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  • Libya: Scores feared drowned as boat carrying illegal migrants capsizes
    22 august 2014 22:43:59
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – A boat carrying hundreds of illegal migrants, mainly from sub-Saharan Africa bound for Europe, sank on Friday off the coast of Tripoli, with 170 passengers missing, the Libyan coast guards were quoted by the local media as saying. Full text...

  • Tanzania: EAJA lauds Tanzanian journos for engaging in constitution review
    22 august 2014 12:49:06
    Dodoma, Tanzania (PANA) - The Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) Thursday lauded Tanzanian journalists for their active engagement with the ongoing constitution review process to secure guarantees for media freedom in their country. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says Somali authorities arrest three journalists
    22 august 2014 12:39:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ), has expressed ''grave concern'' over the continued detention of three journalists in Somalia, PANA report from here Friday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Port-Louis administrative authorities to organise fund raiser for Gaza residents
    22 august 2014 10:03:55
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The administrative authorities of the Mauritian capital, Port-Louis, have announced they would organise a fund raiser in support of the NGO Islamic Relief in Gaza, a city that has been subjected to massive bombardments by the Israeli military in retaliation for the firing of rockets at Israel by Hamas. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Premier harshly criticises local media
    22 august 2014 09:35:45
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam has harshly criticised the local media, at the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the creation of the Islamic cultural centre in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Mobile-based tools bringing education to millions in Africa - Report
    22 august 2014 08:36:37
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The ubiquity of mobile phones is providing a new low cost tool for teaching in some of the poorest communities, according to a news update published Thursday by global telecoms industry monitor Pyramid Research. Full text...

  • UN: Sec. Council urges UN system-wide approach to early warning, conflict prevention
    21 august 2014 22:43:45
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Thursday expressed its commitment to consider and use the tools of the UN system to ensure that warning signals about potential conflicts trigger "early, concrete preventive action", as senior UN officials urged the body to take up the challenge of helping move the organization from a culture of reaction towards one of prevention. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA urges Senegalese Police to respect students' rights
    21 august 2014 19:29:53
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based sub-regional rights body, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) Thursday urged Senegalese Police to respect students' right to demonstrate, the body said in a statement obtained here by PANA. Full text...

  • Tunisia: 75 illegal migrants rescued by Tunisian maritime guards
    21 august 2014 19:06:37
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Units of the Tunisian marines early Thursday rescued 75 African illegal migrants including Ghanaians, Nigerians, Nigeriens, Liberians and Gabonese who were on their way to Italy, sources close to the Tunisian navy told PANA here. Full text...

  • Libya: One killed, eight wounded in Tripoli, Benghazi armed violence
    21 august 2014 18:03:27
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - One person was killed in Benghazi and eight others injured in Tripoli following the resumption of armed clashes in both cities from Wednesday night, eye-witnesses said Thursday. Full text...

  • Cameroon: 15 killed in road accident in Cameroon
    21 august 2014 15:40:04
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) - At least 15 persons were killed and several others injured in a road accident early Thursday on the Bafoussam highway, about 30 kilometres from Douala, police sources told PANA here. Full text...

  • Libya: Govt. warns TV channels against incitement to violence
    21 august 2014 15:02:07
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan government has called on private TV channels broadcasting inside and outside the country to stop their campaign of inciting and fuelling violence in eastern Libya. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: East Africa ministers agree open-border policy for Somali refugees
    21 august 2014 08:41:38
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ministers in charge of refugee affairs in the Horn of Africa region have agreed to maintain a policy of open borders to Somali refugees until the conditions are ripe for their return to their country. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Govt boycotts South Sudan peace talks
    21 august 2014 08:28:46
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The South Sudanese peace talks, running behind schedule after missing the 10 Aug. deadline for the formation of a unity government, has been delayed further by a four-day government boycott. Full text...

  • US: Family raises the alarm over missing pilot in Africa
    21 august 2014 07:22:21
    New York, US (PANA) - The family of an American pilot who went missing in Africa two months ago has asked the US government to step up efforts to find him. Full text...

  • UN: 'Restoring dignity for returning Nigerian schoolgirls critical'
    20 august 2014 22:05:01
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Population Fund (UNFPA) representative in Nigeria, Ms. Rati Ndhlovu, on Wednesday said that restoring the dignity and integrity of returning schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in Chibok, north eastern Nigeria, is instrumental in reintegrating them into a "safe space" in society. Full text...

  • Ghana: Mahama receives West Africa drugs report
    20 august 2014 21:40:23
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The West Africa Commission on Drugs (WACD) has recommended that drugs use should be treated as a public health issue rather than a criminal justice matter. Full text...

  • UN: WFP says Ebola affected communities need food assistance
    20 august 2014 18:59:35
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Wednesday said about 1.3 million people require food assistance in areas worst affected by the Ebola disease outbreak in West Africa. Full text...

  • Mali: Heavy storm claims lives of two Malian soldiers
    20 august 2014 18:14:52
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Two soldiers of the Malian Armed Forces (FAMA) were killed on Monday at Tessalit in northern Mali following a violent storm that hit Barkhane camp and brought down a wall, said a statement issued Wednesday by the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Full text...

  • Senegal: Trial of Karim Wade resumes in Dakar
    20 august 2014 16:53:39
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The trial of former Senegalese Minister of International Cooperation, Infrastructure and Transport, Karim Wade, resumed here Wednesday before the Court of Repression of Illicit Enrichment (CREI). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Fire guts headquarters of Nigeria Football Federation
    20 august 2014 15:14:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The building housing the headquarters of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in the capital city of Abuja has been gutted by fire, in the latest trouble to hit the federation. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy warns of dire humanitarian situation in CAR
    20 august 2014 14:37:46
    New York, US (PANA) - Head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Full text...

  • Botswana: Rehabilitation personnel training centre on the cards in Botswana
    20 august 2014 13:50:34
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s humanitarian centre, Thuso Rehabilitation Centre (TRC), has announced intentions to start a training institute for rehabilitation personnel. Full text...

  • 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...

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