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  • UN: World population projected to reach 8.5b by 2050
    29 july 2015 21:56:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The current world population of 7.3 billion is expected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030, 9.7 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100, according to a new UN report. Full text...

  • South Africa: Tutu re-admitted to hospital
    29 july 2015 08:59:42
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 83, has been re-admitted to a Cape Town hospital, a week after being treated for a “persistent infection”. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Foremost traditional ruler, Ooni of Ife, dies at 85
    29 july 2015 01:19:04
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Oba Okunade Sijuade (the Ooni of Ife), one of Nigeria's foremost traditional rulers, has died at the age of 85, the local media reported. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council authorizes ongoing AU deployment in Somalia
    29 july 2015 00:23:37
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has authorized the member states of the Full text...

  • UN: UN human rights officials say trial, verdict on former members of Khaddafi regime 'faulty'
    28 july 2015 19:00:34
    New York, US (PANA) - The verdicts in the trial of 37 Muammar Khaddafi's regime officials, including against the former leader’s son, Saif al-Islam Khaddafi, handed down on Tuesday by the Tripoli Court of Assize, has drawn serious concern from senior UN human rights officials Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council urges enhanced regional efforts to counter Boko Haram attacks
    28 july 2015 18:44:51
    New York, US (PANA) - While acknowledging progress made against Boko Haram following Full text...

  • Senegal: US expresses concern over missing Gambian radio journalist
    28 july 2015 16:52:34
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The United States government Tuesday expressed concern over missing Gambian radio journalist Alagie Abdoulie Ceesay. Full text...

  • Rwanda: 1 inmate escapes in Rwanda jail break
    28 july 2015 15:30:55
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - At least one inmate escaped from a prison, aided by his guard, in one of Rwanda's main detention centre, known as "1930" and which is located at Muhima, a suburb of Kigali city, a security source revealed on Tuesday Full text...

  • Ghana: Gunman confesses he wanted to kill President Mahama; jailed 10 years
    28 july 2015 15:26:36
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The gunman who was arrested last Sunday at a church in Accra attended by President John Dramani Mahama has confessed he wanted to assassinate him and has therefore been jailed for 10 years by a court in Accra on his own plea. Full text...

  • Libya: Kaddafi's son, several pro-Kaddafi officials sentenced to death
    28 july 2015 12:22:50
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Seif al-Islam, the son of the former Libyan leader Mouamar Kaddafi, and several other pro-Kaddafi officials, were Tuesday sentenced to death by a Tripoli tribunal, PANA reported here. Full text...

  • South Africa: Cricket legend dies at 66
    28 july 2015 11:56:45
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Former South African cricket captain Clive Rice, who was once rated as the top cricketer in the world, died at a Cape Town hospital on Tuesday morning. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials condemn deadly Al Shabaab attack in Mogadishu
    28 july 2015 06:47:31
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the attack perpetrated by Al-Shabaab on Saturday on the Al-Jazeera Hotel in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Traffic enforcement squad launched to enhance road safety
    27 july 2015 20:41:33
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian authorities Monday launched a Traffic Enforcement Squad here to enhance road safety in the Island nation. Full text...

  • Sudan: Eight Sudanese students blocked from joining ISIS
    27 july 2015 18:33:25
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese authorities have arrested eight Sudanese students who were on their way to Libya to join the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a Khartoum newspaper reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Burkina govt undertakes border management diagnosis to prevent disputes
    27 july 2015 18:28:04
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso's Ministry of Territorial Administration on Monday began a study on the management of the country's boundaries in a bid to prevent border disputes with neighbouring countries. Full text...

  • Senegal: AI wants Gambia to release all detainees held for expressing dissent
    27 july 2015 15:27:39
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Amnesty International (AI) has welcomed the release of over 200 prisoners in the Gambia but quickly called for the release of all those detained for expressing dissent. Full text...

  • Libya: 3 killed, 16 injured in tribal clashes in southern Libya
    27 july 2015 11:37:55
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Fresh fighting that broke out on Sunday between the Zuei and Toubou tribes in Koufra, in southern Libya, have left 3 dead and 16 others injured, hospital sources said on Monday. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian journalists call for release of radio manager
    27 july 2015 09:57:17
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia Press Union (GPU) on Sunday called on National Intelligence Agency (NIA) to immediately release Abdoulie Ceesay, the managing director of a private radio station, Teranga FM, based in Sinchu Alagie, in the West Coast Region. Full text...

  • Ghana: Gunman arrested at President Mahama's church
    27 july 2015 06:18:40
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - A 36-year-old man has been arrested with a weapon at the church where President John Dramani Mahama worships, the Ministry of Communications said in a statement issued on Sunday night. Full text...

  • Sudan: South Sudanese NGOS call on Obama to punish warring parties
    26 july 2015 18:21:03
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A group of South Sudanese Civil Society Organizations has appealed to US president Barack Obama, currently in an African tour, to apply pressure on South Sudanese government and opposition leaders to cease hostilities, end the conflict, and sign a credible and equitable peace agreement that would lead to a transitional government. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNAMID hostage released
    26 july 2015 17:46:17
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) Civil Affairs Officer abducted in Nertiti, Central Darfur, was freed on Sunday at about 14:15 local time after 5 days in captivity, UNAMID said in a press release issued in Fashir. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 10-year-old suicide bomber kills 14 in Nigeria
    26 july 2015 16:20:50
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A 10-year-old suicide bomber killed herself and 14 others on Sunday when she detonated the explosives strapped to her body at a busy market in Damaturu, capital of Nigeria's north-east Yobe state, the police said. Full text...

  • UN: UN relief chief urges end to 'senseless cycle' of violence in South Sudan
    26 july 2015 16:06:41
    New York, US (PANA) - Following massive displacement and atrocities, civilians continue to bear the brunt of South Sudan's brutal conflict, Stephen O'Brien, the UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said on Saturday in Juba, South Sudan. Full text...

  • Sudan: Norway contributes US$6.6 million to Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund
    26 july 2015 12:16:50
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - As the number of people in need of assistance in Sudan increases, Norway has contributed US$6.6 million to the 2015 Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF), a multi-donor pooled fund that assists the timely allocation and disbursement to the country's Sudan’s most critical humanitarian needs Full text...

  • Kenya: Obama advocates for gay rights, fearing human rights violations
    25 july 2015 18:09:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - US President Barack Obama said Saturday protecting gay rights “is the right thing to do” if African countries are to prevent further human rights violations that could lead to a catastrophic spread of the gay and lesbianism within a society that still insists on strict family values. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: First president of Burkina high information council dies
    25 july 2015 16:38:57
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Adama Fofana, former Burkina minister of Relations with Parliament and first president of the High Information Council (CSI) passed away Saturday in Ouagadougou following a short illness, reliable sources said. He was 67 years old. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian parliament adopts anti-terrorism bill
    25 july 2015 15:51:49
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisian parliament on Saturday passed an anti-terrorism and money laundering bill, which House Speaker Mohamed Ennaceur described as a great achievement for the nation and a sign of commitment to setting up anti-terrorism systems in the North African country. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF chief stresses need to end violence against children in conflicts
    25 july 2015 06:43:36
    New York, US (PANA) - UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake has said millions of children around the world are caught up in adults’ wars, stressing the need to end violence against children in conflicts. Full text...

  • UN: First-ever UN Nelson Mandela Prize winners honoured at General Assembly
    24 july 2015 17:37:46
    New York, US (PANA) -The UN General Assembly on Friday marked Nelson Mandela International Day, which is observed on 18 July by awarding the first-ever UN Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize, recognizing the South African leader’s contributions to democracy, justice and reconciliation and his dedication to the service of humanity. Full text...

  • UN: France urged to bring CAR child abuse troops to trial
    24 july 2015 16:48:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The Chairperson of the UN Human Rights Committee, Mr. Fabian Full text...

  • UN: UN human rights chief refutes deputy's resignation over child abuses in CAR
    24 july 2015 16:00:23
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN human rights chief, Zeid Al-Hussein, on Friday said questions Full text...

  • UN: UN chief condemns deadly twin suicide bombings in northern Cameroon
    24 july 2015 15:26:29
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on Friday condemned the twin suicide bombings that targeted the city of Maroua, the capital of Cameroon’s Extreme North province, on 22 July. Full text...

  • South Africa: Armed robbery caught by Google camera
    24 july 2015 12:05:24
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa’s ongoing crime problems are making international headlines again - this time after images of an armed robbery were captured by one of Google's Street View cameras. Full text...

  • Kenya: Obama matriarch keeps hope alive on US Presidential visit
    24 july 2015 11:15:24
    Alego, Kenya (PANA) - Sarah Obama, the grandmother of US President Barack Obama, is both articulate and engaging with her visitors, as she relishes being the focus of attention ahead of the visit of her world famous grandson to his father's homeland. Full text...

  • UN: UN relief chief stresses need to protect civilians in South Sudan
    24 july 2015 08:47:15
    New York, US PANA) - Mid-way through a four-day visit to assess the humanitarian situation in South Sudan, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien has reviewed aid operations in the country and stressed the need to protect civilians from violence. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission in Libya calls for immediate ceasefire as fresh violence erupts
    24 july 2015 08:39:56
    New York, US (PANA) - Deeply concerned by escalating violence in southern Libya, the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has called for an immediate ceasefire following fighting that has claimed dozens of lives in recent weeks. Full text...

  • Egypt: Sudan releases 100 Egyptian fishermen
    23 july 2015 20:41:05
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – The Sudanese authorities on Thursday released 100 Egyptian fishermen arrested recently for violating Sudanese territorial waters, the spokesperson for the Egyptian Foreign Affairs ministry, Badr Abdel Aati, has announced. Full text...

  • Senegal: AI worried over bombings in Cameroon
    23 july 2015 18:49:51
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Amnesty International (AI) Thursday released a statement saying the twin suicide bombings in Maroua, northern Cameroon were part of a growing pattern of armed groups such as Boko Haram targeting civilians as the regional conflict grew ever more dangerous. Full text...

  • Sudan: Amnesty international demands release of AU inquiry report on South Sudan
    23 july 2015 18:02:02
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Amnesty international on Thursday called for the immediate release of the African Union inquiry report on South Sudan, which it said is a vital step for resolution of the crisis in the country. Full text...

  • US: OIC condemns terrorist attack in northern Cameroon
    23 july 2015 17:10:09
    New York, US (PANA) - The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Thursday Full text...

  • Niger: African media regulatory bodies to contribute to free, fair elections
    23 july 2015 17:01:36
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – Nigerien High Communication Council chair Abdourahmane Ousmane, also current chair of the network of African media regulatory bodies (RIARC) on Thursday urged members organizations to demonstrate transformation by making elections freer and fairer. Full text...

  • US: NEPAD appoints goodwill ambassador
    23 july 2015 16:06:03
    New York, US (PANA) - NEPAD Agency Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki Full text...

  • UN: NGO calls for accountability at UN on child abuses in CAR
    23 july 2015 15:21:46
    New York, US (PANA) - The resignation of a top UN human rights official who admitted she did nothing after receiving reports of child rape by French soldiers in Central African Republic (CAR) because she was distracted by budget cuts underscores the dire need for greater accountability at the UN, said Mr. Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, a Geneva-based non-governmental watchdog agency that measures the performance of the UN. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Relatives remember loved ones who preished in air crash 1 year ago
    23 july 2015 12:45:10
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – In remembrance of their loved ones who died in an Air Algeria plane crash a year ago, relations of the victims will converge on the Burkinabe capital, Ouagadougou, Friday for celebrations marking one year of the incident. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Bus crash claims 10 lives in central Tanzania
    23 july 2015 10:42:01
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Ten passengers were killed and 61 others injured, eight of them seriously, early Thursday when a bus on which they were travelling from upcountry to Dar es Salaam, veered off the highway and rammed into a baobab tree near Dodoma in central Tanzania, according to official reports. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 29 killed, 105 wounded in blasts
    23 july 2015 10:31:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Some 29 people were killed and 105 others injured from the multiple explosions that rocked two motor parks in Nigeria's northern city of Gombe on Wednesday evening, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UN relief official in CAR condemns attacks on aid workers
    23 july 2015 07:47:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN humanitarian coordinator in Central African Republic (CAR), Mr. Marc Vandenberghe, has condemned the surge in violence against aid workers in the country and appealed to all belligerents to allow them to do their jobs safely. Full text...

  • Cameroon: 13 killed, 32 injured in double suicide attack
    22 july 2015 21:28:46
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – At least 13 people were killed and 32 others injured on Wednesday afternoon in Maroua, about 160 km from the capital, Yaoundé, after a double suicide attack perpetrated by two young women, according to a communiqué issued by the Cameroonian presidency. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian Parliament begins examination of anti-terrorist bill
    22 july 2015 21:18:41
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Members of the Assembly of the Representatives of the Tunisian People on Wednesday began the examination of the anti-terrorist and money laundering bill, sources told PANA in the Tunisian capital. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh pardons jailed murderers, traitors, rapists on 21st anniversary of his rule
    22 july 2015 19:38:58
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh on Wednesday turned a new page in his 21 years in power by pardoning all persons convicted of treason, Gambian dissidents in the Diaspora, inmates convicted of murder, drug convicts and jailed rapists in the West African nation. Full text...

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