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  • Mauritania: Mauritanian refugees plan demonstration over unfulfilled govt. promises
    20 april 2014 15:48:45
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The association of Mauritanians repatriated from Senegal (ARMS) plan to hold a protest march from the Boghe (River valley), 310 kilometres away, to the capital, Nouakchott, to draw attention to government's inability to fulfill its promises to the returnees, PANA reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Benin: Govt. splashed 150 million CFAF on private media in 2012
    20 april 2014 10:57:50
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – As part of its programme to assist the private media, the Beninese government granted over 150 million CFAF to the organizations in 2012, sources close to the country’s higher audiovisual and communication regulation authority (HAAC) disclosed here Sunday. Full text...

  • Libya: Portuguese embassy attacked in Tripoli
    20 april 2014 10:37:37
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Portuguese embassy in Tripoli was attacked on Friday by unknown gunmen who injured the security guard, the spokesperson for the Libyan foreign affairs ministry, Said Lassoued, announced here on Sunday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Amnesty International wants capital punishment abolished in Tunisia
    20 april 2014 09:02:09
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The chairperson of Amnesty International’s office in Tunis, Lotfi Azzous, on Saturday called on Tunisian authorities to abolish the capital punishment, recalling the reign of Habib Bourguiba, the first president of Tunisia, which was marked by the execution of 129 people, mostly political opponents, PANA reported from Tunis. Full text...

  • Kenya: 281 refugees taken back to refugee camps
    19 april 2014 16:27:37
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – The Kenya government has transferred 281 refugees from Nairobi to Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps. Full text...

  • Togo: World Bank approves US$150 million for 'Excellence Centre' projects in W. Africa
    19 april 2014 12:23:06
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The World Bank has approved US$150 million for the financing of 19 excellence centres in universities of seven West African states. Full text...

  • Nigeria: '14 more abducted school girls return, 85 still unaccounted for'
    19 april 2014 09:22:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Another set of 14 of the 129 school girls who were abducted from a school in Nigeria's northern state of Borno have escaped from their abductors, bringing the total number of those found so far to 44, the local media reported on Saturday, quoting state Commissioner for Education Inuwa Kubo. Full text...

  • Senegal: Archives of Francophone Africa to be on Internet before 2017
    18 april 2014 20:38:49
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The archives of former francophone Africa (AOF) will be computerized and released on the Internet before 2017, the director of French national overseas archives, Benoit Van Reeth, said in Dakar on Friday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian soldier killed in mine explosion near Algerian border
    18 april 2014 18:47:56
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – A Tunisian soldier was killed and another injured on Friday in a land mine explosion on Mount Chaambi, near the border with Algeria, the Tunisian Defence ministry indicated here. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council considers bravery medal for peacekeepers
    18 april 2014 16:16:36
    New York, US (PANA) - A medal for peacekeepers who have demonstrated acts of bravery while serving with UN missions is being considered by the Security Council, PANA reports. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Police begin nationwide Special anti-terror operations
    18 april 2014 16:00:25
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigeria Police Force Friday announced the commencement of special operations nationwide to ensure a seamless and secure Easter Celebration free of violence of the Boko Haram terror group. Full text...

  • Sudan: Humanitarian agencies denounce attack on civilians in South Sudan
    18 april 2014 14:21:41
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Humanitarian organizations operating in South Sudan Friday issued a statement condemning attacks and violence against civilians in hospitals, churches, UN peace keeping mission bases and other areas where civilians have sought sanctuary. Full text...

  • Egypt: Philips brings history to life by illuminating historical Baron Palace in Cairo
    18 april 2014 12:41:33
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The global leader in lighting, Royal Philips, has unveiled a stunning lighting makeover of the historic and renowned Baron Palace, one of the oldest buildings in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, as part of its fifth consecutive pan-African Cairo to Cape Town roadshow. Full text...

  • Burundi: Regional press union condemns threats to journo
    18 april 2014 11:20:13
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) has condemned the threats against Nibasumba Alexis, a correspondent for Radio Bonesha based in Bururi Province in the south of Burundi. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Press boss arrested
    18 april 2014 08:24:02
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Director of Publication of Rwandan weekly ''Umusingi'', Mr. Stanley Gatera, was arrested Thursday after he was allegedly caught extorting US$450 from a local businessman, police sources told PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • UN: Family visit flights resumed in Western Sahara
    17 april 2014 22:11:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced on Thursday that following many months of suspension, family visit flights between Sahrawi refugees living in camps near Tindouf, Algeria, and their families in the territory of Western Sahara has resumed. Full text...

  • UN: Ban 'strongly condemns' attack on UN base in South Sudan
    17 april 2014 21:54:52
    New York, US (PANA) - Amid escalating violence in northern and central South Sudan, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned Thursday's attack on civilians and peacekeepers at the UN mission base in Bor, the war-torn capital of Jonglei state, by a mob of armed civilians who forced their way into the facility and opened fire on displaced persons sheltering inside. Full text...

  • Nigeria: IOC condoles with Nigeria over Abuja bombing
    17 april 2014 20:45:28
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach Thursday condoled with Nigeria over Monday's bomb blast that left at least 75 dead and 216 injured on the outskirts of the nation's capital, Abuja. Full text...

  • Sudan: International, regional organizations to support DDR
    17 april 2014 19:46:12
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A joint mission of the African Union, Arab League, World Bank and United Nations has agreed, at the end of a three-day visit to the Sudan on Thursday, to support programmes to reintegrate veterans in the community. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt says girl-child most hit by Boko Haram violence
    17 april 2014 19:29:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government said Thursday the Nigerian girl-child remains the worst hit by the increasing rate of terror attacks in the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan ends meeting on security, summons all 36 governors to another
    17 april 2014 18:45:47
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, rose from his marathon meeting here on security Thursday, ordering a further meeting with all the State governors. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudanese nationals killed in South Sudan
    17 april 2014 18:39:32
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Dozens of Sudanese nationals have been killed in battles between the warring parties in South Sudan, Sudanese communist party daily Al Maidan reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN condemns attack on civilians in South Sudan
    17 april 2014 18:35:05
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN on Thursday issued a strongly-worded statement, denouncing what it described as attack on civilians and UN peacekeepers in Bor, Jonglei state, in South Sudan Full text...

  • Libya: Tunisian diplomat abducted in Tripoli
    17 april 2014 16:58:21
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – A Tunisian diplomat was abducted on Thursday in Tripoli, two days after the kidnapping of the Jordanian ambassador to Libya, according to security sources here. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Police issue new security guidelines ahead of Easter celebrations
    17 april 2014 16:46:40
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian Police authorities Thursday issued new security guidelines to be observed at all Christian worship centres during the Easter celebrations in order to contain the country’s deteriorating security situation. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS Commission condemns Abuja bombing
    17 april 2014 15:22:33
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Commission has strongly condemned Monday's bombing of a bus station on the outskirts of the Nigerian capital, Abuja, that left 75 dead and 216 injured. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'Claimed rescue of abducted school children not true'
    17 april 2014 15:15:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The claimed rescue of 121 of the 129 schools girls who were abducted by suspected Boko Haram terrorists on Monday night is not true, according to the principal of the girls' school and the Borno state government in northern Nigeria where the school is situated. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan hosts national security council meeting
    17 april 2014 14:41:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria's President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, Thursday met with members of the National Security Council (NSC) and also hosted an enlarged meeting of the nation’s Governors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Full text...

  • Zambia: Govt. denies sponsoring cadres to harass opposition leader
    17 april 2014 14:32:58
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia's ruling Patriotic Front (PF) government says it is unfair, unfounded and unfortunate for opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema, to accuse government of sponsoring PF cadres to harass him when he featured on Sun FM Radio in Ndola, northern Copperbelt province, last weekend. Full text...

  • US: UN expresses concern over detention of Somali refugees in Kenya
    17 april 2014 14:27:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Thursday voiced concern over the arrest and detention of over 1,000 refugees and asylum-seekers who were rounded up during counter-terrorism operations launched by Kenyan security forces in Nairobi this month. Full text...

  • Libya: 4 die in fresh outbreak of violence in eastern Libya
    17 april 2014 13:56:30
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – A total of four persons were killed, three of them in Benghazi and one in Derna, eastern Libya, following a new wave violence in the last 48 hours, according to military sources. Full text...

  • Rwanda: EAJA unhappy with arrest of pro-opposition journalist
    17 april 2014 11:52:27
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) Wednesday expressed concern over the arrest of a journalist who is alleged to have links with opposition groups. Full text...

  • Libya: Over 44kg of cocaine seized in Tripoli
    17 april 2014 11:39:52
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan anti-drug agency on Wednesday in Tripoli seizure 44.600 kg of cocaine, reported to be one of the most important seizures ever made in the world. Full text...

  • Libya: UN warns against escalation of violence in Libya
    17 april 2014 11:22:38
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The escalation of violence in Libya has negative impacts on the country's reputation and economic development, the United Nations Mission to Libya (UNSMIL) said in a press release following the kidnapping Tuesday in Tripoli of the Jordanian ambassador, Faouzi al-Aytan. Full text...

  • South Africa: Local, international recipients of South Africa’s National Orders announced
    17 april 2014 07:56:55
    Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - Anti-apartheid activists Letla Mphahlele and Indres Naidoo, author Zakes Mda and sports personalities Jomo Sono, Caster Semenya and Cameron van der Burgh are among the recipients of the 2014 South Africa's National Orders, to be presented by President Jacob Zuma 27 April in Pretoria. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council holds special session on Rwandan genocide
    16 april 2014 22:53:40
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Wednesday marked the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide by calling on all countries to recommit to prevent and fight such serious crimes. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 121 abducted school girls freed
    16 april 2014 21:41:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian military said on Wednesday evening that it had freed 121 of the 129 girls who were abducted from a government girls school in Chibok, northern Borno state, on Monday night. Full text...

  • UN: Agencies, partners seek emergency funds for CAR refugees
    16 april 2014 21:32:14
    New York, US (PANA) - UN humanitarian agencies and their partners on Wednesday launched a joint appeal to donors to fund emergency operations in support of the growing number of people who have been fleeing the conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) since last December. Full text...

  • Sudan: Army 'recaptures huge areas' in South Kordufan
    16 april 2014 21:21:23
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – The Sudanese army says it has driven out rebels from "important locations" and inflicted heavy material and human losses on them during clashes in the mountainous South Kordufan region, over 700 kms west of Khartoum. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN says Darfur needs more humanitarian aid
    16 april 2014 20:41:24
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations says the new wave of insecurity and violence across Darfur that has generated enormous additional humanitarian needs since late February 2014 is continuing. Full text...

  • Belgium: Woman jailed six months for illegally sending DRC girl to Belgium
    16 april 2014 18:28:46
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – A Belgian woman has been jailed for six months in the DR Congo capital, Kinshasa, for attempting to illegally send a Congolese girl to Belgium. Full text...

  • Cameroon: World Bank invests 26bn FCFA on education in Cameroon
    16 april 2014 18:21:57
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – The Cameroonian government Tuesday launched a programme for the improvement of equity and quality in education (PAEQUE), worth 26 billion FCFA and funded by the World Bank, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Nigeria: UNICEF expresses shock over abduction of students in Nigeria
    16 april 2014 18:16:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – UNICEF on Wednesday expressed shock at the abduction of school children in Borno State, North Eastern Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan summons emergency security council meeting over bombings, insurgency
    16 april 2014 17:48:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, Wednesday summoned members of the National Security Council (NSC) to a meeting on Thursday in Abuja aimed at dealing with the heightened insecurity situation in the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: FEC weekly meeting mourns victims of bombings, kidnapping
    16 april 2014 17:36:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Federal Executive Council (FEC) devoted Wednesday’s weekly meeting to the news of the bomb blast at a motor park in the outskirts of Abuja and other insurgent activities of the Islamist terror group, Boko Haram. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military says some students abducted by Boko Haram have been rescued
    16 april 2014 17:22:26
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian military Wednesday said some of the students abducted from the Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok in north eastern Borno State have been freed as troops pursuing the Boko Haram terrorists closed in “on the den of those believed to have carried out the attack”. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA condemns ''repeated'' attacks on Journalists in Togo
    16 april 2014 15:45:38
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The sub-regional rights body, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Wednesday strongly condemned repeated attacks on journalists by Togo's security forces, MFWA said in a statement. Full text...

  • UN: Official says number of South Sudanese in UN shelter rising
    16 april 2014 15:36:08
    New York, US (PANA) The number of people seeking shelter at the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) base in the Unity state capital, Bentiu, has doubled over the past few days, UN Humanitarian Coordinator Toby Lanzer, has said. Full text...

  • US: Somalia, 3 others top list of countries where journos are murdered regularly
    16 april 2014 14:18:32
    New York, US (PANA) - Somalia, Syria, Iraq, and the Philippines top the list of countries where journalists are murdered regularly and their killers go free. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Newspaper Editor jailed for criminal defamation
    16 april 2014 14:01:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Authorities in Cameroon should release newspaper editor, Amungwa Tanyi Nicodemus, who has been imprisoned since 29 March after being convicted of criminal defamation, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Tuesday. Full text...

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