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  • 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...

  • US: Security Council extends Liberia's mission mandate
    16 september 2014 07:48:19
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution extending until 31 Dec. 2014 the mandate of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), and urged the mission to support the Ebola response mechanism in the country. Full text...

  • UN: Ban welcomes official deployment of UN mission in CAR
    15 september 2014 22:53:01
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday welcomed the official transfer of authority from the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA) to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). 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...

  • Malawi: Nation's first 'cashgate' sentencing slated for 2 October
    15 september 2014 18:40:04
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - High Court judge Ivy Kamanga in Malawi's capital, Lilongwe, Monday set 2 October as the day she will sentence a senior government official in the first case of the so-called 'cashgate' trials. Full text...

  • UN: 43,000 cases of missing persons remain unsolved
    15 september 2014 17:06:22
    New York, US (PANA) - A group of UN human rights experts Monday expressed concern over the rising wave of enforced disappearances worldwide, under the guise of preserving national security, combating terrorism or organized crime. Full text...

  • Senegal: Botswana under fire over journalist's arrest
    15 september 2014 17:06:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Monday criticised Botswana for arresting a journalist, Outsa Mokone, saying the country's ''image as a bastion of press freedom and good governance has been dented.'' Full text...

  • UN: Rights office hails ratification of disability convention by 150 States
    15 september 2014 16:48:33
    New York, US (PANA) - Guyana became the latest country to ratify the UN Convention on Full text...

  • South Africa: Nobel Laureates urge Zuma to intervene over Dalai Lama saga
    15 september 2014 15:21:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A group of 14 Nobel Peace Laureates on Monday called on President Jacob Zuma to guarantee the Dalai Lama a visa to South Africa, after the Tibetan spiritual leader was once again blocked by Pretoria. Full text...

  • Senegal: Amnesty seeks full deployment of UN peacekeepers to protect civilians in CAR
    15 september 2014 13:20:47
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Amnesty International on Monday called for the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) to be urgently brought up to full capacity so it can protect the civilian population vulnerable to serious human rights violations. Full text...

  • Egypt: CAF mourns ex-Nigeria coach
    15 september 2014 12:39:33
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - President Issa Hayatou of African soccer's governing body, CAF, has expressed sadness over the death of Ntiero Effiom, a former coach of Nigeria senior women’s national team, Super Falcons. Full text...

  • South Africa: Judge under fire over Pistorius verdict
    15 september 2014 10:22:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The furore over Judge Thokozile Masipa’s acquittal of Oscar Pistorius has continued to reverberate around South Africa. 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...

  • UN: Ban strongly condemns latest attack on UN peacekeepers in Mali
    15 september 2014 07:19:33
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned an attack on a military vehicle of the UN mission in Mali that resulted in the death of a Chadian peacekeeper and left four other troops wounded. Full text...

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