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  • Nigeria: Schools to reopen in state worst hit by Boko Haram attacks
    19 october 2014 23:04:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Public schools will reopen next month in Nigeria's northern Borno state, the epicentre of the attacks by the terror group Boko Haram, state government officials announced Sunday. Full text...

  • UN: UN celebrates Nobel Peace Prize to children’s rights activists
    10 october 2014 21:43:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Friday lauded the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to two human rights activists, saying the winners have received well-deserved recognition for championing children’s rights around the world. Full text...

  • UN: UPU stresses need for transformation in postal services
    09 october 2014 17:26:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking World Post Day Thursday, Universal Postal Union (UPU) Director-General Bishar Hussein said that for postal services to flourish in a globalized and ever-evolving communication landscape, electrical and Internet connectivity is essential, especially in developing countries, where only 32 percent of the population has access to the Internet. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO says many countries hiring untrained teachers
    02 october 2014 17:59:27
    New York, US (PANA) - A global shortage of teachers has pressured many countries into hiring Full text...

  • UN: Official says Africa faces unemployment challenges
    01 october 2014 22:16:07
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, says although there has been great social and economic progress across Africa, its economies have not kept pace with legitimate demands, including providing jobs to young people. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ex-Nigerian leader, Obasanjo, returns to school
    30 september 2014 09:33:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's former President Olusegun Obasanjo is due back in school starting this week to study for a higher degree in Christian Theology. Full text...

  • UN: Burundi leader calls for progressive follow-up on MDGs
    27 september 2014 22:26:49
    New York, US (PANA) - The Vice-President of Burundi, Mr. Prosper Bazombanza, on Saturday in New York said his country would consider it erroneous to abandon the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and "reset the counter to zero" after the 2015 deadline for reaching the targets. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief spotlights tourism’s role in promoting sustainable development
    27 september 2014 22:17:49
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday said in harnessing the Full text...

  • UN: Officials call for fundamental human right to quality education
    25 september 2014 15:27:20
    New York, US (PANA) - UN officials say despite global gains in the number of children enrolled in school, many of the world’s students fail to leave their educational experiences with the skills necessary for them to succeed in life and help their nations develop. Full text...

  • Kenya: Proposed anti-gay law will fuel homophobia, says Amnesty
    23 september 2014 14:22:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Amnesty International says amendments to the penal code, proposed by the Chadian Government, will criminalise same sex conduct in the north-central African country. Full text...

  • South Africa: Dramatic increase in violent crimes reported
    19 september 2014 11:05:40
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa’s image as one of the most violent countries in the world was reinforced Friday with the confirmation that its murder rate has increased by 5% over the past year. Full text...

  • US: UN stresses good urban planning for sustainable development
    17 september 2014 22:22:45
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday said with more than two-thirds of humanity expected to live in cities by the middle of this century, strong, well-planned urbanization is vital for development. Full text...

  • UN: ILO partners with retailer H&M on social sustainability
    16 september 2014 08:44:19
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN International Labour Organization (ILO) has announced a partnership with retail giant H&M to promote sustainable global supply chains in the garment industry. Full text...

  • UN: Rights official stresses 'clear need' for vigilance on issue of privacy in digital age
    12 september 2014 18:34:32
    New York, US (PANA) - Deputy UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Flavia Pansieri Full text...

  • UN: Expert calls for reduction in military spending
    10 september 2014 19:28:30
    New York, US (PANA) - UN expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF says 30 million children out of school due to conflict, crisis
    08 september 2014 20:58:42
    New York, US (PANA) - Almost 30 million children are out of school in emergency or conflict affected countries following the targeting of schools and the displacement of millions of children forced from their homes and studies, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Monday. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Copper mine workers go on strike in northern Mauritania
    03 september 2014 19:21:05
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Workers at Mauritania's copper mine in the northern part of the country Wednesday went on strike to press their demands for better living and working conditions, including a 10 percent increase in wages, PANA learned from trade union sources. Full text...

  • UN: Ban appoints Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development
    29 august 2014 15:07:47
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on Friday announced the establishment of an Independent Expert Advisory Group on Data Revolution for Sustainable Development. Full text...

  • UN: Civil society groups gather at UN to shape new vision for global development
    27 august 2014 18:29:27
    New York, US (PANA) - Civil society groups converged on the UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday to discuss the future global development agenda, as well as the way forward on a range of issues such as eradicating poverty, eliminating hunger and combating disease. Full text...

  • South Africa: Leading South Africans salute Attenborough
    26 august 2014 09:13:03
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has expressed his sadness at the news of British actor and film director Richard Attenborough's death. Full text...

  • Burundi: Rights activist spends 100 days in detention
    25 august 2014 12:48:41
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - A popular human rights activist in Burundi, Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, clocked 100 days in detention on Sunday, after he was accused of breaching state security by the authorities, PANA reported from here Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Commission honours its fallen hero
    23 august 2014 12:28:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Management and Staff of ECOWAS Commission have held a special prayer service in honour of the Protocol Assistant at its Lagos Liaison Office, Mr. Salihu Abdulqudir Jatto, who died 12 Aug. after a brief illness, the Commission said in a statement. Full text...

  • Congo: China to help Congo train young people in vocations
    22 august 2014 15:15:48
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Chinese Ambassador to Congo, Mr. Guan Jian, said here Thursday that his country would help the Congolese government enhance vocational training for its young people. Full text...

  • US: UN calls for nominations for 2015 Public Service Awards
    11 august 2014 19:21:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Monday called for nominations for the 2015 UN Public Service Awards (UNPSA), which is an international contest designed to promote and support innovations in public service delivery worldwide. Full text...

  • Mali: Trade union federation calls nationwide strike
    11 august 2014 17:39:56
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  • Libya: Armed clashes displace 36,000 people in Tripoli
    11 august 2014 11:48:00
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Some 7,240 families, representing about 36,200 people, have been displaced in Tripoli as a result of the month-long clashes between rival armed militias fighting for the control of Tripoli airport, the local council of the Libyan capital announced. Full text...

  • Mali: 300 Malians return home from CAR
    08 august 2014 21:38:45
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – A contingent of about 300 Malians living in the Central African Republic returned to Bamako on Thursday on board a special flight. Full text...

  • Cameroon: China donates security cameras to Cameroon
    07 august 2014 21:01:18
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) - The Chinese government has donated security cameras to Cameroon as the country begins to feel the bloody activities of the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram. Full text...

  • Mali: Air Algeria plane may have crashed due to bad weather - Investigators
    05 august 2014 15:29:14
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Air Algeria plane (flight AH 5017), which crashed on 25 July near the Malian north-western city of Gossi, was caught between two storms, according to information released by the analysts of the first black box found Friday last week by French soldiers, the Malian private newspaper, L’indépendant, reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Repatriation of corpses of Nigerians banned over Ebola scare
    01 august 2014 23:58:05
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - In the latest in a flurry of activities to keep the Ebola Virus Disease at bay, Nigeria's federal government has banned the repatriation of the remains of dead Nigerians, especially from the three worst-hit countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, for burial. Full text...

  • Cameroon: 13 perish in road accident
    01 august 2014 23:14:58
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - A public transport bus on Friday morning crashed into a broken-down truck parked on a public highway in the department of Menoua (about 400 kms from Yaoundé) in the Western region, killing 13 people and injuring several others seriously, PANA learnt from security sources. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Jonathan appoints new police boss
    31 july 2014 21:30:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan Thursday approved the appointment of Suleiman Abba, Assistant Inspector General of Police, as the country's new police boss. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Policeman dies from self-inflicted gunshot wound
    29 july 2014 13:23:59
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A Nigerian policeman has died from the injury he suffered when he accidentally shot himself in the leg, the private Vanguard newspaper reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: Obama renames fellowship after Mandela
    28 july 2014 17:15:54
    New York, US (PANA) - US President Barack Obama on Monday in Washington DC, US, renamed the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) as the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Muslims mark Eid-Eil-Fitr festival
    27 july 2014 21:24:22
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - As Muslim faithful across Nigeria Sunday marked the end of the month-long fasting period, an Islamic scholar, Gazal Shittu Adepoju, has stressed the need for them to continue to imbibe the lessons of perseverance, charity and love in post Ramadan period. Full text...

  • UN: Report says persistent vulnerability threatens human development
    24 july 2014 19:30:05
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN report launched on Thursday in Tokyo says reducing vulnerability and strengthening resilience are critical to securing human development progress. Full text...

  • Kenya: Muslim leaders oppose Lamu County curfew
    21 july 2014 15:32:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan muslim leaders are opposed to the month-long curfew imposed by Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo on Saturday following sustained terror attacks in the Lamu County by suspected Al Shabab terrorists. Full text...

  • Kenya: EAJA condemns attack on Sudan's newspaper Editor
    21 july 2014 13:24:12
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) has condemned the raid on the offices of Sudan's Al-Tayar newspaper and the attack on the paper’s Editor, Osman Merghani, as well as three other journalists, all of whom were left injured. Full text...

  • Benin: National employment agency to recruit 2,800
    20 july 2014 14:58:46
    Cotonou, Benin(PANA) - Benin's National Employment Agency (NEA) is planning to recruit some 2,800 trainees to teach in nursery and primary schools and work in central public administration, PANA learned from official sources Sunday in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Mali: Peacekeeper injured in attack on MINUSMA camp in Kidal
    19 july 2014 17:53:45
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – A vehicle carrying Senegalese and Cambodian soldiers from the UN multidimensional mission for Mali stabilization (MINUSMA) was hit by a missile Friday near the MINUSMA camp in the Malian far northern region of Kidal, sources from the UN mission told PANA here on Saturday. Full text...

  • Benin: Benin reps for Abidjan ministerial conference on youth employment
    19 july 2014 16:52:32
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – Benin will participate in the African ministerial conference on youth training and employment, scheduled to open Monday in Cote d'Ivoire, according to official sources here Saturday. Full text...

  • Burundi: CSO collect 19,000 signatures demanding release of rights activist
    18 july 2014 21:22:48
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have collected some 19,000 signatures for a petition demanding the release of the president of the Burundi Association for the Defence of Human and Prisoners Rights (APRODH), Pierre Claver Mbonimpa. Full text...

  • Kenya: EAJA lauds Kenya journalists union for relaunch as defender of press freedom
    18 july 2014 12:32:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) has lauded the Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ) on its re-launch to re-position itself as an effective advocate for journalists’ rights. Full text...

  • South Africa: CPJ condemns journo's conviction
    18 july 2014 11:50:47
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The US-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned Thursday's convictions for contempt of court of an editor and lawyer in Swaziland. Full text...

  • Congo: National social labour centre to be established
    17 july 2014 18:51:49
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - A national social labour centre will soon be set up in Congo to train future leaders so they can help resolve the problems facing the country, according to a statement issued Thursday at the end of the weekly council of ministers meeting here. Full text...

  • Kenya: EAJA launches investigative journalism training
    17 july 2014 18:32:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) have launched an Investigative Journalism and Corruption Reporting Training initiative, which will cover 11 countries in the Eastern Africa Region from July to October 2014. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Teachers of Nigeria's colleges of education end 7-month strike
    17 july 2014 16:55:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A seven-month strike by teachers in Nigeria's public Colleges of Education was suspended Thursday, the teachers' union has announced. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana continues to record high incidences of suicide
    16 july 2014 11:46:35
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Some 2,389 people have committed suicide in the diamond-rich Botswana since 2007, according to the country's Defence, Justice and Security Minister Dikgakgamatso Seretse. Full text...

  • Libya: Govt looks for int'l help over insecurity
    15 july 2014 12:15:42
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan government has said it will consider asking for foreign intervention to help restore security and order in the country, following the violent clashes that broke out on Sunday at Tripoli airport, leaving 26 dead and causing huge material damage. Full text...

  • UN: More than half of world's population now lives in urban areas
    10 july 2014 17:31:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Thursday reported that an additional 2.5 billion people are predicted to live in urban areas by 2050, stressing the need for a successful urban planning agenda and greater attention to be given to smaller cities where nearly half of all people currently reside. Full text...

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