...

  • New Somali PM Ghedi to address Nairobi landmines summit
    02 december 2004 21:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Ghedi will Friday undertake his first official international function when he addresses the high-level session of the Nairobi Summit on a Mine Free World. Full text...

  • Somali warlords join unity cabinet to steer peace
    01 december 2004 21:40:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A minister heading a ministry charged with militia training and integration is among three well-known Mogadishu warlords included in Somalia's new 31-member caretaker cabinet unveiled in Narobi Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kibaki says Kenya has security interests in Somali peace
    30 november 2004 11:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- President Mwai Kibaki has said Kenya would continue to reinforce its security agencies to contain crime, adding that the country's security was set to improve with the establishment of a new government in neighbouring Somalia. Full text...

  • Naming of Somali caretaker cabinet delayed
    30 november 2004 10:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The naming of the 31-member Somali cabinet earlier billed for Tuesday, as announced last week by interim President Abdullahi Yusuf has been put on hold, sources affirmed here. Full text...

  • Francophonie leaders concerned over Sudan, Somalia
    28 november 2004 10:15:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Francophonie leaders concluded a summit here by expressing serious concern at the political and humanitarian situation in Eastern Africa, particularly in Sudan and Somalia and pleaded for the restoration of peace in those two countries. Full text...

  • Interim Somali leader to name cabinet next week
    24 november 2004 15:41:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The interim Somali government will next Tuesday name its post-war cabinet and unveil plans to relocate the government to Mogadishu, the country's capital, President Abdullahi Yusuf said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sudanese, Somali warlords endorse mine ban treaty
    22 november 2004 20:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Rebel chiefs and warlords, including leaders of Somali militia groups and the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) have endorsed the Ottawa Convention, which bans the production, stockpiling or transfer of landmines, diplomatic sources affirmed here Monday. Full text...

  • Yusuf asks Security Council for stabilisation force
    19 november 2004 16:21:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- As the UN Security Council Friday started deliberations on the Somali crisis here, interim leader Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed appealed for the deployment of a stabilisation force, saying the restoration of peace and security throughout Somalia was a major challenge. Full text...

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