Somalia -
  • Zanzibari refugees languish in Mogadishu
    23 october 2004 19:23:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- About 184 Zanzibari refugees in Mogadishu have complained of continuous hunger, insecurity, lack of medication and proper shelter, saying the UN refugee agency has forsaken them. Full text...

  • UK to train Somali ground forces, disarm militias
    22 october 2004 16:19:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Britain is ready to assist in the training of a ground military force for Somalia to help alleviate the pressure on the African Union's peacekeeping forces. Full text...

  • Somaliland mourns murdered British teachers
    21 october 2004 19:48:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Over 300 students at Sheikh Secondary School, their teachers, government officials and parents Thursday held the first memorial service for two British teachers shot dead a year ago on the school campus by unknown gunmen. Full text...

  • UN peace-building role in Somalia depends on new government, says Annan
    19 october 2004 18:38:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- As several organisations contemplate peace-building in Somalia with anticipated greater UN involvement, Secretary General Kofi Annan has stressed the need for discussions with the new Somali government on the issue. Full text...

  • RSF condemns militiamen's attacks on Somali journalist
    19 october 2004 17:46:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- The Paris-based media watchdog, Reporters Sans Frontiers (RSF) Tuesday condemned attacks on a Somali journalist on Monday while doing his work in the Somalia capital Mogadishu. Full text...

  • Rights abuse in Somaliland condemned
    18 october 2004 15:56:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Civil societies and human rights groups in Somaliland Monday condemned the arrest Sunday of four human rights workers witnessing a court case in the self-declared republic. Full text...

  • Addo resigns from CAF
    18 october 2004 12:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Beleaguered former African Football Confederation (CAF) vice-president and vice-chairman of the Referees Committee Farah Addo has resigned from all continental football activities, saying he was pulling out "to attend to personal matters". Full text...

  • Sudan peace talks adjourn for Ramadan
    17 october 2004 11:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Mediators in the Sudanese peace process, as well as the rival Sudan People's Liberation Army/Movement (SPLA/M) led by John Garang and the government side led by Vice President Ali Osman Taha have adjourned the talks in observance of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Full text...

  • Somalia marks World Food Day with appeals for aid
    16 october 2004 19:52:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Speakers here seized the occasion of the 24th World Food Day Saturday to appeal to the donor community for increased food aid to drought-stricken Somalia, where more than 1. Full text...

  • IGAD leaders seek UN peacekeepers for Somalia
    15 october 2004 18:07:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Leaders of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Friday appealed to the UN to immediately deploy peacekeepers in war-ravaged Somalia whose first president was inaugurated Thursday after 13 years of chaos. Full text...

  • Museveni wants Washington to keep off African conflicts
    14 october 2004 20:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni conceded here Thursday that he personally urged the then US President George Bush to intervene militarily in war-torn Somali in 1993, but regretted that American operation went wrong. Full text...

  • Yusuf pledges to reconcile Somalis, fight terrorism
    14 october 2004 16:41:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Immediately following his induction here Thursday as president of the transitional government in Somalia, Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed called for the deployment of an international peacekeeping force as he pledged to eradicate organised crime in the once lawless state. Full text...

  • 5,000 former Somali soldiers hail new president
    14 october 2004 15:58:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- More than 5,000 armed soldiers from defunct Transitional National Government (TNG) that was headed by Abdiqassim Salad Hassan and the previous military regime of the late Mohamed Siad Barre Thursday backed the election of Col. Full text...

  • Yusuf's unenviable leadership burden
    13 october 2004 08:01:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Army Colonel Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, resplendent in a Western-style suit, a curly hair, an innocent look, and even an apparent forced smile, hardly betrays the authoritarian or ruthless profile often painted by his critics. Full text...

  • Somaliland threatens war, rejects Yusuf as president
    12 october 2004 16:42:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- In its first official reaction to Sunday's election of Colonel Abdulahi Yusuf Ahmed as the President of the transition government of Somalia, the self-proclaimed republic of Somaliland, Tuesday warned that it would go to war if the newly-formed government of Somalia violated its territorial integrity. Full text...

  • Kibaki urges Somalis to unite and foster peace
    12 october 2004 11:14:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has advised Somali leaders to forget the past and work together to rebuild their war-torn country, now that they have elected Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed as their new president. Full text...

  • Somalis welcome Yusuf's election as President
    11 october 2004 19:19:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Hundreds of thousands of jubilant Somalis have been celebrating Sunday's election of Colonel Abdilahi Yusuf Ahmed as Somali President by the country's 275-member parliament in the Kenyan capital. Full text...

  • Annan welcomes election of President of Somalia
    11 october 2004 17:02:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- Praising the election of Abdullahi Yusuf as transitional president of Somalia on Monday, Secretary-General Kofi Annan pledged the United Nations' full support for efforts to promote stability in the war-ravaged Horn of Africa nation. Full text...

  • Somalia gets President after 13-year anarchy
    10 october 2004 23:01:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Somali 275-seat interim parliament Sunday in Nairobi, Kenya, elected Abdullahi Yusuf, a military man as new President for the rudderless horn of Africa nation, capping a 21-month regional peace effort. Full text...

  • Somaliland rejects deployment of international peacekeepers
    10 october 2004 18:22:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Somaliland is opposed to the deployment of international peacekeepers, including those from the African Union (AU), according to Abdillahi Mohammed Dualle, Information and National Guidance Minister of the self-proclaimed republic. Full text...

  • Drought forces Somalis to move to urban centres
    10 october 2004 11:44:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia(PANA) -- Nearly 11,000 internally displaced drought victims have migrated from rural areas in Somalia's self-declared autonomous region of Puntland, settling in Garowe and other urban centres in search of food and medical relief. Full text...

  • Somali Parliament elects new President Sunday
    09 october 2004 19:00:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali presidential elections are set for Sunday with three of the 27 contenders seen to have lead in the poll which will be conducted at the Nairobi's vast Moi International Sports Centre, a popular spot for hot political contents in Kenya. Full text...

  • 3 policemen killed in Somaliland road crash
    07 october 2004 22:32:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Three police officers were killed and four civilians sustained injuries in a road accident Thursday along the busy Berbera-Hargeisa highway in the self-declared Republic of Somaliland. Full text...

  • 4 killed in renewed fighting in Mogadishu
    06 october 2004 23:35:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- At least four people, including a three-year-old boy, were killed and over 20 others wounded when fresh fighting broke out Wednesday here between gunmen loyal to the Islamic court and militiamen who control an roadblock in the city. Full text...

  • 630 Somaliland refugees return from Djibouti
    03 october 2004 15:13:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- About 630 Somaliland refugees returned home Sunday from Djibouti in a massive 42-truck convoy organised by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) under its voluntary repatriation exercise. Full text...

  • Somali pirates release hostages after receiving ransom
    02 october 2004 16:59:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Pirates operating off the Somali coast have released 21 hostages they seized 10 days ago together with their cargo ship after receiving a 50,000-US dollar ransom from the vessel's owner. Full text...

  • Somali FA officials want FIFA resume funding
    01 october 2004 19:00:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- A seven-man delegation from the Somalia Football Federation (SFF) left here Friday for Zurich, Switzerland to hold talks with officials of the world governing football body, FIFA, on resuming support to the SFF. Full text...

  • Somaliland bans livestock export via Djibouti ports
    30 september 2004 16:51:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Livestock development minister in the self-declared Republic of Somaliland, Idriss Ibrahim Abdi has warned Somaliland nationals against using the ports of Djibouti to export livestock to Persian Gulf countries. Full text...

  • UK agency notes severe food insecurity in Somalia
    29 september 2004 15:42:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- The British Department for International Development (DFID) has said that some 1. Full text...

  • Heavy rains render hundreds homeless in Somalia's Sanaag region
    28 september 2004 16:03:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Torrential rains accompanied by heavy winds left more than 350 people homeless after floods from two days of downpour washed away dozens of huts belonging to residents of Sanaag region. Full text...

  • Somaliland launches Education for All campaign
    27 september 2004 15:34:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- A ten-day educational enrolment campaign is underway in the self-proclaimed but unrecognised Republic of Somaliland. Full text...

  • Somali, Ethiopian immigrants drown in Gulf of Eden
    26 september 2004 13:48:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Twenty-three illegal immigrants, including 15 Somalis and 8 Ethiopians drowned in the Gulf of Eden after being forced by the crew to jump off the boat at sea, sources said here. Full text...

  • 16 die in road crash in Somalia
    25 september 2004 14:03:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Sixteen people were killed and 14 others seriously injured in a grisly road accident involving a public bus and a truck Friday evening at Baar-Haraf, some 13km south of the Somalia capital, Mogadishu. Full text...

  • 3 killed in Somaliland, Puntland gun battle
    23 september 2004 13:36:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Fresh fighting between forces of the self-declared Republic of Somaliland and neighbouring self- declared autonomous region of Puntland, over the disputed regions of Sool and Sanaag, Wednesday left at least three persons dead, sources said here Thursday. Full text...

  • UN warns rival Somali militias to stop fighting
    22 september 2004 20:33:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Maxwell Gaylard Wednesday called for a speedy end to the fresh fighting in the Lower Juba region before it spreads only to jeopardise gains made in the on-going peace and reconciliation talks in Nairobi, Kenya. Full text...

  • Over 160 wounded in factional clashes near Kismayo
    21 september 2004 18:07:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- At least 160 wounded persons were hospitalised at private and public health posts in Kismayo, about 400km outside here, as a result recent factional fighting in southern Somalia, medical sources said Friday. Full text...

  • Somalis returning home as fighting dies down
    21 september 2004 17:21:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Scores of Somalis who fled fighting between rival factions last week have started returning as the security situation appears to improve at Dhobley town, along the Kenya-Somalia border, UN officials said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN ponders sanctions against rival Somali warlords
    21 september 2004 16:34:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN is planning a new resolution proposing punitive measures against Somali warlords considered as spoilers of the gains in the Somali peace process, a senior UN diplomat disclosed here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Somalis sign cessation of hostilities pact
    21 september 2004 14:08:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The 275-member Somali Transitional Parliament Tuesday signed a cessation of hostilities accord to mark the International Peace Day as Britain warned that lasting stability in the county still face more reconciliation tests with the breakaway Republic of Somaliland. Full text...

  • Somali livestock stakeholders meet on export embargo
    20 september 2004 17:25:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- A two-day meeting on ways to lift the embargo imposed on Somali livestock and restore the crucial livestock trade with the Persian Gulf states entered its second Monday in Garowe, headquarters of the self-declared autonomous region of Puntland. Full text...

  • Bob Geldof visits Somaliland
    19 september 2004 16:33:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Sir Bob Geldof, the internationally acclaimed rock star cum philanthropist, accompanied by a film crew, Saturday jetted into Hargeisa, capital of the self-declared Republic of Somaliland, at the start of a five-day visit. Full text...

  • AU denounces enemies of peace in Somalia
    19 september 2004 10:45:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Denouncing the activities of all who seek to undermine the ongoing reconciliation process in Somalia, the African Union has advised the country's transitional legislature to speed up the formation of the government. Full text...

  • Gen. Morgan retreats after heavy fighting in Kismayo
    18 september 2004 19:10:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Somali warlord Mohamed Seid Hersi alias General Morgan and his forces have fled to the border with Kenya, following three days of intense fighting with rival groups for control of the commercial town of Kismayo, 400 km south of Mogadishu, sources indicated here. Full text...

  • Floods hit Somali towns
    17 september 2004 20:21:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Floods following torrential rains in the last two days have killed four people and destroyed houses in several Somali towns, including the capital Mogadishu and Hargeisa, capital of the self-declared Republic of Somaliland. Full text...

  • Rival Somali militias clash over wealth
    16 september 2004 12:25:00
    Mogadishu- Somali (PANA) -- Heavy fighting has erupted between militias loyal to runaway warlord Mohamed Hirsi, alias General Morgan, and supporters of the rival Juba Valley Alliance (JVA) in Southern Somalia. Full text...

  • Factional leader decries latest Somali insurgency
    12 september 2004 13:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Factional leader Hussein Farah Aideed expressed dismay Sunday at the continued insurgency in Somalia, warning of its adverse impact on the peace efforts underway in Nairobi. Full text...

  • UNHCR to take home 100,000 Somali refugees from Kenya
    06 september 2004 15:40:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN refugee agency, UNHCR plans to repatriate over 100,000 Somali refugees currently living in Kenya should the war-torn country form a new government, the agency said here Monday. Full text...

  • France urges Somalis to elect a president soon
    04 september 2004 15:18:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Authorities in France have expressed satisfaction over the inaugural session of Somalia's transitional parliament, saying Paris hoped that this event will pave the way for a speedy election of the president of Somalia. Full text...

  • Somali parliamentary leader seeks aid against drought
    02 september 2004 19:42:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The president of Somalia's interim Parliament, Farah Hersi Bulhan appealed Thursday for international assistance to the country's efforts to contain the effects of drought, including acute food-shortage. Full text...

  • New Somalia govt to back US anti-terror war
    02 september 2004 14:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somalia's new government will back the United States government's battle against terrorism in the Horn of Africa region, suspected of harbouring cells of Osama bin Laden's dreaded Al-Qaeda terrorist group, the country's parliamentarians said here Thursday. Full text...

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