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  • 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...

  • Global campaign slams London Somali conference
    24 february 2012 11:29:24
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Thursday's London Somali conference failed to mention the plight of seafarers and sidelined the issue of piracy, according to a spokesperson from SaveOurSeafers, the global campaign aimed at raising awareness of and ending Somali piracy. Full text...

  • Ban calls for international support for Somalia's development
    23 february 2012 18:42:37
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged the international community to heed the "cries for peace" of the Somali people and help them overcome decades of instability and build a more stable and prosperous future. Full text...

  • EU to extend Atalante operation against piracy to 2014
    23 february 2012 17:26:28
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has said it will extend, by two years, its Atalante Operation against piracy in the Indian Ocean, according to a statement issued Thursday in Brussels. Full text...

  • US donates US$64m for humanitarian assistance in Horn of Africa, as Somali conference holds
    23 february 2012 17:14:01
    New York, US (PANA) - As representatives of more than 50 countries and international organizations gathered in London Thursday for a one-day international conference on Somalia, the US has announced a donation of US$64 million in humanitarian assistance to the Horn of Africa, including Somalia. Full text...

  • Burundi president for London Summit on Somalia
    22 february 2012 18:08:16
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi, will take part in an international conference on Somalia, beginning Thursday in London, according to an official statement issued Wednesday in Bujumbura, the capital. Full text...

  • Kibaki in London for Somalia Conference
    22 february 2012 17:24:24
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki arrived in London Wednesday to attend the London Conference on Somalia which will take place at the Lancaster House on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria's President to attend conference on Somalia
    22 february 2012 08:42:21
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan will attend the international conference on Somalia, scheduled to hold at Lancaster House in London Thursday, the presidency said in a statement. Full text...

  • International conference on Somalia to hold Thursday in London
    21 february 2012 17:56:57
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – An international conference on Somalia, scheduled for Thursday in London, will be attended by high-ranking European Union (EU) officials, including the High Representative of the EU for External Policy and Common Security, Ms. Cathérine Ashton, and the European Commissioner in charge of Development, Andris Piebalgs. Full text...

  • 'Japan funds IOM water treatment project for IDPs in Somalia'
    21 february 2012 12:05:43
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Japan has agreed to provide funding for a water treatment project for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Somalia, which has been wracked by ethnic clashes and unrest for the last two decades. Full text...

  • Warring parties in Somalia put children at grave risk - HRW
    21 february 2012 08:29:59
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Somalia’s warring parties have all failed to protect Somali children from the fighting or serving in their forces, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released Tuesday. Full text...

  • Somali pirate jailed 10 years in Belgium
    16 february 2012 16:08:40
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – A Somali pirate, found guilty of participating in attacking the Belgian boat, "Pompei", and taking 10 crew members hostage in April, 2009, was Wednesday jailed 10 years by the Belgian Court of Appeal in Brussels, PANA learnt from official sources here. Full text...

  • UN, partners say Somalia's interim political arrangement must end in August
    06 february 2012 19:33:45
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Contact Group on Somalia (ICG), which brings together the UN and its diplomatic partners in support of efforts to restore peace and stability in Somalia, on Monday insisted that the country’s current transitional governing arrangements must end on 20 August, 2012, as stipulated in recent agreements. Full text...

  • Moment to stabilise Somalia is now, says Kibaki
    03 february 2012 19:19:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki on Friday asserted that the moment to stabilize Somalia has come and called on the international community to take advantage of the opportunity. Full text...

  • Kenyan helicopter gunships kill 100 Al Shabaab fighters
    03 february 2012 18:04:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan troops have killed about 100 Al Shabaab fighters during an air raid around Dalayat, a small town in South Somalia, a key logistics hub for the militia group which fell to the Kenyan troops earlier this week, a military spokesman said Friday. Full text...

  • UN declares end to Somali famine, says conditions still dire
    03 february 2012 08:55:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN on Friday declared an end to famine in Somalia, but warned that with recurrent droughts in the Horn of Africa, hunger remains a threat unless long-term measures are taken to restore food security. Full text...

  • FAJ condemns assassination of Somali Journalist
    30 january 2012 18:23:59
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) on Monday condemned the killing of Somali journalist Hassan Osman Abdi, calling it “a cowardly act”. Full text...

  • UN re-establishes office in Mogadishu after 17 years
    24 january 2012 22:17:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General Full text...

  • UN Assembly President, Somali deputy PM meet on security issues
    24 january 2012 08:05:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The President of the UN General Assembly, Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Full text...

  • AU forces win major battle for northern Mogadishu
    20 january 2012 18:14:06
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Troops of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have secured two new positions outside the Somali capital, Mogadishu, after a fierce battle with the Al Shabaab, in a continuing effort to further their grip on strategic locations. Full text...

  • Kenyan military says Al Shabaab to execute two more recruits
    12 january 2012 17:54:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya’s military said Thursday the Al Shabaab was set to execute two more Kenyan recruits within its ranks, accused of espionage a day after stoning another to death. Full text...

  • Kenyan military pursues Somali militia after police camp killings
    12 january 2012 16:35:40
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan troops were in a hot pursuit of suspected Al Shabaab loyalists after raiders killed four policemen at a local Administration Police (AP) camp in Gerille, Wajir, near the Kenyan border with Somalia, Police said Thursday. Full text...

  • Kenyan security forces abusing civilians near Somalia border - HRW
    12 january 2012 13:28:06
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan security forces are beating and arbitrarily detaining citizens and Somali refugees in Kenya’s North-eastern province, which borders Somalia, despite repeated pledges to stop such abuses, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a statement obtained by PANA here Thursday.. Full text...

  • UN Security Council rallies support for AU peacekeepers in Somalia
    12 january 2012 07:46:41
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Wednesday called for predictable, reliable and timely resources to support the African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission in Somalia, to strengthen its capability to help the country’s transitional government implement its commitments to restore peace and stability. Full text...

  • Kenyan soldier killed in Somalia fighting
    10 january 2012 22:18:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Kenyan soldier has been killed in a fierce Full text...

  • IGAD threatens sanctions over Somali parliament’s stalemate
    10 january 2012 18:09:26
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - East African foreign ministers warned Tuesday they could invoke regional sanctions against some Somali parliamentarians for attempting to “destroy the foundations of Somalia’s political stability”. Full text...

  • UN envoy warns on political disputes in Somalia
    07 january 2012 08:26:07
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Special Representative for Somalia, Augustine Mahiga, on Friday expressed deep concern over the country’s ongoing political disputes warning that the country could miss a rare window of opportunity to end its 21 years of conflict if they are not resolved. Full text...

  • Kenyan fighter jets kill 50 Al Shabaab combatants
    06 january 2012 20:06:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan fighter jets have dropped bombs on Al Shabaab positions in the town of Garbahare, killing 50 Al Shabaab combatants and wounding 60 others in one of the most intense military encounters in Southern Somalia since the launch of the military offensive by Kenya. Full text...

  • HRW urges Somaliland to stop forced return of refugees
    06 january 2012 09:08:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged Somaliland authorities to cease forcibly returning refugees and asylum seekers to possible persecution in Ethiopia. Full text...

  • UN agency deplores killing of Somali community leader at refugee camp
    30 december 2011 18:44:35
    New York, US (PANA) - Antonio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Full text...

  • FIFA President condoles with Somalia over fans' death
    30 december 2011 06:27:34
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - FIFA President Joseph Blatter has condoled with the Somali Football Federation (SFF) following the death of five Somali football fans in a car accident on Tuesday, according to the official website of the world soccer's governing body. Full text...

  • Somali leaders agree election roadmap
    25 december 2011 17:34:37
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somali leaders have agreed to create a Full text...

  • AU, China sign AMISOM support agreement
    23 december 2011 21:51:02
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - China has agreed to provide equipment and material valued at about US$4.5 million for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), according to a press release issued by the African Union (AU) on Friday. Full text...

  • AU Security Council urges int'l community to continue humanitarian help to Somalis
    22 december 2011 18:04:58
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU) has renewed its call on the international community to continue to provide humanitarian assistance to the suffering population in Somalia. Full text...

  • Kenya reacts to Al Shabaab threats against defence minister
    21 december 2011 18:40:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan authorities have confirmed receiving death threats against Defence Minister Yusuf Hajji, and Deputy Speaker Farah Maalim, from Somalia’s Al Shabaab militia and tightened security in the north eastern region.Full text...

  • Somali pirates holding 200 seafarers hostage
    21 december 2011 18:30:40
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somali pirates are holding 200 crewmembers, including a female seafarer, while 60 seamen have died in captivity as a result of torture in the last five years in what an anti-piracy taskforce called the “worst humanitarian tragedy”. Full text...

  • UN expert urges greater efforts to tackle violence against Somali women
    16 december 2011 20:44:09
    New York, US (PANA) - Ms. Rashida Manjoo, the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, on Friday called for greater efforts to improve the plight of women in Somalia, thousands of whom remain extremely vulnerable to discrimination and violence. Full text...

  • IOM provides shelter for 30,000 Somalis
    16 december 2011 12:06:04
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has said its teams on the ground in Kenya have completed the pitching of 8,315 tents providing shelter to 30,000 Somalis displaced by drought, who could not be accommodated at the heavily over-crowded Daadab refugee camp. Full text...

  • UN Security Council urges comprehensive strategy to tackle Somali crises
    14 december 2011 16:30:40
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Wednesday stressed the need for a comprehensive strategy to address the political, security and humanitarian Full text...

  • AU Panel of the Wise urges speedy peace process in Somalia
    07 december 2011 17:20:37
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The Panel of the Wise of the African Union (AU) Wednesday welcomed the progress made on the ground by the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the forces of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG). Full text...

  • EU bolsters fight against piracy, insecurity in Somalia
    05 december 2011 15:20:38
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The European Union (EU) said Monday it had agreed to boost funding to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), with an additional 50 million euros as part of efforts to help end the crisis in the Horn of African nation.Full text...

  • Kenyan military says Al Shabaab on the run in Somalia
    03 december 2011 16:48:11
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan forces in Somalia have nearly achieved their objective of diminishing the capacity of the Islamic militant, Al Shabaab, after dismantling its command structure, a Kenyan military spokesman said Saturday. Full text...

  • AU renews calls for no-fly zone over Somalia, wants 3 ports blockaded
    03 december 2011 16:44:12
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has renewed its earlier calls for a no-fly zone over Somalia and additional sanctions to blockade three ports in Southern Somalia with a view to cutting off supplies to Islamic militants in Somalia. Full text...

  • US 'extremely concerned' by al-Shabaab's ban on UN agencies, NGOs
    30 november 2011 10:54:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The United States has said it is extremely concerned by al-Shabaab’s announcement on Tuesday that it is banning some UN agencies and international non-governmental organisations from providing life-saving assistance in south central Somalia, and by its seizure of offices, property and equipment belonging to these organisations. Full text...

  • UN envoy commends Somalia, CAR on child soldiers
    29 november 2011 16:00:41
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy, on Tuesday said new commitments by Somalia’s Transitional Government and the Central African Republic (CAR) to end the use of child soldiers are encouraging. Full text...

  • Rights group urges Kenyan military to avoid harming civilians in Somalia
    27 november 2011 09:03:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged the Kenyan government to Full text...

  • Kibaki reassures global community on Kenya's military operation in Somalia
    25 november 2011 18:39:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki concluded his State visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), unveiling a list of benefits to Kenyans and the region at large. Full text...

  • UN urges comprehensive global response to Somali pirates
    22 november 2011 19:42:23
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Tuesday reiterated its condemnation of maritime piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia, noting that the crimes continue to pose a threat to peace and security in the region and called for a comprehensive international response to the scourge. Full text...

  • UN envoy urges global support to restore stability in Somalia
    22 november 2011 16:45:31
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Augustine Mahiga, has called for coordinated international efforts to ensure the implementation of the roadmap setting out a series of tasks to be completed ahead of concluding the country’s political transition process. Full text...

  • IOM highlights need for better protection of drought, famine victims
    22 november 2011 12:08:26
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Hungry and destitute Somalis walk over 1,000 kms to get help in Kenya and other food distribution centres, thus increasing threats of their being subject to rape, theft, extortion and sometimes death, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said Tuesday. Full text...

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