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  • UN: UN relief chief stresses need to protect civilians in South Sudan
    24 july 2015 08:47:15
    New York, US PANA) - Mid-way through a four-day visit to assess the humanitarian situation in South Sudan, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien has reviewed aid operations in the country and stressed the need to protect civilians from violence. Full text...

  • UN: UN mission in Libya calls for immediate ceasefire as fresh violence erupts
    24 july 2015 08:39:56
    New York, US (PANA) - Deeply concerned by escalating violence in southern Libya, the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has called for an immediate ceasefire following fighting that has claimed dozens of lives in recent weeks. Full text...

  • Egypt: Sudan releases 100 Egyptian fishermen
    23 july 2015 20:41:05
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – The Sudanese authorities on Thursday released 100 Egyptian fishermen arrested recently for violating Sudanese territorial waters, the spokesperson for the Egyptian Foreign Affairs ministry, Badr Abdel Aati, has announced. Full text...

  • Senegal: AI worried over bombings in Cameroon
    23 july 2015 18:49:51
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Amnesty International (AI) Thursday released a statement saying the twin suicide bombings in Maroua, northern Cameroon were part of a growing pattern of armed groups such as Boko Haram targeting civilians as the regional conflict grew ever more dangerous. Full text...

  • Sudan: Amnesty international demands release of AU inquiry report on South Sudan
    23 july 2015 18:02:02
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Amnesty international on Thursday called for the immediate release of the African Union inquiry report on South Sudan, which it said is a vital step for resolution of the crisis in the country. Full text...

  • US: OIC condemns terrorist attack in northern Cameroon
    23 july 2015 17:10:09
    New York, US (PANA) - The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Thursday Full text...

  • Niger: African media regulatory bodies to contribute to free, fair elections
    23 july 2015 17:01:36
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – Nigerien High Communication Council chair Abdourahmane Ousmane, also current chair of the network of African media regulatory bodies (RIARC) on Thursday urged members organizations to demonstrate transformation by making elections freer and fairer. Full text...

  • US: NEPAD appoints goodwill ambassador
    23 july 2015 16:06:03
    New York, US (PANA) - NEPAD Agency Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki Full text...

  • UN: NGO calls for accountability at UN on child abuses in CAR
    23 july 2015 15:21:46
    New York, US (PANA) - The resignation of a top UN human rights official who admitted she did nothing after receiving reports of child rape by French soldiers in Central African Republic (CAR) because she was distracted by budget cuts underscores the dire need for greater accountability at the UN, said Mr. Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, a Geneva-based non-governmental watchdog agency that measures the performance of the UN. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Relatives remember loved ones who preished in air crash 1 year ago
    23 july 2015 12:45:10
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – In remembrance of their loved ones who died in an Air Algeria plane crash a year ago, relations of the victims will converge on the Burkinabe capital, Ouagadougou, Friday for celebrations marking one year of the incident. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Bus crash claims 10 lives in central Tanzania
    23 july 2015 10:42:01
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Ten passengers were killed and 61 others injured, eight of them seriously, early Thursday when a bus on which they were travelling from upcountry to Dar es Salaam, veered off the highway and rammed into a baobab tree near Dodoma in central Tanzania, according to official reports. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 29 killed, 105 wounded in blasts
    23 july 2015 10:31:40
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Some 29 people were killed and 105 others injured from the multiple explosions that rocked two motor parks in Nigeria's northern city of Gombe on Wednesday evening, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UN relief official in CAR condemns attacks on aid workers
    23 july 2015 07:47:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN humanitarian coordinator in Central African Republic (CAR), Mr. Marc Vandenberghe, has condemned the surge in violence against aid workers in the country and appealed to all belligerents to allow them to do their jobs safely. Full text...

  • Cameroon: 13 killed, 32 injured in double suicide attack
    22 july 2015 21:28:46
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – At least 13 people were killed and 32 others injured on Wednesday afternoon in Maroua, about 160 km from the capital, Yaoundé, after a double suicide attack perpetrated by two young women, according to a communiqué issued by the Cameroonian presidency. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian Parliament begins examination of anti-terrorist bill
    22 july 2015 21:18:41
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Members of the Assembly of the Representatives of the Tunisian People on Wednesday began the examination of the anti-terrorist and money laundering bill, sources told PANA in the Tunisian capital. Full text...

  • Gambia: Jammeh pardons jailed murderers, traitors, rapists on 21st anniversary of his rule
    22 july 2015 19:38:58
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh on Wednesday turned a new page in his 21 years in power by pardoning all persons convicted of treason, Gambian dissidents in the Diaspora, inmates convicted of murder, drug convicts and jailed rapists in the West African nation. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ says Gambian journalist abducted again, days after he was freed
    22 july 2015 17:55:30
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said that it holds Gambian authorities responsible for the safety and well-being of radio journalist Alagie Abdoulie Ceesay and manager of the independent radio station Taranga FM. Full text...

  • Senegal: AI says sharp deterioration of human rights in Gambia
    22 july 2015 15:41:00
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Amnesty International (AI) Wednesday warned that the human rights situation in Gambia has deteriorated sharply during President Yahya Jammeh's 21st year in power. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights experts hail Zambia death sentence clemency
    22 july 2015 13:54:18
    New York, US (PANA) - UN human rights experts on Wednesday commended Zambia's decision Full text...

  • Sudan: EU boosts humanitarian assistance for Sudan by 4 million euros
    22 july 2015 13:25:49
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The European Commission has announced additional humanitarian aid of 4 million euros for Sudan, bringing the Commission's total financial assistance to the African country in 2015 to 32 million euros, a press release by the EU office in Khartoum said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Libya: 414 illegal migrants rescued off Libyan coast
    22 july 2015 13:06:54
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Italian coast guards on three vessels on Tuesday rescued 414 illegal migrants, including four new-born babies and a little child from four boats in the Mediterranean Sea, off the Libyan coast, Libyan media report on Wednesday, quoting the coast guards. Full text...

  • South Africa: Tutu recovering after medical scare
    22 july 2015 10:30:16
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu is recovering at his Cape Town home after being discharged from a city hospital on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya: K’Ogelo residents unhappy President Obama ‘won’t bring crown home’
    22 july 2015 08:58:35
    Alego, Kenya (PANA) - The residents of K'Ogelo (the ancestral home of the Obama family) in Alego village of Siaya Country in Western Kenya, who gained worldwide fame following the election of Barack Obama as US President, hardly hide their joy and pride. Full text...

  • UN: UN relief chief heads to South Sudan to bolster humanitarian response
    21 july 2015 22:25:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, who is also the UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, is scheduled to visit Juba and Unity state in South Sudan beginning on Wednesday on a four-day visit to see first-hand the humanitarian consequences of the conflict, and efforts by aid organizations to respond to escalating needs, a UN statement said in New York on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: 'Violence in Nigeria drives refugees deeper into neighbouring Cameroon'
    21 july 2015 22:19:01
    New York, US (PANA) - Weeks after elections in Nigeria, violence and attacks continue to drive population movements within and outside the country, the UN High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) warned on Tuesday, reporting a "steady flow" of Nigerian refugees now seeking safety some 100 km inside the Cameroon border. Full text...

  • Tunisia: 9 religious extremists arrested in Tunisia
    21 july 2015 21:35:01
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian security forces on Tuesday arrested four extremist religious men, including one who recently returned from Syria, for planning to attack a barracks in the city of Mahdia, 160 km south of Tunis, and two security services, Tunisian local media reported. Full text...

  • Algeria: 50 countries to attend anti-terrorism conference in Algiers
    21 july 2015 19:45:15
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) – A two-day international conference on "extremism and de-radicalisation" opens Wednesday in the Algerian capital, Algiers, with 50 countries expected to take part in discussions on how to effectively combat terrorism, the official Algerian Press Service (APS) reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Senegal: Niger, Nigeria top press freedom violations report on West Africa
    21 july 2015 16:37:43
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Niger and Nigeria were the greatest violators of freedom of expression and press freedom in West Africa during the first quarter of 2015, according to a new report by the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA). Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says authorities slam 6-month suspension on journalist in Cote d'Ivoire
    21 july 2015 13:44:38
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has disclosed that authorities in Cote d'Ivoire have suspended and withdrawn the licence of Guillaume Gbato, a journalist with the Notre Voie newspaper. Full text...

  • Kenya: 'DHL, SOS Children's Villages benefit over 3,500 youths from half a decade of partnership'
    21 july 2015 11:55:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL Group), the world's leading logistics company, together with non-governmental organization SOS Children's Villages, have celebrated half a decade of a successful partnership that has helped to improve the employment prospects of disadvantaged young people from SOS Children's villages across 11 countries in Africa. Full text...

  • UN: UN Mission in CAR condemns surge in armed attacks
    20 july 2015 21:57:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN peacekeeping operation in the Central African Republic (CAR) on Monday condemned a recent series of armed attacks perpetrated by rebel elements. Full text...

  • UN: UN rights chief hails trial of Chad’s former leader Habre
    20 july 2015 15:59:03
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN human rights chief Zeid Al-Hussein on Monday said the trial of Chad's former leader Hissene Habre for crimes against humanity is a "milestone for justice in Africa". Full text...

  • South Africa: Surfing community shocked as shark attacks athlete
    20 july 2015 14:23:51
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The World Surf League on Monday saluted Australian surfing champion Mick Fanning after he survived an attack by an enormous Great White shark during a top South African surfing competition. Full text...

  • Libya: 4 Italians abducted in Libya
    20 july 2015 10:16:52
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Four Italian nationals working for a construction company have been abducted in Libya, the local media reported Monday. Full text...

  • UN: UN marks Mandela Day, calls for promotion of community service
    19 july 2015 13:37:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The 70th anniversary of the UN establishment provides the perfect Full text...

  • Senegal: Habre trial opens Monday
    19 july 2015 11:28:14
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The opening of the trial against former Chadian President Hissene Habré in Senegal on Monday will put an end to 25 years of impunity and give hope to the tens of thousands of victims of human rights violations and crimes under international law committed under his watch, Amnesty International has said ahead of the trial. Full text...

  • Nigeria. Incriminating evidence found in ex-NSA's residence - Secret police
    19 july 2015 10:47:30
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Incriminating evidence that could link Nigeria's immediate past National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Col. Sambo Dasuki, with alleged treasonable felony has been found in his residence after a raid, according to the country's secret police. Full text...

  • US: NGO urges nations to cooperate with ICC on arrest of war crimes suspects
    18 july 2015 19:24:19
    New York, US (PANA) - Governments committed to ending impunity for the world’s worst crimes must reaffirm their obligation to cooperate with the International Criminal Court (ICC) to arrest individuals wanted by the Court, an NGO, the Coalition for the ICC, said. Full text...

  • US: Amnesty Int'l stresses justice for victims of former Chadian regime
    18 july 2015 17:59:54
    New York, US (PANA) - The opening of the trial of former Chadian President, Hissene Habre, in Dakar, Senegal, on Monday will put an end to 25 years of impunity and give hope to the tens Full text...

  • South Africa: Scores injured in Johannesburg train crash
    18 july 2015 07:37:04
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A commuter train collision in Johannesburg on Friday night has left at least 326 people injured, according to Emergency services spokesperson Nana Radebe, who said. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief condemns latest terrorist attacks in northeast Nigeria
    17 july 2015 21:53:56
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Bank Ki-moon on Friday condemned the terrorist attacks that killed over 60 people in the towns of Gombe and Damaturu, in northeast Nigeria over the last two days. Full text...

  • US: US Commission tasks Obama, Buhari on rising violence in Nigeria
    17 july 2015 21:50:57
    New York,US (PANA) - The 20 July meeting in Washington DC between US President Barack Obama and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari offers both nations the opportunity to re-invigorate their commitment to, and develop initiatives that would, help curb the activities of Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN deputy envoy says South Sudanese people want peace
    17 july 2015 20:07:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The outlook for South Sudan is not completely bleak, the UN deputy envoy for South Sudan, Moustapha Soumare, has said noting that travelling throughout the country, he has repeatedly heard the phrase: "We want peace now." Full text...

  • US: American govt condemns bombings in northern Nigeria
    17 july 2015 19:36:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government on Friday offered deepest sympathy and Full text...

  • Zambia: Women groups in Zambia condemn President Lungu’s pardon to sex offender
    17 july 2015 16:52:33
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – A group of civil society organisations in Zambia on Friday said it was disappointed by President Edgar Lungu’s decision to pardon a local musician who was convicted of defiling a minor. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Deadly ethnic clashes in South Darfur draw concern of UNAMID
    17 july 2015 16:26:13
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The African Union–United Nations Mission in Darfur on Friday expressed deep concern over reports of escalating tensions and confrontations between the Reizegat and the Habaniya ethnic communities in South Darfur. Full text...

  • Zambia: Post Newspaper managing editor, reporter granted bail
    17 july 2015 16:01:07
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Lusaka Magistrate court has released Post Newspaper Proprietor Fred Mmembe and his journalist Mukosha Funga who were detained Thursday after being arrested and charged for publication of classified information. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ demands release of 2 journalists in Zambia
    17 july 2015 15:58:23
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the arrest of Journalists Fred M'membe and Mukosha Funga in Zambia, saying the duo should be released immediately. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Buhari appoints new Commander for Civil Defence Corp
    17 july 2015 12:43:59
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari Friday appointed Mr. Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu as the new Commandant-General of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC). Full text...

  • (UPDATE 2) Nigeria: Army revises downwards casualty figures from suicide blasts
    17 july 2015 11:40:04
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Army has revised downwards the casualty figures from Friday's suicide bombings in Damaturu, North-east Yobe state, saying only 9 people died, as against 50 that it announced earlier. Full text...

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