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  • Somali President vows no amnesty for piracy kingpins
    16 april 2013 19:22:59
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - Somali President Sheikh Hassan Mohamud, said Tuesday his government’s efforts to pardon some 900 Somali youth engaged in piracy would not be extended to the piracy kingpins. Full text...

  • UN Human Rights Office condemns Somali bombings
    16 april 2013 17:07:33
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said Sunday attacks on Mogadishu, the Somali capital, are regrettable signs of a prevailing climate of insecurity and violence, a statement said on Tuesday.Full text...

  • Burundi soldiers tackle disease burden off Somali battlefield, By Kennedy Abwao
    15 april 2013 19:46:29
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - The war inside Somalia, which has raged for more than 22 years, has taken its toll on the health of the population, forced to live without any semblance of a national health infrastructure for a better part of over two decades. Full text...

  • 22 killed in Al Shabaab attack in Somalia
    14 april 2013 17:39:07
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - At least 22 people, including nine Al Shabaab attackers who raided a courthouse in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, were killed while over 50 others were injured in the attack, government officials said Sunday. Full text...

  • IMF resumes relations with Somalia after 22-year break
    13 april 2013 16:53:06
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has resumed relations with Somalia after a 22-year interval following the prolonged civil war in the Horn of Africa country. Full text...

  • President Obama okays military support for Somalia
    09 april 2013 17:35:33
    New York, US (PANA) - US President Barack Obama, has said Somalia will receive military assistance from the US in order to bolster security and stability in the Horn of African nation. Full text...

  • UN envoy happy with Somalia's efforts to combat sexual violence
    03 april 2013 17:21:33
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Mrs. Zainab Bangura, has praised the Somali government's efforts to enhance the protection of women against sexual violence. Full text...

  • UK plans Somali trade, investment meeting
    28 march 2013 16:54:20
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The United Kingdom has announced plans to host a trade and investment conference for Somalia in London during a planned security meeting to be held there in May, the UK Minister for Africa, Mark Simmonds, said Thursday. Full text...

  • EU grants 30 million euros to AMISOM
    19 march 2013 21:29:42
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) is to grant an additional aid of 33 million Euros to the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to play its key peacekeeping role in Somalia, a statement issued in Brussels said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN envoy saddened by Somali bomb attack
    18 march 2013 14:55:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - UN Special Envoy to Somalia, Augustine Mahiga, said Monday’s explosion near the Somali Presidential Palace, which killed at least seven people, was shocking and saddening. Full text...

  • UN partially lifts arms embargo on Somalia
    07 march 2013 10:21:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council Wednesday evening in New York partially lifted the decades-old arms embargo on Somalia for one year to help the country in its fight against the armed al-Shabab group. Full text...

  • Don't lift arms embargo on Somalia yet, Amnesty International urges UN
    05 march 2013 12:32:37
    New York, US (PANA) - Amnesty International on Tuesday said it is premature for the UN Security Council to consider lifting the arms embargo on Somalia, warning that such a move could see armed groups like Al-Shabab laying their hands on even more weapons, while removing existing mechanisms of transparency and accountability. Full text...

  • HRW condemns Somali journo's conviction for interviewing woman alleging rape
    04 march 2013 09:44:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Human Rights Watch (HRW) has described as a major setback for freedom of the media in Somalia Sunday's upholding, by the appeal's court, of the conviction of a journalist who interviewed a woman alleging rape by government forces. Full text...

  • Kenyan military condemns Al Shabaab executions
    15 february 2013 14:11:26
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) said Friday claims by the Somali militant group that it had executed one of the six hostages in its custody was a “blatant disregard for human life and dignity”. Full text...

  • US expresses concern over Somalia rape case verdict
    06 february 2013 09:40:30
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has expressed deep concern over a Mogadishu court’s decision to convict and sentence to one year in prison a 27-year-old alleged rape victim and the journalist who interviewed her. Full text...

  • EU officials, Somali president discuss security, humanitarian aid in Brussels
    30 january 2013 15:42:54
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The EU Commission has indicated that security issues and humanitarian aid to Somalia will dominate talks involving the president of the Commission, Manuel Durao Barroso, the EU parliament's Speaker, Martin Schulz, and president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somali, due here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Twelve suspected pirates arrive in Mauritius for prosecution
    26 january 2013 09:17:31
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Twelve men, captured off the coast of Somalia on 5 Jan. over alleged piracy, were transferred Friday night by EU Naval Force warship FS Surcouf to the Mauritian authorities for prosecution, PANA reported from here Saturday. Full text...

  • EU extends training of Somali security forces till 2015
    25 january 2013 12:53:23
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has extended until March 2015 the training mission of the armed forces of Somalia, EUTM/Somalia, the European Commission said in a statement received by PANA here Friday. Full text...

  • Trial of 12 Somali pirates opens on Friday in Mauritius
    23 january 2013 22:13:56
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The trial opens in Port-Louis on Friday of 12 Somali pirates captured by US forces on 5 January, official sources told PANA on Wednesday In Port-Louis.Full text...

  • Al Shabaab says captured French soldier dies in captivity
    14 january 2013 16:15:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somali militant group, Al Shabaab, said Monday a French operations commander, who was amongst a group of 50 French troops on a hostage rescue mission in Bulo Marer, had died in captivity. Full text...

  • France assists Somali IDPs with EUR 1m
    11 january 2013 12:39:16
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - France has donated 1 million Euros to help thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Somalia, through a quick impact project. Full text...

  • Sudan, Somalia review bilateral relations
    02 january 2013 12:34:45
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan and his Somali counterpart Hussein Sheikh Mahmoud have discussed how to strengthen the relations between the two countries and contribute to efforts to rebuild Somalia. Full text...

  • Belgian warship intercepts Somali pirates
    18 december 2012 13:33:24
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Belgian military frigate "Marie-Louise", which is part of the European Union Naval Force Somalia, tagged ''Operation Atalanta", has intercepted a vessel with five Somali pirates on board in the Indian Ocean, the Belgian Ministry of Defence said. Full text...

  • Contact Group on Piracy off Somali coast meets in New York
    11 december 2012 10:01:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Representatives of about 80 countries, international organisations, and the private sector were due to gather at the UN headquarters in New York Tuesday for a plenary meeting of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia. Full text...

  • Somali province governor assassinated
    29 november 2012 08:59:07
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Gunmen in Somalia have assassinated the newly-installed Governor of Somalia's Hiran province in south central Somalia, a day after his installation, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said. Full text...

  • CPJ seeks release of BBC journalist in Somalia
    27 november 2012 13:15:07
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somali authorities must immediately release Ibrahim Mohamed Adan, a correspondent for the Somali service of the BBC, who has been held for nearly a week in Mogadishu without charge, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nine suspected Somali pirates arrested off Mogadishu coast
    22 november 2012 07:24:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Nine suspected Somali pirates have been arrested 420 nautical miles east of the Mogadishu coastline, in a joint anti-piracy operation, a naval force said Wednesday.  Full text...

  • Kenya offers to intensify diplomatic ties with Somalia
    16 november 2012 18:59:28
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki hailed the installation of Somalia's new cabinet Friday and announced plans to revive a government-to-government committee on bilateral cooperation. Full text...

  • UN chief welcomes new Somali government
    16 november 2012 13:06:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has welcomed the swearing in of the newly-appointed Somali cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon. Full text...

  • Somali cabinet wins overwhelming parliamentary approval
    13 november 2012 13:43:00
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somali Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon scored a major victory with Tuesday's approval by parliament of his new 10-member cabinet, which includes Deputy Prime Minister Fozia Yusuf Adan. Full text...

  • US official visits Somalia
    05 november 2012 10:33:39
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - US Assistant Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman Sunday visited Somalia, where she held talks with the new leader, Hassan Sheikh Mahamud, on the possibility of allowing the sale of charcoal stockpiles in Kismayu, the US State Department said Monday. Full text...

  • UN envoy urges urgent action to avert Kismayu power vacuum
    24 october 2012 16:38:11
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud must move swiftly to form a governing administration in the port city of Kismayu, whose wealth was used for several decades to fund the activities of rebel groups, a UN Diplomat said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Somalia's militia remnants arrested in Kismayu military clean-up
    23 october 2012 22:31:01
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somalia's Al Shabaab militia's top woman leader, Marianna Issa Mohammed, has been arrested alongside 73 other militants after they were identified by residents of the port city of Kismayu, a military spokesman said on Tuesday.Full text...

  • Somali parliament endorses new PM Shirdon
    17 october 2012 17:43:11
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somalia's parliament voted unanimously Wednesday to endorse the newly-appointed Prime Minister, Abdi Farah Shirdon, in a move praised by international diplomats as a further step in Somalia's road to democracy.Full text...

  • Kenyan forces mark first year anniversary on Somali warfront
    14 october 2012 14:46:47
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan troops Sunday marked the first anniversary of their incursion into Somalia to flush out suspected Islamists believed to be behind kidnappings and incursions into military installations in the country (Kenya). Full text...

  • Kenyan military to honour Somali war heroes
    12 october 2012 18:07:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan forces will celebrate war heroes and honour those killed on the front line since 14 October, 2011, the first anniversary of the launch of ‘Operation Linda Nchi’, meant to clear Al Shabaab militants.Full text...

  • AU urges UN Security Council to lift Somali arms embargo
    12 october 2012 07:42:58
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has revived its push for the lifting of the UN arms embargo on Somalia, to facilitate the proper arming of its forces and called on the world body to authorize the deployment of additional military capacity. Full text...

  • 7 Somali piracy suspects seized in renewed crackdown
    11 october 2012 13:58:10
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Seven suspected Somali pirates have been arrested and their small boat, suspected to have been at sea to target ship transiting the busy coastline, destroyed, leading to fresh calls from an anti-piracy taskforce patroling the seacoast for more vigilance. Full text...

  • New survey reveals Somalia’s food crisis remains critical
    08 october 2012 16:49:23
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - A new survey of people across 40 regions in Somalia by international aid agency, Oxfam, has found that water and food shortages are at critical levels and likely to deteriorate in parts of the country over the coming months, risking a prolonged humanitarian crisis well into next year. Full text...

  • African troops surround Kismayo after city takeover
    01 october 2012 09:08:21
    Dobley,Somalia (PANA) - Troops from the Somali National Army and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have advanced to within 5 kilometres of the port city of Kismayo, a day after they pushed Al Qaeda-affiliated militants from the southern Somali town of Canjeel, the force said Sunday. Full text...

  • 2012, worst year for Somali journalists - CPJ
    30 september 2012 11:22:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has declared 2012 as the most dangerous year for Somali Journalists, even with three months to the end of the year. Full text...

  • UNDP report calls for investing in Somali youth
    29 september 2012 08:23:15
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Development Programme (UNDP) says the future of Somalia and the well-being of its people rest significantly on empowering its large youth population. Full text...

  • Kibaki says Kismayu seizure a good chance for peace in Somalia
    28 september 2012 17:07:26
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki on Friday congratulated members of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), operating under the African Union Mission Command in Somalia (AMISOM), for the victorious capture of the Port City of Kismayu. Full text...

  • African forces seize Somali Islamist fighter's last stronghold
    28 september 2012 12:24:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan troops operating under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Command captured the port city of Kismayu early Friday during a combined operation with Somali troops, handing the Horn of Africa nation its best chance at peace in two decades. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: AU forces rout Somali Islamists from last stronghold
    28 september 2012 08:14:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - African Union forces have routed Islamist militants from their last stronghold in Somalia's southern port city of Kismayu, handing the country its best chance at peace in two decades, PANA reported Friday. Full text...

  • Somalia's new leader scores major political victory with just 1 week in office
    25 september 2012 17:38:22
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud has scored a major political victory in his first official week in power following the decision by the major Islamist group, Hizbul Islam, to quit the Al Shabaab alliance. Full text...

  • Somalia's Hizbul Islam quits Al Shabaab alliance
    25 september 2012 15:35:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somalia's Islamist group, Hizbul Islam, which has been propping the Al Shabaab, has announced it was quitting the alliance with Al Shabaab to protest a merger with the Al Qaeda terrorism network in East Africa, a military source told PANA here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kibaki urges global agencies to move to liberated areas of Somalia
    25 september 2012 13:36:30
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has called on UN agencies and international organisations working in Somalia to relocate to the liberated areas of Somalia and directly provide humanitarian assistance to Somalis living there. Full text...

  • AU says assassinations will not derail Somalia’s political progress
    23 september 2012 14:20:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has warned that the targeted assassination of Somali politicians, who represent the voice of the people, will not derail the country’s political progress. Full text...

  • Al Shabaab fighters in mass surrender in Jowhar
    23 september 2012 11:47:54
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has registered its biggest victory in Somalia yet, with the surrender of more than 200 Islamist insurgents of Al Shabaab, following disagreements within the group's ranks that led to the factional killing of eight of its fighters, AMISOM said in a statement Sunday. Full text...

Special File - Somalia

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