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  • UN envoy deplores killing of prominent Somali comedian, media worker
    02 august 2012 17:09:15
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Full text...

  • IFJ condemns killing of Somali journalist
    02 august 2012 12:41:45
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The global press freedom body International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has condemned the 31 July killing of Abdi Jeylani Malaq, a media worker in Mogadishu, Somalia. Full text...

  • 'Relief efforts save 1.2m in Horn of Africa'
    02 august 2012 10:35:49
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Relief and child welfare organization Plan International said Thursday its intervention in the drought-hit East African region had helped to rescue 1.2 million people from hunger and starvation. Full text...

  • Somalia's constituent assembly overwhelmingly votes for new constitution
    01 august 2012 17:32:02
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somali community leaders have moved their country closer to a stable democracy after more than two decades of political anarchy by overwhelmingly voting in favour of a new constitution, paving the way for the election of the country’s President on 20 August.Full text...

  • UN Security Council extends Eritrea, Somalia monitoring mandate
    26 july 2012 09:00:09
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has extended for another year the mandate of the UN panel of experts monitoring compliance with the embargoes on the delivery of weapons and military equipment to Somalia and Eritrea. Full text...

  • Contact Group on piracy off Somalia's coast meets in New York
    25 july 2012 09:24:59
    New York, US (PANA) - A plenary meeting of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia was due to hold in New York Wednesday (25July), as part of a growing diplomatic effort to stop criminal activity that threatens commerce and humanitarian aid deliveries along one of the world’s busiest shipping corridors. Full text...

  • UN envoy welcomes Somalia's new constitution
    24 july 2012 18:51:45
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), Augustine Mahiga, has welcomed the progress made in the selection of an 825-member national body that will convene this week to discuss, vote on and adopt a new provisional constitution for the Horn of Africa nation. Full text...

  • Somalia to elect new President in August (Corrected)
    23 july 2012 17:00:57
    Paris, France (PANA) - The Somali Parliament will elect a new President for the country on 20 Aug., the Ambassador and Special Representative of the African Union (AU) in Somalia, Mr. Boubacar Gaoussou Diarra, told PANA in an interview in Paris, France, Monday. Full text...

  • AMISOM troops raid Al Shabaab camps in southern Somalia
    22 july 2012 18:35:25
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union troops in Somalia (AMISOM) have killed four Al Shabaab militiamen and recovered a cache of weapons in a camp in Tarako village in the Gedo region, southern Somalia, the acting force commander said on Sunday. Full text...

  • UN says 3.8 million Somalis need assistance
    21 july 2012 07:01:52
    New York, US (PANA) - In spite of the progress made one year after the declaration of famine in parts of southern Somalia, some 3.8 million people there are still in need of assistance, the UN said in a statement on Saturday. Full text...

  • Somali refugees in Horn of Africa surpass 1 million mark
    17 july 2012 15:30:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somalia's population exodus has crossed a new threshold, hitting the one million mark as more people continue to flee to the surrounding region, the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gunmen shoot another Somali journalist
    10 july 2012 15:27:25
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom body, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has said that two unidentified gunmen shot a Somali journalist, Abdulkadir Omar Abdulle, PANA reports from here Tuesday.Full text...

  • UN, partners express concern on Somalia roadmap progress
    05 july 2012 12:31:06
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN and its diplomatic partners in support of efforts to restore peace and stability in Somalia have expressed concern over the missing of deadlines which form part of the process of ending the country's current transitional governing arrangements on 20 August. Full text...

  • Somalia signs agreement to end child soldiers' recruitment
    03 july 2012 17:28:44
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somali authorities have signed an agreement to release all child soldiers serving in the country’s national army and stop further hiring of children. Full text...

  • US assures Somalia of support beyond end of transition
    30 june 2012 20:45:06
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has assured Somalia that it would continue to support the Horn of African nation after the current transition period. Full text...

  • Why Somalis flee their homes - UNHCR
    27 june 2012 08:38:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said many displaced Somalis have been citing difficulty in providing for themselves as the main reason for fleeing their homes. Full text...

  • Radio journalist shot in Somalia
    12 june 2012 14:41:29
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Mohamed Nur Mohamed, a radio journalist in Somalia, was shot by two gunmen in Mogadishu, the global press freedom body, Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ) revealed Monday. Full text...

  • Ban calls for int'l support for Somalia's political transition
    02 june 2012 13:18:35
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the international community to provide support to Somalia on in its next political phase. Full text...

  • UNESCO chief condemns killing of Somali journalist
    31 may 2012 12:03:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Ms. Irina Bokova, has condemned the murder of a Somali journalist and called on local authorities to ensure that those responsible for crimes against media professionals are punished for their deeds. Full text...

  • Kenyan troops kill 14 Al Shabaab fighters
    30 may 2012 18:24:39
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan soldiers have killed 14 Al Shabaab fighters after the rebel force launched an attack on a Kenyan warship in the Indian Ocean. Full text...

  • Libya to attend Somalia conference in Turkey
    29 may 2012 21:17:54
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Turkish ambassador in Libya, Ali Kemaleddine, on Tuesday held talks with the Libyan minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Achour Ben Khiyal, and invited him to attend a conference on Somalia due in Istanbul, Turkey, on 1 June. Full text...

  • AMISOM troops secure Afgooye town and major Somalia routes
    25 may 2012 22:55:35
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Troops of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in pursuit of the Al Qaeda-affiliated Al Shabaab terror group on Friday crossed the Shabelle River and secured all the major roads leading into and out of Afgooye town. Full text...

  • Sixth Somali journalist shot dead in Mogadishu
    24 may 2012 18:31:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somali gunmen have killed yet another journalist in Mogadishu, attracting the condemnation of the UN Special envoy, Augustine Mahiga, who called for an end to the killings. Full text...

  • UN calls for efforts to minimize civilian casualties in Somalia
    24 may 2012 12:51:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, Mark Bowden, has stressed the need to minimize the impact of conflict on civilians, as the military forces make their way into Somalia’s Afgooye corridor. Full text...

  • Somali politicians agree on tight election schedule
    23 may 2012 18:16:34
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – A group of Somali politicians Wednesday rose from three days of negotiations here, agreeing on a tight timeline to hold elections and ratify the country's draft constitution before the current transitional government ends in August. Full text...

  • AMISOM troops close in on Al-Shabaab stronghold
    23 may 2012 14:44:56
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Forces of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have made significant progress in the last 24 hours towards Afgoye town, about 25 kilometres west of the capital, Mogadishu, the Mission announced Wednesday. Full text...

  • Burundi, Somalia to strengthen diplomatic ties
    20 may 2012 15:36:25
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundi and Somalia are to strengthen their diplomatic relations by opening embassies in Mogadishu and Bujumbura respectively. Full text...

  • UN envoy concerned over violent clashes in Somalia
    20 may 2012 15:31:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Augustine Mahiga, has expressed concern over recent violent clashes in the northern city of Hargeisa, located in Somaliland, between Somali security forces and citizens which allegedly resulted in deaths on both sides. Full text...

  • WFP food vouchers help hungry families in Somalia
    16 may 2012 09:59:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Thousands of people in Somaliland are getting more fresh meat in their diet due to an innovative World Food Programme (WFP) initiative that provides parents with vouchers to help them afford nutritious food from local traders, a WFP statement made available to PANA here Wednesday said. Full text...

  • UN envoy seeks support for Somali transition
    16 may 2012 08:54:09
    New York, US (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Mr. Augustine Mahiga, has called on the international community to boost their efforts to help Somalia through its peace and national reconciliation process. Full text...

  • Somali diplomats clash in Lusaka
    05 may 2012 12:01:13
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - There were dramatic scenes at the Somali Embassy in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, Friday when the Horn of African nation's Ambassador to Zambia Shirwa Ibrahim received another diplomat who was appointed to take over his job without being informed. Full text...

  • AMISOM probes armed convoy accident in Mogadishu
    13 april 2012 16:29:22
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said Friday it regretted the injuries sustained by civilians following the collision of an armoured vehicle and a civilian mini-bus in the Somali capita, Mogadishu. Full text...

  • CAF President mourns Somali FA boss
    05 april 2012 19:12:05
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - President Issa Hayatou of African soccer's governing body, CAF, has expressed ''shock and sadness'' at the death of Somali FA president Nur Said Mohamud in a suicide bomb attack in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, Wednesday. Full text...

  • 10 journos injured in Somalia blast - CPJ
    05 april 2012 13:34:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - At least 10 journalists were reported injured, several of them seriously, in the bomb that ripped through Somalia's newly-reopened national theatre in Mogadishu Wednesday, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Full text...

  • Suicide bomb kills 7, Al Shabaab vows more attacks
    04 april 2012 19:11:42
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somalia’s militant group, Al Shabaab, claimed responsibility for a suicide attack at the Somali National Theatre, which killed seven people and warned of further attacks targeting the top officials of the interim government. Full text...

  • 'AMISOM, TFG information sharing will improve terrorism combating in Somalia'
    04 april 2012 14:58:26
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the country's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) have launched a Joint Fusion and Liaison Unit (UFL) to ensure timely information sharing, according to an AMISOM press statement which was received by PANA on Wednesday.Full text...

  • Kenya urged not to return refugees to Somalia
    30 march 2012 07:40:44
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan authorities have been urged not to return refugees to Somalia because of ongoing fighting and abuses against civilians in areas controlled by Kenyan forces and allied militias. Full text...

  • Media rights group condemns shooting of Somali journo
    27 march 2012 12:48:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned Sunday's shooting of Somali radio journalist Mohyadin Hassan Mohamed in the nation's capital, Mogadishu, and called on the authorities to ensure his safety. Full text...

  • Somalia’s ex-President Abdullahi Yusuf dies in exile
    23 march 2012 13:29:27
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Exiled former Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf, 77, has died in a hospital in the United Arabs Emirates (UAE), where he was admitted for an unknown illness, sources said Friday. Full text...

  • British hostage freed after six months in Somalia
    21 march 2012 19:16:21
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Judith Telbutt, the British tourist whose kidnapping in Lamu forced the Kenyan forces to launch a military offensive in Somalia, has been freed from captivity after nearly six months, her family said Wednesday. Full text...

  • UNHCR alarmed by resumption of mortar attacks in Somalia
    21 march 2012 07:16:37
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has expressed Full text...

  • SA, Somalia formalize ties
    14 march 2012 09:04:41
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa has established formal diplomatic relations with Somalia and committed 100 million rand (US$13 million) to help the transitional Somali government build adequate institutions of governance. Full text...

  • AU Peace, Security Council commends London conference on Somalia
    09 march 2012 18:25:15
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Welcoming the outcome of the recent London conference on Somalia, the African Union Peace and Security Council on Friday stressed the need to maintain the current international momentum towards the peace and reconciliation process in Somalia.Full text...

  • Somalia moves towards stability after decades of civil conflict
    06 march 2012 20:52:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somalia’s interim government was projecting an Full text...

  • IFJ dismayed by “serial killing of Journalists" in Somalia
    06 march 2012 16:36:20
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Following the killing of yet another Somali journalist, Ali Ahmed Abdi, the global media rights body -- International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) -- on Monday expressed “total dismay over the serial killing of Journalists” in Somalia, PANA reports. Full text...

  • 'Somalia has best chance to usher in lasting peace'
    06 march 2012 08:18:45
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Mr. Augustine Mahiga, has said Somalia currently has the best opportunity to end its two decades-long conflict and bring lasting peace and stability to the country. Full text...

  • IFJ condemns "brutal murder" of Somali journalist
    01 march 2012 15:22:23
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The global media rights body, International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), on Wednesday condemned the “brutal murder” of a Somali journalist, Abukar Hassan Mahamoud, PANA reports from here Thursday. Full text...

  • UN envoy urges probe into killing of Somali radio journalist
    29 february 2012 17:16:06
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - UN Special envoy Augustine Mahiga, has called for urgent investigations into the killing of a prominent Somali radio executive, Abukar Mohamed Kadaf, the Director of Somaliweyn Radio, killed Tuesday in Mogadishu. Full text...

  • Veteran radio journalist murdered in Mogadishu
    29 february 2012 11:10:12
    New York, US (PANA) - Unidentified gunmen have assassinated a veteran journalist who had been trying to relaunch a radio station that extremist group Al-Shabaab had shut down and looted in 2010 in Somalia, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said, quoting local journalists. Full text...

  • CPJ condemns arrest, assault of journalist
    29 february 2012 10:58:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned last week's arrest and brutal assault of Mohamed Abdirahman, a journalist in the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland. Full text...

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