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  • Amnesty int'l calls for firm action to deal with 'worrying trend' of killings in Ghana
    18 january 2019 06:50:10
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, is asking the Ghanaian security agencies to take firm actions to deal with a spate of murders following Wednesday night's assassination of an undercover journalist in Accra. Full text...

  • Rights group says civilians under threat from militias in Libya
    18 january 2019 05:18:44
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Human Rights Watch (HRW) is urging the Libyan authorities to prioritise justice sector reform and establish accountability, particularly for members of armed groups. Full text...

  • Rights group slams Mauritania for repressive laws
    18 january 2019 05:04:30
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Mauritanian authorities used a litany of harsh and overbroad laws on terrorism, cybercrime, apostasy, and criminal defamation to prosecute and jail human rights defenders, activists, bloggers, and political dissidents during 2018, Human Rights Watch has said in its World Report 2019. Full text...

  • Bomb experts discover unexploded devices at Nairobi terror hotel site
    17 january 2019 19:45:11
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Bomb experts, combing through the site of the Riverside terror attack site, have uncovered four unexploded explosive devices planted by the terrorists killed at the site, Police said on Thursday. Full text...

  • 16 inmates from Rwanda juvenile prison pardoned for passing college entrance exams
    17 january 2019 19:29:06
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - For passing this year's national college entrance examination, the Rwandan President Paul Kagame, has pardoned 16 youth, aged under 18, according to an official source in Kigali Full text...

  • Regulatory body slams media on handling of security information
    17 january 2019 19:09:22
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Higher Council of Communication (CSC) in Burkina Faso on Thursday expressed concern on the handling of security information in some media outlets and social networks. Full text...

  • Tunisia's labour union declares general strike over poor wages
    17 january 2019 18:32:53
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered on Thursday in front of the headquarters of the Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT) center in Tunis, for a large rally on the occasion of the general strike declared after negotiations with government over poor wages in the public service failed. Full text...

  • Ghana gov't condemns murder of undercover journalist
    17 january 2019 17:36:24
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Ghana Government has condemned the "heinous and barbaric" murder of undercover journalist, Ahmed Husein-Suale, in Accra on Wednesday night by unidentified gunmen on a motor cycle as he drove home. Full text...

  • Kidnapped Canadian mine worker found dead in Burkina Faso
    17 january 2019 16:42:21
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - A Canadian mine worker, Kurk Woodman, kidnapped by unidentified individuals on January 15, has been found dead, the Burkinabe Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso confirms abduction of three expatriates
    17 january 2019 13:24:55
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso's Minister of Security, Clément Sawadogo, has confirmed the kidnapping on January 15 of a Canadian working for a mine in the north of the country, as well as the disappearance of a Canadian-Italian couple in early January in the west of the country. Full text...

  • Libyan Supreme Court allows appeal against referendum law
    17 january 2019 12:40:52
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's Supreme Court will examine an appeal against the referendum law on the draft Constitution as filed against the presidents of Parliament, the High Council of State, the Presidential Council and the High National Electoral Commission (HNEC) for introducing amendments to the Constitutional Declaration on the Referendum Act. Full text...

  • Calm returns to Tripoli; death toll in armed clashes increases to 5
    17 january 2019 12:10:44
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Calm has returned to Tripoli on Thursday, in the aftermath of the armed clashes in which five people were killed and 20 others wounded in the southern suburbs of the capital. Full text...

  • Kagame consoles Kenya over deadly Nairobi terrorist attack
    17 january 2019 11:43:57
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame has sent a message of condolence to his Kenyan counterpart, Uhuru Kenyatta, over a deadly terrorist attack in Nairobi on Tuesday. Full text...

  • South African lawyer to represent LRA suspect
    17 january 2019 10:49:29
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Former anti-apartheid activist and lawyer Michael Donen has been selected to participate in a high-profile trial before the International Criminal Court in Kampala, Uganda. Full text...

  • Rights group urges Kenya authorities to consider victims’ needs in bloody hotel attack
    17 january 2019 05:55:52
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – A human rights group is urging Kenya’s government to put victims "front and centre" in its response to the 15 January, 2019 attack on the DusitD2 hotel in Nairobi. Full text...

  • 'Dire’ humanitarian situation, ‘grave’ security concerns challenge fragile peace
    17 january 2019 05:28:27
    New York, US (PANA) - With over 800 schools forced to close due to insecurity, and 2.3 million vulnerable people in need of assistance this year, a top UN official told the Security Council on Wednesday that the humanitarian situation in Mali “remains dire”. Full text...

  • Nearly 900 reportedly killed following ‘shocking’ intercommunal attacks in DR Congo - UN
    17 january 2019 05:15:48
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) said on Wednesday that at least 890 villagers were reportedly killed in the western Democratic Republic of the Congo last month, following brutal inter-communal clashes. Full text...

  • Death toll from Kenya terror attack rises to 21, two people arrested
    17 january 2019 05:08:17
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The death toll from the deadly terror attack at Nairobi's Riverside Park complex, housing the Dusit D2 Hotel and office suites, has risen to 21, made up of 16 Kenyans, three unidentified African nationalities, a Briton and an American, police said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Buhari consoles Kenyatta on terrorist attack on Nairobi hotel
    16 january 2019 19:51:24
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the government and people of Kenya on the deadly terrorist attack on a hotel and office complex in Nairobi. Full text...

  • Fayez al-Sarraj, several Libyan officials discuss security in Tripoli
    16 january 2019 19:18:14
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Worried by the constant violence in his country, the Chairman of the Presidential Council of the Government of National Unity in Libya, Fayez al-Sarraj, on Wednesday engaged several ministers on the need to implement adequate security plans in Tripoli, the Libyan capital. Full text...

  • Secretary-General of the Islamic World League meets with Burundian leader
    16 january 2019 18:32:20
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundi's head of state, Pierre Nkurunziza, on Wednesday received the Secretary-General of the Islamic World League, Mohammed Ben Abdoul Karim Al Issa, on the fourth day of a working visit dominated by religious and humanitarian issues. Full text...

  • Bamako outraged by continuing slavery practices in Mali
    16 january 2019 17:43:08
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian government is both dismayed and outraged by the perpetration of acts that violate the honour, dignity, property and physical integrity of individuals in certain parts of the country. Full text...

  • Apartheid-era assassin denied parole again
    16 january 2019 17:33:17
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African Justice Minister, Michael Masutha, on Wednesday denied parole to Apartheid-era assassin, Janusz Walus, who has now spent a quarter of a century in prison. Full text...

  • Gold panning site collapses killing 17 people in Mali
    16 january 2019 13:41:32
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - At least 17 people were killed and seven others seriously injured after a gold panning site collapsed at Neguepé in the Kolondiéba zone of Sikasso region of southern Mali, PANA learned from an informed source on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zambian President Lungu condemns Nairobi terror attacks
    16 january 2019 12:39:22
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has sent a message of condolences and solidarity to President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya following the terrorist attack on a hotel in Nairobi where 14 people died and several others were seriously injured. Full text...

  • Kenyatta hails swift security agencies in terror fight
    16 january 2019 12:34:28
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday hailed Kenyan security agencies, especially the police, for their swift and efficient response that saw them quell a terror attack that left 14 people dead and scorers injured. Full text...

  • Clashes erupt again in Tripoli
    16 january 2019 12:01:14
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Intermittent clashes erupted on Wednesday morning at the entrance of the Gasr Ben Ghashir area, towards the Wadi al- Rabii bridge, in the south of Tripoli, between armed groups, which clashed in the Libyan capital in August. Full text...

  • Belgian cooperation minister opens humanitarian meeting in Brussels
    16 january 2019 11:38:29
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The Belgian cooperation minister, Alexander De Croo, on Wednesday opened a humanitarian meeting in Brussels to find innovative solutions and build new prototypes that can transform the delivery of humanitarian aid and thus help to eradicate hunger in Africa. Full text...

  • LEAD: Fourteen dead as Kenya quell terror attack
    16 january 2019 11:32:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan security personnel finished their operation against a terror attack in Nairobi on Wednesday morning which left 14 people dead. Full text...

  • Nigerian Army recapture Rann from Boko Haram
    16 january 2019 09:31:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army on Tuesday recaptured the northeastern town of Rann, which was overrun by Islamic State West Africa (ISWA) terrorists, on Monday. Full text...

  • Heavy gunfire continues at scene of Nairobi hotel terror siege
    16 january 2019 09:26:06
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Heavy gunfire erupted at the seventh floor of the Dusit D2 Hotel complex in Nairobi on Wednesday, hours after terrorists stormed the facility, shooting indiscriminately, police said. Full text...

  • Fire engulfs armoury of military base in Ghana
    16 january 2019 05:19:32
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - An armoury of a military base near the industrial city of Tema, about 25 km east of Accra, went up in flames at dawn on Wednesday triggering loud explosions and creating fear and panic at the nearby barracks and residential communities in the area. Full text...

  • Migration surge leaves children stranded, begging on Djibouti’s streets
    16 january 2019 04:58:34
    Djibouti City, Djibouti (PANA) - Begging, cleaning cars or selling themselves on the street for sex are a way of life for many children in Djibouti, according to a survey released by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Tuesday. Full text...

  • ICRC President arrives in Niger
    15 january 2019 21:06:12
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer, has arrived in Niger for a visit during which he will have several meetings with the Nigerien authorities and undertake field visits. Full text...

  • Unidentified gunmen kill 3 villagers in northern Burkina Faso
    15 january 2019 20:29:31
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Unidentified gunmen on Tuesday killed 3 people and wounded several others in Gasseliki village, located in the commune of Arbinda, in northern Burkina Faso. Full text...

  • Kenyan Special Forces cornering attackers at Nairobi hotel
    15 january 2019 19:40:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan Police have deployed a security back up force at the Dusit Hotel complex, where a group of terrorists stormed, shooting indiscriminately before attacking hotel guests using a suicide bomb, the Police Inspector-General said Tueaday. Full text...

  • More than 5,000 IDPs registered in northern Burkina after terrorist attack
    15 january 2019 18:46:38
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - A total of 5,525 people fled their homes after a terrorist attack on January 12 in which 12 people were killed in the village of Gasseliki, 18 km from Arbinda in the province of Soum, northern Burkina Faso. Full text...

  • Khalifa Hafter launches military operations against terrorist organisations in southern Libya
    15 january 2019 17:44:34
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan National Army General Command, based in eastern Libya, has announced that the army commander, Marshal Khalifa Hafter, has ordered a huge military operation in the southwest in an attempt to protect the population from terrorist organizations and criminals and to preserve the unity of Libyan soil. Full text...

  • 'Terrorist attack underway in Nairobi office, hotel complex' - Police
    15 january 2019 15:37:18
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Terrorists believed to be members of the Al Shabaab stormed the Dusit D2 Hotel in Nairobi on Tuesday, using explosives, grenades and heavy gunfire, Police said. Full text...

  • Boko Haram attacks two towns in northeast Nigeria
    15 january 2019 14:50:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Islamic State West Africa (ISWA) terrorists on Monday verran the town of Rann in northeast Nigeria and also attacked another community of Damasak in Borno State. Full text...

  • South Africa minister to rule on fate of apartheid-era assassin
    15 january 2019 14:24:55
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African Justice Minister Michael Masutha has until Friday to give reasons why apartheid-era assassin Janusz Walus must remain behind bars, after spending 25 years in a high security prison in Pretoria for killing South African Communist Party leader Chris Hani. Full text...

  • Libyan Interior minister calls for enabling environment to enforce police compliance
    15 january 2019 14:03:52
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's Minister of the Interior of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Fethi Bachagha, has said the creation of a model police station in Hay al-Andalous district is a step towards consolidating the rule of law in the country. Full text...

  • Rights body says Gbagbo acquittal 'crushing blow to post-poll violence victims'
    15 january 2019 13:49:46
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The acquittal of former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo and co-accused Charles Ble Goude by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday was described as a crushing disappointment to victims of post-elections violence in the West African country by Amnesty International. Full text...

  • Breaking News: Explosion rocks Nairobi upmarket business complex
    15 january 2019 13:23:30
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A bomb explosion rocked an upmarket business complex in Nairobi on Tuesday, with several cars set ablaze, PANA reported. Full text...

  • World ‘not yet on track’ to ensure children a better future: UN rights chief
    14 january 2019 20:12:12
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Some Member States have fallen short of offering a better future to children who continue to die prematurely or fall victim to poverty, trafficking and slavery, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Monday. Full text...

  • Burkinabe president calls for social cohesion after inter-communal conflict
    14 january 2019 19:45:16
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré on Monday received a delegation of Fulani community leaders, two weeks after a reprisal attack that left some 49 members of this community dead in the north central area the country. Full text...

  • One killed in explosion in Ouagadougou
    14 january 2019 19:21:34
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - One person was killed when stored explosives went off in a residential villa in Silmiyiri district of Ouagadougou on Monday, the ministry for security confirmed in a statement. Full text...

  • Kenya court rules Westgate Mall terror attack suspects have case to answer
    14 january 2019 14:34:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A Nairobi court on Monday ruled that three people accused of carrying out the Westgate Shopping Mall terror attack in 2013, in which 67 people were killed and many injured, have a case to answer. Full text...

  • One dead in clash at Mali gold mine
    14 january 2019 13:33:09
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - One person was killed and four others seriously injured on Saturday in Sadiola, in the Kayes region of western Mali, during a clash between the population and security forces over mining in a disputed area, the Mali Press Agency (AMAP) reported Monday. Full text...

  • Rwanda recruits 3,300 teachers to ease shortage
    14 january 2019 13:00:13
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Rwandan government on Monday confirmed the recruitment of 3,300 teachers to address shortages that have badly impacted the education sector. Full text...

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