Violence in Africa -
  • UN: UN Security Council condemns deadly violence in South Sudan, urges peace
    06 november 2014 08:00:40
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council late Wednesday expressed outrage at the eruption of hostilities in South Sudan over the past week, which left numerous civilians dead and injured. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram imposes Sharia on captured town, amputates 10
    04 november 2014 06:17:34
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The insurgent group Boko Haram has imposed the Islamic Sharia law on Mubi in Nigeria's North-east Adamawa State, which it captured last week, according to local media reports quoting residents of the town Tuesday. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan Army readies for onslaught on Islamist militias around Benghazi
    03 november 2014 15:04:58
    Tobruk, Libya (PANA) - Residents of Hay al-Sabri neighborhood of Benghazi city in eastern Libya were advised to evacuate the area by late Monday as the Libyan Army prepared to launch an onslaught on extremist militias hiding there.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram denies ceasefire deal with Nigerian govt, says girls "married off"
    01 november 2014 08:51:22
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's insurgent group Boko Haram has denied it entered into a ceasefire deal with the Nigerian government, dashing the hopes of many who were made to believe that the deal will lead to the release of the 218 abducted school girls.Full text...

  • UN: Ban condemns renewed violence in South Sudan
    31 october 2014 15:31:58
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged an immediate Full text...

  • Nigeria: 30 feared dead in Nigeria blast (UPDATE)
    31 october 2014 13:38:56
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The death toll from Friday morning's blast at a popular bus station in Nigeria's North-east Gombe state could be as high as 30, the local Punch newspaper reported, quoting eyewitnesses. Full text...

  • Developing Story: Explosion rips bus station, many feared dead
    31 october 2014 11:39:35
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A bus station in Nigeria's northern Gombe State was rocked by an explosion Friday morning, and many casualties are feared, according to the local media. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Campaigner seeks release of abducted girls, 200 days after
    31 october 2014 09:37:58
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - With hope fading of their imminent release, in the aftermath of the ceasefire deal between the Nigerian government and the insurgent group Boko Haram, the 218 abducted schools girls were Friday spending their 200th day in captivity.Full text...

  • US: US condemns violence in South Sudan’s Unity State
    30 october 2014 17:58:40
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government has condemned in the strongest terms the 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...

  • 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...

  • Niger: Niger embassy in Tripoli under siege
    29 october 2014 10:16:53
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Armed militias Tuesday laid siege on the Nigerien embassy in Tripoli, Libya, according to a statement issued by the Nigerien Ministry of Foreign Affairs and cooperation here.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...

  • 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...

  • Libya: Inter-tribal violence escalates in southern Libyan
    25 october 2014 14:19:18
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The armed clashes that broke out several days ago between the Toubou and Touareg tribes, in the Libyan southern region of Oubari, escalated on Friday after the failure of the mediation carried out by dignitaries from the region. 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...

  • Belgium: EU 'strongly condemns' violence in CAR
    23 october 2014 20:13:04
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union has strongly condemned the violence perpetrated in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), and attacks against civilian populations, humanitarian partners and the international forces by the rival factions in the long-running war. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram 'abducts 60 women'
    23 october 2014 10:33:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - As the world awaits the release of 218 girls who were abducted from their school by Boko Haram over six months ago, following a ceasefire which the federal government reportedly signed with the terror group last week, suspected sect members have abducted 60 women from two villages in northern Adamawa state.Full text...

  • Libya: Seven killed in clashes involving ethnic groups of southern Libya
    21 october 2014 19:51:43
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Seven people were killed and 23 others injured on Tuesday following an outbreak of armed clashes between members of Toubou and Touareg ethnic communities of southern Libya, hospital sources said.Full text...

  • UN: UN official calls for efforts to combat sexual violence in South Sudan
    21 october 2014 05:59:41
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Full text...

  • Libya:Western countries condemn violence in Libya
    19 october 2014 11:16:48
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The United States, France, Britain, Italy and Germany have strongly condemned the ongoing violence in Libya and called for an immediate cessation of hostilities. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Details of Govt-Boko Haram ceasefire 'to be worked out Tuesday'
    19 october 2014 10:20:39
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Representatives of the Nigerian and Chadian governments as well as Boko Haram are due to meet in N'Djamena, Chad, Tuesday to work out the details of the ceasefire agreement that was reached by the Nigerian government and the terror group on Friday, the local media reported Sunday.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Abducted school girls 'to be freed Monday'
    18 october 2014 13:00:04
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The 218 school girls who remain in captivity, out of the nearly 300 girls who were abducted in Nigeria's northern town of Chibok by Boko Haram 14 April, are to be freed on Monday, the private Punch newspaper reported Saturday.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt, Boko Haram agree on ceasefire
    17 october 2014 16:52:37
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's federal government and the terrorist group Boko Haram have reached a deal for an immediate ceasefire, the Lagos-based, private Channels TV reported from here Friday, quoting Chief of Defence Staff Alex Barde. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Nigeria govt, Boko Haram 'reach ceasefire deal'
    17 october 2014 15:57:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government and the terrorist group Boko Haram have agreed on an immediate ceasefire, the local Channels television station reported Friday, quoting Chief of Defence Staff Alex Badeh. Full text...

  • Libya: Benghazi calm after Wednesday's armed clashes
    16 october 2014 13:51:53
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – The city of Benghazi remained relatively calm Thursday after the violent clashes on Wednesday between the units of the Libyan army and the Islamist militias, witnesses say.Full text...

  • Tanzania: New approach paves way to manage violence in cities of global South
    16 october 2014 09:37:44
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Violence in cities across Africa, Asia and Latin America is here to stay and can no longer be seen as a problem which can be challenged and overcome through development programmes, said a new research in the October issue of Environment and Urbanization published Thursday in the UK and made available to PANA here by theFull text...

  • Congo: France 'concerned' about security situation in CAR
    15 october 2014 21:30:46
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The French ambassador in Congo, Jean Pierre Vidon, on Wednesday expressed concern about the latest security situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) where fighting has erupted once more between the Christians and Muslims. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Abducted girls not any closer to home, 6 months later (News Analysis by Segun Adeyemi, PANA Correspondent, Lagos)
    15 october 2014 12:04:28
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - As the level of mistrust between the Nigerian government and the group spearheading the campaign to free the over 200 girls who were abducted from their school in northern Chibok grew higher Tuesday, the six-month anniversary of the girls' abduction, indications are that the girls may not be any closer to home than they were six months ago, PANA reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Libya: Five Libyan soldiers killed in clashes in Benghazi
    14 october 2014 15:01:42
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - Five Libyan soldiers were killed Tuesday in Benghazi, two in violent clashes around the airport, and three others in separate operations, as violence continued in Libya's second largest city.Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy, South Sudan govt agree on steps to tackle sexual violence
    13 october 2014 22:05:34
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Mrs. Zainab Bangura, on Monday warned that sexual violence is a consistent characteristic of the conflict in South Sudan, and is being perpetrated by all the parties. Full text...

  • UN: 'Nearly one in four adolescent girls experience physical violence'
    12 october 2014 21:24:36
    New York, US (PANA) - Almost one quarter of girls, aged between 15 and 19 worldwide, are victims of some form of physical violence, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). Full text...

  • Libya: 28 killed in renewed armed clashes in Libya
    12 october 2014 13:16:34
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) -At least 21 people were killed and more than 60 others were injured Saturday during clashes between the Libyan Army and Islamist militias in Kikla area, south-west of Benghazi, military and hospital sources said Sunday. Full text...

  • Libya : Four killed in car explosion in Benghazi
    10 october 2014 18:28:23
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - At least four people were killed and several others injured Friday when a bomb exploded in a car near Tibesti Hotel in east Benghazi, according to the Libyan Office for Civil Protection. Full text...

  • Kenya: 'UN peacekeepers face big test amid worsening violence in CAR'
    10 october 2014 09:50:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The United Nations peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic (CAR) faces its biggest test since being deployed last month, Amnesty International said late Thursday amid reports of armed clashes and sectarian violence in the capital city of Bangui.Full text...

  • UN: UN envoy says sexual violence persists in South Sudan
    07 october 2014 19:47:53
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Ms. Zainab Bangura, has said the horrors of sexual violence in South Sudan did not end with the ceasefire agreement, calling on citizens of the world's youngest country to stand together and say "enough is enough". Full text...

  • Libya: Nine more die in fresh Benghazi violence
    07 october 2014 10:14:38
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - At least nine more people were killed Monday in a new outbreak of violence in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, which has been witnessing a wave of killings targeting security personnel and ordinary citizens Full text...

  • Libya: 8 killed in new wave of violence in Benghazi
    06 october 2014 11:15:04
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - Eight people were killed Sunday in a new wave of violence in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, which has been the scene of armed clashes.Full text...

  • Libya : UN condemns violence in Libya
    04 october 2014 10:48:34
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The United Nations has strongly condemned the latest escalation of violence in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, where a car bomb and clashes have killed 36 people and wounded 107, as well as in other regions of the country. Full text...

  • Libya: 6 killed Friday evening in Benghazi
    27 september 2014 10:16:54
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – In an event that has become a daily ritual, six people, including three military personnel, were shot dead Friday in separate attacks in different places in the Libyan eastern city of Benghazi.Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian state imposes curfew after street violence
    26 september 2014 12:57:30
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Governor Kayode Fayemi of Nigeria's South-west Ekiti State Friday imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on the state after suspected political thugs took to the streets of the capital, Ado-Ekiti, burning houses and looting shops. Full text...

  • Libya: 2 senior military officers, 6 others killed in Benghazi
    24 september 2014 12:56:16
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – Eight people, four of them military personnel, including two senior army officers, were shot dead Tuesday in separate operations in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, medical sources said here Wednesday.Full text...

  • Libya: Two Libyan army officers, four civilians killed in Benghazi
    20 september 2014 10:20:55
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – Two Libyan army officers and four civilians, including a young civil society militant, were shot dead on Friday in separate attacks in the eastern city of Benghazi, in a fresh outbreak of the violence that has rocked the city. Full text...

  • Libya: Religious leader gunned down, 4 soldiers injured in Benghazi violence
    19 september 2014 18:22:26
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – An official of Libya's Ministry of Religious Affairs (Waqfs) was gunned down late Thursday in front of a mosque in Benghazi as violent clashes, which left four other people including three soldiers injured, flared across the city. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan Air force general killed in Benghazi
    18 september 2014 13:47:13
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – A General in the Libyan air force was killed on Wednesday in the eastern city of Benghazi, as armed clashes continued in the area, hospital sources said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Libya: 4 killed, 13 injured in Ouerchefana zone of western Tripoli
    17 september 2014 19:37:40
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – At least four people have been killed and 13 others injured in violent clashes in Ouerchefana sector of western Tripoli, which local authorities and human rights organisations have declared a disaster zone because of the dramatic situation there.Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Jonathan assures of strengthened security after deadly attack on Nigerian school
    17 september 2014 19:14:02
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has commiserated with citizens and residents of the northern city of Kano on the loss of lives sustained Wednesday during the attack by terrorists on the Federal College of Education in the city. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 13 students, two gunmen killed in school attack
    17 september 2014 18:04:16
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Some 15 people were killed Wednesday when armed men stormed a Federal Government College in Nigeria's northern city of Kano, the police said. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy stresses need for peace, stability for Libya's progress
    15 september 2014 22:47:07
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Mr. Bernardino Leon, says three years after the fall of their former regime, the Libyan people find themselves nowhere close to realizing their hopes and aspirations for a better future, noting the urgency to take advantage of a "small window of opportunity". Full text...

  • US: Security Council deplores 'heinous' murder of British aid worker by Islamic militants
    15 september 2014 07:24:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the "heinous and cowardly" murder of Mr. David Haines, a British humanitarian aid worker, by the armed group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Full text...

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