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  • 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...

  • UN: Refugee agency renews call on donors to support CAR refugees
    22 july 2014 18:24:47
    New York, US (PANA) - UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday called on donors to increase funding for programmes in neighbouring countries hosting refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Gambia: AI says fear rules in the Gambia
    22 july 2014 17:54:35
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – As President Yahya Jammeh of the Gambia marks his 20 years in power on Tuesday, the London-based human rights body, Amnesty International (AI), has reacted, saying fear rules in the West African nation. Full text...

  • Niger: Govt. condemns mass crimes perpetrated on Gaza civilians
    22 july 2014 16:13:06
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The Nigerien government on Tuesday strongly condemned "the mass crimes" perpetrated against the defenceless civilian populations in Gaza, says a statement issued by the ministry of foreign affairs, Cooperation, African integration and Nigeriens living abroad. Full text...

  • DR Congo: MONUSCO chief urges all to save DRC children from the scourge of war
    22 july 2014 15:53:52
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - More than 6,000 Congolese children were victims of violence between January 2010 and December 2013, reveals a UN report on the impact of the conflict on children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, launched Monday in New York. Full text...

  • Nigeria: EAJA urges Somali govt. not to push through anti-media legislation
    22 july 2014 15:05:32
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) has expressed serious concern over the move by the Somali government, through the Ministry of Information, to push through media laws that could undermine media freedom and freedom of expression. Full text...

  • Kenya: ICC's German Judge who rejected trial of Kenyan cases dies 
    22 july 2014 14:51:52
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - International Criminal Court (ICC) Judge Hans-Peter Kaul, who issued dissenting opinions on the trial of Kenyan President and his Deputy at The Hague-based Court, has died after a serous illness, the Court said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: 15 killed in Rwanda's fatal road accident
    22 july 2014 14:36:46
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - At least 15 persons were Tuesday killed on the spot and 24 others seriously injured in a fatal road accident involving a bus and a van, PANA learnt from police sources here. Full text...

  • Libya: '16 die, over 100 injured in Benghazi clashes'
    22 july 2014 12:42:50
    Benghazi, Libya (PANA) - Sixteen people have died and more than 100 wounded in continuing armed clashes between the units of the Libyan Army's special forces and the Ansar Asharia militia group in the country's second city of Benghazi, according to the latest official toll. Full text...

  • Sudan: 'No military relations with Hamas'
    22 july 2014 12:12:14
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan on Tuesday denied it has any military relations with the Palestinian Resistance Movement Hamas, as claimed by Israel following current development in Gaza. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council condemns downing of Malaysian airliner, calls for international probe
    22 july 2014 09:26:44
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has called for an international investigation Full text...

  • UN: Ban tasks CAR on reconciliation talks
    22 july 2014 09:21:00
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the people of the Central Full text...

  • Tunisia: Bodies of 30 illegal migrants retrieved from boat off Lampedusa
    21 july 2014 21:59:18
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The authorities in Malta have retrieved 30 bodies from a wooden boat off the Italian island of Lampedusa located in the Mediterranean Sea, PANA reported on Monday. Full text...

  • UN: Report says recruitment, use of children remain endemic in DRC
    21 july 2014 21:41:41
    New York, US (PANA) - A new UN report says the recruitment and use of children by armed groups remained endemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) between 2010 and 2013, citing impunity as a major factor in the ongoing abuses. Full text...

  • UN: 'Indigenous peoples must feature in new global development agenda'
    21 july 2014 21:21:55
    New York, US (PANA) - A group of UN experts said on Monday that the new global sustainable development agenda that UN members states are currently working on must include specific references to indigenous peoples and the challenges they face. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Military plans to raid Damboa over hoisting of Boko Haram flag
    21 july 2014 18:41:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian Defence Spokesman, Maj.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, on Monday said the military is preparing to embark on actions that will reverse current insecurity manifestations in the Damboa area of Borno State which the Boko Haram insurgent group overran and hoisted their flags. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian navy seizes Egyptian fishing boat
    21 july 2014 17:08:12
    Tunis,Tunisia (PANA) - A unit of the Tunisian navy has seized an Egyptian fishing boat off the Tunisian territorial waters, near the border with Libya, the Tunisian Ministry of Defence announced on Sunday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan condemns attack on Egyptian military post
    21 july 2014 16:26:59
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan on Monday condemned what it described as a terrorist attack on an Egyptian border point that killed a number of Egyptian soldiers and injured many others. Full text...

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