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  • UN: Report says persistent vulnerability threatens human development
    24 july 2014 19:30:05
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN report launched on Thursday in Tokyo says reducing vulnerability and strengthening resilience are critical to securing human development progress. Full text...

  • Kenya: Muslim leaders oppose Lamu County curfew
    21 july 2014 15:32:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan muslim leaders are opposed to the month-long curfew imposed by Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo on Saturday following sustained terror attacks in the Lamu County by suspected Al Shabab terrorists. Full text...

  • Kenya: EAJA condemns attack on Sudan's newspaper Editor
    21 july 2014 13:24:12
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) has condemned the raid on the offices of Sudan's Al-Tayar newspaper and the attack on the paper’s Editor, Osman Merghani, as well as three other journalists, all of whom were left injured. Full text...

  • Benin: National employment agency to recruit 2,800
    20 july 2014 14:58:46
    Cotonou, Benin(PANA) - Benin's National Employment Agency (NEA) is planning to recruit some 2,800 trainees to teach in nursery and primary schools and work in central public administration, PANA learned from official sources Sunday in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Mali: Peacekeeper injured in attack on MINUSMA camp in Kidal
    19 july 2014 17:53:45
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – A vehicle carrying Senegalese and Cambodian soldiers from the UN multidimensional mission for Mali stabilization (MINUSMA) was hit by a missile Friday near the MINUSMA camp in the Malian far northern region of Kidal, sources from the UN mission told PANA here on Saturday. Full text...

  • Benin: Benin reps for Abidjan ministerial conference on youth employment
    19 july 2014 16:52:32
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – Benin will participate in the African ministerial conference on youth training and employment, scheduled to open Monday in Cote d'Ivoire, according to official sources here Saturday. Full text...

  • Burundi: CSO collect 19,000 signatures demanding release of rights activist
    18 july 2014 21:22:48
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have collected some 19,000 signatures for a petition demanding the release of the president of the Burundi Association for the Defence of Human and Prisoners Rights (APRODH), Pierre Claver Mbonimpa. Full text...

  • Kenya: EAJA lauds Kenya journalists union for relaunch as defender of press freedom
    18 july 2014 12:32:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) has lauded the Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ) on its re-launch to re-position itself as an effective advocate for journalists’ rights. Full text...

  • South Africa: CPJ condemns journo's conviction
    18 july 2014 11:50:47
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The US-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned Thursday's convictions for contempt of court of an editor and lawyer in Swaziland. Full text...

  • Congo: National social labour centre to be established
    17 july 2014 18:51:49
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - A national social labour centre will soon be set up in Congo to train future leaders so they can help resolve the problems facing the country, according to a statement issued Thursday at the end of the weekly council of ministers meeting here. Full text...

  • Kenya: EAJA launches investigative journalism training
    17 july 2014 18:32:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) have launched an Investigative Journalism and Corruption Reporting Training initiative, which will cover 11 countries in the Eastern Africa Region from July to October 2014. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Teachers of Nigeria's colleges of education end 7-month strike
    17 july 2014 16:55:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A seven-month strike by teachers in Nigeria's public Colleges of Education was suspended Thursday, the teachers' union has announced. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana continues to record high incidences of suicide
    16 july 2014 11:46:35
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Some 2,389 people have committed suicide in the diamond-rich Botswana since 2007, according to the country's Defence, Justice and Security Minister Dikgakgamatso Seretse. Full text...

  • Libya: Govt looks for int'l help over insecurity
    15 july 2014 12:15:42
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan government has said it will consider asking for foreign intervention to help restore security and order in the country, following the violent clashes that broke out on Sunday at Tripoli airport, leaving 26 dead and causing huge material damage. Full text...

  • UN: More than half of world's population now lives in urban areas
    10 july 2014 17:31:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Thursday reported that an additional 2.5 billion people are predicted to live in urban areas by 2050, stressing the need for a successful urban planning agenda and greater attention to be given to smaller cities where nearly half of all people currently reside. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO highlights freedom of expression, media development
    09 july 2014 19:55:34
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) says "tectonic shifts" in technology are having mixed results for freedom of expression and media development and sparking unprecedented creativity and dialogue. Full text...

  • Mali: Some 9,000 Malians to perform the Hajj this year
    08 july 2014 20:04:31
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Saudi authorities have granted Mali a quota of 9,000 pilgrims to perform this year's Hajj, sources told PANA on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mali: Main trade union protests against high electricity, water tariffs
    07 july 2014 20:09:24
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian National Workers' Union (UNTM), the country's main trade union, on Monday criticised the increase in the water and electricity tariffs announced by the water and electricity regulation committee (CREE). Full text...

  • South Africa: Striking metal workers run riot
    04 july 2014 11:42:43
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) has rejected an increased wage offer and authorities on Friday reported "serious” outbreaks of violence with striking workers running riot in several parts of the country. Full text...

  • Mali: More than 1,000 public sector workers to be recruited in September
    03 july 2014 20:31:05
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian government will in September recruit 1,132 workers in the different categories of the country’s public sector, sources from the ministry of Labor, Civil Service and Relations with Institutions said on Thursday. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA faces another crippling strike
    03 july 2014 08:22:56
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Just days after a crippling five-month mining strike ended, South Africa is facing another major industrial strike which is expected to cost the economy about US$30 million per day. Full text...

  • Mali: UN reaffirms commitment to Mali as Muslim fasting begins
    01 july 2014 16:21:04
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – On the occasion of holy month of Ramadan, which has just started, the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General to Mali, Albert Koenders, has pledged UN's commitment and that of the UN-led multidimensional mission to the stabilization of Mali in the efforts to achieve unity, security, stability and prosperity. Full text...

  • US: UN supports re-establishment of core public services in CAR
    28 june 2014 05:02:25
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the UN Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) and the World Bank, is working to re-establish primary public services in the Central African Republic (CAR), such as the payment of salaries of civil servants. Full text...

  • South Africa: Commission rebukes radio station over red-head comments
    26 june 2014 12:59:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa’s Broadcasting Complaints Commission has agreed with a radio listener who complained that a national radio station had ridiculed red-heads. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA opposition decries conviction of Al Jazeera journalists
    26 june 2014 12:18:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa’s official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) Thursday joined the global outcry over the sentencing of Al-Jazeera journalists by the Egyptian court and confirmed it will table the matter for discussion at the Pan African Parliament. Full text...

  • US: US welcomes release of woman on death row over apostasy
    24 june 2014 10:03:34
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has welcomed the decision by the Sudanese Appeals Court to order the release of Ms. Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag, who was sentenced to death for apostasy. Full text...

  • South Africa: Major relief as crippling strike ends
    24 june 2014 08:25:02
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa’s battered and bruised business leaders are relieved that the news that the crippling five-month strike in the platinum mining industry is over. Full text...

  • Cameroon: USAID supports CAR refugees in Cameroon
    20 june 2014 20:07:34
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has granted US$5 million (F CFA 27.5 billion) to the Cameroon office of the World Food Programme (WFP) to meet urgent food needs of Central African Republic (CAR) refugees in Cameroon. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: President Ouattara receives UN official
    20 june 2014 17:14:32
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos, who is visiting Côte d'Ivoire, was received in audience Friday by Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Cameroon hosts 100,000 refugees
    20 june 2014 17:11:13
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) - Cameroon, which Friday joined the rest of the world to mark World Refugee Day, hosts over 100,000 refugees, according to the Country Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Ndeye Ndiougue Ndour. Full text...

  • Senegal: UNFPA seeks US$4 million for CAR humanitarian programe
    18 june 2014 22:22:25
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) has launched an appeal for US$4 million to meet a US$9 million budget planned for its humanitarian actions in support of those affected by the crisis in the Central African Republic, Benoit Kalasa, Regional Director of UNFPA in West and Central Africa, said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges greater investment to tackle global epidemic of youth unemployment
    18 june 2014 18:37:10
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged governments Full text...

  • Mali: Jihadist, 30 others, break jail in Bamako
    17 june 2014 20:27:54
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – About 30 prisoners, including Mohamed Ag Walhouseini, described as a dangerous jihadist linked to Al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQMI), escaped from prison on Monday evening at the central prison of Bamako, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Torture still exists in Tunisia, says Amnesty International
    16 june 2014 12:22:15
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Global rights group Amnesty International has said torture still continues in Tunisia, even after the country's revolution. Full text...

  • Benin: Conference on youth employment to be held in July in Abidjan
    15 june 2014 18:52:42
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – The Ivorian economic capital, Abidjan, will from 21 to 23 July host a ministerial conference on youth employment in Africa. Full text...

  • UN: Officials stress role of social protection in ending child labour
    12 june 2014 16:44:59
    New York, US (PANA) - UN officials on Thursday marked the World Day Against Child Labour by highlighting the crucial role of social protection in keeping boys and girls out of a heinous practice that robs them of their childhood and threatens their prospects for a better future. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Prime Minister’s top priority is education
    12 june 2014 12:52:13
    Pamplemousses, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam said Wednesday night that education opens up a world of opportunities and has the capacity to change people's life for the better. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa 'elevates role of the disabled'
    12 june 2014 08:23:29
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa has elevated the role of the disabled in the country, Deputy Minister of the Department of Social Development Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu has told a New York Conference. Full text...

  • UN: ILO adopts treaty advancing global efforts to tackle forced labour
    11 june 2014 19:17:59
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN International Labour Organisation (ILO) on Wednesday adopted a new legally binding protocol on forced labour, aiming to advance prevention, protection and compensation measures, as well as to intensify efforts to eliminate contemporary forms of slavery. Full text...

  • South Africa: 20 years of pro-abortion policies marked
    11 june 2014 07:24:34
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa has marked 20 years of pro-abortion policies with a conference entitled ''20 years of advancing access to safe abortion in South Africa". Full text...

  • South Africa: Minister denies abandoning wage negotiations to end strike
    10 june 2014 11:42:19
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's Mining Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi on Tuesday denied that he “abandoned” wage negotiations with role players in the crippling platinum mining industry strike. Full text...

  • UN: ILO says majority of people lack proper social protection
    03 june 2014 17:43:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Intenational Labour Organisation (ILO) says following the aftermath of the global economic crisis, more than 70 per cent of the world population is without proper social protections, urging governments to scale up investment in child and family benefits, pensions and other public expenditures. Full text...

  • UN: Young people unite at UN forum to shape future development agenda
    02 june 2014 20:49:01
    New York, US (PANA) - Young people from more than 1,000 youth organisations have gathered on Monday at UN headquarters in New York to add their voices to the ongoing discussion about a new global agenda that will succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). Full text...

  • Mali: State agents return to northern Mali after ceasefire agreement
    29 may 2014 20:04:02
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Civil servants have returned to their posts in the north of Mali after the return of calm following the ceasefire agreement signed between the Malian government and the armed groups. Full text...

  • US: UN chief eulogises Maya Angelou
    29 may 2014 18:55:11
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, mourned the death of celebrated Full text...

  • Mali: Trades union and Club of China's friends sign partnership convention
    28 may 2014 20:12:03
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian National Trade Union of Retail Traders (Synacodem) and the Club of China’s friends on Wednesday signed a partnership agreement to develop and facilitate trade between Mali and China. Full text...

  • UN: ILO report says quality jobs leads to positive development
    28 may 2014 15:15:10
    New York, US (PANA) - A new report by the UN International Labour Organisation (ILO) says developing countries that invested in quality jobs from the early 2000s grew nearly one percentage point faster every year since 2007 and were better able to weather the economic crisis than comparable economies. Full text...

  • Mali: Japan donates forage equipment to Mali
    26 may 2014 14:37:56
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Japanese government on Monday donated several forage equipment, worth 2.5 billion CFAF, to the Malian government, officials sources told PANA here. Full text...

  • US: UN experts call on governments to adopt treaty against forced labour
    23 may 2014 17:14:09
    New York, US (PANA) - Independent UN human rights experts dealing with the issues of slavery, migrants and trafficking, on Friday called on governments to adopt a legally-binding international protocol to respond to the scourge of forced labour. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Government adopts national social protection strategy
    21 may 2014 21:10:19
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The Ivorian government on Wednesday adopted a national social protection strategy to protect the vulnerable as well as its action plan for 2014-2015. Full text...

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