Violence in Africa -
  • Nigerian security agencies working in unity against terrorism, says Air Force Chief
    28 september 2011 13:47:05
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin, on Wednesday assured that all the Nigerian Defence and security agencies were working in renewed unity in the fight against terrorism. Full text...

  • Football: Seven die in post-match violence in Western Sahara
    27 september 2011 16:11:01
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) – Seven people have been killed and about 20 injured in violence that erupted last Sunday after a football match in Dakhla, a town of Western Sahara, an official source told PANA here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Panel recommends dialogue with Boko Haram
    27 september 2011 14:24:22
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A fact-finding panel set up by the Nigerian government last month on the Islamic sect Boko Haram has recommended that the government should consider dialogue and negotiation with the sect to end its bombing attacks. Full text...

  • Presidential Committee submits report on Boko Haram menace in Nigeria
    26 september 2011 19:11:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Presidential Committee on the security challenges posed by the Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria on Monday submitted its report to President Goodluck Jonathan, recommending that the federal government should fundamentally consider the option of dialogue and negotiation towards dealing with the menace. Full text...

  • Govt/students face-off: Malawi Student activist found dead in suspicious circumstances
    26 september 2011 18:54:44
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Tension is high at the Polytechnic, a constituent college of the University of Malawi , following the death of a final-year engineering student over the weekend. Full text...

  • UN chief says sexual violence a threat to peace, security
    23 september 2011 14:27:52
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday said that sexual violence in conflict represents a threat to peace and security and is not just a health or human rights issue.Full text...

  • Nigerian MPs flee parliament over Boko Haram scare
    21 september 2011 08:47:49
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Lawmakers in Nigeria's bicameral legislature fled their offices on Tuesday afternoon following a rumour of an impending attack by the Islamic sect Boko Haram, in an indication of how the violent sect has taken the country by the jugular.Full text...

  • Boko Haram denies killing man who met Obj, threatens journalists
    19 september 2011 09:04:09
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's violent Islamic sect Boko Haram has denied its gunmen killed the man who met former President Olusegun Obasanjo last Thursday, and warned it would attack journalists who spread such 'false representations'.Full text...

  • Cattle raiders kill dozens in South Sudan despite troops deployments
    18 september 2011 18:27:42
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Dozens of people, including women and children, were reportedly killed and an unspecified number injured when cattle raiders attacked villages in Mayendit county in the Unity State, South Sudan. Full text...

  • Boko Haram: Setback for peace moves as man is shot dead for meeting Obasanjo
    18 september 2011 09:42:18
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Efforts to kick-start peace talks between the Nigerian government and the violent Islamic sect Boko Haram have suffered a setback, as the brother in-law of the sect's founder was shot dead on Saturday, two days after meeting former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Full text...

  • Ex-Nigerian President seeks to initiate talks between govt, Boko Haram
    16 september 2011 08:27:08
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Former Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo may be seeking to initiate peace talks between the federal government and the Islamic sect Boko Haram, which has claimed responsibility for the spate of bombings in the country in recent times, the private Nation newspaper reported Friday. Full text...

  • UN identifies victims of Nigeria bombing
    14 september 2011 19:29:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The United Nations on Wednesday released the names of those who died in the 26 Aug. bomb blast at its Abuja office, saying the number of deaths remained 23, out of whom 11 were UN employees. Full text...

  • Sudanese parliament approves state of emergency in Blue Nile
    12 september 2011 17:37:48
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan’s federal parliament on Monday approved a provisional state of emergency, declared by President Omar El-Bashir in the remote Blue Nile region two weeks ago, giving the army a free hand to go ahead with military operations there. Full text...

  • Death toll in fresh Nigeria violence rises to 12
    10 september 2011 09:52:41
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The death toll in the ongoing sectarian violence in Nigeria's central Plateau state has risen to 12, the local press reported Saturday, quoting the chair of the affected local council. Full text...

  • UN Rights Office tasks Nigeria on ethnic, religious violence
    09 september 2011 17:06:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The Geneva-based UN Human Rights Office on Friday called on Nigerian authorities to address the renewed ethnic and religious violence in the country, including by curbing the hate speech and encouraging reconciliation among various communities. Full text...

  • UN marks 10th anniversary of terrorist attacks against US
    09 september 2011 16:18:45
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Friday marked the 10th anniversary of the 11 September, 2001, terrorist attacks on the US with a solemn commemoration in the UN General Assembly Hall in New York. Full text...

  • Anti-slavery NGO denounces attack against its activists in Mauritania
    08 september 2011 12:56:22
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The president of the Initiative for the resurgence of the abolitionist movement (IRA), a Mauritanian anti-slavery NGO, has strongly condemned police violence against its activists and supporters. Full text...

  • Egyptian authorities to go tough on unruly protesters
    08 september 2011 10:06:08
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Egypt's interim ruling military authorities have warned protesters that attacks on the military and the police as well as destruction of public property will henceforth be met with a firm response. Full text...

  • Pro-opposition TV station burnt down in DRC pre-election violence
    07 september 2011 14:37:47
    New York, US (PANA) - Unidentified armed men Tuesday torched the studios of a private television station that aired programmes favorable to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) opposition leader, Etienne Tshisekedi, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reported, quoting local journalists and news reports. Full text...

  • Family of eight, three others killed in Nigeria violence
    05 september 2011 08:27:06
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A Christian family of eight and three others were killed Sunday by suspected Muslim youths in Nigeria's volatile city of Jos, capital of northern Plateau state which has been in the throes of ethno-religious crisis for some time, the local Nation newspaper reported Monday. Full text...

  • Mauritanian NGO condemns violence against blacks in Libya
    01 september 2011 22:51:36
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – A Mauritanian human rights NGO, Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist movement (IRA), on Thursday strongly condemned "the racist violence which the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) has been perpetrating agaist blacks since the beginning of the armed conflict in the country". Full text...

  • Many feared dead in resurgent violence in Nigerian city
    30 august 2011 09:26:24
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Many people were feared to have been killed or injured on Monday in the resurgent sectarian violence in Jos, the violence-prone capital of Nigeria's northern city of Plateau. Full text...

  • Nigeria police arrest suspects in bombing of UN House
    30 august 2011 08:33:09
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigeria police said Tuesday it had arrested some suspects in Friday's suicide bombing of the UN House in the capital city of Abuja, according to local newspaper reports Tuesday. Full text...

  • 'FBI takes over investigations of UN House bombing'
    29 august 2011 14:49:42
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has taken over the investigations into Friday’s bombing of the UN building in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja, the private Punch newspaper reported Monday. Full text...

  • 9 UN staff confirmed dead in Nigeria bombing
    28 august 2011 08:29:44
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The UN system in Nigeria has confirmed that nine of its staffers were among the 18 people who died in Friday's suicide bombing of the UN House in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja, the private Thisday newspaper reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Jonathan visits bombed UN building in Abuja, says govt in control
    27 august 2011 16:42:42
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan Saturday visited the bombed UN house in the diplomatic zone, Abuja, the Nigerian federal capital, telling Nigerians not to despair as his government was “on top of the situation”.Full text...

  • 'UN, South Sudan govt intervention could halt intertribal killings in Jonglei'
    27 august 2011 12:18:07
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Officials from seven United Nations, NGOs and South Sudan organizations and agencies, who paid a field visit to Jonglei area where inter-communal and and ethnically-driven fighting has left hundreds dead, say the situation remains alarming.Full text...

  • UN Building Bomb blast: Nigerian governors condemn perpetrators
    27 august 2011 08:01:37
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) Saturday condemned Friday's bomb blast at the United Nations building in Abuja, the Nigerian federal capital city, describing it as an unforgivable crime against humanity. Full text...

  • UN deploys peacekeepers to deter violence in South Sudan
    26 august 2011 19:38:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Friday said it had started sending troops and civilian experts to Jonglei state to help deter violence and foster reconciliation in the wake of recent ethnic clashes that have left at least 600 people dead.Full text...

  • Police confirm suicide bomber behind UN house bombing in Nigeria
    26 august 2011 19:16:26
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigeria Police have confirmed that a lone suicide bomber was behind Friday's bombing of the UN house in the capital city of Abuja. Full text...

  • Bombing halts UN operations in Nigeria
    26 august 2011 16:19:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - UN operations in Nigeria have been temporarily halted by the bomb attack on the UN building in the capital city of Abuja Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria's President calls UN House bombing ''assault on global peace and security''
    26 august 2011 16:00:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has described Friday's deadly Full text...

  • At least 18 killed in Nigeria bombing
    26 august 2011 14:44:54
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - At least 18 persons were killed and many more injured in Friday's UN House bombing in the Nigerian capital city, Abuja, the Commissioner of Police from the Federal Capital Territory, Mike Zuokumor, said at the scene of the blast.Full text...

  • UN House bombing in Nigeria: Too early to give casualty figure - Interior Minister
    26 august 2011 13:07:30
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - As rescue workers continue to evacuate people from the UN House in Nigeria's capital Abuja, which was bombed Friday, Interior Minister Abba Moro told reporters it is too early to give a reliable casualty figure.Full text...

  • Bombing of UN House in Nigeria 'caused by suspected suicide bomber' (Updating)
    26 august 2011 12:31:50
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Friday's bombing of the UN House in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja was caused by a suspected suicide bomber who rammed his car, rigged with explosives, through the gates of the complex, the local press reported. Full text...

  • Scores receiving treatment in hospitals after UN House bombing in Nigeria
    26 august 2011 11:47:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Scores of workers are being treated at various hospitals in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja, after an explosion rocked the UN House in the city Friday. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: Explosion rocks UN Complex in Abuja
    26 august 2011 11:13:16
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The UN House in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja has been rocked by an explosion and many casualties are feared, the privately-owned African Independent Television (AIT) reported Friday. Full text...

  • Threatened Malawi police officer transferred for safety
    24 august 2011 06:04:12
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Threats on the life of a police officer in the wake of the 20 July anti-government demonstration has forced the transfer of deputy Northern Region police publicist Ian Kanyama from the northern city of Mzuzu to the central border district of Mchinji. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UNMISS urges end to `cycle of violence'
    22 august 2011 19:23:44
    New York, US (PANA) -The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for South Sudan, Ms. Hilde Johnson, on Monday called for an end to the "cycle of violence" engulfing the newly-independent country’s state of Jonglei, where hundreds of people have been killed in recent days in fighting between ethnic groups. Full text...

  • UN chief welcomes pact on peaceful solution to violence in Malawi
    18 august 2011 19:29:53
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday welcomed the signing of a joint communique by the Malawian government and civil society organizations at a meeting, facilitated by the UN, following deadly clashes last month. Full text...

  • Sudan shuns UN reports of abuses
    16 august 2011 14:27:02
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has described as unfounded and baseless the preliminary finding of a UN report that speaks of human rights violations and abuses in South Kordufan, western Sudan, the scene of intermittent fighting since June this year. Full text...

  • Rape, murder continue to be committed by DRC military, says AI
    10 august 2011 18:29:46
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Crimes under international law, including rape and murder, continue to be committed by the Congolese army and armed groups in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following decades of similar crimes across the country, Amnesty International (AI), the global human rights watchdog, said in a statement Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan prison guards shoot cameraman, attack crew, says CPJ
    10 august 2011 11:11:35
    New York, US (PANA) - Prison officials in western Kenya attacked three journalists from the private broadcaster Nation Television (NTV) on Sunday as they were covering an escape attempt by six inmates, local journalists told the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).Full text...

  • Nigeria's opposition party bemoans persistent Boko Haram crisis
    28 july 2011 16:40:51
    Ibadan, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's most-vocal opposition party, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), on Thursday expressed concern at the persistent Boko Haram crisis, saying the inept and clueless handling of the crisis by the federal government had shown clearly that "it is suffering not just from a failure of leadership, but also a failure of initiative in tackling the menace". Full text...

  • AI seeks end to killings by security forces in Nigeria
    26 july 2011 13:56:29
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Amnesty International (AI) has urged Nigerian authorities to immediately put a stop to unlawful killings by security forces, after at least 23 people were killed by police following a bomb blast on Saturday in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri. Full text...

  • Death toll in Malawi violence climbs to 19
    25 july 2011 20:36:38
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi presidential spokesman Heatherwick Ntaba said on Monday that one more victim of the unprecedented political violence that started following a demonstration last Wednesday has died in Lilongwe, bringing the official national toll to 19. Full text...

  • Boko Haram: Israel offers to assist Nigeria
    22 july 2011 09:31:37
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Israel has offered to assist Nigeria to check the rising insecurity caused by the Islamic sect Boko Haram, which is behind the series of attacks that have claimed at least 700 people mostly in the northern part of Nigeria. Full text...

  • Mutharika blames opposition for violence, threatens action
    21 july 2011 16:30:58
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika has blamed opposition leaders for mobilising people to demonstrate against him and his government and has since warned that he will deal with them. Full text...

  • Boko Haram faction declares unilateral ceasefire in Nigeria
    21 july 2011 09:35:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Ahead of the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan by the end of July, a faction of the Islamic sect Boko Haram has declared a unilateral ceasefire from the violent attacks that have left at least 700 dead, mostly in the northern part of Nigeria. Full text...

  • Malawi pro-govt. supporters threaten violence ahead of nationwide demonstrations
    19 july 2011 15:13:56
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Machete-carrying ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Youth Cadets plied the streets of Blantyre in open trucks Tuesday, threatening "to deal" with anybody opposing government only hours after two vehicles belonging to an independent private radio station were set alight by masked men ahead of Wednesday's scheduled nationwide demonstration against government. Full text...

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