Violence in Africa -
  • Banda mourns Polish President
    13 april 2010 16:32:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) - – Zambian President Rupiah Banda has expressed his sincere condolences to the Polish government over the untimely death of the President Lech Kaczynski and the First Lady, Maria, who died in a plane crash on Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigeria's Opposition urges govt. to halt Jos killings now
    13 april 2010 15:04:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's most vocal opposition party, the Action Congre ss (AC), has called on the Federal Government to take a decisive step to stop th e continuing but slow motion violence in Jos, the capital of the central Plateau S tate, and its environs, where attacks have persisted since the March massacre. Full text...

  • Gambians to demonstrate in London
    12 april 2010 19:24:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Gambians will stage a “peaceful demonstration” in London on Thursday (15 April) against the “harsh, perverse and politically-motivated imprisonment” of top opposition figure, Mr. Full text...

  • Gambian editor wants fitting memorial for slain students
    11 april 2010 19:15:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Demba Jawo, a renowned editor and former Gambia Press Un ion president, has called for the erection of a "fitting memorial" for the slain protesting students, gunned down in April 2000, PANA reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Gambian govt. still investigating journalist's murder
    11 april 2010 19:11:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Gambian government has given reasons why investigati on into the murder of journalist Deyda Hydara has not been concluded. Full text...

  • Gambians remember 14 'slain' students
    11 april 2010 16:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Gambians across the globe this weekend held activities i n remembrance of the 14 students killed in Banjul and other towns in 2000 while o n a peaceful demonstration with the opposition party, Gambia Moral Congress (GMC ) , PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • AC warns against rising racial tension in South Africa
    11 april 2010 10:08:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Opposition Action Congress (AC) party has called for an end to the rising racial tension in South Africa, in the wake of the killing of white supremacist leader Eugene Terre'Blanche. Full text...

  • 33 get bail, 6 detained over 2002 murder of Ghanaian chief, 30 elders
    11 april 2010 09:32:00
    Tamale- Ghana (PANA) -- Thirty-three people have been granted self cognizance bai l over the March 2002 murder of a prominent chief in Yendi in Ghana's Northern R e gion together with 30 of his elders. Full text...

  • 9 die after consuming 'adulterated' beer in Kenya
    09 april 2010 18:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- At least nine Kenyans died Friday after consuming an ill icit brew, which left scores blind, local media reports indicated. Full text...

  • Thousands bid farewell to slain SA right-wing leader
    09 april 2010 17:05:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Thousands of people, including a large continge nt of local and foreign media representatives, on Friday attended the funeral of Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) leader, Eugene Terre'Blanche, who was murder e d in his Ventersdorp farm in South Africa last weekend. Full text...

  • Gunmen abduct 4 expats in Nigeria
    09 april 2010 16:53:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Unknown gunmen Friday abducted three Syrians and 1 Leban ese at Etche, located some 30 kilometres from Port Harcourt, capital of Nigeria's southern Rivers stat e, the police said. Full text...

  • Africa wants help, practical measures against maritime security threats
    09 april 2010 14:35:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Faced with radically growing organized piracy, il legal fishing and the dumping of toxic waste, Africa has called for practical me a sures to address what its officials call â?real and currentâ? maritime security threats. Full text...

  • French couple escapes kidnap attempt in Nouakchott
    08 april 2010 22:24:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) - â" A French couple on Wednesday night escaped a k idnap attempt by two unknown armed men near the French embassy in Nouakchott. Full text...

  • 20 die in Rwanda shipwreck
    08 april 2010 19:02:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- At least 20 passengers died when their ship sank Wednesd ay in Lake Kivu, eastern Rwanda, PANA learnt from official sources here on Thurs d ay. Full text...

  • Nigeria's Acting president, Christmas day bomber's father meet
    08 april 2010 18:47:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Acting President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday met with Alhaji Umaru Mutallab, renowned banker and father of the 22-year-old Nigerian, F a rouk Abdul-Mutallab, who attempted to blow up an American plane on Christmas Day last year. Full text...

  • Nigeria's Acting president, Christmas day bomber's father meet
    08 april 2010 18:33:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Acting President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday met with Alhaji Umaru Mutallab, renowned banker and father of the 22-year-old Nigerian, F a rouk Abdul-Mutallab, who attempted to blow up an American plane on Christmas Day last year. Full text...

  • Ivorian govt. ready to tackle disasters with medicine
    07 april 2010 18:17:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian government has provided drugs to enable it cope with natural disasters as experienced recently in the country, the Minister of Civil Service and Employment, Emile Guiriأ©oulou, said Wednesday in Abidjan, the capital. Full text...

  • British government concerned over freedom in Gambia
    06 april 2010 18:46:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The British Government Tuesday expressed concern over "t he heavy sentence of one-year imprisonment without the option of a fine" slammed on one of Gambia's leading opposition politicians, Femi Peters, "and the negativ e impact of the prosecution on freedom of assembly and freedom of expression" in t he West African country. Full text...

  • Malawi court sets 18 May as ruling date on gay couple
    06 april 2010 18:24:00
    Lilongwe- Malawi (PANA) -- Blantyre Chief Resident Magistrate Nyakwawa Usiwa-Usiw a has set 18 May as the day he will rule in a case in which Malawi's first openl y gay couple are being charged with three counts of gross indecency and unnatural acts between males. Full text...

  • Girl raped to death in Angola
    05 april 2010 17:00:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The police have confirmed that an eight-year old girl wa s raped and asphyxiated to death in Rangel district, here, PANA reported Monday, quoting a report in the Angolan news agency, ANGOP. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt. charges IGP to investigate politician's death
    05 april 2010 16:37:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Acting President, Dr. Full text...

  • Easter police blitz kills three in Angola
    02 april 2010 16:36:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- At least three people were killed and another three inju red in two road accidents in Luanda, during an Easter police blitz, PANA report e d Friday, quoting the country's news agency, Angop. Full text...

  • ECOWAS moves to check proliferation of arms in W/Africa
    01 april 2010 11:48:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS has appealed to its European Union (EU) partners to help limit the influx into West Africa of small arms and light weapons which had contributed to more than a decade of instability in the region and has the potential to undermine its efforts to promote democracy and good governance. Full text...

  • Crime statistics down in Mauritius - PM
    30 march 2010 14:23:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam told Par liament Tuesday that crime statistics had gone down in the Island from 49,111 in 2008 to 44,914 in 2009, representing a decrease of 8. Full text...

  • Seychelles rescues hostages, repels Somali pirate attack
    30 march 2010 14:16:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The Seychelles Coast Guard early Tuesday rescue d six Seychellois and 21 Iranian hostages from a large dhow, seized by Somali pi r ates in the Indian Ocean. Full text...

  • Jammeh promises to tackle terrorism, crimes in Gambia
    29 march 2010 21:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Gambian leader, Yahya Jammeh, has renewed his resolv e towards tackling crime in the West African nation, while stressing his governm e ntâ?s avowed policy of â?zero toleranceâ? for terrorism, drug trafficking and other forms of crimes, PANA reported Monday. Full text...

  • Lightning kills three family members in Angola
    29 march 2010 20:37:00
    Huambo- Angola (PANA) -- Three members of a family were killed on Saturday in Chi lata, Angola's central Huambo province, when lightning struck their home, accord i ng to the Angolan News Agency (ANGOP). Full text...

  • Lightning kills three family members in Angola
    29 march 2010 20:16:00
    Huambo- Angola (PANA) -- Three members of a family were killed on Saturday in Chi lata, Angola's central Huambo province, when lightning struck their home, accord i ng to the Angolan News Agency (ANGOP). Full text...

  • Meeting between Nigeria's Acting President, militants fails to hold
    27 march 2010 13:44:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The meeting between Nigeria's Acting President Goodluck Jonathan and some of the militants who have embraced the government's amnesty programme did not hold as planned in the capital city of Abuja Friday, and no reason was given for that. Full text...

  • Burundian President pardons 4,000 prisoners
    26 march 2010 12:56:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Over 4,000 prisoners will benefit from the president ial pardon announced Thursday by Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza, official sources told PANA here. Full text...

  • Nigeria's Acting President to meet ex-militants
    24 march 2010 09:29:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Acting President Goodluck Jonathan, in a move to shore up the federal government's widely acclaimed amnesty programme, is expected to meet with some former militants in the capital city of Abuja Friday, the local press reported. Full text...

  • Kidnapped ICRC worker freed in Sudan
    18 march 2010 10:24:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- A staff member of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Gauthier Lefèvre, who was abducted in West Darfur, Sudan, on 22 October, 2009, was set free Thursday, the ICRC said . Full text...

  • Japan spent US$ 1.9m on Angola's demining programme from 1999-2006
    17 march 2010 14:41:00
    Huambo- Angola (PANA) -- Japan granted about US$ 1. Full text...

  • Fresh fighting 'leaves 13 dead' in Jos
    17 march 2010 12:09:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A fresh outbreak of sectarian violence in Riyom communit y on the outskirts of Jos, capital of Nigeria's central Plateau state, Wednesday left 13 dead, accordi ng to the state's Commissioner for Information, Mr. Full text...

  • Nigerian Opposition AC to MEND: Give peace a chance
    16 march 2010 17:18:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian Opposition Action Congress (AC) party has appea led to the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) to give peace a chance in the oil region, saying reverting to attacks against oil facilities a n d other acts of violence, as threatened by MEND, will not advance the course of p eace. Full text...

  • '3 killed in Nigeria bomb blasts'
    16 march 2010 09:38:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The two car bombs that exploded at the venue of Monday's post-amnesty dialogue in Delta state, in Nigeria's restive Niger Delta oil region, left three persons dea d and six others injured, the local media reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Bombs scuttle post-amnesty talks in Nigeria
    15 march 2010 13:40:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A post-amnesty dialogue involving major stakeholders in the country's restive Niger Delta oil region, scheduled for the Delta State Government House in Warri Monday, ended abruptly a fter bombs planted in two cars went off within minutes of each other. Full text...

  • Explosion rocks venue of post-amnesty talks in Nigeria
    15 march 2010 11:52:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Explosion rocked the Delta State Government House in War ri, in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta region, Monday, just before the start of p o st-amnesty dialogue organised by the private Vanguard newspaper and sponsored by the state government, the News Agency of Nigeria reported. Full text...

  • UN mission visits Guinean women victims of 28 Sept. crack-down
    14 march 2010 19:22:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Civil society organizations, members of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) task force, set up by the United Nations office for West Afr i ca (UNOWA) will, from Monday, carry out a solidarity mission to Guinean women vi c tims of the tragic 28 September crack down at the Conakry stadium. Full text...

  • '50 persons still missing after Jos violence'
    14 march 2010 10:06:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Some 50 people are still missing a week after sectarian violence in Nigeria's central state of Plateau left hundreds of people dead and many property, especially houses, burnt , the private Punch newspaper reported Sunday, quoting a Nigerian Red Cross Society document. Full text...

  • Ugandan youth report President Museveni to ICC
    13 march 2010 18:14:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Youth groups, under the banner of Uganda's "Inter-Party Cooperation (IPC)", have petitioned against President Yoweri Museveni and two of his top security chiefs at the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC), P A NA reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe man crucifies debtor for failing to pay up
    13 march 2010 15:25:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- For failing to settle a debt of US$ 250, a Zimbabwean boy was crucified by his creditor the same way Jesus was nailed to the cross. Full text...

  • UN agency says 100,000 Somali faces new displacement
    13 march 2010 14:56:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has said that more than 100,000 Somali civilians had been forced to flee their homes following the latest fighting in parts of the country. Full text...

  • Army commander admits being forewarned on Nigeria violence
    12 march 2010 08:08:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Commander of the military unit that is overseeing se curity in Nigeria's restive city of Jos has admitted being forewarned about Sunday's massacre of hundreds of people in three villages on the outskirts of Jos, capital of central Plateau state. Full text...

  • 3-day fasting, prayer begin for Nigeria violence victims
    11 march 2010 07:54:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A three-day fasting and prayer period started Thursday f or the hundreds of people who were killed in Sunday's sectarian violence on the outskirts of Jos, capital of Nigeri a's central Plateau state. Full text...

  • 'Negligent security officials' blamed for Nigeria massacre
    10 march 2010 09:46:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The killing of over 500 people, mostly women and childre n, in three villages on the outskirts of Nigeria's northern Plateau state Sunday could have been avoided if security c hiefs had acted on information given to them, state Governor Jonah Jang told reporters. Full text...

  • Ancestral Israelis in Ethiopia complain of neglect by Tel Aviv (Re-issued)
    09 march 2010 18:21:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) â" The long--contested eligibility of Falash Muraa, the ancestral Jewish in Ethiopia, who wish to migrate to where they call â?the promised landâ? (Israel), again this week came to limelight as the community beg an a renewed push for their movement to Israel with the issue generating widespr e ad discussion in the political circles in Tel Aviv. Full text...

  • Nigerian legislators want Truth, Reconciliation Commission for Jos killings
    09 march 2010 17:54:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a resolution, urging the Federal Government to set up a truth and reconciliation committee to look into the recent massacre in Jos, the capital of the central Pl a teau State, with the aim of reconciling all the warring parties to the crisis wh i ch had claimed the lives of over 500 persons, mostly women and children. Full text...

  • Nigerian Senate satisfied with Ag. president's moves to deal with violence
    09 march 2010 17:25:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian Senate (the Upper legislative house of the National Assembly) on Tuesday expressed satisfaction with efforts made so far by Acting President, Dr. Full text...

  • Ancestral Israelis in Ethiopia complain of neglect by Tel Aviv
    09 march 2010 16:57:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) â" The long--contested eligibility of Falash Muraa, the ancestral Jewish in Ethiopia, who migrated to where they call â?the promise d landâ? (Israel) again this week came to limelight as the community began a ren ewed push for assimilation in Israel with the issue generating widespread discus s ion in the political circles in Tel Aviv. Full text...

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