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  • 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...

  • Somali envoy accuses ICU of backtracking on peace deal
    13 september 2006 14:08:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Though talks between the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia and the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) in control of the capital, Mogadishu, have marked an appreciable step forward, the peace process in the country remains fragile, a senior Somali diplomat cautioned here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Uganda mauls Somalia 5-0 in CECAFA youth soccer championship
    13 september 2006 12:42:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Uganda walloped Somalia 5-0 Tuesday at the ongoing 4th Council for East and Central African Football Associations (CECAFA) youth championship. Full text...

  • Rwanda wallops Somalia 4-0 in CECAFA youth championship
    11 september 2006 08:13:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The Rwandan junior national team Sunday in Bujumbura, mauled its Somali counterpart 4-0 at the ongoing fourth Council of East and Central African Football (CECAFA) Championship. Full text...

  • IGAD leaders concerned over situation in Somalia
    05 september 2006 18:48:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Leaders of regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) countries Tuesday expressed concern over the political situation in Somalia and reaffirmed their support for ongoing initiatives to promote dialogue and sustainable peace in the troubled Horn of Africa nation. Full text...

  • Arab League official chides Kenya, Ethiopia over Somali talks
    01 september 2006 12:12:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- An official of the Arab League Friday accused Somalia's neighbours of attempting to infiltrate the second round of peace talks between Somalia's transitional government and Islamic Courts slated for Saturday in Khartoum, Sudan. Full text...

  • AU approves IGAD peacekeeping force for Somalia
    01 september 2006 11:12:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) has authorized the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) member countries to mobilize a peacekeeping force for Somalia, but Kenya has indicated that more troops could be sought from African countries outside the region. Full text...

  • Bomb blast wounds nine in Mogadishu market
    30 august 2006 21:58:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- At least nine civilians were injured in a bomb explosion in northern Mogadishu where gunmen attacked a crowded market. Full text...

  • Museveni wants urgent regional summit on Somalia
    29 august 2006 15:30:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has called for an emergency regional summit to re-assess the situation in Somalia, ahead of possible deployment of an African force in the crisis-torn country. Full text...

  • Zenawi denies Ethiopia backing warlords in Somalia
    29 august 2006 14:24:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has denied reports that his country is encouraging violence in Somalia by deploying troops backing warlords in the troubled Horn of Africa nation. Full text...

  • Museveni hosting emergency meeting over Somali crisis
    28 august 2006 13:35:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandan leader Yoweri Museveni is holding an emergency meeting here to tackle conflicts and violence in the horn of Africa, particularly Somalia. Full text...

  • UN props reconciliation, peace-building in Somalia
    24 august 2006 12:44:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN is to launch a major Peace-building and reconciliation effort in the Central Somali region of Xudur with the aim of setting up a regional administration, the UN and Somali authorities said Thursday. Full text...

  • Somali PM names new cabinet
    21 august 2006 15:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Ghedi Monday named a leaner cabinet of 31 ministers, weeks after President Abdullahi Yusuf disbanded a bloated cabinet of 92 ministers, accusing it of failing to deliver on the peace pledges. Full text...

  • IGAD military chiefs plan troops deployment to Somalia
    17 august 2006 17:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Military chiefs from the seven-member Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) states begun meeting here Thursday to draw up a comprehensive plan for peacekeeping troops deployment to Somalia. Full text...

  • Insecurity pushes more Somali refugees into Kenya
    16 august 2006 15:24:00
    Daadab- Kenya (PANA) -- United Nations relief workers said Wednesday the continued decline of the security situation in Mogadishu and Baidoa was leading to an influx of Somali refugees into Kenya, where the facilities om camps are rapidly becoming overwhelmed. Full text...

  • Somali Islamic leaders deny territorial ambitions
    14 august 2006 20:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali Islamic Courts leaders have dismissed as "baseless and unfounded," claims that they were nursing some territorial ambitions, Kenyan MPs said here Monday. Full text...

  • WFP helps 10,000 survivors of floods in Ethiopia
    12 august 2006 11:22:00
    Dire Dawa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) has begun a rapid assessment and registration of survivors of the devastating floods in eastern Ethiopia to determine the immediate food needs of an estimated 10,000 people left homeless by the disaster. Full text...

  • CPJ laments killing of journalists' driver in Somalia
    05 august 2006 12:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Unidentified gunmen Saturday ambushed leaders of the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) on the road from Baidoa to Mogadishu, fatally shooting their driver, Madey Garas, according to NUSOJ Secretary-General, Omar Faruk Osman. Full text...

  • Swedish diplomat named UN deputy envoy to Somalia
    03 august 2006 19:01:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN Thursday named Per Lindgarde, a Swede, as Deputy Special Representative to Somalia as the crisis in the Horn of Africa nation escalates. Full text...

  • UN envoy insists 'dialogue best way' to end Somali crisis
    02 august 2006 22:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) — Somali rivals should conti-nue dialogue between the Transitional Federal Government and the Supreme Council of Islamic Courts as an essential first step towards a solution to the present crisis in Somalia, a senior UN official said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Libya seeks speedy end to violence in Somalia
    31 july 2006 09:06:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya, which continues to respect all accords signed during various Arab summits and conferences concerning the Somali peace process, was working relentlessly for an end to further violence in that country, an official source at the External Relations and International Co-operation ministry has reiterated. Full text...

  • UN envoy condemns assassination of Somali minister
    30 july 2006 11:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UN secretary general special representative for Somalia, Francois Lonseny Fall, has condemned the assassination of Abdallah Deerow Isaaq, Somalia's Minister for Constitutional and Federal Affairs. Full text...

  • Somali transitional govt suffers woes
    27 july 2006 20:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somalia's interim government showed signs of disintegration Thursday after 20 ministers resigned in protest, accusing the transitional government of failing to restore peace to their war-ravaged country. Full text...

  • Somali envoy warns threat of Union of Islamic Courts
    25 july 2006 19:41:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) that presently control the Somali capital Mogadishu is a fundamentalist group that threatens the stability of the sub- region, according to Abdikarran Farrah, ambassador of the Somalia Transitional Federal Government (TRG) in Ethiopia. Full text...

Special File - Somalia

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