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  • Senegal: MFWA calls for free, secure internet in West Africa
    30 october 2014 16:42:59
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has called on governments in West Africa to invest in making the internet more accessible, affordable, free and secure. Full text...

  • Zambia: President Sata’s body expected in Zambia Saturday
    30 october 2014 15:32:28
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s Secretary to the Cabinet, Roland Msiska, has announced that President Michael Sata’s body will arrive in the country on Saturday from London, UK, where the head of state died while receiving medical treatment. Full text...

  • Kenya: UN chief lauds Kenya's contribution to peace, security in Africa
    30 october 2014 09:11:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon, late Wednesday commended Kenya’s contributions to international efforts to promote peace and security in Africa, particularly in Somalia and South Sudan. Full text...

  • UN: Ban 'deeply troubled' on findings against UNAMID performance
    29 october 2014 22:09:16
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he is "deeply troubled" by the findings of a review conducted into recent allegations that the UN/AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) in Sudan intentionally sought to cover up crimes against civilians and peacekeepers. Full text...

  • Libya: 10 killed in Benghazi fighting
    29 october 2014 20:54:08
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – Ten people have been killed as fighting between armed groups continues in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, hospital sources said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Niger: Govt. bans production, import, trade, use of plastic bags
    29 october 2014 20:44:03
    Niamey, Niger (PANA ) - Niger's Parliament on Wednesday passed a bill banning the production, import, trade and use of plastic bags in the West African country. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA to campaign against impunity in The Gambia
    29 october 2014 19:47:50
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based sub-regional rights body, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), says it will campaign against impunity in the Gambia as from 2 November. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNAMID’s 'Community-based Labour-Intensive Projects' win UN Award
    29 october 2014 19:41:57
    KHARTOUM, Sudan (PANA) - The UN-AU peace keeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) on Wednesday announced that it has won an international prize over a youth project it implements in the troubled region, in a competition involving dozens of other projects around the globe. Full text...

  • UN: Malala donates US$50,000 in prize money to rebuild school in Gaza
    29 october 2014 19:19:20
    New York, US (PANA) - The Nobel Peace Prize winner and young Pakistani advocate for universal education, Ms. Malala Yousafzai, has donated US$50,000, to help in rebuilding UN schools heavily damaged during the recent fighting in Gaza, Palestine. Full text...

  • UN: 'Children, not Soldiers' campaign launched in South Sudan
    29 october 2014 18:20:40
    New York, US (PANA) - A campaign to stop children from joining the army has been launched Full text...

  • Tunisia: Africa sets up legal system for protection of rights of terror victims
    29 october 2014 16:34:11
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – African Centre for Studies and Research on Terrorism director Francesco Madeira on Wednesday announced the establishment of an African legal framework dedicated to protection of the rights of victims of terrorist acts on the continent with the participation of the African Union (AU) member countries. Full text...

  • Senegal: GGA launches 'Africa Survey' report
    29 october 2014 16:14:24
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Good Governance Africa, a research and advocacy organization working to improve governments' performance in Africa, has announced the launch of its 'Africa Survey' report in Johannesburg, South Africa. Full text...

  • Zambia: 'Sata was passionate competitor,' says Zambian ex-president Banda
    29 october 2014 15:56:24
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia’s former president Rupiah Banda has described the late Zambian President Michael Sata as a passionate and determined competitor who should be mourned with dignity and honour. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambians mourn President Sata as country gets first white leader
    29 october 2014 15:21:04
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambians have received the death of President Michael Sata who passed away in a London hospital Tuesday night with grief and deep sorrow as leaders of various political parties called for calm and unity. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan PM denies Sudanese support for armed groups in Libya
    29 october 2014 13:40:14
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan Prime Minister, Abdallah al-theni, has denied rumours suggesting that the Sudanese government was supporting Islamist armed groups in Libya, according to local media reports. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNHCR slams Spanish proposal of automatic return from African enclaves
    29 october 2014 13:24:27
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - UNHCR has expressed concern over a proposal by Spain to legalize automatic returns of people trying to cross border fences into its enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, located in North Africa. Full text...

  • Kenya:Rights body raises red flag on Gambia
    29 october 2014 09:01:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Gambian authorities must heed a warning from the international community about the deteriorating human rights situation in the country, Amnesty International has said. Full text...

  • (LEAD) Zambia: Zambian President Sata dies
    29 october 2014 07:56:38
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambian President Michael Sata has died in London, UK, where he was receiving treatment for undisclosed illness. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan meets national security council over Boko Haram 'ceasefire'
    28 october 2014 19:28:06
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday presided over a meeting with heads of security agencies in the country under the auspices of the National Security Council (NSC) dedicated to the ceasefire agreement between the government and Boko Haram and on-going negotiations to end its insurgency. Full text...

  • UN: Ban inaugurates new UN office complex in Africa
    28 october 2014 19:10:18
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday inaugurated a new UN office complex in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, saying that, the United Nations is better placed to deliver better results. Full text...

  • UN: Ban says leaders of tomorrow must be heard today
    28 october 2014 18:53:20
    New York, US (PANA) - Young people around the world must raise their voices so they are heard loud and clear, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a packed audience of youth ministers, experts, activists and volunteers on Tuesday, kicking off the First Global Forum on Youth Policies, in Baku, Azerbaijan. Full text...

  • Benin: Rising insecurity worries lawyers in Benin
    28 october 2014 18:45:13
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  • Sudan: Libyan Prime Minister Al-Theni on official visit to Sudan
    28 october 2014 18:26:22
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese Defence Minister, General Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein has reaffirmed his country's support for the strengthening of a unified Libyan Army, including all components of the people, stressing that only Libyans can solve their own problems. Full text...

  • South Africa: Police confident of arresting killers of South Africa's national goalkeeper
    28 october 2014 18:01:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African police on Tuesday released facial compositions of two suspects involved in shooting of Orlando Pirates and national goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa and are confident of making arrests soon. Full text...

  • Niger: Nigerien parliament adopts law granting dual citizenship to citizens
    28 october 2014 12:33:42
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The Nigerien Parliament on Tuesday adopted a new law, granting dual citizenship to its Nigeriens. Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy calls for proactive response to rebels in DR Congo
    27 october 2014 23:05:04
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative and Head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), Mr. Martin Kobler, on Monday underlined the need for a "proactive, not reactive" response in countering the country’s rebel groups and boosting protection for civilians. Full text...

  • UN: 60 civilians in South Sudan injured in fighting near UN base
    27 october 2014 22:37:44
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 60 civilians were injured on Sunday after fighting broke at a protection of civilians site next to the UN House on the outskirts of Juba, South Sudan, according to UN spokesperson, Mr. Stéphane Dujarric. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram attacks will not halt ceasefire with Nigerian government
    27 october 2014 19:06:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Despite continued attacks and instances of abduction by the Boko Haram insurgent group in northeastern Nigeria, the ceasefire agreement between the terror sect and the government is not threatened, Nigeria's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Wali said Monday. Full text...

  • UN: 'Vessels off coast of Somalia to be searched for arms, illicit charcoal'
    27 october 2014 18:01:34
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council said ships off the coast of Somalia suspected Full text...

  • UN: UN chief announces new US$8 billion dollar initiative for Horn of Africa
    27 october 2014 16:27:59
    New York, US (PANA) - Spearheading a high-level delegation of global and regional leaders in Full text...

  • Malawi: Running battles in Lilongwe as Burundi refugee murders Malawian
    27 october 2014 15:49:06
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Tension is rising in the Malawi capital following the murder of a Malawian national by a Burundian refugee. Full text...

  • Nigeria; Fed. govt. sues Coca-Cola for 'criminal breach of consumer law'
    27 october 2014 13:37:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's federal government has sued the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) Limited and Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited and their Chief Executives for a criminal breach of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) Act., according to the CPC. Full text...

  • South Africa: Tributes pour in for slain national goalkeeper
    27 october 2014 09:33:46
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Tributes are pouring in for South Africa's national team and Orlando Pirates' goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa, who died tragically on Sunday night. Full text...

  • South Africa: Shock over death of Bafana goalkeeper
    27 october 2014 08:35:45
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa has learned with shock that Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates' captain Senzo Meyiwa has died after being shot. Full text...

  • Libya: 2 soldiers killed, 13 injured in new fresh fighting in Benghazi
    26 october 2014 14:53:19
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) –At least two soldiers have been killed and 13 others injured in new armed clashes in the eastern city of Benghazi, where several units of the Libyan army backed by troops loyal to General Khalifa Hafter troops made important gains on the ground against Islamist militias. Full text...

  • UN: Ban, Security Council condemn deadly terrorist attacks in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula
    25 october 2014 21:45:31
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security Council have strongly condemned two terrorist attacks that targeted military checkpoints in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. Full text...

  • Libya: EU delegate urges political solution to Libyan crisis
    25 october 2014 17:55:43
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – In her meetings here this weekend with Libyan parliamentarians and representatives of the different political parties, the head of the European Mission in Libya, Nataliya Apostolova, has underlined the need for a peaceful solution to the crisis in the north African country. Full text...

  • Tunisia: French army chief confirms elimination of 7 key terrorists in Sahel
    25 october 2014 14:11:02
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The French army chief of staff, Pierre De Villi, has confirmed the elimination of seven of the eight terrorists responsible for the attack perpetrated by an “Islamist and extremist terrorist group” against the Algerian gas complex, Ain Amanes. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia vows not to meddle in Libyan internal affairs
    25 october 2014 14:05:57
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Saying that Tunisia will not meddle in the internal of Libya, the Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mongi Hammadi, on Friday appealed for inclusive dialogue as a way of reaching a solution, acceptable to all stakeholders, to the current Libyan crisis. Full text...

  • UN: UN, AU envoys solicit support for operations against rebels in eastern DRC town
    25 october 2014 06:13:21
    New York, US (PANA) - UN and African Union (AU) envoys have urged the Mayor of Beni, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Congolese military officials and local leaders to forge a united front to put an end to the terror imposed on the population by armed groups, including Ugandan-based rebels operating in the area. Full text...

  • UN: UN expresses concern over reported threats against Libya's rights institution
    25 october 2014 06:05:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN human rights office, OHCHR, has expressed deep concern at reports of threats and intimidation directed against Libya’s national human rights institution, the National Council for Civil Liberties and Human Rights (NCCLHR), based in Tripoli. Full text...

  • UN: UN-backed forum to address issues affecting young people
    24 october 2014 22:19:05
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN-backed Global Forum on Youth Policies will, for the first time, amplify voices passionate about developing and implementing national policies tailored to the specific needs, aspirations and demands of today's young people. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda suspends BBC broadcasts over controversial documentary
    24 october 2014 20:24:59
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – The Rwandan Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA) has suspended the broadcasts of BBC Radio programmes in national Kinyarwanda language in the country with immediate effect. Full text...

  • UN: ICC prosecutor says justice vital in maintaining peace, security
    24 october 2014 18:59:46
    New York, US (PANA) - Stressing the need for UN member states to uphold the principles of justice in their respective countries, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Mrs. Fatou Bensouda has said that justice plays a crucial role in maintaining international peace and security. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ wants rights of journalists respected in Zimbabwe
    24 october 2014 17:42:35
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on police and politicians in Zimbabwe to respect the right of journalists to report news without fear of intimidation or violence. Full text...

  • UN: UN celebrates 69th anniversary
    24 october 2014 17:33:10
    New York, US (PANA) - UN on Friday marked its 69th anniversary, with Secretary-General Full text...

  • Sudan: Security agents arrest Sudanese correspondent of London-based daily
    24 october 2014 16:49:02
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's security officials have arrested a Khartoum-based correspondent of an Arabic Al-Hayat newspaper, published in London, for what authorities here regarded as wrong attribution in an article reported by the journalist about electricity in Sudan. Full text...

  • South Africa: Race-related clashes make headlines
    24 october 2014 16:12:10
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Two incidents of racism have made headlines around South Africa and demonstrated that 20 years after the end of Apartheid, race relations still remain raw. Full text...

  • Libya: 29 killed in new armed clashes in Benghazi
    24 october 2014 15:45:14
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – Twenty-nine people were killed Thursday evening in the Libyan eastern city of Benghazi, following air strikes carried out by the regular army units, backed by the forces loyal to retired Gen. Khalifa Haftar, on houses belonging to Islamist militia chiefs. Full text...

  • Senegal: UN set to review Gambia’s human rights record
    24 october 2014 15:08:20
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Gambia’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the second time on Tuesday, 28 October, 2014, in Geneva, Switzerland, the council said in a statement on Friday. Full text...

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