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  • Insecurity forces 100,000 children out of school in Burkina Faso - UNICEF
    21 january 2019 17:03:32
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Nearly 100,000 children are no longer in school in Burkina Faso, due to insecurity and terrorist attacks in several parts of the country, according to the Representative of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in the African country, Dr. Anne Vincent.Full text...

  • Death toll in attack against 'blue helmets' in northern Mali up to 10; Al Qaeda claims responsibility
    21 january 2019 02:00:34
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The death toll in Sunday's attack against the United Nations Stabilization Mission In Mali (MINUSMA) has gone up to 10, the UN has said.Full text...

  • Implementation of security plan for Tripoli Airport begins
    20 january 2019 18:52:20
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Interior Ministry announced the commencement of implementation of the security plan for Tripoli International Airport, south of town, which has been closed to air traffic since 2014 after being partially destroyed during armed clashes between rival armed groups. Full text...

  • UN concerned about fears of preparations for war in southern Libya
    20 january 2019 18:25:06
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Sunday expressed deep concern at reports from the south of the country on the mobilization of armed forces and the increasing cycle of declarations and counter-declarations, pointing to the increasing risks of an imminent conflict.Full text...

  • Bishops of Burkina call on people to fast, pray for peace
    20 january 2019 13:54:33
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Bishops of Burkina Faso have called on people to devote February to fast and pray for peace in the country which has been in the throes of insecurity and terrorism in the country.Full text...

  • Civil society urges gov't to halt violence in Mali
    19 january 2019 17:45:56
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Urging the government to immediately halt the raging violence in the country, the National Council of Civil Society (CNSC) in Mali has suggested that all groups (apart from the defence and security forces) in possession of weapons of war, should be regarded as terrorist organisations. Full text...

  • Mauritius, Seychelles discuss continental shelf management, maritime security
    18 january 2019 08:03:51
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Visiting Vice-President of Seychelles Mr Vincent Meriton on Thursday night discussed continental shelf management and maritime security with Mauritian Prime Minister Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth in Port Louis.Full text...

  • Libya appeals to international community for help to train its police
    17 january 2019 15:45:33
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's Minister of the Interior of the Government of National Unity (GNA), Fethi Bachagha, has called on ambassadors of the international community to help train Libyan police in fighting against crime and terrorism, while the country still faces the terrorist threat because of the existence of Daesh cells.Full text...

  • Burkina Faso confirms abduction of three expatriates
    17 january 2019 13:24:55
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso's Minister of Security, Clément Sawadogo, has confirmed the kidnapping on January 15 of a Canadian working for a mine in the north of the country, as well as the disappearance of a Canadian-Italian couple in early January in the west of the country.Full text...

  • Kagame consoles Kenya over deadly Nairobi terrorist attack
    17 january 2019 11:43:57
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame has sent a message of condolence to his Kenyan counterpart, Uhuru Kenyatta, over a deadly terrorist attack in Nairobi on Tuesday.Full text...

  • Mauritius: New Animal Health Bill to be introduced soon
    17 january 2019 09:19:59
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - A New Animal Health Bill will be introduced this year in order to further reinforce biosecurity in the livestock sector and the Plant Protection Act of 2006 will also be reviewed, Mauritian Agro-Industry Minister Mahen Seeruttun on Wednesday night said at a workshop on the preparation of a biosecurity plan for the agricultural sector in Mauritius, a PANA correspondent reported from Port-Louis.Full text...

  • Fayez al-Sarraj, several Libyan officials discuss security in Tripoli
    16 january 2019 19:18:14
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Worried by the constant violence in his country, the Chairman of the Presidential Council of the Government of National Unity in Libya, Fayez al-Sarraj, on Wednesday engaged several ministers on the need to implement adequate security plans in Tripoli, the Libyan capital.Full text...

  • Unidentified gunmen kill 3 villagers in northern Burkina Faso
    15 january 2019 20:29:31
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Unidentified gunmen on Tuesday killed 3 people and wounded several others in Gasseliki village, located in the commune of Arbinda, in northern Burkina Faso.Full text...

  • More than 5,000 IDPs registered in northern Burkina after terrorist attack
    15 january 2019 18:46:38
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - A total of 5,525 people fled their homes after a terrorist attack on January 12 in which 12 people were killed in the village of Gasseliki, 18 km from Arbinda in the province of Soum, northern Burkina Faso.Full text...

  • Burkinabe president calls for social cohesion after inter-communal conflict
    14 january 2019 19:45:16
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré on Monday received a delegation of Fulani community leaders, two weeks after a reprisal attack that left some 49 members of this community dead in the north central area the country. Full text...

  • One killed in explosion in Ouagadougou
    14 january 2019 19:21:34
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - One person was killed when stored explosives went off in a residential villa in Silmiyiri district of Ouagadougou on Monday, the ministry for security confirmed in a statement.Full text...

  • Two police officers, woman killed in western Burkina Faso
    12 january 2019 16:04:44
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Two police officers and a woman were killed on Saturday during an attempt to arrest some suspects at Nafona, in the province of Comoé on the Ivorian border.Full text...

  • 12 people killed in terrorist attack in northern Burkina Faso
    11 january 2019 18:22:44
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - At least 12 people were killed in a terrorist attack in Gasseliki village of northern Burkina Faso, the Ministry of Security said on Friday. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso gets new Armed Forces Chief of Staff
    11 january 2019 13:41:23
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Colonel Moise Miningou has been appointed Chief of Staff of Burkina Faso's Armed Forces and promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General, according to a presidential decree received by PANA on Friday in Ouagadougou.Full text...

  • Gambian cabinet discusses infrastructural works in Banjul
    11 january 2019 11:13:34
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The Gambian cabinet, at its first meeting for this year, deliberated on infrastructural works in Banjul, including rehabilitation and construction of the road network and sewage, according to Amie Bojang Sissoho, the Director of Press and Public Relations.Full text...

  • Schools close after terrorist threats in Burkina Faso
    09 january 2019 15:47:55
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – High schools in Kiembara commune of Sourou province in northwest Burkina Faso were closed on Wednesday following terrorist threats, Burkina News Agency (AIB) reported.Full text...

  • Diplomatic corps reaffirm support to Burkina Faso in fight against terrorism
    09 january 2019 13:13:10
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Members of the diplomatic corps have reaffirmed the commitment of their countries and organisations to support Burkina Faso's development and the fight against terrorism.Full text...

  • Burkina Faso government agrees extension of state of emergency
    08 january 2019 19:27:49
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Burkinabè government on Tuesday sent a bill to Parliament seeking extension of the state of emergency in 14 provinces, following the resurgence of terrorist attacks, according to an official statement issued at the end of an extraordinary session of the Council of Ministers. Full text...

  • Traditional hunters rout suspected terrorists from southwest Burkina Faso village
    08 january 2019 19:01:59
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Traditional hunters, popularly known as 'Dozo' on Monday routed a dozen suspected terrorists who abandoned their fire arms in a forest near Trimbio village in southwest Burkina Faso, the Security ministry said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Libya's Interior minister meets senior Scotland Yard officer
    08 january 2019 11:54:20
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's Interior minister Fethi Bachagha on Tuesday met with the representative of Scotland Yard for Terrorism and Training, Richard Clark, with their discussions centering on cooperation between Libya and UK in the fight against terrorism and the training of security officers.Full text...

  • AI says Gambia’s Truth Commission, 'step towards justice'
    08 january 2019 10:54:57
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Global human rights body Amnesty International (AI) says Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission's (TRRC) hearings mark “an important step towards justice and reparations”. Full text...

  • CAF offers extra opening for its annual awards
    07 january 2019 20:05:48
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Through the change in the organisation of the CAF Awards, the African Football Confederation (CAF) aims to "diversify and enhance its activities", the Federation's second vice president, Constant Omari said on Monday at Gorée island located off Dakar. Full text...

  • UN supports Burkina Faso in inter-communal conflict management
    07 january 2019 18:27:36
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The UN system intends to accompany the Burkinabè government in the management of the conflict that killed 47 people during the New Year's Eve in Yirgou, a village in north-central Burkina Faso, PANA learnt on Monday from official sources. Full text...

  • Daiar to host CAF Awards Ceremony: Dakar
    06 january 2019 20:54:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - From Monday, Dakar will be the capital of African football culminating in the CAF Awards ceremony on Tuesday evening at the Abdou Diouf International Conference Centre. Full text...

  • Ex-US soldier joins Gambia’s citizenship debate
    04 january 2019 16:44:57
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Dawda Rowsey, a retired American soldier on Friday reacted to President Adama Barrow’s remarks on the questions of Gambian citizenship saying Barrow’s take was indeed welcome. Full text...

  • 'Milestones are clear’ for ‘significant progress’ in Somalia during 2019, Security Council hears
    03 january 2019 20:30:24
    New York, US (PANA) - Somali Government efforts to build a lasting peace through political reform and transformation have progressed along a “positive trajectory” but everyone involved in the process needs to “pull in the same direction”, the UN Special Representative in the country told the Security Council on Thursday. Full text...

  • Libyan official, UN envoy discuss Libya's stabilisation arrangements
    03 january 2019 18:28:54
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libyan government of national accord's Interior minister, Fethi Bachagha, on Thursday had discussion with the Deputy Special Representative for Political Affairs of the UN Secretary General, Stephanie Williams, on the support of the international community to the security arrangements aiming to stabilize the country. Full text...

  • Calm northern returns to Burkina village after ethnic attacks
    03 january 2019 11:46:40
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Calm has returned to a northern Burkina Faso village where at least 14 people were killed in attacks by two ethnic groups on New Year's day, according to several people contacted by PANA.Full text...

  • 13 people killed in attack against northern Burkina Faso village
    02 january 2019 12:32:47
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - At least 13 people were killed on Tuesday morning in a deadly attack against Yirgou village, northern Burkina Faso, PANA learned from local sources on Wednesday.Full text...

  • At least 37 civilians killed in central Mali
    02 january 2019 12:05:31
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – At least 37 civilians were killed on Tuesday in the village of Koulhogo, about 30 kms from Bankass, in the region of Mopti, central Mali, by gunmen identified as Donzos hunters, according to a Malian government communiqué. Full text...

  • Armed terrorists kill six people in north Burkina Faso
    01 january 2019 16:27:36
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - At least six people, including one village leader, were killed by armed raiders on Tuesday in Yirgou locality of Soum province in northern Burkina Faso, local sources said. Full text...

  • Gambian President’s take on citizenship debate
    01 january 2019 14:40:30
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – President Adama Barrow on Tuesday added his voice to the chorus of debate over the question of Gambian citizenship and what it means to be a citizen. Full text...

  • Barrow cautions Gambia’s young democracy must be handled with tack
    01 january 2019 13:53:13
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow says that politics in the country's young democracy should be handled with tack and caution.Full text...

  • Make New Year resolutions – President Barrow tells Gambians
    01 january 2019 10:25:11
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambian President Adama Barrow on Tuesday advised his compatriots to make New Year resolutions in their march towards development.Full text...

  • Kagame accuses 'neighbouring country' of supporting Rwandan rebels
    01 january 2019 02:34:31
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame has accused an unnamed neighbouring country of supporting "negative forces" against his country. Full text...

  • Islam and Muslim Support Group claims deadly attack on Burkinabe army
    29 december 2018 18:50:37
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Islam and Muslim Support Group, led by Malian Iyad Ag Ghali, has claimed responsibility for the attack that killed 10 Burkinabe gendarmes on Thursday in Toéni, Surou province, northwest Burkina Faso. Full text...

  • Security directors of Tripoli, Benghazi hold first meeting to unify operations
    29 december 2018 12:53:13
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Security directors of Libya's two biggest cities, Tripoli and Benghazi, on Friday met in Benghazi in an initiative to unify operations of security bodies to fight crime and terrorism in the North African country. Full text...

  • Attack on Burkinabe army is "cowardly and ignoble" - President Kaboré
    28 december 2018 16:43:41
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré on Friday described as "cowardly and ignoble" the attack against the Burkinabè army that on Thursday killed ten gendarmes in Toéni location in the northwest of the country. Full text...

  • Envoy hails Trans-Gambia Bridge, Senegambian relations
    27 december 2018 15:48:30
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Ambassador Fode Seck, head of Senegalo-Gambian Permanent Secretariat on Thursday hailed the successful completion of the Trans-Gambia Bridge Project as a turning point for not only the people of neighbouring Senegal and the Gambia but the whole sub-region and beyond. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso beefs up security force in Ouagadougou for end-of-year festivities
    25 december 2018 18:52:30
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - A total of 1,440 policemen have been detailed in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, to ensure public security during the end-of-year festivities, the city's Chief Police Commissioner Bonswidé Sankara told PANA on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gambia urged to make provision for descendants of enslaved Africans
    24 december 2018 11:59:33
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – A proposal has been made for the Gambia to make provision in the country’s new constitution that will allow returning descendants of enslaved Africans to be fast-tracked into citizenship of the tiny West African nation. Full text...

  • Three people shot dead in northern Burkina Faso
    21 december 2018 17:07:14
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Three people, including two elected local fficials, were shot dead on Thursday night in Manssifigui village, 12 km from Tin-Akoff in Oudalan province of northern Burkina Faso, security and local sources told PANA on Friday. Full text...

  • Libyan presidential council condemns escalation of violence in centre-east Libya
    20 december 2018 17:27:41
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The presidential council of the Libyan government of national accord has strongly condemned the military escalation in al-Sadad, near Sirte, 450 km east of Tripoli, saying it rejected "any unjustified provocation that could lead the country to a new cycle of violence". Full text...

  • Burkina Faso bans explosives during holidays
    19 december 2018 15:52:46
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Burkinabe Ministry of Commerce has banned the sale of firecrackers or explosive toys during the Christmas and New Year holidays because of the security situation in the country marked by terrorist threats.Full text...

  • Nouakchott hosts workshop on communication for Sahel Defence College
    19 december 2018 15:09:11
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – An orientation workshop focused on the theme ‘’Which communication strategy for the G5 Sahel Defence College (CDG5S)’’ opened on Wednesday in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott. Full text...

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