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  • UN: Committee presents report to UN General Assembly on sustainable development
    20 august 2014 07:42:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The Inter-Governmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) has forwarded to the UN General Assembly its report setting out options on ways to finance the sustainable development agenda, which will aim to improve people’s lives and protect the planet for future generations. Full text...

  • UN: Ethiopia becomes Africa’s largest refugee host
    19 august 2014 21:14:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced on Tuesday that Ethiopia has surpassed Kenya in hosting the most refugees in Africa, sheltering 629,000 refugees as of the end of July. Full text...

  • US: Deputy UN chief urges protection for humanitarian workers
    19 august 2014 19:06:38
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson on Tuesday stressed the need to protect humanitarian workers caught in conflict. Full text...

  • UN: Mission in South Sudan condemns 'sustained gunfire' near Bentiu base
    19 august 2014 18:14:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Tuesday condemned the live gunfire by Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers near the UN base in Bentiu, that wounded a child. Full text...

  • Society: Remains of anti-apartheid journalist return to South Africa
    19 august 2014 17:03:14
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The remains of prominent anti-apartheid journalist Nat Nakasa on Tuesday arrived at Durban's King Shaka International Airport, 50 years after he died tragically in New York. Full text...

  • US: UN honours sacrifices, celebrates spirit of aid workers
    19 august 2014 16:23:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN is marking World Humanitarian Day on Tuesday by paying tribute to aid workers who carry out life-saving activities around the world, mostly in dangerous and difficult circumstances, while celebrating the spirit of humanitarian work worldwide. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ launches journalist security guide in Kenya
    19 august 2014 13:35:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), in collaboration with local media organizations , Tuesday launched a journalist security guide and protocol designed specifically for the Kenyan press. Full text...

  • Kenya: South Sudan closes radio station, arrests editor
    19 august 2014 12:06:58
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned South Sudanese authorities for shutting down the popular Catholic-run Bakhita Radio station in Juba, the capital, on Saturday and the continued detention of the station's news editor. Full text...

  • South Africa: Parliament salutes fallen marijuana-smoking MP
    19 august 2014 11:24:23
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s leading politicians on Tuesday paid tribute to former MP, Mario Ambrosini, after his family Monday confirmed that the Inkatha Freedom Party MP committed suicide in Cape Town at the weekend after a long battle with cancer. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights body finger police for disappearances, killings
    19 august 2014 08:25:51
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Global rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) says there is evidence that Kenya's Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) has carried out extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNHCR, partners appeal for US$113m for fleeing South Sudanese
    19 august 2014 07:39:17
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN Refugee agency, UNHCR, has appealed for US$113 million to enable it respond to need of hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese refugees who escaped the conflict in their country and took refuge in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council condemns deadly attack on UN Mali base
    19 august 2014 07:30:14
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has strongly condemned last Saturday’s Full text...

  • UN: Envoy pledges to step up support for peace, progress in Somaliland
    18 august 2014 22:29:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Special Representative for Somalia, Mr. Nicholas Kay, on Monday pledged to step up the world body’s support for peace and progress in Somaliland during a visit to the region, which declared itself independent in 1991. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Boko Haram carries out 40 attacks against Cameroon in six months
    18 august 2014 21:30:10
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) – The Nigerian Islamist terror group, Boko Haram, has carried out about 40 attacks in northern Cameroon since last February leaving about 20 people dead, sources told PANA on Monday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: East African Court allows NGOs to take part in Burundi Journalists Association case
    18 august 2014 20:35:23
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The First Instance Division of the East African Court of Justice on Monday allowed civil society groups and non-governmental organizations operating with and without the borders of Burundi to participate in a case filed by Burundi Journalists Association as amicus curiae (friend of the Court). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Security agencies in Nigeria start official tapping of telephone calls
    18 august 2014 19:49:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Due to insecurity in Nigeria, the country's security agencies have started monitoring calls in order to enhance their operational activities, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) announced Monday. Full text...

  • US: UN launches 500 days of action to build a better world
    18 august 2014 19:22:20
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Monday marked 500 days of action towards the deadline to Full text...

  • UN: UNHCR sends relief materials to Libyans
    18 august 2014 18:43:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Monday said for Full text...

  • Senegal: Trial of former Senegalese minister Karim Wade resumes
    18 august 2014 14:12:53
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The trial of Senegal's former Minister of State for International Cooperation, Regional Development, Air Transport, and Infrastructure, Karim Wade, resumed here Monday after a 12-day suspension to give the court time to look into objections raised by the defence side. Full text...

  • Libya: Philippines to continue evacuating their nationals from Libya by sea
    18 august 2014 13:23:37
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The government of the Philippines will continue the evacuation of their nationals from Libya by sea, diplomatic sources said here Monday. Full text...

  • Gambia: ‘Prisons conditions horrible’
    18 august 2014 12:17:12
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - An opposition politician in The Gambia has described the prison conditions in the West African nation as ''horrible'' and called for measures to decongest the prisons in the country. Full text...

  • UN: Mission condemns fighting in Tripoli, urges ceasefire
    17 august 2014 19:27:11
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Sunday condemned the "grave escalation" in the fighting in Tripoli and its suburbs and again urged all parties to work to put an end to the security deterioration, which forebodes serious consequences on the humanitarian level. Full text...

  • UN: Ban condemns attack on UN Mali base
    17 august 2014 16:10:56
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the suicide attack on a UN base in Mali that killed two UN peacekeepers and injured seven others on Saturday. Full text...

  • Libya: Prosecutor orders investigations into "war crimes" in Libya
    16 august 2014 18:29:05
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan public prosecutor has ordered investigations into "crimes" perpetrated during the armed clashes between rival militias in Tripoli and Benghazi, to determine whether they are war crimes, crimes against humanities or "freedom confiscation", according to investigating chief at the prosecutor’s office, Seddick Al-Sour. Full text...

  • South Africa: Reburial of Nat Nakasa puts spotlight on Apartheid-era exiles (News feature by Craig Urquart, PANA Correspondent)
    16 august 2014 09:49:54
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The South African government this week began the process of returning the remains of acclaimed journalist, Nat Nakasa, from the United States for reburial at his home near Durban. Full text...

  • Senegal: Teachers suspend lectures at public universities in Senegal
    16 august 2014 08:46:56
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Senegal's Autonomous Union of Teachers of the Tertiary Education (SAES) on Friday called all its members to boycott lectures in public universities until the resignation of the ministers of Tertiary Education and Home ministers, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyans demonstrate against foreign intervention
    16 august 2014 08:29:44
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Thousands of Libyans on Friday took to the streets in the capital, Tripoli, to demonstrate against calls, by the new Parliament, for international intervention in the violent crisis ravaging their country. Full text...

  • Senegal: Media watchdog commends Sierra Leone's Justice Minister
    15 august 2014 20:40:08
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based media watchdog, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), has commended Sierra Leone's Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Frankly Bai Kargbo, for his intervention that saw the release of convicted journalist. Full text...

  • UN: Mission condemns clashes in South Sudan town
    15 august 2014 20:27:44
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has condemned Friday's outbreak of violence in Bentiu which caused hundreds of people to seek shelter at the nearest airport. Full text...

  • UN: Rights expert calls for immediate release of political detainees in Sudan
    15 august 2014 19:56:36
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN expert on the situation of human rights in Sudan, Mr. Mashood Adebayo Baderin, on Friday denounced the arrest and sentencing of political activists in Sudan, reiterating his call on the government to free all political detainees to enable the holding of an inclusive national dialogue. Full text...

  • Sudan: President Bashir discharged from hospital after knee operation
    15 august 2014 18:36:42
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - President Omar Al Bashir of Sudan on Friday left Khartoum’s Royal Care Hospital after undergoing a surgical operation on his left knee. Full text...

  • South Africa: Honeymoon murder accused fit to stand trial
    15 august 2014 13:24:32
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The Western Cape High Court on Friday heard that honeymoon murder accused, Shrien Dewani, is mentally fit to stand trial, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Kenya: Airways faces public wrath over West Africa flights 
    15 august 2014 13:18:27
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya Airways (KQ) is facing mounting domestic pressure to suspend flights to West Africa following the spread of the Ebola virus days after a World Health Organisation (WHO) warned of a potential importation of the virus. Full text...

  • Nigeria: '100 boys, young men abducted'
    15 august 2014 12:31:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - About 100 boys and young men have been abducted by suspected Boko Haram gunmen from the Doron Baga community in Nigeria's northern Borno state, the private Punch newspaper reported Friday, quoting a source in the state capital, Maiduguri. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Govt. orders local paper to apologise for false report on Ebola
    15 august 2014 10:12:09
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzanian authorities Friday ordered a local Kiswahili language tabloid, Sani, to apologise for publishing a false report on an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in the East African country. Full text...

  • Tanzania: President Kikwete asks Tanzanian Diaspora to explore markets, investments abroad
    15 august 2014 09:32:04
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has challenged his compatriots in the Diaspora to scout for markets for the country's products abroad and for investors to make use of opportunities in the East African country. Full text...

  • South Africa: Cleric slams apathy over violence in Nigeria, Gaza
    15 august 2014 08:10:41
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of Cape Town has questioned why Africa, the United States and the international community did not "erupt in outrage" at the violence being experienced in Gaza and in northern Nigeria. Full text...

  • Senegal: Journo gets 1-year suspended sentence over false news on Ebola
    15 august 2014 08:02:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Director of publication of the Senegalese daily “La Tribune” Félix Nzalé was sentenced to a one-year suspended sentence and a fine of one million FCFA (US$2,000) Thursday, after he was found guilty of publishing false news about the Ebola epidemic that is now ravaging parts of West Africa, PANA reported from Dakar. Full text...

  • Sudan: UNAMID concerned about security raids in South Darfur
    14 august 2014 21:30:57
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) on Thursday expressed concern over what it described as "security raids" recently conducted by the Government of Sudan in camps of internally displaced people (IDP) in Nyala and surrounding localities in South Darfur. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy condemns murder of family in eastern DRC town
    14 august 2014 19:42:54
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative and head of the UN Organisation Stabilisation Mission in DRC (MONUSCO), Martin Kobler on Thursday condemned the murder of six members of the same family in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and urged those living in the town of Mutarule to practise restraint to avoid further escalation. Full text...

  • UN: UNAMID expresses concern over security raids on Darfur camps
    14 august 2014 19:10:53
    New York, US (PANA) - The African Union-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) Thursday expressed Full text...

  • Nigeria: National conference ends amidst celebration by delegates
    14 august 2014 17:05:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria's national conference, inaugurated by President Goodluck Jonathan on 17 March 2014, closed Thursday amidst fanfare laced with solidarity songs. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA concerned over constant fines against Ivorian Journalists
    14 august 2014 15:37:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The sub-regional press freedom watchdog, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), on Thursday expressed concern over ''the constant fines'' imposed on media organizations and journalists by Ivorian press regulatory body. Full text...

  • Kenya: Curb rights violations in southern Africa, Amnesty tells SADC
    14 august 2014 13:51:46
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Southern African Development Community (SADC) should address human rights violations among its member states, as part of measures to improve the lives of its people, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, said Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban appoints Irish national as new deputy envoy for Guinea-Bissau
    14 august 2014 07:42:22
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment Full text...

  • Nigeria: Defence spokesman defends military
    13 august 2014 22:08:34
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian Defence Spokesman, Major General Chris Olukolade, on Wednesday defended the Nigerian military on a wide range of issues, declaring that the military is well equipped to fight and win the war against the Boko Haram insurgents. Full text...

  • DR Congo: MONUSCO chief urges youth mobilization for DRC development
    13 august 2014 21:56:55
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – The special representative of the UN Secretary General in DRC, Martin Kobler, has called called for the mobilization of youths who are stakeholders of change for DR Congo's development. Full text...

  • Libya: 5 killed, over 10 injured in continuing Tripoli clashes
    13 august 2014 21:33:05
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Missiles that hit the neighborhood of Ghout Al-Chaal in Tripoli, as fighting between rival militias continues for the control of the airport, have killed 5 and injured over 10 people, according to revised figures from the Ministry of Health. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan appoints new head of Nigeria's civil service
    13 august 2014 21:18:42
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday appointed Mr Danladi Kifasi as the new Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoCSF). Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA wants Burkina Faso to do more for journalists' safety
    13 august 2014 17:53:23
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based subregional rights body, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Wednesday called on authorities in Burkina Faso to do more for the safety of journalists in the West African state. Full text...

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