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  • UN: Security Council happy with Central African Republic ceasefire
    24 july 2014 22:52:14
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Thursday welcomed the signing of an agreement on the cessation of hostilities by the parties in the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Ethiopia: UN Human Index shows poverty decline slows down in Africa
    24 july 2014 21:04:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The rate at which poverty is being eliminated in Africa has slowed down due to food price increments, heightened political discontent and poor income spread in most towns and rural areas, affecting 585 million people in Africa, according to a UN report released on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: Envoys welcome signing of Central African Republic ceasefire
    24 july 2014 20:52:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Two senior UN officials have welcomed the signing of an agreement on the cessation of hostilities by the parties in the Central African Republic (CAR) and stressed the need to follow this up with national reconciliation and reconstruction efforts. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA expresses concern about working conditions of journalists in West Africa
    24 july 2014 19:17:46
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based sub-regional press freedom watchdog, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), has expressed concern about the general working conditions of journalists in West Africa. Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA says editor attacked in Guinea
    24 july 2014 18:42:30
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based sub-regional press freedom watchdog, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Thursday disclosed that Joseph Siba Guilavogui, an editor in Guinea, was attacked and assaulted by some members of the country's Gendarmerie. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy condemns renewal of Boko Haram attacks on civilians
    24 july 2014 18:38:19
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Said Djinnit, the head of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), on Full text...

  • UN: ICC says Al-Senussi case is inadmissible before the Court
    24 july 2014 18:36:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday unanimously confirmed ICC Pre-Trial Chamber I’s decision which declared the case against Abdullah Al-Senussi inadmissible before the ICC. Full text...

  • Libya: Army warns against foreign intervention in Libya
    24 july 2014 18:25:01
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan army has said although the continuing violence in Tripoli and Benghazi has made the north African country a fertile ground for foreign intervention, such a development would make Libya lose its sovereignty and the dignity of its people. Full text...

  • Sudan: EU commends Sudanese govt. for allowing woman in apostasy case to leave
    24 july 2014 17:56:12
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The European Union (EU) on Thursday commended the Sudanese government for allowing the cleared of apostasy charges, Meriam Ibrahim, to leave the country for Italy. Full text...

  • Sudan: Heavy fighting reported in South Sudan as humanitarian crisis spreads
    24 july 2014 17:46:17
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations on Thursday reported heavy fighting between government and rebel troops in the South Sudanese town of Nasser. Full text...

  • Nigeria: UN says global pressure for release of Chibok girls slowing down
    24 july 2014 17:01:51
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United Nations (UN) Thursday expressed worry at the gradual reduction of global pressure for the release of about 276 college school girls abducted on 14 April, 2014, from Chibok, in north eastern Borno State, by Boko Haram terrorists. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Kano's central motor park bombed
    24 july 2014 16:50:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A bomb explosion has occurred at the central motor park on Nigeria's northern city of Kano, a day after another northern city was rocked by a twin explosion that left at least 85 dead Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia, Spain to strengthen efforts in terrorism fight
    24 july 2014 16:32:44
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisia and Spain Thursday reaffirmed the importance to double their efforts in the domain of terrorism fight, according to Tunisian and Spanish authorities, Full text...

  • Mauritania: Mauritanian NGOs denounce "massacres" in Gaza
    24 july 2014 16:03:56
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - In a statement issued on Thursday in Nouakchott, the national Forum of human rights organizations (FONADH), a coalition of about 20 Mauritanian NGOs, has condemned the "massacres", by the Israeli army, of civilians including women and children in the Gaza Strip. Full text...

  • Ghana: Workers protest rising cost of living
    24 july 2014 15:43:14
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Workers in Ghana on Thursday demonstrated across the country to protest against the rising cost of living and to demand immediate and effective action from the government to stop the deterioration in the economy. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU to convene PSC Summit on terrorism in Kenya
    24 july 2014 14:41:42
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council has resolved to hold a Summit in Nairobi on 2 December, 2014, to discuss terrorism and how to combat it through continental strategies, a Senior AU official told PANA here Thursday. Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia seeks release of abducted national in Darfur
    24 july 2014 14:33:42
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The Zambian government says efforts are being made to secure the release of a Zambian humanitarian worker, Felix Ngoma, who was abducted in the volatile Sudanese region of Darfur by suspected Janjaweed militia. Full text...

  • Kenya: UNHCR urges Europe to curb refugee, migrant deaths
    24 july 2014 12:38:34
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN refugee agency Thursday called for an urgent European action to stop rising refugee and migrant deaths at sea, after more than 260 people, mostly Africans, died or were reported missing while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to get to Europe in the last 10 days alone. Full text...

  • Libya: 250 illegal migrants arrested at Libyan/Sudanese border
    24 july 2014 12:09:10
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Some 250 illegal migrants aboard five vehicles have been arrested in the Libyan/Sudanese border area, in Libya's South-east town of Kufra, the Commander of the Sudan-Libyan joint forces and chief of the military council of the city, Col. Suleyman Hamid, said in a statement obtained by PANA here Thursday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Bill Gates optimistic about Africa's progress in combating health challenges
    24 july 2014 11:43:04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Visiting founder of global software giant Microsoft Bill Gates has hailed African countries for making progress in agriculture and health, but said African governments must do more. Full text...

  • Kenya: Four face terror charges
    24 july 2014 11:27:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Four terror suspects arrested in Nairobi last weekend for possessing explosive-making materials and US$1,121 worth of bhang, a derivative of cannabis, were charged to court in the Kenyan capital Thursday. Full text...

  • Burundi: Govt dismantles 56 armed groups
    24 july 2014 08:26:16
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundi's Public Security Ministry has announced the dismantling of 56 armed groups during the first quarter of 2014 in different parts of the country, PANA reported from here Thursday Full text...

  • UN: Official says Ethiopia faces wave of refugees from South Sudan
    23 july 2014 22:18:38
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. John Ging, Operations Director for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), says South Sudan is the most rapidly deteriorating humanitarian crisis in the world today, and appealed for desperately-needed funding for Ethiopia, which hosts 180,000 South Sudanese refugees, mostly women and children. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council condemns ongoing violence in Libya
    23 july 2014 22:00:08
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Wednesday condemned once again the continued violence in Libya, including the fighting around Tripoli International Airport, and reaffirmed that violence must not be used to pursue political goals. Full text...

  • US: US condemns Kaduna twin bombings
    23 july 2014 21:52:28
    Washington, US (PANA) - The United States has condemned Wednesday's twin bombings in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna and urged the authorities to investigate the attacks. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Opposition leader says he is target of ''assassination'' attempt
    23 july 2014 20:50:46
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's main opposition leader and former military head of state retired Gen. Muhammadu Buhari said Wednesday he was the target of one of the two bomb attacks in Kaduna, capital of the eponymous central state of Kaduna. Full text...

  • UN: Ban appoints Danish national to head UN operation in South Sudan
    23 july 2014 20:07:10
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Wednesday announced the appointment of Ms. Ellen Margrethe Loj of Denmark as the UN Special Representative and head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), replacing Ms. Hilde Johnson, who completed her assignment on 7 July. Full text...

  • UN: Ban observes vigil for abducted Nigerian school girls
    23 july 2014 19:16:08
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking 100 days since the abduction of school girls in Chibok, Nigeria, by Boko Haram terrorists, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reiterated his call for their immediate release, while expressing his full support for the worldwide vigils taking place on Wednesday. Full text...

  • US: UN allocates US$75 million to boost aid operations in the Sahel, Horn of Africa
    23 july 2014 18:27:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Ms. Valerie Amos, on Wednesday announced the allocation of US$75 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to bolster desperately needed relief operations in two of the world’s most neglected regions, namely the West African Sahel and the Horn of Africa. Full text...

  • South Sudan: EAJA holds investigative journalism training in Juba
    23 july 2014 17:53:06
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) Wednesday launched an Investigative Journalism and Corruption Reporting Training in Juba, the South Sudanese capital, as part of its efforts to build the capacity of journalists in 11 East African countries to report more effectively and contribute to fighting corruption in the region. Full text...

  • Nigeria: "Missing" Air Force aircraft technician found alive after helicopter crash
    23 july 2014 17:27:30
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian military Wednesday announced that the engineering crew member of the crashed Nigerian Air Force Mi-35 Helicopter, who was earlier declared missing has been found alive. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 24-hour curfew imposed on Kaduna following bomb blast
    23 july 2014 17:04:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Mr. Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, the Governor of the North Central Kaduna State, which Wednesday was hit by a twin bomb attack by suspected suicide bombers of the Boko Haram sect has imposed a 24-hour curfew on the Kaduna metropolis. Full text...

  • Rwanda: UN report calls for inclusive growth, well-being for vulnerable groups in Africa
    23 july 2014 16:48:32
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A new report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, still being described as the "unequal region in the World", need to intensify their battle against deprivation and prevent crises from setting back recent development advances recorded. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritians want to adopt 100 Palestinian orphans
    23 july 2014 16:42:31
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – A group of Mauritians have asked their government to facilitate the adoption of 100 Palestinian orphans from Gaza, aged less than 12 years, PANA learnt Wednesday from members of the "Free Palestine Mauritius", a social movement that is pro Gaza inhabitants, who are victims of the latest Israeli aggression. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Abuja, Washington sign MOU on enhanced training for Nigeria Police
    23 july 2014 16:33:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria and the United States of America Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the execution of Nigeria’s police training modernization project. Full text...

  • Gambia: MFWA calls for release of prisoners
    23 july 2014 16:26:07
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Accra-based rights body, the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), on Wednesday called on Gambian authorities to release ''immediately and unconditionally" all prisoners of conscience. Full text...

  • Kenya: Somali singer, parliamentarian shot dead in Mogadishu
    23 july 2014 16:07:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Armed attackers shot and killed Prominent Somali musician and Member of Parliament, Saado Ali Warsame, in Mogadishu, Wednesday, the fourth such incident to target prominent figures this year. Full text...

  • Libya: Special forces on alert after double car bombing in Benghazi
    23 july 2014 15:56:50
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - Libya has placed the elite units of its special forces on full alert after a double car bombing incident killed seven people, including two suicide bombers, in Benghazi, military sources revealed here. Full text...

  • Botswana: Authorities continue fight against drunken driving
    23 july 2014 15:47:02
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana Alcohol Industry Association (BAIA) is upbeat following recent data, released by the Botswana Police Service, indicating that offences of drivers caught while under the influence of alcohol are plummeting. Full text...

  • Botswana: Malawian begs for Botswana citizenship
    23 july 2014 15:30:20
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - A Malawi national is begging Botswana’s president to grant him citizenship after 46 years of staying in Botswana. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan military joins security patrols after Mombasa shootings 
    23 july 2014 15:17:40
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Kenyan military has joined the Police to conduct joint patrols in Mombasa's low-income areas of Majengo and Likoni, a day after hooded gunmen shot and killed two people and wounded others, Police said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Many feared dead in car bomb attack
    23 july 2014 14:13:45
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Many people were feared killed on Wednesday when a powerful car bomb exploded in Nigeria's northern city of Kaduna, the local media reported. Full text...

  • Rwanda: African Media Leaders launch campaign against hate speech
    23 july 2014 12:43:02
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The African Media Leaders’ Forum (AMLF) Wednesday launched an advocacy campaign for media leaders and operators in Africa to lend their full support to efforts to turn the tide against the rise of hate speech on the continent, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Gambia: Commission set up to boost anti-corruption battle
    23 july 2014 12:08:08
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The fight against corruption in The Gambia has been boosted by the establishment of an anti-graft commission by President Yahya Jammeh, PANA reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Gambia: ‘Boko Haram not patriotic Muslims’
    23 july 2014 11:49:46
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Members of Nigeria's terror sect Boko Haram and of all groups that are fighting in the name of Islam are not patriotic Muslims, Gambian scholar Sheikh Omar Jasseh said here on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Libya: Fuel depot hit by rockets
    23 july 2014 11:31:43
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A fuel depot in Tripoli was Wednesday hit by a rocket after the resumption of indiscriminate firing of rockets by the rival armed groups which have been fighting around the airport in the Libyan capital since 13 July, the Libyan television reported. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA university slams Swaziland’s judiciary
    23 july 2014 08:41:13
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday urged the South African government to exert pressure on Swaziland to ensure that its former student, Thulani Maseko, is released from prison. Full text...

  • US: UN working group proposes ambitious future development agenda
    22 july 2014 19:42:59
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN working group, comprising member states, has forwarded to the Full text...

  • UN: WFP scales up humanitarian aid delivery by air
    22 july 2014 19:09:12
    New York, US (PANA) - UN World Food Programme (WFP) says the escalation of international conflicts in the first half of 2014 prompted a 50-fold surge in the amount of humanitarian cargo transported by the agency, compared to the same period last year. Full text...

  • US: ICC to deliver appeal judgment on admissibility of Al-Senussi case on Thursday
    22 july 2014 19:00:49
    New York, US (PANA) - The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has scheduled a public hearing on 24 July at The Hague to deliver its judgment on the admissibility of the case against Abdullah Al-Senussi, the Libyan intelligence chief during the regime of Muammar Khadhafi. Full text...

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