Somalia -
  • 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...

  • UN envoy appeals for restraint in Somalia
    22 july 2006 17:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN secretary-general special representative for Somalia, Francois Fall, has urged leaders of the Transitional Federal Government and the Supreme Council of the Islamic Courts to restrain their forces. Full text...

  • Somalia tense over looming militia incursion
    21 july 2006 08:48:00
    Baidoa- Somalia (PANA) -- Tension heightened in Baidoa, the Somali interim capital Thursday, as troops in armoured cars and military trucks believed to be from Ethiopia, advanced towards the fragile seat of power in an apparent move to prop the government. Full text...

  • Joint AU, IGAD mission urge Somalis to dialogue peace
    10 july 2006 23:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A joint African Union (AU) and IGAD (the Intergovernmental Authority in Development) fact-finding team arrived here Monday from a four-day mission to Somalia, where they urged warring factions to stop hostilities and concentrate on the dialogue set to begin in Khartoum. Full text...

  • Somali fighting worries international peace envoys
    10 july 2006 18:49:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali rivals must stop fighting and respect the agreements reached at the recent peace talks hosted by the Sudanese President Omar El-Bashir in Khartoum, a group of international peace envoys said here Monday. Full text...

  • Somali interim govt pushes reconciliation plan
    07 july 2006 08:38:00
    Baidoa- Somalia (PANA) -- The Somali interim government has appointed Mohamoud Mohamed Aden (Barbaar) as new governor for the Bay Region in central Somalia as part of its reconciliation and peace-building efforts, UN officials said here Friday. Full text...

  • Kenya trains Somali police recruits
    05 july 2006 11:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan Police have finalised a three- month training for the first batch of 181 Somali police recruits, Kenyan Police Commissioner Major-Gen. Full text...

  • Eritrea is behind chaos in Somalia, says Meles
    27 june 2006 20:35:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Accusing Eritrea of sowing chaos and instability in the Horn of Africa sub-region, notably through the present disorder in Somalia, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi stated Tuesday that Ethiopia was well prepared to counter any threat on its borders. Full text...

  • UNICEF: calm in Mogadishu favours anti-polio campaign
    25 june 2006 10:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UNICEF says calm recently seen in Mogadishu allowed the humanitarian community to immunise 99% of children in the Somali capital under five years of age against polio. Full text...

  • CPJ condemns brutal murder of Swedish photographer
    23 june 2006 23:26:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed 'deep shock' over the killing of award- winning Swedish journalist and photographer Martin Adler, who was shot by an unidentified gunman while filming a demonstration in the Somali capital Mogadishu Friday. Full text...

  • Somali govt condemns Swedish journalist murder
    23 june 2006 22:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali government officials Friday condemned in the "strongest terms possible" the shooting to death of a Swedish journalist who was covering a pro-Islamic demonstration in the capital, Mogadishu. Full text...

  • US looks to Sudan to broker deadlock over Mogadishu
    22 june 2006 12:59:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The United States has expressed confidence in Sudan’s ability to broker the deadlock over which group would legitimately rule Somali’s erstwhile capital, Mogadishu, which has been embroiled in fierce fighting since February. Full text...

  • Abdullahi affirms statehood of Somalia
    20 june 2006 19:42:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Despite the chaos that reigns in many parts of Somalia and a weak transitional federal government, President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed affirmed here Tuesday that his country has every attribute of statehood. Full text...

  • AU says Somalia needs peacekeeping force
    16 june 2006 11:43:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Condemning the fighting that has rocked Mogadishu for several weeks now, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has underlined the urgent need for deployment of a regional peacekeeping force in Somalia. Full text...

  • New fighting plunges Somalia into more distress
    15 june 2006 21:30:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- When an alliance of former warlords joined the newly formed Somali cabinet in October 2004, the Horn of Africa nation seemed to be on track toward achieving peace that eluded Somalis for nearly 15 years. Full text...

Special File - Somalia

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