Somalia -
  • 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...

  • Somaliland protests against Puntland over fighting
    03 november 2004 12:13:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Thousands of Somaliland residents Wednesday took to the streets of the capital Hargeisa to denounce what they termed was an incursion and aggression against the breakaway province by Puntland fighters in last week's fighting. Full text...

  • AU slates forum on disarmament in Somalia
    02 november 2004 16:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) will host a major international donors conference in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, Thursday to draw up a disarmament blueprint for post-war Somalia. Full text...

  • AU Commission laments fresh fighting in Somalia
    01 november 2004 09:27:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) Commission has deplored the recent fighting that resulted in considerable loss of lives and destruction of property in the area of Sool and Sanaag between Puntland and Somaliland regions of Somalia. Full text...

  • Heavy fighting kills 15 in Somalia
    30 october 2004 16:29:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia(PANA) -- At least 15 people were killed and many others wounded Friday when heavy fighting erupted between forces of the self-declared Republic of Somaliland and the self- declared autonomous regions of Puntland over a disputed border region of Sool. Full text...

  • Yusuf discusses formation of Somali new army with ex-warlords
    30 october 2004 13:28:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed is discussing the formation of the country's new national army with former warlords sitting on the 275-member Transitional Parliament, mediators said in Nairobi, Kenya, Saturday. Full text...

  • Somali Islamic clerics against peacekeepers
    29 october 2004 15:29:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Islamic clerics and court officials in Mogadishu have opposed the proposed deployment of international peacekeepers to Somalia citing several reasons including culture and language barriers, the spread of HIV/AIDS and skirmishes between local militiamen and the foreign troops. Full text...

  • UN says aid to Somalia would depend on progress in peace process
    26 october 2004 21:31:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN Security Council said Tuesday that any enhancement of the world body's role in the reconstruction of Somalia would have to be incremental and based on the outcome of discussions with the new transitional government there. Full text...

  • British minister addresses Somaliland Parliament
    26 october 2004 21:20:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- British minister for African Affairs Chris Mullin, who is leading a nine-strong delegation on a three- day visit to the self-declared Republic of Somaliland, addressed Parliament in Hargeisa Tuesday. Full text...

  • Giving peace a chance to turn Somalia round
    26 october 2004 11:22:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Only peaceful negotiations will shape the future of Somalia, according to the country's new leader, Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed. Full text...

  • Somalia appeals for aid to restore peace and security
    25 october 2004 13:33:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- After 14 years of bloody conflict, destruction and anarchy, Somalia Monday appealed for international assistance to turn the tide of lawlessness and instability and bring about peace and security. Full text...

  • British delegation visits Somaliland
    24 october 2004 14:14:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- A nine-strong British delegation led by African Affairs minister Chris Mullin arrived in Hargeisa Saturday evening at the start of a three-day visit to the self- declared Republic of Somaliland. Full text...

  • 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...

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