Somalia -
  • AU deployment of peacekeepers to Somalia on course
    30 august 2004 12:01:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) peacekeeping force for Somalia is set for deployment after a special military observer mission sent to the war-scarred nation handed in its report, AU Chairman and Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has announced. Full text...

  • Somalia reconstruction takes center stage as MPs get sworn-in
    30 august 2004 09:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Plans for Somalia's post-war reconstruction now takes center stage after international peace mediators surmounted a major hurdle in the peace process with the swearing in of the 275-member Transitional Federal Parliament here Sunday. Full text...

  • Konare calls for unity in Somalia
    28 august 2004 13:00:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Appealing to all leaders of Somalia to remain united, the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Alpha Oumar Konare has said the establishment of a Parliament for the Horn of Africa country is a significant turning point. Full text...

  • France welcomes inauguration of Somali parliament
    24 august 2004 23:26:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The French foreign ministry on Tuesday welcomed the inauguration of the transitional parliament of Somalia in Nairobi, Kenya on 22 august. Full text...

  • Kenyan airstrips suspected of fuelling Somali arms trade
    24 august 2004 19:44:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The large number of privately-owned airstrips along the Kenyan border with Somalia possibly played an active role in the smuggling of arms into the Horn of African nation, says a confidential report from the United Nations Security Council. Full text...

  • UN aid agencies push for Somali peace
    24 august 2004 19:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UN aid agencies working under the Somalia Aid Co-ordination Body (SACB), have called for a partnership peace campaign and cessation of hostilities ahead of the International Day of Peace, marked 21 September. Full text...

  • Annan welcomes Somali Transitional Parliament
    23 august 2004 19:31:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has welcomed the inauguration of the Somali Transitional Federal Parliament in Nairobi, Kenya, venue of almost two-year negotiations for peace in the troubled Horn of Africa country. Full text...

  • Hopes for peace rise as Somali Parliament is sworn in
    23 august 2004 12:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Prospects looked bright for the emergence of a central government in strife-torn Somalia, as the country's new post-war Parliament was sworn in here Sunday. Full text...

  • UN Security council renews Somali arms embargo
    18 august 2004 22:56:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The UN Security Council has endorsed a six-month extension of its 12-year-old arms embargo on Somalia, citing continuing violations of the sanctions. Full text...

  • Kenya outlines co-operation strategy with post-war Somalia
    18 august 2004 18:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's economic co-operation strategy with Somalia will revolve around the development of a vibrant livestock sector, revitalisation of the Horn of African nation's aviation industry, and the clean-up of oil spills in the country's major Indian Ocean ports. Full text...

  • UNDP launches scheme to tap Somali Diaspora expertise
    18 august 2004 07:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Wednesday launched its first project to facilitate the transfer of Diaspora expertise to Somalia. Full text...

  • Somali women protest exclusion from parliament
    17 august 2004 16:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Women delegates to the 22-month long Somali National Reconciliation Conference Tuesday accused clan leaders of bias and flouting rules governing the selection of the 275-member Transitional Parliament to be inaugurated here Thursday. Full text...

  • International delegation meets Somali groups
    15 august 2004 10:52:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- A 15-man delegation from the African Union (AU), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the Arab League arrived here Saturday to visit several areas controlled by warlords. Full text...

  • IOC bars Somali official from Athens Games
    11 august 2004 11:05:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The International Olympic Committee (IOC), citing fraud, has barred Somalia Olympic chief Farah Addo from attending the Games opening Friday in Athens, Greece. Full text...

  • Somali youth return from training camp in Spain
    06 august 2004 19:20:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Four Somali youths, fresh from a two-week summer camp in Spain courtesy of the Real Madrid Football Club, Friday sent passionate appeals to the international community to support sports initiatives among the youth in the war-torn country as part of peace-building measures. Full text...

  • Post-war Somalia to face security hurdles
    05 august 2004 22:42:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- For a country that has had no government in the past 14 years, the prospects for a lasting peace in Somalia presents daunting challenges for its political leaders, the African Union and the sub-regional body, the Inter- Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD). Full text...

  • Europeans welcome outcome of Somalia talks
    04 august 2004 16:49:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union has welcomed the successful conclusion of the ministerial meeting of the Inter-governmental Authority for Development (IGAD) in Nairobi on 30 July, which finalised the designation of Somalia's transitional federal parliament. Full text...

  • AI urges Somalia govt to respect human rights
    02 august 2004 17:24:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Somalia's Transitional Government must consider human rights as a major priority in its programme, Amnesty International said in a released issued to PANA in Paris Monday. Full text...

  • Kenyan peace mediator urges sanction against Somali warlord
    30 july 2004 20:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Bethwel Kiplagat, the chief negotiator of the Somali peace talks has recommended the imposition of sanctions on warlord Mohammed Siad Hersi ' Morgan' by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) member States. Full text...

  • Somaliland suspends relief flights
    29 july 2004 18:20:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Authorities in the self-declared Republic of Somaliland have suspended flights by European Commission Humanitarian Office (ECHO) planes over payment of landing and airport operational fees. Full text...

  • Eight killed in Somalia's Lower Shabelle fighting
    26 july 2004 19:04:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- At least eight people were killed and scores wounded during two-day of fighting between farmers and pastoralists in Somalia Lower Shabelle region 400 km south-west of here over the weekend. Full text...

  • Somaliland bans civil society activities
    22 july 2004 12:29:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- The government of the self-declared Republic of Somaliland has banned all local and international organizations from engaging in civil society activities and political debates, Interior Minister Ismail Adan Osman affirmed here. Full text...

  • Somali peace talks open in Djibouti Wednesday
    20 july 2004 18:49:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Council of Ministers begin a two-day meeting in Djibouti Wednesday on post-war reconstruction in Somalia, Kenyan Environment Minister Kalonzo Musyoka, Chair of IGAD Facilitating Committee said in Nairobi Tuesday. Full text...

  • Over 300 immigrants stranded in Puntland's Bosaso
    20 july 2004 15:58:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- More than 300 illegal immigrants of various nationalities are currently stranded in Bosaso, a port town in the self-declared autonomous region of Puntland, with the vain hope of finding boats to take them to Europe and the Middle East. Full text...

  • Somalia's war fuelled by militias preying on wealth
    19 july 2004 17:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somalia has become a "magnate for predatory militias" because of its advanced state of urbanisation coupled with conflicts over resources in Mogadishu, its administrative capital, says a report released here Monday. Full text...

  • Somalis remember 47 students executed 16 years ago in Mogadishu
    18 july 2004 20:49:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Hundreds of Somalis including family members and religious leaders Sunday took part in a memorial service for the 47 university students executed in 1989 by soldiers during the regime of the late former President Mohamed Siad Barre. Full text...

  • Mogadishu hospital reopens after 14-year closure
    17 july 2004 16:53:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Banadir Hospital, the biggest health centre in Mogadishu reopened on Saturday to the public after being under the control of armed militiamen for 14 years. Full text...

  • Severe drought affects parts of Somalia
    17 july 2004 14:01:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- What locals describe as an unprecedented drought has forced thousands of pastoralists in Somalia to move to less affected areas, especially along the border with Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Registration of houses begins in Somaliland capital
    16 july 2004 20:11:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- A six-month project took-off Friday to register houses, buildings and undeveloped lands in Hargeisa, capital of the self-proclaimed and hitherto unrecognised Republic of Somaliland. Full text...

  • Somali post-war parliament for inauguration 30 July
    16 july 2004 20:08:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Somali post-war Transitional Parliament is to be inaugurated 30 July, an official of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which is mediating the country's peace process said in Nairobi Friday. Full text...

  • Over 172 Zanzibari refugees lack shelter in Mogadishu
    15 july 2004 22:10:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- An unidentified group of Somali gunmen has forced 172 refugees from Zanzibar Island in Tanzania to vacate a camp owned by the Mogadishu Water Agency where they had lived since late 2001. Full text...

  • Security Council praises AU peace moves on Somalia
    15 july 2004 16:32:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The UN Security Council has welcomed the African Union (AU) plan to send military monitors to Somalia, and called on Somali leaders to support the initiative. Full text...

  • Floods hit Somalia's Lower Shabelle region
    14 july 2004 19:45:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Floods have devastated crops on 100 hectares of land and damaged several houses in Kunuwarey district of Lower Shabelle region, about 400 km from Mogadishu, the Somali capital. Full text...

  • Hargeisa faces acute water shortage
    14 july 2004 08:33:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- For the last four months Hargeisa, capital of the self-declared Republic of Somaliland has been facing severe shortage of water. Full text...

  • Land dispute violence claims 46 lives in Somaliland
    12 july 2004 21:51:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- The shooting to death of a policeman on Sunday while mediating in a land dispute in Hargeisa brings to 46 the number of persons killed over land related cases in the past six months in the self-declared Republic of Somaliland. Full text...

  • 120 Somali orphans enter new orphanage in Mogadishu
    11 july 2004 20:06:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- More than 120 orphans were re- admitted to a newly built orphanage here after most of them spent over one year on the streets of Mogadishu following the closure of their orphanages. Full text...

  • Doctors in Mogadishu warn against suspicious medicament
    09 july 2004 20:56:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Doctors here have warned city resident against a widely used local drug called 'Dawo Rabi' (God's medicine), whose peddlers claim it can cure several diseases, including cancer. Full text...

  • Somali returnees decry poor living conditions
    08 july 2004 23:00:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- More than 700 returnees brought back by the UN High Commission for Refugees from the Hartasheikh refugee camp in Ethiopia have decried what they said were poor living conditions at their transit center on the outskirts of Hargeisa, capital of the self-declared Republic of Somaliland. Full text...

  • Coca-Cola opens a soft drink plant
    07 july 2004 22:30:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Coca-Cola has opened a soft drinks plant here with a consortium of Somali investors staking 8. Full text...

  • Annan meets Sudan, Somali peace mediators in Nairobi
    07 july 2004 21:42:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali and Sudan peace mediators are scheduled to meet here Thursday with UN secretary general Kofi Annan. Full text...

  • AU warns Somalis to form govt or face sanctions
    06 july 2004 10:45:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Executive Council of the African Union (AU) has warned all factional leaders and parties in Somalia to observe the 31 July deadline for the formation of a government of national unity or face sanctions from the international community upon failure to comply. Full text...

  • Global Fund grants Somalia $8.9m to fight malaria
    06 july 2004 09:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has granted Somalia $8. Full text...

  • UNHCR repatriates Somali refugees from Ethiopia
    01 july 2004 21:11:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- What was once the world's largest refugee camp, hosting more than 250,000 Somalis in Ethiopia, has closed after the last return convoy left Wednesday for northwest Somalia, UNHCR said Thursday. Full text...

  • Somali youth to attend Real Madrid's summer camp
    09 june 2004 15:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Four young Somalis have been selected to attend a two-week summer camp at one of the world's most famous football clubs, Real Madrid of Spain. Full text...

  • Zambia worried by illegal influx of Somalis
    29 may 2004 12:45:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's Immigration Department has expressed concern over the influx of Somali nationals entering the country with forged Kenyan passports. Full text...

  • UN agencies, NGOs worried by Somali drought
    29 may 2004 09:58:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN Humanitarian Co-ordinator for Somalia, Maxwell Gaylard and officials of aid agencies have expressed great concern about the worsening drought in northern Somalia. Full text...

  • UN official warns of looming disaster in drought-stricken Somali
    28 may 2004 19:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN Humanitarian Coordinator Maxwell Gaylard and other senior officials have expressed "concern" over the deepening humanitarian situation in war-torn Somalia, now ravaged by drought. Full text...

  • EU urges consensus for speedy resolution of Somali crisis
    28 may 2004 15:22:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union Friday welcomed the launching of the third phase of the national reconciliation conference on Somalia during the IGAD (Inter-Governmental Authority for Development) ministerial meeting held in Nairobi 21-22 May. Full text...

  • UAE provides $2 million for Somali water project
    27 may 2004 10:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UNDP office in Somalia and the United Arab Emirates-based Zayed Foundation for Charitable and Humanitarian Activities Thursday signed an agreement for the latter to provide $2 million for a water supply project in Somalia. Full text...

  • Somali refugees head home from Ethiopia
    27 may 2004 09:31:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Nearly 1,000 Somali refugees who found asylum in Ethiopia over the past 16 years are now heading home. Full text...

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