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  • 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...

  • Three Somali journos killed in suicide bomb attack
    21 september 2012 11:24:40
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Three Somali journalists were killed and at least four injured in a suicide bomb attack in a Mogadishu café Thursday evening, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said in a statement obtained by PANA here Friday. Full text...

  • UN Security Council tasks new Somali leader
    19 september 2012 07:50:39
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has urged new Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud to appoint an inclusive and accountable government to facilitate stability in the country. Full text...

  • Somalia’s former refugee wins 2012 Nansen Refugee Award
    18 september 2012 16:25:12
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The 2012 Nansen Refugee Award has been won by Hawa Aden Mohamed, the founder and director of the Galkayo Education Centre for Peace and Development (GECPD) in Puntland, north-eastern Somalia, the Geneva-based United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN envoy hails inauguration of Somali President
    17 september 2012 08:23:08
    New York, US (PANA) - Augustine Mahiga, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative and head of the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), has described the inauguration of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as a ''new era" for the war-scarred nation and pledged the world body's continued support to help it move forward. Full text...

  • Zuma salutes Mohamud
    13 september 2012 08:46:26
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Just hours after new Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud survived an assassination attempt in Mogadishu, South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has saluted his recent election. Full text...

  • UN envoy condemns attack on new Somali President
    13 september 2012 07:35:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), Mr. Augustine Mahiga, has condemned Wednesday's attack on a hotel in the country's capital, Mogadishu, where the new Somali President was giving a press conference. Full text...

  • France ready to work with Somalia's new president
    12 september 2012 14:22:28
    Paris, France (PANA) - France is ready to work with new Somali President Hassan Sheikh, who was elected on Monday, the French Foreign Ministry said in a statement made available to PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • US greets Somalia's new President
    12 september 2012 09:56:08
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has congratulated Somalia's new President Hassan Sheikh and the Somali people on Monday's election of the President. Full text...

  • LEAD: Somalia elects new president
    10 september 2012 20:33:49
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somalia's new era turned a new leaf on Monday with the election of the opposition candidate Prof. Mahmud Sheikh Hassan, a clear sign by the Somali parliament to make a clean break from their two-decade long war. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Somalia elects new president
    10 september 2012 18:44:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - After a historic vote, the first such vote inside Somalia, parliamentarians Monday elected a new president. Full text...

  • Somali presidential election now in 3rd round of voting
    10 september 2012 18:34:50
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Incumbent Somali President, Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, and Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud, a member of the Somali Muslim Brotherhood, are running in the third round of the presidential election in Somalia, according to reports received here Monday by PANA. Full text...

  • 68 passengers on board sinking boat rescued off Somalia
    10 september 2012 12:24:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Spanish warship battling pirates off the coast of Somalia has rescued a boat with 68 people, after finding it adrift in the middle of the Gulf of Eden, the European anti-piracy task force said Monday. Full text...

  • AMISOM kills 36 Al Shabaab fighters
    01 september 2012 20:13:22
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - African Union troops (AMISOM) have killed 36 Al Shabaab fighters in a new military push that brought them closer to the Islamist stronghold of Kismayu. Full text...

  • UNESCO chief tasks Somali authorities on journalists deaths
    01 september 2012 14:28:49
    New York, US (PANA) - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova has asked Somali authorities to do everything in their power to put an end to the continuing violence that has already claimed the lives of eight journalists in the African country this year. Full text...

  • Somali politicians get final ultimatum over sluggish transition plan
    01 september 2012 10:15:16
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has given a 10-day ultimatum to Somali parliamentarians to conduct the much-delayed presidential ballot to end its political transition process. Full text...

  • UN Security Council tasks Somalis on transition
    29 august 2012 22:22:56
    New York, US (PANA) -The UN Security Council on Wednesday called on Somalis to continue to work together to ensure a swift end to the country's transition. Full text...

  • Catherine Ashton visits Somalia
    28 august 2012 22:36:30
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Mrs Catherine Ashton, senior EU representative for foreign affairs and common security, on Monday visited Somalia where she held talks with the transition federal authorities. Full text...

  • UN envoy tasks Somalis on new parliamentarians
    26 august 2012 17:46:45
    New York, US (PANA) - Augustine Mahiga, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia, has expressed deep concern at the ongoing delays in finalizing the list of new parliamentarians, warning that it might threaten the electoral calendar. Full text...

  • Kenyan troops in fierce gun battle with Al Shabaab, 73 militants killed
    16 august 2012 21:55:35
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan contingent to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has reported its fiercest confrontation with the Islamic militant group Al Shabaab in the southern town of Fafadun as it pushes southwards towards the port city of Kismayu, a military spokesman said. Full text...

  • UN envoy calls for end to impunity in Somalia
    14 august 2012 16:49:29
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Special Representative for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), Augustine Mahiga, has strongly condemned the killings of a government information official and a journalist in Somalia in separate incidents. Full text...

  • UN chief expresses concern over new Somali parliament
    14 august 2012 08:37:09
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is seriously concerned about delays in the selection of the new Somali Parliament, a UN statement said on Monday. Full text...

  • Somalia eyes stock exchange market in deal with NSE
    08 august 2012 18:37:51
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) has signed an agreement with the Somali Stock Exchange Investment Corporation (SSE) for the creation of a bourse, officials said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Somalia signs UN pact against maiming of children
    08 august 2012 17:24:47
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somalia’s interim government has signed a pact with the UN, pledging to protect children from falling victim of shoot-to-kill orders and a pledge by the country’s defence minister to issue commands against the killing of children. Full text...

  • UN slams media reports as Somalis strike key deal towards ending transition
    06 august 2012 19:08:45
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The United Nations (UN) has disputed reports on Somali media that President Sharif Hassan Ahmed walked out of a key meeting to discuss the terms of dissolving the country’s ruling interim government during a meeting in Nairobi of the signatories. Full text...

  • US hails adoption of Somalia's Provisional Constitution
    03 august 2012 08:46:07
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has hailed Wednesday's approval of Somalia's Provisional Constitution, saying it moves Somalia ''closer towards lasting stability''. Full text...

  • 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...

Special File - Somalia

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