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  • UN: Officials hail role of cultural, religious dialogue in advancing peace, development
    29 august 2014 18:11:59
    New York, US (PANA) - UN officials on Friday in Bali, Indonesia highlighted the important role Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia grants permanent residency to former Angolan refugees
    29 august 2014 14:37:24
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Zambian government on Friday announced that it has granted permanent residency permits to 11 former Angolan refugees, marking the start of a process that will lead to 10,000 Angolans allowed to permanently live in the country. Full text...

  • Kenya: Somalia sues Kenya over maritime boundary
    29 august 2014 13:50:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somalia has taken Kenya to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over a boundary dispute in the Indian Ocean. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says Police arrest editor in DR Congo
    29 august 2014 13:29:49
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has said that Michael Mukebayi, an editor from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has been arrested by the police, the body revealed in a statement obtained by PANA Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 10 die in Nigeria boat tragedy
    29 august 2014 12:10:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - At least 10 persons died Friday when a passenger boat capsized during a trip between Bonny and Port Harcourt in Nigeria's southern Rivers State, a local government official told journalists. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Govt. adopts national anti-corruption strategy
    29 august 2014 10:58:08
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The Mauritanian government has adopted a national anti-corruption strategy, according to Economic Affairs and Development Minister Sidi Ould Tah. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram takes over Catholic church house in remote town
    29 august 2014 10:56:44
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Boko Haram insurgents who seized Nigeria's remote town of Madagali, in northern Adamawa State, have taken over the Parish Church House of the Catholic Church in the town, the local media reported Friday, quoting the Catholic Church in Nigeria. Full text...

  • UN: Ban stresses role of young people in building peaceful, sustainable future
    29 august 2014 05:22:23
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the role of young people in building a peaceful, sustainable future and encouraged them to be solid global citizens and leaders of today. Full text...

  • Senegal: 1.9 kg of drugs seized at Dakar airport
    28 august 2014 20:36:37
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Nearly 1.9 kg of cocaine mixed with synthetic drugs has been seized at Dakar airport by customs officers, according to a statement made public on Thursday by the Public Relations and Communication Service of Senegal customs. Full text...

  • Tunisia: US donates two patrol boats to Tunisia
    28 august 2014 20:20:18
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The United States of America has donated two patrol boats to Tunisia to help it increase its marine operational capacity in terms of coastal surveillance and security of its territorial waters, the Tunisian Defence minister, Ghazi Jribi, said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Sudan: ICRC signs country agreement with government
    28 august 2014 15:28:04
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Sudan and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Thursday signed an agreement that allows the international humanitarian organization to resume its activities, which were suspended in the country seven months ago. Full text...

  • Sudan: Army denies involvement in fighting that left many dead in East Darfur
    28 august 2014 12:13:39
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese army Thursday denied any involvement in the recent tribal clashes that left over 300 people dead in the country's East Darfur state. Full text...

  • South Africa: Supreme Court paves the way for release of Zuma spy tapes
    28 august 2014 12:06:54
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma faces a huge crisis in his political career after the country's Supreme Court of Appeal Thursday ordered that the so-called Zuma "spy tapes" must be released. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council strongly condemns downing of UN helicopter in South Sudan
    27 august 2014 22:58:53
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the downing of a UN Full text...

  • UN: Security Council reiterates concern over security situation in Sahel
    27 august 2014 22:27:31
    New York, US (PANA) -The UN Security Council on Wednesday reiterated its continued concern about the alarming situation in the Sahel region of Africa and reaffirmed its commitment to address the complex security and political challenges. Full text...

  • Senegal: Media court of peers to judge excesses in profession
    27 august 2014 19:05:54
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – A court of peers for observation of rules of ethics and morals in Senegal's media (Cored) was officially inaugurated here Wednesday under the direction of President Macky Sall, PANA has learnt. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy says fighting in Libya 'unprecedented in gravity'
    27 august 2014 18:15:45
    New York, US (PANA) - Armed battles, inflamed by airstrikes and fuelled by deep divisions among Libyan political factions in recent days have been unprecedented in their gravity and very alarming, according to outgoing UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL),Tarek Mitri. Full text...

  • Mali: Mali hosts seat of Africa ISTO branch
    27 august 2014 17:40:32
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Mali will host the seat of the African branch of the International Organisation of Social Tourism (ISTO) whose goal is to promote the development of tourism for all at both national and international levels, the head of the organisation's bureau here, Bassirou Diarra told PANA Wednesday. Full text...

  • Togo: FBI agents train Togolese security forces on how to investigate organized crimes
    27 august 2014 15:34:51
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – Several Togolese security forces are currently being trained in Lomé by experts from the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) on investigation into organized crime, official sources told PANA on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Presidents of Tanzania, Burundi to demarcate common border Thursday
    27 august 2014 13:59:24
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete and Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza will Thursday meet at their countries' common frontier to demarcate the border, it was officially announced here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Libya: West condemns 'foreign interference' in Libya after mysterious air raids
    26 august 2014 21:56:27
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Several western countries on Tuesday condemned "foreign interference" in Libya after a US official said that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) secretly carried out air raids in Libya with the help of Egypt. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria confirms return of soldiers who fled to Cameroon in Boko Haram attack
    26 august 2014 20:23:49
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria Tuesday confirmed the return of over 480 soldiers who were disarmed by Cameroonian troops when they fled into that country during a fierce fight with Boko Haram insurgents over the weekend along the Nigeria-Cameroonian border. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Federal Govt suspends reopening of schools till October
    26 august 2014 19:51:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – To further reduce the risk of contracting the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the Nigerian Federal Government Tuesday announced a new resumption date for public and private schools across the country. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF deploys largest aid operation ever in August
    26 august 2014 19:12:59
    New York, US PANA) - UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says in August, it shipped 1,000 metric tonnes of life-saving supplies for children caught in the world’s most urgent crises, describing it as the largest emergency supply operation in the organisation’s history in a single month. Full text...

  • UN: UNMISS confirms three dead in helicopter crash near Bentiu
    26 august 2014 18:10:43
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has confirmed that three crew members died and another was injured when one of its helicopters crashed Tuesday near Bentiu in Unity state. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN commends Juba, Khartoum for agreement on humanitarian assistance plan
    26 august 2014 16:51:05
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN has welcomed the agreement between Sudan and South Sudan governments on a plan to open a corridor for delivery of humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of refugees on both sides, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Ali Al-Za’tari, said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNMISS helicopter crashes in South Sudan
    26 august 2014 16:20:48
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) –A helicopter of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UMISS) has crashed while on a routine cargo flight in Unity State and the Mission said Tuesday a search and rescue team has been dispatched to the site of the accident. Full text...

  • Kenya: Over 300 perish in Mediterranean crossings
    26 august 2014 14:47:06
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - More than 300 people have died while trying to make "irregular" sea crossings from North Africa to Europe in the past week, bringing the death toll this year from sinking vessels on the Mediterranean to almost 1,900, including some 1,600 since June. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA media group plans major news expansion
    26 august 2014 13:43:00
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Sekunjalo Investment Holdings, which now holds the controlling stake in Independent Media, the largest newspaper publisher company in South Africa, has pledged to invest up to US$5 million to rescue the struggling South African Press Association (SAPA) and create a Pan African Multi-media news syndication service. Full text...

  • UN: Children living with albinism face human rights violations in Tanzania
    25 august 2014 18:41:22
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Human Rights Office says people living with albinism in Tanzania Full text...

  • UN: Mission in South Sudan condemns detention of ceasefire monitors
    25 august 2014 18:22:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has condemned the detention of a team of six ceasefire monitors and three aircrew in Bouth, Unity state, on Saturday by forces allied to Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in opposition. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Defence headquarters denies troop 'defection' to Cameroon
    25 august 2014 18:17:26
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian Defence headquarters Monday spoke on issues concerning Nigerian troops who found themselves in Cameroon during a fierce battle with Boko Haram terrorists, denying they defected to the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian road safety agency warns against overloading of cars, buses with commutters
    25 august 2014 18:04:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – In an effort to control the transmission of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease in the nation’s crowded road transport system, the Nigerian Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has directed all motorists and transporters nationwide against overloading their vehicles with passengers. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram declares captured Nigerian town 'Caliphate Republic'
    25 august 2014 12:35:42
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's insurgent group Boko Haram may have recorded the first success in its attempt to establish an Islamic Republic in the secular country, after sect leader Abubakar Shekau declared the captured Gwoza town in northern Borno state an 'Islamic caliphate'. Full text...

  • Libya: EU gives 215,000 euros for Libya's IDPs
    25 august 2014 11:26:55
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The European Union (EU) is to give 215,000 euros to cater for the Libyans who have been displaced because of the worsening security situation in the country. Full text...

  • Kenya: Civil societies urge African states to reject immunity for leaders
    25 august 2014 11:18:06
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - African countries should reject immunity for sitting leaders for grave crimes before the African Court for Justice and Human Rights, some 141 organisations have said. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Demonstrators on rampage in Tunisian city over police killing of 2 girls
    24 august 2014 15:06:06
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Protesting the death of two girls, killed by security patrol team members, demonstrators went gone on the rampage in the Tunisian town of Kasserine, in the centre-west of the country. Full text...

  • Egypt: Cairo denies involvement in bombardment of Libyan militias
    24 august 2014 14:47:08
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – The Egyptian foreign affairs ministry has denied stories which said that Egyptian military planes were involved in the bombardment of several targets controlled by the Islamic armed militias in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Libya: Armed group attacks private TV station
    24 august 2014 14:10:20
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – An armed group from a coalition of Misrata militias of Islamic faith, on Saturday night attacked the private television station, al-Asseema TV. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Police confirm 35 officers missing after Boko Haram attack on training school
    24 august 2014 12:05:42
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian police Saturday confirmed that following the deadly attack by suspected Boko Haram fighters on the Mobile Police Training School, Gwoza, in north eastern Borno State, last week, 35 of its officers were still missing, the privately-owned VANGUARD newspaper reported Sunday. Full text...

  • US: UN says triumph over slavery, guide to build culture of tolerance
    23 august 2014 16:10:40
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Saturday said the struggle to overcome slavery "has strengthened awareness of the equality of all men and women, which we have all inherited directly". Full text...

  • Tanzania: Immigration officials turn back suspected human traffickers
    23 august 2014 07:07:32
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Immigration authorities in Tanzania have issued a prohibited immigrant notice to a Turk and ordered him to leave the country on the first available direct flight to his country, on the grounds that he was involved in human trafficking. Full text...

  • South Africa: A tale of three suicides (Feature by Craig Urquhart, PANA Correspondent, Johannesburg)
    23 august 2014 07:03:03
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Days after popular American actor Robin Williams took his own life, a leading South African politician committed suicide and thrust the debate on assisted dying into the international spotlight. Full text...

  • Libya: Scores feared drowned as boat carrying illegal migrants capsizes
    22 august 2014 22:43:59
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – A boat carrying hundreds of illegal migrants, mainly from sub-Saharan Africa bound for Europe, sank on Friday off the coast of Tripoli, with 170 passengers missing, the Libyan coast guards were quoted by the local media as saying. Full text...

  • Tanzania: EAJA lauds Tanzanian journos for engaging in constitution review
    22 august 2014 12:49:06
    Dodoma, Tanzania (PANA) - The Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) Thursday lauded Tanzanian journalists for their active engagement with the ongoing constitution review process to secure guarantees for media freedom in their country. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says Somali authorities arrest three journalists
    22 august 2014 12:39:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ), has expressed ''grave concern'' over the continued detention of three journalists in Somalia, PANA report from here Friday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Port-Louis administrative authorities to organise fund raiser for Gaza residents
    22 august 2014 10:03:55
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The administrative authorities of the Mauritian capital, Port-Louis, have announced they would organise a fund raiser in support of the NGO Islamic Relief in Gaza, a city that has been subjected to massive bombardments by the Israeli military in retaliation for the firing of rockets at Israel by Hamas. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Premier harshly criticises local media
    22 august 2014 09:35:45
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam has harshly criticised the local media, at the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the creation of the Islamic cultural centre in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Mobile-based tools bringing education to millions in Africa - Report
    22 august 2014 08:36:37
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The ubiquity of mobile phones is providing a new low cost tool for teaching in some of the poorest communities, according to a news update published Thursday by global telecoms industry monitor Pyramid Research. Full text...

  • UN: Sec. Council urges UN system-wide approach to early warning, conflict prevention
    21 august 2014 22:43:45
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Thursday expressed its commitment to consider and use the tools of the UN system to ensure that warning signals about potential conflicts trigger "early, concrete preventive action", as senior UN officials urged the body to take up the challenge of helping move the organization from a culture of reaction towards one of prevention. Full text...

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