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  • Ghana: Ghana opts for arbitration over border maritime disagreement with Cote d'Ivoire
    23 september 2014 08:27:40
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana says it has sent a maritime disagreement with Cote d'Ivoire, its western neighbour, for arbitration under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), as the Ivorians are laying claim to parts of areas where it has discovered oil and gas. Full text...

  • US: Ban urges recommitment to peace framework in DRC, region
    23 september 2014 07:05:55
    New York, US (PANA) - Addressing the root causes of the conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the region requires a national and regional re-commitment to the peace framework, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNAMID welcomes conviction of attackers of peacekeepers in North Darfur
    22 september 2014 18:54:30
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) on Monday welcomed a court sentence on attackers against female peacekeepers in North Darfur, noting that it was the first time ever an attacker was brought to court of justice and tried. Full text...

  • Togo: Togolese police break up ring of cyber-criminals
    22 september 2014 18:22:43
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) –Togolese police have broken up a ring of cyber-criminals who included nationals from Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire and Guinea, law-enforcement sources told PANA Monday in Lomé. Full text...

  • UN: Ban pledges to support indigenous peoples
    22 september 2014 17:29:06
    New York, US (PANA) - It is critical for indigenous peoples and their institutions to participate more directly in UN activities, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday promising to do everything possible to support indigenous peoples. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says 3 journalists killed in Guinea
    22 september 2014 15:19:24
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based rights body, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), on Monday disclosed that a mob of villagers killed three journalists and six others who were raising awareness about Ebola in Womey, a village about 900km from Guinea’s capital, Conakry. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Cameroonian soldiers kill 50 Boko Haram members
    22 september 2014 13:55:58
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) – Responding swiftly to a series of attacks by the Islamist sect Boko Haram, in the localities of Fotokol and Ashigashiya, in the northern part of their country, Cameroonian soldiers killed 50 insurgents, according to military sources. Full text...

  • US: Protests herald UN General Assembly in New York
    21 september 2014 22:29:11
    New York, US (PANA) - Protesters have besieged the UN headquarters in New York, as businesses and New Yorkers brace up for this week's gathering of world leaders attending the 69th session of the UN General Assembly. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan consoles South Africa on collapsed Nigerian church building
    20 september 2014 20:13:17
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday commiserated with his counterpart from South Africa, Jacob Zuma, whose citizens formed the bulk of those who died in the collapse of a church building in Lagos last week. Full text...

  • UN: Rights chief condemns sinking of migrant boat in Mediterranean
    20 september 2014 13:46:49
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, has urged Egypt and other North African and European countries to help bring to justice the people smugglers who allegedly sank a boat causing the deaths of hundreds of refugees and migrants in last week’s incident in the Mediterranean. Full text...

  • South Africa: Why thousands of South Africans flock to Nigeria's famous prophet (A feature by Craig Urquhart, PANA correspondent)
    20 september 2014 11:31:29
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Until a week ago, few South Africans had ever heard of Nigeria’s Synagogue Church of All Nations or, for that matter, its spiritual leader TB Joshua. Full text...

  • South Africa: Number of Lagos building collapse fatalities still unclear - aid group
    20 september 2014 10:36:42
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African aid group Gift of the Givers (GOTG) said the number of South African fatalities from last week’s building collapse in Nigeria is still unclear. Full text...

  • Ghana: IMF talks, anger at assault of journalists, opposition politics played up by media
    20 september 2014 06:35:40
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The Ghanaian media this week fed on the commencement of talks between the International Monetary Fund (IMF), from which the government, which is almost half-way through its term, is seeking assistance to quickly put the economy back on track. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council, Ban condemn attack on UN peacekeepers in Mali
    19 september 2014 22:14:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Friday condemned in the strongest terms Full text...

  • US: UN marks International Day of Peace
    19 september 2014 21:29:46
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of the official observance of the the International Day of Peace on 21 September, the UN on Friday marked the Day, underscoring that all people have the right to peace. Full text...

  • Senegal: Former Burundi president seeks top office in OIF
    19 september 2014 19:48:40
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Former Burundi president Pierre Buyoya on Friday announced his candidacy for the post of Secretary General of the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF) at a press conference in Dakar. 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: Govt. declares Ouerchefana disaster zone
    19 september 2014 14:21:59
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The city of Ouerchefana, 20 kilometres west of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, and scene of recent bloody clashes, has been declared disaster zone by the Libyan government, PANA reported from here, quoting an official communique. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Death toll from church building collapse put at 80
    19 september 2014 11:45:30
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Rescue workers in Nigeria have ended their efforts to rescue survivors and retrieve the bodies of victims from the rubble of a church building that collapsed on the outskirts of the commercial city of Lagos last week, putting the overall death toll at 80 with 131 rescued alive. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Government protests ill-treatment of citizens over Ebola
    18 september 2014 20:18:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Federal Government on Thursday protested “the ungodly treatment" of Nigerians in many countries of the world over the recent outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Police deny use of torture
    18 september 2014 20:06:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria Police on Thursday denied claims by human rights organisation, Amnesty International, that it is engaged in widespread use of torture in extracting confessions from suspects at its detention centres. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian military capture top Boko Haram leader, kill 60 others
    18 september 2014 19:14:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria's military Thursday announced the capture of a high ranking Boko Haram leader during Wednesday’s repeated revenge battle by the group to enter Konduga, about 70 kilometres to Maiduguri. Full text...

  • Tunisia: National security staff arrest over 26 terrorists in Tunisia
    18 september 2014 18:57:05
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisia's national security staff and the Tunisian Army have arrested over 26 terrorists who were plotting attacks on military and security premises in the administrative areas of Sidi Bouzid and Rakaba, Interior ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali El-Aroui announced Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO report says education saves lives, help reach sustainable development goals
    18 september 2014 18:26:27
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Full text...

  • Nigeria: AI accuses Nigerian defence, security agencies of widespread use of torture
    18 september 2014 18:16:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – International human rights group, Amnesty International (AI), Thursday accused Nigerian security agencies of widespread use of torture as a means of extracting information and confession from suspects in detention cells across the country. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Multinational firms in Africa on red alert over workers rights violations
    18 september 2014 17:20:40
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) -The African Union (AU) has pledged to push for the implementation of policies to stop international companies operating in lucrative economic sectors in Africa, where violation of human rights is rampant, to respect the laws safeguarding workers rights. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA condemns arrest, detention of editor in Guinea
    18 september 2014 17:11:02
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) –The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Thursday condemned the unlawful arrest and detention of managing editor Louis Esperant Celestin of Journal d’Afrique, a weekly published in Conakry, Guinea. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says gendarme assaulted Guinean journalist
    18 september 2014 15:42:44
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) –The Accra-based sub-regional press freedom watchdog, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Thursday disclosed that a member of Conakry Guinean Gendarmerie assaulted David Tchopn Bangoura, a reporter for the private radio station Lynx FM. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Regional Seminar on Drug Use Prevention opens in Mauritius
    18 september 2014 13:53:50
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Health Minister Lormus Bundhoo said that the use of psychoactive substances is a source of significant health and social problems for people who use them as well as for others in their family and community. 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...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian authorities mount surveillance along boders with Libya, Algeria
    18 september 2014 12:54:33
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian Defence Minister, Ghazi Jribi, on Thursday announced that Tunisian borders with Libya and Algeria will be under heavy surveillance to ward off any infiltration and possible attacks by terrorist groups, at least one month before the parliamentary elections, due for 26 October in Tunis. Full text...

  • UN: 'Voices of indigenous peoples must be heard on issues affecting them'
    17 september 2014 22:06:46
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, says the voices of indigenous peoples must be effectively heard and they must be consulted on issues that affect them, including rights to land and resources. Full text...

  • Sudan: Nigerian appointed Deputy Joint Special Representative in Darfur hybrid operation
    17 september 2014 20:03:39
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, and African Union Commission Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, announced on Wednesday the appointment of Abiodun Oluremi Bashua of Nigeria as Deputy Joint Special Representative for the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID). 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...

  • UN: ICC reconstitutes Gbagbo's Trial Chamber
    17 september 2014 18:33:59
    New York, US (PANA) - The Presidency of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Full text...

  • US: Civil society leaders from Africa, Asia, Latin America to discuss restrictions on their work
    17 september 2014 18:27:55
    New York, US (PANA) - A delegation of civil society leaders from at least 18 countries around the world will be in New York from 23-26 September to take part in the 69th session of the UN General Assembly and to discuss issues relating to increased restrictions on the work of civil society worldwide. 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...

  • South Africa: SA citizens' death toll in Nigeria building collapse may rise
    17 september 2014 09:29:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - As millions of South Africans try to come to terms with the horrific collapse of a church building on the outskirts of Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos, South Africa's High Commissioner to Nigeria Wednesday warned that the number of fatalities may still rise. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Rescue workers put death toll from building collapse at 63, contradict South Africa's figures
    17 september 2014 08:44:41
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian rescue officials have put the death toll from the building collapse within the premises of the Synagogue church, on the outskirts of the commercial city of Lagos, at 63 with 131 injured as at Tuesday night, contradicting South African President Jacob Zuma who said earlier that 67 of his compatriots died in the tragedy. Full text...

  • US: Refugee agency says 130,000 Somalis on forced displacement
    17 september 2014 08:22:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has said alarming circumstances such as forced evictions, drought, conflict and lack of livelihood have forced over 130,000 people from their homes in Somalia so far this year, with the majority being internally displaced. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Teachers' union to boycott classes over Ebola scare
    16 september 2014 21:13:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) on Tuesday directed its members to boycott classes when schools reopen on 22 September in protest at inadequate preparations against the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Full text...

  • Congo: Christians, Muslims in Congo urged to help CAR find peace
    16 september 2014 20:20:29
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The President of Imams of France, Hassen Chaghoulmy, has urged Christians and Muslims in the Congo to assist the people of Central African Republic (CAR) find peace and security. Full text...

  • Congo: Congo to host world peace forum shortly
    16 september 2014 20:13:36
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – A world peace forum will be held shortly in Brazzaville to find solutions to the security problems facing the African continent, the Archbishop of Brazzaville, Anatole Milandou, said at the end of talks on Tuesday with Congolese president, Denis Sassou-Nguesso and the president of Imams of France, Hassen Chaghoulmy. Full text...

  • UN: Refugee agency, partners appeal for US$34 million for Nigerian refugees
    16 september 2014 20:07:26
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partners on Tuesday issued an urgent joint call for US$34 million to aid the more than 75,000 people who have since last year fled the violence in northeast Nigeria by crossing into Chad, Cameroon and Niger. Full text...

  • South Africa: 67 South Africans dead in Nigerian building collapse
    16 september 2014 19:46:22
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Office of the Presidency on Tuesday night confirmed that 67 South Africans are among the dead after a building at the Synagogue Church of All Nations collapsed in Lagos, Nigeria, on Friday. Full text...

  • Niger: US grants military equipment to Nigerien Armed Forces
    16 september 2014 17:31:38
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The Nigerien Armed Forces on Tuesday received a donation of military equipment including trucks, generators, ambulances, radio transmitters, water and fuel tanks worth 4 billion FCFA from the United States, PANA reported from the country's capital Niamey. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Senate asks President Jonathan to declare "full scale" war on Boko Haram
    16 september 2014 16:40:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Senate Tuesday asked President Goodluck Jonathan to declare a full scale war on Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast of the country. Full text...

  • UN: General Assembly concludes 68th session, begins 69th session Tuesday
    16 september 2014 15:00:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Closing the 68th session of the UN General Assembly, the out-gone Full text...

  • Zambia: Nigerian firm denies attempting to bribe Zambian Labour Minister
    16 september 2014 12:31:48
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Dangote Industries Zambia Limited (DIZ), a Nigerian firm operating in Zambia, has denied allegations by Zambia’s Minister of Labour Fackson Shamenda that the company’s Human Resources Manager Bala Zango attempted to bribe him. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military court sentences 12 soldiers to death for mutiny
    16 september 2014 10:00:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A military court sitting in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja Tuesday sentenced 12 soldiers to death by firing squad for mutiny, another soldier to one-month jail while five others were freed. Full text...

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