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  • Mauritius: Mauritius Post launches Postcode Directory
    11 september 2014 10:30:44
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius Post Ltd Thursday launched its first postcode directory that will enable faster sorting and delivery of mails, packets and parcels, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Mauritius:14 Indonesian sailors arrested in Mauritius
    11 september 2014 09:57:25
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Fourteen Indonesian sailors were arrested at Trou Fanfaron in the port area of the Mauritian capital, Port Louis, Thursday morning, following violent clashes in which a hundred of them were involved, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • South Africa: Judgement underway in Pistorius trial
    11 september 2014 09:50:54
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Judgement is underway in the high-profile Oscar Pistorius murder trial in South Africa, with Judge Thokozile Masipa telling the North Gauteng High Court that the screams that neighbours heard on the morning that model Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead could only have come from the Paralympian. Full text...

  • Botswana: US condemns Botswana over journo's arrest
    11 september 2014 08:33:43
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The United States has condemned Botswana over its recent arrest of newspaper editor Ousta Mokone over alleged sedition charges. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Gabon to recruit a thousand teachers from Tunisia
    10 september 2014 17:39:19
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisian National Education Minister Fathi Jarray announced Wednesday that Gabon will soon recruit a thousand Tunisian teachers to work in the west-central Africa country. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Mauritanian capital in temporary blackout
    10 september 2014 16:49:18
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritania's capital, Nouakchott, was plunged into darkness from 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm (local) on Tuesday due to what officials here explained as "a technical problem" at Manantali hydroelectric power station in Mali. Full text...

  • Mali: 300 young Africans participate in Int'l Peace Forum in Bamako
    10 september 2014 13:37:48
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - About 300 young leaders from Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Gabon, Niger, Benin, Cote d'Ivoire, Senegal, Morocco, Cameroon, Mauritania, Mali and Malians in Diaspora will attend an international Sahel peace and security forum, scheduled for 16-18 September in Bamako, the Malian capital. Full text...

  • Kenya: Australia provides US$5m humanitarian assistance to Somalia
    10 september 2014 13:28:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Australian Government will provide a further US$5 million in humanitarian assistance to Somalia to provide Somalis in need with emergency food, water sanitation, shelter and medical assistance. Full text...

  • Senegal: CPJ calls for release of detained South Sudanese journalist
    10 september 2014 13:13:45
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The New York-based press freedom watchdog, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Tuesday issued a statement, saying authorities in South Sudan must charge journalist George Livio to a court or release him. Full text...

  • South Africa: Global wait for Thursday's judgement on Pistorius
    10 september 2014 12:21:15
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Millions of people in South Africa and around the world are eagerly awaiting Thursday’s verdict in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial. Full text...

  • Kenya: Protesters barricade highway, demand release of policeman
    10 september 2014 12:08:31
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Residents of Githurai estate in the northern outskirts of Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, late Tuesday barricaded the busy Thika Superhighway as they demanded the release of a police officer being held for killing a suspect. Full text...

  • Kenya: Uganda denies justice to victims of protest killings, says HRW
    10 september 2014 10:37:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Ugandan authorities have never investigated killings by security forces during two days of rioting in September 2009 that left at least 40 people dead, global human rights body Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. Full text...

  • US: Peace cannot be decreed through treaties - UN
    10 september 2014 10:08:27
    New York, US (PANA) - UN officials have stressed the need for concerted efforts to achieve the common vision of a life of dignity and well-being for all, saying peace is more than just the absence of war. Full text...

  • Botswana: Arrested editor released, trial date set for November
    10 september 2014 09:34:57
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Editor of the Sunday Standard, one of Botswana’s leading weekly, has been released from police custody, even as the trial date has been set for 28 Nov. 2014. Full text...

  • UN: UNODC urges prosecution to end impunity for drug trafficking on high seas
    10 september 2014 08:32:50
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is hosting a special event in Vienna, Austria, on the rise of narcotics trafficking on maritime southern routes, particularly the Indian Ocean, advocating that drug traffickers caught in international waters be prosecuted. Full text...

  • UN: Preliminary probe shows helicopter was shot down in South Sudan
    09 september 2014 22:44:13
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Tuesday said its initial investigation has revealed that UN helicopter that crashed near Bentiu late last month was shot down. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy condemns latest terrorist attacks in Somalia
    09 september 2014 22:04:14
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), Mr. Nicholas Kay, on Tuesday called for reconciliation and an end to violence in Somalia, and condemned the terrorist attacks in several locations in country on Monday that resulted in the death and injury of many innocent civilians. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Belarus pledges assistance to Nigeria in fight against Boko Haram
    09 september 2014 19:42:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Belarus Foreign Minister, Dr Vladimir Makei announced here Tuesday his country's commitment to enter into military and technical cooperation with Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents, stating that the problem cannot be overcome by one country. Full text...

  • Senegal: African Media Leaders Forum postponed due to Ebola crisis
    09 september 2014 18:29:37
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Due to the Ebola virus disease epidemic in West African countries, the African Media Initiative (AMI) announced Tuesday the postponement of the 7th African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF), which was scheduled for 12-14 November 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt reorganising Ministry of Defence to defeat Boko Haram insurgents
    09 september 2014 16:33:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria is to reorganise its Ministry of Defence in order to hasten the achievement of the set goals of defeating the Boko Haram insurgency and other security challenges facing the country. Full text...

  • Zambia: FODEP expresses concern over issuance of national IDs to Angolan refugees
    09 september 2014 14:49:50
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) has denounced the issuance of National Registration Cards (NRC) by the Zambian Ministry of Home Affairs to former Angolan refugees in Zambezi, western Zambia, warning that this is a recipe for electoral confrontations ahead of the parliamentary by-elections in Zambezi West constituency. Full text...

  • South Africa: British honeymoon murder accused back in court
    09 september 2014 12:06:43
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - British businessman Shrien Dewani Tuesday appeared in the Western Cape High Court, where his lawyers indicated they were seeking phone bills and prison records to help them prepare for his high-profile murder trial next month. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy supports state formation process in south-west Somalia regions
    08 september 2014 22:50:04
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, on Monday urged political rivals in the south-western part of the country to take another step towards peace and stability with the establishment of a new interim regional administration. Full text...

  • Nigeria: EU gives 10m Euros for women's engagement in northern Nigeria peace
    08 september 2014 22:39:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The European Union says it is committing 10 million Euros to enhance the promotion of women's engagement in peace and security in northern Nigeria being terrorised by the insurgency of the Islamist Boko Haram. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials says children suffer indiscriminate, brutal killings in conflicts
    08 september 2014 21:50:48
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Leila Zerrougui says the multiplication of crises affecting children since the beginning of 2014 is creating unprecedented challenges that overshadow progress to date to protect them from the impact of war. Full text...

  • UN: Ban calls for urgent, collective action to protect civilians against atrocities
    08 september 2014 17:35:04
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says today’s crises, from the Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO says literacy not only improves lives, it saves them
    08 september 2014 16:13:37
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Monday said with one in four young people – 175 million adolescents – unable to read a single sentence, the International Literacy Day is an opportunity to remember one simple truth: literacy not only changes lives, it saves them. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Navy foils illegal migration attempt
    08 september 2014 15:29:37
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisian navy units on Sunday night foiled an attempt by illegal migrants to sail to Italy from the coasts of the Tunisian city of Chabad, located in the region of Mahdia, Tunisian security sources said on Monday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: 6 killed, 20 injured in road accident
    08 september 2014 15:23:56
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Six persons were killed and 20 others injured in a road accident early Monday, in the Tunisian city of Kairouan, security sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Zambia: Tutu, Dutch Princess to visit Zambia on anti-child marriage mission
    08 september 2014 12:04:06
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau in The Netherland will visit Zambia next week to learn about the country’s best practices in combating child, early and forced marriage. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram captures 13 towns - Paper
    08 september 2014 09:45:44
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's insurgent group Boko Haram has captured 13 towns and villages in two states in the country's North-east, marking a dangerous turn in the sect's violent campaign that started in 2009. Full text...

  • Burundi: Three Italian Sisters killed in Bujumbura
    08 september 2014 08:51:22
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Three Italian Christian Sisters were killed Sunday evening in a Convent at Kamenge, a popular district in the capital city of Bujumbura, PANA learnt from security sources in Burundi. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS Defence Chiefs meet in Accra
    08 september 2014 08:27:47
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - West African military chiefs are due to meet in Ghana's capital, Accra, for three days starting Tuesday to review the general security situation in the region and determine adequate responses, the ECOWAS Commission said Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan, Derby to discuss cooperation against terrorism
    07 september 2014 16:59:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - In continuation of his government’s efforts to forge a stronger alliance against terrorism and violent extremism with neighbours, Nigerian leader, President Goodluck Jonathan, will travel to Ndjamena Monday for talks with his Chadian counterpart, President Idriss Deby. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council welcomes release of Algerian diplomats in Northern Mali
    06 september 2014 22:30:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council Saturday welcomed the release, 30 Aug. in Gao, Mali, of the two Algerian diplomats who were taken hostage by the armed group MUJAO in April 2012. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Tributes pour in for Nigerian journo killed by hit-and-run driver
    06 september 2014 18:40:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan Saturday led growing tributes to top journalist Dimgba Igwe who was killed while jogging near his residence in the commercial city of Lagos by a hit-and-run driver, who escaped. Full text...

  • South Africa: 20 years after the Mandela miracle, SA still grapples with race issues (News Analysis by Craig Urquhart, PANA Correspondent, Johannesburg)
    06 september 2014 12:33:42
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Twenty years after Nelson Mandela swept into power on a ticket promising racial reconciliation and Archbishop Desmond Tutu declared South Africa as the “Rainbow Nation”, the country is still grappling with race issues, PANA reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Terrorists arrested, arms seized ahead of elections
    05 september 2014 19:21:02
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisian authorities Friday announced the arrest of 12 alleged terrorists who were planning attacks to disrupt the country's electoral process, less than two months before parliamentary polls are held on 26 October. Full text...

  • US: White House announces Al-Shabaab leader's death
    05 september 2014 19:01:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The White House confirmed Friday that Ahmed Godane, leader of Al-Shabaab, the Al-Qaeda linked militant network in Somalia, is dead as a result of a US military targeted airstrike in Somalia on Monday. Full text...

  • US: UN releases new guidelines for child online protection
    05 september 2014 17:51:42
    New York, US (PANA) - UN agencies, together with partners of the Child Online Protection Initiative, on Friday released new guidelines to provide the most accessible online tools for teens as well as to enable them to seek help and advice when they need it. Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges people to 'act on charitable impulse'
    05 september 2014 16:58:24
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the International Day of Charity, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday called on people everywhere "to act on the charitable impulse that resides in every human being to start giving and to keep on giving." Full text...

  • Benin: EU extends Euros 450 million development grant to Benin
    05 september 2014 16:26:59
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Benin will receive Euros 450 million in development assistance from the European Union (EU) for the period 2014-2020 to support the West African country's governance, energy and agriculture sectors, EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs said Friday on his arrival in Cotonou for a two-day working visit. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya asks UK to triple scholarships funding
    05 september 2014 13:35:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Amina Abdalla, has appealed to the British Government to consider increasing the "Chevening Scholarships for post-graduate studies" to facilitate the development of new leaders in the African country. Full text...

  • Senegal: South Africa to host 7th edition of African media forum
    05 september 2014 12:08:16
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The 7th edition of the African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF) will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, 12-14 Nov., PANA reported Friday. Full text...

  • Malawi: Malawi's biggest cash heist foiled (Correcting amount in para 1 to US$1.25 million)
    04 september 2014 19:52:37
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Over half a billion Malawi Kwacha (about US$1.25 million) was recovered in the wee hours of Thursday after a gang of smartly-dressed robbers burst into one of the major banks in the northern city of Mzuzu. Full text...

  • UN: Report details serious human rights abuses in Tripoli, Benghazi
    04 september 2014 19:37:01
    New York, US (PANA) - A new UN report released Thursday cited indiscriminate violence by Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF report says violence against children universal
    04 september 2014 19:24:16
    New York, US (PANA) - A new UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report on Thursday said violence Full text...

  • US: Saudia Arabia donates US$10 milion for Africa's fight against terrorism
    04 september 2014 16:11:56
    New York, US (PANA) - Saudia Arabia has donated US$10 million to help Africa fight against Full text...

  • Malawi: Malawi's biggest cash heist foiled
    04 september 2014 16:00:30
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Over half a billion Malawi Kwacha (about US$1.5 million) was recovered in the wee hours of Thursday after a gang of smartly-dressed robbers burst into one of the major banks in the northern city of Mzuzu. Full text...

  • Kenya: Somali security arrest journo after speaking out against censorship
    04 september 2014 12:38:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Somali journalist Hassan Gessey, a radio director at the independent Dalsan Radio, is being held without charge by the National Intelligence and Security Agency after criticising a directive to restrict reporting on military operations, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Full text...

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