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  • Rwanda: 5 killed, several injured in tragic road accident in Rwanda
    01 march 2015 18:52:28
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - At least five people died and several others seriously wounded on Sunday in a road accident that occurred near Kamonyi, a district located about 40 kilometres from Kigali, Southern Rwanda, police sources told PANA here. Full text...

  • Sudan: 'Japan helping refugees, asylum seekers in Sudan'
    01 march 2015 17:01:00
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Japan has donated some US$ 7 million to help over 85,000 refugees and asylum seekers in the Sudan, according to the UN Higher Commission For Refugees (UNHCR) on Sunday. Full text...

  • UN: UN marks Zero Discrimination Day, urges tolerance for diversity
    01 march 2015 16:48:44
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN agency leading the world's HIV/AIDS response (UNAIDS) has kicked off the 2015 global edition of Zero Discrimination Day as part of the UN's wider effort to spur solidarity towards ending discrimination. Full text...

  • Sudan: VP escapes death in chopper crash
    01 march 2015 16:19:17
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese Vice President Hasabo Abdul Rahman, and his delegation returning from a trip to the Gezira State capital Wad Madani, 184 km southeast of Khartoum, escaped death when their helicopter caught fire while trying to park in a hanger. Full text...

  • Gambia: Govt. bans lotteries, casinos and all forms of gambling
    01 march 2015 15:54:01
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambian government Sunday announced that it had banned lotteries, casinos and all forms of gambling in the West African nation, with effect from Monday, 2 March, 2015. Full text...

  • Libya: Authorities slam British diplomat over comments on terrorism
    01 march 2015 12:29:00
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A senior Libyan army officer and delegate to the United Nations, Ibrahim Dabbachi, has condemned a statement credited to the British ambassador to the United-Nations, Mark Grant, "that only the Fajr Libya, a coalition of armed militias and Islamists, is capable of fighting Daech (Islamic State) in Libya. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNAMID to retrench staff
    28 february 2015 22:36:20
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations–African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) Saturday announced that it has reduced its staff strength in Dafur, axing over 700 workers, both local and international. Full text...

  • Sudan: US ties improved relations with Sudan to respect for human rights, democracy
    28 february 2015 20:00:53
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - At the end of his five-day visit to Sudan, the US Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labour, Steve Feldstein, has said that improved relations between the US and Sudan is dependent on Khartoum bettering its human rights record and respect for democratic principles. Full text...

  • UN: ICC prosecutor says LRA rebels will be brought to justice
    28 february 2015 19:49:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Ms Fatou Bensouda, said that justice will ultimately be dispensed for crimes committed by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels in Uganda and other parts of East and Central Africa regions. Full text...

  • UN: UN needs US$377 million for Mali relief work
    28 february 2015 17:34:08
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), says malnutrition and food insecurity are threatening 1.5 million people in Mali and US$377 million must be found to help them in 2015. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian security forces ward off terrorist attacks at Algerian border
    28 february 2015 14:47:13
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian security forces Saturday repelled a terrorist attack on a control station at Babouche, on the border with Algeria, PANA learnt from security sources in Tunis. Full text...

  • Libya: "Enemy" fighter jet gunned down near border with Tunisia
    28 february 2015 13:59:32
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – A fighter jet belonging to "Fajr Libya", a coalition of armed groups and Islamists, was gunned down Friday evening in the west of the country by troops allied to retired Gen. Khalifa Haftar, local media reports quoted eye witnesses as saying Saturday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban reiterates condemnation of Boko Haram attacks
    28 february 2015 04:49:18
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reiterated his strong condemnation of the continuing indiscriminate and horrific attacks by Boko Haram against civilian populations in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: IMO helps 125 Ethiopian mine workers return home
    27 february 2015 21:04:40
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - The International Migration Organization (IMO) has assisted in the repatriation of 125 Ethiopian mine workers from Tanzania and Yemen, says a communiqué issued to PANA by the organization on Friday in Abidjan. Full text...

  • UN: UN, partners launch humanitarian appeal for Mali
    27 february 2015 20:35:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has joined with partner agencies to launch a multi-million-dollar appeal for urgent funding for aid operations in Mali following the country’s ongoing crisis, a UN humanitarian official said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials welcome release by Somali pirates of longest-held hostages
    27 february 2015 19:18:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Senior UN officials have welcomed the release this week of four Full text...

  • UN: ICC Prosecutor reacts to DRC acquittal, says crimes committed
    27 february 2015 17:20:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Ms. Fatou Bensouda, on Friday reacted to the ICC's Appeals Chamber decision to uphold the acquittal of a Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) former rebel leader, Mr. Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui. Full text...

  • UN: ICC appeals chamber confirms DRC rebel acquittal
    27 february 2015 17:12:09
    New York, US (PANA) - The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday confirmed, by majority, ICC Trial Chamber II’s decision of 18 December 2012 acquitting a Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) former rebel leader Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui of charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes. Full text...

  • Senegal: Journalist goes into hiding for fear of arrest in Sierra Leone
    27 february 2015 17:02:42
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Friday disclosed that Tamba Fanday, station manager of privately-owned Citizen Radio in Koidu Town, Kono District in eastern Sierra Leone, is currently in hiding for fear of being arrested and detained under a presidential executive order. Full text...

  • UN: West African states commit to ending statelessness
    27 february 2015 16:49:31
    New York US (PANA) - Delegates representing 15 West African nations have pledged to Full text...

  • South Africa: Tension high after another xenophobic attack
    27 february 2015 14:03:50
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tension remains high in the Doornkop suburb of Soweto on Friday after a foreign resident was set alight in what appears to have been a xenophobic attack the previous day. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya, Algeria to jointly work at combating terrorism
    27 february 2015 13:53:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya and Algeria will jointly work to combat terrorism and work at peace building in their respective regions, Kenya's Foreign Affairs and International Trade Ministry said in a news dispatch Thursday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Court jails former Mines Minister for abuse of office
    27 february 2015 13:32:58
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – A Magistrate Court in Lusaka has sentenced former Mines Minister Maxwell Mwale, to 12 months in imprisonment for abuse of authority of office. Full text...

  • UN: UN concludes probe into violent demonstration against Mali peacekeepers in Gao
    27 february 2015 07:25:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The high-level team appointed by the UN to investigate the events surrounding a violent demonstration against the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has concluded its visit to the African country, the UN announced here late Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: Mandate of UN security force in Abyei extended to July 2015
    27 february 2015 07:18:00
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has extended the mandate of the UN Interim Security Force in Abyei (UNISFA) till 15 July as part of the organisation’s ongoing efforts to maintain peace and protect civilians in the disputed territory. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian govt says ISIS recruiting nation's youths studying abroad
    26 february 2015 17:58:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian federal government Thursday expressed alarm that agents of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) were trying to recruit and radicalize the nation's youth through social media and other sources. Full text...

  • UN: ICC Appeals Chamber to deliver judgement on arrest warrant for Sudanese rebel
    26 february 2015 17:47:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will deliver judgment on 3 March on the appeal against the arrest warrant issued by ICC's Trial Chamber IV for Sudanese rebel Abdallah Banda. Full text...

  • Senegal: Two Commonwealth bodies agree to collaborate in education
    26 february 2015 16:57:34
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Commonwealth Foundation Thursday said it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Commonwealth of Learning (COL) in London, signalling their renewed commitment to project collaboration and organizational learning. Full text...

  • Senegal: ICC Prosecutor says crimes must stop in CAR
    26 february 2015 15:48:52
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Fatou Bensouda, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), has said that crimes must stop in the Central African Republic (CAR) and that those behind the murder, pillage, rape or other heinous crimes must be held accountable for their reprehensible conduct. Full text...

  • ECOWAS: Member states adopt declaration on eradication of statelessness
    26 february 2015 12:21:18
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Following high-level consultations on 23-24 Feb., ECOWAS member states Wednesday adopted a Declaration on the prevention, reduction and elimination of statelessness in West Africa at a joint UNHCR/ECOWAS Ministerial Conference hosted by the Government of Côte d’Ivoire. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Former personal physician of President Kagame shot dead
    26 february 2015 12:08:46
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A former personal physician of Rwanda's President Paul Kagame and one of the country's most prominent cardiologists, Dr. Emmanuel Gasakure, has been killed in a shooting incident at the Remera Police Station in a suburb of the capital city of Kigali city, where he was in detention, the police said here Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials say curbing crimes important for sustainable development
    26 february 2015 09:18:53
    New York, US (PANA) - The Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Mr. Yury Fedotov, has said reducing violent crime is critical to sustainable development. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Former presidential guard commander's trial postponed until March 2
    25 february 2015 21:40:02
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The trial of former Rwandan presidential guard commander, Col. Tom Byabagamba and his two co-accused, who are all charged with committing state security offences, has been postponed until 2 March by the Military High Court in Kigali, after all the defendants requested their immediate release from the custody, a judicial source said on Wednesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • US: Obama nominates first US Ambassador to Somalia in 24 years
    25 february 2015 19:44:39
    New York, US (PANA) - US President Barack Obama has nominated the first US Full text...

  • UN: East African nations share tips on fighting poverty, inequality
    25 february 2015 19:27:48
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Wednesday said that representatives of East African nations are meeting in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, to share best practices on fighting poverty and inequality. Full text...

  • Nigeria: UN, AU support, new weapons aiding success in war against Boko Haram
    25 february 2015 18:24:39
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The string of successes being recorded by Nigeria's military against the Boko Haram insurgent group is a result of the African Union (AU) and UN approval of the multilateral task force and the acquisition of more sophisticated hardware by Nigerian military, the Federal Government said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Germany takes initiative to close ranks between government and opposition in Sudan
    25 february 2015 17:33:53
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Representatives of the Sudanese government and opposition delegates on Wednesday started consultations in Berlin, Germany, aimed at finding ways to create a new momentum for a peaceful solution of conflicts in Sudan. Full text...

  • Niger: Govt. extends state of emergency in Diffa region by 15 days
    25 february 2015 15:38:19
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The Nigerien government has extended, by 15 days, the state of emergency imposed on the region of Diffa, Niger's far east border with Nigeria, where the Islamic sect Boko Haram, has been wreaking havoc, said an official statement. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says Nigerian Police move to redress violation against journalist
    25 february 2015 15:17:53
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Wednesday said that Tunde Ogunsakin, the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of police in Zone 6 in the south-south political zone of Nigeria, has assured that the attackers of Charles Erukaa, reporter with Channels TV, will be brought to book. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Govt. to set up Finance Crime Commission in Mauritius
    25 february 2015 14:45:17
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, Tuesday told the Parliament that the government will soon set up a Financial Crime Commission (FCC) and a revised and enhanced Independent Commission against Corruption model, PANA learnt from parliamentary sources in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • Senegal: Two newspapers suspended in Sierra Leone
    25 february 2015 14:06:11
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) on Wednesday disclosed that two privately-owned newspapers, Independent Observer and Prime Times, have been suspended by Sierra Leone's media regulatory body. Full text...

  • Zambia: Tanzanian President in Zambia for State visit
    25 february 2015 13:33:34
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete arrived in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, on Wednesday for a State visit during which he will hold private talks with President Edgar Lungu. Full text...

  • Congo: Japan donates US$1.7m for DRC, CAR refugees
    25 february 2015 12:06:41
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Japan has donated US$1.7 million to the Congolese authorities and the officials of the World Food Programme (WFP) for the 33,500 refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Central African Republic (CAR) residing in the country (Congo), a government statement said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zambia: SA, Zambia Presidents harp on stronger bilateral cooperation
    25 february 2015 12:00:07
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Zambia's President Edgar Lungu and his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma have underscored the need to further enhance the strategic bilateral cooperation and partnership between the two nations, while pledging their joint commitment to these efforts. Full text...

  • South Africa: Football legends in hospital after health scares
    25 february 2015 09:44:18
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Two South African football legends are recovering in different hospitals following major health scares. Full text...

  • US: Amnesty International calls for more global action to check atrocities
    25 february 2015 08:39:30
    New York, US (PANA) - London-based human rights organisation Amnesty International on Full text...

  • UN: ICC Appeals Chamber to deliver judgement on reparation for DRC victims 3 March
    24 february 2015 22:59:29
    New York,US (PANA) - The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will on 3 March deliver, in open court, its judgment on the appeals against the ICC Trial Chamber’s decision establishing the principles and procedures to be applied to reparations in the case against Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) rebel, Mr.Thomas Lubanga Dyilo. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Parliament commends Jonathan, military for victories over Boko Haram
    24 february 2015 20:21:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian House of Representatives on Tuesday paid a rare “glowing tribute” to President Goodluck Jonathan and the armed forces over the current positive tempo in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan condemns Kano suicide bombing by Boko Haram
    24 february 2015 19:27:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed disgust at the suicide bombing in the northern Nigeria city of Kano on Tuesday in which about 15 people were killed. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 12 killed in suicide bomb attack in Kano
    24 february 2015 17:44:21
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Some 12 people were killed on Tuesday when two suspected suicide bombers struck at a popular motor park in Nigeria's northern city of Kano, the police said. Full text...

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