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  • Unesco, French RSF call for adequate inquiry into murder of Ahmed Hussein Suale
    19 january 2019 19:29:05
    Paris, France (PANA) - The Unesco Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, and Reporters Without Borders (RSF), have condemned the murder of investigative journalist, Ahmed Hussein Suale, and called on the Ghanaian authorities to conduct an investigation to bring the perpetrators of the act to justice. Full text...

  • WHO condemns attacks on civilians in Tripoli
    19 january 2019 18:16:35
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has condemned the continued attacks on civilians and health facilities in Libya, following the deadly armed clashes that broke out on Wednesday in the southern part of the Libyan capital. Full text...

  • Civil society urges gov't to halt violence in Mali
    19 january 2019 17:45:56
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Urging the government to immediately halt the raging violence in the country, the National Council of Civil Society (CNSC) in Mali has suggested that all groups (apart from the defence and security forces) in possession of weapons of war, should be regarded as terrorist organisations. Full text...

  • Five dead in clash between police and youth in western Burkina Faso
    19 january 2019 14:02:19
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - At least five people were killed and eight others injured on Friday night when angry young people clashed with police in the town of Orodara, 400 km from Ouagadougou, in the Kénédougou province, Upper Basins region, the Ministry of Security announced on Saturday. Full text...

  • Violence forces Burkinabe PM to resign
    19 january 2019 13:01:19
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The Burkinabe Prime Minister, Paul Kaba Thiéba, resigned on Friday, quitting with cabinet following the spate of killings and other violence and criminal activities that are on the rise across the country. Full text...

  • Rights group says satellite imagery shows 'horrific aftermath' of Boko Haram attack
    19 january 2019 12:34:16
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Amnesty International says new satellite images it has analysed show the horrific aftermath of a Boko Haram attack that devastated Rann, north-east Nigeria, displacing more than 9,000 people earlier this week. Full text...

  • Thousands returning to Nigeria’s restive Borno state ‘at risk’: UN
    19 january 2019 06:41:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Amid reports that Cameroon is forcing several thousand Nigerians to return to Borno state in the country’s crisis-gripped north-east, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has deplored the move, saying it has put lives “at risk”. Full text...

  • Cape Verde: Five-year-old child burned in fire outbreak
    18 january 2019 21:07:52
    Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) - A five-year-old child was seriously burned in a domestic fire outbreak on Tuesday night at Cape Verdean island of Boa Vista, an unnamed source told PANA Friday. Full text...

  • Rights group slams Sudan for deadly onslaught on protesters and medical personnel
    18 january 2019 21:05:33
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International has slammed Sudan’s security forces for the deadly onslaught on protesters and medical personnel following the death of a doctor, a man and a child from gunshot wounds inflicted during the 17 January protests in Khartoum’s Burri district. Full text...

  • Al Shabaab kidnaps 100 children in Somalia Southwest region
    18 january 2019 19:31:15
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – The Al Shabaab terror group has kidnapped 100 children, aged between 9 and 14 years, more than half of them from a school in Ceel Garas village, in Bakool, a district in Jubbaland, the Governor of Bakool District, Ali Abdinoor, told the local media on Friday. Full text...

  • Kenyan investigators close in on Riverside hotel attackers
    18 january 2019 18:37:26
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – The Kenyan Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) has rapidly investigated suspects linked to Tuesday’s deadly terror attack at the 14 Riverside Drive in Nairobi, where terrorists stormed the Dusit D2 hotel and office complex, shooting rapidly and using dangerous explosives to attack civilians. Full text...

  • Libyan army kills al-Qaeda leader in southern Libya
    18 january 2019 18:26:12
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The al-Qaeda leader in Libya, Abu Talha-al-Libi, has been killed by Libyan army units, a spokesman of the Libyan armed forces, Ahmed al-Mesmari, announced on Friday. Full text...

  • Madagascar's new leader must tackle historic rights violations - rights group
    18 january 2019 14:28:56
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Incoming President of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina, must tackle historic human rights violations, including excessive use of pretrial detention and arbitrary detentions. Full text...

  • Kenyan hotel attack suspects brought to court, held for 30 days
    18 january 2019 13:54:10
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Five suspects arrested in connection with the Dusit Hotel terror attack on Tuesday, have been brought to court to face charges and would be held for 30 days as the Anti-Terrorism Police continue investigations, a judge ruled on Friday. Full text...

  • Ramaphosa salutes fallen South African liberation hero
    18 january 2019 13:50:57
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday paid tribute to acclaimed journalist and anti-apartheid activist Hugh Lewin who died in Johannesburg after a long illness on Wednesday. He was 79. Full text...

  • Tripoli Protection Force repels 7th Battalion from capital
    18 january 2019 13:19:09
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Tripoli Protection Force, a grouping of armed units, has successfully repelled fighters of the 7th Battalion from the southern border areas of the Libyan capital, though 10 people were killed and 41 others wounded in clashes which lasted two days till Thursday. Full text...

  • UN rights office deplores repression of protests in Zimbabwe
    18 january 2019 12:59:46
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Authorities in Zimbabwe should find ways of engaging with the population about their legitimate grievances and stop the crackdown against protestors, according to the Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Full text...

  • 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...

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