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  • Nigeria: Emir of Kano 'not affected' by mosque blast
    28 november 2014 22:40:29
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, was not in the Kano Central Mosque when a bomb blast rocked the mosque on Friday, sources close to the Emir told PANA here. Full text...

  • UN: UN peacekeepers in Mali did not 'desert' their positions - MINUSMA
    28 november 2014 21:46:40
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Multi-dimensional Integrated Mission for Mali Stabilization (MINUSMA) on Friday said 30 UN peacekeepers, who left their base in northern Mali, were not deserting their positions. Full text...

  • Mozambique: Mozambican parliament passes bill on right for information
    28 november 2014 19:41:49
    Maputo, Mozambique (PANA) – The Mozambican Parliament has unanimously passed a bill on the right for information, which obliges all public and private media operating in public interest to provide information sought by citizens, official sources said Friday in Maputo. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Kenya's Ogiek community fights for right to indigenous lifestyle
    28 november 2014 17:52:11
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Kenya’s forest dwelling community, the Ogiek, have kicked off a court case before the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights against the government. Full text...

  • Malawi: Madonna meets Malawi President Mutharika
    28 november 2014 17:10:40
    Lilongwe, Malawi (PANA) - US pop diva Madonna, spending her third day in Malawi, Friday met the southern African country's First Family. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Many feared dead in Nigeria mosque blast
    28 november 2014 16:48:23
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Many people were feared killed or injured on Friday after an explosion rocked the Kano central mosque in the eponymous Kano state in northern Nigeria, the local media reported, quoting the military and eyewitnesses. Full text...

  • Tanzania: New Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria force thousands to flee to Niger
    28 november 2014 13:27:05
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The regular influx of Nigerian refugees and returning Niger nationals are placing a heavy burden on Diffa region in Niger, a spokesperson of the UN refugee agency said Friday, expressing fear that the already fragile economic structure there could collapse under the strain. Full text...

  • South Africa: Mbeki defends Pretoria's endorsement of 2002 Zimbabwean elections
    28 november 2014 10:34:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Former South African President Thabo Mbeki has maintained that the 2002 Zimbabwe elections were free and fair, despite the Khampepe report suggesting otherwise. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Tanzania to build diplomatic mission complex in Nairobi
    28 november 2014 09:12:46
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzania's Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ministry is planning to construct a complex structure in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, that will include its chancery and business accommodation, the Ministry's Deputy Minister, Mahadhi Juma Maalimu, said Friday. Full text...

  • US: OIC condemns bomb attacks in Nigerian north-eastern city
    27 november 2014 22:33:10
    New York, US (PANA) - The Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Mr Iyad Ameen Madani, has strongly condemned the twin suicide bomb attack on 25 November at a popular market in Maiduguri, Borno State capital in northeastern Nigeria in which 78 people were killed and scores of others injured. Full text...

  • Congo: Freed Polish priest says he is happy after obtaining his freedom
    27 november 2014 21:47:39
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Polish missionary, Father Mateusz Dziedzic, released on Wednesday in the Central African Republic after six weeks of captivity, says he is "very happy to be free, because it is something extraordinary". Full text...

  • Tunisia: Niger refugees in Algeria to be repatriated in several phases - Minister
    27 november 2014 21:37:40
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Niger refugees in Algeria will be repatriated from next week to their country in several phases, the Algerian Senior minister, minister of Interior and Local authorities, Tayeb Belaïz, said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Libya: Terrorism drops by 40%, says army
    27 november 2014 21:29:28
    Tobruk, Libya (PANA) – Libya does not need foreign intervention to restore peace as the army controls all fronts, after the decline of the terrorist threat by about 40%, the spokesperson for the Libyan army staff, Colonel Ahmed al-Mesmari, said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS asks international community for more aid to contain Ebola
    27 november 2014 19:19:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Thursday solicited the help of the international community towards tackling the Ebola scourge ravaging its member states of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Cameroonian Army liberates 16 hostages from CAR rebels
    27 november 2014 19:05:27
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – A special operation by the Cameroonian army late Wednesday rescued 15 Cameroonians and a Polish priest who had been abducted by an armed group from neighbouring Central African Republic, said a communiqué issued Thursday by the secretary general of the Cameroonian presidency, Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh. Full text...

  • Malawi: Madonna launches first paediatrics ICU in Malawi
    27 november 2014 17:02:19
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - US pop diva Madonna, who returned to Malawi Wednesday for the first time since her acrimonious fall-out with former president Joyce Banda last year, Thursday launched a two-storey 50-bed paediatrics ward at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in the commercial capital, Blantyre. Full text...

  • DR Congo: MONUSCO takes stock of its peacekeeping activities in DRC
    27 november 2014 16:44:41
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The UN Stabilization Mission in DR Congo (MONUSCO) will organize on 5 December 2014 a panel discussion on its 15 years of peacekeeping in the country, the Mission announced Thursday. Full text...

  • South Africa: South African brewer enters into major deal with Coca-Cola
    27 november 2014 14:59:27
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South African brewing giant, SABMiller, and Atlanta-based Coca-Cola on Thursday confirmed that they would combine soft-drink bottling operations in 12 southern and eastern Africa countries. Full text...

  • Sudan: Switzerland gives US$1m for humanitarian relief in Sudan
    27 november 2014 11:28:25
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Switzerland has contributed more than US$1 million to the Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) in 2014 to help address growing humanitarian needs in Sudan, the UN said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Cape Verde: ICAO raises alert to flights following volcanic eruption in Cape Verde
    26 november 2014 22:09:09
    Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) – The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has placed the Cape Verdian air space on maximal alert because of ashes being spewed by a volcanic eruption on the island of Fogo, official sources told PANA on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council condemns massacres of civilians, attacks on DRC peacekeepers
    26 november 2014 20:15:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has condemned in the strongest terms the massacres perpetrated against civilians on 20 November near the city of Beni in North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as well as the ongoing attacks targeting peacekeepers. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council condemns violence in Libya, warns of possible sanctions
    26 november 2014 19:48:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Wednesday expressed "profound concern" over the deteriorating situation in Libya and its impact on regional peace and stability, warning of the possibility of sanctions. Full text...

  • UN: Ban voices concerned over violence in Libya, urges return to dialogue
    26 november 2014 17:50:26
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday voiced deep concern over an uptick in violence across Libya and urged all parties to recommit to the values of the revolution that inspired the North African country’s break towards democracy. Full text...

  • Libya: Two Libyan soldiers killed, five injured in Benghazi clashes
    26 november 2014 17:42:44
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – At least two Libyan soldiers were killed and five others injured in armed clashes onTuesday between units of the Libyan Army and Islamist militias in the eastern city of Benghazi, hospital sources said Wednesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Cape Town rocked by racial attacks
    26 november 2014 11:51:21
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Cape Town in South Africa has been rocked by a wave of racially-motivated assaults, with the authorities warning that the reported incidents “are just the tip of the iceberg”. Full text...

  • UN: UN relief official urges support for South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia
    26 november 2014 08:24:56
    New York, US (PANA) - After a four-day mission to Ethiopia, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Kyung-wha Kang has called for continued international attention to the plight of South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights chief expresses concern over killings of African-Americans by US police
    25 november 2014 22:50:01
    New York, US (PANA) - The decision by a grand jury in Missouri, US to absolve a white police officer for the fatal shooting of an African-American teenager has spotlighted broader concerns about institutionalized discrimination across the US, the top UN human rights official said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: 3 killed in mine collapse in northern Rwanda
    25 november 2014 22:37:21
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - At least three people were killed on Tuesday when a mine collapsed at Ruli village in northern Rwanda, highlighting poor safety standards, state-run Radio Rwanda reported in Kigali. Full text...

  • Libya: 4 killed and 36 injured in fresh armed clashes in Benghazi
    25 november 2014 19:56:30
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) – Four soldiers have been killed and 38 injured in clashes during the past 24 hours between Libyan army units and the Islamist armed militia in the city of Benghazi, according to security and medical sources. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO chief denounces murder of Somali radio journalist
    25 november 2014 19:53:23
    New York, US (PANA) - The Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Ms. Irina Bokova, on Tuesday deplored the murder of Mr. Abdirisak Ali Abdi, a journalist killed in the town of Galkayo, Somalia, and called for a thorough investigation into the crime. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council extends UN Guinea-Bissau office through February 2015
    25 november 2014 19:52:06
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Tuesday extended the mandate of the UN Integrated Peace-Building Office in Guinea-Bissau, known as UNIOGBIS, so that it can continue to assist in tackling a range of political, security and development challenges in the country. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council extends UN mission in South Sudan
    25 november 2014 18:57:43
    New York, US (PANA) - Expressing grave alarm about the further deteriorating political, security and humanitarian crisis in South Sudan, the UN Security Council on Tuesday extended the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) for an additional six months, maintaining the operation’s mandate to focus on civilian protection, facilitation of relief assistance, and human rights monitoring. Full text...

  • UN: ICC Appeals Chamber to deliver verdict on DRC warlord 1 December
    25 november 2014 18:49:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will hold an open session on 1 December 2014 at The Hague to deliver judgment on the appeals of Thomas Lubanga, a warlord from DR Congo, against the verdict and sentencing by ICC Trial Chamber I. Full text...

  • UN: UN meeting says prevention key factor against terrorism-related kidnapping
    25 november 2014 17:59:53
    New York, US (PANA) - The practice of kidnapping for ransom and hostage-taking continues to provide the world’s terrorists with a reliable source of income to fund their operations, UN member states were told on Tuesday at a meeting jointly held by the UN’s Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) and Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) in New York. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Over 30 killed in twin suicide bombings in Nigeria
    25 november 2014 17:53:04
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Over 30 people were killed on Tuesday in a twin suicide bomb attack at a crowded market in Maiduguri, capital of Nigeria's North-eastern Borno state which is the epicentre of the Boko Haram insurgency that has killed over 12,000 people since 2009. Full text...

  • UN: UN expert urges defence of human rights activists in Burundi
    25 november 2014 17:50:06
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Mr. Michel Forst on Tuesday expressed regret that rights defenders in Burundi are deemed to be political opponents, saying that in reality they are activists working to promote and protect human rights and civil liberties. Full text...

  • Cape Verde: African Union sets up Internet Exchange Point in Cape Verde
    25 november 2014 17:20:22
    Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) - Cape Verde will host a regional Internet Exchange Point (IXP) for 30 member States of the African Union (AU) under the continental organisation's initiative to establish connection across Africa, official sources told PANA here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya signs deal to acquire advance street surveillance system
    25 november 2014 13:35:24
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan government Tuesday signed an agreement with mobile phone firm, Safaricom, for the construction of a US$165 million security surveillance system, connecting Police stations. Full text...

  • South Africa: State moves to continue murder trial of UK businessman
    25 november 2014 11:58:30
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - State prosecutor Adrian Mopp on Tuesday told the Western Cape High Court that the men suspected of killing Swedish honeymoon bride Anni Dewani in Cape Town were amateurs who could barely organise their transport on the night of the incident which sent shock waves around the world. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'Over 50 killed in Nigeria attack'
    25 november 2014 11:54:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Suspected members of Nigerian insurgent group Boko Haram Monday carried out a massive attack on two towns along the Nigeria/Cameroon border, killing more than 50 residents in one of the towns alone, the local media reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council condemns terrorist attack in Kenya
    25 november 2014 07:51:23
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has strongly condemned Saturday’s attack in Mandera, Kenya, which left 28 people dead, and for which Al Shabaab has claimed responsibility. Full text...

  • UN: UN investigates outbreak of sectarian violence in CAR
    24 november 2014 21:01:52
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN humanitarian mission has visited a town in the Central African Republic (CAR) amid an outburst of violence that left at least 14 people injured and three killed, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has said. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Conference on evolution of constitutional law in Africa opens
    24 november 2014 20:12:20
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The President of the Constitutional Council of Algeria, Mourad Medelci, on Monday hailed the evolution of African constitutional law, saying it adds to other achievements in the areas of peace, security and democracy. Full text...

  • UN: New UN report says trafficking in children on the rise
    24 november 2014 19:45:33
    New York, US (ANA) - One in three known victims of human trafficking is a child, and girls and women are particularly targeted and forced into modern slavery, according to the 2014 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons released on Monday by the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, Austria. Full text...

  • Libya: Senior intelligence officer killed in Tripoli
    24 november 2014 19:44:54
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Unidentified gunmen on Sunday shot dead the head of the technical department of the Libyan intelligence services, Colonel Mokhtar Msadagh Naili, in Tripoli, the newspaper Al -Wassat reported on Monday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia’s national broadcaster disturbed by Sports minister’s rage
    24 november 2014 17:41:18
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Tension in Zambia's ruling Patriotic Front (PF) has boiled over and spilled to the management of state-owned Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC), after Youth and Sports minister stormed the ZNBC newsroom late Sunday demanding the removal of news items on opposition political parties. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian lecturers head to Uganda on volunteer service
    24 november 2014 17:03:49
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A batch of 49 Nigerian professionals Monday left the country for Uganda where they they will lecture at Kampala University on a volunteer service programme under Nigeria's Technical Aid Corps (TAC). Full text...

  • Nigeria: 5 Lake Chad region nations plot defeat of Boko Haram
    24 november 2014 15:16:01
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The fourth meeting of military and security chiefs from the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) and Benin Republic began here Monday with Nigeria’s Minister of Defence, Lt.-Gen. Aliyu Gusau Mohammed, urging member nations to forge closer collaboration towards defeating the Boko Haram insurgents. Full text...

  • Kenya: UN Envoy condemns killings in DRC
    24 november 2014 13:59:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region, Mr. Saïd Djiniit, has expressed deep concern at the growing trend of incidents and massacres in Beni in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, which have claimed the lives of more than 100 civilians, mostly women and children, over the past few weeks. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya wipes out 100 terror suspects after Mandera massacre
    24 november 2014 11:24:06
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto said Kenya Forces have killed 100 militants and sympathisers inside Somalia, following the massacre of 28 Kenyans by Al Shabaab terrorists in Mandera near the Kenya-Somalia border on Saturday. Full text...

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