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  • UN: UN agencies mobilize to support Benin on cases of Lassa fever
    05 february 2016 20:22:56
    New York, US (PANA) - After the identification of four cases of Lassa fever in Benin, the government, backed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has immediately launched a response against the epidemic, a UN statement said on Friday. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan army kills 20 in surprise attack on Sudanese rebels
    04 february 2016 14:16:04
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – A Libyan army unit based in the southern region of Koufra early Thursday killed about 20 rebels and captured six others in a surprise attack around a security checkpoint in Bouzrik, 200 km from the city of Koufra, said Abdelrahman Hachem, chief of the Libyan army unit. Full text...

  • Sudan: 14 killed in recent regional clash in West Darfur, situation now under control
    16 january 2016 08:47:52
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - At least 14 people were killed and 19 others, including 6 policemen, were injured in Genaina, capital of west Darfur state, when angry villagers stormed a number of local government buildings. Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR says clashes in Mozambique send civilians fleeing to Malawi
    15 january 2016 21:32:18
    New York, US (PANA) - Clashes between Mozambique government forces and the opposition Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO) have forced an increasing number of people to flee Mozambique and seek asylum in Malawi over the last few weeks, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Capital city 'records first Lassa Fever death'
    13 january 2016 23:37:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's capital city of Abuja has recorded its first death from the Lassa Fever outbreak that has claimed over 40 lives across the country since it started in Nov. 2015.Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'No new cases of Lassa Fever in last three days'
    12 january 2016 16:26:30
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria may have stemmed the spread of the Lassa Fever outbreak that has killed 41 people in 10 states across the country, following the announcement by the authorities on Tuesday that no new confirmed cases have been recorded in the last 72 hours.Full text...

  • Libya: Arab League calls for quick formation of Libyan coalition govt.
    11 january 2016 13:52:49
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Council of Arab League States has called for the quick completion of the formation of the national coalition government in Libya, within the framework of the deal signed in the Moroccan city of Skhirat, "so that it can immediately assume its responsibilities".Full text...

  • Nigeria: Health authorities sensitizes citizens after Lassa Fever kills 40
    10 january 2016 12:21:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian health authorities have commenced a nation-wide sensitization campaign against Lassa Fever after an outbreak of the disease left 40 dead from 10 of the country's 36 states since January 2016. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Ban on plastic bags in Mauritius takes effect from 1 Jan. 2016
    31 december 2015 14:29:05
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The use of plastic bags will be banned in Mauritius as from Friday, 1 January, 2016, PANA learnt Thursday from sources close to the Environment and Sustainable Development Ministry in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • Ghana: Government again threatens plastic ban
    28 december 2015 05:27:26
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - As plastic products continue to pose environmental hazard in Ghana, the Government is once again threatening to ban its production if manufacturers do not agree and implement their sustainable disposal. Full text...

  • Egypt: Arab FMs want Libyans to respect Skhirat deal on national reconciliation govt.
    25 december 2015 12:35:10
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – The Arab Foreign Affairs ministers have urged stakeholders in the Libyan crisis to respect the Libyan political deal signed in the Moroccan city of Skhirat on 17 December and which sets the platform for the formation of a national coalition government. Full text...

  • Libya: Arab League set to cooperate with new UN rep for Libya
    19 november 2015 19:07:09
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby said Thursday he welcomed the nomination of Martin Kobler as Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) to succeed Bernardino Leon. Full text...

  • Senegal: AI calls for restraint in Congo as protesters clash with security forces
    21 october 2015 05:44:10
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Amnesty International (AI) is calling on security forces in the Republic of Congo to refrain from using excessive force against citizens protesting against proposed changes in the constitution. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritians urged to donate blood regularly
    22 september 2015 12:49:30
    Pamplemousses, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritians have been urged to demonstrate their love for mankind by regularly donating blood to the needy, as "there is no substitute for blood". Full text...

  • Sudan: Dozens killed after fuel tanker explosion in South Sudan
    17 september 2015 18:39:25
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA ) - Scores of civilians were killed in South Sudan's Maridi town, West Equatoria State, when a fuel tanker capsized and exploded Wednesday, according to the UN Mission in that country, UNMISS.Full text...

  • Central African Republic: Clashes in CAR force thousands to seek refuge at MINUSCA base
    27 august 2015 19:19:18
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) – Clashes between rival militias in the past few days have forced several thousand people to flee their homes in the Central African Republic (CAR) town of Bambari and seek shelter at a former cotton factory inside the compound of the UN peacekeeping mission, the UN refugee agency said Thursday. Full text...

  • Egypt: Libyan FM declares 'War against Daech should be now'
    18 august 2015 13:45:36
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – The fight against Daech can no longer for until the formation of a coalition government in Libya as the terrorist organization continues to perpetrate massacre in the city of Sirte, the Libyan Minister of foreign affairs, Mohamed al-Dairi, said on Tuesday.Full text...

  • Egypt: Arab League Scribe pleads for immediate support to Libya
    18 august 2015 12:03:12
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Secretary General of the Arab League Nabil El Arabi has called for immediate assistance to Libya, after what he called insufficient Arab support for Libya's legitimate interim government. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana bans light plastics
    30 july 2015 21:38:54
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Minister of Science, Environment, Technology and Innovation, Mahama Ayariga, on Thursday announced a ban on the manufacture and sale of light plastics. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Deadly ethnic clashes in South Darfur draw concern of UNAMID
    17 july 2015 16:26:13
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The African Union–United Nations Mission in Darfur on Friday expressed deep concern over reports of escalating tensions and confrontations between the Reizegat and the Habaniya ethnic communities in South Darfur. Full text...

  • Ghana: At least 12 killed in fighting between butchers and traditional guards
    10 july 2015 20:06:09
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – At last 12 people have been killed in fighting between butchers and guards of a chief in a town in Ghana’s Northern Region, police said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN environment agency urges ban of microplastics in cosmetics, personal care products
    16 june 2015 22:43:33
    New York, US (PANA) - Next time you are in the shower using a refreshing exfoliating shower gel, take a moment to check what the scrubbing agents are made of, according to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) a statement on a report issued on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNAMID calls for restraint to end ethnic violence in western Sudan
    11 may 2015 18:44:34
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) -The UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has called upon Rezeigat and Ma'alia ethnic communities in western Sudan's restive region to exercise restraint and check the escalation of tension between them. Full text...

  • Mali: '9 soldiers killed in clashes with Tuareg rebels'
    01 may 2015 11:49:52
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian Ministry of Defence has announced the death of nine Malian soldiers in an attack perpetrated by the Tuareg rebels near the country's border with Mauritania, a big blow to the peace deal under the aegis of the UN.Full text...

  • Kenya: Scores killed after flash floods sweep Kenyan town
    29 april 2015 17:12:41
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Scores of people have been killed by flash floods which hit Narok town, 150 km outside Nairobi, destroying houses, cars and other property, rescue workers and government officials said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Govt bans plastic bags
    08 april 2015 09:43:55
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian government has banned the use of plastic bags with effect from 1 Jan. 2016.Full text...

  • Botswana: VP visits Malaysia
    06 april 2015 13:53:04
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s vice president, Mokgweetsi Masisi, left here Monday for Malaysia on a five-day working visit, primarily focused on the exchange of information and policy issues, according to government spokesperson Jeff Ramsay. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 58 killed, 139 injured in Nigerian city multiple blasts
    08 march 2015 10:30:51
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - At least 58 people lay dead Saturday in Maiduguri, north east Borno State, after five coordinated bomb blasts in separate parts of the Sate, according to local media reports, which said that the attacks bore the hallmarks of the terror sect, Boko Haram. Full text...

  • Sudan: Four die in Abyei rebels' clashes
    05 march 2015 12:32:22
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Four fighters of the Darfur rebel movements have been killed and others wounded in clashes in the contested Abyei region, according to the UN Interim Security Force in Abyei (UNISFA).Full text...

  • Libya: Arab league reaffirms support to UN efforts in Libya
    07 february 2015 19:14:55
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The representative of the Secretary General of the Arab League, Nasser al-Koudwa, has reaffirmed his organization's support to efforts by the UN in Libya, particularly moves by Bernardo Leon, the special envoy of the UN Secretary General, to avoid the escalation of violence in the north African country. Full text...

  • Cameroon: 10,000 tons of plastic waste to be recycled annually in Cameroon
    21 january 2015 20:29:31
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – Cameroon will next month launch a programme to recycle 10,000 tons of plastic waste annually in the main cities such as Douala and Yaoundé.Full text...

  • UN: UN Mission in DRC deplores loss of life as police, protesters clash in Kinshasa
    20 january 2015 20:54:01
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Martin Kobler, head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), on Tuesday condemned the deaths and injuries that occurred when protests turned violent on Monday in the country’s capital, Kinshasa.Full text...

  • Libya: Arab FMs meet on Libyan crisis
    15 january 2015 14:23:30
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Arab foreign affairs ministers, under the aegis of the Council of the Arab League, are due to meet Thursday in Cairo, Egypt, to start a high-level emergency meeting on the latest developments in Libya, according to the League's Secretary General in Libya, Nasser al-Koudwa. Full text...

  • Egypt: Arab League chief appeals for decisive action against terrorism in Libya
    05 january 2015 18:06:26
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – Arab League Secretary General Nabil Al-Arabi has appealed for crucial decisions against terrorism in Libya and full support to the country's legitimate Chamber of Representatives (Parliament) and the government formed from it. Full text...

  • UN: UN Mission in CAR reports clashes with peacekeepers
    22 december 2014 22:29:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on Monday said it was concerned about fighting that took place this weekend in several locations around the country, including between anti-Balaka members and peacekeepers. 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...

  • Libya: Arab League appeals for speedy resolution of Libyan crisis
    23 october 2014 14:15:37
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The League of Arab States Wednesday evening appealed for a speedy resolution of the crisis rocking Libya and expressed support for the Libyan people and its legitimate institutions. Full text...

  • Niger: Thousands of Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram war find refuge in eastern Niger
    03 october 2014 16:33:52
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – Thousands of people fleeing from clashes between the Nigerian Army and insurgents of the Islamic sect Boko Haram have in recent weeks flocked to Niger's easternmost region of Diffa, the International Red Cross Society (IRCS) said in Niamey Friday.Full text...

  • Togo: Government set to reinforce ban on use of plastic bags in Togo
    28 august 2014 16:27:23
    Lome, Togo (PANA) – Local manufacturers and importers of non-biodegradable plastics in Togo have two months to abide by the government ban on the use of plastic bags, according to a joint communique issued here Thursday by the ministries of Industry and Trade and Environment.Full text...

  • Senegal: Teachers suspend lectures at public universities in Senegal
    16 august 2014 08:46:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Senegal's Autonomous Union of Teachers of the Tertiary Education (SAES) on Friday called all its members to boycott lectures in public universities until the resignation of the ministers of Tertiary Education and Home ministers, PANA reported from here.Full text...

  • Libya: Libyans demonstrate against foreign intervention
    16 august 2014 08:29:44
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Thousands of Libyans on Friday took to the streets in the capital, Tripoli, to demonstrate against calls, by the new Parliament, for international intervention in the violent crisis ravaging their country. Full text...

  • UN: Mission condemns clashes in South Sudan town
    15 august 2014 20:27:44
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has condemned Friday's outbreak of violence in Bentiu which caused hundreds of people to seek shelter at the nearest airport.Full text...

  • UN: Clashes in north-western CAR cause renewed displacement
    08 august 2014 21:56:44
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Jens Laerke, a official of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), says fighting from 30 to 31 July in Batangafo in the Central African Republic (CAR) has caused renewed displacement.Full text...

  • Sudan: At least four killed in clashes with rebels in Blue Nile
    02 august 2014 19:25:15
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Two rebels, a soldier and a civilian were killed and several others were injured in clashes between a group of rebels and the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF).Full text...

  • UN: Clashes in Central African Republic take heavy toll on civilians
    02 august 2014 07:46:13
    New York, US (PANA) - UN humanitarian staff working in crisis-torn Central African Republic (CAR) says that despite peace talks, civilians continue to be caught in crossfire in ongoing fighting. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Kano's central motor park bombed
    24 july 2014 16:50:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A bomb explosion has occurred at the central motor park on Nigeria's northern city of Kano, a day after another northern city was rocked by a twin explosion that left at least 85 dead Full text...

  • Nigeria: 24-hour curfew imposed on Kaduna following bomb blast
    23 july 2014 17:04:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Mr. Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, the Governor of the North Central Kaduna State, which Wednesday was hit by a twin bomb attack by suspected suicide bombers of the Boko Haram sect has imposed a 24-hour curfew on the Kaduna metropolis. Full text...

  • Libya: 6 killed, 11 injured in clashes at Tripoli airport
    13 july 2014 15:41:10
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Clashes between rival gangs on the outskirts of Tripoli airport have left six dead and 11 injured, TV channel, al-Nabaa, quoted sources at the Libyan Health ministry as saying on Sunday. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Some 215 tons of non-biodegradable plastic bags seized in Cameroon
    10 july 2014 18:19:54
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - About 215.39 tons of non-biodegradable plastic bags have been seized in Cameroon in the past two months following a ban on the production and sale of the product, according to the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Sustainable Development. Full text...

  • Libya: AU, Arab League support Libya's democratic process
    09 july 2014 17:41:11
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libya’s efforts aimed at promoting its democratic process are supported at regional and international levels, Mohamed Abdelaziz, the Libyan Foreign Minister, said while ensuring that the Arab League, the African Union (AU) as well as other organizations are also providing support to Libya. Full text...

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